Investigators have continued to follow up on leads after the arrest and conviction of a female in the case earlier this year, according to a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office press release.
In 2011, investigators arrested two women believed to be involved, and in May, Joni Mae Earwood was convicted of kidnapping, robbery and battery. Earwood was sentenced on May 14 to 30 years with 10 years to serve. The other female was determined not to be involved and charges were dropped.
New developments led to charges being filed against Keith Olshande Taylor, 34, of Cartersville. Taylor was arrested with assistance from the U.S. Marshals in Alabama and has now been extradited to Bartow County to answer to the charges of kidnapping, robbery and battery.
These charges stem from the June 2011 robbery of then-79-year-old Arthur Smith on Alford Road near Floyd County. Smith was picked up by two females and then attacked in their vehicle by an unseen accomplice. After the assault and robbery of his wallet, Smith was pushed out of the vehicle where he was later found on Alford Road by neighbors. Investigators continue to work leads on this case and more arrests are expected.
Motor home lost in fire
A fifth-wheel motor home was lost just after noon Wednesday in a blaze in Adairsville.
According to Bartow County Fire Department Battalion Chief Bryan Keeling, the owners had been working on the vehicle. BCFD was dispatched about noon to the Adairsville Pleasant Valley Road location and were on scene two hours.
The vehicle was a total loss, and the cause is under investigation.
BCFD also worked a tree that fell on a mobile home at 5885 Highway 20 just after 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Keeling said that, although the residents were home, no one was injured. The residence received significant damage.
Cartersville Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Bagley said the agency worked a woods fire that claimed about a quarter acre at Sharps Vineyard off Grassdale Road.
Bagley said the fire started when lightning in a passing storm struck the area about 5:30 p.m.