Suspect flees traffic stop, hides in trash can
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While a Carterville police officer conducted a traffic stop the night of Nov. 5, one of the suspects fled the vehicle and was later discovered hiding in a trash can.

The officer stopped a white Chevrolet S10 near Grassdale Road and Pettit Road due to the passenger not wearing a seatbelt. As soon as the vehicle came to a stop on Pettit Road, the passenger got out and fled on foot toward Dogwood drive, according to the incident report.

The officer made contact with the driver, later identified as Ricky Leray Chambers. Once backup arrived the officer asked Chambers to step out of the vehicle. According to the incident report, the officer was familiar with Chambers and knew his driver’s license was suspended.

After running Chambers’ information through the state database, it was discovered his license was suspended. The database also said Chambers was on active probation.

The officer then searched the vehicle and found a box on the floorboard that contained two clear plastic bags with a substance suspected to be marijuana, five empty plastic bags, a set of digital scales with suspected marijuana residue, a small clear and red container, Toke Token rolling papers and $3.31.

Chambers was arrested on the scene and charged with driving while license suspended, controlled substance and failure to appear.

Less than an hour later another Cartersville officer located the female passenger, identified as Lawanda Jane Ochoa. Ochoa was found hiding inside a trash can in the backyard of a home on Grassdale Road. She was placed under arrest and charged with obstruction.

According to the report, Ochoa said the items found in the truck, including the marijuana and scale, were hers. Both suspects were transported to the Bartow County Jail for processing, where they refused to take a urine test. Ochoa stated a second time, after being informed of her rights, that the items in the truck belonged to her.

After processing, Chambers was charged with driving with suspended license and Ochoa was charged with seatbelt violation, obstruction, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and probation violation.

BCFD releases boot drive total

The Bartow County Fire Department on Nov. 6 released the total for their 2012 Boot Drive. The department was able to raise $13,198 that will be divided between the Georgia Fire Fighters Burn Foundation and the American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia.

In a press release, Fire Marshal Bryan Cox thanked the public for its support.