GSP seeks information on fatal crash
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The Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team in Calhoun is asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle and driver in connection with a fatal crash Tuesday morning on Interstate 75 near Pleasant Valley Road in Bartow County.

A press release from the GSP said troopers are asking for anyone with information on a maroon or purple Ford F350 flatbed pickup truck with wooden sideboards to contact their office at 706-624-1484.

The crash occurred around 6:35 a.m. on I-75 southbound when a 1990 Jeep Wrangler left the road and struck a tree, killing the driver, Martin Bryan Erwin, 56, of Dalton.

Troopers believe the Ford F350 was traveling behind the Jeep at the time of the crash and investigators would like to interview the driver. The Ford had black plastic covering an item in the bed of the truck.

Tuesday’s deadly crash was the second in as many days.

Cassidy Alexis Gardner, 18, of Summerville, was killed Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 411 at Martin Road when the VW Beetle she was driving was struck in the driver’s side door by a Chevy Blazer.

The driver of the Blazer, Joseph Lee Wooten, 31, of Adairsville, was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, failure to yield the right of way and safety belt violation.

$8,000 stolen from bonding company

Approximately $8,000 was stolen from Falcon Bonding early Monday morning, and a former employee is the main suspect.

According to the Cartersville police incident report, the complainant said all employees were out of the building by 10:30 Sunday night, and at approximately 6:18 a.m. Monday, the circuit breaker in the businesses’ main hallway was shut off. The suspect got in through the back door after forcing it open and tearing it from the doorframe. After getting into the building, the suspect physically moved all interior security cameras so they would not be able to get a clear view of him.

The suspect allegedly made it to the office and opened a locked safe where four bank bags contained a mixture of cash and personal checks valued at approximately $8,000. An additional $375 was allegedly stolen from the front office as well.

The complainant said he suspected it was a former employee, as the suspect had to have known the building’s layout and where the security cameras were located. The complainant added the suspect he had in mind had stolen from the business before, but the complainant did not report the theft as the suspect was a friend of the family. The same suspect also worked at Falcon Bonding at one time.

The complainant added the suspect was “proficient with picking locks and breaking into safe boxes,” according to the report.

The Cartersville officer went to IBBS next door to Falcon Bonding to see if they had any security cameras with a view of neighboring businesses. Four discs of footage were transferred to Cartersville Police Department. A security camera at Falcon Bonding caught a vehicle similar to the Buick Century the suspect is believed to be driving.