Rockmart Police have captured the alleged suspect in a duo of robberies at the same convenience store. According to Detective David Gowens, 50 year old Dexter Leonard Gary of a Rockmart address was arrested by police and charged with two counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault for the two robberies at the Mapco convenience store at 104 GTM Parkway close to Georgia Highway 101. The first robbery occurred around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, May 31. The suspect, according to what the clerk told police, was a black male. He reportedly used a knife to threaten the clerk and stole $50 from the cash register, according to a police report. The second incident happened this past Wednesday, June 10 around 1:10 a.m. He said a man fitting the earlier description threatened the clerk with a knife. This time, he stole $35 from the cash drawer. Investigators said Gary was arrested on leads found through the investigation. The clerk was not hurt in either incident.
Carroll County authorities Thursday were investigating the apparent shooting deaths of two people whose bodies were discovered overnight. The bodies were found following a traffic stop in Atlanta, according to Carroll County sheriffs Capt. Shane Taylor. The motorist stopped in Atlanta had some weapons on him, and advised officers that he had committed a double homicide in Carroll County. When deputies went to a home off Peek Drive near Carrollton, they found the bodies of a man and a woman inside. Taylor said there were possible family ties between the suspect, who is in his 20s, and the victims. Their names have not been released.
A raid in Lindale resulted in the arrest of Dominique Porter and Marcus Beasley on 15 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals charges. Twelve adult male pit bulls, three females and six puppies were rescued at the Eden Circle home. In January, Porter was arrested and charged with six counts of felony dog fighting and six misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. Simmons was also involved in that case. Norred & Associates, an Atlanta based corporate security and investigation firm, had been monitoring the operation for some time. Police said that the dogs that were rescued Thursday were living in horrible conditions. Most of the dogs were taken by animal control for examination, and some were taken to a local veterinary office for medical attention.
Rockmart police are investigating whether the latest robbery at a local convenience store is the same robber. Sgt. David Gowens of the Rockmart Police Department said the robbery occurred around 1:10 a.m. Wednesday morning at Mapco, a convenience store at 104 GTM Parkway near Highway 101. He said the man threatened with a knife and stole $35 from the cash drawer. No one was hurt in the incident. Gowens said this is exactly the same circumstances which occurred at a robbery at that convenience store May 31. However, Gowens said he needs to look at video to determine if this robber matches the description given in the last incident. Police ask that anyone with any information call 770-684-2354.
Information has now surfaced on the woman arrested last Monday in relation to an attempted robbery at a Mountain Home Loop Road address. According to Polk County Police, 23 year old Jessica Lane Griffen of a Morton Springs Rd. address in Cedartown apparently owned the Jeep allegedly used in the May 7 attempted burglary. Griffen was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal trespass and conspiracy. The Jeep was the vehicle impounded in the chase and arrest of 35 year old James Edward Anderson and 23 year old Amanda Maureen Day both of Cedartown. Both were captured the day of the incident and are charged in the burglary. In that burglary incident, the property owner told police he came to the residence to find two men carrying items out of the house. He held a gun on the pair while law enforcement was called, but the men fled when they heard sirens. Police say that the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.
A domestic incident has resulted in the death of a Cartersville woman and the arrest of her sister on a murder charge. 28 year old Tanisia Thomas is charged with the stabbing death of her sister, Tavarra Williams. The incident occurred at a home on Mission Ridge Drive where deputies found the victim in her driveway with what turned out to be fatal stab wounds. Thomas was taken into custody a short time later at a home on Euharlee Road and is now being detained in the Bartow County jail pending a bond hearing in the Bartow Superior Court. Bartow County Sheriff’s Department investigators have declined to comment on what prompted the assault.
Polk County police have made a third arrest in the May 7th attempted burglary at a house on Mountain Home Loop Road. According to reports, 23 year old Jessica Lane Griffen of a Morton Springs Rd. address in Cedartown was arrested Friday, June 1 on a warrant from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. She is charged with burglary, criminal trespass and conspiracy. Officials from Polk County Police said Griffin’s arrest is related to the May arrests of 35 year old James Edward Anderson and 23 year old Amanda Maureen Day both of Cedartown. Both Anderson and Day were captured after a chase by law enforcement and are charged in the Mountain Home Loop Road burglary. However, it is not yet known how Griffen was involved. In that burglary incident, the property owner came to the residence to find two men carrying items out of the house. He held a gun on the pair while law enforcement was called, but the men fled when they heard sirens. Anderson and Day were captured later that day after law enforcement from several agencies staked lookouts for the male suspects.
A Rockmart man with warrants from Haralson County led Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputies on a chase that ended in a swamp near Woods Road at 7:30 Wednesday night, according to Cpl. John Blalock of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. According to Floyd County Jail records, 35 year old Paul Lynn Barton of 718 White River Road, in Rockmart, is charged five counts of misdemeanor obstruction and a number of warrants from Haralson County. Barton, also known as “Grave Digger”, fled from officers attempting to serve warrants and led them on a chase through the swamp, said Blalock. He is also being held without bond on a violation of his probation.
Rockmart Police are searching for the man who robbed a local convenience store early Sunday morning. Detective David Gowens of the RPD said the Mapco store, formerly known as Fast Food Fuel, on Highway 101 was robbed around 3:30 Sunday morning. The suspect was described by the store clerk as a black male. He reportedly used a knife to threaten the clerk. The robber stole $50 from the cash register, Gowens said. He is asking that anyone with information to call him at the Rockmart Police Department at (770) 684-6558.