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Two men were booked into the Gordon County Jail Thursday and charged with third degree arson, a felony. Details surrounding the arrests of 30 year-old Matthew Richards and 27 year-old Joshua Smith have not been released. In other incidents, authorities arrested 27 year-old Kimberly Bell on a charge of obstruction; 29 year-old Bethany Chumley has been charged with Burglary; and Daniel Schall, age 29 was arrested for giving officers false information, possession of schedule IV substances, and felony probation violation. 49 year-old Mary Elmore was arrested for felony possession of methamphetamine, and 32 year-old Jonathan Evans is facing several charges including possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug related objects, both felonies. All suspects remain in jail pending bond.

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld a ruling denying a new trial. Ted Debaise Robinson was found guilty of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, attempted armed robbery, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the killing of Timothy Lee Buck in June, 2011 in Bartow Co. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years.

Adairsville Police detectives in conjunction with the Department of Community Supervision went to the home of Corey Redd, 25 and Charla Barnette, 27, 106C Piedmont St., Adairsville, Wednesday afternoon. Detectives had information that they were involved in possession and sales of illegal narcotics. Officers located suspected methamphetamine, several pills, packaging material, scales and other drug related objects. The pair are each charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, possession of Schedule IV controlled substance with intent to distribute (Alprazolan), Possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug related objects.

At around 8:00pm Wednesday, Calhoun Firefighters responded to a Briarpatch Lane residence to the report of a fire. No one was hurt, and officials said that preliminary investigations are leading them to believe an electrical problem was the cause, however an official investigation will make that final determination. In other news from overnight, Gordon County Deputies arrested 38 year-old James Doyle Moss of a Millers Ferry Rd., Plainville address on a felony charge of meth possession. And in an unrelated incident, Gordon County Deputies arrested 55 year-old Bill Edward Garner of Hall Memorial Road in Resaca on a felony charge of Computer and Child Pornography. Moss is in jail without bond, as is Garner.

A Calhoun woman is in the Floyd County Jail facing numerous charges that range from fleeing to elude police, three counts obstruction, driving on a suspended license, DUI and several other offenses, as well as a warrant out of Cobb County. Tabitha Denise Baldwin, age 32, was arrested on Tuesday when police said she failed to stop for them when they tried to pull her over. Baldwin, according to police, led officers on a high speed chase that lasted for more than 20 miles. Reports added that when she was finally arrested, she allegedly admitted to police that earlier in the day she had been smoking meth. Floyd County Magistrate Robert Couey denied bond for Baldwin at her first court appearance on Wednesday.

Eight people were injured after a house fire in N.E. Cherokee County near the Forsyth County line around 11 p.m. Tuesday. Taylor Wilkie and her five children were asleep when the fire started. The mother ran through the home to save her children ranging in age from 18 months to 8 years old. Two of the children are in critical condition. The mother had burns all over her back. It's believed a wood burning stove started the fire.

A "Be On The Lookout" was issued Wednesday in Bartow, Gordon and Gilmer Counties for an Ellijay man who allegedly damaged a vehicle. The suspect came to a residence on Highway 20 Spur and was allegedly swearing and yelling for his girlfriend, who wasn't home. The suspect left but damaged a pickup truck in the driveway that belonged to his girlfriend's estranged husband. The pickup truck's tire had been cut, the turn signal was broken and the side bottom of the door was kicked in. The suspect, whose name has not yet been released by authorities, will be charged with criminal damage to property when he is caught.

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who stole a woman’s wallet containing more than $3,000 in cash. The theft happened on February 23rd at the Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store on West Walnut Avenue. A review of security cameras shows a man wearing a blue t-shirt and a red and black baseball cap take the wallet out of the cart before getting into a dark colored passenger sedan. Store employees recognized the suspect as a regular customer, saying that he is known for usually wearing a Shaw hat in the store, however, they do not know his name. Anyone with information is asked to call Dalton Police.

Dalton Police are investigating two people who stole more than $1,000 in cologne from Walgreen’s on West Walnut Avenue on February 27th, and detectives hope someone from the public will help pick up their scent. The theft was reported on March 1st. The suspects were a black male and a black female. The male wore a blue jacket over a pink button down shirt and a Pittsburgh Pirates flat billed baseball cap. The female wore dark-rimmed eye glasses and a green patterned top with a jacket. Police said they presume the suspects smell fantastic.

