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Reward offered in teen’s shooting death outside Atlanta food mart

Reward offered in teen’s shooting death outside Atlanta food mart

Ja’Carlos Jeffries stood outside a southwest Atlanta food mart on July 13 as he was pierced with two bullets and killed.  Two weeks later, Atlanta police still have no leads on who shot and killed the 19-year-old.  A $2,000 CrimeStoppers award is being offered in what police called a targeted shooting, according to a press release Thursday.  Police said the shooter hid behind...
Scammer to Georgia woman: Wire me money or I’ll kill your husband

Scammer to Georgia woman: Wire me money or I’ll kill your husband

A Cherokee County woman is out $1,400 after she was ordered to wire money to someone threatening to kill her husband as part of a scam, Channel 2 Action News reported.  The woman, who was not identified, said she got a call Monday as she was leaving work from someone claiming to be holding her husband hostage, Channel 2 reported. She grew terrified when she went to text her husband, but got a...
Cobb house sprayed with gunfire; mistaken identity?

Cobb house sprayed with gunfire; mistaken identity?

Linda Schnall’s son is a retired Georgia State Patrol trooper. But he doesn’t think that’s why someone sprayed his 73-year-old mother’s house with gunfire Monday just before 10 p.m. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bullet holes in windows, walls - even bricks! Police are trying...
C.T. Vivian’s book collection provides ‘gravitas’ for new Atlanta library

C.T. Vivian’s book collection provides ‘gravitas’ for new Atlanta library

One of the largest, oldest and most important private collection of black literature will soon be available to the public. Civil rights leader C.T. Vivian has agreed to donate his 6,000-plus collection of books to the National Monuments Foundation for the creation of the C.T. Vivian Library. The library will be the centerpiece of the Peace Column, a soon-to-be 110-foot tower in the middle of the upcoming...
Gwinnett man gets 21 months in Craigslist car scheme

Gwinnett man gets 21 months in Craigslist car scheme

A Norcross man was sentenced to 21 months in prison for being part of a scheme that involved advertising cars on Craigslist, encouraging users to send money and never delivering the cars. Luis Caseres-Duarte, 26, pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Ohio. He was sentenced...
Grandson charged with kidnapping, assault in woman’s disappearance

Grandson charged with kidnapping, assault in woman’s disappearance

A 37-year-old man faces kidnapping and aggravated assault charges in the “suspicious” disappearance of his 78-year-old grandmother, DeKalb County police said.  Police found Gregory Williams in his grandmother’s 2014 Toyota Corolla just before 1 p.m. Thursday at a Kroger grocery store at Flakes Mill and Flat Shoals roads, DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell...
GBI can’t reach woman in viral police beating video  

GBI can’t reach woman in viral police beating video  

The GBI cannot reach a woman shown in a viral video being repeatedly beaten by a DeKalb County police officer, the agency said Wednesday. That has hampered the GBI’s efforts to investigate the June 4 incident, which was captured on video by a witness and shared on social media earlier this month. The 1-minute, 39-second video shows Officer P.J. Larscheid using his baton to strike 38-year-old...
Atlanta man convicted in double murder outside Burger King

Atlanta man convicted in double murder outside Burger King

An Atlanta man convicted of shooting a man six times outside a Burger King also mistakenly shot and killed his accomplice in the botched drug deal, officials said.  Nicholas Benton was sentenced on murder, aggravated assault, attempted armed robbery and weapons charges in the April 2016 shooting on the 300 block of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, Fulton County District Attorney spokesman Dontaye...
‘My heart broke into a million pieces’: Driver in girl’s crash shares his grief

‘My heart broke into a million pieces’: Driver in girl’s crash shares his grief

Ryan Nickerson has been racking his brain, trying to make sense of the crash that killed 10-year-old honor student Kennade Patterson last week.  “I’m trying to cope and I’m trying to forgive myself,” he wrote in an emotional Facebook post Monday. “I understand it’s not my fault, but there is guilt no matter what.”  Nickerson, 32, was traveling on...
Cops: Man drove to Cobb to have sex with underage girl

