Trail cam catches thief in act
A neighborhood thief was caught red-handed Sunday by an enterprising homeowner’s brother.
Samuel “Sammy” Johnson was arrested by Bartow County deputies after the brother’s trail camera — like the ones used by hunters to photograph game movement — caught Johnson in the act.
The homeowner moved away from the Acworth home and her brother was checking the home periodically. He had positioned a trail camera in the living room to watch the front door. A few days later, the brother discovered a photo showing a white male with a head-mounted light standing in the living room. After further inspection, the brother determined that three handguns worth about $1,230 were missing. When the homeowner heard the description, she said it sounded a lot like her neighbor. Deputies went to the neighbor’s home but he was not home. As they were leaving, “Sammy” drove up and deputies immediately recognized him from the photo. He was arrested and charged with felony burglary.
Meth user leads cops on foot race
The loser of a cross-country race between Cartersville police officers and a suspected methamphetamine user won a free trip to jail.
Officers stopped Kevin DeWayne Barnette of Cartersville Sunday night for driving a vehicle with a cracked windshield. As the officers checked to see if there were any outstanding warrants, Barnette began walking away but when ordered to stop, he began running east on Main Street, circled the Kroger supermarket, crossed back over to Main, then ducked behind LongHorn restaurant where the officers caught and handcuffed him. They also recovered a bag containing 3.6 grams of meth that Barnette tried to throw away during the chase. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, obstruction of officers and driving with a cracked windshield.
Rydal teen airlifted after accident
A 17-year-old woman was airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta after suffering trauma 1 injuries in a one-vehicle accident in northern Bartow County. According to the Georgia State Patrol, Isabella Renning Crider, 17, of Rydal, was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 411 when her vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, left the roadway on the right shoulder and struck a guardrail. After striking the guardrail, the vehicle veered to the left, the driver overcorrected and crossed both lanes of travel and struck a concrete bridge rail.
Adairsville fugitive apprehended in Texas
Adairsville police detectives, working in conjunction with a Texas fugitive task force, arrested Kacey D. Peterson, 37, of Katy, Texas, for stealing an Adairsville resident’s identity and using it to fraudulently obtain more than $700 in goods and services. Chief of Detectives Lt. J.M. Fowler said the APD investigation may reveal that Peterson committed similar offenses.