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Missionary mom laid to rest


CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A beloved missionary and mother was laid to rest in Cartersville on Wednesday.

Kyra Karr was killed in a car accident after an 18-wheeler slammed into her family's pick-up truck on a Bartow County highway.

Hundreds of Confederate Flag supporters gather in Cartersville


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CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- There were cheers and applause in South Carolina as the Confederate Battle Flag was lowered and removed from the capitol grounds.

Despite the rapid changes seen in that state, however, the controversy over the flag is far from over – and not everyone is happy about those actions.

There have been rallies in support of the banner – including one in Cartersville, Ga.

Hundreds of cars and trucks filled the parking lot for a rolling parade and protest outside of a local Walmart.

The group is upset that the store has stopped selling items with the confederate flag on them.

Teens charged in Cartersville car break-ins


CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Two Cartersville teenagers have been arrested for their part in a theft ring in Bartow County.

Investigators believe 18-year-old Jaquez Cole and 19-year-old Malik Goggins stole items from unlocked cars throughout Cartersville. Thefts were reported in the area of South Bartow Street and Georgia Boulevard, and in numerous subdivisions, including Eagle Glen, High Point, Liberty Square and Timberlake Cove.

Cole faces 17 counts of entering auto, and has also been charged in connection with three stolen cars and two instances of theft by receiving.

Goggins was charged with 15 counts of entering auto and is being investigated in connection with three stolen cars.

"We will continue to diligently pursue these cases and hope to make additional arrests in the near future," Cartersville Police Chief Thomas Culpepper said in a statement.

Bartow County man charged with murder, feticide in neighbor's death


BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cartersville man is accused of murdering a woman and her unborn child.

The victim, 36-year-old Yolanda Cruz, was discovered dead in her home at the Friendly Lane Mobile Home Park off Mac Johnson Road near Cassville. Her body was found just before 1 a.m. on June 18. Investigators said she was stabbed multiple times.

An investigation led Bartow County Sheriff's deputies to arrest 39-year-old Tiburcio Santana. He was charged with one count of murder. Last week, investigators added a charge of feticide after discovering Cruz was pregnant.

Santana is being held in the Bartow County Jail on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement charge.

A motive for the murder has not been released. The sheriff's office said Cruz and Santana were neighbors, and there were no prior reported incidents between them.

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Anheuser-Busch halts beer to make water for flood victims


CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The Anheuser Busch plant in Cartersville is stopping production to help those impacted by the flooding.

Instead of making beer, they are canning water. It will be given to the Red Cross, who will then take it to Texas and Oklahoma.

Water runs like this normally happen three times a year in Cartersville, but after seeing the need, they were able to work with the Red Cross to get help for those impacted locations.

They expect the water to reach those states within 48 hours.

Photos: Aerial views of flooding in Houston

Bartow County couple found guilty in baby's death


BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -- A Bartow County couple has been found guilty of murdering the woman's 1-year-old child in 2014.

The jury began deliberating Wednesday in the trial for Brandy Boyd and her boyfriend Austin Payne. Wednesday afternoon, both defendants were convicted of felony murder, but found not guilty of malice murder.

Charges for the two were upgraded to felony murder after an autopsy showed Journey Ann Cowart suffered multiple injuries from abuse, including a fractured skull and blunt force trauma to her stomach.

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Driver killed in wreck on I-75 in Cartersville


CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- One person was killed in an accident on Interstate 75 in Cartersville Tuesday morning.

The wreck also closed two rights lanes of I-75 north at the Red Top Mountain exit, according to Cartersville Police Maj. Mark Camp. The road has since reopened.

Camp said the incident began when the driver of a Ford truck lost control of his vehicle and spun out just north of the bridge over the Etowah River. The truck was then hit by a Honda Accord driven by 38-year-old Gabriel Desantiago-Pichardo of Smyrna. Both vehicles ended up straddling the left emergency lane and left traffic lane. The drivers got out of their cars.

A Mazda 6, in an attempt to avoid the accident, swerved and struck the wires on the median's guardrail, Camp said. A second Honda Accord then swerved to the left, ran into the guardrail and spun, hitting Desantiago-Pichardo and knocking him across the median.