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Suspect wears no pants at school bus stop


ACWORTH, Ga -- It has happened twice in the past two weeks. A suspicious man is greeting young girls at a school bus stop in Cherokee County and he's wearing no pants.

Thanks to one of the young girls who saw him, investigators have a detailed sketch of the suspect they hope will help them identify him. "Anyone who would so this to an adult or to a child is concerning to law enforcement," said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesperson for the Cherokee County Sheriff Office.

Investigators were impressed by the detailed description given to them by Jericka Kent, 12, who saw the suspect at her bus stop in the Cedar Mill Crossing subdivision in Acworth Tuesday morning.

With her father's approval, Jericka talked to 11 Alive News about her experience. "You know I was just walking down and as I got about 30 feet away I saw this guy standing there, totally pants less, no underwear, no nothing," she said.

2014 SAT scores: Cobb County

2014 SAT scores: Cobb County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 SAT scores were released Tuesday morning.

About 77 percent of the state's high school seniors took the test in 2014. Mean scores include:

State of Georgia
Critical Reading: 488
Math: 485
Writing: 472

In Cobb County, 5,817 students took the SAT in 2014. Mean scores include:

Cobb County
Critical Reading: 512
Math: 509
Writing: 494

Here are the SAT breakdowns for each Cobb County public high school:

Allatoona HS
304 test-takers
Critical Reading: 500
Math: 500
Writing: 473

Campbell HS
344 test-takers
Critical Reading: 483
Math: 470
Writing: 472

Harrison HS
437 test-takers
Critical Reading: 535
Math: 534
Writing: 519

Chattahoochee Tech to hold career fair

Chattahoochee Tech to hold career fair

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College will hold its annual College and Career Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 90 colleges, universities and companies are scheduled to attend this year's event.

Everyone is invited to stop by the fair, which will be held at the North Metro Campus in Acworth.

Thirteen schools will be represented, including Brenau University, DeVry University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Life University, Reinhardt University, Saint Leo University, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Southern Polytechnic State University, Strayer University and the University of Phoenix.

Cold case unit receives federal grant

Cold case unit receives federal grant

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Cold Case Unit has been awarded a $246,814 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

District attorney Vic Reynolds applied for the grant in May, and will use the money to test DNA evidence and put part-time investigators to work on cold cases.

Cobb County has 400 unsolved murder and sexual assault cases dating back to 1985.

"We are firmly committed to achieving justice for these victims and holding accountable the criminals who preyed on them," Reynolds said in a statement. "That's why creating this unit has been among my priorities, and we are so thankful for this grant to help us."

Reynolds' office said a case grows "cold" when the investigation has stalled for at least 12 months.

Cobb County's cold case tip line number is 770-528-3032.

Pike Nurseries to host Gardenfest event

Pike Nurseries to host Gardenfest event

ATLANTA –- As an official kickoff to the fall season, Pike Nurseries is hosting its annual Gardenfest event on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at all garden center locations.

While stocking up on autumn essentials, guests can take advantage of store-wide specials throughout the evening! All regular price items (excluding grills, propane, sod, pine straw, gift cards and services) will be 20 percent off. Customers can also enjoy complimentary wine tastings and appetizers.

Please visit www.pikenursery.com for local store information.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Cobb County's preliminary unemployment rate was 7.4 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

Bystander helps police catch robbery suspects


ACWORTH, Ga. -- A Cobb County man may be up for a commendation after helping police catch two robbery suspects. Police said the man called 911 after witnessing the robbery and followed the suspects.

Steve Larramore told 11Alive News that he simply reacted on instincts when he saw a suspicious person outside the Zaxby's restaurant on Park Forrest Drive.

"He looked so incredibly out of place," Larramore said. "It's 10:30 in the morning and it's probably 80 degrees and he had a hoodie pulled up tight."

Acworth Police said the suspect was dressed in black and wore sunglasses when he jumped an employee who was carrying a bank bag into the restaurant. Larramore said he heard the woman scream.

"She was obviously in distress, yelling for help," he said.