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Calif. fugitive arrested in Woodstock

Calif. fugitive arrested in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A man suspected of trying to kill a family member in Los Angeles has been arrested in Cherokee County.

Raymond G. Berry, 50, was taken into custody in Woodstock Thursday night.

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Bill L. Lewis with the FBI Los Angeles Field Office said Berry is accused of attempting to murder a family member after an argument on May 17, 2012. He fled California and was on the run until this week.

Berry is being held in the Cherokee County Jail where he is awaiting extradition to California.

Armed man taken into custody at Cherokee school

Armed man taken into custody at Cherokee school

CANTON, Ga. -- A man armed with several weapons was taken into custody after he was spotted on the campus of Cherokee Charter School Wednesday morning.

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Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies who were assisting with traffic at the Canton school noticed the suspicious man at around 7:30 a.m., according to Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker.

When deputies approached him, the man turned and ran, but was quickly caught. He was identified as 31-year-old Todd Christopher Grigg of Woodstock.

Baker said investigators found three knives, leather gloves and a BB gun resembling a semi-automatic handgun on Grigg.

Sheriff's office warns of phone scam

Sheriff's office warns of phone scam

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office wants residents to be aware of a phone scam that may be circulating.

Two county residents reported receiving phone calls from a man claiming to be a sheriff's deputy.

The suspect told the residents that he was collecting payments for a backlog of traffic citations from 2011. He also said that the residents would be given a discount if they paid the fines immediately over the phone.

Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said true payments are always made at the Cherokee County Justice Center, not over the phone. This is a scam.

Anyone who receives a similar phone call is asked to call 911 and report it.

Neighbor's 911 call leads to burglary suspects' arrest

Neighbor's 911 call leads to burglary suspects' arrest

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A quick-thinking neighbor helped Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies arrest two home invasion suspects Monday afternoon.

The burglary happened at a house in the Dockside Downs subdivision in Woodstock.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said a resident called 911 after watching a suspicious car pull into his neighbor's driveway. He was able to give dispatchers a vehicle description and tag number.

Deputies quickly caught up with the suspects' car on Countryside Lane. The passenger, 31-year-old Robert Jason Bennett, jumped out and began to run, but was captured and arrested.

The driver, 34-year-old Cardell Richardson, drove off, but police caught up with him again in the parking lot of Hopewell Baptist Church in Canton.

Both men were charged with burglary. Bennett also faces two counts of obstruction, while Richardson was charged with driving on a suspended license.

Stolen handicapped van recovered

Stolen handicapped van recovered

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A van equipped with a wheelchair ramp for a disabled 12 year old was stolen out of the child's driveway overnight.

It was found at a Cobb County hotel Monday afternoon.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said the van was taken Sunday night or early Monday morning from a home on Ridgewood Drive in Woodstock.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker says the suspects have not been located at this time.

The van is customized for a child with spina bifida. The 12-year-old boy's leg braces, some cash and a laptop computer were all inside the van when it was taken, Baker said. Both the braces and the laptop were found inside the van, but the cash was not recovered.

Man dies of self-inflicted shot in police face-off

Man dies of self-inflicted shot in police face-off

CANTON, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a man authorities said was fatally shot in a confrontation with police died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead Tuesday said an autopsy on Anthony Payne determined he shot himself before police opened fire on him April 5 in Canton - about 40 miles north of downtown Atlanta. Bankhead says police shot the man and wounded him in one of his arms.

Officials have said Payne was suspected in the deaths of his father and his father's wife. Police tracked the couple's missing truck and found 34-year-old Payne in Cherokee County