Minor injuries reported in bus crash
by Staff Report
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An early morning accident involving a bus Wednesday at Mac Johnson Road and Highway 41 sent two people to Cartersville Medical Center with injuries.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, injuries were not serious. The GSP said a Chevy Cavalier hit a Ford Explorer and a school bus.

Bartow County Director of Transportation Jody Elrod said bus number 251 was headed toward Kingston Elementary School when the accident occurred.

One student on the bus was transported to the hospital and a child in the Cavalier was taken to the hospital by the mother. According to the Bartow County Fire Department, a driver of one of the passenger cars also was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

FAA releases preliminary

report on Taylorsville crash

Following an investigation into a plane crash in a Taylorsville field, the Federal Aviation Administration has released a preliminary report citing an unknown cause of the accident.

According to the report, the small, private RV-6 plane “crashed under unknown circumstances in a field. The one person on board was fatally injured.”

FAA registry lists the plane’s manufacture date in 2008 by Carl J. Eckenrode and deemed air worthy in November of that year. It is described as an amateur built VANS ACFT RV-6, fixed wing single-engine. The registered owner is listed as P-L Air Inc. in Wilmington, Del.

According to a flight tracking website, the plane departed from Kentucky Airmotive in Mount Sterling, Ky., earlier Tuesday afternoon. The destination is listed as the Eufaula Jet Center in Eufaula, Ala., at Weedon Field.

Gerry Klemn, who was working at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen, said he was at the intersection of Highway 113 and Covered Bridge Road when he saw the aircraft at low altitude.

“It was at full throttle with no apparent engine malfunction,” he said, adding that other witness accounts of a sound like a loud motorcycle were accurate. “I thought it was a crop duster. It went to climb and appeared to stall then dive. ... It was just driven into the soil.”

Investigators from the FAA and emergency responders, including Bartow County Fire Department personnel and Sheriff’s Office deputies, remained on scene until late Tuesday night searching the remnants of the crash site for clues of a cause for the accident.

Pieces of the plane littered the open field where the wallet of a 70-year-old man from New York was discovered. It is believed that the wallet belonged to the victim, but the Bartow County coroner cannot officially release an identity until it is confirmed through laboratory tests and relatives are notified. Coroner Joel Guyton said Tuesday night that the believed victim’s family confirmed that he had left that morning on board the aircraft.

Deputies struggle to secure violent male

Bartow sheriff’s deputies arrested a male subject after a violent domestic dispute changed direction toward the responding officers at a residence in Cartersville.

According to the report, the female victim said offender Johnny Richardson unlawfully entered her home and began beating her around the head and facial area. After the attack, Richardson allegedly forced her to sit on the couch and later to clean herself up while he undressed himself and began searching through her purse.

At that point, the woman ran from the house to a neighbor for help. Richardson followed her and allegedly dragged her off the neighbor’s porch and back to her residence. The neighbor, hearing the disturbance, called law enforcement.

When officers arrived, Richardson attempted to fight them. The report says that while trying to escort Richardson to a patrol car he attempted to jerk away from the officers. He then began kicking the vehicle and attempted to bite one of the deputies. While securing him into the car, Richardson spat on deputies and violently kicked the vehicle’s windows. While securing his legs, Richardson kicked several deputies.

He was eventually secured and transported to the Bartow County Jail.

Woman robbed in Kroger parking lot

A woman reported to Cartersville police that she was robbed in the Kroger parking lot when a black male pushed her into her vehicle where she was loading groceries and ran away with her purse.

According to the report, the woman noticed the man behind her and identified him as wearing a black jacket, white T-shirt and blue jeans. She said that after he snatched her purse he ran to a nearby truck and left the area. Reportedly, several people ran after the vehicle as the suspects drove away.

Moments later, the suspect’s vehicle was spotted in the area of the former Georgia State Patrol office on Joe Frank Harris Parkway. A traffic stop ended in the discovery of the victim’s purse with most of the contents still inside and two arrests on charges of robbery and entering an automobile for theft.