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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 -- 12:58 pm EDT
By: Marc Summers (WEIS News) & Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
One of the three bodies discovered inside a Dodge pickup truck in Weiss Lake last week has been identified as a Piedmont man in his early 40’s. The other two bodies remained unidentified at this time. Marc Summers has the update from Cherokee County, Alabama;
"According to Cherokee County Coroner Broderick Smith, one of the bodies is that of 41-year-old Bobby DeWayne Hyatt. A positive ID has yet to be made on the other two. Smith had previously informed WEIS Radio News that the bodies were believed to be those of two adult males and one adult female. All three bodies were sent to the Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for autopsies and for help in the identification process."
The truck was pulled from the water Thursday June 13th at about 1:30 pm. Cherokee County police detectives have identified the case as an accident and not a homicide investigation.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 -- 9:46 am EDT
By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)
Police are looking for a man believed to be directly involved in Sunday morning’s shooting that injured a Rome man.
Rome Police Lt. Gary Clayton says his department is searching for 21-year-old Marcquell Williams in connection with the weekend shooting that left Alfred Jamaal Echols with a single gunshot wound to the thigh.
In a statement to investigators, Echols, 20, told the officer that he was walking along Crane Street with his sister when he was shot from behind in the thigh. Interviews with various witnesses on the scene pointed to arrest warrants being filed for Williams’ apprehension.
Upon his capture, Williams would face felony charges including aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and reckless conduct.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Williams is asked to contact Investigator Michelle Sims at the Rome Police Department at (706) 238-5111.... Read more
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 -- 7:04 am EDT
By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
The 54th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game will be held tonight on the Jersey Shore and a quartet of Rome Braves will take part in the annual classic.
Among the Rome standouts expected to take the field is slugging outfielder Josh Elander, who is among the league leaders in several major offensive categories, including RBI’s with 59. Elander leads all Rome players with 11 home runs and 22 doubles.
Starting second-baseman Levi Hyams will also represent the Rome Braves at the All-Star Game, as will relief pitcher Shae Simmons. Hyams has been red hot at the plate and is now batting .317 on the season with 12 stolen bases. Simmons crafted a 2.20 ERA and 18 saves in the first half of the season to earn his nod to the roster.
Finally, the Rome Braves got a last minute addition to the All-Star team as infielder Eric Garcia was announced as a replacement player Monday by South Atlantic League President Eric Krupa.
First pitch for tonight’s All-Star Game is set for 7 PM from FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, New Jersey, home of the Blue Claws.
Rome begins the 2nd half of their 2013 season Thursday night at State Mutual Stadium against Charleston.
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UPDATE: The first drowning death of the season at Little River Canyon occurred over the weekend, claiming the life of a 19-year-old Rome teen.
WAFF-TV in Huntsville reports that Ricardo Perez of Rome was with friends crossing Little River when he slipped under the water at Martha’s Falls. His friends tried to help him, but they were unable to find him, calling authorities around 8pm.
Perez’s body was found an hour later in nine feet of water.
Though this is the first drowning at the popular National Preserve this year, Little River Canyon Superintendent Gail Bishop says there have been four rescues along the river.
The National Park Service does ask people to refrain from swimming across Little River, the underlying force of water currents generated by the movement down rocky falls and ledges.