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Investigators keep mum
Few details in grenade scare
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Forsyth County News
Authorities have not determined the origins of a toy grenade that touched off a scare late last week in a northeastern Forsyth County neighborhood.

Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said investigators have nothing new to report.

“It’s still under investigation and we have no further information to release on it,” he said.

Local, state and federal authorities were called out about 1:15 p.m. Friday afternoon when what appeared to be a hand grenade turned up outside a house on Creekstone Place.

The house is home to Kim Pruitt, whose husband Milton Scott Pruitt is a former Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy convicted in July on federal child pornography charges.

Scott Pruitt, who after being fired from the force ran unsuccessfully for sheriff in 2008, was convicted on two counts of receiving child pornography on his home and work computers. He is currently in federal custody.

Prior to his sentencing hearing in October, his attorneys filed a motion for a new trial.

The request is based on their contention that the county’s information technology director purposely withheld crucial evidence from the defense and lied about it in court.

A hearing on the matter is expected next month.

Kim Pruitt has deferred comment on the grenade scare to Ann Fitz, the lawyer representing her and her husband.

The Atlanta attorney has said she doesn’t have many details about what happened, but that Kim Pruitt was shaken by the incident.

Fitz questioned whether the incident was a prank and said she had heard that a neighbor saw someone leave the item in a flower bed at the home.

No one was hurt in the incident, which created a stir Friday in the Riverstone Plantation subdivision off Jot Em Down Road.

Five homes were evacuated and children from the subdivision who attend Chestatee Elementary, Little Middle and North Forsyth High were kept at the schools until authorities determined it was safe. Parents were allowed to pick their children up.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also participated in the investigation.