Polk deputy coroner offers reward for information on stolen Jeep
He says it’s more about the sentimental value than the money after the SUV was found stripped and burning on the side of the road.
ROCKMART — Polk County Deputy Coroner Marty Robinson is offering a reward for information that can lead to the arrest of those responsible for stealing a Jeep Liberty from his driveway over the weekend.
According to Robinson, he and his wife were both gone from their College Street home in Rockmart between 3 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, when it was discovered that their blue Jeep Liberty was missing. After he filed a police report on the theft, Robinson said he went looking for the SUV himself, but to no avail.
“Its tank was empty, so they had to put gas in it at some point, and I’m not sure how they got inside of it since it was locked,” Robinson said.
Robinson’s Jeep Liberty turned back up overnight when he received a call before midnight on Monday that it had been found by the Polk County Fire Department on Hugh Deems Road, stripped and burning on the side of the road.
Robinson is offering a $500 reward for any information on who stole his Jeep.
“I’m not worried about the money,” Robinson said. “It was the sentimental value that mattered to me.”
He said he bought the Liberty for his mother to drive before she died in 2014, when the SUV returned to him.
Those with information about the vehicle theft can contact Robinson through Facebook, or call the Rockmart Police Department at 770-6856558. Kevin Myrick, The Polk County Standard Journal
Cobb County man charged in Charlottesville, Virginia, attack
MARIETTA — A man with ties to Marietta suspected of participating in an attack during the Charlottesville riots is behind bars in Monroe County, Cobb Police confirm.
Police said Michael A. Ramos turned himself in to Monroe County authorities Monday. A spokesman for the department said Ramos was scheduled to appear before the Monroe County Magistrate Court for an extradition hearing Tuesday morning.
Ramos was identified by Twitter users on a video showing a group of men beating 20-year-old DeAndre Harris, of Charlottesville, in a parking garage there.
Harris survived the attack with severe injuries, including a head wound that required eight staples to close.
After the attack, Ramos released an hour-long, expletive-filled Facebook Live stream during which he admitted to participating in violence.
Virginia authorities issued an arrest warrant for Ramos over the weekend on charges of malicious wounding, a felony. Public records searches listed a north Marietta address for Ramos.
A Cobb Police spokesman said the county’s officers had been alerted to look out for Ramos, but they believed he was no longer in the county. Cobb police reached out to family members still in Marietta, but they said they had not heard from Ramos in years. The Marietta Daily Journal
23-year-old convicted on charges of statutory rape, molestation
LaFAYETTE — A jury found a LaFayette man guilty of having sexual intercourse with two underage Chattooga County females, according to court records.
A jury deliberated about 40 minutes Tuesday before declaring that 23-year-old Kevin Lee Hutchens was guilty of two counts of statutory rape, two counts of aggravated child molestation and four counts of child molestation, Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader said.
The sexual encounters occurred between May 2014 and April 2015. Hutchens confessed to molesting two victims, one 14 years old and the other 15 years old, according to Summerville police detective Brian Ozment.
The police department and sheriff’s office had separate cases against Hutchens, and both were tried at the same time.