Bus driver charged in fatal Highway 41 accident
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he driver of a charter bus who struck and killed a bicyclist on U.S. Highway 41 has been identified as George Carroll, 77, of Acworth.

Emerson Police Chief Stan Bradley said Carroll is charged with following too closely and second-degree vehicular homicide.

Bradley said the driver’s age was unrelated to the accident, as he described Carrol as having “solid mental faculties.”

The accident, Bradley continued, was likely caused by inattention, as Carroll said he did not see the bicyclist, Andrew Pray.

Runaway girl, 12, from Louisiana

located in Cartersville;

one suspect arrested

Chief Thomas N. Culpepper of the Cartersville Police Department said Monday that officers with the department have arrested one suspect in connection with the disappearance of a 12-year-old female from Louisiana. The juvenile was listed as a runaway by local law enforcement officials in Louisiana and had been missing since late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. An investigation by Louisiana authorities led to the belief that the two subjects were in the Cartersville area.

The investigation revealed that male subject, Brett Robert Burke, 22, of Michigan and the female juvenile had known each other through the Internet. The adult male traveled to Louisiana on Saturday and either late that night or in the early hours of Sunday morning brought the juvenile back to Cartersville. Burke was apparently staying with friends in Cartersville.

Burke has been charged with aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation and interference with child custody. Further charges may be filed depending upon the outcome of the investigation.

“We are extremely pleased that this young girl was located as quickly as she was. The longer a person is missing, the less likely it is that law enforcement will locate the individual. Our officers did a great job in resolving this situation,” Culpepper said.

Burke is being transferred to the custody of the Bartow County Jail. The investigation is ongoing.

Man burned after falling into fire

Bartow County emergency responders Monday were called to Bishop Road home after a man fell into a fire.

According to Bartow County Fire Department Firefighter Tim Smith, the man was burning leaves about 5 p.m. in a ditch near his home when he lost his balance and went into the blaze.

He suffered burns to the hands and left hip and thigh. He was transported to Floyd Medical Center where he was expected to be flown elsewhere.

Smith said the department also worked an outbuilding fire that spread to a wooded area midday Monday.

Stations 1, 5 and 13 responded to the Woodall Road residence to find the outbuilding fully involved. According to Smith, the blaze spread quickly to the wooded area around the structure. Georgia Forestry was called in to assist on the fire, which burned roughly an acre.

The cause remains unknown and no one was injured.

On Saturday, BCFD units also worked a possible arson off Busch Drive.

According to a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office report, a passer-by called 911 after seeing a vehicle on fire near 641 Old Cass White Road. BCFD arrived just after 6:30 p.m. to find the GMC Yukon fully engulfed.

Once the fire was out, firefighters noticed a lighter about 15 feet from the SUV. The deputy reported the gas filler door was open and the filler tube was hanging from beneath the vehicle. The VIN plate and rear license plate were burned beyond recognition and smooth.

The fire was reported by BCSO as arson.

Cartersville Fire Department on Sunday worked an acre brush fire on Highway 411 north at Peeples Valley Road about 6 p.m. Stations 1 and 2, along with Georgia Forestry, worked the brush fire.

Traffic fatalities, injuries, reported across state

The 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period ended at midnight with 19 traffic fatalities reported across the state. The Georgia State Patrol investigated 11 of the 19 fatal crashes that occurred between 6 p.m. Wednesday and midnight.

State troopers investigated a total of 622 traffic crashes during the period that resulted in 263 injuries. Of the 11 traffic deaths investigated by troopers, alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in four of the crashes, and seven of the victims were not using seat belts. There was one fatal pedestrian collision investigated by troopers.

Almost all of the fatal crashes involved either speed, alcohol or the victim failing to use a seat belt.

Local law enforcement agencies investigated eight of the fatal crashes.