Category: Local

Last Defendant in RICO Case Pleads Guilty

In a short hearing in Floyd County Superior Court on Thursday, Judge Jack Niedrach sentenced Watson to 10 years probation with one year on home confinement.

Watson also must pay $11,653 in restitution to the Floyd County Board of Education.

Watson was sentenced under the First Offender Act, which means if he successfully completes his sentence the crime will no longer be on his record.

Authorities have said the conspirators stole more than $6 million from the school system by creating inflated or bogus invoices for construction and maintenance projects.

Of that sum Watson is attributed to taking approximately $36,900, Assistant District Attorney Emily Johnson told the court.

Richardson, along with the majority of the defendants, was arrested in 2016. He used his position as maintenance director of the school system to facilitate the scheme and reported to the jail this past Monday to begin serving his 20-year prison sentence.

Richardson is still negotiating with prosecutors about how much restitution he will have to pay.

Most of the defendants who pleaded guilty were sentenced to either home confinement or probation and several will be required to pay restitution to the county schools or fines.

Prosecutors said in a previous hearing that a vast majority of the $6 million stolen from the school system has been recovered or repaid.

Teen Arrested for Stealing Car

Telsa Rene Roaderick, 19 of Rome, was arrested this week after reports said she stole a car at the Citgo Food Mart on Alabama Highway.

Reports said that Roaderick got into a blue Ford Mustang  that did not belong to her and drove away.

After being spotted she stopped the car and attempted to flee on foot.  She was captured after a short chase.

Roaderick is charged with theft by taking a motor vehicle, entering an automobile with intent to commit a crime and obstruction.

Rome Teen Jailed After Stealing Mustang

Floyd County To Raise Property Tax

Floyd County Commissioners voted this week to raise property taxes so that they could pay for raises to police and other public safety officers.

Commissioners approved the millage rate increase of 0.4 mils. That translates to a $37 increase for home valued at $150,000.

Gaylesville Man Charged With Sexual Abuse of Child Under Age 12

A Cherokee County man was jailed early Thursday afternoon on a charge of sexual abuse of a child.

Jonathon Andrew Hartline, age 23 of Gaylesville – was taken into custody and booked into jail just after 2:00pm charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child under the Age 12.  He also faces a Fugitive from Justice charge and is on Hold for another agency.

No additional information has been released regarding the case.

Man Arrested After Hitting 82 Year Old

Richard Garcia, 56 of Rome, was arrested this week after reports said he hit an 82 year-old woman before shoving her off of a couch.

Reports added that the incident occurred at a home on Heights Drive.

Garcia is charged with simple battery and exploitation and intimidation of the elderly.

Rome Man Arrested after Hitting and Shoving 82  Year-old WOman

Naked Man Arrested in LaFayette

A naked man was arrested by LaFayette Police Monday night after he battered the front door of a Warrenfells Street residence, demanding entry at 3:50 a.m.
The resident did not know the man… who ran when he was confronted.  Police found him just down the street.
The report states that the 33 year old suspect from a West Cove Road address in Walker County, appeared to be under the influence of some form of intoxicant.
He was charged with simple assault, criminal trespass and was served with an outstanding warrant for probation violation.

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Arrest Made in Kidnapping / Rape

James Joshua Perez, 37 of Cartersville, was jailed in Rome this week after he allegedly kidnapped and raped a woman.  Authorities stated that the victim was kidnapped from the Sunrise Inn and Suites on Martha Berry Blvd back on July 24th by Perez and another man.

Reports added that he then drove to a mobile home on Rockmart Highway where he kept her in a closet against her will.

The victim reportedly received numerous injuries while being held at the home, including knife wounds and a burn to her leg.

Perez is charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, rape, kidnapping and parole violation.

Cartersville Man Jailed in Rome for Kidnapping and Raping WOman


The Chattooga County Water District has issued a boil water order for certain water customers.  See the boil water order below:

The Chattooga County Water District has issued a boil water advisory for the water that Lyerly buys from the county to supply Back Valley Road and from Back Valley out Oak Hill Road and Oak Hill Alpine to the Alabama line (Warren Road, Moseley Springs Road, Brooks Road and Josh Ward Road). This also includes Spraggins Hill to Ragland Road. More samples are being tested now and we will keep everyone up to date. This is not for everyone on Lyerly water. Just the people who live on the roads listed.