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Man arrested for 'several years' of child molestation

Man arrested for 'several years' of child molestation

DALLAS, Ga. -- A Paulding County man was arrested last week for molesting two young girls.

Investigators learned that 23-year-old Dakota James McNeil had been abusing his victims "over the course of the last several years," according to Paulding County Sheriff's spokesperson Ashley Henson.

McNeil was taken into custody on Oct. 4 for an incident of sexual abuse that took place at a house on Mona Place in Dallas on Sept. 11, Henson said.

Over the course of the investigation, police determined that McNeil began molesting one of his victims when she was only 5 years old, according to Henson.

McNeil faces several charges, including two counts of aggravated child molestation and one count of aggravated sodomy.

Henson said McNeil could possibly have more victims. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 770-445-6105.

Teen's stepfather to plead not guilty

Teen's stepfather to plead not guilty

DALLAS, Ga. -- Paulding County authorities are heading to Arizona and Ohio to visit Paul and Sheila Comer's family following their arrest for false imprisonment and cruelty to children.  

A lawyer for a Georgia man accused of sending his emaciated teenage stepson to Los Angles says his client intends to plead not guilty.

An Oct. 4 court hearing is set for Comer and his wife, Sheila Comer.

Authorities say 18-year-old Mitch Comer told police he was forced to kneel for hours at a time by his stepfather and mother, who are accused of confining the teen in a bedroom in their Paulding County home for years before the child was sent to Los Angeles.

Renee Rockwell, a lawyer for Sheila Comer, has said her client is also pleading not guilty to the charges.

2 teens arrested for East Paulding HS vandalism

2 teens arrested for East Paulding HS vandalism

DALLAS, Ga. -- Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a case of vandalism at a Paulding County school.

The suspects, both of whom are 16, were taken into custody at around 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to Paulding County Sheriff's spokesperson Ashley Henson. Their names were not released because they are juveniles.

The teens are accused of tagging about 20 areas of East Paulding High School with spray paint early Monday.

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Henson said one of the teens made a full confession, while the other claimed he wasn't involved.

Sheriff's office needs help solving 2005 murder

Sheriff's office needs help solving 2005 murder

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- The Paulding County Sheriff's Office posted a notice on its Facebook page Monday afternoon, asking anyone with information about a murder case to come forward.

Regan Wheeler was killed on Oct. 13, 2005, according to the Facebook post. The case remains unsolved.

Investigators are offering a $12,000 reward for information about Wheeler's death.

Anyone who can help with the investigation is asked to call Sgt. Mike Hill or GBI Special Agent John Farmer at 770-443-3015.

Bank of America branch robbed

Bank of America branch robbed

HIRAM, Ga. -- Hiram Police are looking for a man accused of robbing the Bank of America on Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway.

The robbery happened at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Police said the suspect, described as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s, committed the crime.

The suspect is about six feet tall and has a lean build. He was wearing an orange and red baseball cap and orange long-sleeved shirt, according to police.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Hiram Police Department at 770-943-3087.

Craigslist ads may have targeted women for violence

Craigslist ads may have targeted women for violence

HIRAM, Ga. -- Paulding County Sheriff's officials are warning residents to be careful when responding to posts for free or inexpensive dogs on Craigslist.

Police have arrested one underage suspect for posting fake pet ads on the classifieds website. Although no one was harmed while responding to the postings, investigators have reason to believe that women were being targeted for "random acts of attempted violence for no apparent reason" through Craigslist, according to Paulding County Sheriff's spokesperson Ashley Henson.

The ads listed an address on Beranda Circle in the Hagen Farm subdivision in Hiram, Henson said.

The sheriff's office is now searching for victims who may have responded to the ads.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 770-443-3016.