More information has surfaced in the incident of a Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy being arrested for various fraud charges. According to Polk County Sheriff Kelly McLendon, 42 year old Kenneth Gravett was arrested and posted bond Monday. An FBI Investigation led to a warrant for his arrest. Gravett was booked and released by U.S. Marshals. The sheriff said a law enforcement official arrested here would never spend time in the Polk County Jail but would be sent elsewhere if he or she were incarcerated. A 17 year veteran of the force, Gravett is facing Federal charges of wire fraud and mail fraud. The charges stem from questions raised by an insurance company over a vehicle claim. Investigators originally speculated that Gravett may also be charged with insurance fraud, but Sheriff McLendon says that he will not be charged for that offence. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.
Cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana were all seized by Metro Task Force Officers during a raid at a home in south Rome around 7:30 Thursday night. Officers carried a search warrant to 119 East Main, where they arrested four individuals; 20 year old Jason Ragland was charged with the Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute; 20 year old Porsha Teems was charged with Possession of Cocaine; 24 year old Jon Shepherd was charged with Possession of Methamphetamines; while 21 year old Charity Herring was charged with Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute. Jail records indicated that Herring, Teems and Shepherd all lived at the home which Task Force officers raided. All four are also charged with Possession of those Drugs within a thousand feet of the new Boys & Girls Club facility.
Rome police are still searching for a suspect in connection with a shooting Thursday afternoon in North Rome. Police identified the victim as 26-year-old Shalamar Cunningham, was shot about 3 p.m. in North Rome on Thursday. Investigators were working the scene of the crime on Evans Street near the intersection with Howell Street. The call came in as a shooting at nearby Eagle Park, and as police were en route to that location, a potential victim walked into Floyd Medical Center with gunshot wounds. Officials say that person was a victim of the shooting on Evans Street. Late Thursday night, police confirmed one suspect had been arrested and the hunt was on for another. Quavarez Marquel Cunningham was in custody and warrants have been issued for Deavonti Daniel. Cunningham was listed in stable condition at the Floyd Medical Center.
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.