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Group offers major reward for info on tortured Cherokee Co. dogs


WALESKA, Ga. -- Law enforcement in Cherokee County have found the owners of two tortured dogs but continue working to find the culprits involved in the animals' deaths.

And now a group is offering $5,000 for information on the people who did it.

Atlanta Humane Society partnered with the Atlanta security firm Norred and Associates to offer the reward in connection with what the groups call a "horriffic case of animal cruelty".

The incident was first reported in Waleska on Wednesday.

There a person walking on Friendship Road found two pit bull mix dogs – one male and one female – on the ground facing each other.  Further inspection revealed something much more disturbing however.

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Former city manager arrested on theft charges in Cherokee Co.


CANTON, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say a former city manager of Waleska has been arrested on theft charges following a four-week investigation into missing city funds.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Lt. Jay Baker said Friday that 43-year-old Aimee Abernathy has been charged with two counts of felony theft of taking. Baker says Abernathy was arrested Thursday.

Baker says Abernathy is accused of making more than $14,000 in fraudulent payroll payments to herself for nearly five years she served as city manager in Cherokee County. She is also accused of using two of the city's credit card accounts to make $8,000 in personal purchases.

Abernathy resigned in late October.

Cherokee Co. stabbing suspect turns himself in


CANTON, Ga. -- Cherokee County officials have confirmed that the suspect in one of three unrelated stabbings over the weekend has turned himself in to police.

A spokesperson for the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said that 28-year-old Brian Miller of Canton, Ga. turned himself into deputies on Wednesday afternoon.

Miller faces charges of aggravated assault charges in connection with a stabbing that happened on Saturday on Waleska Road near Mill Street in Canton, Ga.

The victim, who suffered wounds to the head back and abdomen, was transported to Northside Cherokee Hospital for treatment.

Miller is being held on $22,200 bond.

The stabbing was the second of three in Cherokee County in a matter of two days.

A man was accused of stabbing his roommate on Saturday morning and another man fatally stabbed his mother on Sunday night.

Cherokee Co. deputies investigate second stabbing in matter of hours


CANTON, Ga. -- For the second time in only a few hours, deputies in Cherokee County are searching for a stabbing suspect.

Investigators learned of a stabbing victim receiving treatment at Northside Cherokee Hospital Saturday night.

The 43-year-old victim had been stabbed in the back, head and abdomen. Investigators uncovered that the incident unfolded at Waleska Road near Mill Street in Canton at about 8 p.m.

They believe 28-year-old Brian Miller of Canton was responsible. Miller is currently wanted on aggravated assault charges in connection to the Saturday incident.  He was last seen in a dark SUV with a cracked windshield.

It’s the second stabbing reported since Saturday morning in Cherokee County.

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Woman stabbed, suspect sought in Cherokee County


CANTON, Ga. -- Cherokee Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who they said stabbed his roommate multiple times.

The crime happened Saturday morning in Canton. Deputies said 61-year-old Richard James Sheriff stabbed 45-year-old Claudia Santizo after an argument and then fled the scene.

Santizon was wounded in her neck and arm. She was taken to Kennestone Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Cherokee Co. fire chief calls creek rescue a Christmas miracle


CANTON, Ga. -- An 87-year-old woman is lucky to be alive on Christmas Eve after her car left the highway and ended up in a flooded Cherokee County creek.

Canton men in custody after shooting, car chase


Police say that Courtney and Craig Pitts pulled up to Canton Street in their Ford Mustang and started shooting at people. The bullets struck Gary Hart, 27, Chaz Hart, 25 and Jermain Gay, 39, who were all transported to local hospitals with apparent non life-threatening gunshot wounds to the face, knee and hip.

Witnesses at the scene say the Pitts then drove away from the area in the same Ford Mustang.

A Cherokee County Sheriff Deputy patrolling nearby spotted the suspect's car moments later on Lucky Street and attempted to pull the vehicle over, but it refused to stop.

Authorities say after a short chase north on Highway 140 and down Pea Ridge Road, Courtney Pitts lost control of the car and struck a telephone pole. Both the driver and the passenger were injured in the accident and transported to Kennestone Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.