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Woodstock man charged with fraudulent prescription writing

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A Woodstock man was arrested Thursday on charges that he forged a doctor's signature to obtain over-the-counter drugs, according to the Cherokee County Marshal's Office.

Bryan Chirangu, 33, has been charged 21 felony counts: nine counts of identity theft fraud, six counts of first degree forgery, two counts for possession of a schedule IV-controlled substance and four counts for possession of a schedule II-controlled substance, according to his arrest warrant filed November 8 by the Cherokee County Marshal's Office.

Chirangu is accused of using the identity of a doctor without authorization to create fraudulent prescriptions on multiple occasions over about three months, according to his arrest warrant: between July 11 and July 12 to obtain Lorazepam, also known as Ativan; between on September 9 and 11 to obtain Alprazolam, also known as Xanax; and on September 1 and on September 13 to obtain Alprazolam, also known as Adderall. The warrant says the alleged fraudulent prescriptions were filled at the Walmart pharmacies on Holly Springs Parkway and Bells Ferry Road.

Human remains were found near the Etowah River in Canton Thursday, Canton Police Department announced.

Officers responded at about 10:19 a.m. Thursday to Reformation Parkway, near the Waleska Street underpass in response to a 911 call due to human remains being located in the area, the police department reported. The remains will be turned over to the GBI crime lab to be examined.

This incident is actively under investigation.

According to police, additional information will be made available as the investigation progresses and the remains are positively identified.

Anyone with information to is asked to contact the Canton Police Department.

The Living Bridge Center South in Canton is offering free HIV testing in observance of World AIDS Day December 1.

The Living Bridge Center South is located at 130 Riverstone Terrace, Suite 102 in Canton.

Testing will also be available December 1 at the Whitfield County Health Department’s Adult Health Clinic (formerly known as MAC) at 800 Professional Boulevard in Dalton.

The Living Bridge Center staff will hand out goodie bags, T-shirts, and treats at both sites to anyone who gets a free HIV test that day.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 700,000 American lives have been lost to HIV since 1981. More than 1.1 million Americans are currently living with HIV and many more are at risk of HIV infection.Top of Form


For more information about HIV prevention, World AIDS Day, or the free HIV testing being offered that day, call The Living Bridge Center in Canton. To order a free HIV self-test kit, go to GA Cap Us dot com and click the red triangle.


Reinhardt University has added a master of science in nursing program with a focus in nursing education, the university announced Thursday.

The program recently received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This continuous five-semester program is 100% online, with the first cohort beginning in the fall of 2023.

The MSN in Nursing Education prepares students for careers at colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools and hospital educational departments. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator, Novice Nurse Educator and Academic Clinical Nurse Educator exams. The curriculum also supports the foundational knowledge needed to pursue a terminal nursing degree. Applicants for Reinhardt’s MSN program must have completed a bachelor of science in nursing from an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredited and state-approved nursing program. Applicants must also hold a current unencumbered Georgia or compact state registered nurse license at the time of the application deadline.


Reinhardt running back Devyn Collins was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week following the Eagles’ 40-0 win over Union to close the regular season.

Collins ran for 214 yards and four touchdowns in the dominant win that helped Reinhardt (8-1, 5-0) earn the AAC’s automatic bid to the NAIA playoffs. He averaged 9.7 yards per carry to secure his second weekly award of the season.

As the AAC’s leading rusher this season, the junior from Rome averaged 106.8 yards per game, along with a conference-best 17 touchdowns.

Collins finished the Eagles’ regular season on a high note, accounting for the first four scores against Union. He opened the floodgates with a 25-yard run on the Eagles’ second drive of the game and followed with a 19-yard run with two minutes left in the first quarter. Collins’ most explosive play came in the third quarter, a 61-yard touchdown run. Reinhardt will open the NAIA tournament on the road today, facing former Mid-South Conference rival Lindsey Wilson.


On Thanksgiving Day, thousands of meals will be sent out for delivery or picked up to be enjoyed by families in Cherokee and Pickens counties who otherwise wouldn't have a meal for the holiday.

Cherokee Thanksgiving is in its 30th year feeding local families this year, said Cheryl Mosley, the coordinator of the event.

What began with a small group at Canton First United Methodist Church has grown to a nonprofit organization with over 200 volunteers. The group expects to serve about 2,400 meals this year, Mosley said.

The meals are for anyone — those who cannot make or buy their own meals, and first responders like police and firefighters who have to work on Thanksgiving.

People can have their meals delivered or they can order a meal to pick up and take home.

This year’s event was planned to be organized from Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q in Canton, which has helped provide food in the past, but plans had to change quickly after a fire shut down the restaurant earlier this month.

The couple connected the nonprofit with another local restaurant, La Catrina Tacos and Margaritas in Canton, where staff are now also helping prepare food to continue the tradition.

This year’s Cherokee Thanksgiving meal is chicken, rice, green beans, dressing and gravy, a roll and a sugar cookie.


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