A teenager from Cartersville has been charged in connection with the stabbing of a 64-year-old man Wednesday.
According to the incident report, deputies were called to 3-A Patterson Drive about 2 p.m. Wednesday after a neighbor called 911.
The neighbor said he saw Zachery Glenn Rampley, 19, of 120 Evergreen Trail, walk by his residence toward the home of Willie Walter Tidwell, 64. Shortly thereafter, the neighbor heard yelling, walked outside and saw Rampley ride away on a bicycle.
The neighbor, along with several others from the area, entered Tidwell's residence to find him bleeding.
According to the deputy, when he arrived there was a large amount of blood on the kitchen floor in front of the sink. Tidwell was located in the living room with a "razor blade" sticking out of the right temple area of his head and a large laceration on the right side of his neck. Tidwell was breathing but could not speak well. He was transported by EMS to Floyd Medical Center for treatment.
According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, Zachery Glenn Rampley was arrested Wednesday afternoon on unrelated charges. Based on information and evidence established during the assault investigation, Rampley has been charged with aggravated assault and criminal trespass. Rampley is currently in the Bartow County jail for probation violation and awaiting a bond hearing.
Police interrupt Gold Kist burglary
Cartersville police officers working a suspicious vehicle used quality police work to interrupt the "burglary" of Gold Kist, 100 Redcomb Drive.
According to the report, while investigating a vehicle parked at a vacant property, a CPD officer noticed a dog in the car. The officer wrapped the dog in a blanket, and while doing so, noticed blue prints and schematics for Gold Kist. The officer reported that "based on previous knowledge of burglaries and criminal damage" he believed the person had returned to collect more property from the company.
The two officers then took the railroad tracks to the building, where they found an adult-sized hole in a roll-up door. Upon entering the building, the officers discovered five males hiding in an office with burned paper on the floor.
The five were transported to CPD where they said the group were at Gold Kist to celebrate one's birthday. They had lit candles and used a Ouija board in an attempt to "communicate with the dead."
Kirk Stetler, 21, of Rydal; Michael Ta, 17, of Cartersville; Eric Simmons, 19, of Cartersville; and Jordan Dagley, 18, of Cartersville were arrested and charged with burglary. A male juvenile was released into the custody of the youth detention center.
Gasoline thefts end in arrests
From Nov.9-17 and possibly prior, several cases -- both in the city and the county -- of gasoline theft from fleet vehicles located at Tel-net Systems have been reported.
According to Cartersville police, in these cases, the suspects were captured on video. Based on those images, a vehicle and suspect description was able to be relayed to the patrol division. On Wednesday the vehicle was observed traveling on Porter Street and subsequently stopped. The listed suspects in the vehicle had just taken a pair of aluminum wheels to Self Recycling. The wheels were recovered from Self and determined to have been taken from Wilson's Towing earlier in the morning.
John Craig Manning Sr., 43, of 8 Corinth St., Cartersville, was arrested and charged with four counts of theft by taking, four counts of criminal damage to property, theft by receiving and theft by deception.
Barbara Hendrix, 42, of 8 Corinth St., Cartersville, was arrested and charged with theft by receiving and theft by deception.
Man identified in accidental injury
The victim of Wednesday's accidental injury on Center Road is identified as Mark Rogers, 51, of 468 Center Road, Lot 1, Cartersville.
Rogers fell inside his home and was not assisted until a passerby saw him lying in the roadway outside his home. Rogers was transported to Cartersville Medical Center where he is currently being treated for his injuries and other medical conditions.
Cartersville police issue advisory about vehicle break-ins
The Cartersville Police Department is currently investigating several entering auto reports occurring within subdivisions in the city. The perpetrators of these crimes are targeting unlocked vehicles with visible items inside. CPD encourages motorists to remove all valuables from the vehicle and secure it upon exit.
Resident who see any suspicious persons or activities are asked to call 911.