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Fourth Annual Born to Run 5K set for Sept. 15

WALESKA, GA – The fourth annual Born to Run 5K supporting Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, at 8 a.m., in downtown Canton’s Cannon Park.

Pre-registration is $25, and registration after Sept. 6 will be $30. Registration for runners age 12 and under will be $15. If unable to attend or run on race day, you can support a student runner for $25. Race day registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m.

Early registration packet pickup will be Sept. 14 from 3-6 p.m. at Northside Hospital Cherokee, 450 Northside Cherokee Blvd., Canton.

For more information, visit or contact Dale Morrissey at or (770) 720-5506

Henson Captured After Being Wanted A Week

by Jay Baker,  Director of Communications and Community Relations | Cherokee Sheriff’s Office

In the early morning hours Monday, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an accident on Little Refuge Road in Waleska. Deputies arrived just after 3 a.m. to find a vehicle still running but unoccupied. The vehicle had been reported as stolen from Dawson County Sunday night.

Jacob Hole Henson Captured and Muddy

Due to similar incidents occurring in Cherokee and nearby counties, deputies shut down both ends of Little Refuge Road and established a perimeter around the accident scene. Sheriff’s deputies and investigators began searching for Jacob Cole Henson, 25, of Canton, who had been wanted by law enforcement for over a week.

At about 12:30 p.m., deputies spotted Henson driving a dirt bike on Little Refuge Road. After a short chase, Henson crashed the dirt bike and fled into the woods.

Deputies began searching the woods and heard shots fired nearby. Sheriff Frank Reynolds and other deputies who were in the woods near where the shots were fired discovered a citizen who had Henson at gunpoint. Henson was taken into custody and charged with burglary, obstruction, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, reckless conduct, no license plate, theft by taking (felony), theft by taking (misdemeanor) and two counts of felony criminal damage. Several additional charges are expected.

Henson was taken to Northside Hospital Cherokee to be evaluated for injuries from the dirt bike accident.

Arrest Made in Threat to University Professor

(Lumpkin County, GA) August 8, 2018 – On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the University of North Georgia Police Department to assist in an investigation involving threats of violence made to a university professor. The threats, made by email and letter, involved a threat of gun violence to the professor, other staff, and students if the professor did not resign. An extensive investigation by the GBI and the UNG Police Department resulted in the arrest of Jose Gomez, 23, of Alpharetta, for Terroristic Threats and Acts. Gomez was arrested at his Alpharetta home on August 4, 2018 by the Alpharetta Police Department.

Gomez was transported to the Lumpkin County Jail where he will face the charge in Lumpkin County Superior Court.