Adairsville woman charged in fatal wreck
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Apr 01, 2014 | 3182 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One person has been charged in a two-vehicle crash that injured three people and killed on person Sunday night.

The Georgia State Patrol has charged Michele Blum, 47, of Adairsville in connection with the fatal crash on Georgia Highway 140 near the Floyd County line.

Blum, according to a GSP release, has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, serious injury by vehicle, driving on the wrong side of the road and driving without headlights.

GSP Public Information Officer Gordy Wright said about 8:30 p.m. Blum was traveling west on Highway 140 in a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck when she crossed the center line at Big Oak Tree Road and struck an eastbound Mercedes-Benz E350 head-on.

Nim Bernal Russell, 55, of Adairsville was driving the Mercedes and died in the crash.

A passenger in the car, Blum and a passenger in the pickup truck were transported for treatment. The injured have been taken to Floyd Medical in Rome. Blum remains hospitalized.

Man arrested in kidnapping, rape case

A Canton man was arrested Sunday night after Adairsville police officers were called to a Ramada Inn in reference to a woman being kidnapped and raped.

According to an Adairsville Police Department press release, officers arrived at the scene to find “the visibly traumatized victim” and Chancey Earl Droney, 43, of Canton. The victim said Droney allegedly abducted her in Cherokee County, bound her with duct tape and drove her to Adairsville.

The victim was transported to an area sexual assault center for treatment, according to the release. Droney reportedly had self-inflicted knife wounds, which officers attended to before accompanying him to Gordon Hospital. Droney was later taken into custody and transported to the Bartow County Jail.

According to the release, Droney was charged with rape, aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated sexual battery, battery, sexual battery, false imprisonment, criminal trespass, terroristic threats and acts and kidnapping with injury.