Woman attempts to run husband down with SUV
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After being flagged down by several motorists, a Bartow County Sheriff’s deputy responded to an incident across from the Merchant Square business complex on Friday at about 3:13 p.m. Upon arrival, he noticed a man underneath the front passenger side of a Ford Explorer trying to change a tire, a woman later identified as Trista Lashea James on the passenger side and two small children in the back seat.

Once the deputy inquired about the problem, according to the incident report, James stated something was wrong with the steering wheel on her vehicle. After it locked in place, she said she ran up onto the concrete steps behind a business and blew out the front passenger side tire.

However, numerous witnesses recounted a different story. The incident report reveals two witnesses stated they allegedly observed the man — who was later changing the tire — outside the vehicle arguing with James, who was driving in the parking lot of Merchant Square. When he started to run across Merchant Square, she accelerated at a high rate of speed, running over a curb and toward the victim, who ran on the back steps of a business.

The witnesses also stated James allegedly intentionally drove the vehicle at a high rate of speed toward the steps, hitting the man with the vehicle and blowing out the front passenger tire in the process.

Along with denying he was hit with the vehicle, the victim told the deputy “nothing happened” and “he was not hurt.”

Based on the witness accounts and their consistent stories, James was taken into custody and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and cruelty to children under the Georgia Family Violence Act. The children, who were unharmed in the incident, were released to their father, who was the victim.

Arrest made in check forgery case

On Friday, May 24, a Cartersville tenant was arrested by the Cartersville Police Department and charged with burglary, theft by taking and three counts of forgery, fourth degree.

About 10:26 a.m, a Cartersville police officer responded to a larceny report on Pioneer Trail. According the Cartersville police incident report, the complainant stated a tenant named Chad Fielding entered his bedroom, stole several blank checks out of his checkbook, forged his name on the check, made the checks payable to himself and cashed them without permission.

After contacting Fielding, who was sleeping on the couch in the residence, the officer stated in the incident report that he confessed to the beforementioned claims. Overall, four checks were allegedly cashed, with three for the amounts of $31, $51 and $61.

Kitchen fire extinguished on Robinson Loop

Bartow County Fire Stations 9 and 12 and Cartersville Fire Station 3 responded to a residential fire on 51 Robinson Loop Saturday at 9:09 a.m. When Cartersville firefighters entered, they extinguished a small fire in the kitchen. Although the structure was not a total loss, the kitchen was heavily damaged.