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Police search for escaped inmate in Cartersville

Police search for escaped inmate in Cartersville

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – The search for an escaped inmate has been called off in Cartersville. A police spokesman tells 11Alive News they've received "credible information" Sean Killion is no longer in the area.

According to the Cartersville Police Department, the inmate was being transferred from Florida to Indiana. While the prison transport vehicle was stopped at a Pizza Hut, the inmate. who was shackled, was being moved from the bus and pushed a female guard, managing to get away, the Bartow County Sheriff's Office said. The guard was slightly injured in the melee.

A manager at the Pizza Hut told 11Alive's Kevin Rowson that the transport vehicle had called ahead to order the pizzas. The guards went inside the restaurant, picked up the pizzas and then left.

The inmate, identified as 42-year-old Sean Killion, was last seen behind a Martin's Restaurant on Highway 41, which is located about a mile south from the Pizza Hut.

Roadblock dodger sentenced to 13 years

Roadblock dodger sentenced to 13 years

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A man who sped around a roadblock and then initiated a police chase has been sentenced to prison.

Lietice Antwon Williams pleaded guilty to two felony charges shortly before his trial was scheduled to begin.

The 34-year-old Cartersville man was charged with cocaine possession and fleeing or eluding, as well as 12 misdemeanor traffic counts in the Mar. 8, 2014 incident.

According to information from Cobb County police, it began when Williams drove around a roadblock at Jamerson Road and Lee Waters Drive. Police had established the roadblock so crews could put out a nearby house fire.

Williams reportedly kept driving, ignoring police commands to stop. He gave chase, reaching speeds of 55 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. Williams eventually abandoned his car and got away on foot. Police ran his license plate and learned he was already on parole after serving time for other offenses, including burglary.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Final defendant pleads guilty in unlicensed care facility case

Final defendant pleads guilty in unlicensed care facility case

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A fourth defendant has pleaded guilty to his part in running an unlicensed care home for elderly and disabled women.

Terry Catron was convicted Friday afternoon of racketeering, theft, deprivation and false imprisonment, among other charges. A Cobb County Superior Court judge sentenced the 56-year-old Cartersville resident to 20 years, with 10 to serve in prison.

Prosecutors said Catron was the primary daytime caregiver at the facility on Laurel Springs Lane in Marietta. He and co-defendant Raequel Penny provided the home's six residents with inadequate food, shelter, medicine and access to bathrooms, and kept them in tiny rooms separated by plywood partitions in the house's basement.

RELATED | Penny claims innocence as she's hit with more charges

Suspect, victim names released in Cartersville shooting

Suspect, victim names released in Cartersville shooting

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Authorities are investigating after a man shot four people and led police on a chase before shooting himself to death.

According to Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap, it all began when a man, 20-year-old Austin Denzell Tyler, shot three people at a home on Brent Circle SW. One victim, 63-year-old Royce Randy Hobgood, was killed. The other two were critically injured and are being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Tyler suspect then drove to a house on Mylam Bridge Road, rammed his truck into the house and shot an 18-year-old man in the hand. Police said that victim is recovering with his family.

Authorities said Tyler then went to River Oaks Drive and purposely rammed into the back of a vehicle, and then drove up to the side and shot into it. Tyler then forced an elderly man and his grandson out of that vehicle and took off in it.

Man with Taser chases woman at Red Top Mountain

Man with Taser chases woman at Red Top Mountain

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -- A teen told police a man tried to use a Taser on her as she rode her bike at Red Top Mountain State Park in Bartow County.

The attack happened at around 10 a.m. Tuesday on the park's Iron Mountain Trail.

The 19-year-old victim said she rode up to a tree stump with a Taser on top, then spotted a man lying beside the fallen tree. As she passed the stump, she heard what sounded like a Taser being deployed, according to Bartow County Sheriff's spokesman Jonathan White.

The victim was not hurt by the Taser, but found the weapon's connection wires on her head and helmet. White said the woman rode to safety and asked a passing hiker to call 911.

The victim described the suspect as a white man in his 40's wearing a green baseball cap. After the attack, he ran into a wooded area toward Red Top Estates.

Police have not yet identified the suspect. The incident is under investigation.

2 men sentenced for operating Cartersville pill mill

2 men sentenced for operating Cartersville pill mill

(WXIA) -- Two Florida men have been sentenced to 15 years each in federal prison for operating a pill mill in metro Atlanta.

Jason Cole Votrobek and Roland Rafael Castellanos were convicted in March. The defendants ran Atlanta Medical Group in Cartersville, where pain pills were prescribed in a non-legitimate medical practice.

Prosecutors said Votrobek, 30, and Castellanos, 34, financed and operated the clinic with 35-year-old Jesse Violante. They worked to obtain and distribute Oxycodone, and persuaded the clinic's physician, 64-year-old Dr. James Chapman, to see as many patients as possible. In 2011, the clinic was one of the nation's top 15 purchasers of Oxycodone.

According to information presented in federal court, more than 98 percent of Atlanta Medical Group's patients were prescription drug addicts who traveled to Georgia from other states, mainly Tennessee and Kentucky.