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Skeletal remains found in Cherokee County

Cherokee County authorities need help identifying a body that was discovered Saturday afternoon.

A biologist searching for snakes found the skeletal remains of a human body off South Cherokee Lane in Woodstock, and detectives arrived on the scene around 6 p.m., Lt. Jay Baker with the sheriff’s office said Sunday.

The body appears to be that of a man who was wearing size 13, red Adidas tennis shoes, Baker said. Blue jeans and burgundy shorts also were found with the remains. Investigators do not yet know how long the body was in the woods.

The remains will be sent to the GBI crime lab for analysis, Baker said.

Cherokee sheriff’s officials said they do not having any cases of missing people that fit this investigation.

Anyone with information on the case should call 911.

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  • Channel 2 Action News has learned former state Sen. Steen Miles has died. Miles, the daughter of a pastor, came to Atlanta in 1984 as a journalist. In 2001, Miles was hired as chief media relations officer for MARTA, and served as the transit system's spokeswoman. In 2003, she hosted the talk show 'Faith in the City Forum,' a discussion of current events and public policy from diverse faith perspectives. In 2005, Miles threw her hat into the political ring and was elected as state senator for Georgia's 43 rd District. 'While in the Senate, she wrote and/or co-sponsored 71 pieces of legislation and resolutions. Miles ran for lieutenant governor of Georgia in 2006, and in 2008, became a contributing columnist to The Champion Newspaper. She was a candidate in the 2014 elections for U.S. Senate,' according to her biography on The History Makers website . Miles lived in Decatur and is survived by two daughters, Kellie and Heather, as well as two grandchildren, William and Kellea. Information for this article from The History Makers.
  • A principal at a Christian school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is facing child porn charges. Jeff Goss is the principal at the Christian Education Alliance in west Tulsa. Goss was arrested Tuesday morning by federal officials after they reportedly caught Goss using an online application to view child pornography. >> Watch the news report here Authorities said the application lets people enter chat rooms and share videos, pictures and more. Agents from Phoenix said Goss showed his face in the chat room, and they were able to track his IP address. Goss reportedly confessed to using the app at least five times. >> Read more trending news Agents said he preferred children ages 10 to 12 and did not care if they were girls or boys. Goss allegedly told officers that he primarily teaches children ages 12 and 13. School officials said they did not find out about the allegations against Goss until FOX23.com called them. They said he did not show up to work Wednesday. The station confirmed that he is in the Tulsa County Jail. The school's website says that it has served home-school families for more than 20 years.
  • President Donald Trump is vowing to step up efforts to combat the nation's opioid addiction crisis, and he's tapped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead the fight. Trump convened an emotional roundtable Wednesday with Christie, members of his Cabinet, law enforcement chiefs, recovering addicts and advocates. It was the first public event tied to the launch of a new addiction commission that Christie, a longtime Trump friend and formal rival, will chair. Trump listened intently as Vanessa Vitolo and AJ Solomon, two recovering addicts from New Jersey, described their harrowing battles with substance abuse. Both became hooked on prescription pain killers, and quickly transitioned to heroin. Trump also heard from a mother whose son died from an overdose after a long battle with addition. Her son, Trump told the mother, hadn't died in vain. 'We want to help those who have become so badly addicted. Drug abuse has become a crippling problem throughout the United States,' said Trump, citing statistics that show drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the country. 'This is a total epidemic and I think it's probably, almost un-talked about compared to the severity that we're witnessing.' Christie, a longtime friend of the president, headed Trump's presidential transition before he was unceremoniously replaced by incoming Vice President Mike Pence in the days after the election due to disagreements over its direction. While the governor has long maintained that he plans to complete his last year in office before moving to the private sector, speculation remains that he is eyeing a top job in the administration, and people close to him have said he is open to potentially joining it one day. Christie told The Associated Press earlier Wednesday that while he has 'no interest in having a permanent role' in the Trump administration at this time, he was happy to spearhead the anti-drug effort at Trump's request. 'He asked me to help with this and I'm going to,' Christie said. 