Cumming Man Charged with Murder

At approximately 4:43 PM on October 6th, deputies responded to the 5400 block of Memphis Street in North West Forsyth County in reference to a person shot.

Once deputies arrived on scene they encountered both the suspect, Christopher Puckett, 31, of Cumming and the victim and resident of Memphis Street, Jimmy Hendrix, 52, on scene. Both Puckett and Hendrix had been involved in an argument which ultimately led to Hendrix being shot once in the chest by Puckett. Hendrix was transported to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Puckett was arrested and charged with felony Murder and Aggravated Assault and was booked into the Forsyth County Jail.

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FORMER DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

A former Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been arrested and charged with sexual battery and sexual assault against a minor.

 

Frank Augustus Huggins, 69, of Cumming was charged after a female juvenile reported being inappropriately groped by Huggins, who was her driving instructor at the time. Detectives confirmed the victim’s allegations using video and audio evidence from camera footage recovered from inside the vehicle. Huggins was taken into custody on October 4th and taken to the Forsyth County Jail.

 

Huggins was appointed as a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Captain by former Sheriff, Ted Paxton from 2001 to 2010. During his employment, Huggins was the spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.

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Eight Stores Cited for Underage Sale of Alcohol

Deputies with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Ordinance and Permits Unit cited eight local businesses with underage sale of alcohol to minors. One of the stores was also cited for selling alcohol without a permit. These violations involved a deputy observing store employees selling alcohol to minors. In total, thirty businesses were monitored during an alcohol compliance check.

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Castleberry Industrial Fatality Accident

On February 18 at approximately 5:40 p.m., deputies with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle crash on Castleberry Industrial Drive off of Castleberry Road; inside the City of Cumming’s jurisdiction.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit was requested to investigate the crash. The investigation found that, John Cory Brown, 27-year-old from Roswell was traveling west bound on Castleberry Industrial Drive. A second vehicle, was traveling east on Castleberry Industrial Drive.
The two vehicles were involved in a head on collision while traveling on Castleberry Industrial Drive. Mr. Brown was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the second vehicle received no injuries.
The Crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.

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Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office K9s Edd and Lycan to get body armor

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office K9s Edd and Lycan to get body armor

 

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office K9s Edd and Lycan will receive bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vests are sponsored by Joe Radack of Cumming, GA and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.” Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,700 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.6 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

 

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

 

The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

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Man Killed in Domestic Incident, Brother Charged

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at approximately 1:00 a.m., deputies with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office responded to Montcliff Drive, Cumming, GA (Long Lake Subdivision) in reference to a domestic homicide.  The incident involved a verbal altercation between brothers, which turned physical and resulted in the victim receiving a fatal stab wound.

The victim was identified as 36 year old Stuart Brown from Cumming. The suspect was identified as 30 year old Mitchell Brown also of Cumming.   Mitchell Brown is currently being held at the Forsyth County Jail on one charge of Murder.

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BODY RECOVERED FROM SUBMERGED VEHICLE

On December 12th, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded with the Forsyth County Fire Department to a report of a submerged vehicle in Lake Lanier.
The vehicle, a silver Toyota Camry, was observed at Tidwell Park by a passerby. The vehicle was completely underwater and at the end of the boat ramp. The Forsyth County Fire Department Dive Team responded and assisted with retrieving the vehicle from the water.
Reva Jennings, 77, of Cumming, was found in the vehicle and was the sole occupant. Jennings was also the registered owner of the vehicle. Detectives believe Jennings accidentally drove into the lake. The case is still under investigation. Foul play is not suspected at this time.

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Woman Arrested for Impersonating Nurse

Taiwo Bolatito Sobamowo was arrested on 11/02/2015 by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office in
North Carolina on a warrant issued by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. The warrant was for
practicing as a registered professional nurse without a license. Additional warrants were issued
for Sobamowo which included felony Financial Identity Fraud and felony Forgery.
The investigation identified that Sobamowo was working as a registered nurse with a Georgia
healthcare facility. Sobamowo had provided fraudulent credentials under a different name to
gain employment. The investigation showed that Sobamowo is not licensed in the State of
Georgia, or elsewhere in the United States.
Sobamowo is currently being held at the Wake County Sheriff’s Office detention center until
she can be extradited to Forsyth County.

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MISSING CHILD LOCATED SAFE

On Friday, October 30th, Deputies with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a call in reference to a missing and possibly endangered child. Trevor Cargle, 6, was taken by his mother, Amber Fisher, 23, of Cumming, who does not have custodial rights.
An Amber alert was requested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and initiated by the GBI. On Nov 1st at approximately 6:30 p.m., a family member returned Trevor to the Sheriff’s Office after Amber had dropped him off at their residence. Trevor was taken into the custody of DFACS.
Later that night, Fisher turned herself in to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. Fisher is currently in the Forsyth County Jail on a charge of contempt of court.

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SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN ARMED ROBBERY

On Wednesday October 7th just before 11PM, a black male entered the Wal-Mart located at 2395 Peachtree Parkway wearing a white and blue colored surgical mask armed with a black semi automatic handgun.
The male suspect, pictured below, confronted store employees who were in the process of collecting money from the cash registers. During the robbery, the suspect discharged his firearm into the floor before leaving the store. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money. The male suspect was observed getting into a black-in-color sedan, possibly a Toyota, which was driven by a black female. Also, another black female, pictured below, was observed inside the store during the robbery and was possibly acting as a lookout prior to the robbery occurring. She left the store immediately after the robbery in a black-in-color car.
The suspects described match similar incidents that have occurred at other area Wal-Marts in the State of Georgia. There were no injuries in this incident. If anyone has any information about this robbery, please contact Detective Tyler Sexton with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section at 770-781-2200.

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