Almost 1.4 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from 2014-2018 models are being recalled. Ford said steering wheel bolts can loosen over time. The company says it knows of two crashes and one injury caused by the problem. Dealers will replace the bolts with longer ones that have more aggressive threads and a nylon patch to stop them from coming loose.

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) this week voted for and the House passed the STOP School Violence Act (H.R. 4909), bipartisan legislation to provide safety grants to schools. H.R. 4909 authorizes $75 million annually for grants that state and local schools can use to improve security. For example, recipient schools could use the grant funds to implement an anonymous reporting system for students, train students and staff to identify early signs of violence, and improve the school’s physical security features.

No charges are expected to be filed in connection to an accident that claimed the lives of two elderly pedestirans this past Friday night. The Georgia State Patrol said that Douglas and Helen Molzhan, both aged 81 from Egg harbor, Wisconsin were reportedly crossing Hwy 53 at Outlet Center Drive just before 8:00 pm when they were hit by a 1994 Ford F150, driven by Durham William Richards, 73, of Calhoun. Multiple first responders and agencies were on scene within minutes, however Douglas was pronounced dead there, while his wife Helen succumbed to her injuries after being taken to Gordon Hospital. Investigators with the State Patrol said the pedestrians failed to yield when crossing the multi-lane highway. The Molzhans were traveling back home to Wisconsin after having been on a trip to Florida.

Gordon County Jail records show that Sheriff's Deputies arrested 47 year-old Calhoun resident Craig Allmon on a felony charge of Aggravated Stalking on Tuesday. Details surrounding that investigation have not been released. Also arrested on Tuesday was 50 year-old Rusty Hyde, and Kathryn DeJuan, age 26, both of Woodstock. Each of them are charged by Calhoun Police with felony possesison of meth. DeJuan is also charged with felony possession of heroin. All suspects remain in the Gordon County Jail pending bond.

Gordon County Schools is participating in the National Day of Support for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School today at both the high and middle schools as they encourage students to “Walk Up”. At Gordon Central, a banner has been made available for students to sign in a show of support. Students are also allowed to "walk-out" of class but remain on campus and observe 17 minutes of silence - one minute for each victim that died in the shooting. Additionally, FCA is planning to gather around the flag pole Friday morning before school in support of the victims and their families. Sonoraville HS students who wish to participate may join in a moment of silence and a “Rise Up & Walk Up” 17 minute hallway walk and banner signing. Banners will be available for students to sign at RBMS and AMS, and the banners from all participating schools along with photos will be shared with MSD via social media. At Calhoun City Schools, instead of walking out of school today, administrators are educating and encouraging students to use their voice in a more positive fashion by challenging students to find 14 students and 3 adults to walk up to and say something nice in honor of those who died in Florida. Students in Whitfield County Schools are being prevented from participating in the nationwide event by Superintendent Dr. Judy Gilreath, who said students can demonstrate outside of school hours, and those who do walk out today will be given an unexcused absence.

A quick travel advisory for aware that Georgia DOT Maintenance will resume work today on repairing the guardrail along I-75 in Whitfield and Gordon Counties. Work will proceed daily between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.

As of Friday, March 9th, the following candidates have qualified to run for the 2018 General Primary/Nonpartisan Election in Gordon County: Chad Steward, Incumbent Republican will have to defend his seat on the board against Arthene Bressler, Democrat, for County Commission District 2; Becky Hood, Incumbent Republican, qualified for County Commission District 4; Charlie Walraven, Incumbent Republican, runs unopposed for County Board of Education Post 1; Dana Stewart, Incumbent Republican, and challenger Allen Dutch, Democrat, will face off for County Board of Education Post 3; For County Board of Education Post 5, Incumbent Republican Nan Barnette is challenged by Republican Kacee Smith; and Republican Eddie T. Hall is taking on Incumbent Republican Larry Massey, Jr. for County Board of Education Post 7 at large. Deadline to register to vote is April 24th. The General Primary will be held May 22; Runoff Elections on July 24 and the General Election, which will include the race for Georgia Governor, on November 6th.

