Man threatens to blow up U.S., Atlanta during 911 call
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A man claiming he wanted to blow up the nation, and could blow up Atlanta, was arrested Sunday night.

Lyle Devenpeck, according to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report, allegedly called 911 on four separate occasions that day. During one call he allegedly said he wanted to talk and then said something to the effect of, “he wanted to blow up the United States and he could blow up Atlanta,” according to the report.

Fifteen minutes later Devenpeck called 911 again and stated to the effect, “he was going to get all his guns and be ready for law enforcement when units arrive on scene,” the report stated.

Two other dispatchers also had contact with Devenpeck.

When deputies arrived at Devenpeck’s Johnson Mountain residence, he refused to leave his home. Deputies were on scene for approximately one hour while they attempted to persuade him via phone to walk outside. One deputy stated Devenpeck said he could take the deputy’s weapon away from him in two seconds if he wanted to.

According to the report, Devenpeck was “extremely intoxicated” and he staggered to the patrol car. He also reportedly had slurred speech and had the smell of alcohol on his breath.

The report noted Devenpeck has approximately 67 calls to dispatch and he had been arrested on two occasions for unlawful conduct during a 911 call. Devenpeck was arrested and charged with transmitting a false public alarm, terroristic threats and acts and interference with a 911 call.

The report also noted the following: “A copy of this report was forwarded to the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms due to the nature of the threat to blow up the United States.”

Woman arrested for unused needles,

meth in car’s trunk

A woman was arrested Sunday morning when methamphetamine and unused needles were found in her car’s trunk at Cartersville police headquarters.

Katherine Denton arrived at the Public Safety Headquarters to report her vehicle as being stolen. The Cartersville Police Department officer noted she was “extremely agitated” and had track marks on her hands and inner arms, according to the incident report. Denton later said she did not want her vehicle back, but only the items inside of it.

Her vehicle, a gold Toyota Corolla, later arrived at CPD headquarters, with her father driving it. Denton’s father and mother said they had been looking for her for approximately eight days and they had been taking care of her 3-year-old son.

Denton’s father claimed the items inside the vehicle were involved in a burglarly. As CPD officers searched it, they found a Crown Royal bag inside of a backpack. Denton said the items inside the bag were not hers.

According to the incident report, officers found a rubber glove with three fingers containing a white crystal substance believed to be meth. Officers also found unused needles, a digital scale and a passport that belonged to a man not at the scene.

As the search continued additional needles were found.

At a later time, Denton’s mother returned to the scene with an energy drink can that was found to contain pills. Denton “blurted out,” according to the report, that the pills were alprozalam and someone else left them in her vehicle. However, she said she did take some of the medication earlier that day. Denton, according to the report, had also admitted to using meth and marijuana.

Denton was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of schedule IV with intent to distribute; possession, manufacture, distribution, etc. — meth by ingestion; possession, manufacture, distribution, etc. in violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act — marijuana by ingestion; VGCSA possession, manufacture, distribution, etc. — imitation controlled substance; and possession of drug-related object.

Man beaten with baseball bat during attempted robbery

A man was assaulted with a metal baseball bat Friday evening as he was inspecting his vehicle on the roadside.

The incident occurred on Roving Road, according to the BCSO incident report. The man said he heard a noise coming from his truck, so he pulled over. As he was kneeling down at his passenger side rear tire, a silver Cadillac driven by a white male pulled up. The victim noted the driver had a tattoo on one of his arms.

As the victim looked up, a black male allegedly hit him in the head with a metal baseball bat. The victim then fell on to his back and the suspect tried to get his wallet. When the suspect could not get the victim’s wallet, he allegedly struck him in the head again.

The suspect vehicle then turned right onto Ga. Highway 20 and drove toward Interstate 75.

The black male was described as 6 feet, 1 inch tall with a slim build. He was reportedly wearing black jeans, a burgundy T-shirt and a black baseball cap. He did not have facial hair.

The vehicle was described as a silver Cadillac CTS or STS sedan with tinted windows.

Emergency medical services transported the victim to Cartersville Medical Center. He reportedly had a lacerations to the right side of his forehead and to the left side of his forehead.

Man fakes heart attack, attempts to shoot woman

In an attempt to shoot a woman, Jerry Dempsey allegedly faked a heart attack.

According to the BCSO incident report, Dempsey said he was helping a friend with her medical expenses. When Dempsey found out she was reportedly using the money for other expenses, he asked his neighbor, Valerie Sewell, to come to his home and use his cellphone. Sewell was told to call the victim and say Dempsey had a heart attack so he could beat the victim up. Sewell did so and then went back to her home.

When the victim arrived and went inside, Dempsey allegely tried to hit her. The victim reportedly got out of the way and was able to run outside to her vehicle. Dempsey then allegedly picked up his handgun from a table, went outside and fired one round in the victim’s direction.

Dempsey told the deputy he did not know if he hit the victim, or her vehicle, and he did not care, according to the report.

The deputy spoke with Sewell, who said Dempsey did ask her to come over and make the phone call. She also said she heard a gunshot approximately half an hour later. Sewell then said she did not think Dempsey would actually hurt the victim, as he “makes comments like that all the time,” according to the report.

Dempsey was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless conduct and discharging firearm while under the influence. Sewell was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit simple assault.

Charges pending in Sunday crash

Matthew Jay Childers, 20, from Rydal was airlifted to Erlanger in Chattanooga, Tenn., Sunday after a motorcycle crash around 12:30 a.m. on Georgia 140 west of McKenna Road, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Childers was operating a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle eastbound on 140 and had improperly passed two other vehicles. When the motorcycle re-entered the eastbound lane, Childers applied the brakes, lost control, struck a trailer and the vehicle being hauled, and then overturned, the GSP reported.

The trailer was being pulled by a 2000 Ford truck driven by Jesse Oshields, 36, from Calhoun.

Charges are pending and the crash remains under investigation.