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KSU Students to Excavate Lynching Site

KENNESAW, GA -- A group of Kennesaw State University archaeology students will join students at the Bauder College Cold Case Research Institute and firearms experts to excavate and conduct the first metal surveys performed on the Walton County site where the bodies of four African-American lynching-by-gunfire victims were found.

The excavation will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Under the direction of KSU archaeology professor Terry Powis and Bauder College CCRI director Sheryl McCollum, the team will conduct an archaeological investigation of the site, including an extensive metal survey, the first since an inconclusive FBI investigation following the 1946 crime on the Moore's Ford Bridge in Monroe, Georgia.

A white mob attacked and killed two black couples in their 20s, mutilating the body of one of the four.

Search Warrant Yields Multiple Drug Arrests

KENNESAW, GA -- On Thursday, Sept. 16 around 7:00 a.m., officers from the Kennesaw Police Department served a search warrant at the residence located at 4035 Summit Wood Drive.

Upon entering the residence, they made contact with five adults and one juvenile.

Registered Sex Offender Arrested

KENNESAW, GA -- On Sept. 16, officers from the Kennesaw Police Department were dispatched to 1910 Big Shanty Road around 6:30 p.m. to meet with state probation officers.

Apparently, the probation officers were completing random compliance checks on registered sex offenders when they made contact with 50-year-old Clyde Rodgers Deer. During their compliance check, the probation officers observed material that was a violation of Mr. Deer's registered status.

Mr. Deer was placed into custody and a state warrant was taken, charging him with one count of computer pornography and 25 counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Additional counts or charges could be pending after further investigation.

Mr. Deer is currently being held in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested in Pennsylvania

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Woodstock police investigators were notified on Sept. 15 that Matthew Belcher, 38, the suspect identified in the robbery of a local Wachovia Bank, was arrested without incident by the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department in Pennsylvania.

The original incident occured on Thursday, July 29 at 5:00 p.m., when Woodstock police responded to a robbery at the Wachovia Bank at 12172 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188. According to bank officials, the suspect entered the bank at approximately 4:55 p.m. He approached the teller, presented a note demanding a specific amount of money and threatened to harm employees and customers. He fled the bank in a gold Dodge Neon with New Jersey license plates.

Belcher, of Kennesaw, Georgia, will be held in Pennsylvania on fugitive warrants until extradition orders can be obtained.

He is charged with armed robbery.