According to a press release, Cartersville Police Department is investigating an incident where a 12-year-old student was in possession of a handgun while at the school. The investigation is ongoing and it began when CPD was made aware of the incident.
According to an incident report, Cartersville City School District Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse approached a Cartersville officer Thursday, saying he was in possession of a firearm and was “curious about the proper procedure as far as releasing the pistol back to the supposed owner.” The officer said he would personally run the serial number to make sure the pistol was not stolen and then contact the owner to return it.
After running the serial number, the officer found it was one of 36 firearms stolen from a licensed dealer in Ashburn. The firearm was identified as a Bryco Arms Jennings 9mm pistol.
The officer spoke with Clouse to determine how the pistol came into his possession. According to the report, a teacher found the weapon in a bookbag on Monday, April 21. After notifying the principal, who removed the weapon, it was held until May 1 for a school tribunal. The student was then expelled, according to the report, and was referred to an ombudsman. When the tribunal was complete the pistol was turned over to Clouse, who later approached the Cartersville officer on May 22. The firearm was placed into evidence on the same day.
Clouse said the weapon did not have a magazine in it and there were no rounds with the pistol when it was found. The school’s resource officer said he had no knowledge of the incident, according to the report.
124 mph chase ends in downtown Cartersville
A motorcycle chase peaking at 124 mph ended on South Erwin Street in Cartersville Thursday night.
A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy was patrolling the area of Joe Frank Harris Parkway and Gaston Westbrook Avenue in Emerson at approximately 10:08 p.m. when he saw a motorcycle go north on Joe Frank Harris Parkway at 114 mph. According to the report, the deputy did not attempt to stop it at the time, but he informed Bartow County Dispatch about the vehicle.
Approximately half an hour later, while patrolling the area of Red Top Mountain Road and Interstate 75, the same deputy saw a black and red Yamaha YZF R-1000 pass him, going east on Red Top Mountain Road at roughly 97 mph. The deputy attempted to pursue the motorcycle, but lost sight of it near Somerset Lane. After turning back west and approaching the Red Top Mountain Road extension to Joe Frank Harris Parkway, the deputy looked in his rearview mirror and saw an Emerson police officer pursuing the suspect. When the motorcycle passed him, the deputy joined the pursuit.
The suspect, later identified as Harvest Millsaps, allegedly accelerated to 124 mph.
Millsaps’ speed varied between 50 to 120 mph as he led law enforcement officers on a chase running down Old Alabama Road, Ga. Highway 61 and Ga. Highway 113 into Cartersville. During the chase, Millsaps allegedly passed vehicles in no passing zones and ignored traffic signals.
As the chase continued into Cartersville city limits, Bartow County Dispatch told the deputy a train was crossing Main Street downtown. Millsaps was traveling at 105 mph when he passed Henderson Drive and 75 mph when he passed Plymouth Drive. After turning left on Highway 113 at the Etowah Drive, Millsaps reportedly came close to wrecking his motorcycle at the intersection of South Bartow Street and Highway 113.
Though the deputy lost sight of Millsaps when he turned left on South Erwin Street, the chase came to a stop when Millsaps collided with another BCSO vehicle. While arresting Millsaps, the deputy tased him three times as Millsaps was allegedly attempting to pull away from another deputy and not place his hands behind his back.
Millsaps was transported to Cartersville Medical Center as he was complaining of pain across his body. He was treated and then transported to the Bartow County Jail.
Millsaps was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, misdemeanor obstruction of an officer, reckless driving and speeding 124 in a 55.
Man arrested for holding BB gun during traffic stop
While performing a traffic stop Thursday night, a BCSO deputy arrested one man for holding a black BB gun in his hand.
According to the incident report, the deputy saw a white Buick LeSabre in the area of Mac Johnson Road and Joe Frank Harris Parkway at approximately 10:13 p.m. After stopping the vehicle, the deputy approached the passengers and saw Tylan Peeks sitting in the back seat. Peaks was reportedly wearing a black “bubble coat,” and a black hat covering his face. According to the report, Peeks was holding a black pistol in his right hand.
The deputy drew his service weapon and reportedly told Peeks to put his hands up. After calling for backup, the deputy told Peeks to open the door and walk toward the back of the vehicle. Peeks was then placed in handcuffs.
According to the report, the pistol was secured and found to be a semiautomatic carbon dioxide-powered BB gun.
After running a check on the other vehicle occupants, Jamie Law, the driver, was found to have a suspended driver’s license.
Both Peeks and Law were arrested and transported to the Bartow County Jail. Peeks was charged with simple assault on a law enforcement officer. Law was charged with driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and brake lights and turn signals required.
Deputy extinguishes fire on I-75 exit ramp
While responding to a call about a man on fire on an I-75 exit ramp, a deputy found that it was a small fire on the side of the road.
When the deputy arrived on scene at the Glade Road exit ramp, he pulled the fire extinguisher from his patrol vehicle’s trunk and put out the fire. He noted the fire consisted of paper items including newspapers, food wrappers and “other trash,” according to the report. The fire reportedly left a burn mark in the grass approximately 2 feet wide. Bartow County Fire Department later arrived on scene to fully extinguish the fire.
The suspect, Lane Gann, was reportedly laying against a concrete pipe near the fire. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for damaging public property. After discovering Gann had been issued a criminal trespass warning during October 2013, where a Georgia Department of Transportation representative authorized BCSO personnel to remove people on the department’s right of way, Gann was then charged with criminal trespass.
Gann was transported to the Bartow County Jail without incident.