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Eleven arrested in Cartersville Internet prostitution sting


 

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Eleven people were arrested in an internet prostitution bust at a Cartersville hotel. 

According to Cartersville Police Department spokesperson Lt. M.E. Bettikofer, the undercover operation was conducted on Friday in an effort to "curtail sex trafficking, theft, and drug-related incidents surrounding this type of crime". 

Charges were filed against eleven people caught in that operation:

Body of missing Cartersville teacher found


CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A search for a missing 30-year-old teacher has ended tragically.

The Bartow County Deputy Coroner Brandon Duncan confirmed to 11Alive that Scott Salter was found dead near a popular hiking trial.

Salter was a teacher at Cass High School. When he did not show up to work Monday, a search began.

"We went by his apartment and he had his school clothes laid out on his bed, and he had his books by the door," said his father, Gil Salter. "So he was just planning on going out and doing a quick hour, hour and a half hike and coming back."

Volunteers and other officials –  including the Bartow County Sheriff's Office, Army Corp of Engineers, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – met at the entrance of Pine Mountain at Main Street at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon to begin their search.

Ga. deputy retires a day after DUI arrest


BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -- A 23-year veteran of the Bartow County Sheriff's Office retired a day after being arrested for driving under the influence.

A Cartersville police officer arrested Bartow County Sheriff's Deputy Brandy Denise Kottemann on March 6 and cited her for driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to maintain lane and driving on roadways for traffic.

According to a police report, an off-duty Marietta officer called 911 after reportedly telling Kottemann that she shouldn't drive while they were at a Steakhouse. That officer then followed her out of the parking lot of a Steakhouse.

Authorities in Cartersville search for missing teacher


CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — A search is underway in Cartersville for a missing teacher after he failed to show up for work Monday morning. 

Cartersville man arrested on child porn charges


CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Cartersville police have arrested a man they said had more than 300 images and videos of child pornography.

According to Cartersville Police Lt. M.E. Bettikofer, Franklin Lee-Clark Gilmore was arrested on Wednesday after an investigation that began in 2014. 

Authorities said that Gilmore was arrested after a traffic stop on drug charges. While being interviewed, Gilmore allegedly admitted to receiving child porn through peer-to-peer websites and social media applications. Authorities said they found Gilmore in possession of more than 300 images and videos of sexually explicit material involving children on multiple electronic devices.

Cartersville woman killed while crossing intersection


CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Cartersville Police have confirmed that a woman has died after being hit by a car on Friday evening.

The woman, identified as Hou Jin Dong of Cartersville, Ga. was pronounced dead at Cartersville Medical Center.

Dong was struck by a vehicle in the intersection of Highway 411 and Peeples Valley around 11:40 p.m. officials said.

Police nab two robbery suspects


BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -- Two robbery suspects are behind bars Tuesday night.

According to a Bartow County Sheriff spokesman, a Cartersville man and woman were both arrested Monday after the two allegedly stole money from a taxi driver earlier that morning. 

Ashley Blair Johnson, was charged with robbery by sudden snatching. Derrick Gainor was charged with party to the crime of robbery, as he was with Johnson when the incident occurred.

The two are currently in Bartow County Jail pending a bond hearing.

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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.