Body recovered from Etowah River
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Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators recovered a body from the Etowah River Thursday evening.

According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, deputies and investigators responded to Jones Slough Road at 5:58 p.m. A person fishing called 911 to report finding a body in the water. The body was removed and will be taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta, where an autopsy will be performed.

Bartow County Coroner Joel Gutyon confirmed that the victim was a male, possibly an adult.

No further information will be released until the victim is identified and his next of kin notified.

See future editions of The Daily Tribune News for more information as it becomes available.

Ga. Forestry called to battle fire

Bartow County Fire responded to a grass-woods fire at 94 Smith Road Thursday evening at about 6 p.m. The fire burned into the woodline of the private property.

Engines 11 and 9 responded before Georgia Forestry was called to assist as the fire spread away from the road.

More than 5 acres were burned by the fire.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

The fire was contained at about 9:30 p.m.

Stolen cell phone placed in mailbox

A robbery report was placed in regard to an incident Wednesday in which a woman’s cell phone was allegedly stolen.

About 4:30 p.m., the complainant was returning to her residence, traveling on Gaines Road near Spring Place Road. After observing a blue GMC Denali with a temporary tag — occupied by an African-American male driver and a Caucasian male passenger — she stopped on the side of the road and asked the subjects if they needed help.

Letting the passenger use her cell phone, the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report states he snatched the phone from the complainant and backhanded her in the face with his left hand then returned to the GMC. Later, her husband sent a text message to the complainant’s phone advising the phone had a tracking system on it. After arriving at their residence, the complainant checked her mail, awaiting for the deputy’s arrival, and located her cell phone inside.

The deputy was unable to locate the GMC Denali after a search of the Adairsville/Pleasant Valley area.

Man charged with battery, simple assault

On Thursday about 2:23 a.m., a Bartow County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a 911 call from a woman hiding in a field in the Grogan Road area of White. Upon further investigation, the incident turned out to be battery and simple assault. Visibly upset and crying, she had some redness to her throat area, along with some scratches.

According to the BCSO incident report, the victim said she had been staying at the offender’s residence — an outbuilding shed behind the main house — for the past three to four days. After the offender allegedly got mad at her, putting his hands over her mouth and grabbing her around the neck, he calmed down and she left and returned. Later she unbolted the door, ran out and hid in the field near the house, calling 911 about one hour later.

When the deputy questioned the offender, the report states he said she was mad at him and left because his grandmother did not want her staying there anymore. He was taken into custody after the deputy observed several large scratch marks on his stomach, right side upper chest near his neck, some scratches to the left side neck area and a small scratch just above the belly button. While the offender said he received the scratches from weed eating earlier in the day, the deputy reported they appeared to be defensive marks from the victim.