Man dies in Friday crash
A late afternoon crash on Friday left one person dead and another injured.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, Kenneth Jacob Newberry, 22, was stopped for traffic about 4 p.m. on Ga. Highway 113 when his vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle.
Newberry was pronounced at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle that struck Newberry, John David Cook, 64, of Rockmart, was taken to Cartersville Medical Center for treatment.
He has been charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and following too closely.
Child duct-taped in burglary
A father returned home Friday night to find his 12-year-old son in a bathroom with his hands duct taped, according to a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report. About 11:27 p.m., a BCSO deputy was dispatched to a Jordan Road residence and met with the father who stated he had returned home from giving his friend a ride to Hampton Inn on Ga. Highway 20 when he found his son bound in the bathroom.
The boy advised he was playing on a computer when he observed an unknown black male wearing blue jeans and a T-shirt enter the residence through the door, come over to him, place his hands over his eyes, lead him to the downstairs bathroom, then duct-taped his hands and closed the bathroom door.
The boy further advised he heard the man repeatedly say the name of his father’s friend and heard a female’s voice. He said they stayed about 20 to 30 minutes in all.
The father mentioned when he gave his friend a ride, he asked him to drive him several different places and at each stop, the friend got out and went inside to meet with someone. The father said he was unsure of who, or why, his friend was meeting.
The deputy observed a small pile of duct tape pieces in the bathroom floor and the items were photographed and taken into evidence. The boy stated the unknown picked the back door lock which he was sure was locked and dead bolted, but he did not observe any signs of either lock assemble being tampered with. The father stated when he arrived home, both doors were secured.
A computer monitor was taken from the residence, but later found.
Drunk man exposes self on Greyhound bus
About 9:30 p.m. Friday, a BCSO deputy was dispatched to Interstate 75 southbound at the 290 entrance ramp in reference to an intoxicated passenger on a Greyhound bus causing trouble, according to an incident report. Upon the deputy’s arrival he met with the bus driver who stated passenger Willard Wheelus, who was later arrested, had been drinking alcohol since the bus left Chattanooga and attempted to “start trouble” with other passengers, at one point exposing himself.
The deputy made contact with Wheelus, who was asleep and smelled like alcohol. Based on the statements of the bus driver and another passenger, Wheelus was arrested.