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Atty. for couple accused of locking child in closet: This is a misunderstanding


CANTON, Ga. -- A Cherokee County couple charged with locking a 9-year-old girl in a closet insists it was all a misunderstanding.

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Sheriff's office says man accidentally shot self during police chase


CANTON, Ga. -- The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said a man appears to have accidentally shot himself while being pit maneuvered during a police chase, Friday.

The incident happened on Interstate 575 around 8 p.m. when police saw a man matching the description of a carjacking suspect on Dr. John T. Pettit Street - in a second carjacked vehicle.

The man, later identified as Justin B. Goodwin, 36, of Jacksonville, Fla. was believed to be involved in the theft of a Dodge Ram pickup truck earlier in the day in Ball Ground, Ga. and was chased down the same interstate before pursuing officers lost sight of him headed toward exit 19 in Canton, Ga.

Couple arrested after child found locked in closet


CANTON, Ga. -- Police arrested the mother of a 9-year-old girl and the mother's boyfriend after authorities said the child was found locked in a closet.

According to Canton Police, a Division of Family and Children Services worker notified officers that the child had been left alone while her parents were in a court proceeding.

Body found inside Canton fire was home owner


CANTON, Ga. -- The GBI has identified the body found at a Canton house fire as the homeowner.

Sixty-five-year-old Frank Greene was found when firefighters were clearing the house on Legend Creek Drive. 

Canton police and firefighters along with members of the Cherokee County Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 100 block of Legend Creek Drive around 4 p.m. September 2, 2015. 

Crews were able to extinguish the fire but upon doing so found a body inside.

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Man killed in dirt bike accident


CANTON, Ga. -- A 44-year-old man died after an apparent dirt bike accident in Canton on Sunday, Cherokee County Sheriff's officials said.

According to Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, two women riding four-wheelers found the victim's body in an unfinished subdivision off of Ellington Lane around 6 p.m.

The man was identified as Jefferey Helton. Baker said that evidence at the scene indicated that the accident occurred on Sunday.

No foul play is suspected.

Detectives are investigating.


Man shot in the hip outside Canton bar


CANTON, Ga. -- Canton Police are working to identify the suspect accused of shooting a man outside a bar.

The 38-year-old victim was shot Friday at around midnight. Investigators determined the victim and suspect got into an altercation inside Bodock's Bar and Grill in the 150 block of Riverstone Parkway. The shooting happened outside the venue.

After shooting the victim, the suspect got into a car and was last seen driving north on Marietta Highway.

The victim was treated at WellStar Kennestone Hospital for a gunshot wound to the hip. He has since been released from the hospital.

He described the shooter as a black man, about 6 feet tall and 170 to 180 pounds, with a mustache and goatee. He was wearing a black T-shirt, black and grey cowboy hat, blue jeans and black lace-up boots. The suspect drove away in a silver or gold 1990-2001 Nissan or Toyota Corolla.

Dog helps rescue companion trapped in local well


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CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Man's best friend got a little help from his friends, Sunday, in Cherokee County.

Emergency workers responded to a call involving a puppy trapped in a well.

A resident told firefighters that a yellow lab and a black lab showed up on the property the previous day.

Both are believed to be strays.

Sunday morning, the resident heard the black lab barking frantically and discovered his companion trapped in the well.

The pup was freed and checked out by emergency crews. They said the animal appears to be okay.