House fire sends 2 firefighters to hospital
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MARIE NESMITH/The Daily Tribune News
Five Bartow County Fire Department stations responded to a Mission Ridge Drive residence after a fire began in the area of the computer. The home was a total loss and sent two firefighters to the hospital — one was treated and released for a muscle strain and the other was being evaluated for medical issues, according to BCFD Battalion Chief Sandy Turner.
MARIE NESMITH/The Daily Tribune News Five Bartow County Fire Department stations responded to a Mission Ridge Drive residence after a fire began in the area of the computer. The home was a total loss and sent two firefighters to the hospital — one was treated and released for a muscle strain and the other was being evaluated for medical issues, according to BCFD Battalion Chief Sandy Turner.
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Two Bartow County Fire Department firefighters were sent to the hospital in a fire that left one family homeless.

BCFD Battalion Chief Sandy Turner said stations 1, 2, 3, 9 and 12 were called about 1:30 p.m. Thursday to 28 Mission Ridge Drive after a fire began in the area of the computer, which Turner said “sounds like it’s electrical” in nature.

The home was a total loss, and the American Red Cross was called in to assist the 12 residents.

According to Turner, one firefighter was treated for a muscle strain and released. A second firefighter was being evaluated for a medical issue early Thursday evening.

Three arrested after reports of

suspicious activity

On Wednesday about 8:03 a.m., a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to 3601 Highway 411, Cartersville, Martin’s Auto at the Floyd County line, in reference to suspicious activity, which resulted in the arrest of three people, according to an incident report.

Upon arrival, the deputy met with the complainant, a Floyd County Police Department officer, who stated his 911 dispatch center received a phone call from an unknown passing motorist in the area who stated there were several suspicious male subjects standing near a Honda passenger car inside the woodline near the property. When the officer arrived on the scene he said he made contact with the three suspects — Brandon Ingle, Russell Pate and Kenneth Gamel — who were later arrested.

The officer stated when he made contact with the subjects they explained they were there trying to help their friends who got stuck in the mud at the location and there was a black Dodge Durango stuck at the location.

The deputy stated he noticed Gamel was acting disorderly while cuffed in the back seat of the officer’s patrol vehicle. Pate also was handcuffed prior to his arrival for unknown reasons. Pate’s information returned as having an outstanding warrant through Paulding County for probation violation and Pate was placed under arrest.

Ingle was released from the officer’s handcuff’s and he told the deputy he had some marijuana in his pants pocket, which was recovered.

The deputy then placed Ingle and Pate in the back of his patrol vehicle.

The deputy walked down to the property, about 200 yards from his patrol vehicle, and found the listed black Dodge Durango stuck in a mud hole at the fence line of the property. No one was around the truck, but there were several different footprints in the mud surrounding the incident location. He followed several sets of foot tracks throughout the property, with two leading to the fence line closest to Highway 411 and several tracks led toward the back of the property directly off the driver side door of the Dodge Durango.

The property owner walked the deputy around the incident location and pointed out several vehicles with trunks and doors open and stated trunks and doors are not left open by his employees and scrap car parts found hidden near the Dodge Durango came out of the vehicles where the parts were stored. The owner also showed the deputy several other scrap vehicle parts left on the ground and said he had trail camera footage of the suspects walking around the property.

All three suspects were arrested and their cellphones were taken into evidence at the jail along with Gamel’s boots.

Woman arrested at CMC

After kicking, fighting and biting at a deputy, one woman was arrested early Thursday morning when she refused to leave Cartersville Medical Center.

A BCSO deputy was called to CMC to take Esther Nelson home. Nelson told the deputy she thought people were following her and they had guns and drugs. The deputy noted Nelson appeared to be mentally unstable, but had been released by hospital staff to return home.

Nelson was told to use her free taxi voucher provided by the hospital, but she refused. Nelson reportedly went back into the hospital to call a taxi, but when the deputy saw her trying to use the phone in the emergency room hallway, she was dialing numbers and pretending to talk to someone. She also reportedly called the ER operator and would not cooperate with her.

The ER staff and security guard said Nelson had been asked to leave the hospital several times. Staff said, however, that Nelson insisted on calling people with the public phone, refused to leave and had been on the maternity floor, where she reportedly caused a disturbance as well.

When the deputy attempted to have her hang the phone up, Nelson allegedly swung it at him.

The deputy attempted to detain Nelson, stating in the incident report she was being a danger to herself and possibly others at the hospital. As the deputy escorted Nelson outside, she reportedly began to fight with him. Nelson was put in handcuffs by the deputy and a CMC security guard, but she continued to fight with both me while yelling, “Help me! Help me! I am not leaving with you.”

During the struggle, Nelson allegedly attempted to bite the deputy.

Additional deputies were called to the scene and attempted to calm Nelson, but were unsuccessful, according to the report. As the deputies carried her to the car, Nelson continued to allegedly kick, hit, grab shirts and fight with them. Once in the patrol vehicle, Nelson began to kick the passenger side rear window, but did not break it.

Nelson was transported to the Bartow County Jail where she was taken to an isolation room.