The superintendent of Murray County Schools was fired, according to Chairman Greg Shoemaker, who said the board terminated superintendent Eric McFee during their Thursday night board meeting at the Central Office. Shoemaker says that it was a personnel matter, and did not elaborate further. Steve Loughridge, who is the financial director for the school board, was appointed to be the interim superintendent. Meanwhile, after more than three months of searching that yielded 17 applicants, Dalton City Schools Board of Education is scheduled to name its replacement for Superintendent Jim Hawkins at a special called meeting next week. The finalists are current interim Superintendent Don Amonett and Tim Scott, Douglas County Assistant Superintendent of District Operations.

Floyd County School Superintendent Dr. John Jackson has announced that he will be retiring, effective June 30. Dr. Jackson was appointed interim superintendent in September of 2015 and was named the permanent superintendent in March of 2016. School Board Chairman Chip Hood said a meeting on Monday will determine the hiring process for a new superintendent.

Authorities in Rome made an arrest in an armed robbery investigation that has been underway since January 16th. Police said that a 16 year-old from Rome entered the A-1 Food and Beverage on Burnette Ferry and pointed a 12 gauge shotgun at the clerk while demanding money. The teen, whose name has not been released, was identified by the clerk because, according to detectives, he was a regular customer of the store.

After eight years of alleged inappropriate activity with a boy that began when the child was only 8 years old, a 60 year-old man from Cedartown is in the Floyd County Jail on charges of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and drug related offenses. Police said that Chandler Eugene Reece had illicit contact with the child beginning back in January of 2008, and they allege the incidents kept taking place at the suspect's Reeceburg Road home over eight years. Reece was denied bond after his arrest on Friday.

A Bartow County man accused of setting two vehicles and two houses on fire on March 5th was arrested Saturday. Randy Allen Weaver, of a Cedar Creek Rd. address in Cartersville, is charged with 2 counts of 1st degree arson and 2 counts of 2nd degree arson. Police said that after fighting with his wife, Weaver allegedly tried to run her over with a truck and set their home on fire. He then reportedly drove to his sister's house and set the porch on fire. Weaver then allegedly set two pickup trucks on fire with a flame thrower.

A Rydal woman filed a report with the Bartow County Sheriff's Office Wednesday. She contracted with Wichman Monuments in Chattanooga last year to make a granite grave marker after her son's death. She was paying monthly installments when she stopped getting invoices and couldn't reach them by phone. The woman's son went to the monument company in Chattanooga to find it closed. The monument company has over 30 complaints with the Better Business Bureau from residents living in Chatsworth and all around North Georgia and Southern Tennessee. Wichman Monuments is now reportedly being investigated for fraud by the Better Business Bureau.

36-year old Jason Edward Jackson of Lindale was jailed on charges of aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy. According to investigators, Jackson had an inappropriate relationship with a female under 16 between January 2015 and May 2016 at a Pucket Road address in Silver Creek. Floyd County Magistrate Robert Couey denied bond for Jason Edward Jackson, who remains in the Floyd County Jail.

A Chatsworth man who side-swiped a deputy’s patrol car and crashed into a telephone pole was arrested Sunday morning after he was originally part of a domestic dispute. Gary Lane Mitchell, age 59, was arrested wearing just a shirt, screaming obscenities, speaking incoherently and displaying behavior “similar to an individual on some type of narcotics," according to a Murray County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Mitchell was charged Sunday by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office with aggravated assault, felony interference with government property, simple assault, criminal damage to property, DUI (less safe), disorderly conduct and several traffic violations.

