Law enforcers encourage citizens to protect valuables
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Staff Report

Officials with the Bartow County Sheriff's Office and the Cartersville Police Department want to remind all citizens to secure their valuables.

People tend to leave valuable items in plain view inside their vehicles as they shop or do recreational activities, Sheriff Clark Millsap and Chief Thomas Culpepper said in a release.

Although many think their vehicle is a safe place for valuables, a thief will often see these items inside vehicles and bust the windows to take them or enter the vehicle if it is unlocked. Many people also think their vehicle or valuables are safe if the vehicle is parked in the driveway, which is not the case.

Law enforcement leaders across the county are asking citizens to be diligent in keeping any items of value locked up and out of sight. Citizens also are encouraged to record any serial numbers or special markings on their valuables in case a theft does occur, so the items can be positively identified if recovered later.

Millsap and Culpepper ask that anyone who notices suspicious activity around a parking area call 911.

Three arrested for underage alcohol possession

A Bartow County deputy responded to Somerset Club Apartments Monday night in reference to underage possession of alcohol. An employee of the complex told the deputy several underage men were drinking alcoholic beverages at the pool and offering it to other people.

The employee said this has been an ongoing problem. The deputy spoke with the three men, identified as Christopher Phillips, Ryan Ensley and Jordan Gonzales. All three admitted to drinking beer and whiskey. The deputy smelled alcohol coming from the men, who also were unsteady on their feet and had slurred speech. Three plastic cups with alcohol in them were found near the chairs by the pool.

They were arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol.

Man attacked with fork

A man assisting a woman in a domestic dispute was attacked with a fork by the offender, Winfred Oscar Turner. A Bartow County deputy was dispatched to 30 Westover Ridge, Adairsville, in reference to battery under the Family Violence Act.

A female told the deputy she was in a verbal altercation with Turner when he became physical. According to the deputy's incident report, the woman was bleeding profusely from a large cut near her right eye and appeared to have a broken nose. The complainant said she escaped to the back porch and began screaming for help. When a male and female witness came to the woman's aid, Turner stabbed the man in the shoulder and neck with a fork.

The offender was arrested and taken to the Bartow County jail. The female complainant was transported to Cartersville Medical Center for treatment.