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Heather Wardlaw landed the first adoption of the day, a small white Maltese, at the Cherokee County Animal Shelter’s Happily-Ever-After Celebration Saturday, August 23, 2014. The shelter named her dog Freya (Norse Goddess of Love).

More than 120 dogs adopted in Cherokee shelter’s event, more remain

More than 120 dogs are going to new homes and new lives because of the Cherokee County Animal Shelter’s Happily-Ever-After Celebration. A small white Maltese or “malti-poo” was the first to be adopted on Saturday. She was followed by hundreds of others over the next few hours and, perhaps, days. ...

Ice bucket challenges you haven’t seen: Cops and firefighters

Tired of all those videos of folks having cold water dumped on their heads, even if it is for a good cause? Hang on. Now, local police officers and firefighters are making a splash with their own challenges to each other. Thursday night, the three members of the Marietta police ...

James Madison Flood III

Alleged leader of multistate meth operation arrested in Cherokee

Four people arrested Friday when drug agents raided a Cherokee County home looking for the alleged leader of a multistate methamphetamine operation remain behind bars, authorities said Thursday. Cherokee sheriff’s spokesman Jay Baker said agents from the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad had been investigating the activities of James Madison Flood ...

Dogs removed from a wooded Cherokee County property near Cumming, GA are being housed and cared for at the Cherokee County Animal Shelter. Citing deplorable living conditions, officials removed more than 350 dogs from the property.  The removal prompted the animal shelter to close for the day so workers could assess the animals, many who are carrying puppies.  BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Rescued dogs ready for adoption in Cherokee County

If you’ve been considering adding a four-legged, furry friend to the family, here’s your chance. Hundreds of dogs seized last month from a kennel will be up for adoption Saturday at the Cherokee County Animal Shelter.The Happily-Ever-After Celebration will begin with registration at 9 a.m. for those wanting to adopt ...

Investigators believe Savon Jones, 21, of Atlanta, burglarized a home in the Bridgemill neighborhood. (Photo: Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office)

Atlanta man possibly linked to string of burglaries near Canton

Investigators believe the same suspects are responsible for burglarizing four businesses and two homes in the Canton area. But so far, only one suspect has been identified, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.The string of burglaries happened between Aug. 3 and Aug. 7 in the Bridgemill and Sixes Road ...

A resident of a Canton apartment complex found a threatening note and a noose on the front door last week. (Photo: Canton police)

Noose, threatening notes left at Canton apartment complex

Police in Cherokee County returned Wednesday to the apartment complex where a rope noose and threatening notes were left at some residents’ doors. But investigators haven’t determined who is responsible, Canton police said.On Friday, police were called to the Lancaster Ridge apartments on Hickory Knoll Road after a resident reported ...

Kimberly Ann Turman pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts of theft by taking.

Former PTA treasurer pleads guilty to felony theft

A Cherokee County woman admitted in court that she stole thousands of dollars from an elementary school PTA and a high school booster club. Kimberly Ann Turman, 42, pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts of theft by taking, a spokeswoman for the Cherokee County Superior Court said. Turman was ...

Dogs removed from a wooded Cherokee County property near Cumming are being housed and cared for at the Cherokee County Animal Shelter. Citing deplorable living conditions, officials removed more than 350 dogs from the property.  The removal prompted the animal shelter to close for the day so workers could assess the animals, many who are carrying puppies.  BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Cherokee kennel operators charged with 366 counts of animal cruelty

The owners of a Cherokee County kennel where hundreds of dogs were found living in filthy conditions last month have been charged with 366 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.Cherokee sheriff’s Lt. Jay Baker told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Guerry Wise, 79, and his 63-year-old wife, Joy Wise, were booked ...

Holly Springs Sgt. Nathan Ernst

Holly Springs sergeant, paramedics make second heroin overdose save

For the second time in as many months a Holly Springs police officer working with paramedics administered a life-saving dose of naloxone to save a person from a heroin overdose.. Sergeant Nathan Ernst saved the life of a 24-year-old man believed to be overdosing on heroin Sunday morning, according to ...

Hometown Hero: Volunteer helps with arrangements for veterans’ funerals

Every Wednesday, rain or shine, in blazing heat or bone chilling cold and from early morning until evening, you’ll find 77-year-old Charles C. Capps of Tucker at the sprawling 775-acre Georgia National Cemetery, greeting families of deceased veterans — men and women headed to their final resting place in the ...

