Dellinger Park altercation could be gang-related
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One man was arrested Sunday after a large fight broke out at Dellinger Park about 8:15 p.m. Jamal Fashad Kay, 17, allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at three people.

According to the Cartersville Police Department incident report, when officers arrived, about 100 men and woman were in the parking lot beside the basketball courts at the park at 100 Pine Grove Road.

Witnesses say a fight broke out between two people, and Kay pulled a gun and pointed it at one of the men involved in the fight. He is alleged to have chased another victim around the parking lot with the .22 gun later recovered by police. It was not loaded.

Two other people say Kay pointed the gun at them.

In the mayhem, vehicles drove away and people ran. Police issued a lookout for an older model, white Cadillac Escalade in which Kay was believed to be traveling. A park attendant also saw someone throw a tire wrench from that vehicle.

After Cartersville police spotted a similar vehicle unoccupied at an Old Mill Road apartment complex, Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on the car on College Drive in Cartersville near Liberty Crossing subdivision.

The driver was a juvenile and had a learner's permit and no other occupant met the requirements for him to be operating the vehicle. Other juveniles in the car were released to their parents.

Kay, of 16 Freedom Drive, Cartersville, was in the vehicle. He was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a minor, and three counts of pointing or aiming gun or pistol at another.

In a BCSO incident report, deputies referred to the Dellinger Park fight as a gang-related incident.

DUI driver charged in four-vehicle crash on Interstate 75

Three people were taken to area hospitals Sunday after a four-car collision on Interstate 75 at the Main Street exit in Cartersville. A man police say was impaired by alcohol was arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

According to the Cartersville Police Department accident report, the 2008 Kia Optima driven by Dustin Joshua Wallace of 18 Wood Court S.E. in Cartersville struck the center guard rail, sending a tire that separated from the vehicle into travel lanes. Wallace allegedly told police he swerved to avoid a deer.

The driver of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt topped the hill and could not avoid the tire. He struck it, sending his car, which almost flipped, airborne.

That car then struck a 1997 Toyota 4Runner, which hit a 2009 Peterbuilt tractor-trailer.

Witnesses told police there was no deer involved in the crash. Wallace was charged with DUI and failing to maintain his lane.

One of the drivers and a passenger were taken to Cartersville Medical Center for minor complaints, and the driver of the 4Runner was taken to Floyd Medical Center with possible head injuries.

Three of the four vehicles were damaged extensively.

Southbound lanes of traffic were shut down for a period of time, backing up traffic.

Man's hand caught in press at Tintoria Piana

A man was injured and taken to the hospital Monday after his had was caught in a press about 3:15 p.m. at Tintoria Piana at 220 S. Erwin St. in Cartersville.

Cartersville firefighters say the man's injury was non-life threatening.

Combining sparks field, woods fire

Cartersville firefighters responded a third time to a woods fire off Natchi Trail in Cartersville.

They say crews responded Saturday, Sunday and Monday about 4:30 a.m. after the blaze jumped a break plowed by forestry crews. Flames were approaching houses, and Georgia Forestry Commission crews were called in to plow another fire break.

The blaze, which apparently began Saturday when landowners were combining a soy bean field, has burned about 2 acres. Firefighters say much of the crop was lost and the fire spread to nearby woods.

Dry conditions are a factor.