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Woman charged with stealing pills from retirement home

Woman charged with stealing pills from retirement home

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cave Spring woman faces eight felony charges after medications and pills were discovered missing from a retirement community.

Stacy Leanna Lowery, 38, has been charged with four counts each of exploitation of the elderly and neglect to disabled persons.

Floyd County Police opened an investigation after staff members at the Renaissance Marquis Retirement Village in Rome learned that several residents were missing their medications.

Renaissance Marquis helped Floyd County Police in the investigation, which is continuing. More charges are pending.

Police: Serial rapist crime spree spans 7 years

Police: Serial rapist crime spree spans 7 years

CAVE SPRINGS, Ga. -- The Floyd County Police Department says a truck driver being held without bond is connected to at least four rapes, but could be responsible for more.

Lester Pauley, 58, was initially arrested after a fight in Rome on November 25, 2014. During that investigation, Floyd County Police uncovered a series of complaints by women who said they were raped and held against their will by him. Police say the fight happened after one of his victims escaped. According to police, the woman knew the man and had a relationship with him. When things turned ugly, she tried to leave. Eventually, she was able to escape, but he went after her.

Police chief: Elderly couple's death 'very personal'

Police chief: Elderly couple's death 'very personal'

ROME, Ga. -- It's been 10 days since someone broke through the screen door of a rural home in Rome and shot an elderly couple to death.

On Monday, Floyd County Police Chief Bill Shiflett spoke one-on-one to 11Alive News about the double homicide investigation case that's produced few answers.

Shiflett says the victims are close family friends. In fact, Shiflett says one of them is the sister of his best friend.

"It's really sad to go to a scene like that, knowing the victim," Shiflett said.

He was one of the first at the crime scene along Terhune Road on Jan. 23. A neighbor noticed the screen door was broken. When the neighbor checked inside he found 69-year-old James Reeves and 71-year-old Myra Reeves shot to death. That's when he called 911.

Elderly couple shot to death in Floyd County

Elderly couple shot to death in Floyd County

ROME, Ga. – Law enforcement authorities in Floyd County are trying to piece together the deaths of two people in a home on Terhume Road on Friday.

James Steven Reeves, 69, and 71-year-old Myra Wilson Reeves were found shot to death in the home at about 3:10 p.m.

Rome Police Officer Jerome Poole says that while this is being considered a homicide, there is not an active search in the area for a shooter.

Neighbors in the mostly rural area near the home where the deaths took place said they learned of the incident from the news, not from local police. The neighbors said they were not warned of any danger in the area, despite no arrests having been made in the case.

Investigators from the Floyd County Police Department have been searching for evidence from inside the home. They have also been working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on the case.

Man arrested for Citgo robbery, car theft

Man arrested for Citgo robbery, car theft

ROME, Ga. -- A Rome man was arrested and charged with robbing a Floyd County convenience store.

Toby Lee Tucker, 25, was captured in Meridian, Miss., after a 30-mile police chase.

He is accused of robbing the Alabama Highway Citgo at gunpoint on Sunday afternoon. Police believe Tucker stole a GMC Sierra pickup truck that belongs to a Floyd County police officer's family; Tucker totaled the truck in the Mississippi police chase.

Tucker also faces a felony probation violation charge, according to Floyd County Police.

The investigation continues in both Rome and Mississippi.

Floyd County Citgo robbed at gunpoint

Floyd County Citgo robbed at gunpoint

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. -- Floyd County Police are searching for the man accused of robbing a gas station at gunpoint over the weekend.

The Citgo at the corner of Alabama Highway and Emerson Drive was robbed Sunday at around 2:20 p.m.

Floyd County Police Inv. Mary Catherine Parris said the suspect held a Citgo employee and a customer at gunpoint while demanding money from the register. He ran after receiving cash. No one was hurt.

The suspect is described as a white man in his mid to late 20's. He is about 6 feet tall and 175 to 190 pounds, and was wearing a Reebok jacket with a black hood, blue lower half and white stripes on the sleeves. Even though the suspect was wearing a mask, witnesses could tell he had a black eye. He was armed with a pistol.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Floyd County Police at 706-235-7766 or 706-314-1861.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules: