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Men try to lure Cherokee girl with promise of puppy

Men try to lure Cherokee girl with promise of puppy

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Extra patrols in Cherokee County are looking for two men who tried to lure a girl into their truck with the promise of a puppy.

Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies responded to the Eagle Watch subdivision Monday evening. A 12-year-old girl told deputies two white men driving an older model green Ford F-150 with a camper shell approached her.

The girl was riding her scooter to the playground when the truck pulled up near her and asked her if she wanted a puppy. She was able to see a puppy inside the truck.

She told them men she didn't want the puppy. After that, she told investigators one man said, "If you get in the truck I will give you a puppy." She again said no and rode away.

Ex-Dunwoody cop convicted of kickbacks scheme

Ex-Dunwoody cop convicted of kickbacks scheme

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- A former Dunwoody Police detective has pleaded guilty to sharing confidential information in exchange for plane tickets, cars and other benefits.

Robert Pasquale Bentivegna, 64, of Woodstock was convicted of computer fraud. He will be sentenced June 1.

Federal prosecutors said Bentivegna searched the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) for active arrest warrants for an informant connected to several illegal activities. In exchange, he received kickbacks, including airline tickets so he and his wife could travel to New York, and cars for his son and daughter.

The GCIC contains information that could allow criminals to flee before they can be arrested, according to Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn.

"Bentivegna's conduct undermines trust in law enforcement and could have exposed the public to significant harm," Horn said in a statement.

Armed man robs Woodstock CVS

Armed man robs Woodstock CVS

WOODSTOCK, Ga. – Authorities in Cherokee County are searching for a man who robbed a CVS in Woodstock Saturday morning.

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, a man wearing a ski mask walked into a CVS on Highway 92 around 7:30 a.m. He showed the manager a gun and forced that manager to open the safe.

No customers were inside at the time. Police said the gunman put the two employees in the store bathroom before he fled.

Investigators believe the same man has robbed two other CVS stores – one in December on Sixes Road; another in January at the Hickory Flat Highway location.

Anyone who has information on the robberies is asked to call 911.

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Safety is a top concern for people planning to relocate to a new city. Luckily, the national research firm ValuePenguin crunched the numbers in an attempt to determine which areas of Georgia are the safest and most dangerous.

The top 10 safest cities in Georgia:

1. Holly Springs
2. Johns Creek
3. Milton
4. Flowery Branch
5. Tyrone
6. Grovetown
7. Peachtree City
8. Folkston
9. Jefferson
10. Hampton

The top 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia:

1. College Park
2. East Point
3. Atlanta
4. Americus
5. Garden City
6. Union City
7. Albany
8. Brunswick
9. Hapeville
10. Eastman

Cherokee court reporters convicted of racketeering

Cherokee court reporters convicted of racketeering

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Three former Cherokee County court reporters will spend time in jail after pleading guilty to stealing from the county.

All three women were convicted Tuesday of racketeering. They were sentenced in Cobb County Superior Court.

Betty Petersen, Kimberly Probst and Tammy Stine were arrested last September after an investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Police learned that since 2006, the three had billed the county for court transcripts that did not exist. They also expanded the spacing in their reports to increase the number of pages transcribed.

Thieves target Nike store at new outlet mall

Thieves target Nike store at new outlet mall

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The Nike store at the new Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in Woodstock was robbed overnight.

Police were dispatched to the outlet mall at around 1:15 a.m. Thursday. Responding officers found shattered glass from a window on the ground outside the store.

Surveillance cameras inside the store captured images of five people in hooded sweatshirts. They entered the store through the broken window and left with several items. There was no immediate word on how much money and merchandise was stolen.

Police believe the suspects arrived and left in two cars -- a dark-colored car and a light-colored mid-size car.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Woodstock police at 770-592-6021.

Ex-Cherokee elections director charged with theft

Ex-Cherokee elections director charged with theft

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The former Cherokee County elections director was arrested over the weekend for stealing from the county.

Janet Munda, 55, was booked into the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center Saturday night. She was later released on $9,000 bond.

Munda, of Cumming, was charged with felony theft by taking after a six-month investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said Munda is accused of using her county credit card to pay for personal items.

Munda was fired from her elections director position in July 2014.