Storm damages homes and power
by Staff Report
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Saturday morning a major storm moved through parts of Bartow County leaving approximately 1,000 residents without power. The severe thunderstorm warning escalated to a tornado warning as hail, 1 inch in diameter, and 18-mph wind gusts blew through. The Cartersville area saw 1.21 inches of rainfall from midnight until late morning.

In the Woodbury subdivision located on Keith Road, Cartersville, multiple homes were struck by lightning causing charring. One home at 52 Sassafras Trail, sustained extensive damage when a lightning strike to the roof set the home on fire. Bartow County Fire engines 1, 2, 5, 13, Ladders 1 and 10, and Cartersville City Fire engine 2 and a Cartersville City air and light truck responded to the incident. No one was injured in the blaze.

Armed home invaders demanded money

On Friday, at 8:24 p.m. a Cartersville police officer was dispatched to 290 E. Felton Road in reference to a robbery. The victim allegedly told police she was sitting in her room eating a bowl of cereal while her son and his friends played video games in the living room of their apartment. One of the friends was a girl who was texting on her phone. She attempted to leave the apartment to make a phone call but as she did four men came rushing in the door with guns. Three of the men were masked and were carrying an AR-15 rifle, a .44-caliber Magnum and a .357-caliber Magnum.

At first, the victim’s son said he thought it was a prank. The victim ran into the living room to see what was happening and saw the four men with guns and her children lying on the floor. According to the incident report, the men stole the victim’s rent money, which totalled $600, a child’s electronic tablet and a flip-style cell phone.

The victim’s son told police when the four men entered the apartment the girl left and did not return. No one from the home has heard from her and all the witnesses allegedly told police she has a reputation of setting people up to be robbed.

Man arrested while visiting jail

Bartow County deputies learned Preston Matthews had two outstanding warrants after he checked in as a visitor at the Bartow County Jail. A deputy approached him in the visitation area and placed him under arrest. Upon searching him, deputies found Matthews had two loose pills in his pocket. According to the incident report, he initially told police the pills had been prescribed to him after he injured his eye during a physical altercation but later he allegedly admitted he got them from his mother because he was in pain. After looking in a pill identification book, it was determined the pills matched the description of Soma.