Category Archives: Crimewatch

Services set for 2 p.m. Friday in Cedartown for 11-year-old found dead in Northeast Alabama last Saturday morning.

Services set for 2 p.m. Friday in Cedartown for 11-year-old found dead in Northeast Alabama last Saturday morning.

  Services are set for this Friday afternoon in Cedartown for the 11-year-old girl found strangled Saturday morning around 12 hours she disappeared from a relative’s home in Northeast Alabama.  Amberly Alexis Barnett Pope will be remembered in the service set for 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedartown. Nearly 200 messages have been left on… Read more

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Services set for mother of two killed Tuesday after her vehicle slid on an ice patch on Mathis Road.

Services set for mother of two killed Tuesday after her vehicle slid on an ice patch on Mathis Road.

Ms. Cami Sheree Ellis, age 31, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at a local hospital. Ms. Ellis was born in Marietta, Georgia, on April 20, 1987, daughter of Danny Ellis and the late Kristie Wade Ellis. She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, Rachel Wade, Bobby Ellis and Janice… Read more

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Now on duty: K9 Brew, a Belgian Malinois, gifted to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in appreciation of RomeGaCares’ assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. He’s partnered with Deputy Chris Snyder.

Now on duty: K9 Brew, a Belgian Malinois, gifted to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in appreciation of RomeGaCares’ assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. He’s partnered with Deputy Chris Snyder.

On Dec. 17, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office was gifted Brew, a Belgian Malinois, by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Florida to be our newest K9 Deputy. This kind gesture was done in response to our assistance during the aftermath of Hurricane Michael with the RomeGaCares project. Deputy Chris Snyder, with whom Brew is… Read more

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Rome man, 35, faces homicide by vehicle, other charges in Feb. 3 collision on Ga. 101 that claimed the life of his wife.

Rome man, 35, faces homicide by vehicle, other charges in Feb. 3 collision on Ga. 101 that claimed the life of his wife.

A Rome man faces felony first-degree homicide by vehicle, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving and another count following a Feb. 3 collision that killed his wife, according to Floyd County Jail records. Charles Brandon Slaton, 35, surrendered at the county jail. He had been recovering from injuries he sustained in the accident on Ga. 101… Read more

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7:15 p.m. Traffic: Both lanes of U.S. 411 at Spout Springs Road near Cave Spring now open after truck overturns.

7:15 p.m. Traffic: Both lanes of U.S. 411 at Spout Springs Road near Cave Spring now open after truck overturns.

7:15 p.m. Both lanes of U.S. 411 (Cave Spring Highway) at Spout Springs Road are now open after this afternoon crash. Traffic to and from Cave Spring is going to be rough during this evening’s commute as a truck has overturned on the highway. The Floyd County Police Department reports that “Cave Spring Highway is… Read more

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Gordon County Sheriff: Traffic stop ends with seizure of large amount of meth; Fairmount driver also charged with obstruction after confronting deputies.

Gordon County Sheriff: Traffic stop ends with seizure of large amount of meth; Fairmount driver also charged with obstruction after confronting deputies.

  From Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston: At about 2:40 p.m. Thursday, a deputy sheriff stopped a suspicious Honda Civicautomobile on Cook Road in the Resaca community. When the driver stepped out, the deputy discovered a large amount of methamphetamine on his person. When the deputy attempted to take the driver, subsequently identified as Matthew Lamar Lyn… Read more

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U.S. Attorney: Cartersville man, 21, arraigned on charges he ran a foreign currency investment fraud scheme.

U.S. Attorney: Cartersville man, 21, arraigned on charges he ran a foreign currency investment fraud scheme.

Media release: Kevin Perry of Cartersville has been arraigned on charges that he ran a foreign currency investment fraud scheme. “This defendant allegedly defrauded investors who trusted him with their hard-earned money,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.  “Even after regulators took action against Perry, he allegedly continued to seek to defraud investors, including… Read more

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Shopping and safety concerns: A closer look at police reports from the shopping centers that include Publix, Walmart stores in east and west Rome.

