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These Georgia school districts will teach more computer courses

These Georgia school districts will teach more computer courses

Atlanta Public Schools is among several Georgia school districts that will benefit from a National Science Foundation grant for computer science education. The $300,000 will help Wiregrass Technical College, Douglas County Schools, Ben Hill County Schools, Brooks County Schools, and Thomas County Schools pilot computer science classes that “ensure diverse participation in computer...
THE LATEST: Man found outside mall was reported missing earlier this week

THE LATEST: Man found outside mall was reported missing earlier this week

A man Atlanta police had been looking for since Tuesday was found dead Friday morning with multiple gunshot wounds outside the Mall at Stonecrest in DeKalb County, police said. Atlanta police had issued a missing person alert for 27-year-old Sergio Ulysses Collins earlier this week and said they had reason to believe he was in danger. They asked the public to help them find him and his white 2007...
Victim in deadly shooting found blocks from school

Victim in deadly shooting found blocks from school

A man was found shot to death Thursday night  just blocks from a Cobb County elementary school, police said. Someone discovered the body along Austell Road at Dorothy Drive, police Sgt. Dana Pierce said Friday in a news release. That is close to Milford Elementary School near Marietta. The man was on the sidewalk near the intersection, dead from a gunshot wound, Pierce said. The victim is...
Metro Atlanta truck driver fell asleep before bus crash that killed 13 in California, officials say

Metro Atlanta truck driver fell asleep before bus crash that killed 13 in California, officials say

Authorities arrested a metro Atlanta truck driver a year after he was found asleep at the wheel in a deadly crash that killed 13 in California, officials said Bruce Guilford, 51, of Covington was arrested at his home Thursday evening on 13 counts felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, 12 counts felony reckless driving and 17 misdemeanor reckless driving charges in the Oct. 23, 2016 crash...
Grand jury indicts 30 ‘Nine Trey Gangster’ blood members on murder, drug charges

Grand jury indicts 30 ‘Nine Trey Gangster’ blood members on murder, drug charges

Federal agents arrested 17 members and associates of the “Trey Nine” blood gangsters on RICO, murder and drug charges stemming from an Oct. 12 indictment against dozens tied to the gang, officials said.  A jury indicted 30 members and associates of the gang on charges, Unites States District Attorney spokesman Bob Page said in a news release.  “The alleged crimes relate...
Amid Trump tempest, Ga. dads who lost sons want focus on troops

Amid Trump tempest, Ga. dads who lost sons want focus on troops

Ardie Wright got the condolence call from President Donald Trump on his cellphone about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Trump, the Georgia resident said, expressed his sympathy and then patiently listened to him talk about his beloved son, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, a Green Beret who was killed during an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. “It went probably 20 minutes or more and I did 17 or 18 minutes of the talking...
Pet groomer faces more animal cruelty charges

Pet groomer faces more animal cruelty charges

A Forsyth County pet grooming business owner is now facing an additional charge of animal cruelty as well as an investigation into other possible incidents, police said. Michelle Louise Root, owner of Paw’sh Paws in Cumming, turned herself in Wednesday night at the Forsyth County jail, Cumming Deputy police Chief Aletha Barrett told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She was released on bond...
Atlanta veteran’s murder to be profiled on ‘The First 48’ 

Atlanta veteran’s murder to be profiled on ‘The First 48’ 

Randy Smith, a beloved yoga instructor, was found shot to death in one of his Atlanta properties Sept. 11, 2016.  Now, more than a year later, the U.S. Army veteran’s case will be profiled on the hit crime TV show “The First 48.” <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">CHECK IT OUT: APD&rsquo...
Extra security planned for football game after student shot, killed near school

Extra security planned for football game after student shot, killed near school

Extra security is planned for a Georgia high school football game Thursday night after a student was fatally shot near the school, officials said. Jayvon Sherman, a student at Central High School in Macon, was found just before 7:30 a.m. with a chest wound near the old Winship Elementary, a few blocks from his school, The Telegraph reported. He had a backpack, leading authorities to believe he was...
Kempner: How Cobb, Gwinnett and N. Fulton lost 50,000 Amazon jobs

Kempner: How Cobb, Gwinnett and N. Fulton lost 50,000 Amazon jobs

It’s probably too late for most of us in metro Atlanta’s biggest suburbs to get off our fannies and make Amazon love us enough. Too bad: 50,000 jobs would have been wondrous for Cobb, Gwinnett, much of north Fulton and most of the other communities out here. That’s just the latest price of our dithering on creating and paying for serious public transit. Seattle-based Amazon...
$1.5M in heroin seized in Walmart parking lot; 2 arrested

