According to Assistant Police Chief Greg Cooper, many of the reports are concentrated on the north end of town, but not all. The vehicles do not appear to have been physically broken into. The incidents appear to be a case of someone gaining quick access, like opening an unlocked door, to easily-spotted visible valuables located inside, he explained. (more…)
A young mother is dead and her baby son seriously wounded after a large piece of a tree fell and struck them while sitting on a bench at Peek Forest Park early in the evening on Friday.
According to Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier, the 16-year-old mother was sitting on a bench near the playground area when the top section of a large oak tree suddenly fell and struck the mother and her son, causing serious injury. (more…)
UPDATE: 4:48 PM
From Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome:
At approximately 1326 hours CPD officers along with CFD Fire/Rescue and Redmond EMS were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on West Rome Hwy at Walmart. 911 reported a possible entrapment/injuries.
Officers and Rescue personnel arrived at approximately 1331 hours. Five vehicles were involved in the motor vehicle accident with one vehicle, a Chrysler Sebring, turned over on its roof. The driver of the Chrysler was extracted from the vehicle by CFD Rescue and Redmond EMS. The driver of the Chrysler ( Linda Beall 68 YOA W/F ) suffered apparent head injuries and was airlifted from the scene. No other injuries were reported as a result of the accident. Two vehicles were removed from the scene by wrecker services, three were driven from the scene by occupants.
On initial review of the evidence from the scene and witness testimony it appears that Beall had been driving her vehicle south bound on W. Rome Hwy as the traffic light at the intersection of Walmart was red and traffic was slowing to a stop or stopped. Bell appeared to begin breaking approximately 181 feet prior to her vehicle’s point of rest, striking a vehicle in the left lane, flipping onto the roof of her vehicle, and striking another vehicle in the left lane before sliding into another vehicle in the right lane which knocked that vehicle into the rear of the vehicle ahead of it.
The south bound roadway remained closed from officers arrival until our departure at approximately 1530 hours. The north bound lanes were closed for a period of time while a landing zone was established for the helicopter on West Rome Hwy between Main Street and the Walmart entrance.
TAMPA, Fla. — Gas prices are still creeping up in some parts of the southeastern United States, but motorists are forecast to pay the lowest summer gas prices since 2009. In comparison to this same date last year, motorists in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are saving 87 cents, 88 cents, 92 cents per gallon respectively.
“Prices should begin to drop later this month as refiners around the nation complete their maintenance switchover to produce summer-fuel grades,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, The Auto Club Group. “The post-switchover drop in June over the past five years has averaged 12 cents per gallon.” (more…)
That represents a milestone for the local job market, according to Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.
“That’s the lowest the unemployment rate has been in Polk County since August 2008,” said Butler. (more…)
The Polk County Chamber of Commerce has named Bussey’s Florist as the 2014 Small Business of the Year.
According to a press release from the Chamber,
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help staffing company Aerotek recruit about 45 workers for The Hon Corporation’s manufacturing plant in Cedartown. The company manufactures office furniture.
The recruiting event will be held Wednesday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Rome campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College, 1 Maurice Culberson Dr., S.W.
The staffing company is recruiting machine and forklift operators and welders, along with assembly-line workers and people to sew fabric for office chairs. Staff from the GDOL will be available to help the employer screen applicants prior to the interviews. (more…)
Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome says that as another officer was attempting to pull over a driver on East Avenue, the driver was throwing items out of the car and refused to stop. Those items were later determined to be baggies of suspected methamphetamine.
Officer Josh Turner was responding to a call from the pursuing officer for back up.
“Officer Turner was responding to that request for assistance when he lost control of his patrol car on the wet road,” said Newsome. “He went headlong into a building on the west end of Main Street in the 400 block.”
Turner was transported to Floyd Medical Center in Rome and then airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. Newsome said that he had undergone surgery on Sunday for some serious injuries but is expected to survive.
“The thing that we are thankful for is that we didn’t lose Josh,” said Newsome. “We are behind him 100 percent.”
The officers had to leave the traffic stop to render aid to Officer Turner, but an investigation is currently underway.
According to Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier, 41-year-old Paul Odell McGee of a Bethlehem Road address in Rockmart was located just after 11:00 a.m. by walkers on the trail near a rest area on the trail near Bethlehem Road.
Brazier pronounced McGee dead on the scene at approximately 11:20 a.m. Saturday, and said that he could see no visible signs of trauma or injuries.
“The decedent appeared to have been there overnight,” said Brazier. “We believe he passed sometime between 10:30 and 11:30 Friday night.”
Brazier said the body has been sent to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy, but no foul play is suspected at this time.
The Polk County Police Department, along with the Polk County Coroner’s Office, are continuing to investigate.
According to Newsome, officers with the Cedartown Police Department responded to a call this morning on Main Street by a concerned resident. “This individual called in to report suspicious activity of a person riffling through several other vehicles in that location and entering an auto,” Newsome said. “From that initial call, we were able to issue a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the suspect based on vehicle description.” (more…)