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Suspect wounded after police chase ends in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was investigating a police-involved shooting at a Walmart store on Ga. 92 in Woodstock Friday evening.

Woodstock Police public information officer Brittany Duncan says police were involved in a chase that ended in the store's parking lot. A suspect was shot and wounded by an officer. The officer was not hurt. The GBI and Woodstock Police were at the parking lot investigating the shooting.

Duncan says the suspect was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. That person's condition is not known at the present time.

There was no immediate word as to the cause of the chase.

Woodstock HS Senior Wins National Merit Achievement Scholarship

Woodstock HS Senior Wins National Merit Achievement Scholarship

Woodstock High School senior Briana Francois is a National Merit Achievement Scholarship winner.


The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced this week that she is among the 800 outstanding seniors from across the country who each have won a $2,500 Achievement Scholarship.


The National Achievement Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented Black American youth. The awards are financed by grants from 31 corporate organizations and professional associations and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


Woodstock Police looking for accused flasher

WOODSTOCK, Ga. – Police in Woodstock are looking for a suspect they said exposed himself to a boy in the Deer Run Subdivision last Thursday evening.

Police said the boy was walking home on Running Deer Parkway near Moccasin Trail when a man appeared from the bushes and exposed himself. The youngster quickly dialed 911, and the suspect immediately fled the area.

According to Woodstock Police, a perimeter was established around the area while officers with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office searched the area. The search – which included K-9 units – continued to the Buckhead Crossing area, but did not locate the suspect.

A GBI forensic artist met with the boy to help compose a sketch of the suspect. Investigators said the suspect is a white male, between 25 and 35 years in age, with shaggy brown hair. They said he was wearing a black tank top, blue jeans and black shoes at the time of the incident.

3 Cherokee high schools among America's Most Challenging

3 Cherokee high schools among America's Most Challenging

(WXIA) -- The Washington Post has unveiled its 2014 list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

The newspaper determines the annual rankings through a ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school gives each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Three Cherokee County schools made the list, which features more than 2,000 high schools across the country. The listed numbers are each school's national ranking.

1411. Creekview HS
1834. Etowah HS
1853. Sequoyah HS

See the full list at washingtonpost.com.

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Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.

26-year-old Iraq War vet missing since March 27

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The search continues for a 26-year-old Iraq veteran missing since March 27.

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Chase Tyler Massner was last seen at his friend's house on Farmbrook Lane in Kennesaw. He was reported missing missing on Friday by his wife and mother.

Massner served a year in Iraq and came back three years ago. His wife says he has been through some tough times since returning from the Middle East.

"Since he got back, he's had ups and downs with struggling with his mental stability," Amanda Massner said.


Disney author Ridley Pearson coming to FoxTale

Disney author Ridley Pearson coming to FoxTale

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- FoxTale Book Shoppe is excited to share that New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson is visiting on Tuesday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m.!

This is a free community event, but the shop requests that all visitors purchase the new book. Pre-purchase the book.

Pearson is touring with his latest The Kingdom Keepers (Disney After Dark) book, Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider. In addition to the Kingdom Keeper series, Pearson is co-author (along with Dave Barry) of the Peter and the Starcatcher series and more than 20 novels for adults. FoxTale will be selling all of Pearson's Kingdom Keepers as well as other titles.