Federal and state agents have arrested 23 members and associates of the Ghostface Gangsters prison gang, which originated in the Cobb County Jail in 2000, and has since spread through Georgia jails, prisons, and beyond. A federal grand jury returned a 21-count indictment, that includes allegations of crimes ranging from wire fraud to murder. Several defendants in the indictment were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson. Twenty gang members were already in custody on state or local charges and will be arraigned in the next few days. Most of the defendants named are from the Atlanta area, while there are some from Tenneessee and Ohio. Locally named in the indictment are Christopher Jarman Davis, 27, of Walker County, Georgia, along with Jonathan Stubbs and Jeffrey Bourassa, charged with aiding and abetting one other by kidnapping and maiming a fellow GFG member. Kelly Ray Shiflett, 30, of Floyd County, Georgia, is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm; and Randall Arthur Lee Chumley, 36, of Pickens County, Georgia, is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and other drug and firearm offenses.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Facebook will create at least 100 full-time jobs and invest $750 million in a new data center in Stanton Springs over the next five years. New jobs will include positions in engineering and management, as well as opportunities for data center technicians. The Newton (County) Data Center will be part of the highly advanced infrastructure that helps Facebook provide apps and services to more than 2 billion people around the world. The new facility will be Facebook’s ninth data center in the U.S. Facebook will construct two buildings to occupy 970,000 square feet. The buildings will be fully operational in 2020.

Hyundai is recalling almost 155,000 Sonatas in the U.S. because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. A short circuit in the air bag control computer can stop the seat belts from tightening before a crash and prevent the air bags from deploying. Affected are the 2011
models. You can find out more on their website. A recall has been issued for skinny jeans from Target that were sold last fall. The recall is for 30,000 pairs of Cat & Jack Girls' Star Studded Skinny Jeans. Consumers reported being injured by tiny metal stars on the jeans. They have the words Cat & Jack "Super Skinny" printed on the inside waistband. You can bring the jeans into Target for a full refund.

An Atlanta man was booked into the Bartow County Jail and charged with 26 counts of financial transaction card theft and two counts of misdemeanor theft by taking. Devante Rasheem Artis allegedly committed the crimes on October 30 of last year. His bond has been set at $68,000.

A class action law suit has been filed by the City of Rome, Floyd County, Chattooga County, Whitfield County and the City of Cartersville, on behalf of all cities and counties in Georgia, to eliminate the hazard to public health and safety caused by the opioid epidemic and to recoup monies that have been spent, or will be spent, because of false, deceptive, and unfair marketing and/or unlawful diversion of prescription opioids by manufacturers and distributors. There are over 250 cases now filed nationwide against the manufacturers and distributors, and have been consolidated and are now pending before U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland, Ohio, in a Multidistrict Litigation proceeding. The class action filed by Georgia is pending before U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy, for the Rome Division. However, it is anticipated that the case will be consolidated and transferred to Judge Poster to be included in the Ohio MDL for pre-trial proceedings.

Georgia lawmakers want to examine how to make schools safer. Legislators announced Tuesday that they have introduced Republican-backed proposals in both the House and Senate to establish study committees on school security. Each committee would be tasked with writing a report later this year on its findings. House Speaker David Ralston has said the House version of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget will include $8 million in bond funding for school security. Various gun-control measures have floundered in the Georgia Capitol this session. One exception is a bill that would preserve the records of those who were involuntarily committed for mental health treatment years ago. That proposal easily passed the House last week and awaits Senate input.

Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation to enact comprehensive reforms to Georgia's adoption code. HB 159 brings much needed reforms to Georgia's adoption laws and makes it easier for adoptive parents to create a loving family. Rep. Bert Reeves who sponsored the bill said "HB 159 represents the first major update of Ga's adoptions laws in almost three decades."

A Dalton High School teacher has been arrested after he brought a gun to the campus and fired the .38 revolver while he was barricaded in his classroom. Jesse Randal Davidson, 53, who began teaching at Dalton High in 2004 and was also play by play announcer for the Dalton Catamounts football team, is charged with aggravated assault, carrying a weapon on school grounds, terroristic threats, reckless conduct, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and disrupting a public school. Dalton High School will be closed today, however all other Dalton schools will operate as normal. Dalton Police have released incident reports that from March 2016 and January 2017 that indicate Davidson "has a history of medical problems."

A 38 year-old man has been charged with felonies child molestation and aggravated child molestation. Gordon County Jail records show that at just after 4:00 pm on Monday, Sheriff's Deputies apprehended Chris Eugene Mann of a Knight Road, Ranger, address in relation to their investigation, details of which have not been made public. Chris Eugene Mann is out of the Gordon County Jail on bond.

