Staff Reports A mother and her two sons were arrested Friday night following the report of a stolen vehicle out of Floyd County
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Staff Reports

A mother and her two sons were arrested Friday night following the report of a stolen vehicle out of Floyd County.

According to a Bartow County Sheriff's Office report, the victim said she had located her taken vehicle at her boyfriend's, Patrick Garrett, Kingston Highway 293 residence.

Deputies arrived at the residence and knocked on several of its doors. No one responded to their knocks, but one deputy was able to hear what seemed to be someone running through the house. During the series of events, deputies discovered that Garrett's brother, Eric Michael Garrett, had three outstanding warrants through Bartow County.

When no one responded to the knocks, the deputies announced they would make a forced entry and did so. The deputies arrested both Garretts and their mother, Wanda Elaine Branton, who said she had not known deputies were outside despite being in the living room when authorities entered. All three family members were of 920 Kingston Highway 293, Kingston.

Branton, 55, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer.

Eric Michael Garrett, 38, was charged with two counts of probation violation, contempt of court and two counts of theft by receiving stolen property.

Patrick Varnell Garrett, 36, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

Fraudulent check leads to drug charge

A man who attempted to cash a fraudulent check was charged with more than fraud after apprehended by a police officer.

According to a Cartersville police report, Bartow County Bank officials told authorities that a man had tried to cash a fraudulent check drawn on a Cartersville business. Bank employees said they were suspicious of the check and had checked with the business, determining that the check was indeed a fake.

After receiving a description of the man, an officer found 49-year-old Freddie Ray Jackson walking in the area. Jackson told the officer he had tried to cash his payroll check from a towing service company in Atlanta, but could not remember the company's name.

The officer placed Jackson under arrest for forgery in the first degree and took from him a plaid shirt he had been holding. Jackson said the shirt was not his, and when the officer searched it, he found a small piece of brown paper rolled up and folded. Suspected marijuana was found inside it, leading to an additional charge of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

Crashes

Cartersville police on Friday and Saturday released details of 11 crashes officers responded to from Wednesday evening to Friday afternoon. Five injuries came as a result of three Friday crashes.

In a crash on Georgia 61 at Mockingbird Drive that occurred about 1:55 p.m., one involved driver had an injury to her arm and lower back, while the other driver complained of back pain; both were taken to Cartersville Medical Center.

About an hour later, a crash on Interstate 75 northbound at mile marker 288 had one involved driver complaining of injuries, which led to her being taken for treatment.

At nearly 3:30 p.m., a crash on Georgia 61 at Collins Drive led to a driver complaining of head pain and her passenger complaining of chest pain; both were taken to Cartersville Medical Center.

The Georgia State Patrol Saturday at 4:30 p.m. said troopers had responded to eight crashes in Bartow County over the previous 48 hours. Five injuries were reported but none were serious.

No fires were reported by the Bartow County and Cartersville fire departments during the same 48-hour period.