Cherokee Co. missing person case turned over to Bartow
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The case of a woman reported missing last week in Cherokee County is now being handled by Bartow County.

Deborah Crawford, 41, reportedly was dropped off at the Kmart location in Canton, where she met a man, reports state. Police, however, determined Crawford was last seen at a hotel in Cartersville.

Bartow County investigators spoke with a witness Wednesday who said she had taken Crawford to the doctor on Aug. 19 between 3:45 and 4:45 p.m. before dropping the woman off at the Carson Loop location, according to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office report.

The witness told deputies Crawford had a bag of prescription pills she was possibly trying to sell.

Crawford reportedly suffers from depression. She is described as 165 pounds with a tattoo of “Brent’s playground” on her chest and a tattoo of praying hands on her right forearm, The Cherokee Ledger-News reported. She was last seen wearing a green shirt, blue jeans, black shoes and a black, checkered scarf, according to the BCSO report.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the BCSO at 770-382-5050.

Arson suspected in damaged building

A vacant structure on Carnes Road suffered extensive interior damage in a suspected arson.

The man who said he holds the mortgage for another person stopped in to check on the building and found the inside with most of the sheetrock pulled from the walls and ceiling, the BCSO report indicated.

The exterior doors were off the hinges, and it appeared, according to the report, that someone tried to set fire to the interior walls by lighting insulation on fire. The walls were charred black from floor to ceiling in one room, and the deputy reported there appeared to be a place where a bonfire was set in the floor.

Copper wire previously had been reported stolen from the location.

Woman attempts to flee ... unsuccessfully

Running gets you nowhere.

Cartersville police stopped at a gas station Thursday morning after seeing a woman suspected of having a warrant for her arrest. According to the report, the officer saw the woman enter the store quickly when the officer pulled in, and then, minutes later, the suspect — identified as Jordynn Marie Freeman, 20, of Cartersville — looked outside, spotted the officer and re-entered the store.

The officer walked inside and made contact with Freeman who gave a different name and date of birth. Freeman said she had ID in her car, but was unable to locate it when the officer escorted her outside.

While the officer was phoning in Freeman’s identity, the woman fled on foot. The officer pursued and detained Freeman a short time later.

Freeman was arrested and charged with obstruction of an officer, giving false information and name, and probation violation.

Cooking fire damages apartment

Someone cooked up a hot meal.

Cartersville Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire at 378 Old Mill Road at 6:27 p.m. and found the stovetop, hood and wall ablaze. According to Capt. Mitchell Bagley, the fire caused moderate damage the apartment.

Four engines responded to the scene and were back in service at 8:08 p.m.