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Local ties popping up in deadly Canton gun battle

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     Pickens Sheriff  and Canton Police officers make a large showing at a Jasper residence the morning following the deadly shooting in Canton. Two men considered “persons of interest” were taken into custody on minor charges.

       A Jasper man and a Ball Ground man have been tied to the deadly Canton shootings and arrested on lesser charges involving the June 25th incident. A Marietta man has been charged with the felony murder. 

With more than 70 rounds fired, the shootings left two dead and one injured.

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Health care forum packed with detailed discussion

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At the  forum last Thursday members of the public were asked to show their pre-existing conditions to make a statement on the importance of insurance coverage.

The Pickens Democrats and Appalachian Indivisible health care forum drew a surprising crowd of more than 60 people to Chattahoochee Tech considering Thursday was a rainy night during summer vacation.

More surprising was the number and depth of the questions. The audience wanted to talk minutiae of national health care with the panel of three health care speakers and one congressional candidate.

Marie Head from Appalachian Indivisible said the turnout shows the topic is universal; it’s an issue that people want to learn about and need to talk about, she said.

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Arrests made in Canton shootings

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Canton Police Department Press Release


Police Detectives have arrested and charged a Mr. Jeremy Ulysses Zellous age: 29 of Marietta, GA., with Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, False Statements and tampering with evidence as a result of this investigation.


Other persons arrested during the inquiry are a Mr. Brody Samples age: 23 of Ball Ground, GA., who has been charged with Violation of Bond through Pickens County and a Mr. Joe Goldback age: 35 of Jasper, GA., who has been charged with Obstruction of an Officer.


Facts surrounding the case: 

 We know this was not a random shooting because the individuals involved knew each other. 

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Operation Pea Ridge responds to requests for more patrols

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Pickens Sheriff officers search one of two vehicles during a road checkpoint Saturday in the Pea Ridge area. No arrests were made.

Ralph O. Dennis

Contributing writer


Can a law enforcement operation be called a success with no arrests? Ask Sheriff Donnie Craig and he will probably say yes. 

On Saturday evening, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Department of Community Supervision, the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway Drug Task Force, the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Accountability and Pickens 911 teamed up to conduct several impaired driver checkpoints. These checkpoints were in the Pea Ridge area. The sheriff had received numerous calls from citizens asking for increased visibility in the area due to different types of criminal activity.

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Patrols beefed up for July Fourth weekend


     ATLANTA, GA— The Georgia State Patrol is urging everyone to celebrate the Independence Day holiday responsibly. Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said state troopers will patrol during the holiday period in an effort to keep the number of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities as low as possible. This year, the holiday travel period is 102 hours long. It will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 30, and end at 11:59 p.m. on July Fourth.

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