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Fist-bumping suspects captured by social media

CANTON, Ga. -- A young mother and her two small children can thank the power and speed of "social media."

And they can thank law officers and many, many tipsters.

Emily McCoy, 23, was beaten and robbed during a home invasion Monday night in Cherokee County.

Wednesday just before noon, surveillance video of four people possibly connected to the crime was released by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

The video spread quickly across social media sites.

In a flash -- "We got a lot of phone calls identifying who was in the images," Lt. Jay Baker said.

In fact, so many people called the Sheriff's office so quickly that by the end of the day, all four people were in custody, being questioned.

Thursday morning, Baker released the names of the four suspects:  26-year-old Kenneth Piper, 26-year-old Willie Collins, 27-year-old Heather Fernandez and 27-year-old Mason Thompson, all of Canton.

UPDATE | Driver's license changes lead to extra long lines

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- At 7:29 last Thursday morning, one minute before the doors even opened, nearly 200 people were already in line waiting to enter the Sandy Springs Department of Driver Services.

Drivers have waited up to five hours (and more) to renew their licenses after a change in law that took effect July 1st. The new law requires more stringent driver identification procedures which will result in the creation of a new, 'secure' license. 

RELATED | Big changes in Georgia driver's license procedures

Early voting starts Monday for July 31 primary

Early voting starts Monday for July 31 primary

ATLANTA -- Voters can start casting early ballots Monday for the July 31 primary and transportation referendum.

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Secretary of State Brian Kemp said voting officials will being taking early ballots for the July 31 primary election. The election will also decide nonpartisan races and whether to approve a 1-cent hike in the sales tax to fund regional transportation projects.

Father, brother run Peachtree for fallen child

ATLANTA -- More than 60,000 people from all across the world took part in the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4th.

But, of all those participants, one person was missing: a boy named Collins.

"I think about Collins a lot when I'm running," said his father, Bob Dixon. "I think a lot about our one-on-one time and just ... just different thoughts."

When Bob is alone, he thinks of Collins. And when he thinks of Collins, he thinks of the time they spent together -- and how that time was cruelly cut short.

Collins was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011. By last fall, the tumor appeared to be shrinking, but it suddenly went in reverse and had exploded by the turn of the new year. When we last visited Collins at his home in early January, he could barely move, but his faith and spirit were as evident as ever.


Big changes in Georgia driver's license procedure

Big changes take effect today for drivers looking to renew, reinstate or obtain a new Georgia driver's license. First, drivers must visit a Department of Driver Services office in person. On-line or mail-in renewals are no longer allowed. Secondly, applicants must provide one legal form of identification, i.e. Original birth certificate or valid passport. (Current or expired driver's license not accepted). They must also present two documents with proof of Georgia residency such as a current utility bill or bank statement. And finally, they must show a full, printed social security number on a Social Security card or document such as a W-2 form. This is in response to the 2005 Real I.D. Act which passed following 9-11. For a complete checklist of acceptable documents, go to the D.D.S. website.

Voter registration deadline looms for Ga. voters

Voter registration deadline looms for Ga. voters

ATLANTA -- Georgia voters face a looming deadline to register for the upcoming primary elections.

Voters must register by Monday if they want to cast a ballot in the July 31 primary election.

At stake in the election are seats in the General Assembly, the state Public Service Commission, the U.S. House of Representatives, several judgeships and prosecutor's offices.


CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga -- Karen Lynn King is 11Alive's Fugitive of the Week for June 27.

King is wanted by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office for Kidnapping with Bodily Injury, Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery after officials said she was involved in the severe beating of an ex-boyfriend.

The sheriff office got involved in the beating investigation after receiving a call from Cleburne County (Ala.) Police on March 4, when an officer made a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Melvin Floyd of Atlanta.

The officer thought Floyd was acting suspicious and asked if he could search the car he was driving.