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Man taken into custody after pointing weapon at deputies

Man taken into custody after pointing weapon at deputies

FORSYTH COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- Deputies with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office took a man into custody Thursday afternoon after he pointed a weapon at deputies.

According to DFC Robin Regan with the Sheriff's Office, after the suspect fired his weapon and pointed it at deputies, the SWAT team and negotiators were called. Deputies set up a large perimeter around the area.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Ex-CFO charged with stealing nearly $2 million

Ex-CFO charged with stealing nearly $2 million

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cumming man has been charged with stealing nearly $2 million from his former employer.

Steven E. Daniel is the ex-CFO of Nanoventions, a Roswell-based company that designs micro-optic solutions, according to its website. He has been charged with three counts each of felony theft and felony forgery, and two counts of financial identity fraud.

Daniel, 50, was arrested Feb. 14 after a six-month investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Deputy Robin Regan said the company reached out to detectives after discovering Daniel forged several checks worth more than $160,000.

Investigators worked with Nanoventions' president and CEO to examine the company's business and financial records. They learned that since 2010, Daniel stole more than $1,950,000 through about 290 fraudulent transactions, according to Regan.

Police hunting for shoplifting sisters

Police hunting for shoplifting sisters

CUMMING, GA (WXIA) – The hunt is on for two sisters accused of shoplifting at Target stores more than 30 times.

Police say Brittany Willis and her sister Sheneka were seen on surveillance video shoplifting from a Target store on Peachtree Parkway in Forsyth County in November. They are also connected to crimes from metro Atlanta all the way to Chattanooga.

Police say the two women have stolen more than $24,000 worth of items from Target stores over the last eight months.

Both suspects have active warrants, but police admit arresting them won't stop them for good.

"They will face charges in every jurisdiction they can," said Forsyth County Police Detective Kris Hall. "Whether or not they get significant jail time is yet to be seen. When they get out, they'll be back to doing the same thing."

Man charged with killing girlfriend's son

Man charged with killing girlfriend's son

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A Forsyth County man was arrested Wednesday night and charged with shooting his girlfriend's 25-year-old son to death.

Frank Huffman, 57, is being held without bond in the Forsyth County Detention Center.

Police responded to a home in the 1900 block of Quail Hollow Drive at around 10:15 p.m. They found James Tanner Conrad in the living room. He had been shot at least once.

Conrad was later pronounced dead at North Fulton Hospital. His mother, who is dating Huffman, was also transported with minor injuries.

Huffman was charged with murder and aggravated assault in Conrad's death. Investigators said the suspect and victim got into a physical fight shortly before the shooting.

The incident is under investigation.

Kilogram of heroin seized in Forsyth County

Kilogram of heroin seized in Forsyth County

CUMMING, Ga. -- The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office busted a heroin distribution operation before it even had a chance to begin.

More than one kilogram of heroin was seized by detectives executing a recent search warrant at a suspect's Cumming home. The sheriff's office said the amount of heroin could be up to 32,000 doses. Its street value is between $150,000 and $250,000.

The suspect's name was not released. Investigators said that person recently moved to Forsyth County and was trying to establish a heroin distribution network in the area. Sheriff Duane Piper praised his deputies' work in dismantling the potential drug ring.

Ex-Cherokee elections director charged with theft

Ex-Cherokee elections director charged with theft

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The former Cherokee County elections director was arrested over the weekend for stealing from the county.

Janet Munda, 55, was booked into the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center Saturday night. She was later released on $9,000 bond.

Munda, of Cumming, was charged with felony theft by taking after a six-month investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said Munda is accused of using her county credit card to pay for personal items.

Munda was fired from her elections director position in July 2014.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules: