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CrimeWatch: All-day updates from the Floyd, Bartow, Polk county jails and area police. Plus: Links to CrimeLine, Crime Mapping and other safety information.

CrimeWatch: All-day updates from the Floyd, Bartow, Polk county jails and area police. Plus: Links to CrimeLine, Crime Mapping and other safety information.

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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Son who lost his father in a traffic accident earlier this year killed Tuesday in wreck on Ga. 293; two others seriously injured.

Son who lost his father in a traffic accident earlier this year killed Tuesday in wreck on Ga. 293; two others seriously injured.

Charley Edwards, a Model High graduate, has been identified as the young man killed in a one-vehicle accident on Ga.293 near Mizpah Methodist Church in eastern Floyd County. His death comes four months after his father was killed in a bizarre accident at U.S. 411 and the Bypass. He was struck by a truck while… Read more

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Ga. 140 shut down in both directions because of gas leak.

Ga. 140 shut down in both directions because of gas leak.

  Avoid Ga. 140 between Shannon (Ga. 53 intersection) and west of Adairsville as a broken gas line has led to emergency officials closing the road in both directions. Here’s what we know as of 5:05 p.m. From the Floyd County side of the line: Floyd E-911: Road closed; avoid the area. Ga. 140 at… Read more

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Dempsey Auction Co. hired to sell ‘The Ranch,’ the heart of one of the state’s most sensation murder cases involving the death of Diane McIver and conviction of her husband, Tex McIver.

Dempsey Auction Co. hired to sell ‘The Ranch,’ the heart of one of the state’s most sensation murder cases involving the death of Diane McIver and conviction of her husband, Tex McIver.

  Last year’s auction of recovered property from the Floyd County Schools‘ theft case was huge for Dempsey Auction Co. It featured real estate, vehicles, grills and 600 other items that were sold with proceeds earmarked for return to the school system. It came with a big crowd and an even bigger responsibility — recovering… Read more

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Reminder: Mass casualty drill set for 7 until 11 a.m. today at State Mutual Stadium. Organizers ask public to avoid the area.

Reminder: Mass casualty drill set for 7 until 11 a.m. today at State Mutual Stadium. Organizers ask public to avoid the area.

  Media release: Floyd Medical Center will take part in an emergency response drill at State Mutual Stadium today conducted by Floyd Emergency Management Agency. Other participating agencies include Rome Police Department, Floyd County Police Department, Floyd County E-911, Redmond Regional Medical Center and the Rome Braves, among others. The drill will begin at approximately at… Read more

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Bartow County Jail inmate gets 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of trying to hire someone to kill his ex-wife — for cash and two Atlanta Hawks tickets.

Bartow County Jail inmate gets 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of trying to hire someone to kill his ex-wife — for cash and two Atlanta Hawks tickets.

  Media release: Michael McEarchern has been sentenced for attempting to hire someone to kill his ex-wife, promising $10,000 and two Atlanta Hawks basketball tickets as payment for the murder. “McEarchern was serious about having his ex-wife killed and provided $800 as a down payment for her murder,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “The… Read more

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Missing Floyd County woman found alive; minor injuries.

Missing Floyd County woman found alive; minor injuries.

  THE LATEST Jeanne Betz, missing since Sunday afternoon and found Monday morning, was found in a wooded area not too far from where she stays in southern Floyd County near Booger Hollow Road, says Floyd County Police spokesman Jerome Poole. She was dehydrated, had bug bites and a few scraped up a bit when… Read more

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Calhoun Police identify body found off Kirby Road as missing Calhoun man; GBI autopsy scheduled. ‘Natural causes’ suspected with second person found dead Sunday.

Calhoun Police identify body found off Kirby Road as missing Calhoun man; GBI autopsy scheduled. ‘Natural causes’ suspected with second person found dead Sunday.

From Calhoun Police, Monday, noon: “On Sunday July 15, 2018 at approximately 11:30 a.m., deputies with the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office contacted Calhoun Police in reference to a body being discovered in a wooded area off Kirby Road.  Deputies had searched the area over the weekend after receiving a missing person’s report. “Police detectives along… Read more

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Tom Caldwell, on Hometown Radio Friday, denied campaigning on duty allegations that led to his dismissal. Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, in a Facebook post, calls it the ‘hardest decision’ he’s had to make in office.

Tom Caldwell, on Hometown Radio Friday, denied campaigning on duty allegations that led to his dismissal. Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, in a Facebook post, calls it the ‘hardest decision’ he’s had to make in office.

Friday morning, Floyd County sheriff’s candidate Tom Caldwell joined us on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to talk about his exit a week earlier and what’s next. Caldwell is continuing his campaign for sheriff, running as a Republican. In the interview, which is available above, Caldwell says he did not campaign… Read more

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25 years in federal prison for Cartersville man who authorities say coerced his minor girlfriend to share obscene photos of her siblings.

25 years in federal prison for Cartersville man who authorities say coerced his minor girlfriend to share obscene photos of her siblings.

  Media release: Shawn Ryan Budovic, 28, of Cartersville, who targeted very young children for sexual exploitation, was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for the production of child pornography. “The defendant used the internet to hunt and sexually exploit young children for his own sexual gratification,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “While Budovic… Read more

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Church Safety and Security Summit, offered for freeby the sheriff’s office and partners, set for Aug. 25 at The Forum.

Church Safety and Security Summit, offered for freeby the sheriff’s office and partners, set for Aug. 25 at The Forum.

On radio: Sheriff Tim Burkhalter will join us at 7:40 a.m. Monday on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM and online at wrga.streamon.fm to discuss the free Church Safety and Security Summit set for Aug. 25 at The Forum. Media release: Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office have partnered with a number… Read more

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Rome man sentenced to 20 years in federal prison following conviction on charges of  intent to distribute at least 50 grams of meth.

Rome man sentenced to 20 years in federal prison following conviction on charges of intent to distribute at least 50 grams of meth.

  Media release: Barry Shedd has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine less than two months after his release from state custody. “This defendant had already served sentences for distributing dangerous drugs when he chose to return to criminal activity,”… Read more

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Rome Police: 187 accidents last month, down 10%. Top cause: Following too closely.

Rome Police: 187 accidents last month, down 10%. Top cause: Following too closely.

  Here are the June accident statistic from the Rome Police Department: There were 187 accidents reported during the month of June in Rome, with following too close being the main reason for the accidents. We are happy to see that the number of accidents were down 10 percent from June 2017. Intersections with the most… Read more

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Adairsville Police:  Calhoun man arrested after 127 Alprazolam pills found in his vehicle.

Adairsville Police: Calhoun man arrested after 127 Alprazolam pills found in his vehicle.

From Adairsville Police: On July 10, at 2 p.m., an officer observed a vehicle weaving over the roadway on Ga. 140.  The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle to check on the driver, identified as Stanley Lee Taylor, 34, of 109 Taylor Bridge Road S.W. in Calhoun. Upon speaking with Taylor, the officer… Read more

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