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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.

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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.


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.

Police officers issue plea for chief's new kidney

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- After a life of service, a local police chief is now asking his community for help.

"Nice to meet you! I'm a hugger!" So starts the meeting that could save Cartersville Police Chief Thomas Culpepper's life.

"I'm going to do everything in my power to help," Kristie Callaway told 11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross.

The power of one simple photo can save a life. It happened with Kristie's husband, police officer Raleigh Callaway. A photo showing his daughters holding a sign that said, "Our Daddy Needs a Kidney" went viral. It worked. A stranger saw the photo and donated a kidney.

Cartersville stabbing suspect arrested in New Orleans

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A 23-year-old man accused of stabbing a Cartersville woman in her bed has been arrested in Louisiana.

Joseph McGlorie was charged with aggravated assault in the Apr. 11 attack. He was taken into custody Apr. 30 in New Orleans. Investigators said he had been staying in homeless shelters and also has family in the New Orleans area. He is now awaiting extradition to Georgia.

The victim, 25-year-old Bernisha Beard, told Cartersville Police she was stabbed as she slept in her unit at the Etowah Village Apartments in the 300 block of Old Mill Road. According to a police report, she awoke to discover McGlorie stabbing her with a pocket knife.

A witness told police she saw the suspect covered in blood and running through the apartment complex shortly after the stabbing.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.