Unattended 3 Year Old Child Starts Fire at Motel

A small child playing with a cigarette lighter caused a fire at the Efficiency Lodge on Highway 20 in Cartersville early Tuesday morning.

According to reports with Bartow Fire and Emergency Services, Crews were called to a room at the Efficiency Lodge on Highway 20 on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022 at 1:00 a.m.

Upon arrival, crews found a two-story multi-family motel with nothing showing.  The fire had been extinguished prior to the firefighter’s arrival.  There was evidence of fire damage to a bed and flooring.

The cause of the fire was determined to be an unattended three-year-old juvenile playing with a small butane torch/lighter.  The two adult occupants of the room were sleeping at the time of the fire.

A 39-year-old male received minor burns to the leg.  The male was treated on scene by METRO EMS but refused transport to a medical facility.  BCFES received automatic aid from the Cartersville Fire Department and Bartow County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

From WBHF radio

Bartow Man Shoots Visitor

(Via WBHF Radio) Bartow County deputies arrested 39-year-old Samuel Colt Parker at his residence on Catherine Circle near Cartersville on Friday night in connection to a shooting. The victim said he went to Parker’s house to hang out and sat on the front porch drinking a few alcoholic drinks with him. He said he received a phone call, and Parker got mad and told him to leave. Parker reportedly went inside.

Later, the victim knocked on the door to say goodbye to Parker. He said that Parker opened the door while he was on his knees, pointed a pistol at him, yelled, “I thought I told you to leave,” and fired two shots. One of the shots hit the victim on the front right of the shin on his left leg. As he turned to go off the porch, the victim said that Parker walked out the door with a pistol-grip shotgun and fired three more times at him. None of those shots hit the victim. The victim managed to walk down the road, get away from Parker, and call 911. Metro Atlanta transported the victim to a hospital.

Deputies observed blood trails on the ground coming from the direction the victim purportedly took when leaving the front porch. They found two spent shotgun shells in the area of the crime. The victim reportedly drove a white Volkswagen Passat to Parker’s house before the incident. The car had a bullet hole from a shotgun on the front driver’s side fender and the front driver’s side door below the mirror.

After obtaining search warrants, deputies located a handgun and a pistol-grip shotgun at the residence. They also performed a gun residue test on Parker at the BCSO. They charged Samuel Parker with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of criminal damage to property in the second degree, and one count of reckless conduct. He posted a $12,000 bail on Saturday afternoon.

Arrest Made For Shooting During Drug Transaction

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, CPD officers were dispatched to the Cartersville Medical Center in reference to a male with gunshot wounds. Officers learned Carson Smith was shot during a drug transaction in the parking lot of 366 Old Mill Rd. In the course of the investigation, CPD Investigators identified Martiese Jamon McKay as the shooter. With assistance from the Cobb County Police Department, CPD investigators took Mr. McKay into custody later in the evening in Kennesaw, Georgia. Mr. McKay has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Possession of a firearm in Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Fatality in Single Vehicle Crash

A 29-year-old man died in a single-car accident near Adairsville on Sunday.

From the Georgia State Patrol:

On Sunday at 3:33 p.m., the Georgia State Patrol Post 3 Cartersville was requested to investigate a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 South near mile maker 305 in Bartow County.

The preliminary investigation shows that a black Kia Forte, driven by Charles Bryan Hair, 29, was traveling south on Interstate 75.  Mr. Hair lost control of the Kia and traveled off the right side of the roadway. The Kia struck a tree with its front end and Mr. Hair suffered fatal injuries.

The crash report is incomplete.