When asked by the complainant what he was doing, the offender became irate, engaging in a physical altercation with the complainant. The complainant said he tried to leave the situation by getting in his vehicle and driving away, but as he tried to leave, the offender jerked the driver side door open and struck the complainant with a baseball bat across the shoulder, grazing him across the head.
The deputy stated he observed a red knot to the top of the complainant’s head and after speaking with witnesses who stated they saw the offender with a baseball bat, the deputy arrested the offender, who was transported to the county jail without incident.
Both the offender and the complainant live on the same property, with the complainant living in the building behind the residence.
Scam targets elderly
On Wednesday, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a Bartow County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to an Old Alabama Road residence in reference to theft by deception and harassing phone calls, specifically through a previously reported lottery scam that targeted a woman in the beginning stages of dementia.
The complainant stated the victim is still being contacted by the offender, Bill Hamilton, from the previously reported scam, who is telling her he needs numbers from a PayPal card she purchased and to put $2,500 on the card. The complainant stated this resulted in the victim receiving several daily phone calls from the victim demanding she give him the numbers in order to receive her lottery winnings.
According to the deputy’s report, the deputy answered one of the phone calls while at the residence, observing the number came from Jamaica. The deputy then informed the victim the offender is involved with an ongoing scam that typically targets the elderly and to not give the offender the numbers off her PayPal card.
On Wednesday at approximately 7:30 p.m., a Bartow County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the vacant wooded area across from 93 Norton Road, Kingston, in reference to an arson report. According to the deputy’s report, Bartow County Fire Captain Andrew Haygood stated an unknown person or persons started a fire in the wooded area that expanded to approximately 3 acres of land.
The captain reported his personnel had the fire under control to prevent the fire from expanding to nearby residences.