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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.

2 men on sex offender registry arrested in Canton

2 men on sex offender registry arrested in Canton

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. – Cherokee County investigators have arrested two men on the state's sex offender registry.

Investigators say Christopher Sloan and Tristen Cruz were arrested Monday night in Canton, Ga.

Officers say they went to the men's homes to make sure they were in compliance with the state's registry.

Sloan was arrested for having a vehicle and failing to register it. He was released on a $11,200 bond on Tuesday.

Investigators say Cruz, a former Alpharetta firefighter, had child pornography with him. He is being held at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center without bond.

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Safety is a top concern for people planning to relocate to a new city. Luckily, the national research firm ValuePenguin crunched the numbers in an attempt to determine which areas of Georgia are the safest and most dangerous.

The top 10 safest cities in Georgia:

1. Holly Springs
2. Johns Creek
3. Milton
4. Flowery Branch
5. Tyrone
6. Grovetown
7. Peachtree City
8. Folkston
9. Jefferson
10. Hampton

The top 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia:

1. College Park
2. East Point
3. Atlanta
4. Americus
5. Garden City
6. Union City
7. Albany
8. Brunswick
9. Hapeville
10. Eastman

Man commits suicide after 5-hour SWAT standoff

Man commits suicide after 5-hour SWAT standoff

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cherokee County man has died after shooting himself during a SWAT standoff.

The incident began at around 1:45 p.m. Sunday at a house on Trinity Hollow Drive in Canton.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said the suspect, 31-year-old Paul Limerick, got into an argument with his father and shot at him several times. The father managed to escape the house unharmed.

A SWAT team was called to the scene and tried to convince Limerick to leave the home. After about five hours of negotiations, Limerick shot himself in the head, according to Baker.

Limerick was taken to North Fulton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The GBI was called in to investigate the incident.

Cherokee court reporters convicted of racketeering

Cherokee court reporters convicted of racketeering

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Three former Cherokee County court reporters will spend time in jail after pleading guilty to stealing from the county.

All three women were convicted Tuesday of racketeering. They were sentenced in Cobb County Superior Court.

Betty Petersen, Kimberly Probst and Tammy Stine were arrested last September after an investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Police learned that since 2006, the three had billed the county for court transcripts that did not exist. They also expanded the spacing in their reports to increase the number of pages transcribed.

Cherokee Co. man indicted for lying about Purple Heart

Cherokee Co. man indicted for lying about Purple Heart

CANTON Ga. -- A grand jury indicted a Canton man for allegedly lying about heroic service to his country. Shane Ladner was arrested in June 2013 after a six-week investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office determined he was lying about earning a Purple Heart. Tuesday, a grand jury moved the case forward with an indictment.

Ladner said he was wounded by shrapnel from a grenade explosion in Central America when his unit came under hostile fire while serving in the Army. He said he was awarded a Purple Heart for his actions in that attack.

Ladner was indicted for six counts of making false statements and theft by taking. The theft by deception charges come from Ladner receiving a Purple Heart license plate in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Ex-Cherokee elections director charged with theft

Ex-Cherokee elections director charged with theft

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The former Cherokee County elections director was arrested over the weekend for stealing from the county.

Janet Munda, 55, was booked into the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center Saturday night. She was later released on $9,000 bond.

Munda, of Cumming, was charged with felony theft by taking after a six-month investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said Munda is accused of using her county credit card to pay for personal items.

Munda was fired from her elections director position in July 2014.