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30 Jailed in 'Big' House Party; Drunk-Driving Couple Charged in Crazy Crime

Cartersville and Bartow County police reports chronicle some weird crime stories, which include a house in Rydal full of unwanted, partying guests, one an alleged prowler.

A few police reports chronicling strange happenings in Cartersville and Bartow County in the last day or so caught our eyes at Cartersville Patch. Here are the stories:

'Big' Party in Rydal Sends More Than 30 People to Jail

A "big" house party Saturday night in Rydal attracted the attention of multiple neighbors, who complained, and sent some 30 people, mostly local and area teens, to jail on criminal trespass charges.

Authorities were called to the Indian Springs Drive home in Rydal shortly before midnight and found about 20 cars parked outside, a lot of alcoholic drinks lying around the home and a large amount of suspected marijuana in the refrigerator, according to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office incident report, attached.

The property owners told police by phone that no one had permission to be in the home, which police say had been burlgarized.

Two juveniles were released to their parents, while at least 33 others, who range in age from 17 to 26, were jailed on criminal trespass charges. See today's crime blotter for mug shots and all the details.

'The Sign Flipper' Arrested in Connection with Rydal House Party

About 4:30 the next morning, deputies made another arrest in connection with Rydal party in Indian Springs subdivision.

More than a month after his appearance on 'Ellen', 'The Sign Flipper' Julian Lee Falkenstein, 23, of Pine Grove Road in Cartersville, was jailed on a prowling charge police say is related to the party.

Although he said he was staying with a resident of the neighborhood, deputies, who spotted Falkenstien walking in the Indian Springs subdivision, say he could not say where his friend's house was. Other partygoers said Falkenstein was at there, too, according to authorties.

He was arrested and charged with prowling some five hours after police were called to the house party.

Boyfriend Arrested on DUI Charge Trying to Bail Out Allegedly Drunk-Driving Girlfriend

Cartersville police Saturday night arrested two people, who were in the same car, on DUI charges. After the passenger decided to drive his car, that is.

An officer first arrested Erica Nadine McKnight, 23, of Calhoun, on a DUI charge following a traffic stop about 1:30 a.m. near Center Road, according to the Cartersville Police Department report, attached. Her blood-alcohol level registered .072 and .074, below the legal limit, but police say she failed to maintain her lane of travel and exhibited signs of intoxication during field sobriety tests.

About 3:30 a.m., "I was in the process of getting my previous DUI bonded out when I observed that her boyfriend, who was previously a passenger in the
vehicle and intoxicated more so than she, had driven to the police department to bond her out," wrote the officer who arrested McKnight. "I briefly spoke with driver/arrestee Mr. Chad Felton Pittman in the lobby of the PD at which time I asked him if he had gotten a ride to the PD.

"He stated that he had in fact gotten a ride and that they were waiting for him in the parking lot. I advised Mr. Pittman that I hope he was being truthful as I could still smell the alcohol on his person and I believed him still to be too intoxicated to drive."

The officer reports watching 32-year-old Pittman via video surveillance drive off alone in his Ford Mustang, which was missing a tag light. Police later caught up with Pittman for a traffic stop at the Booth museum.

Pittman of Carriage Hills Drive in Cartersville told the officer that "after I had arrested his girlfriend, he had gotten in his car, driven to the bail bondsman, Waffle House, and then to the PD," the officer wrote in the report. "Mr. Pittman repeatedly stated that he was fine and that he could drive."

Pittman's blood-alcohol level registered .092, above the legal limit, and police say he failed field-sobriety tests. He, too, was arrested and charged with DUI.

Both McKnight and Pittman were released to bondsmen.

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Kristyn Ellis March 13, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Thank you Bill! I agree that in most cases it looks like they might not care but they are required to do their job either way. How they handle it has to be done within reasoning and carefully so they will make the right decisions ultimately. Anyone can file a complaint and be fine with it rather than spread rumors. If its the truth then file a complaint so it gets resolved rather than spread rumors and it never gets fixed but leads to frustration. Also, if the owners son was there and he was spotted by most if not all the kids there then plea not guilty and fight it. If the owners won't drop the charges just prove it. I know , depending on how the courts handle it, that it may still go in favor of the owner but I'm sure if he was there that there is evidence proving it or some people there had to be sober enough to be credible as witnesses.
Bill Martin March 14, 2013 at 12:36 AM
It does not matter if they had permission to be there or not. If they were under 21 they are responsible for their own action when it comes to possession of alcohol and they can be arrested. Anyone there could be arrested for disorderly conduct by law.. What are you going to sue for? You have no case.
Bill Martin March 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM
I meant criminal trespass not disorderly conduct
Local Citizen March 14, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Again, I am glad that the Bartow Sheriff's Department took action when the neighbors complained. In the same type of situation in our neighborhood, the Cartersville city police choose to ignore the problem. Bill asked the following: - How do you know the officers did not drive a short distance away and sit and listen and watch? - How do you know the officers did not go sit where they could not be observed and make traffic stops on cars coming from the party? The two items above that Bill mentioned is exactly what we were all hoping for in our neighborhood. But, when called upon, it was very apparent that city officers chose to take no action at all and never even return later in the night to check on the situation. The entire chaos has been ignored. And, the chaos continues. Again, to the Bartow County Sheriff's Department - - well done!!!
Bill Martin March 15, 2013 at 03:44 AM
And again, Local Citizen, how do you know they did not return? Did you stand in your yard all night and watch? Did you look out your window all night and watch? Did you file a complaint and ask for an investigation as to whether they came back out? In your previous post you said the officers never came yet in the latest post you said they never returned which implies they did come at least once. I submit to you that every time the police were called they came out and checked. I am 100% positive of that because that is the policy and protocol. I also submit to you that if they did not return it was because either a) they found nothing the first time to justify them returning, b) they did return and you just missed them because you weren't watching for them all night, or c) they were swamped with more important calls such as injury accidents, burglaries, rapes, domestic violence calls, fights, DUI's, and just did not have the time to do a drive by. Look, these folks actually put their lives on the line for us each and every day. They risk not going home to their loved ones every day they work. Every day they work they risk being shot, stabbed, maimed for life, blinded, paralyzed, or sued, and you want to gripe about them not shutting down a noisy party. My son is a cop in a neighboring state and I know what he has to put up with. Take your issue to someone who has the power to do so.

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