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Police looking for woman thought to be with murder suspect

ROME, GA -- Police are asking for help from the public in locating a 19-year-old woman who they said may be in the company of a 27-year-old murder suspect.

Barbara Maegan Witt is described as a white female, 5-feet-4-inches in height, and weighing about 115 pounds. Witt's mother believes she is with 27-year-old murder suspect Stevie Lamar Garner. Garner is wanted for the March 14 shooting death of 21-year-old Patrick Wall.

Floyd County Police said they, along with Georgia State Patrol troopers responded to an accident Saturday evening just before 7 p.m. on Drummond Drive in Rome. When they arrived, they found Wall, the driver of the vehicle, had been shot. Wall was transported to Floyd Medical Center, where he died.

Investigators said they were searching for Garner in connection with the shooting.

Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 


“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”


Suspect sought in Floyd County murder

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. -- Police are searching for a suspect after a 21-year-old Rome man was fatally shot.

According to the Floyd County Police Department, Floyd County police officers and Georgia State Patrol troopers responded to an accident on Drummond Drive just before 7 p.m. Saturday.

Upon arrival, first-responders discovered that the driver of the vehicle had been shot. He was transported to Floyd Medical Center, where he died. He was identified as 21-year-old Patrick Marcus Wall.

Police are searching for 27-year-old Stevie Lamar Garner in connection with the murder.

Anyone with information on Garner's whereabouts is asked to call the Floyd County Police Department at 706-235-7766.

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Floyd County's unemployment rate was 7.1 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

Race this weekend: Leprechaun-a-thon

Race this weekend: Leprechaun-a-thon

ROME, Ga. -- Harbin Clinic's annual St. Patrick's Day 5K returns to Floyd County this weekend.

The Leprechaun-a-thon run and walk will be Saturday, Mar. 14 at 1 p.m. at Barron Stadium near downtown Rome. The course winds along the Heritage Park Trail System and finishes with a victory lap around the stadium's track.

Runners will receive T-shirts, while awards will be given to the top finishers, top masters and grand masters finishers, and top three finishers in each age group.

There will also be awards for the most festive attire, the cutest little leprechauns (ages 12 and under) in attendance, and others.

Registration is $30. Visit rfpra.com for more information and to sign up.

Barron Stadium is located at 300 West 3rd Street.

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Interstate 20 will bear the brunt of this weekend's roadwork, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Drivers are asked to avoid nonessential travel on I-20, as road projects will require lane closures that will likely result in delays.

A number of surface streets will also be impacted by construction crews.

As always, all work is weather permitting. Get this weekend's forecast.

Cobb/Fulton counties: I-285
2 northbound lanes will be closed between Bolton and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Coweta County: I-85
1 southbound lane will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

Inmate on the loose after walking away from work detail

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. – Police are searching for an inmate who walked away from a work detail in Floyd County on Thursday.

According to Jerome Poole of the Floyd County Police Department, Garrett Terrell Shields was last seen on Sproull Road near Trimble Way off of Kingston Highway around 5 p.m.

The 44-year-old man was wearing white shirt and pants with one blue stripe on pants and blue collar on shirt along with an orange sweatshirt and orange toboggan.

Shields is in the second year of a 20-year sentence for several violent felonies, Poole said.

Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911. Authorities say do not approach him.