A Cartersville man has been arrested and charged with child molestation and sexual battery against a child under 16. Bartow Co. Jail records indicate, Baldemar Morales, East Porter St., was booked into jail Wednesday afternoon and allegedly committed the crimes on February 9th.

Kim Lori McCoy, 58, has been charged with murdering her husband. The Bartow County Sheriff's Office responded to the home at 53 Norton Rd., Kingston, Wednesday afternoon for a shooting. Upon arrival it was found that James "Sam" McCoy, 83, had been shot once and died. Investigators questioned his wife and later chargedher with one count of murder. It is possible that she could face more charges in this case. It has been reportedthat the couple had recently filed for or was about to get a divorce. Kim McCoy is being held in the Bartow Co. Jail awaiting a Superior Court arraignment with no bond.

The murder trial of a man accused of smothering his 23-month-old child has been postponed. Jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday morning at the Murray County courthouse in the trial of Teodoro “Miguel” Rosas-Santos, who was indicted in 2016 on four counts of murder, two counts of aggravated assault and cruelty to children in the first degree in the January 2016 death of Isaiah Rosas. After hearings late Friday afternoon, Superior Court Judge William T. Boyett said picking a jury and beginning the trial on Monday would be impractical. Whitfield County Superior Court Clerk Donna Flood said the trial could be pushed to April or it could be pushed to the summer trial calendar in June.

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying two men who worked together to shoplift a Bose sound bar speaker and a hoodie sweatshirt from the Shugart Road Walmart. The suspects were recorded by store surveillance. The incident happened on February 18th. The total loss to the store was estimated at more than $500. The suspects are both white males. They wore brown and tan slacks and baseball caps. Pictures of the suspects can be seen here. Anyone with information is asked to call Dalton Police.

A Bartow County man has been charged with disrupting public school and reckless conduct which are both misdemeanors. Dalton Nicholas Mathews, Hwy 411, White, was booked into the Bartow Co. Jail, Friday and released on a $2,500 property bond Saturday. Another student at a different school faces a felony charge of terroristic threats. This is a total of five Bartow County students facing charges, with one also charged in Gordon Count, and others in Dalton and Whitfiled County. Bartow Co. Schools said, no guns were found on any campus and no student or staff member was ever in harm's way.

A juvenile was arrested for making threats against Whitfield County Schools as area schools were on heightened alert on Thursday following the discovery of a threatening note on Wednesday at Dalton High School. Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office said the juvenile had used a photo of another juvenile with a gun in a social media post and had directed threats at Whitfield County Schools.

Chattooga County Sheriff's investigators have charged a 16 year old in relation to the threatening message that was found written on a restroom wall at Chattooga High School. That student will be charged with disruption of public schools, and as the investigation is ongoing, more charges may be pending.

Wal-Mart joined Dick's Sporting Goods in raising its age restriction to 21 years old for the purchase of firearms. Dick's Sporting Goods will immediately stop selling assault style rifles in its stores. Walmart, which sells rifles, shotguns and ammunition in thousands of its stores, had stopped sales of assault-style rifles in 2015. Earlier on Wednesday, Dick’s said it would stop selling assault-style rifles at its Field & Stream chain, which has 35 locations.

Georgia gas prices have steadily declined during the past couple of weeks, but that downward trend is likely coming to an end. Refineries are entering their seasonal maintenance period, which can place significant upward pressure on prices at the pump. Historically, maintenance season has caused gas prices to jump 15-75 cents from February to June. Last year, pump prices only rose 15 cents during that time, because oil prices struggled to maintain strength. Gas prices for the month of February are their highest in four years. Georgia gas prices declined 11 cents in the last month. The state average of $2.38 is 3 cents less than a week ago and 7 cents less than last month.

The GA Department of Natural Resources will have the GA Coyote Challenge from March 1-August 31, and there will be three drawings for a lifetime license or the equivalent of $750 credit for hunting and fishing licenses or a prize of similar value. For more information, visit the Department of Natural Resources' website.

Governor Nathan Deal announced that the HOPE Scholarship Program has surpassed $10 billion in total financial aid assistance awarded to Georgia students. Supported by the Ga. Lottery, the HOPE Scholarship Program was created in 1993 under the leadership of then-Gov. Zell Miller. HOPE is one of the most successful merit based aid programs in the country and has served as a model for other states.

