Adairsville man arrested after high-speed police chase
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Rodney Parker of Adairsville was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he led law enforcement on a high-speed chase.

According to reports, Parker was wanted in connection with a theft in progress from earlier in the day on Hall Station Road.

Bartow County Sheriff's deputies and the Georgia State Patrol became involved in the chase after the man's vehicle was spotted in Cartersville. Parker fled south in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 41, exiting onto Highway 20 and then to Highway 411, reaching speeds of 70 mph.

Parker then led authorities up Peeples Valley Road, driving through the parking lot of Cartersville Fire Station 2, crashing a security gate before coming to a dead end at the rear of the building.

CFD Battalion Chief Ray King said Parker was apprehended on the property and there was no estimate available on the extent of the damage.

Home lost, appliance damaged in separate fires

BCFD reported working a structure fire Wednesday morning in Rydal.

According to personnel, the blaze began in a single-wide mobile home in the A&T Mobile Home Park on Highway 140 about 8:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke and fire were showing, with the home about 50 percent involved.

Firefighters worked more than two hours on the structure, which was extensively damaged. The blaze began after combustible materials were left too close to a space heater.

All occupants were out of the home upon BCFD arrival, and no injuries were reported. The Red Cross was called in to assist the family.

In a separate fire, a dryer was lost in an appliance fire Tuesday. The blaze was contained to the machine, and smoke was removed from the Highpoint Court home by Cartersville firefighters. There were no injuries.

Target employee charged with shoplifting

A Target employee was arrested after an incident on Christmas Eve. Cartersville police responded to the store at 100 Cherokee Place Tuesday afternoon in reference to shoplifting.

Upon arrival the officer spoke with the loss prevention officer who said that the employee, who was working as a cashier on Christmas Eve, rang up items and then voided them, allowing someone to leave without paying for merchandise. The employee voided a DS game, mirror NASCAR toy car and other items totaling $123.92.

The employee was taken to Cartersville Police Department for processing then released to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office.

Woman's property damaged by paintballers

A Cartersville police officer responded to a criminal damage to property call Tuesday morning at 319 Etowah Drive. Upon arrival he met with the complainant who said that someone shot her residence and white Honda Odyssey van with a paintball gun. The officer observed a pink paintball on the driver's side door, and a pink and yellow paintball on the front of her residence. The residence was struck six times.

Lost dog shows up on Facebook

A Cartersville police officer responded to a Georgia Boulevard home Tuesday morning in reference to a theft that occurred last year.

The complainant told the officer that on July 4, 2009 someone stole his tan and white English bulldog name Simon. He said the dog escaped under an unsecured area of fencing around there backyard. The complainant said he searched for weeks in animal shelters and by putting up posters to no avail.

He said earlier this month his son located a picture of what appeared to be Simon playing with a former neighbor on the juvenile's Facebook page. He said the juvenile previously lived in the neighborhood with her parents, but has since moved. The complainant said he confronted the parent asking about the dog and was told that it's the dog of a friend visiting from Florida. The complainant told the officer the dog is valued at $2,800 and is missing a right front pinky toe nail from a previous injury.

He also said the dog has a "screw tail." He said he's sure the dog in the picture is Simon.

Men arrested after drugs found in bag of cookies

Two men were arrested early Wednesday morning after Cartersville police officers found drugs inside the vehicle they occupied.

A clerk at the BP Kangaroo, 904 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, became suspicious after seeing a car sitting in the parking lot with it's lights off for an extended amount of time. Two officers answered the call and came in contact with the men in the car and noticed the driver had red eyes and dilated pupils. When asked why they were sitting in the parking lot the driver said they were eating potato chips.

The officer asked if there were any illegal substances inside the car and he replied no. The driver also objected to a search of the vehicle. The officer informed him that he was on probation through the city of Cartersville and had signed a waiver giving up his right to search and seizure at any time. The driver and passenger were then ordered to step out the car while the search was conducted.

During the search the officer located a bag with three pill bottles and a glass smoking pipe with suspected marijuana residue. He also located a bag of cookies with a suspected marijuana cigarette inside the bag. Inside a basketball was a glass smoking device with suspected methamphetamine residue inside.

Both men were placed under arrest and transported to the Bartow County jail.