Case for assault on fire chief reset

Case for assault on fire chief reset

Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 9:04 pm

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
The case of an Obion County man accused of assaulting South Fulton’s fire chief has been rescheduled in court.
Timothy Allen Cranick, 44, was charged with aggravated assault in the aftermath of a fire at his parents’ property, where firefighters from the city department were unable to respond because a rural fire subscription fee had not been paid.
Cranick appeared in Obion County General Sessions Court this morning for a preliminary hearing, but the proceedings were rescheduled for Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. General Sessions Judge Jimmy Smith indicated at the start of court that there was an issue with the availability of some witnesses.
Cranick’s attorney, Charles Kelly, met briefly with Assistant District Attorney Kevin McAlpin to discuss the state’s request for a continuance before they returned to the courtroom and the new hearing date was announced.
The alleged assault incident occurred about 5:45 p.m. Sept. 29 at the South Fulton Fire Department, located in the City of South Fulton’s municipal complex off Broadway.
South Fulton Fire Chief David Wilds was treated at an area hospital after being assaulted and Cranick, a resident of Buddy Jones Road near South Fulton, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault. The South Fulton Police Department reported the assault apparently stemmed from a fire that broke out around 2:30 p.m. that day at the home of Cranick’s parents, Gene and Paulette Cranick, on Buddy Jones Road.
South Fulton Police Chief Andy Crocker said Timothy Cranick allegedly came to the fire station looking for Wilds, according to witnesses. When the fire chief identified himself and asked if he could help him, Cranick allegedly struck Wilds.
Crocker reported Wilds was knocked down, rendering him virtually defenseless. He said Cranick was pulled off the fire chief by other firefighters who restrained him until police arrived.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 10.12.10

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