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Police Solve Multiple Residential Burglaries

Police Solve Multiple Residential Burglaries

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Woodstock Police investigators have solved three unrelated burglaries and one theft case that occurred in October and November. As a result, arrest warrants have been issued for two individuals, and two others were arrested.

Nov. 18: Investigators issued a warrant for the arrest of Paul Joseph Burns, 38, of Dallas, charging him with burglary. A resident of Finsbury Lane in Woodstock came home on Oct. 26 after a three-month vacation and found that his house had been burglarized. Two pistols, an Apple iPhone, firearm cleaning supplies, holsters and a jug containing a coin collection were all missing. Using pawn records, investigators recovered the firearms and returned them to the victim.

On the same day, investigators also issued a warrant for Micah Paul Truitt, 24, of Woodstock, charging him with theft by taking after he stole $200 from a cash register at the Climatized Self Storage on Sycamore Lane, where he was employed.

Woodstock Watches Kids While Parents Shop

Woodstock Watches Kids While Parents Shop

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Are your kids preventing you from getting your holiday shopping done?

The City of Woodstock is here to help!

On Friday, Dec. 17, the Woodstock Community Center (108 Arnold Mill Road, Building C, Woodstock, 30188) will entertain local children while their parents enjoy a little peaceful holiday shopping.

The service will be available from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Movies, fun, games and food will be provided for children ages five to 12. Reservations are required; the center will not accept at-the-door dropoffs.

Reservations will be taken from Monday, Dec. 6 to Wednesday, Dec. 15. To register or for more information, contact Woodstock special events coordinator Marybeth Stockdale, either via email or at 770-517-6788.

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Dunwoody New Hall of Fame Home?

DUNWOODY, GA -- "This is five acres right here in the middle of perimeter center," Dunwoody City Councilman Danny Ross said, gesturing to the expanse of land behind the parking lot next to the Spruill Center for the Arts farmhouse.

Ross is one of the city leaders working to bring the Georgia Music Hall of Fame to Dunwoody.

"We have a rich history of music in the state of Georgia and it needs to be presented to the greatest audience that we can provide," he said.

Currently located in Macon, the Hall of Fame has struggled financially for years, drawing just 23,000 visitors last year and taking half a million dollars in bailout money from the city of Macon. Dunwoody is vying with Woodstock, Athens, Albany, and Macon for the Hall of Fame.

But Ross says Dunwoody has something the other cities don't.

"We have 5.5 million people living within a 30 minute drive of where we stand now," he said.

Lighthouse Retreats Aid Cancer Families

Atlanta- - It is a remarkable idea that helped more than 700 families families deal with childhood cancer.

The Lighthouse Family Retreat founded in 1999 serves children with cancer and their families at Seaside and other beaches along 30-A.

Lighthouse has a simple directive helping kids and their parents to laugh, restore family relationships and find hope in spirituality.

The 2010 Patron's of Hope Dinner was held inside the Doubletree Buckhead-Atlanta Hotel.

Entertainer Jeff Foxworthy was among those in attendance.

The event also recognized the efforts of Atlanta businessman Charles Renfroe who has been a driving force behind the organization.

Each retreat is comprised of approximately 12 retreat families and 30 volunteers who serve the families by cooking, cleaning and taking care of daily responsibilities so that the retreat families can focus on having fun together. 

Sequoyah High ROTC Cadets Honor Veterans

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- The Sequoyah High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets recently participated in two special events that honored veterans in Cherokee County.

Five cadets attended a breakfast for local veterans at Woodstock's Johnson Elementary School, where they also raised the Colors in a special ceremony.

Mayor of Atlanta, Meet Prince of Wales

ATLANTA -- England's Prince Charles has his mind on Atlanta.

The Prince wants to help revitalize some of Atlanta's inner-city neighborhoods.

So he's called a meeting with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, for Tuesday in England.

The Prince of Wales and the Mayor of Atlanta will be meeting in Dorchester, England.

Cherokee County Toughens Immigration Measures

ATLANTA -- Federal immigration authorities have started sharing biometric information with authorities in a ninth Georgia County to help identify criminal immigrants.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Homeland Security Department, began sharing the information with Cherokee County Tuesday.

ICE says it is part of an initiative called Secure Communities, which is already in effect in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Muscogee and Whitfield counties.

The program allows arrestee fingerprint information to be checked against FBI criminal history records and biometrics-based immigration records kept by the Department of Homeland Security.

Previously, fingerprints were just checked against the Department of Justice biometric system kept by the FBI.