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.


Elderly Man Jailed for Selling Meth

Oscar Bernard Lewis, 65 of Rome, was arrested this week after reports said he sold methamphetamine to a cooperating witness at a location on Olmstead and East 20th Street back in September and October 10 of last year.

Lewis is charged with two counts possession of meth, two counts possession of meth with intent to distribute, and two counts sale of meth.


Men Involved in Police Chase Face Numerous Charges

Two men involved in a police chase that began in Rome and ended in Cherokee County, Alabama in October are now back in Floyd County to face numerous charges.

According to Floyd County Jail records, thirty-nine-year-old John Thomas Duvall Jr. and forty-five-year-old Bradley Keith Land, both of Rome, threw a 9 mm handgun and methamphetamine out of the vehicle during the attempted traffic stop on Drummond Drive.

Charges against the two men include abandonment of dangerous drugs, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, among others.

Both Duvall and Land have been jailed in Alabama since they were caught in the Newberry’s Crossroads community after striking the rear end of a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.