Category Archives: Crimewatch

Broad Street hair salon owner charged with murder, other counts in husband’s death last September in Chattooga County.

Broad Street hair salon owner charged with murder, other counts in husband’s death last September in Chattooga County.

Renee Lanham, the owner of Hair Benders salon at 520 Broad St., has been charged with the September murder of her husband, Eddie, from last September, according to Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader. His news release: On Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at approximately 8 a.m., investigators with the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office along with special… Read more

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Cedartown Police: Nearly 50 dogs, many in ill health, taken from home, being nursed back to health; two arrested. Second such case in Polk County since August.

Cedartown Police: Nearly 50 dogs, many in ill health, taken from home, being nursed back to health; two arrested. Second such case in Polk County since August.

  Media release: Two Cedartown residents are facing multiple animal cruelty charges after a search by police revealed dozens of dogs living inside their home. William Roberson and Heather Trautwein are facing criminal charges after police say nearly 50 dogs – all in various states of ill health – were discovered inside the home at… Read more

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One dead, one critical following armed robberies at two convenience stores Tuesday evening;  Rome man charged with murder, other counts.

One dead, one critical following armed robberies at two convenience stores Tuesday evening; Rome man charged with murder, other counts.

The following is based on multiple reports from the Floyd County and Rome police departments, the coroner’s office, jail reports and WRGA. One person is dead following a shooting at Burnett Ferry Quick Stop (Hi-Tech Fuel) at 500 Burnett Ferry Road late Tuesday. There was a second shooting, this one at North Elm, also Tuesday night.… Read more

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Rome Police: Highlands River employee charged with sexual assault of patient.

Rome Police: Highlands River employee charged with sexual assault of patient.

Media release: On Feb. 1, Highland Rivers staff members were advised that an employee was possibly having inappropriate relations with a patient at their facility. Upon further investigation, they discovered that the employee was a nursing assistant. Management at Highland Rivers immediately notified the Rome Police Department of the allegations. Upon completion of an investigation… Read more

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Model High student treated, released from hospital after being struck while rushing to catch a missed bus.

Model High student treated, released from hospital after being struck while rushing to catch a missed bus.

This update from WRGA, citing Floyd County Police: The 18-year old male had missed the school bus and was running in the middle of Norwood Street in order to catch it at the next stop. A vehicle was traveling in the opposite direction and the two collided. The teen was able to walk into the ambulance… Read more

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Polk Drug Task Force: 2015 bust broke up southeastern meth distribution network; 18 now convicted; $2 million in fines.

Polk Drug Task Force: 2015 bust broke up southeastern meth distribution network; 18 now convicted; $2 million in fines.

  Media release: The Polk County Drug Task Force and the Polk County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that 18 people will serve a combined 83 years in prison and pay nearly $2 million in fines following their arrest in a July 2015 drug bust. A total of 28 people were arrested during the July… Read more

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Traffic alert: Crash has westbound lanes of Kingston Highway blocked, should clear by 10:45 p.m. One person transported to hospital with injuries.

Traffic alert: Crash has westbound lanes of Kingston Highway blocked, should clear by 10:45 p.m. One person transported to hospital with injuries.

  Emergency crews are on the scene of a crash on Kingston Highway at Turner Chapel Road. According to Georgia State Patrol Officer Jeremy Battle, the eastbound lanes of Kingston Highway have just reopened and the westbound lanes towards town should be open by 10:45 p.m. According to Battle, the driver of an SUV was… Read more

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Gordon, Clayton deputies arrest murder suspect at Resaca hotel; victim was 17-year-old from Riverdale.

Gordon, Clayton deputies arrest murder suspect at Resaca hotel; victim was 17-year-old from Riverdale.

Media release: On Tuesday afternoon, deputy sheriffs from Clayton County called on the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office for assistance in locating and arresting a fugitive wanted in connection with a Saturday night homicide in Clayton County. Gordon deputies and detectives — along with Clayton County deputies — followed a lead which led them to a local… Read more

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Trion man injured in Armuchee collision Tuesday night dies from injuries. Also: Alabama driver indicted on charges from a nearby accident that killed a Cedartown man.

Trion man injured in Armuchee collision Tuesday night dies from injuries. Also: Alabama driver indicted on charges from a nearby accident that killed a Cedartown man.

A Trion man injured in a serious collision at Ga. 140 and U.S. 27 on Tuesday night has died. Charles E. “Buddy” Hammonds, age 83, “passed away peacefully Friday January 12, 2018, in Floyd Medical Center after injuries sustained in an automobile (accident),” according to his obituary noticed posted by Mason Funeral Home of Summerville.… Read more

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Mother of two men killed in Kingston house fire last month has also died.

Mother of two men killed in Kingston house fire last month has also died.

The mother of two men killed in a Kingston house fire on Dec. 29 has also died. Glenda Croy, age 68, passed away Thursday at Cobb Wellstar Hospital according to an obituary from the South Canton Funeral Home. She had been hospitalized since the December 29 fire on Martin Luther King Jr. Circle in Kingston. Her husband,… Read more

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Updated: GBI identifies man who’s body was found on I-75 in Emerson as Mack Griggs of Forrest Park; investigation continues.

Updated: GBI identifies man who’s body was found on I-75 in Emerson as Mack Griggs of Forrest Park; investigation continues.

FRIDAY’S UPDATE The GBI has identified the man found on I-75 near Emerson on Wednesday as Mack Owen Griggs, 24, of Forest Park, Ga. “Investigators are still working to determine whether Griggs’ death is a homicide or accident,” according to the latest statement. Friends are starting to post tribute messages on his Facebook page. It… Read more

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Cause of Jan. 7th fatal fire in Cedartown ruled accidental by state fire investigators

Cause of Jan. 7th fatal fire in Cedartown ruled accidental by state fire investigators

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said an investigation by his office into a fire that killed a Polk County woman on Sunday, Jan. 7 has been ruled accidental. Shirley Richards, 69, died in the fire at 122 Herbert Street, Cedartown, Ga. Fire Investigators determined that flammable materials placed too close to a natural… Read more

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Cartersville mass arrest update: District attorney drops charges against 64 of 65 arrested.

Cartersville mass arrest update: District attorney drops charges against 64 of 65 arrested.

    Jan. 12:  Cherokee District Attorney Rosemary Greene has dismissed charges against 64 of the 65 people arrested at a house party early Dec. 31 in Cartersville according to media release from her office. “The District Attorney’s Office has reviewed the files pertaining to the event of sixty-five individuals for possessions of marijuana on… Read more

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One man hospitalized following car vs. bicycle accident on Turner McCall Thursday afternoon.

One man hospitalized following car vs. bicycle accident on Turner McCall Thursday afternoon.

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