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Tuesday 08/19/2014
Arraignment postponed for former Calhoun High students
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 12:20 am

The arraignments for three recent Calhoun High School graduates charged with aggravated sexual battery and other charges have been continued until September, the Gilmer County Superior Court clerk’s office said.
The arraignments were scheduled for Tuesday.
Motions seeking to disqualify the Dalton law firm of McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham LLP from the case and concerning “extrajudicial” comments — comments outside the court setting — were also continued until September. No specific date was available.
A member of the McCamy firm, Steve Williams, represents defendant Andrew Haynes. Another member of the firm, Sam Sanders, represents Rhett Harper who was at the post-prom party at an Ellijay cabin on May 10 following which a woman reported she was raped by “multiple guys,” which led to the charges. Harper was not charged.
Williams and Sanders both declined to comment on the motions. Jesse Vaughn, an attorney for defendant Avery Johnson, also declined to comment on the motions.
Haynes and Fields Benjamin Chapman, both of Calhoun, and Johnson of Dalton, were reindicted by a grand jury on Aug. 5 on aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery charges. Additional charges of aggravated battery and public indecency were added in the re-indictment.
Johnson was indicted at that time on a sodomy charge that was attributed to Haynes in the original indictment.
In addition to the sodomy charge, Johnson is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery, five counts of aggravated battery, two counts of sexual battery and three counts of public indecency.
Haynes is charged with four counts of aggravated sexual battery, five counts of aggravated battery, two counts of sexual battery and one count of public indecency.
Chapman is charged with four counts of aggravated sexual battery, five counts of aggravated battery, two counts of sexual battery, a count of sodomy and a count of public indecency.
Chapman is charged in a separate case with 28 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Monday 08/18/2014
Police: Man fires a gun in a Calhoun hotel room, almost strikes sleeping 4-year-old child
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 12:48 pm

A Georgia man was arrested Sunday in Calhoun after firing a gun inside a hotel room police say nearly struck a sleeping child.

Sunday 08/17/2014
Search on across Northwest Georgia for missing Louisiana couple
Updated: August 17, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Update: Family members are still searching for missing Louisiana couple Demetrius Billiot, 77, and Willie Pearl Billiot, 83.

Thursday 08/14/2014
Man arrested for alleged lewd conduct
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 12:52 am

From the Calhoun Police Department

Vehicle stolen at trash dump
Posted: August 14, 2014

A man reported his vehicle was stolen while he was trying to dump trash, according to reports.

Wednesday 08/13/2014
Floyd County police looking for identity fraud witness
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 6:56 pm

The Floyd County Police Department is attempting to identify an elderly woman. The woman is likely to be a witness to numerous identity fraud cases in the north Georgia area which include breaking and entering automobiles.

Man injured at Shaw plant in Calhoun
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:48 pm

A 45-year-old man was injured Wednesday at a Shaw Industries plant in Calhoun, according to police scanner traffic.

2 dead in Bartow rampage identified; police still unsure of motive
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 2:15 am

CARTERSVILLE — Two men are dead and two others injured after a man went on a rampage through southwestern Bartow County on Tuesday afternoon, according to local law enforcement officials.

Tuesday 08/12/2014
Man reports being robbed on East Gibson Street
Posted: August 12, 2014

A pedestrian reported being robbed while walking on Gibson Street, according to Cedartown Police Department reports.

Man said attack at mud bog was over car doors
Updated: August 12, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Police were called to the emergency room after a man reported being attacked at the Seney Mud Bog, county reports said.

County police chief calls for more cops to tackle investigations, corral crime
Updated: August 12, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Concerns over manpower and the ability to effectively investigate cases is worrying Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd.

Monday 08/11/2014
Cherokee County deputies arrest Rome, Ga. men for trafficking and other charges
Updated: August 12, 2014 - 8:16 am

According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, two men were arrested on multiple charges following a traffic stop and car chase Sunday afternoon, August 10th.

Man exposes himself in women's restroom at Calhoun Recreation Department
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 1:47 pm

A man in a women's bathroom at the Calhoun Recreation Department exposed himself to a woman and made a lewd motion with a body part, according to the Calhoun Police Department incident report.

Saturday 08/09/2014
Stolen gun is found in routine traffic stop for seatbelt violation
Posted: August 09, 2014

Two men were arrested on a variety of charges, including a charge for possession a stolen gun against one suspect, after a county officer stopped the car because the driver forgot to put on his seatbelt.

Friday 08/08/2014
Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department looking for two men linked to armed robbery
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 11:06 am

The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department is searching for two men involved in an armed robbery earlier this week and have obtained an ATM photo of one of the suspects.

Cedartown police: Juvenile shot at Peek Park after group broke into several vehicles
Updated: August 09, 2014 - 1:49 am

Cedartown Police Chief James Newsome has released an official statement regarding a juvenile shooting incident in the early morning hours of Aug. 8.

Family mourns loss as suspects in Gordon County murder case head to court
Posted: August 08, 2014

A family in mourning is making arrangements for the man killed in Calhoun in the first murder case Gordon County has seen in two years.

Child seatbelt safety a primary concern for Rockmart cop
Posted: August 08, 2014


Police confirm overnight shooting started as Facebook argument
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 10:32 am

CEDARTOWN — An argument sparked over a Facebook post ended with the shooting death of a man in Cedartown, according to Police Chief Jamie Newsome.

Thursday 08/07/2014
Wrecked car leads to marijuana arrests
Posted: August 07, 2014

A suspicious car wrecked on Dry Creek Road leads to the arrest of three on marijuana charges, according to Polk County Police Department reports.

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