Man threatened during armed robbery
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After accepting a ride home from Wal-Mart, one man ended up having a gun having a gun placed to his head and ordered to hand over his money.

According to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the victim was at Wal-Mart Sunday night when a man approached him and said, “Hell, [victim’s name], how are you? Would you like a ride home?” Although the victim did not recognize the man, he needed a ride home and agreed.

After reaching Point Place on Cassville Road, the suspect said he needed to go into the apartments and tell his girlfriend that he was taking the victim home. When the vehicle approached the apartments, the suspect allegedly placed a gun to the victim’s head and told the victim to give him all his money. When the victim told him no, the suspect reportedly said, “Give it to me or I’ll blow your head off.”

When the victim gave him approximately $110, according to the report, the suspect shoved him out of the vehicle and drove away.

The victim was only able to describe the suspect as a black male wearing blue jeans and he drove a gold Chevrolet Tahoe. The victim believed Wal-Mart security footage would show the suspect approaching him. Store management later told the deputy they would not be able to review the footage at the time of the report.

Dog shot on Hall Station Road over goat

After three dogs reportedly bit and pulled at a goat that stuck its head through a fence, one dog was killed Sunday night by a shotgun blast.

According to the complaintant, he was in his yard with his 1-year-old daughter when he heard one of his neighbor’s goats crying loudly. When he ran to the backyard he saw the three dogs biting at the goat, which had stuck its head through the fence.

The complaintant said he ran to his dogs and had to kick one of them, which caused all three to run off. According to the report, the complaintant was unsure which dog was actually biting the goat.

As the complaintant was attempting to separate the animals, he saw his neighbor, Larry Boston, come into his yard while carrying a shotgun. The complaintant said he yelled at Boston not to shoot his dogs, and Boston said he better put them up, according to the report. The complaintant’s wife was able to put two dogs inside the house, but before the complaintant got the third dog inside, Boston allegedly shot it with his shotgun.

The complaintant said the dog was not an aggressive dog due to an accident that resulted in her having only three working legs. The complaintant said the dog was not charging Boston, as he claimed. Rather, according to the report, the complaintant said Boston charged his dog and shot her.

The complaintant’s wife said she heard the shot, but thought the neighbors were target practicing. She said she did not witness the shooting.

Boston said he got his shotgun from his residence and jumped over his fence into the complaintant’s yard to get the dogs off his goat. He said the dogs let go of the goat when he began running toward them, but they started circling him. Boston said he told the complaintant he would not let the dogs kill all of his goats. Boston also told the deputy he had ongoing issues with the dogs and he has made reports about the dogs being aggressive toward his father, nieces and livestock.

Boston said he did shoot the dog and he knew he should not have done that, according to the report, “but he got mad and he just didn’t know what to do.”

A witness said Boston had been warning the neighbors about the dogs’ aggressive behavior for three weeks, but nothing had been done.

Boston was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and aggravated cruelty to animals. He was transported to the Bartow County Jail.

The shotgun was not taken into evidence as it belonged to Boston’s father and was his source of personal protection, according to the report.

Loud music leads to marijuana arrests

Four men were arrested Sunday night for possession of marijuana when loud music coming from their truck attracted the attention of Cartersville police.

Dispatched to Belmont Drive in reference to a suspicious vehicle, a Cartersville officer heard loud music while speaking to the vehicle’s occupants. The music was coming from a black Ford F150 parked in an adjacent parking lot, according to the report, and when the officer investigated, he could detect the scent of burnt marijuana coming from inside.

The driver, identified as Wyatt Barnett, 18, appeared nervous and surprised when the officer asked what they were doing. Barnett said they were waiting on a friend and were all going to a party near Wal-Mart. The officer asked if they were smoking marijuana and Barnett said no.

The officer then spoke to the three passengers: Jahir Camps, Micah Smith and Logan Millsap, all 17. All three said they were not smoking marijuana.

After backup arrived, the officer searched the truck and found a green leafy substance in the driver’s seat. Barnett was taken into custody.

In the back seat the officer found two packs of cigar wraps allegedly hidden inside a speaker box in addition to a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana. The officer then found more of the substance in the rear passenger area behind the speaker box. All suspects were then taken into custody and the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force contacted.

Barnett and Smith told the DTF agent they had been to the river earlier, according to the report, and they had smoked marijuana there, then went to Zaxby’s and later drove to the location on Belmont Drive.

Camps reportedly told the agent a different story of where they were earlier and where they are. Millsap, according to the report, “began telling his side of the story but later chose to remain silent.”

All four suspects were taken to the Cartersville Police Department. Barnett, Smith and Millsap were released on bond. Camps was transported to the Bartow County Jail for housing.

Highway 140 speeder ends up in ditch

One man could not drive 55 Friday afternoon, when he was found speeding 81 mph in a 55 mph zone on Ga. Highway 140 and later ran off into a ditch.

A BCSO deputy was running radar on Highway 140 near Oak Grove Road when a silver Dodge Durango traveling west was clocked doing 81 mph. The deputy moved to pursue the vehicle, but was waved down a short time later by the occupants of a black Ford Explorer.

The occupants said a Durango had run off the roadway and went down an embankment.

Joseph Cannazzaro was seen walking out of the tree line on Oak Grove Road. When asked what happened, Cannazzaro said he was trying to make the turn. When asked why he was going so last, Cannazzaro said he wasn’t going that fast, and later said he was not driving at 81 mph. Cannazzaro said he turned down Oak Grove Road because he was on the wrong side of the road and a car was coming toward him.

Bartow County dispatch then told the deputy there was a be on the lookout for a silver Dodge Durango driving recklessly on Highway 140 at a high rate of speed. Dispatch reported the vehicle had been passing in no passing zones and flashing its headlights at other cards.

Cannazzaro was arrested and charged with reckless driving, driving on wrong side of roadway, failure to maintain lane and speeding 81 in a 55. He was transported to Bartow County Jail without incident. His vehicle was towed from the embankment.