Deputy fired following arrest
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An off-duty Bartow County Sheriff's Office lieutenant arrested early Monday morning following a domestic dispute has been terminated.

Sheriff Clark Millsap fired Jeffery Todd Rogers, 41, of White on Monday, according to BCSO Sgt. Jonathan Rogers, who is not related to the former lieutenant.

According to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office incident report, deputies arrived at Jeff Rogers' home about 12:30 a.m. to find him sitting on the couch with an M-16 rifle across his lap, a black handgun on the cushion next to him and a laptop. The responding lieutenant removed the M-16.

Rogers told the officers he and his wife had been arguing and it reached a breaking point. Rogers, who admitted to drinking all day, said he and his wife had gone to Buffalo's earlier and that he had told her "they were going to have to make a decision as a couple."

He said the argument was only verbal and no physical contact was made.

Rogers' wife told deputies that she and Rogers were getting along well and all appeared fine, but he "snapped" about 9:30 p.m., becoming argumentative and verbal. The woman said she then heard Rogers loading ammunition into a gun and saw him doing something with a handgun. She said he then pointed the weapon at her and said, "I'm done," and according to the woman, Rogers said he was going to kill her.

Rogers was arrested and charged with aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act, terroristic threats and acts, two counts of pointing a gun at another person and three counts of second-degree cruelty to children. He is currently in jail awaiting a bond hearing on those charges.

One airlifted after camp stove explodes

A man was airlifted early Tuesday morning after being burned at a campsite at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' McKaskey Creek Campground.

According to the Bartow County Fire Department, the man was flown from the area of Center Road after being burned at the campsite.

A spokesperson for the Corps said the incident occurred overnight -- possibly about 3:30 a.m. -- when a propane camp stove exploded. It is possible drugs were involved.

The spokesperson said the remaining campers were evicted from the site.

BCSO has no record of deputies being called to the campsite in reference to the incident or the possibility of drug activity.

Gang graffiti located at county property

A Bartow County Parks and Recreation Department employee told deputies Monday morning that possible gang graffiti was discovered at a property.

About 9:30 a.m. Monday, a deputy met with an employee at the 31 Beavers Drive location after the man said an unknown person spray painted gang graffiti on several buildings located in Hamilton Crossing Park.

The man said that when all employees left on Friday the buildings were free from graffiti. While mowing Monday, he observed black and silver spray paint on the buildings. Spray paint was found on the concession stands, dugouts and on several brick walls outlining the park and included the phrases "5 stars," "bloods," "bloods territory" and "ck."