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Police investigate weekend drive-by shooting

Police investigate weekend drive-by shooting

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies are currently investigating a weekend drive-by shooting at the Noonday Mobile Home Park in Woodstock.

The incident happened around 7 a.m. Saturday, June 4. When investigators arrived on the scene, they found 22-year-old Ivan Valadez with four gunshot wounds to his torso and one to his leg.

Valadez was found in the bedroom of a mobile home. His mother and sister were in the home at the time of the shooting, but they were not injured.

Detectives discovered approximately nine bullet holes in the mobile home.

Man wanted for shoplifting, assault

Man wanted for shoplifting, assault

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Woodstock police investigators are searching for a 22-year-old man who pulled a knife on Walmart employees.

At about 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9, employees of the Walmart on Highway 92 allegedly caught Emilio Sanchez trying to steal two Xbox games.

Sanchez was taken to Walmart's loss prevention office to wait for police to arrive. While there, employees claim he pulled out a knife and threatened them.

After making the threats, Sanchez ran from the store and got into his car -- a grey 2004 Honda Civic with license plate number BKM0707. He drove out of the parking lot so quickly that he almost hit a number of other cars.

Investigators believe that Sanchez is still armed with a knife.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Teen arrested for attempting to break into cars

Teen arrested for attempting to break into cars

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Woodstock police officers have arrested a local teen for attempting to enter cars in a Walmart parking lot.

On Friday, Apr. 8 at approximately 1:30 p.m., officers responded to a call from the Walmart on Highway 92.

According to Walmart employees, a suspicious man was walking through the parking lot, checking car door handles and peeking into windows. At one point, he tried to open all four doors on a minivan.

Police approached the suspect and identified him as 17-year-old Ronald Barker of Woodstock, who said that he was "not doing anything wrong" and "waiting on [his] ride."

Barker was arrested and charged with two counts of entering auto (criminal attempt) and one count of loitering or prowling.

He was taken to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.

Tip from news watcher leads to fraud arrest

Tip from news watcher leads to fraud arrest

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- With a little help from the news media and its viewers, Woodstock police investigators were able to identify two suspects in a recent case of vehicle theft and credit card fraud.

A tip from Crime Stoppers Atlanta led police to name Maureen Helen Tucker, 46, and Brian David Baker, 48, both of Marietta, as suspects in a Thursday, Mar. 31 theft case at the LA Fitness on Eagle Drive in Woodstock.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Mar. 31, police say that Tucker and Baker stole a gym bag from an unsecured locker in the LA Fitness locker room.

Smyrna police officer fired after arrest

Smyrna police officer fired after arrest

SMYRNA, Ga. -- A Smyrna police officer was fired after being arrested for felony possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime on Thursday, Apr. 7.

Clyde Cook, 55, was fired by Smyrna Chief of Police Stanley E. Hooks.

Cook was arrested by agents from the Cobb County Sheriff's Office after a traffic stop on Canton Road in Woodstock.

During the stop, officers could smell marijuana coming from Cook's car. They searched the car and found a large amount of the drug, including some hidden in Cook's pants.

The marijuana allegedly belonged to a passenger in the car.

Agents notified the Smyrna Police Department of Cook's arrest. Members from the department's Internal Affairs Office and Criminal Investigative Division responded to the scene to conduct an immediate internal investigation, which revealed that Cook violated the Stand of Conduct and Code of Ethics.

Man arrested for attempting to steal copper

Man arrested for attempting to steal copper

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Ball Ground man was arrested in Woodstock over the weekend after police found him attempting to steal copper from an empty office building.

Wichita Pruitt, 32, has been charged with felony theft by taking, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 1, an officer was patrolling the area of 980 Woodstock Parkway when he allegedly spotted Pruitt in the process of dismantling an air conditioning unit on the building.

When Pruitt saw the officer, he ran into the nearby woods. Police set up a perimeter and brought in K-9 officers to search for the suspect.

An officer and a K-9 found Pruitt's car. The suspect was arrested when he returned to the car at approximately 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, Apr.