Toyota Motor North America announced safety recalls of 11,800 2018 Toyota Camry and about 9,900 model year 2015-2018 Lexus RC F, Model Year 2016-2018 Lexus GS F and Model Year 2018 Lexus LC 500 vehicles. With the Camry there was a possibility that the fuel pipes and fuel hoses were not properly connected. The Lexus has a problem with the Fuel pump possibly becoming damaged over time. For more information call 1-800-331-4331.

Early Sunday morning (02/18), reports state that three black males entered Rite Aid, 954 Joe Frank Harris Parkway and committed an armed robbery. A large amount of prescription medications were taken. Rite Aid is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of theses suspects. The suspects should be considered armed and dangerous. Cartersville Police are expected to release more information when it is available.

Thursday afternooon at about 3:15 Gordon County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 54 year-old Jeffrey William Barton of a Duke Drive, Calhoun address, on felony charges of Child Molestation and Second Degree Cruelty to Children under the Family Violence Act. Specifics regarding the investigation have not been released. Jeffrey Barton was released from the Gordon County Jail Saturday (02/17) on $30,000 bond.

Tuesday February 13th, Calhoun Police said they arrested 53 year-old Gary Rea Patterson of Calhoun Georgia in connection with an assault on a sixteen year old Juvenile. Detectives began an investigation into the matter, after receiving information he (Patterson) had physically attacked a sixteen (16) year old male. While interviewing the sixteen year old victim, detectives were shown a large bite mark on his chest, which was still visible weeks after the incident occurred. “This incident stems from a domestic dispute between the suspect (Patterson) and the victim, who at the time lived in the same house hold.” Captain Tony Pyle.Patterson is facing one (1) count of cruelty to children first degree under the family violence act and two counts of cruelty to children in the third degree, and was booked into the Gordon County Jail with bond set in the amount of $25,000.

Dog food is being taken off the shelves because there are concerns the food was tainted with an euthanasia drug. J.M. Smucker Co. is voluntarily withdrawing several brands of the dog food after traces of penobarbital were found. Included in the recall are varieties of Gravy Train, Kibbles N Bits, Skippy and Ol' Roy.

Monday morning, February 5, deputy sheriffs attempted to stop a suspicious automobile on Cline Road near Resaca. The driver of the car fled away at a high rate of speed, leading deputies on a pursuit through the area until the suspect crashed on Bandy Lake Road. The driver (lone occupant) fled on foot into a very thickly wooded area. The responding deputies quickly set up a perimeter around the area, and the driver, subsequently identified as one Robert Wayne Mitchell, age 37, of 525 Peters Street, Calhoun, was soon apprehended . Mitchell was armed with a knife-in-hand when he was arrested. A search of the automobile revealed a large amount of processed methamphetamine for resale. At the time of his arrest, Mitchell was being sought on a felony warrant for violation of probation. He has also been charged locally with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Obstruction and Assaulting Officers, associated weapons offenses, and a host of traffic related charges.

A Bartow County man was arrested early Sunday (02/11) in connection with the death of his three month old daughter. Jerry Wayne Bagley, Jr., Cedar Creek Rd. was booked into the Bartow County Jail for offenses that occurred April 28, 2017. His daughter, Onnah Noel Bagley, 3 months old, died April 28, 2017, at Scottish Rite Hospital. Bartow County Coroner said the autopsy report listed the cause of death as a cranium bleed. Bagley is charged with murder and cruelty to child-cause excessive physical/mental pain-1st degree.

Investigators in Chattooga County recently arrested Susan Renee Lanham, 52, in connection with the murder of her husband, Edward Earl "Eddie" Lanham, 75, who was found shot to death at their home in September, 2017. Investigators said the death was made to look like a burglary. Susan Lanham was arrested Friday morning and charged with murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder. Officials believe Susan Lanham planned her husband's death and had it carried out. The Lanham's owned a hair salon in Rome.

