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Suspects arrested in Waleska home invasion case


    Above, Kenneth Piper, 26, Canton. Piper was one of four suspects apprehended in conjunction with armed robbery.

     Four suspects have been arrested in conjunction with Monday night’s home invasion on Rampley Trail. Shortly after the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office released the video of the suspects using the victim’s debit card at the Canton Wal-mart, detectives began to receive information on their Facebook page about the identities of those on the video. Investigators were able to determine that two of the suspects lived at an apartment complex in Canton. When investigators arrived at the location all four suspects from the video were present. A search warrant at the apartment yielded the victim’s purse, a 9mm handgun and three red bandanas believed to be used in the robbery. Investigators also found receipts where the suspects had used the victim’s debit card at other businesses in Canton. The cash stolen in the robbery has not been recovered.

     Kenneth Piper, 26 years of age, Heather Fernandez, 27 years of age, Willie Collins, 26 years of age and Mason Thompson, 27 years of age, have all been charged with Armed Robbery and Financial Transaction Fraud. All four suspects live in Canton and remain in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center without bond.

      The investigation remains ongoing. Investigators are still attempting to determine why the suspects chose to rob the specific location on Rampley Trail. Additional charges are likely and more arrests are possible.

Suspected murder-suicide in Big Canoe


A likely murder-suicide  occurred Wednesday evening in the Big Canoe gated community, according reports from Sheriff Donnie Craig.

The sheriff said two deaths are involved and the two people had been married. They have later been identified as Ross and Sharon Jernigan. Mr. Jernigan is thought to have shot Ms. Jernigan and then himself.


The couple, both in their 60s, was recently divorced but the husband had been allowed to continue living in the house for a period of time which was set to run out, according to a neighbor. They had no children. They were not known to be active in Big Canoe groups.


Grandview farm family loses home to fire



A second roof that was built over an original roof hampered efforts to suppress this fire at a Grandview area home Monday.


A home belonging to Kip and Michelle Foster, owners of Dig-It Farms on Grandview Road, was destroyed by fire early Monday.

No one was injured in the July 9 blaze which is being blamed on a shop fire that moved into the attached residence.

Assistant County Fire Chief Curtis Clark said crews had several challenges stopping the blaze. The fire had a good start when responders arrived slightly after 4:20 a.m.

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The family has put up more information on a Facebook page. Search for Foster Family House Fire.

Outdoor festival venue put on hold for Long Branch area

     Owners of an under-construction entertainment/festival venue in far west Pickens County have been delayed on receiving permits for the facility after the county planning commission tabled a “conditional use request,” pending more information.

     Planning board members generally seemed in favor of Long Branch Entertainment’s plans for an outdoor festival site on the far western reaches of Pickens County but said the owners/operators had to provide “some meat to the bones” of their plans for security, traffic control, crowd size estimates and parking.

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Pickens man killed in four-wheeler crash

 A Pickens man was killed in a four-wheeler wreck Sunday night.

According to sheriff and Georgia State Patrol incident reports, Adam Chumley, 28, of Edwards Road, died as emergency crews were rushing him around midnight from a wreck site to Piedmont Mountainside where a helicopter was waiting to transport him to a trauma facility.

State Patrol Trooper Travis Roberts said that Chumley was driving the four-wheeler on Moore Road near the intersection with Bryant Road when he left the roadway and struck a ditch embankment. Trooper Roberts said the impact jerked him and the four-wheeler to the right where he hit a tree and overturned, also hitting a mailbox. Chumley’s body was found within a few feet of the overturned ATV.