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Hedge trimmer used in domestic incident
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When a son attacked someone Monday afternoon, his mother tried to break up the fight by hitting him with a hedge trimmer. A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived at the Vaughn Spur residence at approximately 1 p.m. when he heard a female voice screaming for help. As he approached the residence, he saw the victim, whose arms were reportedly covered in blood. According to the incident report, the victim yelled for the deputy to “hurry up and help” his family. Inside the deputy found the suspect, identified as Roger Howard Tatum III, yelling, “Quit [expletive] screaming like that,” according to the report, as he stood over his mother and a witness who was holding a child. The deputy drew his taser and told Tatum to walk away. The deputy then asked the witness to go carry the child to another room. When back up arrived, the deputies placed Tatum in handcuffs until the investigation was concluded. When the deputy walked back inside, he found Tatum’s mother laying on the kitchen floor, crying and saying she was going to faint. An ambulance was then called to the scene. The mother later said she and the victim went outside to see what Tatum and the witness were doing, and Tatum became angry. When the witness walked back into the garage and the victim would not allow Tatum back inside until he calmed down, Tatum allegedly pushed the victim and they fell to the ground. Once the victim got up, according to the incident report, Tatum put the victim in a choke hold and would not let go. When the victim began turning blue, the mother said, she picked up an electric hedge trimmer and hit Tatum. When Tatum let go of the victim, he allegedly began to punch and kick him while the victim was on the ground. The mother called 911, but as she was speaking with the operators Tatum allegedly grabbed the phone from her and threw it. The fighting and yelling reportedly continued until deputies arrived. The witness said she was outside with Tatum and when the victim would not allow him back inside, as he was upset, Tatum “got into a wrestling match” with the victim. The witness said she was not injured, but the child was “extremely upset” because of the incident. As the deputy spoke with the victim, he noted “numerous” places on his body and was beginning to bruise. The victim said he and his wife were trying to protect the witness and the child from abuse. The victim also said Tatum was “acting crazy and would not gain control of himself.” Tatum was arrested and charged with battery under the Family Violence Act, simple battery (FVA), second-degree criminal damage to property (FVA) and third-degree cruelty to children. Man in parking lot death identified Authorities have identified the man found dead in a CVS parking lot. Glen Hames, 25, of Dallas, was found not breathing in his cousin’s vehicle Sunday. He was declared dead at the scene by Bartow County Emergency Medical Services.
Guilty pleas entered in superior court
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Bartow County Superior Court Judges Scott Smith and Carey Nelson took pleas and handed down sentences in criminal actions. In Nelson’s courtroom, the following guilty pleas were entered: • Christa Lowe Brewer pled to riot in a penal institution and two counts of obstruction of a law officer, receiving a total sentence of 10 years, to serve three incarcerated and the remainder on probation. Brewer must also complete an anger management course, pay a $1,000 fine, apologize to officers Joy Stanley and Dallas Watson. • Christopher J. Buchanan entered guilty pleas to burglary in the second degree and theft by taking. He was sentenced to five years, to serve two years incarcerated and the remainder to serve on probation. He must pay a $1,000 fine and surcharges, and restitution to and having no contact with the victim. • Robert Henry Buttrum Jr. pled guilty to felony escape, receiving a total sentence of 10 years, to serve incarcerated. The escape charge came about when Buttrum entered a guilty plea on March 20 to the criminal offense of false imprisonment, receiving a 10-year sentence with two to serve incarcerated. The court allowing Buttrum to remain out for a short period of time before beginning his incarceration and thereafter, failing to report to the Bartow County Jail to begin serving his incarceration time as required by the court). • Dustin Chas Hendrix and Shannon Nicole Spruce pled to two counts of sale of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of Hydrocodone and possession of marijuana by ingestion, receiving a total sentence of 15 years to serve on probation, with a number of conditions of probation required of Hendrix and Spruce, including completing 240 hours of community service, a drug abuse evaluation and treatment program, paying a $5,000 fine plus surcharges, and testify truthfully if called upon to testify as a witness in any court hearing(s). Co-defendants of Hendrix and Spruce, Corey Antoine Bonner and Jamie Brooke Land, who were charged in the same indictment for possession only of marijuana and methamphetamine, had all charges dismissed by the court after the state prosecutor submitted a petition of nolle prosequi (dismissal). • Reba Jane Martin, indicted on two counts of theft by taking by a fiduciary from Trinity Baptist Church, receiving a total sentence of 20 years to serve on probation. Martin must pay restitution in the amount of $20,600.71 to the victim, with $10,500 to be paid immediately, the remaining restitution to be paid within five years of Aug. 5, writing a letter of apology to the victim, completing 40 hours of community service and not serving in the position of a fiduciary. In Smith’s courtroom, the following guilty pleas were entered: • Timothy M. Vanhoose entered a guilty plea in his criminal case, receiving a total sentence of 20 years, to serve years incarcerated and the remainder to serve on probation. Vanhoose must complete 200 hours of community service and not drive a motor vehicle.
Kenneth Wayne White
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Kenneth Wayne White, 70, of Acworth, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home & Crematory Macland Chapel, Powder Springs, is handling the arrangements. For the full obituary, see the print or online edition.