The U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers announced that the Allatoona Lake Project Management Office will start accepting reservations in advance for all of its campsites for the 2018 camping season. McKinney Campground, which is open year-round, will begin accepting reservations immediately online at

All new homeowners and anyone who has moved or had a name change regarding ownership needs to apply at the tax commissioner's office for Homestead Exemption before the deadline on April 1st. Anyone owning and residing in their home on January 1st can qualify. State law requires applications to be filed before April 1st of the year in which the exemption is sought. Homestead Exemption will reduce the amount of property tax you must pay on your residence. Rental property does not qualify for any exemption. Homestead Exemption is automatically renewed each year.

Sheriff Mitch Ralston said that his Office has recently received reports that some Gordon County residents have received phone calls from persons posing as representatives of the (Georgia) Sheriff’s Association soliciting funds. The Georgia Sheriff’s Association NEVER solicits donations by telephone. Everyone should be cautious of any person soliciting funds by telephone, and never give personal information such as bank account or credit card numbers to anyone unless you are positive of their identity

Sheriff Mitch Ralston warns Gordon County residents to beware of scammers posing as employees/agents of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) demanding money or financial information, and threatening people with arrest warrants. Such calls are fraudulent, and usually originate outside the country. Sheriff Ralston warns people to NEVER send money or financial information to questionable destinations, and NEVER provide financial or personal details to anyone by telephone unless you are absolutely sure of their identity. These scammers prey particularly on the elderly and other vulnerable persons. The sheriff urges all citizens to share this information with friends and family, and on social media.

Gordon County and the municipalities of Calhoun, Fairmount, Plainville, Ranger and Resaca are in the process of creating a comprehensive plan for the future development of the county for the next 10 years and beyond. The plan will focus on Economic Development; Housing; Transportation; Natural & Cultural Resources; Community Facilities & Services; Land Use; and Intergovernmental Coordination. A survey to gather input from area residents is available for all to view and fill out online at

This reminder for those traveling through our area on I-75 that the two rest areas in Gordon County are closed for renovations. Motorists will not have access to the rest areas' driveways, parking or facilities during this time. Remodeling and renovation to both rest areas includes repairs to the parking lot, sidewalks, replacement of roof and gutter and HVAC systems, replacing existing toilet features, floor tiles, and many other improvements. The project is expected to cost just over $3 million, and is not expected to be completed until the end of the year.

Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston said his Office has received reports of an individual posing as a deputy sheriff telling citizens that they have missed jury duty, and must send money for a fine via wire/internet services. Sheriff Ralston says this is absolutely bogus, and that his staff - or any local, state or federal law enforcement agency. NEVER collects fines, and certainly never solicits any type of funds by telephone. This fictitious caller may even use a familiar sounding name, Ralston said. DO NOT SEND MONEY to such callers by any means or under any circumstances. Anyone who misses jury duty would be visited by a uniformed deputy sheriff in a clearly marked vehicle, and no fines are collected by deputies. The criminals orchestrating these scams use untraceable cellphones, and are often located outside the United States. If you receive any such suspicious call, contact the Sheriff’s Office to verify the identity of the caller. BEWARE of all internet and telephone scams and do NOT release any personal or financial account information to anyone.

Caroline Stephens from Tolbert Elementary School was named Gordon County Schools’ District Teacher of the Year during the Teacher of the Year Banquet held recently. Other finalists included Christy Smith from Fairmount Elementary and Julie Thomas from Sonoraville Elementary School. n addition to the gifts presented to the other finalists, Caroline received an Apple Watch, as well as the opportunity to attend any conference of her choice during the 2017-18 school year, with all fees and expenses paid by the school district. Caroline will go on the represent Gordon County Schools in Georgia Teacher of the Year competition.

Gordon County was first certified as a Storm Ready community in 2005. Gordon County has continued to improve capabilities each year with each renewal of the Storm Ready designation. This 2018 renewal marks the 6th renewal of Storm Ready in Gordon County.
Storm Ready is a nationwide program that helps communities better protect their citizens during severe weather from tornadoes to tropical storms. The program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations. Storm Ready provides emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.

This Week's Gordon Environmental Health Scores:
PANDA EXPRESS HWY 53 Score: 90, Grade: A
PIZZA HUT HWY 53 E Score: 91, Grade: A

Georgia Power issued a warning for customers of criminal "scam artists" trying to defraud both business and residential customers over the phone. The scam artists are known to pose as Ga.Power employees asking customers to provide credit card information or purchase a pre-paid debit card and provide the card's account number to avoid disconnection. Customers should be reminded to be cautious and never provide personal information such as a credit card or social security number to an unverified person.

