Category Archives: Crimewatch

Gordon deputies capture murder suspect wanted in DeKalb County (Ga.)

Gordon deputies capture murder suspect wanted in DeKalb County (Ga.)

According to Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston: On Tuesday, the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the DeKalb County (Ga.) Sheriff’s Office who requested assistance in locating and arresting a capital fugitive. The fugitive, Frankie Lamaine Thompson, 30, of Lithonia, was wanted in DeKalb County, charged with the murder of a man in Stone… Read more

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Neighbor’s timely call, firefighter save resident from burning home in Cedartown Tuesday morning, according to WGAA.

Neighbor’s timely call, firefighter save resident from burning home in Cedartown Tuesday morning, according to WGAA.

From WGAA 1340 AM/106.1 FM:  An already bad situation could have turned much worse had it not been for the quick actions of a neighbor. A home at 113 Ellen Hand Circle caught fire Tuesday around 9 a.m. A neighbor heard cries for help coming from inside the house and immediately called 9-1-1. The call… Read more

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Fairmount corrections officer who pleaded guilty to smuggling alcohol, drugs and cell phones into Hays State Prison gets five years.

Fairmount corrections officer who pleaded guilty to smuggling alcohol, drugs and cell phones into Hays State Prison gets five years.

    Media release: Mark Edward Jeffery, 34, of Fairmount — a former Georgia Department of Corrections officer who smuggled alcohol, drugs, and contraband cellphones into Hays State Prison — has been sentenced to federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. “Smuggling illegal contraband into a prison jeopardizes the safety of jailers… Read more

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Georgia Supreme Court upholds Rome man’s murder conviction in 2016 case but vacates another count, citing procedural error.

Georgia Supreme Court upholds Rome man’s murder conviction in 2016 case but vacates another count, citing procedural error.

From Georgia’s Supreme Court: Briones Ladon Wofford, 34, was convicted of murder and other crimes for the fatal shooting of Jimmie Sellers and the wounding of Mardell Blackburn. The attack occurred on Feb. 27, 2016. The Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence without the possibility of parole that Wofford received for… Read more

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Floyd Police partner with Project Lifesaver to help locate seniors with dementia who wonder away from home. Information meetings planned Tuesday and May 6. New: Audio interview.

Floyd Police partner with Project Lifesaver to help locate seniors with dementia who wonder away from home. Information meetings planned Tuesday and May 6. New: Audio interview.

    Media release: The Floyd County Police Department has partnered with Project Lifesaver to help officers better locate vulnerable members of our community who wander away from home. The technology will allow specially trained officers to successfully search for an individual who is wearing a transmitter that emits a radio signal. The police department… Read more

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Cartersville’s Justice Robert Benham to retire from Georgia’s Supreme Court in 2020.

Cartersville’s Justice Robert Benham to retire from Georgia’s Supreme Court in 2020.

  Media release: Justice Robert Benham has announced that he will leave the Supreme Court of Georgia in 2020 and will not seek re-election to another six-year term. Twenty-nine years ago, Justice Benham became the first African American to serve on the state’s highest court when then-Gov. Joe Frank Harris appointed him in December 1989. A… Read more

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Bartow County Sheriff’s Office: Officer at Georgia Power firing range accidentally wounds another officer in the leg.

Bartow County Sheriff’s Office: Officer at Georgia Power firing range accidentally wounds another officer in the leg.

  Media release: The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office responded to Picklesimer Road for a person shot in the leg. According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, at about 12:22 p.m. Friday, deputies were dispatched to the Georgia Power Firing Range located on Picklesimer Road. Upon arrival, an out-of-county police agency had been utilizing the firing range for… Read more

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WGAA: Fire causes extensive damage to old Purks Middle School gym in Cedartown

WGAA: Fire causes extensive damage to old Purks Middle School gym in Cedartown

From WGAA radio: Cedartown and Polk County firefighters spent several hours Thursday night battling a structure fire at the former Purks Middle School gym in Cedartown. The nearly 70 year old building, originally the beloved old Cedartown High School gym, had been vacant for some time after the previous owner foreclosed on the property. According to… Read more

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Cartersville Police investigating fatal crash that killed 42-year-old Rome man late Thursday.

Cartersville Police investigating fatal crash that killed 42-year-old Rome man late Thursday.

Cartersville Police Department is investigating a single vehicle crash with one fatality that occurred Thursday afternoon along Joe Frank Harris Parkway, just north of Center Road, near the Shaw Plant. His car went off the road and struck some trees. Lt. Mike Bettikofer says there was no suspicious activity involved, but it is in ongoing… Read more

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Updated: 19 people, including students and drivers, suffer minor injuries in head-on crash involving Floyd County School bus and vehicle on Calhoun Road. Driver of vehicle charged with DUI of drugs.

Updated: 19 people, including students and drivers, suffer minor injuries in head-on crash involving Floyd County School bus and vehicle on Calhoun Road. Driver of vehicle charged with DUI of drugs.

A Floyd County School bus and a 2004 Buick LaSabre collided in a head-on crash in the 2400 block of Calhoun Road on Wednesday afternoon just after 3 p.m. According to Trooper Bowden with Georgia State Patrol, the Buick, driven by Mandy Coast, age 33 of Rome, was traveling north on Calhoun Road when she… Read more

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A 43-year-old Rome man dies after his motorcycle strikes a tree in the Pocket area of Gordon County.

A 43-year-old Rome man dies after his motorcycle strikes a tree in the Pocket area of Gordon County.

A 43-year-old Rome man was killed Wednesday afternoon after his motorcycle left the roadway striking a tree along Pocket Road in Gordon County. Deputy Coroner Kristy Nicholson identified the deceased as Nathan Michael Holt. No one else was involved in the crash. Earlier report: From WEBS Radio: A motorcycle wreck reported in the 2000 block… Read more

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GBI and Calhoun Police investigating suspicious death of 47-year-old man, however, foul play no longer suspected after autopsy points to heart attack.

GBI and Calhoun Police investigating suspicious death of 47-year-old man, however, foul play no longer suspected after autopsy points to heart attack.

  Latest from The City of Calhoun Police Department: Chief Tony Pyle said that the results of the autopsy point to signs of a heart attack that claimed the life of 47-year-old James Balston on Tuesday. While some facts initially led investigators to believe Mr. Balston’s death could have been the result of a homicide, Chief Pyle… Read more

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Cartersville Police arrest juvenile from Riverdale, Ga. in connection with threats made against Cartersville Elementary School last week.

Cartersville Police arrest juvenile from Riverdale, Ga. in connection with threats made against Cartersville Elementary School last week.

  Tuesday, April 23 update from Cartersville Police: On Tuesday April 23rd 2019, formal charges were made on the juvenile suspect who called in threats to the Cartersville Elementary School on Thursday, April 18, 2019. The juvenile, from Riverdale, Georgia was charged by Cartersville Police Investigators with Terroristic Threats and Disruption of Public Schools, to be heard at the Bartow County Juvenile… Read more

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Prosecutors to seek death penalty in murder case of 11-year-old Cedartown girl found strangled to death in Alabama this past March

Prosecutors to seek death penalty in murder case of 11-year-old Cedartown girl found strangled to death in Alabama this past March

    From AL.com: Prosecutors say they intend to seek the death penalty if Christopher Madison is convicted of killing 11-year-old Amberly Barnett in northeast Alabama. Madison is charged with capital murder in the March strangling death of Barnett. In Alabama, capital murder is punishable by execution or life in prison without the possibility of parole.… Read more

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