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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


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.

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Mattie's Call canceled; man found, police say

UPDATE: Police have confirmed that the search for a missing elderly man in Cherokee County has been called off. No further details have been released.

CANTON, Ga. -- The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office needs the public's help finding a missing 73-year-old man.

Clyde Dean Welch was last seen on Friday at around 5 a.m. in the 200 block of Serenoa Drive in Canton, Ga.

Family believes he may be heading to Michigan in his Maroon 2008 Chevrolet Impala. It has a Michigan tag that reads CML7420.

Welch has several health conditions including diabetes, heart failure and possible dementia.

Officials said he left home without his dentures and prescription medications.

Welch is described as about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He had blue eyes brown and grey hair and a long beard.

Cherokee County inmate dies in custody

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- An inmate in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center died Monday.

Bobby Kilgore, 71, of Palmetto was arrested June 6 on a probation violation charge. He had a condition that caused him to be housed in the jail's medical unit.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said Kilgore was under the care of the jail's medical staff when he passed away.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday at the GBI Crime Lab. The GBI will also investigate, as it does with every inmate death.

Cherokee County agents make 2 big drug arrests

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Investigators from several agencies worked together to arrest two women on drug-related charges in Cherokee County.

Katherine Silva, 25, was taken into custody June 3 after selling heroin to an undercover Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) agent. Silva was in possession of more than six grams of heroin, according to CMANS Commander Phil Price.

Agents began investigating Silva after receiving information that she was a source of heroin in southern Cherokee County. She has been charged with trafficking, one of Georgia's most serious drug charges, and is being held without bond in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.