School board member arrested for reckless conduct
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A Bartow County Sheriff’s Deputy reported to the Cartersville Wal-Mart parking lot Friday just after 2 p.m. in response to an incident, which resulted in the arrest of Bartow County School Board Member Angela Cornett.

According to the incident report, the complainant was standing in a parking spot in the Wal-Mart parking lot saving the space for her brother. The complainant was standing in the parking space when Cornett drove down the aisle and attempted to enter the space occupied by the complainant.

When the complainant refused to leave the parking space, Cornett allegedly accelerated and struck the complainant with the front passenger tire of the vehicle Cornett was driving.

The responding deputy noted black marks on the complainant’s leg, which was consistent with “road grime” from a tire. The deputy also measured the marks in comparison to the tire and found the height of the tire was similar to the height of the marks on the complainant’s pants.

Cornett is reported as having denied striking the complainant with the tire, which was corroborated by her passenger. Wal-Mart security footage obtained by the deputy, however, allegedly shows the vehicle in question strike the complainant with a force great enough to physically move the complainant.

The deputy on scene included the following in his report, “From observing the video and the marks on [complainant’s] leg, it was evident that the Lexus being driven by Angela was used with such velocity that it obviously endangered the bodily safety of [complainant]. Angela consciously disregarded a substantial and unjustifiable risk by striking [complainant] with her vehicle which constituted a gross deviation from the standard of care which a reasonable person would exercise in the same situation.”

Cornett was placed under arrest for reckless conduct and bonded out the same day.

In an interview with The Daily Tribune News, Cornett denied all charges, alleging that the complainant leaned into her vehicle and brushed against the tire. Calling the incident as reported “bogus,” Cornett described the event as deliberately incriminating.

“My daughter and I were at Wal-Mart yesterday and we pulled into a parking space next to the buggies,” Cornett said. “While we’re halfway in the parking space, there was a girl standing there with a buggy and she leaned into my car and up against my car and gets dirt on her pants. I was at a standstill at that point because when I saw her I stopped.

“I backed out and got into the parking space across from it and called the police. ... The ambulance came, she refused medical treatment — there was nothing wrong with her, and in fact, afterwards she walked into the Wal-Mart laughing and continues her shopping.”

Body found off Collins Drive

More details have been released on the body found Friday off of Collins Drive.

Cartersville police officers arrived on scene just before 1:30 p.m. Friday after two homeless men reported they had found another homeless man dead. According to the incident report, all three men were sharing an encampment in the woods between Collins Drive and the movie theatre on Tennessee Street.

The two men who reported the death told officers that all three had been drinking heavily the night before and that the deceased had been off his seizure medication for a few days.

Both men reported hearing the deceased get up during the night and leave camp. When he did not return, they told officers they expected he had either been arrested or admitted to the hospital.

Friday morning, one of the men leaving camp found the deceased on a trail between their encampment and the theatre. After finding the deceased, he called for the other witness on scene to help check for vitals. Finding none, the two men ran to Collins Drive where they waved down a motorist and called 911.

@Bodycopy center bold:Structure fire within city of Cartersville

As of 7 p.m. Saturday, fire fighters with the city of Cartersville were still on scene with a structure fire.

Units from stations one, two and four responded to a fire within the city around 4 p.m. Saturday.

To the knowledge of fire fighters reporting from station one, no injuries had been reported at that time.