Suspect allegedly rams door, causing laceration to man's head
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A 58-year-old Cartersville man suffered a laceration to the forehead emergency medical crews said was "all the way to the bone" during a Monday family violence incident.

According to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office incident report, deputies responded to the Timber Trail, Cartersville, home around 2:20 p.m., where the alleged victim was being transported by ambulance to the hospital.

A woman at the home said Justin Matthew Chitwood, 23, of 32 Timber Trail S.W., Cartersville, had been a verbal argument with the alleged victim and before Chitwood left, the incident turned physical.

Chitwood allegedly unplugged the phone as the alleged victim tried to call 911, after Chitwood allegedly pushed the man. The two then allegedly pushed each other back and forth.

As he was leaving, Chitwood allegedly rammed the door, causing damage to it, as the alleged victim attempted to lock the door. The man suffered a large laceration above his left eye.

Chitwood, who was later arrested during a traffic stop, was charged with criminal trespass under the Family Violence Act, interference with a 911 call and aggravated battery (FVA).

Couple arrested as deputies recover stolen vehicle

As BCSO deputies recovered a vehicle reported stolen from a local business, they arrested a man and woman, who were not charged in connection with the alleged theft, on drug charges.

According to the incident reports, at 10:15 am. Monday, a proprietor of Woods Fabrication at 2759 Ga. Highway 113 in Taylorsville reported a silver 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, valued at $25,000, had been stolen and the alleged theft had been caught on surveillance video.

The business representative told police the thieves also tried to gain entry to the warehouse, as evidenced by pry marks, but were unable to enter due to the dead bolt. Woods Fabrication also was the site of a string of burglaries several years ago.

OnStar located the stolen vehicle at an abandoned residence at 52 Carson Loop in Cartersville, and at the location a deputy noticed a couple walking in a wooded area near the home.

After speaking with Tony Lee Barnett, 31, of 50 Jones St. N.W., Cartersville, and Cassidy Helen Pruitt, 22, of 30 Dogwood Lane, Cartersville, who said they were walking to nearby motel, deputies found a small bag of alleged methamphetamine.

Barnett and Pruitt said the bag did not belong to them, and Barnett allegedly added that "last time [the deputy] dealt with him, he lied about the drugs being his but this time they were really not his," according to the report.

Both were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. They told deputies they saw the stolen truck, but did not know how it got there, and were not charged with the theft.

Accidents, injuries and fires

Georgia State Patrol troopers responded to three accidents with one injury in the 24 hours preceding 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Bartow and Cartersville firefighters reported no fires in the 24 hours preceding 5 p.m. Tuesday.