Woman tased after shoplifting
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A woman was tased Sunday night after shoplifting from Wal-Mart and reportedly stuffing Xanax in her mouth, according to an incident report.

A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived at Wal-Mart in response to Kenneth Boyd and Beth Boyton, arrested, allegedly concealing items and attempting to steal them.

The report states that upon arrival the deputy met with the complainant, who advised the two subjects were taking items and concealing them in an attempt to steal them. The deputy met with the subjects who were then escorted to the security office located in the back of the store.

After advising Boyton to empty her pockets onto the counter, the deputy stated he could tell Boyton was attempting to conceal an item and he observed a small clear bag in her pocket. When she began pushing the bag further into her pocket the deputy grabbed her left arm and began to retrieve the item, but Boyton used her right hand and grabbed the back from her pocket and placed it in her mouth, attempting to swallow it.

The deputy grabbed her cheeks in an attempt to keep her from swallowing an unknown amount of possible narcotics. As the deputy grabbed Boyton, she fell to the ground and three members of the loss prevention department began to assist the deputy with restraining her. After a few minutes the deputy advised everyone to stand back as he deployed his taser, which did not work. He then turned the device off and back on and fired the taser at Boyton in the torso area, but the taser did not cycle properly.

Boyton was given several commands to lie down on her stomach, to which she did not comply, as the deputy dealt with the malfunctioning taser. The deputy again turned the taser off then back on and as soon as the taser was flipped to the on position it began to cycle.

The deputy was then able to gain control of Boyton and place her in handcuffs. He was unable to retrieve the unknown amount of narcotics Boyton put into her mouth.

Boyton sustained minor scratches on her face and was complaining of head pain and her wrist was hurting. No one else required medical attention.

After gaining control of Boyton, the deputy was able to finish searching her purse and belongings for any other merchandise she may have taken. The deputy discovered a blank check with a signature to which Boyton advised was from her uncle, but was unable to give a number to contact him. The check was placed into evidence.

Boyton was transported to Cartersville Medical Center to be treated for her wounds and to have medical staff check her out due to the unknown amount of narcotics she had swallowed, which she advised was just a piece of gum. At the hospital, she advised it wasn’t gum, but a half of a Xanax pill.

She was cleared and released by medical staff then transported to the Bartow County Detention Center.

Fire damage structures

Late Friday night, Bartow County Fire Department responded to a house fire at 32 Crowley Circle, Cartersville. Engines 1, 5, 6 and 13, with the help of one Cherokee County fire crew, put out the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the home was a total loss.

The home at 41 Lynn’s Circle, Acworth, was a total loss after a fire of unknown causes devastated it. There were no injuries involved and BCFD responded.

On Saturday night, Cartersville Fire Department stations 1, 3 and 4 responded to 217 N. Erwin St., Cartersville, was damaged by an attic fire. About 9:15 p.m., the blaze began from a wood stove pipe through the ceiling.

BCFD crews on Monday morning worked a fire in White.

Stations 1, 5 and 13 were called to 15 Woodvine Court just after 1:30 a.m. to find heavy smoke showing from the two-story brick residence. The fire, which caused significant damage, was under control by 4 a.m.

The cause remains undetermined. No injuries were reported.