Category Archives: Crimewatch

Rome Police: Two men wounded in exchange of gunfire; both taken to hospital and are expected to recover from their wounds.

Rome Police: Two men wounded in exchange of gunfire; both taken to hospital and are expected to recover from their wounds.

In context: The second shooting three days has been reported in Rome, this one off Maple Avenue. Rome Police cited witness reports in saying the men had shot at each other; both are expected to survive their wounds. Media release: On Aug. 20, 2019, Rome Police Department officers responded to a report of shots fired… Read more

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Rome Police issue new mug of murder suspect Joe Paul Atwater; ‘should be considered armed and dangerous.’ 

Rome Police issue new mug of murder suspect Joe Paul Atwater; ‘should be considered armed and dangerous.’ 

Tuesday morning, Rome Police issued new mugshot of murder suspect Joe Paul Atwater, 18, of Rome. Police say the photograph was “recently acquired.” The media release adds this note: “If you see Mr. Atwater, please contact 911 immediately. He has active murder warrants and should be considered armed and dangerous.” Atwater, of a Chambers Street… Read more

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Greater Community Bank CrimeWatch: Updates on area arrests, police reports from across Northwest Georgia.

Greater Community Bank CrimeWatch: Updates on area arrests, police reports from across Northwest Georgia.

SAFETY TIPS: Track registered sex offenders in your community. Click Offender Watch Crime Mapping: See what crimes have been reported in your neighborhood. Crime Mapping Rome Police Department’s anonymous crime tip line. 706-236-5000. Click for details. Bartow County Sheriff’s Office partners with The Wanted Channel to provide an outlet to post wanted persons: Bartow’s most wanted… Read more

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Georgia Supreme Court upholds murder conviction of Rome man from 2014 homicide.

Georgia Supreme Court upholds murder conviction of Rome man from 2014 homicide.

Opinion from the Georgia Supreme Court: The case involves the murder of Wreno Dantoine Fain on July 20, 2014. In October 2014, a Floyd County grand jury indicted Jamal Nevin Foreman, charging him with murder with malice aforethought, murder in the commission of a felony (aggravated assault and aggravated battery), aggravated assault, aggravated battery, reckless… Read more

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Floyd County Police seek witnesses as woman bicyclist, 51,  struck on Bypass near Burnett Ferry.

Floyd County Police seek witnesses as woman bicyclist, 51, struck on Bypass near Burnett Ferry.

Floyd County Police seek your help in finding the suspects in this case. According to FCPD Sgt. Chris Fincher: Gabrielle Falk, 51, was riding her bike toward Alabama Highway on the Bypass when she was struck sometime between 8 and 8:30 a.m. A passerby discovered her on the side of the road and called for… Read more

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Two men, two women from Floyd, Bartow, Gordon counties arrested on drug, other counts in Shannon early Sunday.

Two men, two women from Floyd, Bartow, Gordon counties arrested on drug, other counts in Shannon early Sunday.

Four people were arrested early Sunday in Shannon on drug possession and other charges by members of the Rome-Floyd Metro Drug Task Force and other agencies, according to Floyd County Jail reports. Arrested at 35 Fourth St. were: Billy A. Bennett, 54, of Rome. Seven counts including possession of meth and cocaine. John Hugh Perry,… Read more

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Bartow sheriff: Deputy fired, arrested with his fiance following an off-duty disturbance Saturday night caught on video.

Bartow sheriff: Deputy fired, arrested with his fiance following an off-duty disturbance Saturday night caught on video.

  Media release: A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy involved in an off-duty disturbance has been terminated and arrested. According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, former deputy Brison C. Strickland, 28, became involved in an off-duty disturbance at his home (a Cartersville apartment complex) on Saturday night. A female contacted Strickland and his fiancé Kristen P.… Read more

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All clear. Earlier: A real mess going from U.S. 41 to U.S. 411 back to Rome right now.

All clear. Earlier: A real mess going from U.S. 41 to U.S. 411 back to Rome right now.

