Man arrested on rape charge
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One man has been charged in connection with an alleged rape July 17.

According to the Cartersville police reports, the 21-year-old victim’s mother told police the victim had gone to a friend’s house to “hang out” on July 17. When the mother got home about 6:30 p.m., she said she decided to take a walk around Fairview Circle with her other daughter.

As the woman approached 150 Fairview Circle, she said she saw the daughter’s friend banging on the front door. He told the mother he was locked out and his friend, Howard Osborne, was inside. Because Osborne was not answering the door, the friend walked to the rear of the house and busted out a window, coming to the front door to allow the mother in.

The report states that the mother went upstairs to find her daughter, locating her naked on a bed upstairs. The woman told police Osborne was “on top of [the victim], and he was ‘going at it.’” She yelled at Osborne, who jumped off the victim and left, the report states.

The woman told police she got her daughter up and had a friend take them to Cartersville Medical Center, where she met police.

According to the report, the victim was highly intoxicated and belligerent, kicking, hitting, biting and spitting on police, security and the nurses.

On Wednesday morning at about 11:30, Cartersville police located Osborne walking along White Oak Drive.

He was arrested and charged with rape.

Man stabbed by girlfriend

arrested for battery

A woman allegedly stabbed her boyfriend in the abdomen after he struck her in the head.

According to the report, Cartersville police met Roderick Cooper of Rome at a Cartersville hotel after reports of a stabbing.

Cooper, who had a stab wound to his abdomen, said his live-in girlfriend had wounded him but he did not know why.

He said he had called her to come to the hotel to get a child and allow him to get belongings from her car. Cooper said the girlfriend got out of the car, dropped her head and ran at him, stabbing him in the stomach.

The girlfriend told police she had had issues with Cooper being abusive in the past so she had a friend come with her. She said when she pulled into the parking lot of a nearby store she saw Cooper and called for the child. As the child started toward her, the girlfriend said Cooper jumped in front of the child and started toward her aggressively, and when he reached her car, she stepped out and placed her hand on her knife inside her purse.

Cooper then allegedly grabbed her by the hair and pulled her downward, striking her in the left ear. As he did, she stabbed him.

The officer observed slight swelling behind her left ear.

The officer again spoke with Cooper at Cartersville Medical Center, where he denied hitting the woman and said she had been hit in the right ear by an unknown make in Rome days prior.

Cooper was arrested and charged with battery under the Family Violence Act.

DTF aids Dalton in arrest of Cartersville man for synthetic marijuana

An investigation into Dhansukh Chhaganlal Bhika, 63, of 90 Sheffield Place in Cartersville, began in June.

Dalton Police Department on Wednesday arrested three people for selling synthetic marijuana, including Bhika, who owns the Discount Tobacco Food Mart business at 516 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Dalton. The Department of Homeland Security, Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, Calhoun Police Department and the Georgia Department of Revenue were involved in the investigation and arrests.

According to a DPD press release, in February Bhika was arrested and charged with selling synthetic marijuana from the business, and investigators seized more than 1,300 packages of synthetic marijuana and more than $80,000 in cash. Bhika has since been free on a bond.

In May, Dalton investigators received information that synthetic marijuana sales were still taking place from the store and began a second investigation. On multiple occasions, cooperating informants bought synthetic marijuana from Bhika and also two other individuals, Allen Martin Payne and Tiffany Ryane Fowler, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard store and also met at other locations to make purchases.

On July 2, the Georgia Department of Revenue performed a tobacco license compliance check on the store, and while there, agents discovered packages of synthetic marijuana in the store. The agents reported the find to DPD investigators. Detectives from the DPD Drug Unit then obtained a search warrant for the store and found more than 100 packages of synthetic marijuana and more than 30 containers of a liquid form of synthetic marijuana that can be consumed using vapor pens, or “e-cigarettes.”

After further investigation, Dalton officers on Wednesday served an arrest warrant for Payne, 36, at his residence at 248 Yellow Wood Way, Dalton. Payne consented to a search of his residence and officers found a 9mm handgun, drug paraphernalia and a small quantity of marijuana.

Payne was charged with selling a controlled substance without FDA approval (synthetic marijuana), possession of marijuana, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Also Wednesday, Dalton officers served an arrest warrant on Fowler, 32, of 145 Patriot Way in Resaca. She was arrested after meeting investigators at Dawnville Road and Highway 286 and was in possession of one package of synthetic marijuana when she was arrested. She was charged with selling a controlled substance without FDA approval (synthetic marijuana), possession of a schedule I drug (synthetic marijuana), possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, and possession of tools for the commission of a crime, VGCSA.

Investigators arrested Bhika after meeting him at the outlet mall in Calhoun. He was in possession of packages of synthetic marijuana at the time of his arrest. He was charged with selling a controlled substance without FDA approval (synthetic marijuana), possession of a schedule I drug (synthetic marijuana), and possession of tools for the commission of a crime, VGCSA.

After Wednesday’s arrests, investigators determined Bhika had a storage unit in Bartow County where he had a large quantity of synthetic marijuana stored. After obtaining consent to search the storage unit, agents from the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, Dalton Police Department and Homeland Security seized more than 22 pounds of synthetic marijuana from the storage unit valued at approximately $100,000.