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Man accused of hitting teen son in head with shovel

Man accused of hitting teen son in head with shovel

A Paulding County man was arrested Thursday after authorities said he hit his 15-year-old son in the head with a shovel and critically injured him. The assault happened after Aaron Clark Buchanan got into an argument with his son in the Sheffield Farms subdivision, which is across from Taylor Farm Park in Powder Springs, Paulding sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ashley Henson said Friday. Buchanan ...
New DNA evidence found in shooting death of woman left naked in park

New DNA evidence found in shooting death of woman left naked in park

More than seven months after a woman was killed and left naked in an Atlanta park, investigators are hoping new DNA evidence may lead them to her killer. Bridget Shiel, 19, was found in a grassy area near a basketball court at Oakland City Park early May 31, police said.  She had multiple gunshot wounds on her back, buttocks and legs. "I don't think a week has gone by since May 31st of 2016...
Don’t blame dogs, hold owners responsible, animal experts say

Don’t blame dogs, hold owners responsible, animal experts say

This week, a little boy was killed and a schoolmate seriously injured when the two were attacked by dogs in southwest Atlanta. Last month, a 7-year-old Gwinnett County boy’s ear was ripped off by dogs. In 2010, an 8-year-old girl lost her arm following a dog attack in DeKalb County. Each story is heartbreaking, leaving physical and emotional wounds that may never heal. But every...
Cops: Man, teen had relationship for ‘several months’

Cops: Man, teen had relationship for ‘several months’

A Roswell man was arrested after police say he had a relationship with a teenager.  Jason Champion, 42, was charged with statutory rape and enticing a child, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Police say Champion met the 16-year-old girl through a dating site called “Hot or Not” that allows members to rate the attractiveness of user-submitted photos.  The two then communicated...
2 teens accused of shooting Cobb homeless man  

2 teens accused of shooting Cobb homeless man  

A flash bang was followed by heavily armored SWAT team members moving in Wednesday to arrest a man at a Kennesaw home. Kristen Davis told Channel 2 Action News she was concerned about the charges her neighbor was facing. “The neighborhood needs to know what’s going on,” Davis told the news station. “It’s not fair that nobody knows what happened; they need to know...
Former sex escort recruiter: ‘Every girl fell for my poison’

Former sex escort recruiter: ‘Every girl fell for my poison’

Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols’ “Unholy Tour” traveled from downtown to Midtown to Sandy Springs, where local police recently stung some strip clubs for illegal acts. “I think all elected officials in this state should be concerned about something that is a blight on our state where kids are being sold and their lives are being ruined,” Echols told me. There...
$9M worth of marijuana seized in Atlanta

$9M worth of marijuana seized in Atlanta

Atlanta police said a tip helped authorities seize marijuana with an estimated street value of $9 million. Police were alerted Monday that a large shipment of pot was moving through the city in a cargo truck, according to Channel 2 Action News. They passed the tip to state officers, who made a traffic stop, the television station reported. Narcotics officers took the driver and truck into custody...
4 men guilty of using social media to sell heroin in Atlanta

4 men guilty of using social media to sell heroin in Atlanta

Four Atlanta men are headed for federal prison after they used social media to advertise and sell heroin in the English Avenue neighborhood, federal authorities said Thursday. A citizen tip alerted officials to the illegal drug sales, said Bob Page, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Bernard Stokley, 27, Tobias Ellison, 28, Alvin Hughley, 54, and Vance Hoard, 48, pleaded guilty to conspiracy...
Commissioner’s son was arrested 12 times before 3-year-old’s death  

Commissioner’s son was arrested 12 times before 3-year-old’s death  

A man who hit and killed a 3-year-old boy in the parking lot of a northeast Georgia grocery store has a near 20-year history of drug- and alcohol-related arrests and is the son of a White County commissioner, according to Channel 2 Action News. James Holcomb’s criminal record dates to 1998, the television station reported. During that span, he was arrested 12 times, including a September...
Georgia fugitive accused of killing wife found dead in Vietnam

Georgia fugitive accused of killing wife found dead in Vietnam

Nearly two months after he allegedly killed his estranged wife, a DeKalb County man was found dead in Vietnam, police said Thursday. Orlando Raymond Price was found dead in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Jan. 11, according to Major S.R. Fore with DeKalb police. The U.S. Embassy in Vietnam notified police this week of Price’s death, but the cause has not been determined, Fore said. Price had been on the...
Lilburn shoplifting suspect killed in fiery crash