Cops: Man drove to Cobb to have sex with underage girl

A Thomaston man drove to Cobb County after he illegally solicited sex online from a Marietta police officer posing as a 14-year-old girl, according to arrest warrants.  Okeefe Owens, 40, is out of the Cobb jail on charges of solicitation of a minor and a violation of a limited driving permit, according to jail records.  Police said Owens posted a “suspicious ad” on July...
Atlanta man wanted by FBI, police in ‘violent’ home invasion

Atlanta man wanted by FBI, police in ‘violent’ home invasion

An Atlanta man is wanted by the FBI seven months after police say he and a second man committed a home invasion that led to the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl.  Julius Rawls, 30, is wanted in a “violent” January 29 home invasion at a southeast Atlanta home on Marietta Street, according to FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett. A break in the case came in March 22 when officials...
Relative: Mother showed demons before stabbing and killing family

Relative: Mother showed demons before stabbing and killing family

How could a mother try to kill her entire family? Days before Isabel Martinez allegedly stabbed and killed virtually her entire family, she was struggling with some demons of her own. Depressed over the recent death of her father in Mexico, the Loganville mother spiraled into depression, said a family member. That depression was fueled by her intense religious beliefs. What made the...
Teen known as ‘Lil Haiti’ sought in deadly Clayton County shooting 

Teen known as ‘Lil Haiti’ sought in deadly Clayton County shooting 

An 18-year-old has been identified as a person of interest in a deadly Clayton County shooting three months ago.  Police are searching for Justin Logan, also known as “Lil Haiti,” in the shooting death of Ronald Triche III and Nikko Spulveda, Clayton County police said in a Facebook post.  Triche, 22, of Fayetteville, and Sepulveda, 26, of Jonesboro, were found dead in the...
Reward increases in hunt for 4 masked men in Cobb man’s fatal shooting

Reward increases in hunt for 4 masked men in Cobb man’s fatal shooting

Roland Milton III had just arrived at his Austell Road apartment when he was jumped, shot and killed by four masked men last week.  Now, Milton’s family has increased the reward amount in the father of three’s slaying at the Crescent Square Apartments in Cobb County, Channel 2 Action News reported.  In addition to the $2,000 CrimeStoppers reward, Milton’s family is offering...
DeKalb sheriff back at work after 40-day suspension; trial scheduled for Thursday

DeKalb sheriff back at work after 40-day suspension; trial scheduled for Thursday

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann is back at work, more than two months after police said he exposed himself at a public park and ran away from an officer. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Spokeswoman:DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann is back at work today. <br>Follows 40-day Gov.-appointed suspension...
Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne awaits next legal step

Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne awaits next legal step

Doris Payne was about two weeks from the end of her house arrest when she was accused of shoplifting last week at a Walmart in DeKalb County. Now the notorious 86-year-old jewel thief is in the DeKalb jail on a probation-violation charge with no bond and, as of Friday, no court date scheduled.  “It’s very, very sad,” her attorney, Drew Findling, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Here’s what you need to know as Georgia cleans up its voter rolls

Here’s what you need to know as Georgia cleans up its voter rolls

Georgia has sent out more than 383,400 address confirmation notices to registered voters across metro Atlanta and the state, part of a biennial effort to clean up the state’s voting rolls. The notices are generated after the state compares the list of people who submitted a change of address form to the U.S. Postal Service with the state’s overall list of registered voters. Voters who...
Witnesses sought after deadly apartment shooting

Witnesses sought after deadly apartment shooting

Police are trying to find witnesses to a shooting that left a man dead at an apartment near Stone Mountain. Detectives told Channel 2 Action News they received a call about 8:30 p.m. Sunday that a man had been shot at a complex along Hambrick Road. When officers arrived, they found the wounded man inside a silver car, police said. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died from...
Police: Man shoots duo he says robbed him

Police: Man shoots duo he says robbed him

Two men were shot early Sunday morning by a man who says he was robbed by the duo earlier in the evening.  Lee Williams, 36, was still at 3657 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when police arrived. He was detained without incident and taken to Fulton County Jail, where he was charged with aggravated assault, Atlanta police said.  The two unidentified men allegedly shot by Williams were taken...
Father of 5 found dead in car; shooter sought

