Two house fires, arson in county
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Two residential fires and a case of arson were reported in Bartow County Sunday and Monday.

According to the Cartersville Fire Department, a home at 15 Redcomb Drive, Cartersville, was damaged in an electrical fire about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The fire, which sparked and ignited insulation, was contained to the attic of the home.

A CFD firefighter said smoke was showing from the eaves when crews arrived. After making forced entry, a sweep of the house was conducted and thermal imaging employed to determine the fire was in the attic above a bedroom. Firefighters used a pole to pull the ceiling down and put water on the blaze.

Damages were estimated at $5,000. No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

Bartow County Fire Department reported a chimney fire late Monday afternoon on Mountain View Drive in Cartersville. BCFD personnel said the fire was contained to the chimney with the home suffering no internal damage. There were no injuries reported.

In an unrelated incident, a man was arrested in the early morning hours Monday after setting fire to a bag of belongings.

According to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office incident report, just after 3 a.m. deputies were called to Red Carpet Inn, Apt. 315, on Cass-White Road after a man allegedly set fire to a bag of his wife's belongings.

The woman said she and Gerald Orlando Bell, 35, of Cartersville, were arguing and she left around 1 a.m. and "drove around for a while to clear her head." When she returned, Bell asked for the keys; she then went to the car, removed her belongings and placed them in a black trash bag.

Once back inside, she handed Bell the keys at which time he poured lighter fluid on the bag and set fire to it. Bell then grabbed a blanket to extinguish the blaze. The woman said she also discovered the TV inside had a broken screen. Other damage consisted of burned carpet, the damaged bag of belongings, a burned booster seat and the blanket.

Bell, who had left the scene, called the woman who handed the phone to the deputy. Bell agreed to return but called the woman back and, while on speakerphone, told the woman that she "had better go along with what he said," offering up an alternate version of the story, which he told the officer upon his return.

Bell was arrested and charged with criminal trespass under the Family Violence Act, arson in the first degree (FVA), and obstruction of an officer.

Man arrested after throwing dishes at caretaker

A man was arrested Sunday morning after he allegedly threw dishes at a care taker.

According to the BCSO report, the victim said she asked John Joseph Vance, 53, of 25 Middle Brook Drive, Cartersville, to clean up his dishes when he became angry and hurled the dish at her, missing and hitting the wall and floor.

She said she advised Vance of the rules about making food and asked him to clean up the mess and wash the dishes. Vance then threw another bowl at her, according to the victim, who dodged it.

A witness confirmed the victim's account.

Vance was arrested and charged with aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act.

Officer arrests man after being hit with clipboard

A Cartersville police officer Sunday afternoon arrested Waymon Leroy Young, 70, of 839 Headrick Road, Ringgold, during a traffic stop.

According to the incident report, Young failed to obey a traffic control device, cutting his vehicle in front of the CPD officer's vehicle at West Avenue and Etowah Drive. Young disputed the officer's claim that he failed to obey the rules of the road, screaming at the officer and referring to the officer as "you south of the border people."

While issuing Young citations, the man pitched the clipboard at the officer, causing it to strike him, and attempted several times to put the vehicle in drive and leave. Young was arrested and charged with battery.

Business reports catalytic converters stolen

G and K Services, 73 Center Road, Cartersville, reported to CPD Monday morning that several catalytic converters had been stolen.

According to the report, someone removed the mechanism from five delivery trucks between Friday at 7 p.m. and Monday morning. Forced entry was made to gain access to the lot where the trucks were parked.