Lilburn shoplifting suspect killed in fiery crash

A woman who led deputies on a high-speed chase through two counties and died in a fiery crash was wanted in metro Atlanta, the Georgia State Patrol said. About 8:21 p.m. Wednesday, a Banks County sheriff’s deputy spotted a silver Chrysler 200 speeding on I-85 south and tried to stop the car, GSP spokesman Tim Meyer said. Instead of stopping, the driver sped south into Jackson County at...
AJC Watchdog: Atlanta sex-trafficking tour reveals ‘the hell of it’

AJC Watchdog: Atlanta sex-trafficking tour reveals ‘the hell of it’

As AJC Watchdog, I’ll be writing about public officials, good governance and the way your tax dollars are spent. Help me out. What needs exposing in your community? Contact me at cjoyner@ajc.com. The red-and-white charter bus slowed to a crawl, pausing by a shadowy parking lot wedged between a budget motel and several down-market strip clubs a block off Fulton Industrial Boulevard. The tour...
Police seek 2 women in $6K perfume theft

Police seek 2 women in $6K perfume theft

Police are seeking two women in connection with the theft of about $6,000 in Chanel perfume from a store at Ponce City Market. According to police, the manager of Sephora said she saw two women come into the store about 6:40 p.m. on Jan. 4. One of the women faked an injury to distract from the other woman, who took the perfume and put it into her purse, according to the police incident report. The...
Johns Creek woman found dead in Roswell yard

Johns Creek woman found dead in Roswell yard

A woman found dead in the front yard of a Roswell home has been identified, police say. Karen Lee LaForge, 53, of Johns Creek, was found near the side of a house Tuesday afternoon, Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland said. A man inside a home on Tyson Circle called 911 about 1:30 p.m. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has not determined how LaForge died and police...
56 arrested in connection with Dunwoody prostitution ring

56 arrested in connection with Dunwoody prostitution ring

After a months-long investigation into a prostitution business run out of apartments in Dunwoody and Atlanta, 56 people have been arrested, police said. Sam Crenshaw, his wife Darliene Crenshaw, both of Marietta, and George Moore of Sandy Springs are accused of owning and operating a commercial sex enterprise, Dunwoody police Chief Billy Grogan said Wednesday. Darliene Crenshaw was arrested Tuesday...
As mauled girl has surgeries, family prays for all, even dog owner

As mauled girl has surgeries, family prays for all, even dog owner

Little Syari Sanders remembers all of it. The dogs. The screams to run. Her inability to get away. The 5-year-old tried, but she couldn’t escape the vicious attack to her face and head, leaving her small body, bloodied and helpless, in the middle of a southwest Atlanta street. Her 6-year-old classmate, Logan Braatz, was also attacked. But he didn’t survive. » VIDEO: Police say...
Fatal dog attack no surprise in neighborhoods where dogs roam freely

Fatal dog attack no surprise in neighborhoods where dogs roam freely

That a small pack of them were loose in a Westside Atlanta neighborhood was not. Dogs routinely wander the streets in Atlanta’s working class and poor neighborhoods. On any given day, there are so many that Fulton County animal control officers could easily remove 100 dogs from the streets if they had the manpower, said Oliver Delk, director of the county’s animal services. “It&rsquo...
Fulton police seek men who carjacked, choked woman

Fulton police seek men who carjacked, choked woman

Police said Wednesday they need help identifying two men who carjacked and choked a woman at a south Fulton County gas station. About 11:15 p.m. Sunday, two men approached the owner of a blue 2013 Ford Focus at the Shell gas station at 3580 Cascade Road and asked for change, Fulton police Detective S.E. Webb said. One man rushed the victim from behind and choked her until she fell to...
Dog owner now charged with manslaughter in boy’s mauling death

Dog owner now charged with manslaughter in boy’s mauling death

Charges have been upgraded for the man whose dogs attacked two children, killing one and leaving the second seriously injured. Cameron Tucker made his first court appearance Wednesday morning after spending the night in the Fulton County jail. Tucker was arrested Tuesday after police determined the dogs belonged to him. He was initially charged with two counts of reckless conduct, but an involuntary...
3-year-old struck and killed in grocery store parking lot

