Jail deputy arrested, fired for alleged drug use
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Well, that didn’t last long.

A 20-year-old Bartow County Sheriff’s Office employee of just a few months was fired this week after allegedly using drugs.

Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force Commander Capt. Mark Mayton said Thursday that Charles Trent Cole of 25 Granger Drive was arrested Tuesday on drug and oath violation charges.

“We did arrest a jailer who has been working there since October of last year for possession of marijuana [by ingestion] and violation of oath by a public officer,” he said, declining to comment further as the investigation is ongoing.

“We do anticipate possibly more arrests,” Mayton added.

Man pricked by needle in birdseed from Wal-Mart

According to a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a man was allegedly stuck Wednesday by a needle inside a bag of birdseed.

The deputy met with the complainant who said he purchased a bag of birdseed from Wal-Mart. When he opened the bag, he was pricked by a sharp object, later determined to be a needle from a syringe.

The syringe was collected as evidence.

<*C>Four men arrested in connection with drugs

According to a Cartersville Police Department incident report, an officer was dispatched to Baker Street and Stokely Street in reference to shots fired on Wednesday at 11:53 p.m. The officer was advised by dispatch that a suspicious, white SUV was parked in the roadway near the intersection.

As the officer approached the vehicle, he observed Ervin Dewarren Jones standing near the front passenger-side door and Ronald Michelle Osburn Jr. exiting the front passenger-side door. The officer noticed Byron Orlando Bernard Hall in the back seat of the vehicle and Derrick Dewan Dorsey in the driver’s seat.

A sergeant also arrived on scene as backup.

The officer asked the four men if they had heard any gunshots in the area. They all said no. He then asked the men for identification. Jones and Osburn told the officer they did not have their identification with them.

The men were asked to step out of the vehicle and as they did, the officer heard the sergeant ask Osburn what he was shoving down his pants. Osburn allegedly became very arrogant and said, “I ain’t put nothing down my pants; take a look.”

He pulled down his pants and a pair of gym shorts and said “take a look,” while spinning around.

The officer noticed an obstruction near Osburn’s left buttock, later identified as Osburn’s driver’s license. The officer asked Osburn why he had put his identification down his pants. Osburn allegedly became very defiant and had to be asked several times to place his hands back on the vehicle. He also kept asking the officer to pull his pants up, but due to the nature of the call, not knowing if he was concealing any weapons and believing Osburn was preparing to flee on foot, the officer told him to leave his pants alone and keep his hands on the vehicle.

The officer searched Osburn and found a plastic sandwich bag containing a small amount of marijuana. As the officer attempted to arrest Osburn, he began resisting arrest. The sergeant said to stop resisting or he would be sprayed with pepper spray. The struggle continued into the street. The officer attempted to forcefully place Osburn on the ground several times with no luck. He then attempted to flee on foot. They lost grip of Osburn’s wrists and he was able to flee.

The officer fired his taser, both prongs made contact, one into the center of Osburn’s back and the other on his rib cage near his armpit. According to the report, the officer told him to put his arms behind his back or he would receive a second cycle. Osburn then yelled, “I give up, I give up, I give up.”

After placing Osburn in handcuffs, the officer continued to search his pockets and found one spent .40 caliber shell casing and three tablets of Oxycodone.

Bartow 911 advised the officer that Osburn held an active warrant for probation violation.

In the vehicle, the officer found 5.2 ounces of marijuana, an electronic scale with suspended marijuana residue and a .40 caliber Taurus PT940. The gun was allegedly found where Hall was last seen.

According to the report, “due to the observation made in reference to the found items which led me to believe that the items had not been there very long, and the fact that all four males had constructive possession of the items, but no one claimed the items, all four males were placed under arrest.”

The men were transported to Cartersville Police Department to be processed. All three men refused to give a urine sample after Osburn told them not to. Osburn said, “I am drug free, I will pass one today, tomorrow and the next day but I ain’t gonna [explicit] for you.”

Osburn was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent, possession of schedule I, probation violation, two counts of obstruction of an officer, drug-related objects and possession of firearm or knife while trying to commit crimes.

Hall was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent, possession of firearm or knife while trying to commit a felony and drug-related objects.

Jones was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent, possession of firearm during commission of felony and drug-related objects.

Dorsey was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent, possession of firearm during commission of felony and drug-related objects.