Deputy injured during struggle with local man
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An Adairsville man on active parole found himself in trouble again Sunday afternoon.

According to the report, a Bartow County Sheriff's deputy was called to a home on Highway 140 in reference to a domestic problem, later determined to be simple battery under the Family Violence Act.

Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a female complainant who stated that her husband was highly intoxicated and had pushed their son, causing him to strike his head on the door frame. The complainant said she and Donnie Meeler, 40, of Adairsville argued, and he demanded that she and their son leave the house. She said at that point Meeler pushed their son in the back, causing him to strike his head on the door frame.

The deputy, who met with the woman at a neighbor's residence, along with another officer went inside the complainant's resident and observed Meeler asleep on the living room floor. The offender woke up, inquiring as to why the deputies were inside his home. According to the deputy, he tried to explain the reason for being there but the offender became verbal toward them, telling the deputies they needed to leave.

After refusing several requests to be seated, Meeler backed into the kitchen area and removed his phone from his pants pockets. At that time, the deputy removed his O.C. spray and asked the offender to have a seat. Meeler allegedly made verbal threats to the officer, assuming a "fighting stance" and bringing his fist in front of his face.

The deputy said he decided against using the spray because the complainant and her son were in the room. Instead he grabbed Meeler by his left arm. After a struggle, the two deputies were able to get the handcuffs on Meeler, who complained of a broken left arm.

When EMS arrived, Meeler refused their help and began cursing at them. The officer asked if he would like to go to the hospital, where it was determined Meeler didn't have a broken arm. While at hospital, the deputy discovered he had suffered a busted lip and scratched gum during the struggle to detain Meeler.

A check of Meeler's information revealed outstanding warrants for Family Violence-related charges and that he was on active parole. He was arrested and charged with two counts of cruelty to children, battery (FVA), obstruction of an officer and simple battery (FVA).

Woman returns stolen items

A local woman who found a bag of items belonging to someone else returned them to their rightful owners Sunday.

Cartersville police responded to a larceny call earlier that morning at 8 Carrington Drive. The complainant told the officer that someone entered two of his vehicles, stealing a GPS system from one and his daughter's purse from another. The purse contained a graphing calculator, Blackberry phone, three jump drives and a wallet with $35 cash and a Tellus ID card. Both vehicles were unlocked at the time of the incident.

Later that afternoon, the complainant called the officer back to his residence. He told officers a woman came to his residence with a plastic Kohl's bag containing all the property reported stolen. The woman said she found the bag in a front of her residence, located the identification and returned the items. Several items in the bag not belonging to the victim were taken to evidence.

Drunk driver arrested

A tractor-trailer driver called authorities in reference to a driver not maintaining his lane Sunday evening.

According to the report, a BCSO deputy was dispatched to the area of Highway 75 north near exit 293 after a witness said a driver ran off the road several times.

The deputy stopped the vehicle at exit 306, stating that the driver -- Noe Mendoza-Lopez -- had bloodshot and watery eyes. The deputy reported a strong smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from Lopez's breath. When asked if he had been drinking, Lopez admitted to having two beers. A search of the vehicle returned an open bottle of Corona Extra.

Lopez was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

No injuries in vehicle fire

A car fire at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Gilmer Street is still under investigation, according to a Cartersville firefighter. The fire started under the vehicle's engine about 2:45 Monday afternoon. No one was injured.