Cherokee GOP secretary turns self in to police
by Joshua Sharpe
July 10, 2013 12:19 AM | 2990 views | 4 4 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Barbara Knowles
CANTON — Cherokee County Republican Party Secretary Barbara Knowles, the third person sought on charges along with School Board Member Kelly Marlow and political adviser Robert Trim of making false statements that the county school superintendent tried to run them down in his car in June, has now turned herself in, police said.

Knowles surrendered on the charges against her Sunday morning and was released about 2:30 p.m. on $11,800 bond, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Knowles, Marlow and Trim have each been charged with a felony count of making false statements stemming from an incident following a heated meeting of the school board June 13. Knowles is also charged with one misdemeanor count of false report of a crime, court documents show.

After the school board meeting, Knowles, Marlow and Trim were walking as through downtown Canton to the Painted Pig Tavern about 11 p.m., when Dr. Frank Petruzielo they said almost ran them over as they were crossing the street.

Canton Police responded to a 911 call from Knowles, who reported that Petruzielo “raced right by me in his white BMW and did not stop,” according the 911 call.

A copy of Knowles’ arrest warrant, obtained by the Cherokee Tribune, however, states that the incident took place differently.

“Further investigation showed (Knowles) was already on the sidewalk and not in the roadway when the vehicle passed by her,” the warrant reads.

The incident was also captured on tape by a security camera nearby, according to Fox 5 Atlanta, the Cherokee Tribune’s news partner.

Knowles admitted to police that she was crossing the street illegally and not on a crosswalk, according to the police report.

Police records show Marlow and Trim also provided detectives with “signed, written” statements about the incident which were false.

Petruzielo has maintained that the claims against him are false.

“This is a very serious allegation that has no basis in fact,” he said.

But Anthony Morgese, attorney for Knowles, Marlow and Trim, said Monday his clients did not lie about the incident.

Morgese said the position his clients plan to take is “not guilty … at all.”

He added that only Knowles claimed Petruzielo was the driver of the white BMW and that Marlow and Trim stated it “looked like his car” that almost ran them over.

District Attorney Shannon Wallace said Monday that no court date has been set for Knowles, Marlow and Trim.

The next grand jury, which would have to indict the suspects for the cases to proceed, convenes Aug. 12.

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Flock of Schoolgirls
July 10, 2013
Wow Barbara K...time to get a new attorney. Yours just threw you under the bus. But knowing your two counterparts, not surprising. I'm sure they will be saying you we're the mastermind behind this little fiasco....
July 10, 2013
I hope these three individuals receive the harshest penalty the law allows! If the police had not found video evidence, their false accusation could have ruined the reputation of our school superintendent for something he didn't do.

That is disturbing in itself however it is inexcusable in my opinion that they chose to take this action during a time when the Canton Police Department had real emergencies to deal with. A tornado had touched down in Canton that night and there were power lines and trees down everywhere.
too late
July 11, 2013
The super's reputation is already ruined except for the handful of district sycophants and minions who will worship him regardless.

The guy's a complete, fat dictatorial clown...he's left a trail of corruption in both Florida and Texas.
July 10, 2013
Their attorney should listen to the 911 tape played by several of the TV stations. She clearly stated that the superintendent raced by her, he didn't yield. I can't wait to hear how this attorney refutes video evidence; this trial might be more entertaining than going to the movies!
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