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GBI warns of deadly opioids causing overdose deaths

 

17 deaths this year attributed to synthetic opiods

 

Decatur, GA – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is issuing a public safety alert regarding illegal synthetic opioids.  In the last four months, 17 deaths have been caused by the drugs U-47700 and/or furanyl fentanyl, equal to the number for all of 2016.  

U-47700 and furanyl fentanyl are both Schedule I drugs and used in the same manner as heroin.  U-47700 has a street name of “pink.”

Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical treatment use in the United States. The drugs are distributed in either powder or tablet form.

Armed robbery suspect sought by Cherokee Sheriff

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     Cherokee County, Ga. May 5, 2017.   On Friday, May 05, 2017 at approximately 0349 hours Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to an armed robbery call at the Quik Trip convenience store located at 4865 Holly Springs Pkwy in Canton.  It was reported that a black male entered the store and made contact with the clerk.  The male displayed a knife and demanded the cash out of the registers.

Pickens trapper hoping to snare the limelight

Upcoming reality show and documentary will feature Mike Cain 

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Left: Mike Cain with a coyote caught at the 

Pickens airport. Cain’s daily work as a trapper is the subject of a reality show in the works.

Right: Trappers Mike Cain and Tim Chancey with a big hog caught this week near Monument Road.  The old boar was keeping other pigs out of the trap. Cain hopes with this one gone, he can quickly catch the “sounder.”

 

Mike Cain, the colorful owner of Cain’s Wildlife Removal, will soon be taking his critter-catching work to televised audiences with both a documentary and a reality show coming.

Cain, who has trapped coyote, beaver, wild pigs; removed squirrels, bats and raccoons from attics; and posted online videos of the work, caught the attention of filmmakers this year.

He has a part in a documentary about coyotes in Georgia for Netflix, and a part in a separate reality show he described as along the lines of popular Duck Dynasty.

     See full story in this week's print or online editions.  

Inmate commits suicide in Pickens jail

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Press Release from 
Pickens Sheriff’s Office
Pickens County Georgia, May 1, 2017: During the night of Friday, April 28th, an inmate hung himself in a holding cell of the Adult Detention Center. Detention Officers located the inmate  hanging from the bunk bed in his holding cell.
Detention Officers immediately began CPR and continued to do CPR and attempted to use an AED defibrillator until the arrival of Emergency Medical Personnel. Upon the arrival of medical personnel, the inmate [name not being published/released] was transported to Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, where he was pronounced after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Dr. Carlton Wilson named superintendent finalist in 3-2 vote

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      In a surprising 3-2 vote, Dr. Carlton Wilson has been selected as sole finalist for the Pickens County School Superintendent, beating out an unprecedented 48 candidates for the position. 

     See this week's print or online editions for Dr. Wilson's response to concerns from school board members Byron Long and Delane Lewis, who voted against his approval as finalist. Also see a full statement from Dr. Wilson on his selection as the sole finalist.