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Armed robbery suspect dies after being shot by officer

Armed robbery suspect dies after being shot by officer

A man who robbed a Kroger store at gunpoint was later shot by a Dunwoody officer and died at a hospital, according to a police statement Saturday. The man was shot in a parking lot of a shopping center in the 5000 block of Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody police said in a news release.  About 7:45 a.m., the man forced his way into a register at a Kroger in Johns Creek before leaving, according to...
Police: Man who shot neighbor, ran from officers kills himself

Police: Man who shot neighbor, ran from officers kills himself

A SWAT situation in Gwinnett County ended early Saturday when a man fatally shot himself, police said. The situation began shortly after midnight when police responded to a person-shot call in the 6000 block of Glenbrook Drive, officer Jacob Albright said in a news release. About 7:15 a.m., the man who allegedly shot a neighbor was seen outside his residence, which was near the location where police...
Man found with cocaine charged with leaving friend pinned under car

Man found with cocaine charged with leaving friend pinned under car

For 10 minutes, Samuel Lloyd was pinned under his car outside a Clayton County home just after midnight last week. But police don’t know how he got there.  “His injuries were consistent with being run over,” Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said, “but at the time, officers could (not) confirm who caused the vehicle to become lodged on top of Lloyd.” ...
Wedding was called off, so groom’s mom went to sell ring and someone stole it

Wedding was called off, so groom’s mom went to sell ring and someone stole it

A Cobb County woman has become the latest victim of a crime that began by arranging to buy or sell something online. Lured by a man on the 5miles app, the woman wanted to sell her son’s wedding ring after the event was called off, Channel 2 Action News reported. So she agreed to meet the man in front of a Boost Mobile store in a strip mall in Austell, the station reported. She often buys and...
State auditors find costs rising for Georgia’s dual enrollment program

State auditors find costs rising for Georgia’s dual enrollment program

Georgia higher education leaders need to better define the mission and monitor the operations of the increasingly popular, and expensive, program that allows students to take college courses while still in high school, a new state review has found. State general fund spending for the dual enrollment program — the state pays for the high schoolers’ college classes — has increased...
Video shows women stealing gold rosary from Gwinnett store

Video shows women stealing gold rosary from Gwinnett store

Theft is a crime and not a redeeming human trait. But the robbery that went down in a Gwinnett County antiques store seems particularly outlandish. “A piece of Christianity was stolen," Tom McDonald, owner of Five Forks Antique Shop in Lilburn, told Channel 2 Action News. He was referring to a group of women who were captured on surveillance video stealing a 14-karat gold rosary, the station...
Coach accused of choking wrestler at middle school practice

Coach accused of choking wrestler at middle school practice

A middle school wrestling coach has been charged with choking one of his athletes, deputies said. Jacob Hoke, 28, assistant wrestling coach at Liberty Middle School in Covington, choked a 13-year-old at practice, according to a news release from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. On Jan. 5, a sheriff’s official responded to the school about a possible assault, Sgt. Michael Cunningham...
Body found with multiple gunshot wounds in DeKalb

Body found with multiple gunshot wounds in DeKalb

The body of a 32-year-old man was found Friday morning in south DeKalb County with multiple gunshot wounds, according to police. Detectives, who learned about the body about 9:25 a.m., are working the scene in the 4500 block of Golf Vista Circle, spokesman Lt. Lonzy Robertson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The vehicle he is next to may have also been struck by gunfire,” Robertson...
2 teens arrested after SUV stolen, children dumped along freezing roads 

2 teens arrested after SUV stolen, children dumped along freezing roads 

Days after an SUV was stolen from a gas station and two children inside the vehicle were dumped on major roadways in frigid temperatures, authorities have arrested two teenagers and say there may be additional arrests. The break in the case came when investigators tracked an iPad and an iPhone stolen Wednesday from the SUV to the southwest Atlanta home of one of the suspects, identified as 17-year-old...
Victim shot, killed at DeKalb motel; suspects sought 

Victim shot, killed at DeKalb motel; suspects sought 

Two days after a man was found dead at a Decatur motel, police have not made any arrests in the case.  Maurice Stargell, 19, was found with at least one gunshot wound to his back late Tuesday at the Candler Inn, according to a DeKalb County police report. A black handgun was lying next to him.  A witness told police he saw the 19-year-old Canton man being dragged out of Room 131 and put...
Man who was reported missing found in his truck

