Category Archives: Crimewatch

Cartersville Police issue statement on Wednesday’s murder-suicide: Antonio Mari dies in shooting at his office; man suspected of killing him takes his own life.

Cartersville Police issue statement on Wednesday’s murder-suicide: Antonio Mari dies in shooting at his office; man suspected of killing him takes his own life.

THE LATEST Thursday morning update from Cartersville Police: “At approximately 1:37 p.m. on June 20, 2018, Cartersville Police Officers were dispatched to the law office of Antonio Mari, 605 N. Tennessee St., in reference to a shooting reported to the Bartow 911 dispatch center. Upon arrival, officers cleared the building and located Mr. Mari with… Read more

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Crimewatch: Reports from the Floyd, Bartow, Polk county jails and from Cartersville Police, updated up to five times daily.

Crimewatch: Reports from the Floyd, Bartow, Polk county jails and from Cartersville Police, updated up to five times daily.

About this report: We update CrimeWatch around 5:30 each weekday morning as well as at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. We also add the Bartow County Jail report between 5:30 and 6 a.m. weekday mornings and throughout the weekend. The Polk County Jail report usually is posted between 8 and 9 a.m. weekdays. These reports… Read more

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Rome Police: Murder warrants issued for the arrest of Nakotah Smith in the death of his girlfriend, Crystal Vega.  Investigations continuing.

Rome Police: Murder warrants issued for the arrest of Nakotah Smith in the death of his girlfriend, Crystal Vega. Investigations continuing.

Rome Police are investigating two murders and a violent armed robbery, all occurring within four days (June 13-16). Below please find information on the suspects in each case, all of whom remained free as of Thursday morning. How to help: If you spot any of the suspects, call 911 immediate. You can use the anonymous… Read more

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Panama City newspaper: Cartersville man was the fifth person to die in the nearby Gulf in less than a month.

Panama City newspaper: Cartersville man was the fifth person to die in the nearby Gulf in less than a month.

    An update from Tuesday’s Panama City News Herald examines a deadly chain of five deaths in the Gulf of Mexico in fewer than 30 days, the latest victim being a Cartersville resident. An interactive map also has details on each case, including Jackson’s drowning. Witnesses says he was “overtaken by a large wave… Read more

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State Rep. Eddie Lumsden, who cosponsored the distracted driving law, hopes it stops the spike in deaths and injuries on Georgia highways.

State Rep. Eddie Lumsden, who cosponsored the distracted driving law, hopes it stops the spike in deaths and injuries on Georgia highways.

State Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Rome, was a cosponsor of the Georgia’s distracted driving law which takes effect July 1. Lumsden was a guest on Tuesday’s Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM and discussed how a surge in traffic deaths and injuries in the state and nation led to creation of the bill. The… Read more

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Our rivers: Bartow County firefighters urge caution, citing ‘seven to eight water rescue calls on the (Etowah) river in the past two weeks.

Our rivers: Bartow County firefighters urge caution, citing ‘seven to eight water rescue calls on the (Etowah) river in the past two weeks.

  This has been a busy spring and early summer for the Bartow County Fire Department. The agency tells of 10 water rescue scenarios since mid-May and cites an “extremely dangerous” Etowah River as among the factors. And the firefighters aren’t alone. Rain-swollen rivers and releases already have caused some close calls in the region,… Read more

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Buzz: Rome Police to give warnings for first 30 days after new ‘Hands Free’ law goes into effect July 1.

Buzz: Rome Police to give warnings for first 30 days after new ‘Hands Free’ law goes into effect July 1.

From the Exchange Club: Rome Police Department’s Selective Enforcement Unit will be looking for violators to the new Georgia “Hands Free” law starting July 1, but only warnings will be given in the first 30 days. After that, tickets will be issued that will result in fines and points on a driver’s license, according to… Read more

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Updated: Rome High student dies in Cedartown wreck; younger brother in critical condition. Driver, 18, faces felony homicide, host of other charges.

