An arrest of a Polk County man earlier this month was one of many arrests conducted across the state as part of a multi-agency electronic child pornography sting.
According to a press release issued this week, the state wide endeavor, known as Operation MasqueRAID, began in July 2014 and centered on GBI agents, along with local and federal Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force affiliates, detecting child pornography images being shared using the internet.
According to Polk County Jail records, 20-year-old Dwight Davis of Lees Chapel Road in Cedartown was arrested and charged with computer/electronic pornography and child exploitation.
The press release indicates that the targets of Operation MasquRAID were the most prolific offenders of child pornography.
So far statewide, 595 digital images of child pornography have been seized and 18 arrests have been made, with more expected.
More than 500 people toured the new home of Polk Medical Center as the hospital opened the doors for its Grand Preview event. It was the first opportunity for the community to see the $40 million medical complex, which will officially open on November 6.
“I stand in awe of the entire project and the timeframe in which it was built,” said Harold Wyatt, Chairman of Polk Medical Center, Inc. and the Cedartown-Polk County Hospital Authority. “The $40 million investment in our community is undoubtedly the most important health care development in the history of Polk County.”
For Polk Medical Center’s leadership, today was a day that has been anticipated for quite some time. (more…)
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 7.9 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in August. The rate in September of last year was 8.0 percent.
“The rate dropped because there were 5,744 fewer unemployed people in September, according to the federal government’s monthly household survey, and we had fewer new layoffs,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.
While the rate decreased, Georgia lost 7,300 jobs in September, as the total number of jobs dropped to 4,129,200. The net loss was mostly seasonal in nature, with the biggest reduction being the loss of 9,200 jobs in leisure and hospitality, as many students left summer jobs to return to school. Additional losses came in several sectors. Despite the overall loss, government gained 8,200 jobs, which were mostly in public schools, and other gains came in educational and health services and trade and transportation. (more…)
Bond was denied during a pre-trial hearing and arraignment Tuesday morning in Polk County Superior Court of the man who allegedly gunned down a former police officer in early August.
John Paul Jones has been in jail ever since his arrest on August 6, when police say he fatally shot Michael Robinson outside of Jones’ home on Fair Oaks Road in Cedartown.
In the hearing, emotional testimony was heard from family members of Jones, including his wife, who spoke on his severe alcohol problem. After hearing numerous witnesses, Judge Michael Murphy denied bond and proceeded to arraign Jones on charges of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm while trying to commit crimes.
“We’re pleased with the judge’s decision to deny bond in the case given the testimony and the facts that came out in the hearing,” said District Attorney Jack Browning, who will be prosecuting the case.
He says he expects the case will swiftly move to trial by early December.
Jones was represented by a public defender in his bond hearing and arraignment. Judge Murphy said that the case will be one of the first to come to trial on his December calendar.
Cedartown Police have arrested a man involved in a shooting on South Martiele Street Monday afternoon.
According to Police Chief Jamie Newsome, officers arrived at the residence at 3:30 p.m. Monday to find a man laying in the front yard of the residence with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Floyd Medical Center in Rome for treatment.
Investigators determined from witness statements that the gunshot victim was intoxicated and became irate and had threatened the residents at the home that he would come back and shoot them. When the man left and came back with a gun, someone in the residence shot him in self defense.
Brian Corn, 34 of 1810 Rockmart Highway in Cedartown, was treated and then released into the custody of Cedartown Police.
Corn was arrested and taken to the Polk County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault. He remains there with no bond set. Additional charges could be forthcoming.