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Truck Plunges Into Motel Pool in Canton

Canton, Ga. - Canton Police were quick to respond about 9:00 p.m. Friday night when a truck plunged into a motel pool at 101 Juniper St.  The truck carrying a man and a 12 year old girl, left the road, went through a fence, and into the Days Inn pool.

Canton Police Spokewoman Sergeant Stacy Bailey says the water in the truck was up to the necks of the two victims when four Canton officers jumped in and helped pull them from the vehicle.

She says the girl suffered a small cut and the driver will be okay.

Bailey says the driver of the vehicle reportedly had a history of seizures and she says he suffered a seizure at the time of the accident. There were no other injuries.  

CANTON | 2 more arrested in beating of Ala. man

CANTON, Ga. -- Cherokee County Police say two additional arrests have been made in a recent case involving a man who was beaten and stuffed into the trunk of a car.

U.S. Marshals arrested 24-year-old Will Cortez Robinson and 22-year-old Robert Silva Jr., both of Atlanta, on Thursday.

The two suspects have been charged with battery, assault and kidnapping in the beating of Alabama resident Lyndon Baines Smith.

Smith was recovered from the trunk of 22-year-old Melvin Floyd's car earlier this month. The Cleburne County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office contacted the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office to say that Floyd had been pulled over while driving through the county.

The victim was taken to an Alabama hospital with multiple facial and rib fractures.

Atlanta breaks another pollen count record

ATLANTA -- Friday marks the 15th consecutive day Atlanta's pollen count has topped 1000, a new record. Friday's figure is 1275, high for mulberry, oak, pine and sycamore trees.

Metro unemployment exceeds Cherokee rate in Feb.

Metro unemployment exceeds Cherokee rate in Feb.

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate declined to nine percent in February.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.1 percent in January.

In Cherokee County, the jobless rate was 7.6 percent in February.

Statewide, Georgia's February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent -- the lowest rate since March of 2009, when it was also 9.1 percent.

Metro Dalton had the state's highest area unemployment rate at 12.3 percent. Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at seven percent.

CANTON | Missing woman wanted by sheriff

CANTON, Ga. -- Canton police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing woman who is wanted by authorities.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has two active warrants out for Ariel Hernandez's arrest for credit card fraud.

Canton Police Sgt. Stacy Bailey said the 20-year-old was last heard from on March 8. Her father said he was worried because it's unusual for her to go so long without getting in touch with friends and family.

Bailey said Hernandez had been living in the Riverview Apartments in Canton, but was planning to move to the Great Sky neighborhood around the time she disappeared.

Hernandez may be driving a red or maroon 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt with Florida tag 584TWJ.

Last month, her boyfriend Caleb Aarons Mullins, who is also from Canton, was arrested for violating probation and four counts of theft from his former employer, UPS.

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration ends Thursday

ATLANTA -- Thursday is the last day to register online for a chance to run the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race.

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Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

Visit ajc.com/peachtree to enter the runners' lottery. Entrants will find other whether they were selected on Monday, Mar. 26.

Mega Millions rolls to $290M for Friday's drawing

ATLANTA (WXIA) - The Georgia Lottery says after no one matched all the numbers drawn Tuesday night, Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot has rolled to $290 million.

Six players from Georgia won $10,000 in Tuesday's drawing, from Acworth, Americus, Blairsville, Rome, Tennille and Villa Rica. One player in Valdosta was able to boost his $10,000 prize to $40,000 with the Megaplier option.

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The numbers drawn Tuesday night for Mega Millions were 1, 4, 6, 11, 14 and the Mega Ball 30.

A single winner in Friday night's drawing could pocket about $11 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option. A cash option player could win a single payment of about $205 million. Both of those figures are pre-tax amounts.