$1.5M in heroin seized in Walmart parking lot; 2 arrested

More than 10 pounds of heroin with an estimated street value of $1.5 million was seized in a Walmart parking lot in Rockdale County, sheriff’s officials said Thursday. Two people are in custody after the raid, sheriff’s spokesman Michael Meyers said in a statement. Deputies, working with the Conyers Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, conducted the operation...
Deputy intervenes in domestic dispute, fires gun

Deputy intervenes in domestic dispute, fires gun

Authorities are looking for a man after a domestic dispute in northwest Atlanta Thursday morning prompted an off-duty sheriff’s deputy to intervene and fire his gun. No one was hit in the shooting, but a woman involved in the domestic dispute was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with a head injury, officials said. Atlanta police were called to investigate a fight with a weapon about 8:30 a.m...
NEW: Sketch shows man who held up Atlanta councilman, candidate

NEW: Sketch shows man who held up Atlanta councilman, candidate

Police on Thursday released a sketch of the man they are seeking in connection with the armed robbery and carjacking of an Atlanta city councilman and a council candidate. Councilman C.T. Martin and candidate Andrea Boone were robbed about 9:45 p.m. Sept. 30 as they left Boone’s campaign headquarters on Lynhurst Drive, police said. A man approached them and demanded money as well as their...
Deadly hit-and-run prompts earlier start for school crossing guards

Deadly hit-and-run prompts earlier start for school crossing guards

Crossing guards were out earlier than normal Thursday morning after a 4-year-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run as she walked to her DeKalb County school. District officials said the change, which put the guards near Indian Creek Elementary School at 6:30 a.m., will remain in effect until the end of the school year. Crossing guards previously started at 7 a.m., district spokesman Andre Riley said...
1 killed in double shooting in south Fulton County 

1 killed in double shooting in south Fulton County 

A man was killed and a second man was injured Wednesday evening in a double shooting in south Fulton County, police said.  About 8:50 p.m., 911 operators received a call about two men suffering from gunshot wounds, Fulton County Cpl. Maureen Smith said.  It is not clear where the shooting occurred, but Smith said the men were found in the 4700 block of Yates Road.  The surviving shooting...
Motorcyclist struck, killed in crash on East-West Connector

Motorcyclist struck, killed in crash on East-West Connector

A motorcyclist was killed Sunday afternoon when a driver slammed into him on the East-West Connector near Lipson Drive in Austell, Cobb County police said.  William M. Cook, 45, of Austell died at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Cobb police Sgt. Dana Pierce said.  Cook was on his yellow 1996 Honda CBR 600 motorcycle traveling westbound on the East-West Connector when police say Frances L....
Man avoids death penalty in shooting of retired priest

Man avoids death penalty in shooting of retired priest

A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the deadly shooting of a Florida priest in east Georgia, according to a prosecutor’s spokeswoman, which will allow him to avoid the death penalty. Steven Murray, 30, made the plea in Burke County Superior Court, according to Natalie Paine of the Augusta Judicial Circuit. The Waynesboro courthouse is near where Murray said he shot to death the Rev. Rene Robert...
60 arrested in Georgia in FBI-led child sex trafficking operation

60 arrested in Georgia in FBI-led child sex trafficking operation

Sixty people were arrested and four children were recovered in Georgia during an FBI-led operation that focused on child sex trafficking, the agency announced Wednesday morning. Nationally, 120 suspected traffickers were arrested and 84 minors were recovered in the 11th run of Operation Cross Country from Thursday through Sunday, the FBI said in a news release. “We at the FBI have no greater...
‘Little bit of a twist’: 2 men shoot each other at Marietta hotel

‘Little bit of a twist’: 2 men shoot each other at Marietta hotel

Two men were injured when they shot at each other inside a hotel room in Marietta, police said Wednesday. The incident happened just before 12:15 p.m. at a Rodeway Inn and Suites in the 2300 block of Delk Road, Marietta police Officer Jared Rakestraw said. “The confrontation started inside a hotel room and then continued into the parking lot in front of building 300 where both men exchanged...
COLD CASE: Murder of Gwinnett mom who moonlighted as stripper remains unsolved