Shale gas drilling is slowing across the country, but a few companies are poking around the state looking for the next natural gas "play." An Oklahoma-based company that leased 7,500 acres of land in Whitfield County has two test wellsalready in place and they say they plan another. In Floyd County, near Cave Spring, a Texas oil conglomerate plans a well. At least three other companies have recently researched the Conasauga shale field, a swath of land that runs from Alabama across Georgia and into Tennessee. Georgia joins Tennessee and North Carolina as Southern states newly popular with wildcatters and major gas and oil companies.

The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to be on the lookout for scam callers seeking to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim's utility or credit card account. According to complaints the FCC has received and public news reports, the fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call, such as a mortgage lender or utility, to establish a legitimate reason for trying to reach the consumer. The scam begins when a consumer answers a call and the person at the end of the line asks, “Can you hear me?” The caller then records the consumer's "Yes" response and thus obtains a voice signature. This signature can later be used by the scammers to pretend to be the consumer and authorize fraudulent charges via telephone. If you receive this type of call, immediately hang up. If you have already responded to this type of call, review all of your statements such as those from your bank, credit card lender, or telephone company for
unauthorized charges. If you notice unauthorized charges on these and other types of statements, you have likely been a victim of “cramming”. Anyone who believes they have been targeted by this scam should immediately report the incident to the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker and to the FCC Consumer Help Center. Consumers should always be on alert for telephone scams. The following tips can help ward off unwanted calls and scams:
Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail.
If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls,
just hang up. Scammers often use these tricks to identify, and then target, live respondents. If you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FCC so we can help identify and take appropriate action to help consumers targeted by illegal callers.Ask your phone service provider if it offers a robocall blocking service. If not, encourage your provider to offer one. You can also visit the FCC’s website for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls.Consider registering all of your telephone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry. As the Agency that implements and enforces the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the FCC reviews all consumer complaints. The Agency will continue, when appropriate, to issue consumer alerts based on
those complaints and other public information related to possible scams and frauds in hopes of informing
and empowering consumers.

GA Attorney General Chris Carr is warning the public about a phony email circulating that purports to be from the “Department of Consumer Affairs.” The email, which allegedly targets attorneys, says that a complaint has been filed against the recipient’s company and urges recipients to click on a link to view the complaint. This email is NOT from the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit or any other legitimate government entity. It is a fake email. Clicking on the link or attachment provided may allow the scammer to install malware on your computer. The scam has been reported in Georgia and South Carolina.

What Else Is Happening?

Sponsored by Family Connection Gordon County Contact Roberta Charbonneau at 706-602-5139 or email

Illusionists David & Jenny, from "America’s Got Talent," will be performing their 70-minute illusion show production, “Cutting-Edge Illusions & Daring Escapes” at the Calhoun Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6 p.m. There will also be a special 2 p.m. show for Calhoun High School students. Tickets are on sale now. All tickets are general admission. Tickets are available online at or the school store at Calhoun High School. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Calhoun High School Class of 2018.

The Gordon County Board of Education has approved school calendars for the next three academic years, and approved a recommendation concerning make-up days for this year. You can view the system's approved calendars here.

The Calhoun Police Department was recently awarded the 2018 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the mini-grant, Calhoun Police Department, Gordon County Fire Department, Georgia State Patrol, Safe Kids Dalton, Calhoun Fire Department and Gordon EMS provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Calhoun and Gordon County. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. For more information about the Calhoun Gordon County car seat program, contact Calhoun Police at 706-629-1234, County Fire at 706-629-8851, GSP at 706-624-1477 or Calhoun Fire Department at 706-629-2244. If you would like information regarding other counties involved in the program, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project via email at or by calling 404-679-0500.

The internet can be a highly dangerous place, especially for impressionable tweens and teens. The internet is crawling with predators, and if your child comes into contact with one, their life could be in danger. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s computer, cell phone and tablet. There are numerous sites parents can view that offer advice and tips pertaining to internet safety for kids and teens. Here are just a few that may prove helpful:,, and

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