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Former bank lawyer, officials indicted in money laundering scheme

Former bank lawyer, officials indicted in money laundering scheme

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- A former attorney and two top officials of FirstCity Bank in Stockbridge have been indicted on charges of fraud and money laundering that eventually led to the bank's failure in March 2009.

The lawyer, 47-year-old Robert E. Maloney, Jr. of McDonough, was arraigned in federal court last Friday. Mark A. Conner, 45, formerly of Canton, and Clayton A. Coe, 44, of McDonough are scheduled to be arraigned July 1.

According to information presented in court, Conner and Coe were both senior officials with FirstCity Bank.

Man accused of killing ex in front of their kids

Man accused of killing ex in front of their kids

MILTON, Ga. -- A 25-year-old Canton man is accused of killing the mother of his children in front of them.

Christopher Erdman waived his first appearance hearing Monday morning. He faces a number of charges, including murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children and tampering with evidence.

According to Capt. Shawn McCarty with the Milton Police Department, Erdman shot 25-year-old Shannon Lawrence four times in the face and neck in the parking lot of the Birmingham Crossroads shopping center in Milton on Sunday.

McCarty said the former couple had two children together and used the shopping center as the drop-off point when exchanging custody of the kids.

The couple's children witnessed the shooting, according to McCarty.

Dispatchers received a call of shots fired at around 2 p.m.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Cherokee Sheriff's Office participates in Operation Innocent Justice

Cherokee Sheriff's Office participates in Operation Innocent Justice

CANTON, Ga. -- The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has joined forces with other agencies to participate in "Operation Innocent Justice," a statewide proactive child pornography sharing investigation.

The sheriff's Internet Crimes against Children and V.I.P.E.R. units joined the investigation in October 2010.

As a result of this movement, three search warrants were executed in Cherokee County. Those warrants led to two county residents being charged wtih sexual exploitation of children.

During the search, images of suspected child porn were found on home computers.

The two suspects in this case remain at large, but police expect to arrest them in the coming days. A third search warrant was also executed; that case remains under investigation.

Man arrested for attempting to steal copper

Man arrested for attempting to steal copper

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Ball Ground man was arrested in Woodstock over the weekend after police found him attempting to steal copper from an empty office building.

Wichita Pruitt, 32, has been charged with felony theft by taking, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 1, an officer was patrolling the area of 980 Woodstock Parkway when he allegedly spotted Pruitt in the process of dismantling an air conditioning unit on the building.

When Pruitt saw the officer, he ran into the nearby woods. Police set up a perimeter and brought in K-9 officers to search for the suspect.

An officer and a K-9 found Pruitt's car. The suspect was arrested when he returned to the car at approximately 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, Apr.