Students start back to school in metro Atlanta this week

When Atlanta Public Schools students headed back to school Monday, some arrived at schools without fully functioning air conditioning or enough textbooks.The air conditioning outages were limited to about 12 buildings and none were building-wide, APS spokesman James Malone said. “Temporary cooling units” were brought in to cool affected areas ...

Flash flood warning posted for Cherokee and Bartow counties

A flash flood warning was posted for Cherokee, Bartow and Gordon counties Saturday evening after several inches of rain fell across the area.The warning is in effect until 9:45 p.m.The National Weather Service said radar estimates of between 2.5 and 3.5 inches of rain fell Saturday afternoon.At 7:30 p.m., radar ...

Nathan John Buhl, 37, of Canton, is accused of causing two wrecks Saturday night in Forsyth and Cherokee counties, according to the sheriff’s offices in each county.

Milton High School principal resigns after DUI arrest

The principal at Milton High School in north Fulton resigned Wednesday, one day after being released from jail following DUI arrests in two counties. Nathan John Buhl, 37, of Canton, is accused of causing two wrecks Saturday night in Forsyth and Cherokee counties, according to the sheriff’s offices in each ...

Snellville man, 26, drowns in Lake Allatoona

A 26-year-old Gwinnett County man drowned Sunday afternoon in Lake Allatoona while attempting to retrieve a float, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.The man, identified by the Bartow County coroner as Ryan Tyndall, of Snellville, was swimming away from the shore near Allatoona Landing in Bartow County when ...

A fire investigator examines a car involved in a fiery crash late Wednesday. (Tim Cavender/Cherokee County fire department)

1 person dead after fiery crash in Cherokee County

A person was dead after a fiery, single-vehicle crash late Wednesday in northern Cherokee County, according to the county’s fire department.Shortly before 11 p.m., witnesses reported seeing a car on fire on Ball Ground Highway, near the intersection of Dodd Lane, fire department spokesman Tim Cavender said.“The couple turned their ...

Cherokee County firefighters were called around 6:45 a.m. Monday to a blaze. (Photo: Tim Cavender/Cherokee County fire department)

Lightning not cause of fire that destroyed church’s trailers

Lightning was not the cause of a fire that destroyed two double-wide trailers in Cherokee County, a fire department investigator said Tuesday. But the cause has not been determined.Firefighters were called around 6:45 a.m. Monday to the 800 block of Bridgemill Avenue and arrived to find two trailers fully involved, ...

Dogs removed from a wooded Cherokee County property near Cumming are being housed and cared for at the Cherokee County Animal Shelter. Citing deplorable living conditions, officials removed more than 350 dogs from the property.  The removal prompted the animal shelter to close for the day so workers could assess the animals, many who are carrying puppies.  BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Cherokee animal shelter has Amazon ‘wish list’ for 300-plus dogs

The hundreds of dogs removed from a Cherokee County home can’t be adopted yet, the county’s shelter director said Monday. But if you’d like to help the shelter care for its newest four-legged arrivals, there’s no better time. “The community support has been overwhelming,” Susan Garcia, the shelter’s director, said. ...

Austin Reese Chadwick, 23, was arrested early Saturday at his Cherokee County home, according to police.

Off-duty Cobb County deputy charged with DUI, hit-and-run

An off-duty Cobb County sheriff’s deputy was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and leaving the scene of a wreck, according to police in two counties. While investigating a hit-and-run crash on Ga. 5, Cobb police located identification belonging to Austin Reese Chadwick inside a vehicle involved in a wreck with ...

Community Voices: Black Republicans get noticed

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin, and which sought to end segregation. The act also set in motion further protection of voter rights.Passage of the legislation was a transformative historical moment ...

Rescue workers assess the damage done to a Ford F-250 truck Wednesday afternoon. (Source: Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services)

Cherokee wreck sends three to hospitals

Three people were taken to area hospitals Wednesday after a multi-vehicle accident shut down Ga. 20 in Cherokee County for nearly four hours.The accident, which involved a tractor-trailer, two pickup trucks and a passenger car, happened about 3:15 p.m. near Beavers Road, according to a news release from Cherokee Fire ...

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