Woodland fire closes Hwy. 41 in Emerson
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Cartersville firefighters (pictured) teamed up with Bartow County firefighters Saturday to work a brush fire that closed a stretch of northbound U.S. Highway 41 just outside the city limits. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Cartersville firefighters (pictured) teamed up with Bartow County firefighters Saturday to work a brush fire that closed a stretch of northbound U.S. Highway 41 just outside the city limits. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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A woodland fire Saturday afternoon closed a portion of the roadway in Emerson.

According to Bartow County Fire Department, the fire began just after noon Saturday in the area of U.S. Highway 41 and River Road.

BCFD stations 1 and 6, Cartersville Fire Department stations 1 and 2 and Georgia Forestry, along with Emerson police and the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the blaze, which remains under investigation.

The fire burned roughly 20 acres but BCFD said a cause was not known Saturday night.

Authorities closed Highway 41 northbound for about an hour during efforts to contain the fire.

No injuries were reported. Units were back in service just before 5 p.m.

@Bodycopy center bold:<*p(0,0,0,11.8,0,0,g(P,S))>Violent man arrested in bloody home

Friday night at 11:47 p.m., deputies were dispatched to 14 Benfield Circle, Cartersville, in reference to a physical domestic dispute.

Upon arrival, the officer found a group of people standing in the road in front of the incident location. Several of the group members stated that they had been assaulted by the aggressor, Michael Blake Goss. According to the incident report, the officer asked the group where the aggressor was now located and one witness responded, “He is in the bedroom to the right under the stairwell, but be careful he will fight with you.”

The officer entered the home along with a backup officer. Once inside they found a large amount of broken items lying on the kitchen and living room floors. When the officers entered the bedroom, they found Goss lying face down on the bed. The bed, the sheets and Goss were covered in blood.

Goss was instructed to put his hands behind his back numerous times but did not comply, according to the BCSO incident report. The officer instructed him to do so again and informed him that if he did not comply he would be tased. He did not put his hands behind his back but instead started to push up off the bed. The officer deployed his taser, hitting him in the back. Goss fell to the bed and rolled onto the floor.

The officer instructed Goss several more times to put his hands behind his back, which he did not do. He was once again advised he would be tased if he did not follow orders. He attempted to push up off the floor. The officer deployed the taser a second time. He finally complied with the officers and was detained at that time.

Officers detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Goss’s breath.

One officer contacted EMS due to Goss being tased and the prongs still being in place. EMS arrived but could not remove the prongs, so Goss, along with one of the officers, was transported to Cartersville Medical Center to have the prongs removed by emergency room staff.

The remaining officer on scene spoke with the second victim, who stated that Goss had been drinking throughout the day. She went to give him a cigarette and he hit it out of her hand. She told him that if he was going to act like that, he could sleep on the couch. He immediately came toward her, grabbing her arm and allegedly began slinging her about. As he was pushing her into the bedroom, the first victim came to “get him away from her.” The victim said he hit Goss twice.

According to the second victim, she ran to get their 4-month-old son from the bedroom. She then ran upstairs locking them both in the bedroom and reported hearing things being broken downstairs.

The officers also observed blood splatters on the living room wall, lower bedroom wall, bedsheets, the stairwell wall and the corner of the door jamb of an upstairs bedroom.

After Goss was released from the hospital, he was transported to the Bartow County Jail for processing. He was charged with two counts of criminal damage to property in the second degree, simple battery under the Family Violence Act, battery (F.V.A), obstruction of an officer and cruelty to children.

Gas tank full of holes

Officers of the Cartersville Police Department responded to a call Friday around 12:30 p.m. pertaining to a theft report.

An officer met with the victim, who said he had parked his car near a dumpster at America’s Best, located at 35 Carson Loop in White, around 9 p.m. Nov. 29. The victim then reported that he had gone to his room. About 9 a.m. the next day, he went to his car to find the gas tank was empty.

According to the incident report, the victim had the vehicle taken to the nearest gas station where he found that not only had the gas been stolen, but the tank had holes drilled into it. The officer met with the manager of America’s Best to obtain videos of the time and place the crime took place. The officer was unable to witness the damage due to the low quality of the surveillance. The victim had the tank repaired for $70.