Man airlifted after overturning crane
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A contractor Tuesday afternoon was flown to an Atlanta hospital after the crane he was operating overturned.

According to Bartow County Fire Department Battalion Chief Bryan Keeling, the man was driving the 26-ton crane along a narrow dirt road in the New Riverside Ochre mining area in Emerson when it appears he lost control and overturned.

The machine rolled down an embankment, landing on the top of the cab and pinning the man inside. Martin's and Matthews wrecker services were called in to lift the crane, allowing BCFD crews to extricate the man.

Keeling said the man appeared stable and was conscious and alert. He was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center with unknown injuries.

A federal agency will be called in to conduct the investigation, according to Keeling.

In other news, BCFD crews worked two grass-woods fires after power lines fell in the Euharlee and Kingston areas during storms early Tuesday evening.

Man believed he was poisoned, punched window

A Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputy was called to a North Ridge Drive, Adairsville, Monday in reference to a domestic dispute.

When he arrived, the suspect's mother met the officer and said her son, Aaron Clark, was inside the house and damaging the property. When the officer went inside he saw "a large amount of blood dripped throughout the residence," according to the incident report.

After detaining Clark, the officer asked him what had happened. Clark said he was being poisoned and that he cut his hands punching windows.

The victim's mother said she was in the bedroom when she heard Clark yelling in either the kitchen or living room. She went into the living room and saw Clark yelling at his father and claiming they were poisoning him. She told Clark that he was very loud and scaring her.

When Clark walked out of the kitchen and through the back door, his father locked the door to protect them.

Clark allegedly started "beating his head on the door" before punching the door. He then punched through the door, according to the report, and unlocked the door. Clark walked inside and started yelling at his parents again, shouting that "they both wanted his blood and they could have it."

Clark started wiping his blood over the walls and across the carpet. He continued, wiping his blood across the carpet in the living room and down the hallway.

At some point, both victims said, the basement window was broken out. They did not know if Clark broke it with a rock or kicked it when he was outside.

When emergency medical services arrived on the scene, Clark refused medical treatment even though he had several cuts on his hands. EMS cleaned his hands and gave him a towel to help with the bleeding.

Clark was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property in the second degree under the Family Violence Act and simple assault (F.V.A.).