Sunday, April 14, 2013
The standoff that started early this morning has ended with the man dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
UPDATE AT 12:03 p.m.: According to WSB, the incident started around 7:30 a.m. Sunday as the man wearing a bulletproof vest pulled over onto the side of the interstate, got out of his car and walked across two lanes to the wood line and put the gun to his head. The man remained calm and talked to negotiators for nearly an hour before taking his own life. The news outlet reports the man had a long criminal history and is not from the area. Holly Springs Police Lt. Tanya Smith told Patch the man's identity will not be released until his family is notified. UPDATE at 9:30 a.m.: the man whose actions shut down Interstate 575 early Sunday morning has taken his own life. Holly Springs Police Spokeswoman Lt. Tanya Smith confirmed with Patch that …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
After he was pulled over for running a stop sign, Laurens called Mayor Tim Downing to ask how he can have stop signs removed from entrances to a roundabout in his neighborhood.
Georgia House District 21 candidate Brian Laurens is denying allegations he tried to use his relationship with Holly Springs Mayor Tim Downing to throw out a traffic citation he received in November. The issue came to light Tuesday evening during a debate sponsored by the Cherokee County Republican Party when candidate Scot Turner asked Laurens if he tried to use his "political influence for personal gain" by calling Downing during the incident. Laurens received a citation on Nov. 4 for running a stop sign in a roundabout off Holly Commons Parkway. One video (warning: the ending of this video contains language unsuitable for children) posted on the Facebook profile of Franklin Myrick, shows Holly Springs Police Officer Danny West pulling…
Sunday, December 9, 2012
A pancake breakfast to help raise money for Shane and Meg Ladner was held Saturday morning.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Friends and family rally around the couple who were hurt in a Texas train accident earlier this month.
It could take up to a year before Holly Springs police officer Shane Ladner and wife Meg Ladner's lives return to normal. That's according to long-time friend Julie Cassidy, who has been by the couple's side since they were seriously injured in a train accident earlier this month in Texas. Meg Ladner, Cassidy said, underwent surgery on Monday to make repairs to her pelvis, hip, and her leg. "The good news is there is no brain damage and all her vital organs are working," she added. "She’s a fighter." Cassidy said Meg Ladner's recovery will take at least a year. She noted she will stay at Atlanta Medical Center for another three months and will undergo rehabilitative therapy at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for an additional nine months. …
Friday, November 23, 2012
A fundraiser to help Holly Springs couple Shane and Meg Ladner recover from injuries will be held next month.
Friends are planning an event to raise money for a Holly Springs couple Shane and Meg Ladner who were hurt in a train accident earlier this month. Two sets of pancake breakfasts will be held at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 at Longhorn Steakhouse at 2700 Town Center Drive in Kennesaw, according to 11 Alive. The event falls on a Saturday and will also feature a silent auction to be held in conjunction of the breakfast. Organizers are requesting participants to donate $20 to help the Ladners. A Facebook page, Prayers For Shane and Meg Ladner, has also been set up so friends and family can keep track of the Ladner's recovery. As of Friday morning, the page had more than 1,200 fans. The Ladners on Monday flew back to Atlanta from Midland, Texas…
Monday, November 19, 2012
Shane and Meg Ladner, who were injured in a Texas train incident, are flying home tonight, but Meg will go to Atlanta Medical Center.
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Monday, November 19, 2012
CORRECTION: An editor changed wording in a press release from "awards of valor" to a misnamed award. This version of the story returns the wording to the original. Holly Springs Police Officer Shane Ladner and wife Meg Ladner, the Georgia couple injured when a train hit their parade float in Midland, Texas, were scheduled to leave the Lone Star State today about 4 p.m. The two, set to fly back to Georgia, will land at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport and Meg Ladner, whose leg was amputated, will be transported to Atlanta Medical Center, said Holly Springs police spokesman Lt. Tanya Anderson. "We expect her to be at Atlanta Medical by 8 or 9 p.m.," Anderson added. "I have no updates on condition, prognosis, how long they expect to be at Atlanta […
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Shane and Meg Ladner, who were involved in a train accident in Texas, could return to the Atlanta area by the end of the weekend.
Holly Springs Police Officer Shane Ladner and wife Meg Ladner will soon return to the Atlanta area. That's according to Holly Springs Police Chief Ken Ball, who provided an update to on the Ladner's condition. Ball posted on the Holly Springs-Hickory Flat Facebook Page Saturday afternoon, informing residents that Meg Ladner is stable and there are plans to fly the couple back to an Atlanta area hospital "in the next day or so." Ball said Meg Ladner will be admitted to an Atlanta area hospital where she will continue to recover from injuries she sustained in the accident, which occurred late Thursday afternoon in Midland, Texas. The accident claimed the lives of four people and wounded 17. Ball also said Holly Springs Police Chaplain Sgt. …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Officer Shane Ladner remains hospitalized and is being treated for injuries he suffered while participating in the Hunt For Heroes event.
UPDATE 4:07 p.m.: Meg Ladner's condition has been upgraded to stable. Her left leg was amputated, but there is no other update on her overall condition. While there was talk of flying Ladner back to the Atlanta area, no decision has been made. It could be as late as Monday before flight arrangements are made. UPDATE 3:58 p.m.: A benefit fund has been established at Cherokee Bank to help Officer Shane Ladner and wife Meg. Donations can be made in person at the bank or by mail to: Cherokee Bank, P.O. Box 4250, Canton, GA 30114. Checks should be made payable to: Ladner Benefit Fund. Cherokee Bank has a location in Canton and in Woodstock. For more information, call the bank's Canton branch at (770) 479-3400. A Holly Springs police officer has…
Monday, October 1, 2012
The incident occurred Sunday afternoon in Canton.
An alleged tussle between a Canton father and son on Sunday afternoon left one man in the hospital and one man in jail. The Canton Police Department said in a release that Anthony Johnson, Sr., 53, has been arrested for aggravated battery in the stabbing of his 25-year-old son, Anthony Johnson, Jr. The younger Johnson was transported to Northside Hospital-Cherokee by his father after being stabbed at the home of Mary Williams, who is the mother of the elder Johnson. After he delivered his son to the hospital, the elder Johnson left the scene. Canton Police were summoned to the hospital at 3:03 p.m. and began looking for Johnson, Sr. Officers from the Holly Springs Police Department located Johnson, Sr. at the Pine Crest Motor Lodge, and …
Monday, August 20, 2012
At about 2 a.m., the suspects, who were armed, broke into a home in the 200 block of Amylou Circle, Holly Springs Police Lt. Tanya Anderson said. Inside the home were the homeowners, their brother-in-law, their son and his girlfriend.
Three suspects who allegedly broke into a Amylou Circle home, forced the family in the home to get on the floor, and eventually led local authorities on a brief chase, have been arrested. At about 2 a.m., three people broke into a home in the 200 block of Amylou Circle, Holly Springs Police Lt. Tanya Anderson said. Inside the home were the homeowners, their brother-in-law, their son and his girlfriend. The suspects, who were armed, robbed the homeowners and fled the scene as Holly Springs Police arrived, Anderson said. One suspect fled the scene in a van. After a brief chase that ended when the suspect wrecked the van at Towne Lake Parkway in Woodstock, police arrested 21-year-old Andra Westmoreland. The two remaining suspects, 31-year-old…