3-year-old struck and killed in grocery store parking lot

A driver faces DUI and vehicular homicide charges after he hit and killed a 3-year-old boy in the parking lot of a northeast Georgia grocery store, state authorities said Wednesday. Easton Cain was standing behind a parked SUV about 12:49 p.m. Tuesday when the Georgia State Patrol said James Holcomb struck the child in the Ingles parking lot on Helen Highway in Cleveland. The grocery store...
Cobb officer hurt after fiery crash with 18-wheeler; truck driver charged 

Cobb officer hurt after fiery crash with 18-wheeler; truck driver charged 

A Cobb County police detective was seriously hurt after a crash with an 18-wheeler Tuesday morning. The crash happened after the driver of the truck failed to yield along Fulton Industrial Boulevard in south Fulton County, Fulton police said.  The truck driver, who was not injured, was charged with failure to yield. The detective’s lung was punctured and bones broken. His county car was...
Roswell woman found dead in front yard

Roswell woman found dead in front yard

UPDATE: The woman has been identified as 53-year-old Karen Lee LaForge of Johns Creek. Police were investigating after a woman was found dead Tuesday in the front yard of a Roswell home. The death is being investigated as a homicide, according to Channel 2 Action News.  A man inside a home on Tyson Circle called 911 about 2:30 p.m. and Roswell officers arrived to find a dead woman in her...
Five Things to Know About Congressman John Lewis

Five Things to Know About Congressman John Lewis

Rep. John Lewis found himself in President-Elect Donald Trump’s crosshairs Saturday with a series of tweets criticizing the civil rights legend and his congressional district. Trump was responding to Lewis announcing that he would boycott the upcoming inauguration, because Trump was not the “legitimate” president. Here are five things to know about John Lewis. 1. He bled to &lsquo...
Sandy Springs police seek car that struck officer

Sandy Springs police seek car that struck officer

Sandy Springs police are seeking to identify a car after an officer was struck during a traffic stop Friday night, authorities said. The incident happened just before 9 p.m. on Roswell Road near Morgan Falls Road, police spokesman Sgt. Forrest Bohannon said. The car, which may be a bright blue compact Ford, was driven from the scene after the incident, police said. The officer, who was not identified...
2 found shot to death in Clayton County parking lot

2 found shot to death in Clayton County parking lot

Two people were found shot to death Friday afternoon inside a vehicle in a parking lot near a Wal-Mart in Riverdale, police said. Shortly after 3:15 p.m., officers responded to a shopping center parking lot in the 7000 block of Ga. 85, police spokeswoman Lt. Nicole Rabel said. The motive for the shooting has not been determined, Rabel said. The investigation is ongoing. The GBI arrived on the scene...
KSU cops: Repeat flasher masturbated in front of women on campus

KSU cops: Repeat flasher masturbated in front of women on campus

Attorney Christopher B. Cahill, who said he is representing Lee on the multiple public indecency charges, emailed The AJC Friday afternoon. “Mr. Lee maintains his innocence and we are looking forward to resolving the case in his favor,” Cahill wrote. After months of investigating, police have arrested a man accused of flashing and masturbating in front of multiple women on the Kennesaw...
Still not getting my meds, Roswell murder suspect complains

Still not getting my meds, Roswell murder suspect complains

For the second time, the man accused of killing two teenagers behind a Roswell supermarket told a Fulton County judge Friday he isn’t getting his medication. “I’m still not on the right medication, judge,” Jeffrey Hazelwood said during a brief status hearing. Judge Shawn LaGrua replied that she had told Hazelwood’s attorneys who to contact at the jail but said she couldn&rsquo...
Neglected dogs rescued from Gwinnett home

Neglected dogs rescued from Gwinnett home

A Buford woman was issued multiple citations after two neglected dogs were removed from her home, Gwinnett County police said Friday. On Jan. 3, the county animal shelter received a complaint from a resident that a black dog had been running loose for days, police Cpl. Michele Pihera said. The resident thought the dog, later determined to be a black lab, lived in the 1400 block of Railroad Avenue...
Victim in deadly Paulding shooting may have been targeted, sheriff says

Victim in deadly Paulding shooting may have been targeted, sheriff says

A shooting that left a man dead in the foyer of his home does not appear to be a random act of violence, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office said Friday afternoon. Deputies went to the 500 block of Crestbend Lane about 12:39 a.m. after receiving a shots fired call, Sgt. Ashley Henson said. “When deputies arrived on scene,” he said, “they made contact with the female...
Video: Police say this man shot rapper Yung Mazi

