Category: Georgia News

Man Opens Fire Inside Restaurant – 3 Injured

Police in Georgia were searching Saturday for a man who opened fire inside a restaurant co-owned by a “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star, leaving three people injured.

The shooting happened Friday night at Old Lady Gang 2 in East Point, just outside of Atlanta.  East Point Police Capt. Allyn Glover said the gunman entered the restaurant and targeted one man, but two innocent bystanders were also shot.

A description of the suspect was not immediately available. The victims, who also have not been identified, were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Serving Southern cuisine, Old Lady Gang is owned by Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd Tucker, and named after Burruss’ mother and two aunts.


4 Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

Four individuals, David Michael Brock, 57 of Rome, Tracey Lyn Brock, 49 of Cedartown, Peggy Sue Tillman, 43 of Fairmount and Gerald Edward Pointer Jr, 48 of Calhoun,  were arrested at Brock’s home on Shorter Ave on numerous felony drug charges.

Reports said that a search of the home led police to find a large amount of meth, digital scales, plastic baggies, numerous smoking devices, morphine without a name on the label and marijuana.

All are charged with possession of meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute, trafficking meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug related objects and possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Brock is also charged with probation violation.

Four ARrested After WEst Rome Drug Bust

Child Molestation Arrests

Bradley Elijah Norris, 22 of Silver Creek, was arrested near Richard B Russel Regional Airport this week after reports said he had and preformed oral sex with a 10 year-old child on multiple occasions.

Reports added that the exchanges occurred between 2015 and 2019 at multiple places in Floyd County.

Norris is charged with aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy and sexual battery against a child.

Warning Grapic: Silver Creek Man Jailed for Child Molestation After Years of Sodomy

Howard Shelton Pledger, 43 of Cave Spring, was arrested at his home on Chubb Road after he allegedly touched the penis of a 13 year-old child.

Reports added that the incident occurred back in December of last year.

Pledger is charged with child molestation and sexual battery against a child.

Warning GRAPHIC: Cave SPring Man JAiled for INAPPROPRIATELY Touching CHild

5 Year Old Saves Family From Fire

On Sunday, Bartow County Fire Department had a house fire at 120 West Howard Street in Kingston. A 5-year-old boy (Noah Woods) woke up to find the bedroom that he and his sister share on fire. The only way out was to exit through a window. Noah escaped through the window and pulled his 2-year-old sister out as well.

He and his sister suffered minor injuries. Noah then alerted the other family members who all escaped with only minor smoke inhalation. I spoke with his father this morning and he is credited with saving himself and 7 other family members by his quick actions. 5 total (2 adults and  3 children) were transported to Well Star Cobb Hospital for minor burns and smoke inhalation. All are doing well. The community in Kingston is working to get clothes and other items for the family.

On Friday BCFD Chief Dwayne Jamison will recognize him as an Honorary Bartow County Firefighter and present him with a Lifesaving Award.


2 Alabama Men Sentenced in Georgia for Child Sex

A Floyd County judge recently sentenced two DeKalb County, Alabama men to prison terms for traveling to meet up with a person they thought was a 14 year old – for sex.

Joshua Loyd Green pled guilty to charges of felony Child Exploitation and Obscene Internet Contact with a Child, and was sentenced to five years in prison and an additional five years on probation.  He was arrested in March of 2019 at a location he had set up – believing that he was meeting with an underage girl, and he was accused of making plans to engage in sex at his home in Alabama.  The “child” turned out to be an investigator with the Floyd County Police Department.

Floyd County Superior Court Judge Billy Sparks also sentenced Philip Traylor, 62, to a term of 10 years with three to serve.

Along with those sentences Green and Traylor, both from Ft Payne – will have to register as sex offenders upon their release.

Bill Proposed to Allow Churches Greater Flexibility on Firearm Policy

This week Senator Bill Heath (R-Bremen) filed legislation that would allow churches greater flexibility in determining policies regarding the possession of firearms in their facilities. The following statement is from Sen. Heath:

“Current law allows places of worship to permit those who hold a Georgia Weapons Carry Licenses to carry in their places of worship. There is confusion about whether the existing law allows a place of worship to allow some, but not all, license holders.

In light of multiple recent attacks on the attendees in places of worship, I have proposed Senate Bill 357 which would allow the governing bodies of places of worship the option to adopt policies, including perhaps training, that would allow individuals or groups of individuals who have the appropriate licenses to carry weapons in their places of worship. This measure would allow churches another option to provide for the security of their congregation.

The bill also addresses confusion in the law relative to security for any school the place of worship may have on its premises.”

Tennessee Woman Jailed After Breaking Into Car, Stealing $5,000

Sarah Christine Cleary, 37 of Heiskell TN, was jailed in Rome after reports said she broke into a car at Etowah Park on Kingston Highway and stole a woman’s wallet.

Cleary then allegedly went to Suntrust Bank and withdrew $5,000 from the victim’s account.

The alleged crime occurred back on February 26, 2018

Cleary is charged with felony theft by deception,  felony theft by taking, 3rd degree forgery, two counts identity fraud and entering an automobile with intent to commit a felony.

Woman Breaks into Car at Etowah Park, Steals $5,000

Man Arrested for Attempt to Murder His Brother

Jeffery James Lovingood Jr, 28 of Aragon, was arrested this week at a home on Watters Street for allegedly attempting to murder his brother.

Reports said that Lovingood hit the victim with a sharp object, resulting in serious injury.

Authorities went on to say that the victim had to undergo emergency surgery on his arm.

Lovingood is also accused of jumping out of an ambulance and then pushing emergency responders while attempting to flee the scene while under arrest.

Lovingood is charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault, two counts interference with emergency professionals and obstruction.

Aragon Man Jailed for Attempting to Murder His Brother