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Woodstock Man Arrested for Child Molestation

WOODSTOCK, GA -- On Friday, Sept. 24, Woodstock Police detectives arrested 37-year-old Robert Hanshaw of Woodstock and charged him with one count of aggravated child molestation.

Hanshaw is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old family member at a Woodstock extended stay hotel in late August.

The complaint, which was filed by the child's legal guardian, was reported originally to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. The case was transferred to Woodstock Police detectives, since the hotel is located within the corporate limits of Woodstock.

Hanshaw remains in custody without bond at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.

Former NASA Employee Speaks to Woodstock Students

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Jillian Bliss is very proud of her parents, Karen and John. After all, how many kids can say that both of their parents have worked for NASA?

John Bliss recently visited Mrs. Jenny Lott's 2nd grade class at Woodstock's Little River Elementary School, where his daughter is a student, to talk about his former job. Mr. Bliss is trained in how to repair broken equipment in space. He has shared this knowledge with many astronauts. His visit to Little River coincided with a certain story in the class's reading book, which dealt with outer space.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

Chattahoochee Tech Experiences Record Enrollment

MARIETTA, GA -- Fall quarter at Chattahoochee Technical College doesn't begin until later this week, but Georgia's largest technical college is on the verge of yet another quarter of record enrollment.

As of Sept. 27, approximately 13,470 students were set to begin their first day of class this Wednesday, Sept. 29. That is well above last fall's enrollment number of around 11,515 students at a growth rate of almost 17%.

The college's most popular locations are its Marietta and North Metro campuses. However, online classes also seem to be a preferred option, with the number of online students increasing 43% this year.

Three Men Arrested for Armed Robbery at Woodstock Hotel

WOODSTOCK, GA -- On Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 3:32 a.m., Woodstock police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery and motor vehicle hijacking at Suburban Extended Stay Hotel (106 Woodpark Boulevard, Woodstock, 30188).

The victim, 30-year-old Enrique Alba of Woodstock, told police that three men brandishing firearms and a knife stole his red 2003 GM Sierra pickup truck from the parking lot of the hotel.

At 3:51 a.m., Cherokee County Sheriff's Office deputies spotted the stolen vehicle traveling south on I-575 in Canton. The driver of the stolen pickup, later identified as 28-year-old Michael Joseph Sherlock of Augusta, Georgia, fled from police. Utilizing the Pursuit Intervention Technique maneuver, a Holly Springs police officer successfully ended the pursuit on Sixes Road at Bells Ferry Road in unincorporated Cherokee County.

The front seat passenger of the stolen truck was identified as 33-year-old Sean Robert Bussard of Hephzibah, Georgia.

Environmental Impact Statement on I-75/575 Projects Presented at Public Open Houses

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, has completed a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Northwest Corridor managed lane project on Interstate Highways 75 and 575 in Cobb and Cherokee Counties.

Two public hearing open houses on the plan, at which interested persons may learn details of the proposed project and offer comments, are scheduled for October:

* Thursday, Oct. 21, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Woodstock High School cafeteria (2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, Woodstock, 30189)
* Tuesday, Oct. 26, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel ballroom (2055 South Park Place, Atlanta, 30339)

The Northwest Corridor project starts at Akers Mill Road at the northern end of the existing I-75 HOV system. The project will tie the existing system to the reversible system, which starts at I-285.

Bed Bugs Invade Dorm Rooms in Cherokee County

WALESKA, GA -- Some local college students are sleeping in the gymnasium after bed bugs were discovered in their dorm.

The bugs were found earlier this week in two rooms at Cobb Hall, an all-male dorm at Reinhardt University in Cherokee County.

University officials say 71 residents, all male and mostly freshman, spent the past few days moving their belongings into quarantined storage units.

School officials say they hope the heat in the units will kill the bugs.

A professional exterminator is using heat and chemical treatments on the dorm rooms.