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Man on the run since 1997 arrested in Bartow County

Man on the run since 1997 arrested in Bartow County

EUHARLEE, Ga. -- A man wanted in Massachusetts for nearly two decades was arrested in Bartow County Monday morning.

Phillip Andrew Lewis was taken into custody at around 6:20 a.m.

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The 43-year-old suspect was wanted in Springfield, Mass., for raping a child, according to Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force Commander Mark Mayton. A warrant for his arrest was first issued in 1997.

Lewis was arrested at a house on Campfire Trail in Euharlee and was taken to the Bartow County Jail pending his extradition to Massachusetts.

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement placed a hold on Lewis after his arrest.

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Man shot while demanding debt payment

Man shot while demanding debt payment

CANTON, Ga. -- A 23-year-old Cartersville man was shot while trying to collect a debt in Cherokee County.

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Ryan Jones was shot at around 4:30 p.m. Sunday outside a house in the 9900 block of Bells Ferry Road near Holly Street in Canton.

Witnesses told Cherokee County Sheriff's investigators that Jones arrived at the house with a BB gun and demanded to be paid for a debt he claimed he was owed.

A person inside the house, 43-year-old Brian Turner of Woodstock, shot Jones with a shotgun. Turner was a guest at the house, according to Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker.

Jones was taken to Northside Hospital Cherokee with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Woman charged with taking $585K from employer

Woman charged with taking $585K from employer

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A Cartersville woman has been charged with 15 counts of theft by conversion for stealing money from her employer.

Jennifer Streetman, 39, was arrested when she turned herself in to Cartersville Police Tuesday morning. She is being held in the Bartow County Jail.

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Cartersville Police Capt. Mark Camp said Streetman worked as an officer manager for Telenet Systems. Between June 2012 and February 2014, she reportedly stole at least $585,000 from the company.

Camp said Streetman took the money by recreating paid invoices and writing checks that listed her as the payee for the invoice amounts. She printed 34 forged checks before she was caught.

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.