A Kennesaw man with no known ties to Rome and Floyd County robbed a bank and killed himself on Sept. 30.
The new year had barely begun when three unknown suspects killed a businessman at his Burnett Ferry Road home.
And while the remains of missing Walker County 911 dispatcher Theresa Parker were found in September, how she died may forever remain a mystery.
Here’s a look at some of the crime stories that grabbed headlines in 2010.
Man robs bank, kills himself
Police know who robbed the Wachovia Bank on Shorter Avenue on Sept. 30, but why the robber chose Rome and that bank remains a mystery.
Asoi Vong, 32, of Kennesaw, killed himself in the Steak ’n Shake parking lot on Turner McCall Boulevard just eight minutes after robbing the bank of more than $4,000.
Police were on the scene in a minute, according to 911 records, while other officers spotted Vong’s car on Shorter Avenue and pursued him until he pulled into the parking lot.
Nothing in Vong’s car or home clued police in as to why the unemployed man chose the Rome bank.
Local business owner murdered
The Jan. 9 murder of local businessman Leopoldo Cardenas remains unsolved.
According to Floyd County police, two men entered Cardenas’ Burnett Ferry Road home, detained his family and then took Cardenas to Celia’s Supermarket on Shorter Avenue.
The supermarket was one of many businesses the man owned, police said.
After Cardenas returned from the supermarket, he was shot to death.
His family, being held in a separate part of the house, were unharmed. A third person may have been involved and driven a getaway car from the house.
Police believe Cardenas was targeted.
Theresa Parker’s remains found
At least one part of the mystery surrounding Theresa Parker’s disappearance was solved when her remains were found by a Rome farmer on Sept. 20 near the Chattooga River in Chattooga County.
The 41-year-old Walker County 911 dispatcher disappeared in March 2007.
A jury found her husband, former LaFayette police officer Sam Parker, guilty of murder last year. He is serving a life prison sentence.
Forensic scientists from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation could not determine the specific cause of Parker’s death but ruled it a homicide due to the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
Murder-suicide family tragedy
On Nov. 3, Jeffery Ware shot and killed his wife, Jeannine Ware, 47, at their home on Booger Hollow Road while their teenage sons were inside, police said. He then turned the gun on himself.
The teenagers were not injured.
Family members told police they had never seen Jeffery Ware get physical with his wife, and there were no reports of any police calls to the residence.
String of armed robberies
A string of armed robberies plagued Rome and
Floyd County in November and December, beginning with the robbery of the Citgo Food Mart on Nov. 6.
Six businesses were robbed before police arrested Justin Spivey, 22, of 2304 Maple Road, on Dec. 22.
Spivey is charged in connection with the Dec. 10 armed robbery of Chastain’s Liquor Store on North Broad Street and the Nov. 20 armed robbery of Metro PCS on Shorter Avenue.
Police said Spivey is a suspect in the other armed robberies.
In a separate incident, a manager of the Movies at Berry Square was robbed of $9,000 at gunpoint on Nov. 20 as she attempted to make a night deposit at United Community Bank near the mall.
Two people were arrested.
Timothy Joshua Tucker, 20, of 345 Sunny Heights Drive, was charged with armed robbery, pointing a gun at another person and aggravated assault after theater employees told officers they recognized him in a video posted on RN‑T.com.
Crystal McStotts, 19, of 1420 Kingston Highway, who allegedly drove the getaway car, was charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault.
Rome man found in Chattooga River
The body of Paty Spivey of Rome was found in the Chattooga River near Lyerly on March 12, nearly
two months after he disappeared from an area near Fairhaven Drive in Rome.
An autopsy showed that Spivey, 44, was
stabbed in the neck. However, Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett said investigators do not know how Spivey got in the river or where he was killed. His murder remains unsolved.
Another body was found in the river less than a month later. On April 2, the body of 43-year-old Earllana Sue Sprayberry Trammell was found in the Chattooga River. The investigation into her death continues.
Former chief magistrate arrested
Former Chief Magistrate Chris Mathis was arrested July 8 on 27 charges, ranging from theft by deception to deposit account fraud.
The charges relate to his alleged involvement in a fraudulent investment scheme involving the purchase of cattle, the GBI reported.
Police said the charges involve multiple alleged victims, and the thefts ranged from $130,000 to $135,000, according to the arrest warrants.
In some of the cases, Mathis is accused of taking his alleged victims’ money with a promise to purchase cattle but instead converted the funds for his own use.
Some of the alleged incidents happened in 2009, while some reportedly took place earlier this year.
Mathis was arrested at his home by agents from the GBI and Floyd County sheriff’s deputies.
Mathis had resigned earlier this year and was replaced by Gene Richardson.
No trial date has been set.
Roman wounded in Kennesaw shooting
Roman Joshua B. Holbrook, 27, was one of two people wounded in a workplace shooting at Penske Truck Rental in Kennesaw.
Three people died when Jesse James Warren, 60, of Temple an ex-employee of the facility opened fire on Jan. 12.
Cobb County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Warren on the murder charges.
Man leads police on 3-county chase
Johnnie Turner told Floyd County 911 dispatchers he would kill officers if they didn’t back off during a high-speed chase on the afternoon of June 22 that began in Polk County, rolled through Floyd County and ended with Turner’s arrest in Bartow County, police said.
Officers were attempting to arrest Turner during a traffic stop in Polk County on warrants for aggravated assault and battery stemming from a June 8 incident, said Polk County Sheriff Kelly McLendon.
Turner, 24, fired at least three times at Polk County officers as he fled, McLendon said.
The chase continued on U.S. 27 in Floyd County and then onto U.S. 411 before ending at Waffle House in Cartersville.
Turner was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, failure to obey a traffic control device, three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm during a commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Girl kidnapped, molested
A Rome man was charged with kidnapping, burglary and child molestation charges after he took a 7-year-old girl from the bedroom of her Hosea Street home in October.
James Davenport Ferrell, 33, of 2004 Flannery St., took the child from her bedroom, through a window, police said. The girl was found at a
home in Polk County, where Ferrell was arrested.
A Polk County detective said Ferrell sexually molested the girl after taking her from Rome to Rockmart.
No court date has been set for Ferrell in either Polk or Floyd County.