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Man Accused of Stealing from Employer

Man Accused of Stealing from Employer

WOODSTOCK, GA -- The Woodstock Police Department has secured an arrest warrant for a man accused of stealing money from his workplace.

Justin Johnson, 35, of Marietta is a former employee of All Fleet and Automotive Services on Main Street in Woodstock.

Cherokee Detective Testified in Gary Hilton Trial

Cherokee Detective Testified in Gary Hilton Trial

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- A Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputy was called last week to testify in the murder trial of Gary Michael Hilton.

Detective William Ballard encountered Hilton, 64, near Lake Allatoona shortly after the latter decapitated a Crawfordville, Florida woman in December of 2007.

Ballard captured images of Hilton on his in-car camera. He was summoned to testify about the encounter.

On Tuesday, Feb. 15, Hilton was convicted of murder in the Florida case. Jurors are currently deciding whether to sentence him to life in prison or death.

Hilton is already serving a life sentence in Georgia for the January 2008 murder of University of Georgia graduate Meredith Emerson.

Woodstock Police Solve Three Fraud Cases

Woodstock Police Solve Three Fraud Cases

WOODSTOCK, GA -- On Monday, Feb. 7, the Woodstock Police Department announced that its investigators have solved three unrelated cases of financial fraud.

In the first case, Chance Durand Anderson, 22, of Woodstock was charged with financial transaction card fraud after allegedly helping himself to funds from his employer's company gas card.

Anderson also used a company car to travel throughout Metro Atlanta and sell his employer's tools in exchange for drugs. He admitted to using the gas card to fill drug dealers' tanks in Woodstock.

Anderson is being held in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

On Thursday, Feb. 3, officers arrested 27-year-old Aaron Jacklin of Acworth and charged him with financial transaction card theft and fraud.

Acworth Teen Hypnotizes, Stabs Friend

Acworth Teen Hypnotizes, Stabs Friend

ACWORTH, GA -- An 18-year-old Acworth man is behind bars, charged with stabbing a friend after attempting to hypnotize him.

The incident happened early in the morning on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Shadowood Mobile Home Park off of Bells Ferry Road.

When police arrived at the scene, they found James Stanley, 19, of Acworth with a stab wound to his neck. The suspect, Jeremiah Gossett, had reportedly attempted suicide by cutting his wrists after he stabbed Stanley.

According to police reports, the suspect and victim are neighbors. They were allegedly smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol together when Gossett asked Stanley if he could hypnotize him.

Stanley agreed and closed his eyes. Suddenly, he felt a sharp pain in his neck; when he opened his eyes, he saw Gossett holding a knife.

Stanley ran from the residence, while Gossett tried to commit suicide.

The suspect and victim were taken to Kennestone Hospital and treated.

Kennesaw Police Make 32 Underage Drinking Arrests

Kennesaw Police Make 32 Underage Drinking Arrests

KENNESAW, GA -- On Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 1:30 a.m., officers from the Kennesaw Police Department were dispatched to 4305 Sentinel Place in reference to a noise complaint.

Upon arriving in the area, officers observed several vehicles parked along the street.

Woodstock Police Charge Employee with Internal Theft

Woodstock Police Charge Employee with Internal Theft

WOODSTOCK, GA -- On Tuesday, Dec. 28, Babu Akhtar, 54, of Woodstock turned himself in to authorities on one count of felony theft by taking.

Akhtar, who was employed by ampm/BP (12152 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188), is accused of overcharging customers for purchases and pocketing the differences.

The owner of the convenience store and service station reported the allegation to Woodstock police on Thursday, Dec. 16. The owner obtained evidence of the crime by reviewing video surveillance from inside the station.

It is suspected that Akhtar is responsible for stealing between $6,000 and $7,000 over a period of several months.

Akhtar was released from the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center in Canton after posting bond on Dec. 28.

Woodstock Police Arrest Man for Stalking

Woodstock Police Arrest Man for Stalking

WOODSTOCK, GA -- On Friday, Dec. 17, Woodstock Police detectives arrested Quintin Crowe, 38, of Acworth after warrants were issued for his arrest due to violating a temporary protective order (TPO).

Officers responded to the victim's home on Sunday, Dec. 5, where she reported that she had a TPO against Quintin Crowe, who had sent her numerous text messages that day.

The TPO was extended for an additional 12 months on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The order states that neither party is to have contact, direct or indirect, with one another.

On that same day, Crowe sent the victim a text message. He then showed up at a gym she frequented. Crowe sent a text message to a friend of the victim while all three of them were at the gym. He also sent emails and letters to the victim's employer and friends.

Crowe was arrested and charged with aggravated stalking. He was transported to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.