Video: Police say this man shot rapper Yung Mazi

Police released on Thursday video surveillance footage taken at a Buckhead Waffle House where an Atlanta rapper was recently shot.  Jabriel Adburrahaman, also known as Yung Mazi, told police he had no idea who’d shot him about 3:45 a.m. Dec. 27. He also said he’d been shot several times before and that God made him bulletproof. Atlanta police spokesman Officer Donald Hannah said...
7 accused of running prostitution business next to Dunwoody police station

7 accused of running prostitution business next to Dunwoody police station

Seven people were arrested after Dunwoody police busted a high-end escort service conducted in an apartment across the street from the police station. After months of surveillance, police raided the business off Perimeter Center East on Dec. 29, according to Channel 2 Action News. Sam Crenshaw and George Moore face charges related to running a prostitution business and trafficking for the purpose...
Cobb tractor-trailer thief who represented himself gets 7 years

Cobb tractor-trailer thief who represented himself gets 7 years

An Austell man described as a career criminal was sentenced Tuesday after representing himself in court. Morris Michael McCoy, 38, received seven years in prison from Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard for a single theft charge. Cobb police found that McCoy stole a trailer with $40,000 of nails from National Nail on Riverside Parkway in January 2013. Police said McCoy came in a semi-tractor...
Arrest made in deadly Walgreens shooting

Arrest made in deadly Walgreens shooting

Police arrested a 21-year-old Gwinnett County man Thursday morning on a probation violation warrant. But soon after, Christopher Lamont Middleton of Lawrenceville was charged in connection with a deadly shooting at a Walgreens, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera.  Middleton now faces murder and armed robbery charges related to the Nov. 15 death of 26-year-old Wesley Bryant...
Have you seen this missing Atlanta man?

Have you seen this missing Atlanta man?

Atlanta police need the public’s help finding a man with dementia who has been missing since Jan. 5. William Clark went missing during the night from his home in the 3700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in southwest Atlanta, police said Thursday. He has a history of wandering away. People with knowledge of Clark’s whereabouts are asked to contact police.
‘Mimosa mandate’ would allow Sunday morning cocktails in Ga. restaurants

‘Mimosa mandate’ would allow Sunday morning cocktails in Ga. restaurants

A bill allowing Georgia restaurants to serve morning cocktails on Sundays has been filed in the state Senate, backed by a powerful GOP senator who is calling it her “mimosa mandate.” Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairwoman Renee Unterman, R-Buford, does not drink, but said Senate Bill 17 is meant to correct what she considers a fairness issue: While privately owned restaurants...
Henry Co. police seek details on driver, truck in pedestrian fatality

Henry Co. police seek details on driver, truck in pedestrian fatality

Henry County police are seeking to identify a driver and a truck in connection with a pedestrian fatality. Just after 6 a.m. on Christmas Eve, officials responded to a person down on Ga. 155 at Ga. 42 in McDonough, Henry County police spokesman Capt. Joey Smith said. A pedestrian had been struck by a truck, a Ford Ranger with damage to the passenger-side headlight, hood and fender, Smith said. The...
14-year-old found shot near northwest Atlanta home

14-year-old found shot near northwest Atlanta home

A 14-year-old was taken to the hospital after he was shot in the rib, Atlanta police spokesman Lukasz Sajdak said.  Hassan Holley was shot about 6 p.m. Wednesday on Fairburn Road in northwest Atlanta, Sajdak said. He was listed in stable condition.  According to Channel 2 Action News, the victim was on his way back from running an errand when he was shot.  Atlanta police roped off three...
Wal-Mart employee allegedly rang up $18K in gift cards without payment 

Wal-Mart employee allegedly rang up $18K in gift cards without payment 

When her friends came through a Gwinnett County Wal-Mart checkout line, a cashier allegedly rang up a gift card for $1,000. Then she did it 18 more times, according to a police report.  A store manager of the Wal-Mart on Sardis Church Road in Buford said another manager thought someone used a stolen credit card to buy gift cards. Monique Allen reviewed the surveillance video from around 3 a...
3 charged in Norcross teen’s murder after drug-related robbery

