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Woodstock Police Solve Entering Auto Cases

Woodstock Police Solve Entering Auto Cases

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Woodstock Police have solved a series of entering auto cases that occured on Saturday, Dec. 4 in the Deer Run subdivision, located off of Towne Lake Parkway.

As a result, 11 felony warrants have been issued for Matthew Thomas Murry, 17, of Acworth.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 4, a total of 11 vehicles were unlawfully entered in the Deer Run subdivision. Officers responded to the scene and were able to process five of the vehicles for possible fingerprints. Latent prints were successfully lifted from all five vehicles, four of which contained Murry's fingerprints.

A canvass of the subdivision revealed that Murry had no business being there, as he did not have any family or friends who lived in Deer Run.

All of the vehicles were unlocked when they were unlawfully entered.

10 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

ATLANTA -- What does a burglar think when they look at your flower beds?

Could information you post on your Facebook page be of interest to a burglar?

Read this list of Ten Things a Burglar Won't Tell You.

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste, and taste mean there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming systems they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up in the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer on your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

Carmel Elementary Honored for Its Character

Carmel Elementary Honored for Its Character

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Woodstock's Carmel Elementary School was honored on Oct. 28 at the 17th annual National Forum on Character Education, sponsored by the Character Education Partnership (CEP), in San Francisco.

Carmel received the State School of Character Award for Georgia and the Promising Practices Award for its first grade students creating books for and becoming pen pals with first graders in Egypt.

Carmel also received Promising Practices Awards in 2006, 2007 and 2009 for students' service learning writing projects that honored unsung community heroes, and for writing and distributing over 700 books for residents of nursing homes in Cherokee County.

Dr. Pam Green, assistant principal of Carmel Elementary, was a speaker at the conference. She gave a presentation on the practical implementation of service learning at the elementary school level.

Little River Gymnast Tumbles to Victory

Little River Gymnast Tumbles to Victory

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Kathleen Kelly, a second grader at Little River Elementary School in Woodstock, recently competed in the Georgia USA Gymnastics Level 4 State Meet in Loganville.

Kathleen was named the Level 4 State Champion on the balance beam. She also placed second in the All-Around with an overall score of 37.0 out of 40.0.

Little River Elementary is proud of Kathleen and all her accomplishments, and Kathleen is proud to represent her school.

Three Firefighters Injured in Structure Fire

Three Firefighters Injured in Structure Fire

WOODSTOCK, GA -- On Sunday, Dec. 5, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a structure fire at 324 Chestatee Court, in the Tomahawk subdivision, off of Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock.

According to early reports, the family was inside the home, preparing to sit down to dinner, when they heard a noise in the attic. A family member went outside, noticed smoke coming from the chimney area of the three-story structure and immediately called Cherokee County 911.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they noted that approximately 25% of the house was involved in the fire.

Three firefighters who entered the house received second-degree burns and were transported to the burn unit at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. They were identified as Jason Williams, Mark Alexander and Alec Adams.

The burns that the firefighters sustained were reported to be on their wrists and arms; Williams also had severe burns on his fingertips.

'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest Winners Announced

'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest Winners Announced

COBB COUNTY, GA -- The "Fun in the Park" Photo Contest, hosted by the Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is over for 2010.

This year marked the largest turn-out in the contest's history. Over 280 photos, all of which were taken in Cobb parks, were submitted in the three categories.

With so many great photos submitted, the panel of eight judges had a difficult time selecting the winners.

High School Graduation Venue Sparks Debate

High School Graduation Venue Sparks Debate

WOODSTOCK, GA -- The location of a high school graduation has ignited a firestorm of debate in Cherokee County.

Thursday night the Cherokee County School Board was expected to decide whether or not to move graduation ceremonies out of the First Baptist Church of Woodstock. But, the board instead decided to postpone making a decision on the matter.

The group Americans United for a Separation of Church and State have requested the school district move the graduation ceremonies out of the church because it is a religious facility.

"While Christians of all denominations make up a large majority in Cherokee County and elsewhere, there are other people here," Rabbi Jeffrey Fienstien said during the Board of Education meeting.