Storms leave 2,900 without power, downed trees
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Aug 05, 2011 | 2644 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Severe weather that swept through in the early morning hours Thursday left a number of residents without power and some cleaning up debris.

Georgia Power reported about 4 a.m. Thursday 2,900 residents were without power in the Cartersville area, but that number was down to 600 about noon.

Bartow County Fire Department said power lines were downed on Highway 41 at Cedar Creek Road and then Rock Fence Circle off Smiley Ingram Road. Cartersville Fire Department said it also received several reports of false fire alarms overnight and lines down on Boatner Avenue and Main Street at Maybelle. A tree also was reported down on Litchfield Street and one on Churchill Downs.

There were no reports of fires or injuries from the weather.

No name on driver in 411 crash

Cartersville Police Department said Thursday afternoon that no name was available on the driver who died in a fiery crash on Highway 411 Wednesday morning.

CPD Lt. Mark Camp said in a memo to media that the victim is believed to be a 33-year-old man from Lawrenceville but further testing was being done to confirm the identity.

Officers were dispatched about 9 a.m. Wednesday to Highway 411 between Cline Smith and Industrial Park roads where a tractor-trailer was off the roadway. Upon arrival, officers discovered the truck, which had been traveling northbound, had left the roadway after crossing the southbound lanes and traveled into the woods where it hit the trees and caught fire, Camp said. The driver was unable to exit the vehicle and died at the scene.

All four lanes of 411 were closed for an hour, with southbound lanes closed for roughly five hours.

Police find footprints in business' air ducts

Cartersville police Wednesday were called to Nelson Furniture on Joe Frank Harris Parkway about a potential burglary.

When officers arrived they found air conditioning ducts that appeared to be tampered with. The officer crawled into the ductwork and found shoe prints proceeding through the air shaft in an attempt to enter the building.

No one was found in the building and entry was not made through the air system.