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Alleged Ala. bank robber arrested in Atlanta

Alleged Ala. bank robber arrested in Atlanta

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Authorities in east Alabama say an alleged bank robber has been arrested in Atlanta.

Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge tells the Anniston Star 39-year-old Eli Scrutchins, of Woodstock, Ga., was arrested Sunday in connection with a robbery at a Farmers and Merchants Bank branch. Authorities say he was armed with a revolver when he demanded money from an employee March 5.

Authorities say a U.S. Marshals regional task force and the FBI launched a joint investigation to find the man. Aside from the robbery, authorities say Scrutchins faces charges in Georgia of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and has violated parole for another charge in Michigan.

Officials are unsure of when Scrutchins will be extradited to Alabama, and it is unclear if he has a lawyer.

Driver shoots at women who pass him

Driver shoots at women who pass him

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Woodstock man was arrested Tuesday for reportedly shooting at a car that passed him on the road.

Richard Wilt, 42, faces a number of charges, including aggravated assault, terroristic threats, DUI, and possession of both marijuana and a firearm.

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Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said the shooting happened shortly before 10 p.m. Wilt was driving down East Cherokee Drive when a car passed him. He got angry and began following the car, which contained two 20-year-old women.

Wilt followed the women to nearby Apple Orchard Lane, where he got out of his car and fired one round at their car. His .45 caliber handgun jammed before he could fire more shots, according to Baker.

No one was hurt. Baker said the shot missed the victims' car.

Woodstock burglary suspects caught on camera

Woodstock burglary suspects caught on camera

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Cherokee County Sheriff's investigators are working to identify the suspects accused of burglarizing a Woodstock business.

Two men broken into the West Market on Hickory Flat Highway early Monday and made off with a safe full of cash and more than $11,000 worth of cigarettes, according to Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker.

The suspects got into the store by disabling an alarm and removing a large piece of plexiglass from the front door, Baker said. They were also talking on phones during the burglary, leading police to believe that a third suspect may have been acting as a lookout.

Both men's faces were covered by sheer stockings, but investigators are still hoping someone will recognize them.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the sheriff's office at 770-928-0239.

Penske shooting suspect to go on trial in May

Penske shooting suspect to go on trial in May

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The man accused of shooting and killing three people at a Kennesaw Penske Truck Rental facility three years ago will go on trial later this year.

A Cobb County judge has set a May 28 trial date for 63-year-old Jesse James Warren.

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The Temple man is accused of killing Jaider Felipe Marulanda of Lawrenceville, Robert Gonzalez of Dallas and Vance Springer of Woodstock, and injuring two others when he opened fire at the truck rental business on Jan. 12, 2010.

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Suspicious van spotted at 2 crime scenes

Suspicious van spotted at 2 crime scenes

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- A mysterious white van was caught on camera near the scenes of two recent burglaries in Cherokee County.

Cherokee County's Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said the first robbery happened at around 4:30 a.m. Thursday at the Chevron on Bells Ferry Road at Towne Lake Parkway.

Surveillance video showed a suspect getting out of the van, breaking a window in the convenience store and attaching a strap to the ATM inside.

When the suspect drove away, the strap broke and he ended up leaving the store with nothing, Baker said.

The second robbery happened about half an hour later at Sweetwater Store on Knox Bridge Highway.

When the same suspect broke the front window of the store, an alarm sounded and he drove off, according to Baker.

The suspect appeared to be a white man, while the van is described as a white early 90s-model Ford with a tire on the rear roof and damage to the right rear quarter panel above the tail light.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."