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Purple Heart recipient charged with multiple felonies

ATLANTA- (WXIA) On Thursday's 6:00 news, former Marine Monroe Seigle was introduced as a new recipient of the Purple Heart. After the broadcast, Seigle called 11Alive to disclose another part of his story-he's been charged with multiple felonies. Last October a Cobb County warrant says Monroe and three others allegedly entered a Kennesaw apartment to steal 15 kilos of cocaine and $320,000. His attorney Charles Lea said Seigle wanted to disclose the charges himself to avoid the dishonor of having them revealed by others later on. But he was very clear he believed the case was built on shaky ground, and his client is totally innocent.

Help a local lunch program this summer

ATLANTA -- Many children who rely on free and reduced-price lunches during the school year don't get the nutritious meals they need when summer comes.

However, several metro Atlanta charities are working to make sure that no local children go hungry during their summer break.

PHOTOS | Action Ministries, 11Alive feed 400 local children

MUST Ministries began its 17th annual Summer Lunch program this week. The program serves children in six counties: Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Gwinnett, North Fulton and Paulding.

Hundreds of volunteers work with MUST Ministries every summer to made, pack and deliver the daily meals. "No one in our area has more experience feeding children in need," Summer Lunch program manager Paula Rigsby said in a statement.

Marine gets Purple Heart for concussion

CANTON- (WXIA) It's been six years since retired Marine Sgt. Monroe Seigle ran over a bomb while serving in Iraq. He got a concussion that day, but wasn't eligible for a Purple Heart under the rules of the time because he wasn't knocked out by the blast. The Department of Defense awards the honor to soldiers who are wounded or killed during wartime. Friends and fellow service members pushed for him to apply for it, and he got it.

"I'm not a hero, I am just a marine who was out there just like every other marine, and I happened to run over an IED," Seigle said. "Head injuries have been a very common theme in this war, therefore I think it's appropriate they finally realized even though there wasn't any sort of piercing of the body by any foreign object, injuries did occur."

Police seeking victims of sexual battery

CANTON, Ga. -- Canton Police are looking for more possible victims of a sexual battery suspect.

On May 29, 2012 police arrested John Deeyaa for two counts of sexual battery which occurred at the Canton Walmart and Ross Department Store. 

The two separate incidents occurred within a year of each other and the stories were very similar reference to the female victims.  The most recent victim an employee of Ross reported on 5/12/2012 that Deeyaa was a regular customer and had pulled her into him trying to hug her then grabbed her chest.  Deeyaa had also been bothering other female employees at this incident location.  

The victim of Walmart also filed a report on 5/28/2011 in reference to sexual battery and stated, Deeyaa also pulled her into his body as if to hug her and then touched her breast and butt. 

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Metro unemployment exceeds Cherokee rate in April

Metro unemployment exceeds Cherokee rate in April

ATLANTA -- The preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta declined to 8.5 percent in April, the Georgia Department of Labor announced last week.

That's the lowest level since December 2008, when the rate was 7.7 percent.

In Cherokee County, the unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in April.

Metro Atlanta's rate decreased as the number of new jobs grew. The industries showing growth include trade and transportation, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, construction, and education and healthcare.

Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at 6.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Fire destroys Canton apartment complex

CANTON, Ga. -- Cherokee County fire fighters responded to an apartment complex fire Friday afternoon.

The fire at Canterbury Apartments in Canton was at several different buildings.  According to Cherokee County Fire officials, the majority of the fire are was confined to the upper level of the structure. 

The building sustained fire, smoke and water damage -- and 25 units were damaged. 

According to the Atlanta Red Cross, 46 adults and 10 children are displaced as a result of this fire. 

Four residents were treated for smoke inhalation and one female resident transported to Kennestone Hospital with anxiety issues. 

The cause remains under investigation. Atlanta Red Cross volunteers provided emergency shelter, bedding and prescription medicine.