Cartersville motorcyclist dies in New Year’s Day crash

A Cartersville resident was killed in a motorcycle crash Wednesday about 1:20 a.m. on Interstate 75 at mile marker 291.

The motorcycle was traveling southbound on I-75 when it began to slide on its right side. The driver, 29-year-old James Anthony Tanner, was ejected and hit the cable median barrier. Both the driver and motorcycle came to rest in the median.

Stolen vehicle burned

On Tuesday at 7:37 a.m., a Bartow County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a vehicle fire in the area of Law and Griffin roads in Cartersville.

Upon arrival, he observed a completely burned SUV on the side of the road. According to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the fire department already had extinguished the flames. After obtaining the tag number from an unburned piece of the expiration sticker and checking on GCIC, dispatch advised the vehicle had been reported stolen a few days prior from an address on Griffin Road.

The owner arrived on scene a short time later and requested for the vehicle to be towed to his residence. Since any possible evidence was burned, the vehicle was released back to the owner.

Verbal dispute results in drug-related arrest

A Bartow County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Heritage Way in Acworth Monday in response to a verbal dispute.

Upon arrival, he met with complainants that witnessed a white female being kicked out of a vehicle by a white male. The complainants gave a brief description of the female and direction in which she had left and the home to which she entered.

While approaching the residence located on Holly Ann Street, Acworth, a small compact car entered the driveway with one male and female inside. When the vehicle stopped, the male occupant opened the passenger door and started to flee the scene. After telling the suspect to stop, the deputy engaged in a foot pursuit into the neighboring yard through a wooded tree line and caught up to the suspect. According to the BCSO incident report, before the suspect stopped he threw an unknown item into the wooded area behind him.

The deputy arrested the suspect and searched his person and found a small plastic baggie containing 47 round yellow tablets and a small baggie containing suspected methamphetamine. A search of the wooded area behind the suspect resulted in the discovery of a digital scale and a baggie holding a green leafy substance containing suspected marijuana.

Identified as Buck Alan Mucha, the suspect was arrested and transported to the jail without incident. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule IV narcotic with intent to distribute, pills not in original container, obstruction of officers and possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.