On Friday, a Cartersville police officer was dispatched to the area of Mayflower Trail and Wingfoot trail about 7:30 p.m. in response to a suspicious person, according to the incident report. When he arrived on scene, the officer saw a woman, later identified as Cheryl Walker Bell, lying in the road.
The officer asked if she needed help, and Bell said no. The officer noted Bell’s speech was slurred and that her mouth was very dry, as she kept licking her lips. When asked why she was lying in the road, Bell said she was just resting.
According to the report, Bell’s clothes were soiled and dirty with fresh mud on her pants and shirt. When the officer asked what her name was, Bell reportedly replied that it was Amber.
As the officer had previously encountered Bell he knew Amber was not her first name.
Once the officer helped Bell off the ground, the witness who called 911 approached him. The witness said, according to the report, she had seen Bell lying on her neighbor’s porch, so she went to see if Bell was all right. As the witness approached, Bell allegedly began cursing at her. According to the witness, Bell began to walk off the porch but fell because she could not keep her balance. When Bell tried to cross the street, the witness continued, she fell again.
The officer arrived shortly after Bell fell on the road, according to the report.
When the officer asked Bell why she gave him the wrong name, she replied she did not know her name and then laughed. Bell also could not say if she had taken any pills prior to falling on the road. According to the report, her speech was still slurred and the officer had to prop her up against the patrol vehicle so she would not fall down.
Bell then said she had no new charges against her and she had a genetic disorder.
The officer placed Bell in handcuffs and arrested her for disorderly conduct. She was later transported to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office for housing.
No update on Hannon Way shooting
Suspects in a shooting last week on Hannon Way that injured one remain at large.
Cartersville Police Department Capt. Mark Camp said Monday that there are no updates on the incident.
“I do know that investigators are interviewing several people in connection with the incident but, as of late Friday, have not identified the shooter,” he said.
Jerry Ransom, 32, of Cartersville was shot in the neck just before 10 p.m. July 29 after witnesses said he argued with a group of suspects, according to the report. Ransom was transported to Floyd Medical Center and was expected to be released on July 30.
Witnesses said Ransom and the five men argued, with one neighbor saying she heard the suspects say “they were going to shoot him over owing money on a vehicle.”
The group allegedly left and returned. Ransom’s fiance said she attempted to get him to leave, but he got out of the vehicle at which time he was approached by a suspect and shot. According to the report, the woman said she did not know the suspect.
Witnesses said the suspects fled on foot in the direction of Grassdale Road and possibly left in a white Chevy Impala with 22-inch rims.
Abandoned residence lost in blaze
An Austin Road structure was destroyed Saturday in a fire.
Bartow County Fire Department Battalion Chief David Levey said the abandoned residence, which has sat empty for years, at 73 Austin Road was fully involved when crews from stations 2, 7 and 12 arrived about 10 a.m.
The quarter-mile driveway was blocked by downed trees, hindering access to the residence, Levey said.
The cause remains undetermined.