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Teens arrested at July 4 house party

Teens arrested at July 4 house party

ACWORTH, Ga. -- A number of teenagers were arrested for underage drinking during a July 4 house party in Acworth.

Police officers raided the party at a house on Devon Park Lane after receiving a noise complaint, according to Acworth Police spokesman Chief Wayne Dennard, Jr.

Nearly 100 people were at the party when officers arrived, Dennard said. Police arrested Taylor Castorina and Sean Jones, the two 19 year olds who lived at the house. They also arrested 14 attendees for underage drinking.

Dennard said police found alcohol, drugs and a marijuana grow of about 14 plants inside the house.

Some attendees told police they received information about the party on Twitter, according to Dennard.

3 arrested for shooting BB gun at cars, businesses

3 arrested for shooting BB gun at cars, businesses

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Acworth Police have arrested three people for damaging several cars and stores near the north end of Cobb Parkway.

Several witnesses said the perpetrators rode around in a silver Chevrolet Impala, shooting at cars and buildings with a BB or pellet gun, according to Acworth Police spokesman Maj. Wayne Dennard.

Patrol officers spotted the Impala in the parking lot of the Walmart on Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw and identified the driver as 17-year-old Caleb Fields.

Fields was arrested at the scene. Two other suspects -- 18-year-old Andrew Morgan and 22-year-old Christopher Kellner -- were arrested later at Morgan's Acworth home.

All three suspects were charged with criminal property damage stemming from at least 31 shooting incidents in Acworth, Kennesaw and unincorporated Cobb, according to Dennard. Fields was also charged with marijuana possession.

Dennard said additional charges may be possible as more victims come forward.

Suspect passing bad checks at various Walmarts

Suspect passing bad checks at various Walmarts

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office are looking for a man suspected of cashing counterfeit checks at several Walmart stores throughout metro Atlanta.

The unidentified man has struck stores in Acworth, Alpharetta, Cartersville, Cumming, Kennesaw, Lawrenceville and Woodstock so far, according to Cherokee Sheriff's spokesman Howard Baker. So far, he has cashed 10 checks for a total of about $7,000.

The account numbers on the fake checks have been traced back to a bank account at the Tuscaloosa County Jail in Alabama. Cherokee Sheriff's investigators are working with the Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Office on this investigation.

Anyone with information in these cases is asked to call the Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Office at 205-464-8646.

Aviation consultant indicted for wire fraud

Aviation consultant indicted for wire fraud

ROME, Ga. -- A Cartersville man has been indicted for nine counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy for issuing false FAA certificates.

Andrew Kent Anderson was arraigned in federal court in Rome on Tuesday. He was indicted for the charges in December.

According to information presented in court, the 57-year-old aviation consultant was hired to assist the Dubai Air Wing (DAW) obtain FAA approval for modifications they wanted to make to several planes. Anderson reportedly took $630,000 from the DAW, but never submitted the changes for approval; instead, he presented the DAW with fake certificates.

Anderson is also charged with conspiring with 54-year-old Tod Anderson of Portage, Mich.; Tod Anderson pleaded guilty in December to helping Andrew Anderson commit wire fraud.

Each charge against Anderson carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

ACWORTH | Sword-wielding man shot by deputy

ACWORTH | Sword-wielding man shot by deputy

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Cherokee County officials said a man wielding a sword has been hospitalized after being shot by a sheriff's deputy.

The sheriff's office said deputies were responding to a report of shots fired near Acworth Saturday night, when they came across the man and his sword.

He was later identified as 49-year-old Anatoli Eduarboui Valter.

Sheriff's officials said Valter was shot and taken to Kennestone Hospital in critical condition.

He will face charges, but has not been arrested yet given his condition, according to Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Howard J. Baker.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.