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Agents capture man who escaped before by diving in Etowah

From Cherokee County Sheriff Office


On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at about 10 p.m. agents of the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) and Cherokee County Deputies arrested Terry Raymond Spriggs, 42 years old of Canton, at a residence in Woodstock, Georgia.  Spriggs was wanted for outstanding warrants from Cherokee County for Possession of Methamphetamine (2 counts) Possession of Cocaine, Violation of Terms of Probation (2 counts).  Agents also charged Spriggs with Theft by Receiving a stolen motorcycle.

Agents had seen Spriggs at a family member’s residence on May 19, and Spriggs had fled from CMANS agents and Canton Police Officers.  Spriggs ultimately escaped by diving into the Etowah River.
CMANS Agents were able to follow Spriggs to the Woodstock residence, and set up a perimeter while they waited on uniformed officers to assist in the arrest.  Spriggs had concealed himself in the Woodstock residence which was occupied by a family with three children.  Agents and Deputies were able to get the family safely out of the home and then search the residence.  Spriggs was discovered hiding in a clothes closet covered with a blanket.

Spriggs was transported to the Cherokee Adult Detention Center in Canton.

The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad is a joint task force working in Cherokee County to investigate drug related violations.  Participating agencies include the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, the Canton Police Department, the Woodstock Police Department, the Holly Springs Police Department, the Ball Ground Police Department, the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office for the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia State Patrol.  Citizens may call in tips anonymously to (770) 345- 7920, or may speak to an agent by calling (678) 493-7625.

Defeat of incumbents shows need for better communication, says school board member


    School board member Byron Long, left, at an earlier campaign forum with incoming member Daniel Bell. Long says with the new members not taking office until January, cooperation between defeated incumbents and incoming members is crucial.

     Following the lopsided ousting of two incumbent school board members in the election last week, Byron Long, who ran unopposed in the primary, took time to talk with the Progress about the bitterness of the election and how he sees the school board moving ahead.

Red Cross launches 100 Days of Summer


Submitted by Kristen Stancil

    The American Red Cross kicks off its “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope” campaign on May 24, reminding blood donors that they can give hope to patients by rolling up a sleeve.
    “Every day this summer is a chance to give a lifesaving gift,” said Jerry J.K. Tillery, chief executive officer,

JeepFest expected to double in size


    JeepFest 2013 was big, but organizers say this year will be even bigger.

Plans call for only minor changes to the successful fall event.

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Groom in fatal wedding wreck arrested for weekend DUI

 Updated Quinton in Cherokee County jail after bond revoked from first wreck (scroll to bottom for update)

Ryan Quinton, who is charged for a fatal wreck that killed his bride in December, was arrested for driving under the influence after leaving Rocco’s Pub on Highway 515 around 1 a.m. Saturday morning.

Captain Frank Reynolds with the Pickens’ Sheriff’s office said Quinton pulled out in front of the sheriff’s HEAT unit, which caught the officer’s attention. Reynolds said, “Pulling out in front of an officer is kind of a telltale sign [of impaired driving].”