Father of 5 found dead in car; shooter sought

A father of five was found dead behind the wheel of his car Sunday morning, and police still have not found his shooter, according to Channel 2 Action News.  An officer on patrol stopped to check on a red Pontiac still running in the middle of Crogman Street and Moury Avenue about 2 a.m., investigators told the news station. A resident called police after hearing three to four gunshots and spotting...
ACLU sends Cobb, Gwinnett complaint letters over notice sent to voters

ACLU sends Cobb, Gwinnett complaint letters over notice sent to voters

The ACLU of Georgia has sent two more counties letters threatening legal action over address confirmation notices that have gone out to hundreds of thousands of residents across metro Atlanta and the state. The letters, sent over the weekend to Cobb and Gwinnett counties, follows a similar complaint made last week to Fulton County over the notice’s course of action. The notice says a voter will...
Fulton Co. jail inmate, employee passed letters, had sexual relationship, officials say

Fulton Co. jail inmate, employee passed letters, had sexual relationship, officials say

A former Fulton County jail medical assistant is accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate and sending him letters detailing “her enjoyment of sex with him,” according to a Fulton County Sheriff’s Office incident report.  Aleah Risby, 23, was released from the Fulton County jail on a $7,500 signature bond late Thursday, Fulton County Sheriff’s spokeswoman...
Ex-UPS worker charged with stealing guns

Ex-UPS worker charged with stealing guns

A former UPS driver was arrested for stealing guns from a delivery truck this month, Lilburn police said Friday. Seun Long Vang, 32, was charged with felony theft by taking and drug charges, police spokesman Thomas Bardugon said in a news release. Police also charged Vang’s girlfriend, Chhun Nath Kheav, 26, with felony theft by receiving stolen property and drug charges. <div></div>...
2 arrested in New Orleans in deadly DeKalb road-rage shooting 

2 arrested in New Orleans in deadly DeKalb road-rage shooting 

Two people were arrested in New Orleans in connection with a road-rage shooting death in DeKalb County on March 30, police said Friday. Joel Williams, 30, and Alvion Robinson, 27, are awaiting extradition to Georgia to face charges in the death of Gerald Lovell Tisdale, police spokeswoman Shiera Campell said. Tisdale, 52, of Snellville, was shot on eastbound U.S. 78 near Mountain Industrial...
Movie special effects technician found dead in DeKalb apartment

Movie special effects technician found dead in DeKalb apartment

A movie special effects technician was found dead in a DeKalb County apartment, authorities said.  Joseph Livolsi was found with gunshot wounds in his right rib cage, chest and head in an Eastwyck Village apartment on Saturday, according to a police report. His cousin and another relative discovered the body in an upstairs hallway.  The cousin had been over a friend’s home earlier...
Drug screening lab under federal investigation heads for auction

Drug screening lab under federal investigation heads for auction

A drug testing lab in Gwinnett County that had been in the center of a campaign donation bundling scandal is up for auction amid a federal investigation. Confirmatrix Laboratory in Lawrenceville was raided by the FBI last November. Two days later, the firm filed for bankruptcy, citing a drop in business tied to lower Medicare payments for urine drug screenings, its bread-and-butter lab procedure...
Man wanted in wife’s shooting death turns himself in

Man wanted in wife’s shooting death turns himself in

UPDATE [July 22, 7:29 p.m.]:  Walter Lowe turned himself in to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department about 3:40 p.m. without incident, Gwinnett police said. ORIGINAL STORY: A 12-year-old boy found his mother dead in their Gwinnett County home and his stepfather is on the run, police said. Walter Lowe, 51, is wanted on charges of aggravated assault, felony murder and possession of a firearm...
Massage therapist allegedly molested child at Gwinnett home

Massage therapist allegedly molested child at Gwinnett home

A massage therapist allegedly assaulted an 11-year-old boy during a session at the man’s Lilburn home, according to a police report.  Marco Hernandez, 49,  remained in the Gwinnett County Detention Center on a $5,700 bond on child molestation, sodomy and giving false name or information charges in the alleged July 8 sexual assault, according to jail records.  <div></div>...
Top 10 elementary schools on Georgia Milestones language arts