COLD CASE: Murder of Gwinnett mom who moonlighted as stripper remains unsolved

More than 30 years ago, the quiet, upscale community of Peachtree Corners was shocked by the brutal slaying of a woman neighbors knew as the doting mother of a 6-year-old. It wasn’t until after Brenda Hope Davis, 34, was found shot and repeatedly stabbed on Sept. 18, 1985, that they learned of her secret life as a popular strip club dancer earning up to $1,000 a night in tips. Much remains a...
Man accused of ‘repeated sexual contact’ with child

Man accused of ‘repeated sexual contact’ with child

Hall County authorities have arrested a Gainesville man after he allegedly had “repeated sexual contact” with a child. Russell Spangler Lowry, 53, engaged in the sexual contact from 2014 to 2016, spokesman Stephen Wilbanks of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Lowry is charged with aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, felony sexual battery and...
Suspect in hit-and-run that injured pregnant woman surrenders, apologizes

Suspect in hit-and-run that injured pregnant woman surrenders, apologizes

A man confessed to seriously injuring a pregnant woman in a hit-and-run in College Park, police said. Officers told Channel 2 Action News a viewer saw a story about the crash and called Crime Stoppers on Tuesday night. The driver, Mennottis Camp, surrendered just after 8 p.m. once he learned authorities were looking for him, the news station reported. “I'm sorry,” he told Channel...
Teen shooting suspect is wanted in other ‘violent’ crimes, cops say

Teen shooting suspect is wanted in other ‘violent’ crimes, cops say

A 19-year-old accused of shooting someone during a fight about drugs is also wanted in other crimes, Clayton County police said.  Deputies were able to track Ryan Dennel Bickham as he was walking down a DeKalb County street Tuesday, officials said. He ran from police, but was tackled and taken into custody.  Bickham got into a fight last week with someone over drugs, Clayton County officials...
‘I watched you both’: Driver lied to cop about street racing, report says

‘I watched you both’: Driver lied to cop about street racing, report says

When a Johns Creek officer pulled over a man for racing, he denied the allegation — until the officer told him he watched him and another driver compete on a north Fulton County road.  “I watched you both racing,” the officer could be heard saying in dashcam footage obtained by Channel 2 Action News.  Officer J.T. Tait pulled over Andy Alame and Ho Yun Kim just as they...
Former medical examiner Joe Burton charged in drugs-for-sex case

Former medical examiner Joe Burton charged in drugs-for-sex case

Federal authorities have charged former metro medical examiner Dr. Joe Burton with illegally distributing opioids and say they believe the nationally known pathologist traded drugs for sexual favors. Burton, now a private consultant, once served as medical examiner for Cobb, Gwinnett, DeKalb, Clayton, Douglas, Paulding and Rockdale counties. Prosecutors routinely relied on him to provide critical...
Marijuana-laced edibles may be key to solving DeKalb shooting death

Marijuana-laced edibles may be key to solving DeKalb shooting death

New surveillance video shows that marijuana-laced edibles may be the key to solving the deadly shooting of a 30-year-old DeKalb County man, Channel 2 Action News reported. Friends and family of Steven Mayer are hoping that the video will help solve the crime. “I know he would want me to stop crying,” Yordi Warner said of his friend Mayer, who was found dead Sept. 18 in the basement of...
GBI finds DeKalb gas station shooting suspect — in Gwinnett jail

GBI finds DeKalb gas station shooting suspect — in Gwinnett jail

Drug charges in Gwinnett County led to a murder suspect’s arrest in connection with a shooting at a Clarkston gas station seven months ago.  The GBI on Friday arrested Mumin Hajiege at the Gwinnett jail, where he had been since Sept. 7 on unrelated drug charges.  Hajiege, 29, of Grayson, was involved in a March 17 fight with another man at a Texaco in the 3900 block of East Ponce...
Cobb man fails as attorney, gets 10 years in prison for battery, stalking

Cobb man fails as attorney, gets 10 years in prison for battery, stalking

A Cobb County man who was his own attorney during his trial on battery and stalking charges is now facing 10 years in prison. “You insisted on representing yourself. You did a horrible job,” Judge A. Gregory Poole told Torrey Dametrius Coleman, 44, of Marietta, after he was convicted Thursday, according to Kim Isaza, spokeswoman for the Cobb County District Attorney’s office. In...
Former metro medical examiner charged in drugs-for-sex case