3 charged in Norcross teen’s murder after drug-related robbery

Two men have been arrested and a third man is charged in connection with the shooting death of a teenager outside a hotel in Norcross. Justin Carter, 21, was charged Wednesday with murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery after Christian Carrillo, 17, was killed at the Knights Inn off I-85 and Indian Trail Road. Carter is being held in the Gwinnett County jail.  Carter was arrested...
Cobb police: Violence of Mableton robbery, slaying ‘worries us’

Cobb police: Violence of Mableton robbery, slaying ‘worries us’

Cobb County police have surveillance photos and some leads, but they still are seeking the people who killed a man in Mableton last May, Channel 2 Action News reported. “He was shot and left to die,” Det. Phil Stoddard said of 41-year-old De'wenzel Spence. Police say the suspects forced Spence to go with them from Turner Field to a bank in Mableton, where they withdrew money from...
Zaxby’s employee possibly involved in ‘shootout’ during lunch rush 

Zaxby’s employee possibly involved in ‘shootout’ during lunch rush 

A DeKalb County Zaxby’s employee may have been involved in a reported shootout during the Wednesday lunch rush, police said.  No one was wounded, but witnesses told Channel 2 Action News they heard multiple gunshots. Several shell casings were later recovered, DeKalb police spokesman Maj. Stephen Fore said. The shootout happened in the parking lot between the Zaxby’s and a Pizza Hut...
Murder charges dropped against former Cobb cosmetic doctors

Murder charges dropped against former Cobb cosmetic doctors

Murder and other charges against two Cobb County cosmetic doctors accused in the deaths of two people have been dropped, according to Channel 2 Action News.  Dr. Nedra Dodds and her assistant, Kevin McCowan, were indicted last year in the 2013 deaths of two patients seen at Dodds’ Opulence Aesthetic Medicine practice in Kennesaw.    Two counts of murder, aggravated battery...
Marietta cops: New scam puts veterans’ pensions, Medicaid at risk

Marietta cops: New scam puts veterans’ pensions, Medicaid at risk

Marietta police warn of a new scam targeting the pension and benefits of veterans that also puts their Medicaid eligibility at risk. The scam bilks veterans out of their money by conning them into transferring their assets into a special trust account before having them wrongfully apply for extra allocations. Here’s how the scam works: People posing as attorneys or financial advisers...
Driver sought after car drags man, leaves him for dead

Driver sought after car drags man, leaves him for dead

Gwinnett County police are looking for the driver of what is believed to be a Ford Explorer in connection with the death of a 46-year-old man.  Ramon Carrion was struck by an SUV near Danbury and Greenwood drives in Norcross between 11 p.m. Friday and midnight, police spokesman Cpl. Deon Washington said.  Police found his body hours later in a shopping center at 5935 South Norcross Tucker...
Bill would close school sex loophole

Bill would close school sex loophole

Legislation to be introduced in the state House on Wednesday would close a loophole in Georgia law that weakened efforts to punish school officials that have sexual relations with students.  Rep. Joyce Chandler, R-Grayson, will introduce House Bill 32, which would make state law clear that any “employee or agent of a school” is barred from having sexual contact with...
Police release sketch of woman found in suitcase along I-985

Police release sketch of woman found in suitcase along I-985

Gwinnett County police on Tuesday released a sketch of an unidentified woman whose skeletal remains were found in a suitcase along I-985 last July. After the remains were examined by a forensic anthropologist, police learned more about the woman, Cpl. Michele Pihera said Tuesday. Authorities discovered the woman was about 20-29 years old and probably Asian Indian or Eastern Indian. Police...
Meds stolen at gunpoint from Gwinnett pharmacy

Meds stolen at gunpoint from Gwinnett pharmacy

Gwinnett County police are asking for help from the public to identify someone who robbed a pharmacy near Lawrenceville at gunpoint. An employee of the Gwinnett Pharmacy told officers, who arrived shortly after 10 a.m. on Jan. 2, that a woman entered the pharmacy pointing a gun and demanding Percocet and Xanex, Cpl. Michele Pihera said. After getting the pills, the woman ordered the employee to the...
Diamond jewelry on auction block as Tex McIver liquidates wife’s estate

Diamond jewelry on auction block as Tex McIver liquidates wife’s estate

Attorney Tex McIver has surrendered his passport and he wears an ankle monitoring device ordered by a judge. His lawyer has said he’s heartbroken after killing his wife Sept. 25 in what McIver says was an accidental shooting. He was arrested and charged last month with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. But nothing seems to slow Claud “Tex” McIver from a swift...
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