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Juvenile arrested for anti-Semitic graffiti

Juvenile arrested for anti-Semitic graffiti

HOLLY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Detectives with the Holly Springs Police Department have arrested a 16-year-old male in connection with anti-Semitic graffiti painted in front of a home.

The suspect, whose name will not be released because of his age, has been charged with felony Terroristic Threats and Interference with Government Property, as well as misdemeanor Criminal Trespass.

The graffiti was painted on the victim's garbage can and on the street in front of his home. It contained threatening messages related to the homeowner's Jewish faith, as well as symbols that appeared to be swastikas and Nazi SS lightning bolts.

The victim in this case has asked to remain anonymous.

The juvenile suspect is being held in the regional youth detention center.

Gilmer County Police Search for Rape Suspect

Gilmer County Police Search for Rape Suspect

ELLIJAY, GA -- The Gilmer County Sheriff's Office is currently searching for a man who is accused of raping his girlfriend's 13-year-old daughter.

According to police records, on Monday, Jan. 31, Floyd Dawayne Bedford, 35, entered his girlfriend's Ellijay home and raped her daughter at knifepoint.

Bedford then fled in the family's car. The vehicle was later recovered at the RaceTrac gas station on Highway 515 in Jasper.

The suspect has been charged with Rape, Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Child Molestation and Possession of a Knife While Committing a Crime, among other charges.

Anyone who knows Bedford's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Detective Coy Turner with the Gilmer County Sheriff's Office Communications Center at 706-635-8911.

Woodstock Police Charge Employee with Internal Theft

Woodstock Police Charge Employee with Internal Theft

WOODSTOCK, GA -- On Tuesday, Dec. 28, Babu Akhtar, 54, of Woodstock turned himself in to authorities on one count of felony theft by taking.

Akhtar, who was employed by ampm/BP (12152 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188), is accused of overcharging customers for purchases and pocketing the differences.

The owner of the convenience store and service station reported the allegation to Woodstock police on Thursday, Dec. 16. The owner obtained evidence of the crime by reviewing video surveillance from inside the station.

It is suspected that Akhtar is responsible for stealing between $6,000 and $7,000 over a period of several months.

Akhtar was released from the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center in Canton after posting bond on Dec. 28.

Cherokee County Crime Rundown

Cherokee County Crime Rundown

Tuesday, Dec. 14: A joint investigation between the Cherokee Sheriff's Office and U.S. Secret Service resulted in the arrest of two individuals near Bells Ferry Road and Highway 92 in Acworth.

A local business owner contacted the Cherokee Sheriff's Office two weeks prior and reported that the two suspects approached him about laundering large quantities of counterfeit money. The suspects claimed they could provide up to $2 million in counterfeit money in exchange for real currency at a rate of 50 cents on the dollar.

Investigators arranged an undercover meeting between the business owner and the suspects to further discuss the transaction. While monitoring the conversation, investigators determined that the suspects were proposing a scam in which they trade white paper for real cash.

The scammers explained that, when treated with certain chemicals, the paper transformed into high quality counterfeit cash.

Canton Police Need Your Help

Canton Police Need Your Help

CANTON, GA -- On Tuesday, Dec. 7 at approximately 5:00 a.m., an armed robbery and aggravated assault occured at the Herndon Lane Apartments in Canton.

The suspect, Laanthony Dewayne Ward, allegedly entered the male victim's apartment and hit him in the head with a pistol. Ward then stole the victim's wallet, which contained a driver's license, a debit card and $300 in cash.

The victim was taken to Northside Cherokee Hospital in Canton, where he received treatment for his injuries and was released. He required stitches above one eye and had fractured bones, bruising and lacerations near the eye socket.

It is believed that this incident occured because the suspect and the victim were both having a relationship with the same female, Sheree Edwards of Canton, who was arrested and charged with False Statements and Obstruction in relation to the case.

Police are currently looking for Ward, who is considered armed and dangerous.

Three Men Arrested for Armed Robbery at Woodstock Hotel

WOODSTOCK, GA -- On Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 3:32 a.m., Woodstock police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery and motor vehicle hijacking at Suburban Extended Stay Hotel (106 Woodpark Boulevard, Woodstock, 30188).

The victim, 30-year-old Enrique Alba of Woodstock, told police that three men brandishing firearms and a knife stole his red 2003 GM Sierra pickup truck from the parking lot of the hotel.

At 3:51 a.m., Cherokee County Sheriff's Office deputies spotted the stolen vehicle traveling south on I-575 in Canton. The driver of the stolen pickup, later identified as 28-year-old Michael Joseph Sherlock of Augusta, Georgia, fled from police. Utilizing the Pursuit Intervention Technique maneuver, a Holly Springs police officer successfully ended the pursuit on Sixes Road at Bells Ferry Road in unincorporated Cherokee County.

The front seat passenger of the stolen truck was identified as 33-year-old Sean Robert Bussard of Hephzibah, Georgia.

Two Cherokee County Residents Arrested for Obstructing Highway

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- Recently, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office received several reports of unknown persons who were obstructing Highway 140 near Waleska.

The obstructions consisted of tree limbs, rocks, tires, glass, nails and stolen road signs. The impediment of the roadway occurred over several months and caused severe damage to three vehicles.

On Sept. 22, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office deputies began nighttime surveillance of the roadway. During the surveillance, they witnessed 17-year-old Brandon Thomas Alford and a juvenile walk into the intersection of Highway 140 and Garland Mountain Road. Deputies interviewed the subjects and then arrested them in connection with an incident that occurred the previous night, Sept. 21.

Alford was charged with reckless conduct, terroristic acts, criminal damage to property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.