'It's an issue that I care about a lot in New Jersey and for the country and so the president asked me to do this and I was happy to.' Christie has made the issue of addiction a centerpiece of his administration and spoke extensively about it during his own presidential bid. He has dedicated his final year in office to addressing the drug crisis. Last month, he signed legislation that limits first-time opioid prescriptions to five days' worth of drugs and requires state-regulated health insurers to cover at least six months of substance abuse treatment. 'This issue causes enormous pain and destruction to everyday families in every state in this country,' said Christie, who has been working behind the scenes with White House officials since shortly after Trump's inauguration. Trump promised during his campaign to stop drugs from 'pouring' into the country, and said the new group would work with local officials, law enforcement, medical professionals and addicts to improve treatment options, prevent people from getting hooked in the first place and stop the flow of drugs across the border. He signed an executive order formally establishing the commission later Thursday. 'Drug cartels have spread their deadly industry across our nation, and the availability of cheap narcotics — some of it comes in cheaper than candy — has devastated our communities,' he said. But critics say that Trump's actions as president so far undermine his rhetoric. The failed GOP 'Obamacare' replacement bill that Trump pushed to pass sought to end the Medicaid expansion, which provides substance abuse and mental health treatment. It also would have stripped requirements that insurance plans provide the services as 'essential' benefits. 'There is a massive gulf between President Trump's promises to tackle this crisis and the policies this administration has proposed during his first two months in office,' said New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, who also called on the commission to reevaluate other budget cuts the administration has proposed. The commission was rolled out as part of a new office led by Trump's son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner, whose father Christie prosecuted in his former role as U.S. attorney. Christie, who had lunch with Kushner Tuesday, downplayed reports of tensions between the two, calling it 'ancient history.' Christie's history with drug policy dates to his first elected position in county government more than 20 years ago. The issue became personal more than a decade later, when one of Christie's best friends from law school developed an addiction to prescription drugs and died of an overdose in a New Jersey motel. The focus also gives Christie a chance to try to move past negative headlines that have helped fuel his unpopularity in New Jersey. As Christie was appearing at the White House, two former aides were sentenced for their roles in the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. Bill Baroni was sentenced to two years in prison, while co-defendant Bridget Kelly was sentenced to 18 months after they were convicted last November on counts including wire fraud, conspiracy and misusing the bridge for improper purposes. The scandal derailed Christie's presidential aspirations and may have cost him a chance to be then-GOP nominee Trump's running mate — a role Christie openly courted. Several of Christie's former aides now work in the Trump administration. __ Associated press writers Vivian Salama in Washington and Josh Cornfield in Trenton, New Jersey, contributed to this report.
  • WSB-TV has confirmed that the Transportation Security Administration fired a screener who missed a loaded handgun in a passenger’s carry-on bag Sunday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. According to an Atlanta police incident report, Katrina Jackson, of Hoover, Alabama, discovered the handgun as she checked her purse for her passport at the gate. “There’s one thing if you’re missing something suspicious. This was a handgun, so this is a big deal that this got through the TSA screening process,” security expert Brent Brown said. >> Watch the news report here Jackson told police about the gun, and officers showed up at the gate to confiscate her gun and her bag. Jackson told them that she had a permit to carry from Alabama but did not have it with her. Police arrested her. She is charged with unlawful possession of a handgun. “I mean, she violated the law, so we have consequences,” passenger Melissa Monroe said. A TSA spokesperson sent the following statement: “This egregious mistake was unacceptable and the officer, who was still a probationary employee, was immediately and permanently separated from federal service.” >> Read more trending news According to TSA, a screener’s probationary period lasts two years. “We don’t know who else might have gotten through. This one person fortunately turned around and reported herself, but how many of these types of things get through all the time?” Brown said. WSB-TV’s Aaron Diamant learned that TSA screeners detected 198 guns at Atlanta’s airport in 2016, more than any other U.S. airport. Screeners have found 48 guns so far this year, including seven during the same week that the screener missed Jackson’s gun. “This is a crazy world we live in, so, you know, things happen, and if it’s our time, it’s our time. But they’re doing a good job. I think they’re doing a good job,” passenger Tiffany Clinton said. WSB-TV was unable to contact Jackson. The Clayton County solicitor general is handling her case.