Man who was reported missing found in his truck

A 54-year-old man who had been reported missing for a couple of days was found in his truck, a Cherokee County fire official said. The man was conscious but may have been suffering from hypothermia (a below-normal body temperature), Tim Cavender said in a news release Thursday. After Pickens County sheriff’s officials picked up a “ping,” a family member contacted Cherokee County...
Cops arrest man, teen accused of killing 17-year-old 

Cops arrest man, teen accused of killing 17-year-old 

A man and a teenager were arrested this week in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old at a Clayton County home, authorities said. Dantae Lamar Jones, 22, and an unidentified teen face murder charges after Jalen Camron was found face down next to a Gristmill Court home Saturday evening, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said. The 16-year-old suspect’s identity is being held until officials...
Escaped prisoner’s call to mom at Georgia gas station leads to recapture

Escaped prisoner’s call to mom at Georgia gas station leads to recapture

An escaped Connecticut prisoner’s phone call to his mother led to his arrest Wednesday at a Canton gas station.  Jerry Mercado, 25, had been on the run for two weeks before a Chevron clerk notified police of his whereabouts, Canton police spokesman Pacer Cordry said in a news release. He changed his looks and planned to catch a bus out of town, but Jennifer Fernandez called the cops...
Police: Suspects in Cobb drug incident linked to other crimes

Police: Suspects in Cobb drug incident linked to other crimes

A drug-related shooting and stabbing incident near a Circle K parking lot led to three Marietta men being arrested on various charges, police said. About 8:30 p.m. Jan. 10, officers responded to calls about gunfire near Bells Ferry Road and Williams Drive, Marietta  police spokesman Chuck McPhilamy said in a news release. During a dispute over a drug purchase, Antonio Williams, 43, stabbed Anthony...
Let the snow come: these districts don’t miss days

Let the snow come: these districts don’t miss days

Wednesday was a snow day, but still a school day, for many metro Atlanta students. Some school districts, such as Gwinnett and Forsyth, use online lesson plans and assignments for students to avoid missing a snow day, a practice they’ve used for a few years, to the disappointment of some students. In Gwinnett, the state’s largest school district, the threat of ice and frigid temperatures...
SUV thief dumped little girl, 1-month-old baby along freezing roads

SUV thief dumped little girl, 1-month-old baby along freezing roads

Authorities are searching for the person they say stole an SUV with two children inside from a gas station Wednesday before abandoning them in below freezing temperatures on major roadways. One-month-old Ava Wilmer and 4-year-old Arya Davenport were found miles apart after mother Precious Wilmer’s 2009 Chevy Equinox was stolen about 5 p.m. from a QuikTrip on Riverdale Road, Clayton County police...
Woman says 2 men followed, beat, tried to rape her

Woman says 2 men followed, beat, tried to rape her

A woman said two men assaulted and attempted to rape her while she was walking home, Athens police said. The woman said she left the Golden Pantry store on West Broad Street on Sunday and encountered two men in the parking lot of the Hilltop Grille, police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said in a news release. The men followed her behind the University Oaks apartments, where they attacked her, threw...
Man accused of making sexual video with minor girl

Man accused of making sexual video with minor girl

Authorities arrested an 18-year-old man after he allegedly created and distributed a video of himself and a minor girl engaging in sexual activity. Salvador Godoy-Mojica, 18, of Gainesville, was arrested Saturday on charges of sexual exploitation of a child, Hall County sheriff’s Lt. Scott Ware said in a news release. The video activity occurred between October and November 2017, Ware said....
‘Dangerous person’ sought in gentleman’s club robbery

‘Dangerous person’ sought in gentleman’s club robbery

Police are seeking the “dangerous person” who robbed a gentleman’s club in Clayton County last month. Two workers were leaving Rumors when a man with a gun approached them and ordered them back inside, Channel 2 Action News reported. “Obviously he surprises the two employees when they come out,” said Maj. Chris Matson of Forest Park police. Surveillance video shows the...
Man gets 30 years in prison for running meth ‘superlab’

Man gets 30 years in prison for running meth ‘superlab’

