CPD officer, two others injured in morning crash
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A Cartersville police officer en route to assist another officer was involved in an accident that left her and two others injured.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Sarah Johnson, 26, was traveling north on West Avenue, responding to an emergency call about 7:30 a.m. to back up the second officer. At Lee Street, a 1990 Cadillac Deville, driven by Patricia Popham, 77, attempted to cross West Avenue, pulling into the path of Johnson.

The CPD patrol unit struck the Cadillac in the rear left door.

Johnson was taken to Cartersville Medical Center, along with the 4-year-old passenger of the Cadillac, Malia Lewis. Popham was taken to Floyd Medical Center.

Bartow County EMS Public Safety Awareness Coordinator Brad Cothran said he believes the child was later transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

He could not comment on the extent of the injuries to the three patients.

Charges are pending, although the GSP declined to give specifics as the investigation is ongoing.

Woman assaults husband with rake

One woman struck her husband with a rake Tuesday night at a Pleasant Valley Road residence, drawing blood.

The victim said his wife, Brenda Edwards, approached him while he was cleaning out his shed and she began yelling at him. The victim said Edwards had been upset all day because he had told her not to be mean to their granddaughter, according to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The victim said he went into the front yard and Edwards allegedly hit him in the back with a metal rake.

After hitting the victim, Edwards reportedly said, “If you don’t die from old age tonight, I’ll kill you myself in the morning.” Edwards then left the area.

The deputy found a rake in the front yard next to the porch and saw “several marks on [the victim’s] back that [were] consistent with the metal rake,” according to the report. The deputy noted the victim was bleeding from the wounds, but he refused medical treatment.

The granddaughter said her she heard Edwards screaming in the front yard and when she went to check on them she saw Edwards strike the victim with the rake. The granddaughter also said she heard Edwards say, “If you don’t die tonight, I’ll kill you myself in the morning.”

The victim said Edwards possibly had a no contact order of bond due to a similar incident. After checking with dispatch, the deputy confirmed the order existed. The deputy contacted Edwards and asked her to return to the residence.

Edwards said she did not hit the victim with the rake. She said the victim had hit himself.

Edwards was arrested and charged with aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act, aggravated stalking (FVA), terroristic threats and third-degree cruelty to children.