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Police sergeant saves two lives in one night


HOLLY SPRINGS, Ga. -- One Holly Springs Police Sergeant earned his keep Saturday night saving two lives during one shift.

Ronnie Callahan stepped out onto his Holly Springs porch Saturday night.

"I've never had a feeling like that when I come out on that porch," said Ronnie Callahan, homeowner.

Down the hill he could see flames.

"Seeing that fire, knowing their situation," said Callahan.

They poured from the house where his disabled sister and elderly mother slept.

"I couldn't even dial 911," said Callahan.

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Medical marijuana refugees return home to better life

CANTON, Ga. --Two months ago, Georgia passed a controversial and life-changing law for some families in need of medical marijuana.

Corey Lowe's daughter Victoria was one of the first people in the state to receive a temporary permit to use it. Victoria suffers from mitochondrial disease and an incredible number of seizures, but Lowe said cannabis oil helps.

"She would have 50 a day, 50 to 100 a day, before cannabis oil -- gut wrenching," said Corey Lowe.

Lowe said she tried everything -- dozens of drugs, any kind of medicine she could get her hands on -- but it didn't work.

"They couldn't get her seizures to stop," said Lowe.

That's when she decided to pack up and take Victoria to Colorado, where she could legally use cannabis oil.

They left the rest of their family behind.

McDonald's settles for violating ADA

CANTON, Ga. -- McPal Inc., a franchisee of McDonald's, has reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office after an investigation into a north Georgia restaurant.

According to a complaint, a manager at a Canton McDonald's refused to allow a customer to bring her son's service dog into the building. The manager's actions violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires private businesses like restaurants to allow service animals in all areas where the public is allowed to go.

"This settlement agreement ensures that those who are assisted by service animals will enjoy the same service as all citizens, and we hope it ensures that the same will occur at other restaurants as well," Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn said in a release.

Missing man with dementia found safe

CANTON, Ga. -- A 62-year-old man with dementia who went missing Sunday has been found safe in Cherokee County.

Steven Pendergast of Dallas, Ga. was last seen at about 6:30 p.m., Sunday afternoon at Payne Campground off of Kellogg Creek Road.

Public safety officials found him in the woods near a Boy Scout camp, not far from where he went missing. He was checked out by paramedics and then reunited with his family.

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Ball Ground man dead after SUV falls off embankment

BALL GROUND, Ga. -- Cherokee County officials have confirmed the death of a Ball Ground man after his vehicle flipped on a steep trail.

Officials said that deputies were dispatched to an off-road accident that occurred on the McGraw Ford Wildlife Management Area off Highway 372 near Ball Ground at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

James Padgett Jr., 28, of Ball Ground, was driving his Jeep Cherokee on steep trails with two other family members when witnesses said the vehicle stalled on a very steep hill.

The two passengers exited the vehicle and Padgett was able to get the vehicle running again.

But while trying to get momentum going up the hill, the vehicle slid sideways and careened down a 200 foot embankment.

Padgett was ejected from the Jeep.

Missing 83-year-old man found

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities in Cherokee County say a missing 83-year-old man has been found.

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department, Calvin Leroy Ball was last seen Monday afternoon leaving his home in the Univeter Road area of Canton. He was headed to either Home Depot in Holly Springs or Lowes in Canton.

A Mattie's Call for Ball was issued Tuesday morning after he did not return home during the night.

Officials said that Ball was found safe Wednesday in Cleveland, Ga.

Police: Men tried to lure 9-year-old girl into car

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a claim that two men tried to lure a young girl into their car.

The men pulled up to the 9-year-old victim as she rode her bicycle at Charles and Stover roads at around 7 p.m. Sunday.

The girl told investigators the driver asked her, "Do you want to get in the car and go to a place?" When she said no, the men drove away.

An artist helped the girl create a composite sketch of the driver. The girl described him as a muscular Hispanic man with black hair worn in a Mohawk. The car's passenger was also Hispanic.

Two witnesses reported seeing the suspects' car on Stover Road Sunday evening. They said it was a gray or blue mid-1980's Toyota Camry with rust and blemishes. The witnesses told police the men did not match the descriptions of anyone living in the area.