A 30-year-old man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after about 400 pounds of crystal and liquid methamphetamine were found on his property in metro Atlanta. Drug agents also found about $12,000 cash and guns at the Coweta County residence of Ramiro Hermosillo-Salazar in June, officials said. He pleaded guilty in October to several drug and firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Byung J. &ldquo...
Man wearing work clothes found fatally shot outside DeKalb apartment

Man wearing work clothes found fatally shot outside DeKalb apartment

A man found dead early Tuesday outside a DeKalb County apartment was shot, police said. He was found about 7:40 a.m. in the grassy area of the complex in the 2000 block of Gladeview Parkway near Stone Mountain, police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been identified as Devon Simms, 28, of Lithonia.   <div></div><br><blockquote class="...
Man jumps from second-floor window to escape shooter

Man jumps from second-floor window to escape shooter

A man jumped from a second-floor window to get away from a shooter in south Fulton County, according to Channel 2 Action News.  However, police told the news station the gunman followed the victim to a neighbor's house and shot him in the back. The condition of the man, identified by a neighbor as Wilbur Wiggins, is unknown. According to police, the shooting occurred just before lunchtime Monday...
Video shows armed robber climbing through drive-thru window

Video shows armed robber climbing through drive-thru window

Running past customers in line, an armed robber climbed through the window of a McDonald’s drive-thru, grabbed the cashier and made off with the cash register, police said. About 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 2, the man ran past cars in line at the restaurant on Wesley Chapel Road, Channel 2 Action News reported. Much of the incident was captured on surveillance video. "This subject decided this was...
Man found guilty in hookah lounge murder case

Man found guilty in hookah lounge murder case

A man was found guilty of murder Friday in the deadly shooting of another man over a $5 cover charge, Channel 2 Action News reported. David Jacobs, a former bouncer at Cloud 6 Hookah Lounge near Lithonia, was found guilty in the 2013 death of Keith Butler, Channel 2 reported. A mistrial was declared in the case in March after a juror allegedly used a cellphone during deliberations, The Atlanta...
Woman accused of stealing $130K from her aunt

Woman accused of stealing $130K from her aunt

Frances LoGuidice became suspicious when cousin Patricia Coppola moved in with her aunt in her Milton home. "All of a sudden ... she's going to Italy, she buys a nice car that she never had before,” LoGuidice said. “Things like that. Expensive shoes and things like that. I just put two and two together and just thought this doesn't sound right to me." Milton police now say Coppola...
A year later, Gwinnett’s ‘racist pig’ saga still reverberates

A year later, Gwinnett’s ‘racist pig’ saga still reverberates

It’s now been a year since Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter posted on Facebook. It’s been a year since Hunter used his personal — but public — page to call civil rights hero and Congressman John Lewis a “racist pig.” It’s been a year, too, since Hunter referred to Democrats — which make up nearly half of his constituency — as &ldquo...
Man shot in shoulder, foot near Atlanta strip club

Man shot in shoulder, foot near Atlanta strip club

A man said he was shot and chased by four men in an Atlanta strip club early Friday. After hearing gunfire shortly after 1 a.m., an officer on patrol found Martinez Antwan Arnold outside the Greyhound station on Forsyth Street, according to the incident report. Arnold had gunshot wounds to his left shoulder and left foot. Officers treated him on the scene before he was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital...
Body found on I-75 ID’d

Body found on I-75 ID’d

Officials have identified the body of a man found along I-75 earlier this week in Bartow County. The body of Mack Owen Griggs, 24, of Forest Park, was found Wednesday morning in Emerson, about 40 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, the GBI said Friday. Georgia State Patrol troopers were called about 8:45 a.m. to investigate, officials said. The Emerson Police Department and GBI also helped...
Person of interest sought in deadly hair salon shooting in DeKalb

Person of interest sought in deadly hair salon shooting in DeKalb

DeKalb County police are on the hunt for a person of interest in a deadly shooting at a hair salon. Derrisha Terry was identified as the person of interest in the Dec. 28 incident at Maggie’s Weaving Studio outside Stone Mountain, police said. The incident started when Terry and an unidentified man got into an altercation with the salon owner and opened fire on the business, DeKalb police spokeswoman ...
Illinois woman accused of kidnapping daughter may be in Athens 

