Chattanooga man arrested after setting fire to van
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A vehicle fire early Thursday damaged a Cartersville business and resulted in the arrest of a Chattanooga man for arson.

According to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office report, emergency personnel were called about 4 a.m. to Exxon, 5698 Highway 20, where a van parked in front of the business was fully engulfed in flames.

The van was a total loss, and the roof and awning of the store, along with three newspaper and advertisement boxes, were damaged.

The deputy reported recognizing the van as a taxi she had seen about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Video surveillance showed James Spencer Brown, 38, of 2288 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, Tenn., starting a fire inside the van at 3:44 a.m. The deputy noted she had met with Brown on two previous occasions at the Exxon.

Brown was shown leaning into the vehicle as flames flare up in his face, causing him to leap back. He then walked away from the vehicle toward Interstate 75.

Brown was located at McDonald's, 5651 Highway 20, with soot on his clothing and burns on his hands.

He refused medical treatment and was arrested and charged with second-degree arson and second-degree criminal damage to property.

Bartow County Fire Department also worked a fire just before midnight Wednesday on Austin Road.

The mobile home, which was fully engulfed upon arrival of firefighters, was a total loss.

According to the BCSO, which listed the report as first-degree arson and terroristic threats and acts, the owner said he was in bed when a neighbor called to say his home was on fire.

BCFD said they were not advised of any arson, but the fire remains under investigation.

Cartersville Fire Department reported working no fires in the 24 hours through 9 p.m. Thursday.

Man says employee took more than $13,000

Wednesday afternoon a man told Cartersville police an employee had stolen money over a period of two months.

He said the person had worked for him about 10 years at Auto Pro Title Pawn and had taken more than $13,000 during September and October.

Suspected drugs found in Subway restroom

Early Wednesday evening a woman told police she discovered suspected drugs in a restaurant bathroom.

According to Cartersville police, about 5:30 p.m. the woman said a small bag with the alleged drugs and a glass pipe were on the floor of the restroom at Subway, 1138 E. Main St.

Driver leaves the scene of accident

Cartersville police responded to a vehicle crash about 3:30 a.m. Thursday on Center Road at Carriage Hills Drive. Upon arrival, police discovered a 2007 GMC Sierra in the north embankment of Center Road.

The truck, which was extensively damaged, had apparently left the roadway on the north side and traveled across both lanes, striking a caution sign before crossing back across both lanes and hitting the embankment.

The driver of the truck left the scene. Charges were pending.

Cartersville police and the Georgia State Patrol reported no serious accidents of injuries in the 24 hours through 9 p.m. Thursday.