Category Archives: Crimewatch

Courthouse closed until June 22, with some judges, clerks, deputies, staff in quarantine. 7 confirmed cases through midday Monday. What to know about related operations.

Courthouse closed until June 22, with some judges, clerks, deputies, staff in quarantine. 7 confirmed cases through midday Monday. What to know about related operations.

THE LATEST Chief Superior Court Judge J. Bryant Durham has signed the order closing the Floyd County Courthouse through Sunday, June 21, with tentative plans to reopen on Monday, June 22. In the order, Durham touches on all the points posted here Sunday evening: Judges and staff of probate court. Almost all the staff of… Read more

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State Patrol: Griffin man dies in three-vehicle wreck in Gordon County on Sunday morning.

State Patrol: Griffin man dies in three-vehicle wreck in Gordon County on Sunday morning.

From the Georgia State Patrol: On Sunday, at approximately 8:25 a.m., Vehicle #1 was traveling south on Ga. 225.  Vehicle #2 was traveling north on Ga. 225.  Vehicle #3 was traveling south on Ga. 225 in front of vehicle #1. Witnesses stated that vehicle #1 attempted to pass vehicle #3.  Vehicle #1 traveled into the… Read more

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State Patrol: Suspect, passenger in vehicle fleeing Bartow sheriff’s deputy injured in crash.

State Patrol: Suspect, passenger in vehicle fleeing Bartow sheriff’s deputy injured in crash.

From the Georgia State Patrol: The GSP was not involved in the pursuit on Saturday but was requested to investigate the crash. A KIA Forte was traveling south on Sugar Valley Road fleeing from the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle struck a concrete curb, traveling up an embankment and vaulting over a set of… Read more

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State patrol: Cedartown woman killed, two Floyd County women injured in collision Thursday afternoon.

State patrol: Cedartown woman killed, two Floyd County women injured in collision Thursday afternoon.

    A 28-year-old Cedartown woman is dead and two Floyd County women injured following a collision in southwest Polk County on Thursday afternoon, according to Georgia State Patrol reports. The accident report shows: Killed was Courtney Danielle Winkles, 29, the driver of the Volkswagen Beetle. Injured were Connie L. Mills, 46, and Margaret Rogers-Mills,… Read more

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Rome Schools offer support to classmates, friends of rising junior Sincere Estrada-Lopez. Funeral services set for Tuesday.

Rome Schools offer support to classmates, friends of rising junior Sincere Estrada-Lopez. Funeral services set for Tuesday.

    Statement from Rome City Schools on the passing of Sincere Estrada-Lopez: Rome City Schools is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Rome High School rising 11th  grade student, Sincere Estrada-Lopez. RHS counselors will be available, via email, and students are encouraged to contact their counselor for assistance during this difficult time. Our… Read more

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Shorter Avenue traffic slowed Redmond, Huffaker by midday accident with injuries.

Shorter Avenue traffic slowed Redmond, Huffaker by midday accident with injuries.

    PREVIOUSLY Floyd County 911 is reporting an accident with Injuries in West Rome at lunch hour on Thursday. The traffic map showed both sides of the highway were stalled if not stopped at 12:05 p.m. The accident is on Shorter Avenue at Lyons Drive near both Lowe’s and Zaxby’s.   Read more

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Bartow sheriff: Adairsville man charged with 16 counts of felony sexual exploitation of children.

Bartow sheriff: Adairsville man charged with 16 counts of felony sexual exploitation of children.

From Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap: On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigators (who are members of the GBI Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) and Homeland Security Agents executed a search warrant at a residence in Adairsville after both agencies received several leads of possession/distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Material. After a… Read more

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River rescues on the rise in Floyd, Bartow as more people take to the water during pandemic. What to know about staying safe.

River rescues on the rise in Floyd, Bartow as more people take to the water during pandemic. What to know about staying safe.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Fire and water rescue crews in Floyd and Bartow counties already are seeing an increase in river rescues this year with most of the busy summer season still ahead. Officials believe the increase in river traffic is because the coronavirus pandemic with more folks out of work and headed outdoors. “Normally… Read more

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Sheriff Tim Burkhalter:  ‘Every cop in America hates this wound he gave us . . . changes will have to be made and you bet they will. But destroying America by violence is not the way.’

Sheriff Tim Burkhalter: ‘Every cop in America hates this wound he gave us . . . changes will have to be made and you bet they will. But destroying America by violence is not the way.’

  Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, who completes his fourth and final term on Dec. 31, posted the following note on his Facebook page Sunday afternoon in response to the murder of George Floyd and the aftermath. “I never want to be one to rush to judgment, especially when much is to be learned yet… Read more

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Floyd County school resource offices to play bigger role than safety next year, building mentor relationships will also be key.

Floyd County school resource offices to play bigger role than safety next year, building mentor relationships will also be key.

  Media release: Officers walking the halls of our area schools next year will serve a much larger role than safety and security. They will be taking more interest in the lives of children and working to build mentor relationships to help those who are struggling or outcast. The Floyd County Police Department hosted a two-day class… Read more

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State Patrol: Plainville woman, 65, dies after being struck by a pickup on U.S. 41 in Cartersville Friday morning.

State Patrol: Plainville woman, 65, dies after being struck by a pickup on U.S. 41 in Cartersville Friday morning.

  From the Georgia State Patrol: Friday morning at 6:09, a 2019 Ford F150 pickup truck was traveling north on U.S. 41 in the left lane. A pedestrian, wearing all black clothing, was traveling north in the left lane of the highway. The pedestrian was struck by the front of the truck. She has been… Read more

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GBI: Cartersville man, 55, charged with possession and distribution of child pornography as part of Bartow County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

GBI: Cartersville man, 55, charged with possession and distribution of child pornography as part of Bartow County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

Media release: On Thursday, May 28, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit assisted the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations in the execution of a search warrant at the residence of Preston Darby Nichols, 55, of Cartersville. Nichols was charged with Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography by… Read more

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Gordon County sheriff: Tennessee couple held on numerous charges following armed standoff at the Express Inn near Calhoun.

Gordon County sheriff: Tennessee couple held on numerous charges following armed standoff at the Express Inn near Calhoun.

  From Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston: At about 2:15 p.m.Tuesday, deputy sheriffs were dispatched to the Express Inn on State Route 225 near Interstate 75 in response to a report of criminal activity and possible fugitives from justice. The deputies made contact with two individuals, subsequently identified as Schalles Williams, age 55, of 211 Arrow Drive, Signal… Read more

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Friends are mourning the loss of Salon Luna owner Mimi Luna who died Tuesday in a car accident in Northeast Alabama. Daniel’s Funeral Home to announce services.

Friends are mourning the loss of Salon Luna owner Mimi Luna who died Tuesday in a car accident in Northeast Alabama. Daniel’s Funeral Home to announce services.

    THURSDAY From Daniel’s Funeral Home: “Mimi Jan Luna was born on December 16, 1967, and passed away on May 26, 2020, and is under the care of Daniel’s Funeral Home and Cremation Service.” Services to be announced. PREVIOUSLY Friends and customers are in mourning Tuesday evening over the loss of Salon Luna owner… Read more

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Retiring Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter talks about his 35-year career, including 16 years as sheriff, and what’s next.

Retiring Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter talks about his 35-year career, including 16 years as sheriff, and what’s next.

For more than 35 years, Tim Burkhalter has worn the badge of a Floyd County sheriff’s deputy. From his early days to his first election as sheriff in 2004, Burkhalter has focused on a career of serving people. Now, after four terms as Floyd County sheriff, he’s ready to retire with both his health —… Read more

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