Illinois woman accused of kidnapping daughter may be in Athens 

An Illinois woman accused of kidnapping her child may be in Georgia, Athens-Clarke County police said Thursday. Heather Unbehaun, 35, and daughter Kayla have been missing since July 2017, but recent tips place them in Athens, police said in a Facebook post.  “We have had some suspected sightings of them in the Athens area recently,” the post read. “There is an active nationwide...
Friend: Budget rental truck driver ran over man’s body, kept going

Friend: Budget rental truck driver ran over man’s body, kept going

David Saintiague cradled his friend, Derek Adams, in his arms until he took his last breath.  It was all Saintiague could do after seeing a Budget rental truck driver hit and kill his friend — and keep going.  “You can’t leave somebody in that situation like that by themselves,” Saintiague told Channel 2 Action News.  The friends were headed to a bar Dec. 30...
Man who stabbed 3 while on LSD gets 3 years in prison

Man who stabbed 3 while on LSD gets 3 years in prison

A man who stabbed three people while under the influence of LSD has received a three-year prison term. Adam Scott Presley, 22, stabbed a friend, the friend’s brother and grandmother around midnight in the victims’ Athens home in April, the Athens Banner-Herald reported. He was arrested soon after when he was found naked and bleeding inside a Walmart. Officers used Tasers on Presley to...
‘Tissue bandit’ sought in several armed robberies

‘Tissue bandit’ sought in several armed robberies

It’s flu season, and someone appeared to use that as a tactic while robbing four Henry County businesses since October, police said. In each robbery, the man covered his face with what looks like a tissue or towel, Channel 2 Action News reported. Then he showed the employees a gun in his waistband and asked for cash. “He probably has just a napkin over his face indicating it’s the...
Woman found dead at Gwinnett mall was top student, driven to succeed

Woman found dead at Gwinnett mall was top student, driven to succeed

She didn’t just take the hard classes to make her high school transcripts shine. Silling Man had a genuine desire to learn, so she took the hardest classes — and excelled. “She would still read the chapters and take notes over the information we didn’t even go over,” Lancer Smith, science teacher at Central Gwinnett High School, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution....
Live-in ‘caregivers’ charged in 76-year-old man’s death

Live-in ‘caregivers’ charged in 76-year-old man’s death

Eight months after the death of a 76-year-old man supposedly in their care, two people who lived with him have been charged with murder, authorities said. Jonathan Lee Barber, 29, and Tiffany Dawn Fountain, 28, are in the Coweta County jail without bond in connection with the May 2017 death of Rollis Nobel Bowman of Newnan, according to jail and sheriff’s records.  They were arrested Wednesday...
Man admits he beat off-duty cop with pool cue after losing game 

Man admits he beat off-duty cop with pool cue after losing game 

A McDonough man admitted in court he repeatedly beat an off-duty police officer with a pool cue after losing a game, Henry County officials said Thursday.  Abel Cisneros, 59, pleaded guilty to the February 2017 crime that sent Henry County Officer Stephen Lucius to Grady Memorial Hospital with head injuries and bleeding in his skull, Henry County Assistant District Attorney Megan Matteucci said...
Theft with a smile? Police seek man accused of stealing $25K from 3 banks

Theft with a smile? Police seek man accused of stealing $25K from 3 banks

Investigators in Hall County released photos Thursday of a man who appears to be pretty jovial while allegedly withdrawing $25,000 from another person’s bank account. The man took out $5,000 at each of five stops Tuesday, according to a post on the Oakwood police Facebook page. The man went to three Bank of America branches in Oakwood and Gainesville, hitting two branches twice, Oakwood...
School custodian used phone to record girls in locker room, sheriff says

School custodian used phone to record girls in locker room, sheriff says

A custodian at a northeast Georgia high school was arrested Wednesday after officials found a cellphone in a gym locker room that was used to record female students, the sheriff said. Oconee County High School custodian Timothy Brian Burnette, 40, of Union Point, is charged with unlawful eavesdropping or surveillance, Sheriff Scott Berry said in a statement. Investigators, who were notified by school...
Verizon employee killed moments after getting off MARTA bus in Alpharetta

