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Man convicted after confessing to robbery

Man convicted after confessing to robbery

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Cartersville man has been convicted of robbing a man in Marietta last summer.

Larry Charles Bell made a videotaped confession to Marietta police that he threatened the victim with a gun and took $800 from him on Franklin Road.

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Jurors deliberated for a short time before finding Bell, 33, guilty. He will be sentenced at a later date.

A co-defendant, Rashad Jamal Rush, pleaded guilty in December and was sentenced to 20 years, with 11 to be spent in prison.

Police bust north Georgia gambling operation

Police bust north Georgia gambling operation

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Four people were arrested and drugs and money were seized during a raid on an illegal gambling operation in Bartow and Whitfield counties.

The Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force teamed up with the Dalton Police Department, GBI, ICE and Homeland Security to investigate the activity.

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Task Force Commander Mark Mayton said three search warrants were served at Burnt Hickory Grocery and Deli and the adjoining Tobacco Mart on Burnt Hickory Road in Cartersville. Investigators found methamphetamine and what they believed to be proceeds from illegal gambling inside the stores.

Police also raided a house on Springmont Drive in Cartersville, where they found more money.

Mother, boyfriend charged in child's death

Mother, boyfriend charged in child's death

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A Bartow County mother and her boyfriend have been charged in the death of the woman's 1-year-old child.

Brandy Ann Boyd, 25, and Austin Levi Payne, 24, were arrested late last week on charges of aggravated battery and cruelty to children. More charges are pending.

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Boyd's child stopped breathing and was rushed to Cartersville Medical Center. The child died in the emergency room, prompting an investigation.

Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap said an autopsy on the child's body revealed numerous injuries. Police searched the suspects' home and interviewed the couple before arresting them.

Bartow County family alleges police brutality

Bartow County family alleges police brutality

EMERSON, Ga. -- A Bartow County family is demanding the sheriff's office launch an investigation into what they say is a case of police brutality caught on tape.

Police arrested Michael West at his Emerson auto repair shop last Tuesday for charges of theft, obstruction of police officer and taking a police's officer's weapon.

But West's family says a video from his business tells a very different story.

In the video, West walks down the stairs of his business with his hands raised in an apparent attempt to surrender. Next, West can be seen lying flat on the floor as officers file past him.

West's daughter Angela says the video captures one of the officers stomping on her father's head as he walks past the prone suspect.

A booking photo obtained by 11Alive News shows West with his head bandaged and his face bruised.

The Bartow County Sheriff's Office says the arrest was handled by the agency's drug task force.

Man charged with DUI after almost hitting cops

Man charged with DUI after almost hitting cops

ACWORTH, Ga. -- A Cartersville man was slapped with several charges after driving drunk and nearly hitting two Cherokee County sheriff's deputies last week.

Police said 55-year-old William Scott Bently was arrested in the early morning hours of Oct. 17.

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Bently drove over a concrete median on Highway 92 near Bells Ferry Road in Acworth. He began going east in the westbound lanes, almost hitting a car with two deputies inside, according to Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker.

A wrecker driver witnessed the entire incident and quickly pulled his vehicle in front of Bently's car to prevent him from going further, Baker said.

Bently was charged with DUI, reckless driving, hit and run, and driving on the wrong side of the road. He was taken to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on $4,371 bond.

Couple charged with killing woman's daughter

Couple charged with killing woman's daughter

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A mother and her former boyfriend have been arrested in connection with the death of the woman's 17-month-old daughter.

Jamie Beck and Michael Naples were taken into custody Friday in Cherokee County. Both face charges of murder and cruelty to children.

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The victim, Kaylee Johnson, was found dead on Oct. 14, 2012 at the bottom of a basement staircase at a house on Red Bird Way in Woodstock.

Beck, 23, of Bartow County was staying at the house with Naples, 31. She told police she got up in the middle of the night for a glass of water and found her daughter unresponsive.

Teens charged with stealing cell phones

Teens charged with stealing cell phones

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Two young people have been arrested for robbing a Cartersville cell phone repair shop.

The robbery happened shortly before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cartersville Cellphone Repair on North Dixie Avenue.

Cartersville Police Capt. Mark Camp said one of the suspects was captured while running by the nearby Hobby Lobby. Police ultimately made two arrests in this case -- 17-year-old Malik Isaiah Goggins and an unidentified juvenile.

The cell phone repair shop's window was smashed in the robbery and a number of phones were taken, Camp said.

Both suspects have been charged with burglary. Camp said many of the stolen cell phones were recovered.