Marlow, political adviser turn themselves in
by Joshua Sharpe
July 07, 2013 12:25 AM | 6260 views | 8 8 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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CANTON — Cherokee County School Board member Kelly Marlow and her political adviser, Robert Trim, turned themselves in at the Cherokee Detention Center on Saturday morning on felony charges of making false statements that the county school superintendent tried to run them over with his car.

Marlow and Trim turned themselves in to police at about 8 a.m. and two hours later were released on bond, set at $11,200 for each, said Pacer Cordry, spokesman for the Canton Police Department.

Cherokee County Republican Party Secretary Barbara Knowles is also charged with one count of making false statements and one count of false report of a crime in the incident, police records show.

Knowles had not turned herself in as of Saturday afternoon, Cordry said.

After a long, heated school board meeting June 13, Marlow, Trim and Knowles were walking through downtown Canton to the Painted Pig Tavern at about 11 p.m. when the incident allegedly took place, Cordry said

Saturday.

“Knowles admittedly said that they crossed the street illegally and not in a crosswalk,” Cordry said. “Knowles indicated that the vehicle that had almost struck them was identified as a white BMW SUV and being driven by Cherokee e County School Superintendent Frank Petruzielo.”

Knowles called 911 and reported that “the superintendent of the school raced right by me in his white BMW and did not stop,” according to a copy of the 911 call obtained by the Tribune.

According to the police report of the incident, the three Cherokee individuals felt “threatened” by this.

Cordry said detectives began work investigating the incident and have determined the report and the statements provided to police by Knowles, Marlow and Trim to be “false.”

Canton Police Chief Robert Merchant also said Friday night that “based on the evidence we have, this was just totally fabricated.”

Merchant said Friday night that he would “strongly suggest” the suspects turn themselves in.

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dress well
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July 09, 2013
Good to see Marlow is getting used to stripes.
Luke Duke
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July 09, 2013
Bo, have you been studying grammar at the local charter school again??
Long Time Resident
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July 08, 2013
This is what happens when you allow these local tea party radical people to get their people elected to our local boards! Marlow is backed by the Cosbys and thier crew who have no children involved in our schools. Any letters of support you've read for her are the same people. They only seek to disrupt any kind of government they can, no matter how lean or well it's ran by seeking any kind of publicity they can. This time it's at our kids expense. We have one of the best school systems in the state people, so you may not like Dr. P's ceo style of running it oh well! You probably didn't grow up here like the rest of us did when it wasn't like that and we ended up losing our accreditation and had worthless diplomas. I'm proud of our school system, get these radical crazy nuts out of there and let them find something else to pester the crap out of. Their "lower taxes and less goverment" garbage is a load of garbage and we all know it. They only want the publicity. Get out of Cherokee County you idiots we don't need you here!
jp4ga
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July 08, 2013
In addition to making false statements they need to be cited for jay walking. They put crosswalks in place for a reason. Downtown areas can be dangerous which is why there are more than enough cross walks in that area. It was lazy for them to not walk a few additional steps.

Marlow needs to resign her post she is a mess in her personal and public life. She is not keeping the best interest of students in mind with her lying actions.
Old Grunt
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July 07, 2013
Sad to see the Cherokee County BOE has become afflicted with the same malady of Clayton, DeKalb, and APS boards. Makes one wonder the positive utility of such boards given recent history!
GoodScout
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July 07, 2013
Cherokee, how long are we going to keep electing Republicans and getting these kinds of shenanigans? Let's give the Democrats a try next election cycle. After Chip Rogers and these loons, haven;t we had enough?
bo duke
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July 07, 2013
Maybe the cops will put the three stooges in the same cell and round up King P too I ask that Ms marlow and King P stepdown from there posts
Holy Moly
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July 07, 2013
As the Hatfields and McCoys continue their feud, The Cherokee County School District is viewed as a comedy club. This nonsense does nothing to help those serious students that try to better themselves and prepare for their futures. How are we all seen by business and newcomers interested in coming to our area? Can't we all just get along? Start behaving like responsible adults. Thank you
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