Man demands money at gunpoint
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A woman looking for a friend’s residence received a very different welcome Monday night at a Cartersville residence.

While attempting to locate an old friend on Akin Road about 9:30 p.m., the woman told a deputy she knocked on the door, asking if the house was the correct one. She said a white man answered and advised that the friend no longer lived at that location.

The man then allegedly turned around and returned with a black handgun, which he pointed at the woman and demanded she empty her pockets. The woman said she did as commanded and gave the suspect $100.

According to the woman’s boyfriend, who was standing at the doorway throughout the encounter, the suspect also pointed at him and demanded he empty his pockets, which he did. A witness in the couple’s vehicle confirmed the pair’s story.

No one answered the door for deputies at the suspect’s location.

Details emerge on fatal fire

No positive identification has been given for the body of a man found burned in a fire Nov. 11.

Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said Tuesday that the man was not an American citizen, but was a New Zealand native.

Rogers said the man had been working in Atlanta but moved to Kingston to escape the city and find a quieter lifestyle, according to a co-worker.

The deceased had only his passport. Rogers said no next of kin has been located in New Zealand but investigators are working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to locate family.

According to Bartow County Fire Marshal Bryan Cox, Bartow County Fire Department crews from stations 1, 2, 7 and 10 were dispatched about 4:30 a.m. Nov. 11 to the structure fire at 505 Hall Station Road. The residence and a vehicle were fully involved upon the department’s arrival. The fire department was not able to make entry into the structure due to the heavy involvement.

Once the fire was brought under control, crews conducted a search of the structure and located the deceased.

Cox said the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office and Bartow County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

The victim was transported to the Georgia Crime Lab for positive identification and cause of death.

The cause of the fire at this time is still under investigation.