Former metro medical examiner charged in drugs-for-sex case

Federal authorities have charged former metro medical examiner Joe Burton with illegally distributing opioids and said they believe the well-known pathologist traded drugs for sex. Burton, now a private consultant, once served as the medical examiner for numerous counties, including DeKalb, Clayton and Gwinnett. He was arrested last week on a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office...
Pregnant woman injured in hit-and-run in College Park

Pregnant woman injured in hit-and-run in College Park

College Park police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who put a pregnant woman in the hospital with serious head injuries, according to Channel 2 Action News. Video from a city camera Oct. 11 shows Angelica Green, 20, crossing Old National Highway near Godby with her boyfriend when a speeding Toyota Scion hit her and kept driving. “I’m extremely angry that someone could hit a human...
WATCH: Footage from officer’s body camera after deadly shooting in Athens

WATCH: Footage from officer’s body camera after deadly shooting in Athens

Police have released footage from the body camera of an officer who responded to an Athens home Monday afternoon just as a man shot and killed his girlfriend’s cousin. In the video, Athens-Clarke County police Officer Edward Herron can be heard telling dispatchers, “I shot off three rounds after he shot her.” He’d just seen Nicholas Head shoot and kill Quintavia Wade at the...
Guilty plea but no jail for 87-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne

Guilty plea but no jail for 87-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne

Doris Payne, the 87-year-old who has stolen some $2 million in jewels over the last six decades and was recently arrested at a DeKalb County Walmart, got a warning — but no jail time — during her latest trip to court. “Don’t come back, Ms. Payne,” Chamblee Municipal Court Judge Angela Duncan told Payne on Monday. “I won’t,” Payne told the judge...
Man arrested in JCT Kitchen shooting suspected in high-end robberies

Man arrested in JCT Kitchen shooting suspected in high-end robberies

A man has been arrested in connection with an August shooting at a crowded West Midtown restaurant, Atlanta police said. And investigators have linked him to multiple high-end armed robberies in which he took Rolex watches, a Versace necklace, a Louis Vuitton bookbag and a white Mercedes-Benz, police said. Thaddeus Todd, 25, was trying to take Bruno Bafico’s watch on Aug. 28, when he chased...
Man wanted after sexual assault in southwest Atlanta

Man wanted after sexual assault in southwest Atlanta

Atlanta police released a sketch of a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the hopes the public can help identify him. The woman flagged down officers in the area of University Avenue and Pryor Road about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 5, Atlanta police Sgt. John Chafee said. The woman told police she had been sexually assaulted by a short man with a low haircut, pockmarks on his face and a thick build...
Cops: Waiter charged an extra tip onto couple’s bill

Cops: Waiter charged an extra tip onto couple’s bill

Gregroy Daniels had left Peachtree Diner in Roswell when his wife noticed something funny with the bill.  “My tip was altered by $10. So whatever tip I put on there, he added $10 more,” Daniels told Channel 2 Action News. “So that right away told me who was doing what.”  The Daniels, who were in town visiting relatives for Thanksgiving, called the restaurant, Channel...
Lyft driver, passengers ambushed when gunman opens fire, cops say

Lyft driver, passengers ambushed when gunman opens fire, cops say

Bullet holes and blood were left in a Lyft driver’s car after a man, who is believed to be a female passenger’s former lover, opened fire outside a southwest Atlanta home Saturday.  “Some guy ran up to my window and started banging on it,” the driver told Channel 2 Action News. “At that point, (the female passenger) tells me to drive.” The driver asked not...
Officers say man fatally shot woman, then turned gun on himself

Officers say man fatally shot woman, then turned gun on himself

A woman is dead and a man was shot in what officials are investigating as an officer-involved shooting at an Athens home Monday afternoon.  Officers were initially called to the Summerbrook Circle home about 4 p.m. regarding a domestic disturbance, Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Police arrived on the scene and witnessed Nicholas...
Mom says daughter was kicked out of day care after she was choked

Mom says daughter was kicked out of day care after she was choked

When Ty Bates saw the bruises on her 4-year-old daughter’s neck, she called the child’s Snellville day care seeking answers.  But instead, Bates said the conversation ended with her daughter being kicked out of school.  “Her response was your daughter is not a good fit for the program anymore, and they did not need those types of problems,” Bates told Channel 2 Action...
Court decision paves way for prosecution of ex-DeKalb cop in death of unarmed vet

