Around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, the neighbor called police to request they conduct a welfare check on a child who had reportedly been crying for 30 minutes. When officers arrived at the 37 Townsley Drive home, the girl continued to cry and scream, and tried to get into a room where the door had been shut.
The man caring for the child, who allegedly first provided police an identification that did not belong to him, said the child was crying for woman who had left the home 15 minutes prior. Police asked Michael Christopher Anders, 38, of Kennesaw, for permission to enter the home and to open the closed door for the girl, who then went into the room and retrieved her teddy bear.
Officers say Anders gave consent for them to check the residence for additional occupants, during which they allegedly spotted two glass smoking devices on a plate in the bottom of the closet. Anders denied ownership of the items, but was placed in handcuffs.
In his pockets, police say they found two plastic bags containing suspected methamphetamine and a needle. Anders allegedly told officers he gave an invalid identification because he had a warrant for absconding parole.
Police notified local drug task force agents, who responded to the scene, and Anders' warrant was confirmed by a parole officer. Operations of the Bartow County-Cartersville Drug Task Force involved in this case are unclear, but BSCO's jail intake report indicates agents arrested Anders, who was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine by ingestion, possession of cocaine by ingestion, possession of marijuana by ingestion and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Agents also arrested Michelle Lea Moreno, 28, of 37 Townsley Drive, Cartersville, who was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
Possibly malnourished horses impounded after several complaints
BCSO deputies Tuesday impounded three horses involved in a Georgia Department of Agriculture investigation after the animals escaped fencing at the Bryan Drive residence in Cartersville.
Authorities received six complaints in the previous months about the horses getting out and causing a disturbance. A deputy on patrol Tuesday around 11:40 a.m. spotted the animals in the roadway near Bryan Drive, and was unable to reach the owner.
He reported there was an active investigation by the state agency regarding the horses appearing to be undernourished. The animals were impounded pending the outcome of that investigation.
Accidents and injuries
Georgia State Patrol troopers responded to five traffic incidents with two injuries in the 24 hours preceding 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Cartersville police worked five Tuesday crashes with no injuries.