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Forsyth County ID fraud ring busted, 5 arrested

Forsyth County ID fraud ring busted, 5 arrested

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- An extensive identify theft investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office resulted in five arrests.

Sheriff's spokesman Doug Rainwater said officials busted a large ID theft ring after executing a search warrant at a home in the 1700 block of Commonwealth Trail in Cumming.

It began in August as a burglary investigation, but quickly grew when the search warrant uncovered piles of evidence. Rainwater said deputies recovered stolen mail, counterfeit money, fraudulent checks and driver's licenses, credit cards and personal information on hundreds of victims.

Two Commonwealth Trail residents were arrested. Daniel Moss, 48, and Sandra Stepp, 46, were both charged with first-degree forgery, financial transaction card theft and manufacturing fictitious identification.

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Pike Nurseries to hire 150 seasonal employees

Pike Nurseries to hire 150 seasonal employees

ATLANTA -- Employment opportunities are in full bloom this fall for the nation’s largest independent garden retailer. Pike Nurseries will add approximately& 150 seasonal associates in the coming weeks.

Whether applicants are experienced sales professionals, retail managers or hobby gardeners, Pike Nurseries has a position for anyone who loves plants, people and playing in the dirt – no green thumb required! Interested candidates are encouraged to attend the Pike Nurseries Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lindbergh store on 2410 Camellia Lane NE or apply at any Pike Nurseries location.

The garden center is seeking applicants at every skill level, from high school students to those with a rooted background in horticulture. Employees must be prepared to proactively engage with customers, take the guesswork out of gardening, care for the store’s plants and more.

Georgia Southern student from metro Atlanta dies


(WXIA) -- A Georgia Southern University student died last week.

Brooke Edwards, 18, was found unresponsive Friday in her off-campus apartment. She was later pronounced dead.

"The Georgia Southern family is deeply saddened by this loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with the student's family and friends during this difficult time," Georgia Southern spokesperson Paige Fluker said in a release.

Edwards was a sophomore biology major from Cumming.

Fluker said the Statesboro Police Department is handling the investigation into Edwards' death.

Georgia Southern is offering counseling services for students.

PROBE College Fair coming to Forsyth County

PROBE College Fair coming to Forsyth County

CUMMING, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Cumming this week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lanier Technical College Conference Center.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Lanier Technical College is located at 7745 Majors Road.

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Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Video of Forsyth County Courthouse attack released

Video of Forsyth County Courthouse attack released

CUMMING, Ga. – Newly-released surveillance video shows the dramatic moments that occurred after gunfire erupted at the Forsyth County Courthouse back in early June.

The video captures the calm on that day and then the shootout that left Donald Ronald Marx dead.

Investigators say Marx was supposed to be at the courthouse on June 6 to plead guilty to drug charges.

The footage shows Marx drive his vehicle on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse. Deputies say he was wearing body armor and a gas mask as he began his assault.

Race this weekend: Running with Elvis

Race this weekend: Running with Elvis

BUFORD, Ga. -- Get "all shook up" at an Elvis Presley-themed 5K this weekend.

The Running with Elvis 5K, Fun Run & Tot Trot will be Saturday, Sept. 13 at West Bank Park on the shores of Lake Lanier. Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. and will be followed by the fun run at 8 a.m., the 5K at 8:15 a.m. and the tot trot at 9:15 a.m.

Race organizers describe the course as scenic, flat and fast. Runners who arrived dressed as Elvis will earn a 20-second head start on the 5K.

All participants will receive T-shirts, while awards will be given to the overall male and female finishers and top three runners in each age group.

Advance registration is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the fun run. The prices go up to $30 and $25, respectively, on race day. The tot trot is free.

Proceeds from the race will benefit programs at North Lanier Christian Academy.