N.C. murder suspect arrested in Cartersville
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Twelve years and 450 miles after the death of a North Carolina woman, a suspect is in custody.

Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputies Tuesday assisted Raleigh, N.C., officers in executing a murder warrant in the homicide investigation surrounding the death of 91-year-old Beulah Dickerson.

Shortly after 11:30 a.m. Oct. 24, 2001, Raleigh Police Department authorities were called to 160 Pineland Circle where emergency personnel had located the victim. Dickerson died from blunt force trauma, Raleigh police said in a media release. According to an incident report, Dickerson was killed between Oct. 22 and Oct. 24, 2001.

The investigation of the case continued in the 12 years following, and RPD homicide detectives recently were able to develop probable cause sufficient to obtain an arrest warrant charging Cathy Lynne Lentini — formerly Cathy Piper — with murder in connection with Dickerson’s death, the release read.

Lentini, who resided near the victim at the time of the crime, relocated from Raleigh to Cartersville. RPD did not provide a motive or possible connection between Lentini and Dickerson when asked Wednesday.

On Tuesday, BCSO investigators assisted RPD detectives in apprehending Lentini. According to the BCSO report, officers traveled to 80 Pine Need Trail, Cartersville, at 10 a.m. but found no one home. At 4 p.m. Lentini returned home where officers took her into custody.

Lentini is being held without bond in the Bartow County Jail pending an extradition hearing.

<*C>Man killed on Joe Frank Harris Parkway

A man was killed Wednesday night when he was struck by a vehicle on Joe Frank Harris Parkway.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Joe Frank Harris Parkway and Grassdale Road near Bojangles. According to Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton, the victim was in his mid-50s and he was struck when he was attempting to cross Joe Frank Harris Parkway.

No name was released, as the next of kin had not been notified.

Man stabbed at apartment complex

A man taking out the trash Tuesday night was injured in a stabbing incident.

BCSO deputies were called to Cartersville Medical Center where the victim was being treated. According to the report, the man said he was walking to the trash containers near the 400 building of the Guest House Apartments when the suspect approached, cursing. The suspect then allegedly stabbed the victim three times.

The victim, who was bandaged on the left arm, left neck area and back, said the suspect was an older black male wearing a light-colored shirt and was accompanied by a white female.

No witnesses were located.