Domestic violence call nets pot growing bust
by Staff Report
Jul 08, 2012 | 4196 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A complaint of domestic violence brought Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputies to a residence in Acworth, resulting in one arrest and a continuing investigation into the growth of marijuana plants found on the premises.

Deputies met the complainant on scene who called 911 after his stepmother was beaten by his stepfather. The caller alleged his stepfather was choking his stepmother, beating her in the head and gouging her eyes until he hit his stepfather in the neck with a baseball bat to stop him.

The suspect reportedly turned on his step-son hitting him with a cast-iron bell with stand before pulling a gun on him at which time the son fled the home and called 911.

When deputies arrived, the complainant was bleeding badly from the back of his head and a K9 unit was brought in to locate the suspect who had ran into the woods.

As the search began, deputies found several marijuana plants being grown at the edge of the woods. The Drug Task Force was called in to take over the drug investigation.

Upon further searching, deputies found that it appeared someone had climbed out a bathroom window leading them to a nearby outbuilding. In the outbuilding, deputies found the stepmother with injuries to her arms, eyes and neck.

While the Drug Task Force was combing the area for evidence, the suspect was spotted lying in the woods. He was apprehended and charged with battery under the Family Violence Act, two counts of aggravated assault FVA, kidnapping FVA, possession of a firearm by a felon and obstruction of law enforcement. He was then taken to Cartersville Medical Center for medical treatment under custody of jail staff.

During the investigation, the K9 unit on scene was attacked by two unsecured pit bulls and had to be taken to a vet.

Cocaine impairs driver's judgment

A Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to Ga. Highway Spur 20 at the complaint of a woman who had been riding in the car with a man driving under the influence of cocaine.

According to the incident report, when the deputy on scene asked the suspect, David Whorton Jr., about where they were going he said they were "driving to the dam to smoke crack." Whorton admitted to using cocaine before driving and was unable to complete the sobriety test.

Whorton was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs and possession of cocaine.

North Bartow regains power

After severe thunderstorms passed through northwest Georgia Friday night, residents in Adairsville and much of the region experienced power outages.

Georgia Power Spokesman John Kraft confirmed Saturday that nearly 3,000 customers lost power in the northwest Georgia region with the largest concentrations occurring in Adairsville and Trenton. By press time Saturday, almost all outages had been restored.

"We're in the mop-up stages now, statewide," Kraft said. "Some of the most persistent areas were northwest Georgia and Adairsville, but it looks like we've got everyone back online or at least all but a few."