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Two Cherokee County Residents Arrested for Obstructing Highway

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- Recently, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office received several reports of unknown persons who were obstructing Highway 140 near Waleska.

The obstructions consisted of tree limbs, rocks, tires, glass, nails and stolen road signs. The impediment of the roadway occurred over several months and caused severe damage to three vehicles.

On Sept. 22, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office deputies began nighttime surveillance of the roadway. During the surveillance, they witnessed 17-year-old Brandon Thomas Alford and a juvenile walk into the intersection of Highway 140 and Garland Mountain Road. Deputies interviewed the subjects and then arrested them in connection with an incident that occurred the previous night, Sept. 21.

Alford was charged with reckless conduct, terroristic acts, criminal damage to property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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Bed Bugs Invade Dorm Rooms in Cherokee County

WALESKA, GA -- Some local college students are sleeping in the gymnasium after bed bugs were discovered in their dorm.

The bugs were found earlier this week in two rooms at Cobb Hall, an all-male dorm at Reinhardt University in Cherokee County.

University officials say 71 residents, all male and mostly freshman, spent the past few days moving their belongings into quarantined storage units.

School officials say they hope the heat in the units will kill the bugs.

A professional exterminator is using heat and chemical treatments on the dorm rooms.

Where the Bed Bugs Bite: Reinhardt University in Cherokee County

WALESKA, GA -- On the campus of Reinhardt University, a freshman dormitory called Cobb Hall is in a state of upheaval. Its 71 students scattered over the weekend and not by choice.  Many are now staying in the gym.

"We're not allowed into any other dorms because we're considered 'infested'," said Kyle Charldon, a freshman who fled Cobb Hall Friday night. "So we can't go anywhere else."

Meanwhile, workers in moon suits are working to make Cobb Hall habitable again.  All this is because of an unexpected insect infestation. The culprit is a bloodsucking, nocturnal critter known to scientists as cimex lectalarius.

"It's just a little bug that crawls at night" said sophomore Chris Baker, who's a resident assistant at Cobb.

"Bed bugs actually bite. They're trying to get a blood meal," said exterminator Chuck Tindol, owner of Allgood Pest Control, which is attacking the infestation in Cobb Hall.

Canton Police Report Fatality Crash

CANTON, GA -- On Wednesday, Sept. 22 at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Canton Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Unit was called out to investigate a fatal crash at the intersection of State Route 140 and the Exit 16B off-ramp from I-575.

When investigators arrived, they determined a tractor-trailer that was hauling sod was traveling north down the off-ramp. For reasons not yet determined, the tractor-trailer ran the stoplight and struck a Chevy Tahoe traveling east on State Route 140. The two vehicles then struck a Honda Prelude traveling west.

The driver of the Honda, 22-year-old Alfredo Carreto of Canton, died at the scene. The driver of the Chevy was transported to Kennestone Hospital, where he is in stable condition.

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Wildfire Concerns Burn with State Budget Cuts

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- Rangers with the Georgia Forestry Commission are concerned about a busy wildfire season as they face budget cuts that they say will delay their response.

Ranger Bobby Smith and his crew worked late into Tuesday night working a wildfire near the Cherokee-Bartow County line that burned close to two acres. It was one of close to 90 wildfires in Northwest Georgia in September.

Smith knows he'll face the rest of wildfire season with fewer people to help him.

"It's going to take us longer to get places," said Smith. "Some of the fires might get larger."

Georgia is heading for a drier, warmer than normal fall, conditions that are ripe for wildfires.

Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day

CANTON, GA -- Have you checked your breasts today?

In 2009, the American Cancer Society estimated approximately 40,170 women died from breast cancer. In Georgia, an estimated 5,840 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 1,140 will die from the disease this year.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia-Cherokee County, in partnership with Northside Hospital-Cherokee, is presenting the 2nd annual Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center (1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, 30114).

"Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women behind lung cancer," said Sandra Gregory, M.D., radiation oncologist at Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia-Cherokee County. "It is a disease which is 100 percent treatable if caught early, so it is important to be educated and aware."

Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Massey Matchups Get Good Results in Week 4

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Massey Matchups predicted a Chattahoochee win in the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net Game of the Week, but the computer underestimated wide receiver Kane Whitehurst and the rest of Chattahoochee's team.

Chattahoochee was predicted to beat Creekview 30-21. But Whitehurst, who accounted for almost 200 receiving yards, and the Chattahoochee offense took care of the Grizzlies' defense. Creekview had only given up 30 points total in their first three games, but the Cougars were able to put 42 points on the scoreboard; Creekview was only able to manage seven points in return. Chattahoochee is now 3-0.

North Gwinnett was supposed to beat Collins Hill 34-14. The Bulldogs actually beat Collins Hill 33-20. The Eagles drop to 1-3 and North Gwinnett brings their undefeated start to 4-0.