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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.

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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.

Parents say principal parked in school exit during storm

CANTON, Ga. – Some Canton parents are upset after a principal allegedly parked her Jeep close to a school exit door during severe weather on Monday.

Parents said when they arrived at Free Home Elementary, a white Jeep believed to be the principal's was parked in front of door under a car port. The picture appears to show the Jeep to be so close that it doesn't look anyone could get in or out of the door.

The parents who sent us the picture didn't want to talk on camera because they didn't want any fallout to affect their children in the close-knit community.

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3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Sheriff's deputy breaks hand in struggle with suspect

Sheriff's deputy breaks hand in struggle with suspect

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Two Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies were hurt while trying to arrest a suspect Monday night.

It began as a traffic stop on Lower Burris Road near Clayton Food Store. A deputy pulled over a truck with two suspects inside and quickly discovered the passenger had marijuana paraphernalia.

The deputy tried to handcuff the passenger, 44-year-old Michael Hulsey, but Hulsey ran away. A second deputy arrived to assist; Hulsey hit one of them in the face, and a dog inside the truck attacked and bit a deputy.

Hulsey ran into the nearby woods, but was tracked down by a Cherokee County K-9. He was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, heroin possession, firearm possession by a convicted felon, battery, simple battery on a law enforcement officer, and two counts each of felony obstruction and interference with government property.