Shopping and safety concerns: A closer look at police reports from the shopping centers that include Publix, Walmart stores in east and west Rome.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net As a follow-up to last week’s Hometown Headlines’ report into security issues and criminal activity at Riverbend Center in Rome — prompted by a customer’s close call in the parking lot (click here) — we’re now looking at reports from three other busy shopping areas since March 2018: Charles Hight Square/Publix,… Read more

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Adairsville Police: 22-year-old mother charged with second degree murder in the September 2018 death of her 4-month-old baby.

Adairsville Police: 22-year-old mother charged with second degree murder in the September 2018 death of her 4-month-old baby.

From Adairsville Police: The Adairsville Police department has made an arrest for Murder in the Second Degree (Felony). Destiney Diane Wheat, 22 years of age, from 210 North Main Street in Adairsville, was arrested at about noon on Saturday the 23rd day of February. On September 28, 2018 at about 9:00 a.m.,Adairsville Police along with Fire/First Responders responded… Read more

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Suspect wanted in Jan. 6 shooting of a Rome man now in custody.

Suspect wanted in Jan. 6 shooting of a Rome man now in custody.

A suspect wanted in a Jan. 6 shooting on Dodd Boulevard that left one man hospitalized is in the Floyd County Jail this morning. Arrest records show Derricus Jamar Wade, 29, was arrested Thursday on the following charges: Two counts of purchase, possession, manufacture,distribution or sale of marijuana. Possession of drug-related objects. Theft by receiving… Read more

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5 Polk County residents, Lindale woman arrested in drug crackdowns this month.

5 Polk County residents, Lindale woman arrested in drug crackdowns this month.

Media release: Citizen complaints and anonymous tip information pertaining to drug distribution lead to several surveillance operations in Rockmart by the Polk County Drug Task Force. These operations resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine ICE, prescription medications, marijuana, and tools used for narcotics distribution. In addition, agents seized $2,349 and a 2002 Cadillac. The operations… Read more

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Rome Police searching for 34-year-old suspect following midday shooting at Shorter Avenue convenience store; victim recovering following surgery.

Rome Police searching for 34-year-old suspect following midday shooting at Shorter Avenue convenience store; victim recovering following surgery.

  Media release: At approximately 12:45 p.m., Rome Police responded to a shooting that was reported outside the Exxon Service Station at 1941 Shorter Ave.  A black male, Charmian Perkins, 25, was shot after a brief altercation with another black male, Patrick Cortez Turner. The shooting occurred inside the business. Perkins was shot as he… Read more

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Update: Vic Reynolds takes oath of office to serve as the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Update: Vic Reynolds takes oath of office to serve as the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

  Rome native Vic Reynolds is now on duty as the newest director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Until recent, he served asdistrict attorney of Cobb County. A former Floyd County police officer, chief magistrate judge, prosecutor, and criminal defense attorney, Reynolds was elected District Attorney for Cobb County in 2012. He and his wife… Read more

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After armed customer scares off potential threat leaving Kroger last month, investigation shows 44 ‘incidents’ at Riverbend since March 2018, ranging from assaults to armed robbery to vehicle theft. Violent 2016 attack never was solved.

After armed customer scares off potential threat leaving Kroger last month, investigation shows 44 ‘incidents’ at Riverbend since March 2018, ranging from assaults to armed robbery to vehicle theft. Violent 2016 attack never was solved.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Ledbetter Properties is looking at options to improve security at its Riverbend shopping center, just off Turner McCall Boulevard and Riverbend Drive in Rome, after a shopper was recently accosted in the parking lot. It’s one of more than 40 reported criminal/suspicious incidents occurring since March 2018, not to mention the… Read more

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GBI continues to investigate officer-involved shooting in Bartow County. Suspect shot as he tried to run over BCSO deputy. The deputy not injured; suspect in critical condition.

GBI continues to investigate officer-involved shooting in Bartow County. Suspect shot as he tried to run over BCSO deputy. The deputy not injured; suspect in critical condition.

  THE LATEST From the GBI: On Friday, February 15, 2019, the GBI was requested by the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation. Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 11:51 am, BCSO Deputy Matthew Aliberti initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by a male subject, identified as Charles… Read more

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