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Multiple Forgery Arrests in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, GA -- On Tuesday, Oct. 19, two detectives with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office observed suspicious activity at a Wachovia Bank (4355 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, 30189).

The detectives watched as several individuals exited a van parked behind the bank and entered the bank separately.

The van began to leave the parking lot when one of the individuals was still inside the bank.

Detectives attempted to pull the van over. As one of the detectives approached the vehicle on foot, the van sped away on Towne Lake Parkway toward I-575.

Woodstock Police assisted in pursuing the van southbound on I-575 into Cobb County. Cobb County Police then took over the pursuit, which ended on South Marietta Parkway.

There were four suspects inside the van; they tried to flee on foot. Three of the suspects were immediately captured.

Mission D.A.D. to Host Benefit Golf Tourament

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Mission D.A.D., a Cobb County-based, non-profit status pending diabetic alert dog fund, will host its first annual Benefit Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 22.

Mission D.A.D.'s purpose is to raise awareness of diabetes and the benefit of diabetic alert dogs, and to encourage transparency for individuals living with the disease.

This new breed of service dog is trained to detect glucose changes for individuals within the diabetic population who are unable to recognize the potentially dangerous and life-threatening signs of radical hypoglycemic episodes.

Nearly 20% of people living with type 1 diabetes are affected by these episodes.

Woodstock Police, First Baptist Church to Host Bikes for Kidz

WOODSTOCK, GA -- The Woodstock Police Department has joined forces with First Baptist Church of Woodstock to host "Bikes for Kidz" at this year's LoveLoud event.

LoveLoud is a community outreach event hosted by the church that involves over 2,500 volunteers serving on over 100 community service projects during the weekend of Friday, Oct. 22 to Sunday, Oct. 24. One such project includes showing appreciation for the community's police and fire departments.

Bob Turner, this year's LoveLoud senior project coordinator, and his mission volunteers have teamed up with Out Spokin' Bicycles and the Woodstock Police Department to accomplish the goal of refurbishing bicycles currently in police storage. The bicycles will then be given to local children at this year's Shop with a Cop event.

The police department currently has 15 bicycles and is looking for more to refurbish.

Eat Like a Pig at the Cherokee Pignic

CANTON, GA -- The Cherokee Pignic, Cherokee County's most anticipated fall festival, is about to cook up some good food and good fun at Heritage Park (250 Riverstone Parkway, Canton, 30114).

The celebration begins on Friday, Oct. 15 with a stage full of exciting performances, a Halloween costume contest for kids and, of course, plenty of food. Children ages 10 and under will be admitted free on Friday if they come in costume.

The highlight of the event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16: the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned BBQ Cook-off. Professional teams and amateur "backyard" burners are invited to compete for prestige, prize money and bragging rights at winning the hearts of a whole park full of barbeque lovers. KCBS professionals will be on hand to give demonstrations and judge the cook-off.

Innovative Reading Activity at Bascomb Elementary

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Bascomb Elementary announces a very exciting reading activity for some of its first grade students.

Mrs. Claire Waldron's class has the opportunity to read to two Golden Retrievers, Kirby and Jerry, who are certified assistance dogs from the Georgia Canines for Independence (GCI) Program. Under the direction of Tim Nichols, the Woodstock-based GCI is a volunteer-based program that does not charge for its services.

The dogs visit the classroom two times a month for about two hours and lovingly sit beside some very enthusiastic six-year-olds as they read their favorite stories and share pictures.

"The dogs give a safe, non-judgmental environment for children to practice literary skills," said Nichols. "The dogs give their unconditional acceptance and support, regardless of whether a child stutters, mispronounces a word or stumbles over sentences.

Woodstock Students Participate in FalCan Food Drive

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Chapman Intermediate School in Woodstock is one of seven Cherokee County schools and 40 metro Atlanta schools to participate in the 2010 FalCan Food Drive School Challenge.

The event, sponsored by the Atlanta Falcons, helps to stock the shelves of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Chapman's chapter of the Beta Club has challenged students to collect canned and/or non-perishable food items and prove their generosity by gathering more food than all of the other schools in metro Atlanta.

With the support of the PTA, the school is offering incentives for the 5th and 6th grade homerooms who collect the most cans. And the Chapman community has responded with enthusiasm.

Chapman students are holding a Spirit of Giving Pep Rally on Friday, Oct. 15, where they will crown a Spirit Prince and Princess during the 5th grade rally and a Spirit King and Queen for the 6th grade rally.

Juveniles Arrested for Auto Burglary

WOODSTOCK, GA -- On Saturday, Oct. 9 at approximately 12:15 a.m., officers arrested two juvenile males for committing the crime of entering auto in the Deer Run subdivision located off of Buckhead Crossing at Towne Lake Parkway in Woodstock.

Officers responded to a call from an anonymous citizen after she heard a car alarm sounding and saw two juvenile males running from the car. Lieutenant Bob Kline was able to locate the juveniles hiding in the tree line on Running Deer Parkway and Buckhead Crossing.

Further investigation revealed that these two juveniles were attempting to break into cars in the Deer Run subdivision and were also responsible for at least one other entering auto case in the Paces at Towne Lake Apartment Complex, also located off Buckhead Crossing.

One juvenile has been charged with one count of entering auto. The other was charged with one count each of entering auto and providing false name/date of birth to an officer.