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Brother-in-law arrested for Canton shooting

Brother-in-law arrested for Canton shooting

CANTON, Ga. -- One man is in the hospital and his brother-in-law is in custody after a shooting in Canton Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting happened at around 2:20 p.m. on Lakeview Road, according to Canton Police Ofc. Pacer Cordry.

The victim, 30-year-old Hector Hernandez, was shot in the chest and taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he remains in stable condition Thursday, Cordry said.

Cordry said Hernandez was shot by his brother-in-law, 32-year-old Heriberto Munoz-Juarez, after the two got into an argument.

Munoz-Juarez was arrested at his Canton home Thursday morning.

Hospital increases security after suspected assault

Hospital increases security after suspected assault

ATLANTA -- A Canton man is behind bars for allegedly sneaking into a hospital patient's room with the intent to sexually assault her.

Noble Elder, 52, has been charged with sexual battery and criminal trespassing.

According to the police report, the victim's daughter is a nurse at Atlanta Medical Center. She went to check on her mother around 5:30 a.m. and found Elder inside the room, trying to take off her pants.

It's still not clear why Elder was at the hospital or how long he had been there.

The hospital would not discuss the incident, agreeing only to release a statement that said in part, "The safety and security of our patients are our top priority, and we take these matters very seriously. We have enhanced our security and will only allow authorized visitors to patient floors after hours."

The hospital would not say how it planned to screen visitors at the hospital. Normal visitation hours are from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Creekview HS teacher arrested for sexually assaulting student

Creekview HS teacher arrested for sexually assaulting student

CANTON, Ga. -- A drama and English teacher at Creekview High School in Cherokee County has been arrested on charges of having a sexual relationship with a student.

Matthew Tamanini, 31, was taken into custody Wednesday.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said investigators learned Tamanini had a four-month relationship with a 16-year-old Creekview student. Deputies believe Tamanini and the student had at least two sexual encounters on the school's campus.

The suspect has taught at Creekview since May 2007. He is now being held without bond in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on two charges of sexual assault.

Cherokee County School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said Tamanini has been "reassigned to a non-school work site" because of the investigation.

3 arrested for stealing copper from power station

3 arrested for stealing copper from power station

WALESKA, Ga. -- Three north Georgia men are in jail in Cherokee County for stealing copper from a power substation.

The copper was first reported stolen at around 2 a.m. Tuesday from a Waleska substation belonging to the Georgia Transportation Corporation, according to Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker.

The suspects cut through a fence to get inside the station, Baker said. Investigators estimated the thieves took about 162 pounds, or $3,800 worth, of copper.

Tuesday evening, a sheriff's sergeant saw a car matching the description of one spotted near the crime scene. Baker said the sergeant watched two men get out of the car and take some copper into the woods, apparently to burn the rubber coating off the wiring.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Hunters find body behind shopping center

Hunters find body behind shopping center

CANTON, Ga. -- Canton Police are working to identify a body found in a wooded area over the weekend.

Police Officer Pacer Cordry said hunters found the body shortly before 9:30 a.m. Sunday behind the Canton Market Place shopping center on Cumming Highway.

The body appears to be that of a Hispanic man between 20-30 years old. Cordry said the man was not carrying identification.

Cordry described the victim as 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He had no scars, tattoos or other identifying marks, and was wearing blue jeans, a gray button-down shirt, a gray and black Aeropostale fleece jacket and black Sperry Top-Sider shoes.

Investigators have labeled the man's death as suspicious.

Anyone who can identify the body or has information about the man's death is asked to call 911 or the Canton Police Department at 770-720-4883.

Target shoplifting suspect ID'd, arrested

Target shoplifting suspect ID'd, arrested

CANTON, Ga. -- Thanks to several tips from the public, Canton Police were able to identify and arrest a shoplifting suspect.

Nineteen-year-old Jacob Corey Kelcourse has been charged with four counts of misdemeanor shoplifting for stealing from a local Target, according to Canton Police spokesman Lt. Alan Rivas.

Kelcourse turned himself in to police on Oct. 26. He has since been released from the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on $1,000 bond.