Category: Local

Knife Attack on Broad Street, Rome

Michael David McCollum, 42 of Rome, was arrested this week after reports said he “seriously disfigured” another man during an altercation at the intersection of Broad Street and East 4th Avenue.

Reports said that McCollum used a knife to attack the male victim just after midnight Saturday.

McCollum is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony.

Rome Man Attacks Another with Knife Near Broad Street

Fuller Arrested and Charged With Making Bomb Like Device

Tobias Steven Fuller, 24 of Rome, was arrested this week after 5 years of investigations into a bomb like device being left at the home of a 69 year-old man.

Reports said that they matched fingerprints left on a glass bottle with a gasoline soaked rag struck in the top that was left at the home of the victim.  Reports added that the rag showed signs of being burnt.

The case had been left inactive until fingerprints recently were matched to Fuller.

Fuller is charged with terroristic threats and acts.

Fingerprint Match Lands Man in Jail for Creating “Bomb” Like Device 5 Years Ago

LaFayette Will Open Pool With Restrictions

The City of LaFayette will open the municipal swimming pool on Monday, June 15th… but there will be a number of new safety restrictions due to COVID-19.

Temperatures will be taken on entry… and only 25 people will be allowed in during each of three two-hour time-slots.  It’s first come, first serve to swim from noon until 2 pm, 2:30 until 4:30 pm, or 5 ’til 7 pm daily.  30 minutes between sessions will be used for sanitizing the facility.

Admission is $4 and age 2 and under are free.  The City of LaFayette asks that you bring your own chairs to minimize points of exposure.

There will be no family passes, no pool parties and no swim lessons this year.


Man Pulls Gun and Hits Another With the Weapon

Clarence Cornelius Neal Jr, 24 of Rome, was arrested this week after reports said he pulled a gun on another man and then proceeded to hit another in the head with the weapon.

The incident occurred at a home on Cherry Street.

He is also accused of intentionally busting a window. out of the victim’s car with a small tab

Neal is charged with battery, pointing a gun at another and criminal damage to property.

Rome Man Pulls Gun, Strikes Man in Head

Teens Jailed for Attacking Child

Two Rome teens, Jason Michael Battaglia, 17, and Madison Nichole Dickson, 18, were arrested at a home on Park Road after the attack of a 14 year-old child.

Reports stated that Battaglia hit the child with a closed fist in his face.

Battaglia then proceeded to run and hide from police.

Dickson allegedly not only witnessed the attack, but also proceeded to help him hide from officers.

She also allegedly attempted to negotiate with police over the phone for Battaglia’s behalf.

Both are charged with obstruction of law enforcement.

Battaglia is also charged with battery and first degree cruelty to children.

Rome Teens Jailed After Attacking Child

Red Cross Seeks Blood Donations

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The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate in the weeks and months ahead by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

In recent weeks, hospital demand for blood products has grown by 30% after sharply declining in early April amid this rapidly chang

All those who come to give through May 31 will receive a special Red Cross T-shirt by mail, while supplies last. And thanks to Amazon, all those who come to give June 1-30 will receive a $5 Gift Card via email.*

Blood drive safety precautions

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing, and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face-covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities, May 27-June 15:


6/4/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Am Red Cross NW GA Chapter, 112 John Maddox Dr. NW

Man Swallows Marijuana In Attempt to Keep Police from Confiscating

Bryan Scott Mazzo, 26 of Rome, was arrested this week after reports said he was found with and then attempted to destroy marijuana in an effort to keep police from confiscating the drug.

Reports stated that when officers attempted to get the drug Mazzo placed it in his mouth and swallowed it. Mazzo is charged with possession of marijuana, obstruction, tampering with evidence

Rome Man Swallows Drugs to Prevent Police from Getting It

GSP Looking for Information on Hit and Run That Happened May 16

Georgia State Patrol Post 41, LaFayette and the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team are currently looking for information on two vehicles of interest in the fatal hit and run of a cyclist that occurred just North of LaFayette, on May 16th. The crash occurred on Highway 27 just south of Swanson Lane at approximately 9:35 p.m.

The first vehicle is an older model Toyota 4Runner, silver in color, with several distinct accessories such as aftermarket side running boards, front brush guard, and blacked-out wheels. This vehicle was seen near Murphy Oil at the LaFayette Walmart around 9:48 p.m. on the night of the collision.

The second vehicle is a Nissan Sentra or Altima, white in color, with possible right front end or right front headlight damage. This vehicle was seen in the area of the collision, and at Murphy Oil at 9:41 p.m.

If anyone has information into the identity of the drivers of these vehicles or the whereabouts of one or both vehicles, please contact Georgia State Patrol Post 41 at (706) 638-5501.