Look for another way back to Rome from Cartersville and the interstate this morning as accidents have the ramp from U.S. 41 to U.S. 411 jammed (see Google Traffic map above). Your best bet might be to get over to Ga. 293 and the roundabout at Burnt Hickory and get on U.S. 411 at that… Read more

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Rome Police: K-9 Officer Josh Glover, K-9 partner Ash assigned to Rome Floyd County Metro Drug Task Force.

Rome Police: K-9 Officer Josh Glover, K-9 partner Ash assigned to Rome Floyd County Metro Drug Task Force.

  Media release: The Rome Police Department announces the assignment of K-9 Officer Josh Glover and his K-9 partner Ash to the Rome Floyd County Metro Drug Task Force effective Aug. 12. Glover and Ash will assist the unit with drug searches and recoveries. The team’s primary mission will be to identify illegal drug violations… Read more

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$4,750 reward paid to anonymous source who provided details needed to arrest, sentence local arson suspect.

$4,750 reward paid to anonymous source who provided details needed to arrest, sentence local arson suspect.

Media release: Georgia Arson Control awarded a $4,750 check on Monday to an individual for providing information that led to the arrest and sentencing in an arson case.   The person who was awarded the check chose to remain anonymous. Ken LeCroy, a Georgia Arson Control consultant, presented the check. “This is the first time the… Read more

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$2,400 hiring bonuses, employee incentives for successful applicants among new tactics area law enforcement is using to fill around two dozen openings.

$2,400 hiring bonuses, employee incentives for successful applicants among new tactics area law enforcement is using to fill around two dozen openings.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Signing bonuses for law enforcement officers? Employee incentives for finding successful applicants? Law enforcement agencies in Bartow and Floyd counties continue to face staffing shortages and are looking at creative ways to attract and retain qualified candidates to fill those positions.  While the Floyd County Police Department is fully staffed, other agencies… Read more

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Updated: Walker County sheriff’s sergeant shot in leg, suspect wounded Sunday night. GBI investigating.

Updated: Walker County sheriff’s sergeant shot in leg, suspect wounded Sunday night. GBI investigating.

From the GBI, Monday morning: On Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at approximately 9:50 p.m., the GBI was requested by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred at 217 Clair St. in Rossville. Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 9:40 p.m., a Walker County Sheriff’s deputy was shot by Sherman Travis… Read more

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Funeral set for Tuesday for Rome man who died following a collision on the Bypass on Thursday afternoon.

Funeral set for Tuesday for Rome man who died following a collision on the Bypass on Thursday afternoon.

A funeral Mass is set for Tuesday for Luis Canela Hernandez, 77, who died Thursday evening following a head-on collision on the Bypass in Rome. Hernandez died several hours after the accident. The funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Rome. Daniel’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.… Read more

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Ski boat/personal water craft collision on Allatoona kills woman passenger, injuries operator.

Ski boat/personal water craft collision on Allatoona kills woman passenger, injuries operator.

Above: The latest from WSB. From Hometown: Here’s the latest, courtesy of Mark McKinnon, Public Affairs Officer with the DNR’s Law Enforcement Division At approximately 1 p.m. Saturday, DNR game wardens responded to a boat incident on Allatoona Lake at Little River. In the incident, a ski boat and a personal watercraft collided just north of Little… Read more

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Metro Drug Task Force arrests Silver Creek man on 19 counts a day after Shorter Avenue raid.

Metro Drug Task Force arrests Silver Creek man on 19 counts a day after Shorter Avenue raid.

Patrick Wayne Gaylor, 33, of Silver Creek is the latest suspect arrested by the Rome Floyd County Metro Drug Task Force and in this case, he faces 19 charges, Floyd County Jail records show. Gaylor was booked into the county jail on Saturday and remained there Sunday morning. In addition to several drug charges, he… Read more

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A year ago, the remains of a dismembered woman were discovered at the Bartow County Landfill. No one was prepared for where the grisly case would lead.

A year ago, the remains of a dismembered woman were discovered at the Bartow County Landfill. No one was prepared for where the grisly case would lead.

  It was midday on another hot August day when a sanitation worker saw something that would shock Northwest Georgia. The dismembered parts of a woman had been stuffed in separate bags and dumped at the Bartow County Landfill. The worker spotted the victim’s torso and, within minutes, arriving police officers knew it was a… Read more

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