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Local purse theft tied to statewide ring

 “Some days they don’t get anything and some days [the thieves] rack in thousands of dollars.”

Robyn-dumpster-divingThis past June Pickens resident Robin Pitkins had her purse stolen from her car in broad daylight. Authorities have found the theft to be tied to a statewide ring.
    A purse stolen from a local church parking lot earlier this summer has now been linked to a statewide theft ring with ties to Utah as well, according to Sergeant Matt Dawkins with the Jasper Police Department. 

GDOT makes repairs on SR 53 in downtown Jasper


GDOT crews repair a bump at the intersection of Highway 53 and Main Street.

Friday morning, July 25, a Georgia DOT crew was at the intersection of Highway 53 and Main Street in downtown Jasper performing maintenance to the state route.

Child porn suspect commits suicide

   The Progress learned this morning that the Pickens man charged with possession of child pornography last week committed suicide over the weekend at a Marietta hotel with a gunshot. Thomas Rodriguez was released from the Pickens jail on July 17th on a $15,000 bond.


  Captain Sherman McEntire with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office confirmed that they were notified by the Marietta Police to deliver a death notification to the family Saturday, July 19.

Body recovered after burning car crashes on Ball Ground Highway


From Cherokee Fire services

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a car fire Wednesday night on Ball Ground Highway (Highway 372), near the intersection of Dodd Lane.

 According to a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy, a couple was traveling west bound on the highway when they noticed a vehicle coming in the opposite direction that was on fire.  The couple turned their car around to go back and check on the vehicle and later noticed that the car had left the highway, went through a pasture fence and traveled approximately 240 feet before crashing into a ditch.


DQ blaze investigation awaits state fire marshal


    The still standing structure of Jasper’s Dairy Queen, which caught fire last Tuesday. Portions of the structure have been boarded up as construction workers wait to see what will come next for the building.

     The state fire marshal is expected to make a second trip to the Dairy Queen site on East Church Street later this week to further investigate the cause of the blaze that destroyed the landmark restaurant dating from the late 1950s.