One charged in Highway 140 wreck
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Although a wreck involving a tractor-trailer shut down Ga. Highway 140 near Big Ditch Road for approximately two hours Friday afternoon, no one was injured.

According to a statement from Georgia State Patrol spokesperson Franka Young, a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Sierra Ayers, 21, of Adairsville, was traveling east on Highway 140 at approximately 2:40 p.m. Ayers was attempting to make a left-hand turn.

A tractor-trailer driven by Baron Whitaker, 65, of McDonough, was traveling east as well. Whitaker swerved left, according to the statement, and struck the Tahoe. No injuries were reported and Whitaker was charged with improper passing.

Pilot employee shoplifts $200 to $500 of items

While working an early morning shift Friday, a Cass-White Road Pilot employee allegedly stole multiple items by hiding them in her purse.

Just after midnight on Saturday a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the truck stop and spoke with the general manager. The manager said he had video footage showing Molly Merritt allegedly stealing items from the store on Friday between 1 and 3 a.m. as she worked.

While watching the security footage, according to the report, the deputy did see Merritt take multiple items from the shelves and conceal them in a bag in another room.

Merritt was called into the office and the deputy asked her about the items. Merritt admitted to taking a pair of bluetooth headphones and placing them in her purse, according to the report. When asked about other items that were missing, Merritt admitted she stole items totalling $200 to $500 in value.

Merritt was arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft by taking. She was transported to the Bartow County Jail without incident.

Socks, towels, soap stolen from home

A new package of socks as well as soap and towels were stolen from a Kings Camp Road residence Friday afternoon after the homeowner stepped out.

According to the BCSO incident report, the victim left home at 11:30 a.m. and returned at 3:10 p.m. While she was gone someone allegedly broke into her residence through a side bedroom window and “ransacked” half the rooms. The responding deputy described clothing and property knocked to the floor and “every piece of furniture appeared as if it had been rummaged through,” according to the report.

Approximately $4,017 worth of items was stolen from the home.

While investigating outside the residence, the deputy found the window screen behind a propane tank. The deputy noted the screen was “twisted up and broken.”