Lake Allatoona takes another life
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Search and rescue boats from area agencies search for a drowning victim Saturday afternoon on Lake Allatoona.
SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Search and rescue boats from area agencies search for a drowning victim Saturday afternoon on Lake Allatoona. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Bartow County 911 was contacted about two subjects drowning in Lake Allatoona near the Navy Lake Site Saturday afternoon at 1:26 p.m.

According to a Bartow County Sheriff's Office press release, witnesses were able to rescue one of the two male victims. The release said search is still underway for the other victim, who is presumed drowned. According to reports, the victim had been staying in a cabin with friends at the Navy Lake Site at Lake Allatoona run by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program out of Kings Bay naval base.

"We had an unfortunate incident we were called to," said Sgt. Mike Barr of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement at 3:55 p.m. Saturday. "What we suspect at this point is the drowning of a male. He has been reported as from Cedartown. They were involved in a skiing activity this afternoon. Witnesses say that he did not have a life jacket on and the tube he was on flipped. He fell in the water and no one was able to get to him to assist him at that point, although the operator of the vessel did try.

"Right now we are in the process of search and rescue for that victim."

Man arrested for $77,000 theft

The Bartow County Sheriff's Office made an arrest Thursday in connection to the theft of $77,000 worth of equipment.

According to a post on the BCSO Facebook page Saturday afternoon, James Ray Garrett, 35, of Rydal was arrested and charged in the theft of the equipment from the old Pine Log Elementary School.

The investigation began on May 19, when the owner of Stony Creek Bakery Company reported the theft of items including air conditioner coils, a car trailer, and bakery equipment -- the company owns the old school and the equipment therein.

$52,000 worth of stolen bakery equipment was recovered by investigators. According to BCSO, the investigation is still on going -- more arrests and property recovery may occur.

Inmate's arm broken over remote

After an inmate broke his arm Wednesday evening, BCSO deputies responded to determine whether the injury was accidental or battery from another inmate.

As the injured inmate was escorted to medical treatment, deputies asked around the specific block to learn what happened. According to Inmate 1, he and the injured inmate both went for the television remote. While moving for the remote, the other inmate lost his balance and went to catch himself -- breaking his arm. After the interview, Inmate 1 was escorted out.

Inmate 2 maintained Inmate 1's story, but Inmate 3 refused to say anything regarding the matter. When asked if the two inmates were fighting over the remote, the man said, "You are very smart."

Inmate 1 was later determined to be the primary aggressor in the incident and was charged with aggravated battery.

Man tasered in bathroom

The BCSO responded to a report of domestic dispute at an apartment in Cartersville at 2:06 a.m. Saturday, which eventually lead to the tasering of a man who refused to leave a damaged bathroom.

Upon arrival, a deputy observed a bedroom with holes knocked in the walls and items scattered on the floor. The man stood in the hall bathroom at the room's sink. The deputy asked the man to exit the bathroom and talk with him. According to the report, the man replied, "No, you come in here and talk to me."

The deputy stood outside the bathroom while the man stated that he was upset because he was paying most of the apartment's rent. When asked if he created the holes in the bedroom walls, the man said possibly. There was also damage to the toilet lid and other damage in the bathroom. He continued to refuse to exit the bathroom, became irate and began using profanity.

The deputy and a sergeant on scene entered the bathroom to place the man under arrest. Despite being advised to place his hands behind his back, the man locked both arms in the front and thrashed around, pushing off the bathroom sink to gain leverage. A second deputy deployed his taser unsuccessfully, then the first deputy used his own taser. The man was placed in handcuffs and transported to the jail.

According to the victim, he awoke to the man damaging items inside the man's bedroom. He told BCSO there was no damage to the bathroom prior to the man entering.