Rockmart Police Chief Keith Sorrells is urging citizens of Rockmart not to become part of the problem as an ongoing vandalism spree explodes through the small town. Sorrells says he’s seen many citizens that are taking protection to the extreme. Aragon is just the latest in a number of vandalism cases in Polk County. But in this incident, police have a suspect in at least two of the cases. Aragon Police Department reports state the latest incident happened last Wednesday when a woman on Sixth Street discovered that someone had attempted to slash her tire. There are no suspects in that case. However, police do have a suspect in two cases occurring in early June on Sixth Street. In one of those cases, a resident found a man near the rear driver’s side window of his Ford Explorer holding a hammer in his hand. The complainant told police he recognized the man. Based on the witness’s statement, police are looking for 20-year-old Justin Lee Ballew of Aragon for questioning. The vehicle-owner reportedly called out Ballew’s name and the man then took off. No entry was made into the vehicle but the incident left a long scratch on the Explorer. Another resident at that Sixth Street home told police that her car had been broken into and several items had been stolen, including a GPS system. Police are still looking for Ballew.
A south-facing window was replaced Tuesday afternoon at Jim and Jean Lankford’s antique store on Main St. in Cedartown after vandals reportedly threw rocks through the glass. The Lankfords assume that the incident occurred late Sunday night. When the Lankfords arrived for work Monday morning, they noticed the broken window closest to the railroad tracks and two rocks inside the store. Jim and Jean Lankford also own Lankford motors, located on Main St. as well. Police are investigating a string of several recent acts of vandalism all over Polk County.
Rockmart police are investigating a rash of vandalism incidents occurring over the weekend in which approximately 27 cars suffered damage. Police Chief Keith Sorrells said most of the incidents were in the Goodyear Village, specifically Clearwater Street, 1st and 3rd Avenues. However, he said others reported similar damage in North Marble, Hogue and Pearl Streets. The first report came in around 3:20 a.m. Friday. Other reports indicate that some are throwing canned food items at windows to break them and Sorrells said there was one case where someone poured salad dressing into a gas tank. The latest round of incidents featured paint being stroked, splattered and poured on cars. The police chief said nothing was taken from any of the cars. Sorrells said police are theorizing that the damage is being done by juveniles out of school with nothing better to do. However, he is quick to say they don’t know that for sure. The police chief said the vandals would face some serious consequences if they were caught. Sorrells asks that anyone with any information call 770-684-6558 or 911 to assist in the investigation.
A local resident returned from vacation to find his house broken into with numerous items taken valued at almost $3,000. Cedartown officers were dispatched to the Fairview Ave. residence after the complainant entered the burglarized home. Police reported that the residence was in total disarray. The point of entry appeared to be a screen door to a back porch that had been cut. The back door to the home was also damaged and appeared that it was kicked in. Items stolen from the house were a 42 inch television, a DVD player, a Playstation 2, a .22 Magnum revolver, four cell phones, as well as numerous other items. The complainant called police back to tell them it appeared the suspects had driven his Honda Accord. The complainant reported damage on the driver’s side rear bumper area, and noted that the battery was dead also. Police were able to lift fingerprints from the driver and passenger sides of the car. In total, 37 items were inventoried with a listed value of $2,896.
Rockmart Police Department officers were knocking on doors early Friday morning with bad news: several car windows were smashed in a spree of vandalism. The damage took place either late Thursday night or early Friday morning. The damage appeared to have been random. Cars were hit while parked on streets in front of homes. At least one damaged vehicle was parked almost directly beneath a security light. It made no difference. Among the neighborhoods hit was the Goodyear Village area of Rockmart.
An Aragon Woman has been arrested and charged with stabbing her brother. According to reports, 46 year old Regina Irene Plunkett of Aragon has been charged with aggravated assault after she was arrested for allegedly stabbing her brother during a domestic fight Wednesday night. Police were called when the brother was seen bleeding in a parking lot of a convenience store near his home. The victim lived with Plunkett and her husband. The victim suffered four stab wounds to the abdomen and back.
Polk County police were one of several agencies assisting in a drug sweep netting nine arrests and 10 firearms, including two assault rifles. According to Bartow/Cartersville Drug Task Force officials, the raids and arrests happened last Wednesday. Officials said the arrests were the result of simultaneous search warrants executed throughout Cartersville and Bartow County. Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap and Cartersville Police Chief Tommy Culpepper said the investigation began more than two months ago. Both said agents identified a drug operation supplying a large amount of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy to the area and the investigation also revealed a sophisticated marijuana manufacturing operation. The sweep incorporated all of the areas law enforcement resources including the task force, Polk County police, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Bartow County Sheriffs Office SWAT Team, and the Cartersville Police Department.
A 19 year old Cartersville man has been accused of attempted murder. According to information from the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Ryan McBrayer of Cartersville has been charged with one count of criminal attempt to commit felony murder. McBrayer was arrested Thursday on terroristic threats and acts charges. Investigators then uncovered what they say was a plan to murder at least one person in Bartow County. The details of that plan were not released, but officers believe McBrayer was acting alone. McBrayer is currently on bond for more than 56 charges stemming from a 2007 arrest and is scheduled to appear in court later this month on those charges. McBrayer is being held at the Bartow County Jail pending a bond hearing on this new charge.
Three people were arrested after an apparent road rage incident in Cedartown Monday afternoon. According to Cedartown Assistant Police Chief Jamie Newsome, five Cedartown Police units arrived on the scene at the Cedartown Rite Aid location on North Main Street at around 3 p.m. According to Newsome, the initial call reported that a subject had pointed a gun at another person. But after the initial investigation, it became clear that no gun was involved. Newsome added that someone had commented that a subject may have entered the store. But a search of the premesis turned up nothing. Because of the possibility of a gun being involved in the incident, all available units were dispatched to the scene. The three individuals arrested whose identities have not yet been released, were taken to Polk County jail and were later released on bond.
Cedartown officers, along with assistance from other local and national agencies, attempted to execute an arrest warrant at a Herbert St. residence on June 10. During the incident, 27 year old Daryl Bernard Wofford of Cedartown, took flight out the rear door in an attempt to elude officers. While giving chase, Wofford threw an object into a yard and continued to run south towards Stubbs Street. U.S. Marshals caught Wofford in an area between Ware and Stubbs streets. The object Wofford threw was also recovered. The object turned out to be a set of digital scales with suspected cocaine residue on them. Wofford was charged with a felony count of cocaine possession, a felony count of possession of tools for the commission of a crime and a misdemeanor count of obstruction of an officer. Wofford was arrested and booked at the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.