Woman struck by vehicle at gas station
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Early Friday morning one woman was struck by a vehicle while she was at work.

Cartersville police responded to a call at the Kangaroo at 1361 Joe Frank Harris Parkway in reference to a hit-and-run. The victim said her fiance allegedly beat her up and ran her over.

The victim said she discovered her fiance, Eric Williams, had been sleeping with another woman, and she was upset. Williams later came to the store to talk to her, and the couple began to argue. The victim said Williams shoved her, so she shoved him back. Williams allegedly grabbed the victim’s hair, causing her to begin punching and hitting him. The victim said she also grabbed a bottle on the floor and threw it inside the car to distract Williams.

After this, the victim said, Williams moved from the passenger seat of the vehicle to the driver’s seat and put the vehicle in reverse. The victim said she was dragged across the parking lot and on to Grassdale Road from the pumps.

A witness at the scene, who had driven Williams to the store, said Williams asked her to drive him there as he “was intoxicated from alcohol and drugs,” according to the report. The witness said she had never met the victim before, and that when they arrived at the Kangaroo the victim came running out to the vehicle, opened the door and began to punch and hit Williams. The witness said she exited the vehicle and yelled for the pair to stop fighting. According to the report, the witness said, “she has never seen a woman swing so fiercely and violently,” adding that the victim hit Williams with a bottle.

However, the witness told officers, “she understood why [the victim] was upset, and did not blame her,” according to the report.

The witness said Williams slid over to the driver’s seat and put the car in reverse to get away. The witness said both the driver and passenger side doors were open and the victim was struck by the driver-side door and knocked down. The victim, she said, was hanging on to the door and possibly Williams as she was dragged across the parking lot to the Bojangles across the street.

Williams was later found and arrested. He was charged with possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, leaving the scene of accident and driving with suspended or revoked driver’s license. He was transported to the Cartersville Police Department for processing.

Woman arrested for abandoning baby

Stopping a vehicle without a tag Thursday afternoon led to one woman being arrested for abandoning her 11-day-old baby.

A Cartersville police officer saw a Ford Escape without a license plate pull into the QuikTrip on Joe Frank Harris Parkway Thursday afternoon, with one black man and a white woman getting out of the vehicle. A white woman later got into the vehicle and drove toward 1400 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, according to the incident report. The officer made the traffic stop in front of Parkway North.

The driver, identified as Barbara Chitwood, reportedly did not have her license. She said her daughter did not have a license and saw a CPD car pull into the QuikTrip parking lot. Another CPD officer reportedly saw Kristin Ethridge driving the vehicle to the QuikTrip.

While an officer spoke with Chitwood, another was speaking with Ethridge, who allegedly ran into room 317 and changed her clothes from pink pants and a pink shirt to a striped shirt and grey hoodie. Ethridge said her baby was in room 309. When asked how old the child was, Ethridge said she was 11 days old.

Officers entered room 309 with Ethridge’s consent, according to the report. The officers reportedly found the baby laying on the edge of the bed with no kind of support to keep it from falling off the bed.

Officers also found a plastic baggie beside the bed that contained blue pills and suspected burnt marijuana in the bathroom. Additional suspected marijuana was later found under the stove’s front grill.

Ethridge was arrested and charged with third-degree cruelty to children, abandonment of child, possession of schedule IV, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, no tag, no insurance, pills not in original container and driving while unlicensed.

Chitwood was arrested and charged with possession of schedule IV, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, suspended registration, no tag, no insurance, pills not in original container and no license on person.

Both Ethridge and Chitwood were processed at CPD and later transported to the Bartow County Jail.

Meth, hollow-points found in van

While returning from a domestic dispute Thursday evening, a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested another man for having methamphetamine, a .357-caliber revolver and hollow-point ammunition in his van.

According to the incident report, the deputy recognized Calvin Cross, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of a blue Dodge Caravan. The deputy noted he had prior knowledge of Cross from working in the jail and had previously attempted to locate him. Bartow County Dispatch confirmed Cross had an outstanding probation warrant.

While arresting Cross on the probation warrant, the deputy saw a black pistol holster on Cross’ right side.

During a search of the Caravan, deputies reportedly found a clear baggy in the driver’s seat containing suspected methamphetamine, a Taurus .357-caliber revolver with seven Hornady hollow-point rounds under the driver’s seat, another clear baggy containing suspected meth between the driver and passenger seats, a shoe polish can containing eight clear baggies of suspected meth, a Crown Royal bag on the passenger floor containing five more .357-caliber Hornady hollow-point rounds, one digital scale, eight needles, five spare batteries, three lighters, one flashlight, two rags and a black Remington bag containing gun oil, a container of super glue, one gold spoon, a cellphone, a pair of tweezers, a black knife, a pair of plyers and two small baggies containing rubber bands.

Cross was arrested and charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm while attempting to commit a felony and probation violation. He was transported to the Bartow County Jail.