Court decision paves way for prosecution of ex-DeKalb cop in death of unarmed vet

A precedent shattering prosecution of a former DeKalb County cop in the fatal shooting an unarmed veteran will resume following a ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court. At issue: Whether prosecutors violated the principle of grand jury secrecy when they secured indictments against Robert Olsen — the first against a law enforcement officer in Georgia in at least five years. Olsen’s attorney...
Arrest made in deadly shooting outside strip club

Arrest made in deadly shooting outside strip club

A man is in jail after he allegedly shot and killed someone outside a southwest Atlanta strip club Saturday. David Robinson, 32, faces a murder charge in the death of Jalal Ross-Beyah outside Peaches of Atlanta, Channel 2 Action News reported.  He waived his first appearance hearing Monday at the Fulton County jail, according to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.  Robinson also...
Man’s body found in Cobb residence

Man’s body found in Cobb residence

Cobb County police found a man’s body inside a residence Saturday morning, a spokesman said. Shortly after 10 a.m., officers responded to a person down call in the 7200 block of Crestside Drive in Austell, spokesman Brody Staud said. They found a man who was dead, Staud said, and police are treating it as a homicide. The man’s identity and other details were not released. Investigators...
Bonds denied, set in 1983 cold case death

Bonds denied, set in 1983 cold case death

Two people were denied bond Saturday and another person had bonds set in connection with charges from a 1983 cold case death, a Spalding County official said. Frankie Gebhardt and Bill Moore Sr. were denied bond, and  Gregory Huffman had cash bonds set for $25,000 for a violation of oath of office charge and $10,000 set for an obstruction charge, said Dwayne Jones, spokesman for the Spalding...
Mother charged after 2 boys found dead at home

Mother charged after 2 boys found dead at home

A 24-year-old woman has been charged after two of her sons were found dead Friday night at their southwest Atlanta home, police said. Lamora Williams is facing two counts of murder, police spokesman John Chafee said in a statement. She has been booked into the Fulton County jail. Police found the boys, age 2 and 1, about 11:30 p.m. when they responded to a person injured call in the 900 block of Howell...
‘Revenge’ murder plot gets DeKalb man life in prison

‘Revenge’ murder plot gets DeKalb man life in prison

Derrick Deonta Thurman was shot during a gunfight at his apartment complex in March 2016.  Three months later — convinced Timothy Hobbs was connected to the shooting — Thurman followed him to his girlfriend’s apartment and fatally shot the 38-year-old father of three.  A jury convicted Thurman, 26, of the revenge murder Thursday and he was sentenced to life in prison, DeKalb...
Cops: Man went to Italy after leaving mother with dementia in Atlanta motel 

Cops: Man went to Italy after leaving mother with dementia in Atlanta motel 

The man who is accused of abandoning his 71-year-old mother with dementia went to Italy after leaving her in an East Point motel, police said Friday. An active warrant is out for Stephen Haupert, 52, although police do not know where he is, Detective Ebony Johnson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Johnson said she talked to Haupert, who lives in the U.S. Virgin Islands, on Friday. &ldquo...
Police pilot felt ‘strong wind gust’ before helicopter crash, report says

Police pilot felt ‘strong wind gust’ before helicopter crash, report says

The Gwinnett County police officer who was piloting a helicopter last month felt a “strong wind gust” just before it crashed in Lawrenceville, according to a federal report. That was followed by a "sudden, uncommanded, violent, right yaw" and "what seemed to be an uncommanded climb,” according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board regarding...
Man gets 16 years in prison for shooting his sister during argument

Man gets 16 years in prison for shooting his sister during argument

A Hall County man received a 16-year prison sentence Thursday in the 2016 shooting death of his sister during a family altercation. Bradley Scott Holland originally was charged with murder in the death of Stacey Allison, officials said. But in a plea deal, the charge was reduced to voluntary manslaughter, Chief Assistant District Attorney Wanda Vance said. Holland will serve the final nine years of...
Toddler’s kidney transplant stalled due to dad’s latest arrest

Toddler’s kidney transplant stalled due to dad’s latest arrest

The organ transplant of a 2-year-old boy who was born without a kidney will likely be stalled for months. The reason? His father’s latest arrest. Anthony Dickerson, 26, is no stranger to the criminal justice system. He has been in and out of jail on misdemeanor theft charges and a first-degree forgery charge since 2011, according to Gwinnett County jail records. Just this month, he was...
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