Updated: Rome High student dies in Cedartown wreck; younger brother in critical condition. Driver, 18, faces felony homicide, host of other charges.

From the Georgia State Patrol: On June 14, at approximately 10:55 p.m., a 2012 Nissan Rogue was traveling northbound on Kimwood Drive (in Cedartown).  The driver drove too fast for conditions and failed to maintain his lane while negotiating a curve. The Rogue traveled off the left side of the roadway.  The driver lost control… Read more

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WBHF Radio: Woodstock man found dead at scene of crash on I-75 in Bartow County

WBHF Radio: Woodstock man found dead at scene of crash on I-75 in Bartow County

From WBHF Radio: Georgia State Patrol and Bartow County EMS responded to a single-vehicle accident on I-75 northbound near mile marker 295 this afternoon at around 1:40. They found a disabled Lincoln Town Car in the tree line with a single occupant. The initial indication is that the car was in the right lane traveling… Read more

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Search continues for suspect who robbed Dollar General, struck employee with the handgun.

Search continues for suspect who robbed Dollar General, struck employee with the handgun.

From Rome Police Lt. John Walters Sr.: On June 13,  at approximately 12:10 p.m., a call came into the E911 system advising there was a robbery occurring at the Dollar General located at 25 Central Plaza. We were informed that a black male armed with a handgun  was still in the store when the call… Read more

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What to know about Georgia’s Hands Free Law and your phone. Special Hometown Radio edition, 7:40-8:30 this morning.

What to know about Georgia’s Hands Free Law and your phone. Special Hometown Radio edition, 7:40-8:30 this morning.

The above graphic sums up what we can expect as Georgia’s new “hands free law” takes effect on Sunday, July 1. There are lots of questions and we’ll help you get those answers starting Thursday (also click the above graphic for more right now). On Thursday’s Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM and… Read more

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Gas leak in Armuchee; please avoid Old Summerville Road/McGrady Road until further notice.

Gas leak in Armuchee; please avoid Old Summerville Road/McGrady Road until further notice.

At 5:20 p.m., a major gas leak was continuing just behind Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, at the intersection of Old Summerville Road and McGrady Road. Witnesses say they’re easily hearing the loud “hissing” sound from the leak. First responders have roads in the area blocked at this hour. Floyd 911 reports no… Read more

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Updated: Steak ‘n Shake reopens after fryers catch fire; only drawback is no fries today.

Updated: Steak ‘n Shake reopens after fryers catch fire; only drawback is no fries today.

Matthew McConnell captured the image of the kitchen fire at Steak ‘n Shake off Turner McCall Boulevard in Rome late Saturday. An associate at the restaurant said they hope to open by 8 this morning. Wayne Robinson reports that the fryers caught fire and then the fire surpression system inside the hood kicked in. The… Read more

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Four suspects, including two juveniles, charged by Cartersville Police after multiple reports of damage by spray painting.

Four suspects, including two juveniles, charged by Cartersville Police after multiple reports of damage by spray painting.

From Cartersville Police: Four people are in custody, including two juveniles, all facing multiple charges of criminal damage to property in the second degree. Anyone whose property was spray painted (multiple locations already discovered) between 11 p.m Thursday, June 7,  and Friday, June 8, is asked to Cartersville Police Department’s criminal investigation division at 770-607-6244… Read more

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Heading to Atlanta today? Watch southbound I-75 from Ga. 20 to Emerson. Best bet: Take U.S. 41 to Red Top Mountain — or the Ga. 101/U.S. 278 bypass.

Heading to Atlanta today? Watch southbound I-75 from Ga. 20 to Emerson. Best bet: Take U.S. 41 to Red Top Mountain — or the Ga. 101/U.S. 278 bypass.

2: 45 p.m. Traffic is still backed up in this area. ORIGINAL POST Traffic on I-75 soutbound from just below the Ga. 20 exit south of Emerson is snarled at best. The most congested area starts near the Main Street exit (this picture is from the nearest camera and shows southbound traffic where the X… Read more

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