Deadline for firearm safety course Jan. 9
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After more interest than anticipated, the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office is adding three more firearm safety classes. In addition to the Feb. 9 class, which is full, BCSO will hold classes on Feb. 16, Feb. 23 and March 2, weather permitting, according to Capt. Mike Shinall. The deadline to sign up for these classes is Wednesday, Jan. 9.

BCSO will contact those who have already submitted a request and they will be put into one of the later classes, Shinall added.

“We were actually expecting somewhere around 100 [applicants] and we got between 300 and 400 at this time,” he said.

The classes will be held by BCSO instructors and focus on public firearm carry laws, personal and handgun safety and marksmanship. Students are asked to bring their own handgun and at least 50 rounds for the weapon. No long guns are allowed on the course. Anyone interested in signing up for the safety course should contact Shinall at 770-382-5050, extention 6069, or email

Shinall was unsure if BCSO would be able to hold similar programs later in the year, as the department’s training schedule will become tighter in the coming months.

Intoxicated man visits inmate at jail

On Saturday about 8:30 p.m., a deputy was informed that a white male appeared to be intoxicated in the Bartow County Jail lobby. The deputy was advised that the male, identified as Joseph Martin, was at the jail to visit an inmate.

Martin reportedly had slurred speech, was loud, was being rude to other patrons in the lobby and smelled of alcohol. After Martin had completed his visitation with the inmate, the deputy along with a second deputy approached Martin as he was exiting the area. The deputy asked Martin how many alcoholic beverages he had consumed and he stated, “Two or three.”

The deputy then retrieved a hand-held intoxilizer and asked Martin to step outside with him. The deputy asked Martin for a breath sample, he agreed. The test registered positive for alcohol. Martin was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct county ordinance violation and was escorted into the facility.