Top 10 elementary schools on Georgia Milestones language arts

The state Department of Education today released the results of the 2017 Georgia Milestones tests, given to public school students in elementary school through high school each spring. The AJC data folks are doing some deep dives into the data, including identifying the highest scoring elementary schools in metro Atlanta in third-grade language arts. The scores are based on the percentage of test...
Woman bursts into Cobb Starbucks with gunshot wound

Woman bursts into Cobb Starbucks with gunshot wound

A woman burst into a Cobb County Starbucks and yelled she’d been shot, according to Channel 2 Action News. Authorities are trying to piece together what led to the shooting that injured 31-year-old Sheena Fisse.  Just before 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Fisse entered the Starbucks in the 2400 block of Cumberland Parkway, Cobb police Officer Alicia Chilton said. She asked someone to call...
Watchdog: Drug lab raided by feds made millions. Now it’s for sale.

Watchdog: Drug lab raided by feds made millions. Now it’s for sale.

In November, federal agents raided a Lawrenceville toxicology lab, serving warrants and taking away boxes of papers. Two days later, the lab filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Next month it heads for the auction block after years of Medicare reimbursements at one of the highest rates in the nation, according to one study. The firm is Confirmatrix Laboratory, and if that name sounds at all familiar it&rsquo...
Cops: Man fought, robbed then fatally shot victim outside DeKalb apartment complex

Cops: Man fought, robbed then fatally shot victim outside DeKalb apartment complex

A man accused of fighting and robbing a Decatur man outside an apartment complex before fatally shooting him was arrested, DeKalb County officials said.  Authorities arrested Samuel M. Alexander, 26, at his East Point home Wednesday afternoon in Adrian Anderson’s murder, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cynthia Williams said.  Anderson, 37, was standing outside his...
Atlanta resident found dead in Florida home

Atlanta resident found dead in Florida home

An Atlanta man was found dead at a home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, officials said in a release Monday.  Guy Eargle Jr.’s body was discovered 6:15 p.m. Monday in the 400 block of 17th Avenue SE, Fort Lauderdale police Det. Tracy Figone said in the release.  “Detectives are not disclosing the manner in which the victim was murdered at this time,” Figone said. “This...
15-year-olds arrested in series of armed robberies

15-year-olds arrested in series of armed robberies

Two 15-year-olds were arrested in connection with six armed robberies involving pedestrians Tuesday, an incident during which a carjacked vehicle hit an Atlanta police car, authorities said. Officers are seeking two men who were involved in the robberies but weren’t captured, spokeswoman Lisa Bender said Wednesday in an emailed statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. One of the people...
Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne back in jail

Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne back in jail

The latest arrest for notorious 86-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne has landed her behind bars for the second time this week. Payne, who was briefly jailed in Chamblee on Monday after she was arrested at a Walmart on a shoplifting charge, was booked into the DeKalb County jail shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday on a probation violation charge, according to records. Chamblee police said she stole $86...
4 men sought after deadly Cobb apartment shooting

4 men sought after deadly Cobb apartment shooting

Cobb police are searching for four armed men who were seen wearing ski masks, dark clothing and white gloves shortly after a deadly shooting outside an apartment near Marietta. The shooting occurred Wednesday at the Crescent Square Apartments in the 2000 block of Austell Road, Officer Alicia Chilton said Thursday morning. Officers responded about 11:35 a.m. and found the body of Roland Milton...
Person of interest sought in father’s slaying in apartment shooting

Person of interest sought in father’s slaying in apartment shooting

Two days after Deante Benton was shot and killed at a southwest Atlanta apartment complex, police believe they’ve identified a person who may be connected to the crime.  Atlanta police are searching for Mariol Rawls, who is being referred to as a person of interest, Sgt. John Chafee said. Police have not released any further details on Rawls.  Benton was celebrating his 29th birthday...
Father gets 56K bond in police chase involving 2 kids

Father gets 56K bond in police chase involving 2 kids

A dad accused of leading police on a high-speed chase with two kids in the car in south Fulton County turned himself in to authorities early Tuesday.  Demario Evans, 28, remained in the Fulton County jail on a $56,000 bond, according to records. He faces child cruelty and several traffic charges after Fairburn police said he led them on a chase, crashed his car and fled the scene.  Two...
Gwinnett mom accused of stabbing family to death won’t have psych evaluation, for now

