A K-9 unit arrived on scene after the buildings were evacuated, including the Georgia Department of Labor Cartersville Career Center on Felton Place. The K-9, trained to detect explosives, did alert on a vending machine marking possible explosives. A Georgia Bureau of Investigation Explosives Disposal team was dispatched to complete a further check.
GBI agents performed a check using a robot finding no explosive devices at which time they completed a physical check before clearing the area. The site was deemed safe and roads and buildings were reopened to the public.
Suspect shot in Schnitzer Recycling theft connected to other cases
A suspect in a Sunday, Oct. 24, burglary at Schnitzer Southeast Recycling, Joseph Adam Bowlen, has since been connected to several burglary and theft cases. Bowlen was shot by a city of Cartersville police officer after allegedly attacking the officer and later died as a result of his injuries.
According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, Tuesday, Oct. 19, investigators responded to 4831 Ryan Road to assist Georgia State Probation Officers in the arrest of Bowlen at that location. While on the scene, Bowlen escaped from custody, handcuffed, after he had been arrested by probation officers from the Cartersville Probation Office for Violation of Probation. Investigators discovered a large quantity of property inside the residence that was believed to have been stolen from area convenience stores.
Investigators also recovered three stolen firearms, one of which had been stolen from a Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement vehicle on Oct. 3. Evidence recovered on Oct. 19 at the Ryan Road address has linked Bowlen to commercial burglaries, including Cass White Grocery, Red Barn Grocery, Austin's Feed and Seed, the Visitors Center and Offices at Red Top Mountain State Park and Martin's Auto Parts on Highway 411. Warrants had also been issued for Bowlen charging him with theft by taking - motor vehicle from Martin's Auto Parts, which was later involved in a chase on Cass Pine Log Road on Oct. 13. Bowlen had escaped that night on foot and the truck was recovered.
A 1988 Chevy Astro Van, which had been stolen during the Oct. 5 burglary at C and N Tire Shop on Cass White Road, was recovered Oct. 20 and had been stripped. The van was found at the Ryan Road address.
The other person arrested during the Bowlen incident at Schnitzer Southeast was Stephen Haynes Clark, and Clark has been charged in the Red Barn Grocery burglary at this time. Other cases are being reviewed to see if they can be linked to Bowlen or Clark.
Cartersville pawn shop owner arrested for theft
The Cartersville Police Department arrested Joseph K. Benham, owner of Benham's Pawn Shop, 801 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Cartersville. CPD conducted an investigation into a burglary where Benham allegedly bought stolen jewelry and failed to keep the required documentation of the items that he bought.
Benham was charged with a violation of required permanent pawn records, burglary, theft by receiving stolen property and theft by taking.
Fires and wrecks
The Bartow County Fire Department responded to an outbuilding fire just after 3 a.m. Saturday at a West View Drive residence. Firefighters from three county fire stations responded and contained the fire to the outbuilding, which was a total loss. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.
Cartersville police reported working five motor vehicle accidents with one slight injury on Thursday and four wrecks with no injuries on Friday.