According to the Cartersville police report, an officer met with the victim who said he was attempting to turn left onto Interstate 75 north from Highway 411 north when a tractor-trailer exiting from I-75 north and turning south pulled out in front of him. He said he stopped in front of the truck and confronted the driver, advising the man that he was supposed to stop.
The victim said the driver -- Charles Bagley Jr., 42 -- exited the semi and struck him in the mouth with his fist, causing his lips to swell and bleed. A female witness verified the man's account.
While at the scene, Bagley returned and told the officer the victim pulled in front of him and began yelling. Bagley said because of his blind spot he did not see the victim's vehicle until it was in front of him.
Bagley first denied striking the victim but later admitted to hitting the man "because he would not shut up and leave."
Bagley was arrested and charged with battery.
Man arrested for DUI after striking pole
An Adairsville man was arrested early Sunday after he struck a utility pole at North Erwin and Aubrey streets. According to the accident report, Grant Lee Morrow of Hall Station Road was allegedly intoxicated when he crossed the centerline in a 1993 Ford Explorer and struck the pole.
The vehicle was damaged extensively and Morrow was uninjured. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane.
Feds crack down on illegal trafficking of oxycodone
A federal grand jury in Atlanta returned indictments this week in two separate cases charging a 11 defendants, including two from Acworth, with illegally trafficking in oxycodone. In the larger of the two cases, agents arrested a total of six defendants, all of whom appeared in federal court for arraignments.
A federal grand jury in Atlanta returned an indictment recently charging 11 Georgia citizens with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and trafficking in the illegally obtained oxycodone tablets. The charged defendants included Lori Rene Anderson, 32, of Acworth, and David Lee Tanner, 32, also of Acworth.
United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, "Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin combined. Oxycodone remains one of the most widely abused prescription drugs, and it's also one of the most addictive and deadly drugs when not taken properly. The forging of prescriptions is an especially harmful situation because it completely removes the oversight of a physician from the equation."
Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the DEA said, "These indictments have caused the dismantlement of an organization responsible for the distribution of oxycodone, a powerful and addictive opium derivative. This case is a perfect example of the success that can be accomplished when federal, state and local resources are combined to present a united front."
According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court, Kristen Goduto allegedly led 10 co-defendants in a conspiracy to possess oxycodone with the intent to distribute. Goduto manufactured prescriptions for oxycodone, and recruited others to pass the forged prescriptions throughout north Georgia, from as far south as McDonough and Covington to as far north as Dalton and Blue Ridge. Goduto allegedly paid those who passed the prescriptions in either cash or narcotics. By passing these forged prescriptions, this criminal organization obtained, and attempted to obtain, more than 10,000 oxycodone tablets, which they intended to distribute on the streets.
The indictment charges the 11 defendants with one count of conspiring to possess a controlled substance, namely oxycodone, with the intent to distribute. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.