Gwinnett mom accused of stabbing family to death won’t have psych evaluation, for now

The Gwinnett mother accused of stabbing and killing her husband and four of her children will not undergo a psychological evaluation at this stage in her case, her attorney said Tuesday. The lawyer, Robert Greenwald, withdrew his original request that Isabel Martinez, 33, be evaluated after her bizarre first appearance in court on Friday, July 7, the day after the brutal stabbings at...
Days after deadly standoff, bomb threat called into same Cobb bank

Days after deadly standoff, bomb threat called into same Cobb bank

Authorities are searching for the person who called in a bomb threat at the same Cobb County bank where police shot and killed a veteran who held two employees hostage earlier this month. Police evacuated the Wells Fargo on Windy Hill Road near Marietta, according to Channel 2 Action News. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="...
Cops capture man accused of thefts targeting elderly people

Cops capture man accused of thefts targeting elderly people

Police have arrested one of two men accused of targeting the elderly in a string of thefts around metro Atlanta. Clinton Stone, 52, was arrested Monday after being on the run more than a year, Dunwoody police said. Herbert Lewis, the other wanted man, is still on the loose. Lewis and Stone are accused of distracting their victims and taking their wallets and purses, police said in a news...
Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne arrested again — at Walmart

Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne arrested again — at Walmart

Doris Payne, the notorious 86-year-old jewel thief who has stolen about $2 million worth over the last six decades, has been arrested again. But this time, she’s not accused of shoplifting from a high-end store. Chamblee police say she stole $86.22 worth of goods Monday night from the Walmart on Chamblee Tucker Road. According to a police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,...
2 arrested, 2 wanted after string of Midtown armed robberies

2 arrested, 2 wanted after string of Midtown armed robberies

Two people are in custody and two others are on the run in connection with a string of armed robberies Tuesday morning in Midtown, Channel 2 Action News reported. Police have not released the names of the people arrested or a description of the two people they are seeking. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"...
Wanted father crashed car with 2 kids inside after police chase, cops say 

Wanted father crashed car with 2 kids inside after police chase, cops say 

All DeMario Evans had to do was pull over after he ran a stop sign.  But police told Channel 2 Action News he led them on a high-speed chase, crashed his car and fled the scene. The entire time, his 4-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old girl were inside the car.  Fairburn police have taken out warrants for Evans who has been on the run since last week’s pursuit.  The 28-year-old...
Victim’s family says he was killed while breaking up a fight, then robbed 

Victim’s family says he was killed while breaking up a fight, then robbed 

Just after Calvin Clark Jr. was fatally shot Friday, his family said thieves took one last thing: his money.  Quacher Williams is pleading for her son’s shooter to come forward, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Clark was shot and killed breaking up a fight between co-workers at an apartment complex on the 600 block of Newtown Circle in Southeast Atlanta, the news station reported....
Driver arrested after he allegedly runs into Cobb officer

Driver arrested after he allegedly runs into Cobb officer

A Woodstock man was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly accelerated his SUV and hit a Cobb County officer Friday night, police said. The unidentified officer — who was treated and released from a local hospital — was thrown onto the hood of the 2001 Nissan Pathfinder and then to the ground as the driver, identified as Rafael Alberto Diaz-Brito, 41, drove away on I-575 South...
Gwinnett judge hears gruesome details of alleged break-in, rape

Gwinnett judge hears gruesome details of alleged break-in, rape

A Gwinnett County courtroom was crowded with three teenage defendants Friday, all facing similar charges for allegedly breaking into a woman’s Norcross apartment in May and raping her in front of her 4-year-old son. The teens — 17-year-old Francisco Palencia, 19-year-old Josue Ramirez and 18-year-old Angela Garcia — appeared in front of Judge Robert Walker for a preliminary hearing...
Officials discuss plans to ‘clean up’ Canton

Officials discuss plans to ‘clean up’ Canton

Seeking to calm residents after recent shootings, one of which turned deadly, Canton officials discussed plans Friday to “clean up” the area where the violence occurred. “That’s not the norm here in Canton,” police Chief Mark Mitchell said at a news conference. “We’re working hard to make sure this activity quiets down.” On June 25, a shooting...
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