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Investigators identify victims in deadly Canton shootings

One victim from Ball Ground

From Canton Police Department

   UPDATE: Officers, Detectives and Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigators have completed processing the shooting scene on Crisler Street. Detectives are actively in the field working leads in this case and continuing to conduct additional interviews in an effort to identify suspects and learn the motive behind this violent crime. The victim who was transported to Kennestone Hospital sustained non-life threatening injuries.   

    The twovictims killed in the shooting are a William Kendrick Randall age: 23 of Canton, Ga. and a Tony Samples age: 26 of Ballground.

   The Police Department continues to request anyone who knows anything about this double homicide to call 911 or call the agency main number at 770-720-4883.   

  This is an active investigation and more information / updates will be released when available.

Original press release from Canton PD


On Sunday, June 25, 2017 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Officers were dispatched to the report of multiple gunshots in the area of Crisler Street. As oOfficers responded, there was another call to Emergency Dispatch advising several persons had been shot and seriously injured. When units arrived, they discovered a male deceased in a grassy area adjacent to Crisler Street and another male wounded at a residence off Jefferson Circle. At that same time, an additional individual who had also been shot was located in a vehicle near the area and subsequently died as he was being transported to the hospital. 

Currently, Officers, Detectives and members of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit are actively working the homicide scene to collect witness statements and evidence in an effort to piece together what occurred. Detectives are also working to identify a motive and suspect(s) in this violent crime. The Police Department strongly urges anyone who knows anything about this double homicide to call 911 or call the agency main number at 770-720-4883. 

More steps needed for field sobriety test to be admitted as evidence, says Supreme Court





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C.C. Morgan to headline entertainment 


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     See full story in this week's print or online editions. 

Tea Party Talk: Islamic Jihad

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Submitted by

Penny Barker


For almost 80 years, since the end of World War II, the United States has been more or less free of the threats of our loss of freedoms that our citizens have enjoyed for close to 250 years.  But a new and ominous threat is now raising its ugly head.  “The threat of Islamic Jihad: The Unholy Alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Progressive Movement.”