Wreck At Entrance of Berry College

A Bartow County woman was hurt in the two-vehicle crash at the entrance of Berry College in Rome on Wednesday.  According to Rome Police, a Hyundai Sonata being driven by Cami Jennings of Cedartown attempted to turn left into the path of an on-coming tractor-trailer, driven by John Fay of Summerville.

The tractor-trailer driver attempted to avoid the collision but the semi struck the car on the passenger side.  Jennings was conscious, alert and talking when transported to the hospital.

The wreck occurred at around 8:00am and impacted traffic during the morning rush.


Summerville Man Arrested in Floyd County

Jerry Michael Luallen

A Summerville man was booked into the Floyd County Jail this week on fugitive from justice charges.  According to Floyd County authorities, twenty-seven-year-old Jerry Michael Luallen of a Knollwood Circle, Summerville address was arrested on Avenue A in Rome on Sunday of this week.  Police say that Luallen has an active warrant in Cherokee County, Alabama.  According to jail records from Cherokee County, Alabama, Luallen was transferred to the Cherokee County Detention Center on Monday of this week, where he is facing bond revocation charges.


Rome Man Charged With Murder in Death of Grandson

A forty-eight-year-old  Rome man has been charged with murder in the death of his three year old grandson.

According to the arrest warrants, Antonio Montez Hudson caused the death of the child back on January 8 of 2019 at the Ashland Park Apartments by committing the offense of cruelty to children.

Hudson is also charged with two counts of 2nd-degree cruelty to children for failing to provide a safe living environment for the child and for failing to provide medical care for the child in a timely manner.

The warrants did not go into any other specific detail but Assistant Rome Police Chief Debbie Burnett told the Rome News Tribune that the child’s autopsy revealed the presence of a controlled substance.


Woman Runs Over Another Woman

Destiney Kay Dawson, 24 of Rome, was arrested this week after reports said she ran over a woman at the victim’s home on Garden Lakes Blvd.

Reports said that the incident occurred following a verbal lashing from Dawson.

The victim stated that she suffered an injury to her foot.

Dawson is charged with criminal trespass and aggravated assault.


Tennessee Man Arrested in Rome for Child Molestation

David James Sholtz, 25 of Madisonville Tennessee, was arrested in Rome this week after reports said he engaged in sexual online conversations he thought was to have been a child under the age of 15 years.

Authorities stated that Sholtz also sent nude photographs of himself to the officer that was posing as the underage child.

Reports said that Sholtz was jailed after driving to Rome to meet the child for sexual relations.

Sholtz is charged with aggravated child molestation, obscene internet contact with a child, use of computer service to seduce a child to  commit an illegal act and electronically furnishing obscene materials to a child.


Judge House to Seek Re-Election

Judge Brian House, a Superior Court Judge of the Lookout Mountain Circuit, has announced he will be seeking re-election in the non- partisan election in 2020. He has served as Superior Court Judge of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit since Jan. 1, 2009. The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit is composed of Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker counties.

House said he considers it his honor to work as a judge and wants to continue to work hard to provide accessibility and dependability to the office of superior court judge. House lives in Catoosa County with his wife Jama and their daughter Brianna.

The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit covers Dade, Walker, Catoosa and Chattooga Countie

Gun Rights Rally Scheduled for Saturday in Rome

While the eyes of the nation were focused Monday on a gun-rights rally in Richmond, Virginia, organizers of a similar rally scheduled for Saturday in Rome were busy trying to firm up a list of speakers for the local event.

The rally will be held at the American Legion Farm, 493 Jones Bend Road NE, at 1 p.m.

“We’re only one election away from being ruled by people who have the power to pass laws and don’t care about the Constitution,” organizer Chris Ashley said. “I feel like all patriotic Americans should be willing to stand up and be preemptive about it instead of being reactive about it.”

Ashley is hoping that Floyd County can be designated as a “sanctuary county” in the event any kind of gun control legislation is passed.

He said all three of the announced Floyd County Sheriff candidates — Republicans Tom Caldwell, Dave Roberson and Ronnie Kilgo — are slated to speak, although that is unconfirmed. At least one of the candidates, Roberson, said he would attend but not as a speaker.

Other speakers listed on the flyer are U.S. Congressional candidates Dr. John Cowan and Marjorie Green and the president of Georgia Gun Owners, Inc., Patrick Parsons.

Ashley said members of the local legislative delegation as well as city and county elected leaders also have been invited to speak at the rally.

The Associated Press reported that thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday, protesting plans by the state’s Democratic leadership to pass gun-control measures that have become a key flash point in the national debate over gun violence.

the rally concluded uneventfully around noon, and the mood was largely festive, with rally-goers chanting “USA!” and waving signs denouncing Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam.