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Bald eagle rescued, released at Lake Allatoona


ACWORTH, Ga. -- The state of Georgia has more bald eagles now than it has in decades.

This past month, when one eagle suffered a devastating injury, a group of Georgians came to its rescue.

"To give this eagle a second chance," said photographer Dieter Finke, "I'm so excited to get to see the eagle fly away today."

Dieter Finke was taking photos last month with his friend Vic on Lake Allatoona, when both heard a large branch snapping.

"Here comes this eagle, soaring out," recalled Finke. "After observing the bird, we realized he probably wasn't in good shape."

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Missing 12-year-old girl found safe, suspect arrested


ACWORTH, Ga. -- A missing 12-year-old Cherokee County girl has been found safe in neighboring Cobb County.

Aryana "Anna" Warren disappeared Sunday at around 8:30 p.m. at Regency Court.

Authorities believe Warren was abducted by Quanisha Bell. The two were headed toward a nearby store on Bells Ferry.

Police said Warren was found at around 6 a.m. Monday near Town Center at Cobb. They do not immediately know how she got there.

Cobb County jail inmate dies in custody


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- An inmate at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center was found dead in his cell early Friday, according to sheriff's officials.

George Gengarelly, 63, was found unresponsive at around 4 a.m. Jail officials did not immediately say how Gengarelly died, but sheriff's officials said it was "an apparent suicide."

He was arrested earlier this year in Florida and charged in the rape and murder of Yvonne Weems. The 37-year-old victim was found shot to death in a recreational area off Lake Acworth Drive on Jan. 12, 1991. Cobb County Police used DNA evidence to link Gengarelly to the crime.

Gengarelly faced charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, rape, aggravated sodomy and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

Car collides with bear in Cherokee County


CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- A black bear was killed after being hit by a car in Cherokee County Wednesday night.

It happened on Highway 92 near Settlement Road in Acworth.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said the driver who hit the bear was not hurt.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources was notified of the bear's death.

Reward offered for information about stolen guns


ACWORTH, Ga. -- A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the thieves who stole firearms from an Acworth gun store.

The burglary occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, Apr. 3. A spokesperson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said someone broke into Liberty Guns in the 2400 block of Cedarcrest Road and took dozens of firearms.

The ATF is offering $2,500 for information. That amount will be matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, for a total reward of up to $5,000.

"ATF takes this crime very seriously," ATF Special Agent in Charge Carl Walker said in a release. "There are 36 firearms on the street, with the strong potential of being sold to or used by other criminals to commit violent crimes."

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Race this weekend: Battle of Allatoona Creek

Race this weekend: Battle of Allatoona Creek

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The second race in the 2015 Mountain Goat Adventures Trail Run Series will be held in Acworth this weekend.

Battle of Allatoona Creek will be Saturday, Apr. 18. A 10-mile trail run will begin at 8:30 a.m.; there is also a 4-mile option, which will be off and running at 8:40 a.m.

Children are welcome to participate in a free run of their own. It will be held in a grassy field near the course. All finishers will be given medals.

Runners in the grown-up race will receive soft wicking T-shirts. The top three male and female finishers will be given $100 cash prizes, and medals will be presented to the top three runners in each age group.

Registration fees are:

4-mile race
$35 in advance, $40 on race day

10-mile race
$40 in advance, $45 on race day