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Neighbor's 911 call leads to burglary suspects' arrest

Neighbor's 911 call leads to burglary suspects' arrest

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A quick-thinking neighbor helped Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies arrest two home invasion suspects Monday afternoon.

The burglary happened at a house in the Dockside Downs subdivision in Woodstock.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said a resident called 911 after watching a suspicious car pull into his neighbor's driveway. He was able to give dispatchers a vehicle description and tag number.

Deputies quickly caught up with the suspects' car on Countryside Lane. The passenger, 31-year-old Robert Jason Bennett, jumped out and began to run, but was captured and arrested.

The driver, 34-year-old Cardell Richardson, drove off, but police caught up with him again in the parking lot of Hopewell Baptist Church in Canton.

Both men were charged with burglary. Bennett also faces two counts of obstruction, while Richardson was charged with driving on a suspended license.

13 sentenced for trafficking oxycodone

13 sentenced for trafficking oxycodone

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Several metro Atlanta residents have been sentenced in federal court for planning to peddle prescription drugs.

Kristen Noelle Goduto and 12 co-defendants all pleaded guilty to the charges against them.

"These defendants exhibited total disregard for how their pill peddling could destroy lives," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. "This prescription drug can be deadly when not taken under proper medical oversight. Such brazen forging of prescriptions should serve as a reminder that some in our society will go to any length for illicit gain."

"We will continue in our commitment to prosecute law-breakers and keep the citizens of this district safe," Yates added.

Woman charged with killing elderly father

Woman charged with killing elderly father

BALL GROUND, Ga. -- A Cherokee County woman was arrested Thursday for murdering her father, two days after she was first charged with concealing his death.

Andrea Blanton, 45, is being held without bond in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.

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Blanton lived with her father, 77-year-old James Reece, at a house on Northridge Road in Ball Ground. She was her father's primary caregiver, according to Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker.

Deputies performed a welfare check Tuesday at the house, where they found Reece's body and determined he'd been dead for several days. Baker said Blanton had been living in the home with the decomposing body.

Man dies of self-inflicted shot in police face-off

Man dies of self-inflicted shot in police face-off

CANTON, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a man authorities said was fatally shot in a confrontation with police died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead Tuesday said an autopsy on Anthony Payne determined he shot himself before police opened fire on him April 5 in Canton - about 40 miles north of downtown Atlanta. Bankhead says police shot the man and wounded him in one of his arms.

Officials have said Payne was suspected in the deaths of his father and his father's wife. Police tracked the couple's missing truck and found 34-year-old Payne in Cherokee County

Man accused of killing parents shot by sheriff's deputy

Man accused of killing parents shot by sheriff's deputy

CANTON, Ga. -- A Cherokee County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man suspected of murdering his parents in Union County.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said deputies were given a Georgia Bureau of Investigation lookout Thursday evening for 34-year-old Anthony Payne.

The bodies of 59-year-old Charles Payne and 67-year-old Louise Payne were found Thursday evening at a house in Blairsville. The Paynes had been shot to death, according to GBI spokesman John Bankhead.

At around 11 p.m., a Ford F-150 matching the one owned by the suspects' parents was stopped by deputies on Toonigh Road near Morgan Road in Canton. Baker said Anthony Payne, the couple's son, was inside and quickly fled on foot.

Acting on information, deputies went to a house on Swan Lane in Canton and made contact with Payne. Baker said the armed man refused to drop his weapon and both the deputy and the suspect fired.

Driver shoots at women who pass him

Driver shoots at women who pass him

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Woodstock man was arrested Tuesday for reportedly shooting at a car that passed him on the road.

Richard Wilt, 42, faces a number of charges, including aggravated assault, terroristic threats, DUI, and possession of both marijuana and a firearm.

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Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said the shooting happened shortly before 10 p.m. Wilt was driving down East Cherokee Drive when a car passed him. He got angry and began following the car, which contained two 20-year-old women.

Wilt followed the women to nearby Apple Orchard Lane, where he got out of his car and fired one round at their car. His .45 caliber handgun jammed before he could fire more shots, according to Baker.

No one was hurt. Baker said the shot missed the victims' car.