Verizon employee killed moments after getting off MARTA bus in Alpharetta

A pedestrian was hit Thursday morning by two vehicles and killed shortly after getting off a MARTA bus in Alpharetta, police said. Ramona Kaye Devore, 54, of Jonesboro, was hit by a pickup truck and SUV about 6:50 a.m. as she crossed North Point Parkway south of Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta police spokesman Officer Jason Muenzer said. She worked at Verizon, which is on the same street, according...
Cops: Gas station clerk beaten, called racial slur for ogling man’s girlfriend

Cops: Gas station clerk beaten, called racial slur for ogling man’s girlfriend

A North Georgia couple were arrested Wednesday after police say they beat a gas station attendant and called him a racial slur.  Michael Tippins Jr. and Lexie Muffet, both 19, accused the attendant of ogling Muffet while they were checking out, Rome police Investigator Corey Bowers told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The attack happened at 9 p.m. Tuesday at a Circle K on North Broad Street...
Assisted living worker accused of stealing thousands from resident

Assisted living worker accused of stealing thousands from resident

A worker at an Alpharetta assisted living facility funded a spending spree with thousands of dollars of a resident’s money, according to Channel 2 Action News. Police think the worker took checks from the resident’s room in December at Addington Place of Alpharetta, then cashed them. “We noticed that four (checks) had just been torn out, and when I got copies of the checks I noticed...
Man pleads not guilty in crash that killed 2-year-old Hurricane Irma evacuee

Man pleads not guilty in crash that killed 2-year-old Hurricane Irma evacuee

An Indiana man is facing an April trial in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Henry County that killed a 2-year-old hurricane evacuee from Florida, authorities said. Michael Sexton, 26, of Connersville, Ind., pleaded not guilty in Henry County Superior Court on Tuesday, according to Megan Matteucci, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office. Sexton is charged with vehicular homicide...
Check scam thwarted in Marietta, officials say

Check scam thwarted in Marietta, officials say

Officials in Marietta said they have thwarted a fake-check scam that involved a city bank account. During the week of Jan. 1, officials found checks that appeared to be issued by the city that were being distributed to individuals, spokeswoman Lindsey Wiles said in an email. Due to security procedures, the city hasn’t lost any money due to this fraudulent activity, Wiles said. Officials are...
Kempner: Body unnoticed in Atlanta area mall for weeks? A mall fades

Kempner: Body unnoticed in Atlanta area mall for weeks? A mall fades

The body of a deceased 19-year-old Lawrenceville woman may have been decomposing unnoticed for two weeks in a back room beside the food court of a Gwinnett mall during the height of what should have been the Christmas shopping rush. The news is a personal tragedy. It’s also might seem shocking, just feet from public space in what’s supposed to be a major shopping center. But ...
Gwinnett father accused of branding child with heat gun

Gwinnett father accused of branding child with heat gun

A Gwinnett County father is accused of branding a child with a heat gun and disfiguring him, according to an arrest warrant. Tory Gentry, 36, of Snellville, was booked Sunday into the Gwinnett jail on charges of aggravated battery and first-degree cruelty to children, jail records show. He is being held without bond after allegedly leaving the child with a large burn on his side sometime between...
Georgia deputy arrested on rape accusations

Georgia deputy arrested on rape accusations

A Gilmer County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested on rape charges following a GBI investigation, officials confirmed.  Sgt. Greg McClure, 53, faces sodomy and aggravated assault charges stemming from a Dec. 27 incident, the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office said. McClure, who was released from jail Tuesday, was off duty at the time.  Sheriff Stacy Nicholas contacted the GBI after he...
4 deputies released from hospital after fire in Forsyth County jail

4 deputies released from hospital after fire in Forsyth County jail

Four deputies who helped extinguish a fire inside the Forsyth County Detention Center have been treated and released from the hospital, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.  The source of the fire was a dryer in the basement. The fire was contained, but the Forsyth County Fire Department was still on the scene at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Offices spokesman Doug Rainwater...
Georgia debt collector turns over $8.8 million in accounts to state

Georgia debt collector turns over $8.8 million in accounts to state

A Snellville debt collection company, Williamson and McKevie, has agreed to surrender $8.8 million in accounts to the state of Georgia to resolve allegations that it threatened customers with arrest and falsely claimed they had committed crimes. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said Tuesday that the settlement will resolve allegations that the company violated federal and state debt collection...
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