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Deputies shut down 5 massage parlors in Forsyth Co. sweep


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Forsyth County officials confirmed, Friday, that a massive operation targeting massage parlors around the county ended with five closed permanently and several others cited.

The operation follows the passage of a new county-wide ordinance on the establishments that went into effect on Jan. 1.

Deputies previously went to these locations to announce a grace period to get into compliance with the new ordinance.

On Friday, the deputies returned to 15 parlors that had not been made changes to suit the new local laws.

Of those, 18 citations were issued to 10 parlors and five were closed outright and will not be allowed to re-open.

More were required to close for the day until they comply with the new requirements.

Rescue workers return to hoarding house after dogs found living under floor


 

CUMMING, Ga. -- Rescue workers returned to a hoarding house in Forsyth County Thursday after reporters spotted several dogs inside the empty trailer. Sheriff deputies responding to the call said the dogs were likely living underneath the floor.

Resident's hospital visit leads to animal hoarding bust


CUMMING, Ga. -- Charges are pending against a Forsyth County resident after finding nearly 30 dogs inside an area home.

The person, whose name has not yet been released, went to an area hospital seeking aid, a sheriff's office spokesperson told 11Alive.

While department officials haven't elaborated on how they received the information, they were soon able to secure a search warrant for the patient's home in the 5400 block of Franklin Goldmine Road.

There, deputies found 28 dogs - one of which was deceased.

Animal control has since been brought in to stabilize the animals and then turn them over to an area animal shelter.

Investigation is ongoing and officials expect to release more details in coming days.

In other news

Single mom gets big tip, special request in Forsyth Co.


CUMMING, Ga. -- A Forsyth County waitress recently got a surprise that she's likely to remember for many Christmases to come.

The holiday season is in full swing and so is the spirit of giving. This time of year, restaurants are packed with busy customers who want fast friendly service. But one family turned the tables extending a little holiday cheer of their own.

Meredith Goss has cheerfully served customers at Red Robin for the past four years. Little did she know in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle that customers would take time to be attentive to her.

“We were talking about Christmas and the kids and they were asking me if I had any children and I told them I had a 4-year-old daughter,” Goss said.

And that’s when they turned the tables offering to serve her.

Craigslist ad attracts black market baby sellers


CUMMING, Ga. (WXIA) -- When a Forsyth County woman put an ad on Craigslist asking for someone to give her a baby, she apparently attracted black market baby sellers, too.

Body found in submerged vehicle in Lake Lanier identified


CUMMING, Ga. -- Officials have recovered and identified a body found in a submerged vehicle in Lake Lanier, Saturday.

The vehicle, a silver Toyota Camry, was seen at Tidwell Park by a passerby and was completely underwater at the end of a boat ramp.

Reva Jennings, 77, of Cumming, Ga. was found inside the vehicle and is the registered owner.

Detectives do not suspect foul play but are still investigating.

Woman tried to buy baby for her 14-year-old daughter


 

Cumming, Ga. -- A 47-year-old woman was arrested after attempting to illegally obtain a baby for her teenage daughter. 

Detectives started investigating Elaine Williams after a citizen called police about a suspicious Craigslist ad. The post asked for unwanted babies, saying mothers could drop them off in a "baby box". According to the criminal arrest warrant obtained by 11Alive's Blayne Alexander, investigators tracked the phone number in the ad back to a Cumming address. 

According to investigators, Williams was attempting to buy a baby for her 14-year-old daughter. Police say Williams told them "her daughter wanted a baby and would get one with or without her help, so she decided to help."