Author: Trena Howell

Ralph Martin Arrested for Stealing Vehicle

Ralph Wayne Martin, 60 of Rome, was arrested this week after he allegedly stole a vehicle from a home on Stonewall Street.

Reports said that Martin hooked the vehicle up to a chain and then towed it to his house.

Martin is charged with theft by taking a motor vehicle and entering an automobile with intent to commit a felony.

Rome Man Arrested for Stealing Vehicle

Arrests on Drug/Drug Related Charges

Three Romans, Timothy Frankie Johnson, 23, Audie Johnson, 57, Sandy Gail Craig, 56, and Johnny Wayne Craig Jr, 34, were all arrested at a home at 15 Clover Street following the execution of a search warrant led officers to find drugs.

Reports said that officers recovered marijuana, a grinder, numerous glass smoking devices, and Tramadol.

Sandy Craig and Adie Johnson are charged with possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and drugs not in original container.

Johnny Craig and Timothy Johnson are charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, drugs not in original container and possession of drug related objects.

Search Leads to Four Arrested on Drug Charges

Man Drowns After Falling Into Water

A Fyffe man drowned after falling into the water while fishing at the Weiss Dam on Saturday.

Cherokee County Coroner Jeremy Deaton said that 49 year old Gary Wayne Houston was fishing and dropped his pole into the water while attempting to reel in a catch; he jumped in to retrieve his fishing rod and never resurfaced.

The Cherokee County Rescue Squad, Leesburg Firefighters, Sheriff’s Office deputies, Leesburg Police, Floyd EMS and Cherokee County EMA Officials responded to the scene to assist in recovering Houston from the water.


Suspect in Shooting on I-59 Has Been Caught

DeThe suspect in Wednesday’s officer involved shooting on I-59 has been formally charged.

Dayon Patterson (21 of Pensacola, Florida) was charged with Attempted Murder and Felony Attempt to Elude.

The charges stem from the incident Wednesday, when a Deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on I-59 Northbound at approximately 6 pm. The vehicle initially stopped at the Collinsville exit, but before the deputy could make contact with the suspect, he fled and got back on the interstate.

While traveling at a high rate of speed, the suspect began firing upon the deputy. The suspect eventually collided with another vehicle, injuring two motorists during the incident. Neither the suspect or deputy were injured, and the suspect surrendered after the crash. The two motorists were transported by DeKalb Ambulance Service.

Patterson is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond in the DeKalb County Detention Center. The charges were filed by the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) after an official review of the incident.

More charges may be forthcoming regarding the wreck and injured motorists caused by the suspect.

Numerous law enforcement agencies and first responders assisted on scene, including Fort Payne, Geraldine, Rainsville, Henagar, and Collinsville Police Departments, along with ALEA Troopers and the Collinsville Fire Department.

Two Women Found With Drugs and Gun

Rome Women Found with Drugs and Gun During Home Search

Two Rome women, Stephanie Marie Toland, 28, and Tasha Lafraye Shockley, 40, were arrested at a home on East 13th Street after the execution of a search warrant led police to find numerous drugs and a gun.

Reports said that officers recovered a hand gun, methamphetamine, marijuana, a digital scale and a smoking device.

The search was conducted at 129 East 13th Street.

Both are charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug related objects, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of drugs near a park or pubic housing.

Toland is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Woman Steals Car from Enterprise

Jennifer Nicole Langston, 35 of Rome, was arrested this week after reports stated she was found with a stolen car behind the National Guard Armory.

Reports said that Langston allegedly took a 2020 Hyundai Accent from Enterprise Rent-a-Car with the intent to keeping it.

Langston is charged with theft by taking a motor vehicle and driving without insurance.

Rome woman Jailed After Stealing Car From Enterprise