Witnesses: Man acting ‘kind of crazy’ before being hit by train
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A 48-year-old man struck and killed by a train Thursday night about 9:50 was acting strange, according to witnesses.

A Cartersville police report said John Martin Ceresoli Jr. of Cartersville was eating outside at the City Cellar restaurant located in Museum Drive near West Main Street and appeared restless.

Witnesses said Ceresoli kept getting up, walking over to the train tracks in front of the restaurant, looking both ways, then coming back to his table to eat. On the last trip, the man stood in the middle of the tracks facing the oncoming train. As the train approached the man, witnesses said he turned toward the restaurant and took a step toward the restaurant. Ceresoli did not get off the tracks and was struck by the train. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

One witness said Ceresoli was “walking around and talking, acting kind of crazy. He heard the train coming and said, “[Expletive] CSX” and got out on the tracks.”

Another witness told police Ceresoli “walked up on the track and stood facing the train. He didn’t move. I thought he was trying to be a daredevil, but he didn’t move. It seemed premeditated.”

CPD Capt. Mark Camp said an autopsy was scheduled and the toxicology report was pending.

CPD offers reward for information on graffiti tagging

Cartersville Police Chief Thomas Culpepper said Friday that a reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for painting graffiti at the Cartersville Plaza shopping center. The owner of the center is also asking for the public’s help to stem the tide of “tagging” taking place.

Culpepper said in a release, “Typically, ‘tagging’ is done by those who live close to the area as a matter of marking their territory and warning others to stay out of their ‘turf.’”

Anyone with information is asked to call CPD’s Criminal Investigation Division at 770-387-5690.

BCFD reports woods fires, vehicle fire

On Thursday Bartow County Fire Department worked two grass and woods fires on the southern end of Bartow County.

According to BCFD Battalion Chief David Levey, stations 4 and 6 were called to 5265 Glade Road after a quarter of an acre caught fire. The department had the fire put out and was back in service within an hour.

A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office report said a witness told deputies a white man was seen in the area and BCFD located cigarettes that may have started the fire.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, stations 4, 6 and 9 along with Georgia Forestry were called to Interstate 75 northbound at the exit 283 on-ramp.

Two acres burned, and because of the terrain, units had to hand rake a fire break, Levey said.

The cause of that fire remains under investigation.

In the early morning hours of Friday, a BCSO deputy was called to Mathews Road after a motorist reported a vehicle fire.

According to the incident report, BCFD extinguished the fully involved Ford F250 truck, which a witness told police had been at that location an hour before but was not on fire at that time.

Levey could not provide information at the vehicle fire.