WQCH & Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 5-18-23


The Walker County Detention Center had three people booked on felony charges on Tuesday, including two on drug charges.  36-year-old Anthony Scott Dover faces charges of possession of a schedule 1, possession of marijuana of more than one ounce.  27-year-old Phillip Thomas Stansell was booked on possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute among other drug related charges.

A woman was killed when a metal pipe broke through her vehicle’s window and struck her while she was traveling on I-75 in Whitfield County Tuesday, Georgia State Patrol (GSP) said.  It happened just before 2:00 p.m., prompting the southbound lanes to be shut down for nearly an hour while LifeForce and law enforcement responded.  The victim, identified as Lynn Ann Fleming from Buford, Ga. was pronounced deceased on the scene.  According to a preliminary report from GSP, the Toyota Highlander was traveling southbound in the middle lane on I-75 when the metal pipe broke through the passenger side of the windshield and hit Fleming, who was in the passenger seat, in her neck.  GSP said they are continuing to investigate the incident, including where the pipe came from.  

The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Clifford Johnson.  Johnson is a convicted felon and has been caught on security cameras trying to purchase lottery tickets with a counterfeit bill.  Johnson left the store without paying for the tickets.  Warrants have been issued for his arrest in Catoosa County.

 Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is making an economic development trip to Israel.

Kemp spokesperson Garrison Douglas confirmed the trip Wednesday. Douglas said Kemp will be meeting with Israeli companies that do business in the state, as well as with government officials.  The governor is leaving this weekend and will be gone for a week.  Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson will accompany Kemp. The cost to taxpayers for the trip isn’t yet available.  Kemp’s wife and three daughters will join him and the family will pay for their travel, Douglas said.