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Man arrested after confrontation at Roswell gas station

Man arrested after confrontation at Roswell gas station

A confrontation at a Roswell gas station led to a man pulling a gun on three people, police said. Javier Zajda faces charges of aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon after police say he threatened a woman and two men at the Chevron on the 1100 block of Holcomb Bridge Road on Feb. 15.  Police say Zajda pulled into the parking lot, nearly hitting Veola Allen as she crossed the street...
Douglasville judge says Confederate flag case was a hate crime

Douglasville judge says Confederate flag case was a hate crime

Just a month after Dylann Roof shot down nine African-American worshipers in a Charleston, S.C., church, Jose Ismael Torres and Kayla Rae Norton gathered with 13 other friends to make a statement about the Confederate battle flag. Roof had championed it and said he wanted to start a race war. Over two days in July 2015, Norton and Torres’ group, which called itself “Respect the Flag,&rdquo...
Police ID pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

Police ID pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

Gwinnett County police on Monday identified a pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run near Norcross. Michael Polk, 60, of Peachtree Corners, died Friday night after a dark-colored car hit him on Peachtree Corners Circle at Hunters Ridge Lane, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Deon Washington said. Police have not located the car, which should have front-end damage. Anyone with information about the deadly...
I-20 in DeKalb now delay-free after 6-car crash

I-20 in DeKalb now delay-free after 6-car crash

Drivers on I-20 are having an easier commute now after an earlier six-car crash Monday morning caused delays and sent two people to the hospital.  The accident occurred just before Wesley Chapel Road about 11:30 a.m., DeKalb County police spokesman Maj. Stephen Fore said.  Two people sustained minor injuries, Fore said. One was taken to DeKalb Medical Center at Hillandale and the other was...
Adoptive father lost home after son’s alleged thefts

Adoptive father lost home after son’s alleged thefts

The adopted son of a retired U.S. Postal Service worker is accused of exploiting his father for years, actions that caused the man to lose his home. Reginald Keith of Cherokee County was indicted on racketeering and exploitation of an elder person charges, Attorney General Chris Carr said Monday. Officials said he forged checks in his father’s name for four years and deposited the...
McDonald’s workers chased into freezer during armed robbery

McDonald’s workers chased into freezer during armed robbery

Three McDonald’s employees in Atlanta were held at gunpoint and forced inside a freezer during a robbery.  According to a police report, the robber broke into the restaurant on the 3500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard about 2:30 a.m. Feb 10, jumped over the counter and chased two men into a freezer at gunpoint.  One victim told police she was at the front of the store when...
Cop on leave after shooting near the Georgia Dome

Cop on leave after shooting near the Georgia Dome

An Atlanta police officer is on paid administrative leave while state officials investigate if he was justified in shooting a driver who disregarded his commands. The shooting happened about 10:30 p.m. Saturday on Northside Drive as one of the final events at the Georgia Dome, the Atlanta Supercross, ended. According to the GBI, the agency investigating the shooting, the officer was working an off-duty...
GBI investigates 2 officer-involved shootings: Van driver shot near Georgia Dome; driver killed in Lumpkin

GBI investigates 2 officer-involved shootings: Van driver shot near Georgia Dome; driver killed in Lumpkin

The GBI is investigating at least two officer-involved shootings from Saturday. While directing traffic outside the Georgia Dome, an off-duty Atlanta police officer shot a van driver who refused to stop, the GBI said. The officer was in uniform, according to Channel 2 Action News. The 46-year-old North Carolina man was driving a Ford F350 van on Northside Drive about 10:30 p.m., when the officer signaled...
2 bodies found in car in Atlanta

2 bodies found in car in Atlanta

The decomposed bodies of a man and a woman were found Saturday afternoon inside a car in the 3300 block of Fairburn Road, Channel 2 Action News reported. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Unidentified man and woman found dead and decomposing inside of a vehicle in SW Atlanta. <a href="https://t...
Hit-and-run driver kills pedestrian in Gwinnett

Hit-and-run driver kills pedestrian in Gwinnett

A pedestrian died after being hit by a car Friday evening in the Norcross area, Gwinnett County police said. About 7:45 p.m., officers responded to Peachtree Corners Circle at Hunters Ridge, Sgt. R.E. Long said. The car had left the scene. “The pedestrian was killed by the impact with the vehicle,” Long said. The victim’s identity has not been released, pending notification of next...
Atlanta marchers show support for Affordable Care Act

Atlanta marchers show support for Affordable Care Act

Thousands were expected to march Saturday in downtown Atlanta to show their opposition to changing the Affordable Care Act. The march, ironically, will take place while the Democratic National Committee is meeting at the downtown Westin, organizers said in a release announcing the march. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="...
Good Samaritan’s 911 call leads to drug arrest  

Good Samaritan’s 911 call leads to drug arrest  

A 911 caller’s concern about a person vomiting near his car lead Marietta police to two alleged drug dealers. Police were called Thursday to the 20 block of Atlanta Street in reference to a medical call, spokeswoman Officer Brittany Wallace said. The 911 caller said a man was sitting in his car vomiting.  Officers saw Alex Leon-Colberg and Micheal Vliek sitting in a Ford Fusion at a parking...
Boil water advisory lifted for Carrollton residents 

Boil water advisory lifted for Carrollton residents 

Carrollton residents are no longer under a boil water advisory as of Friday afternoon, city officials said.   The advisory was issued after a water main break temporarily left thousands without water Wednesday, Carrollton officials said.   The break was repaired Thursday and the “water system pressure (was) completely restored.” However, mandatory water sampling...
The GBI’s Unidentified Remains case files

The GBI’s Unidentified Remains case files

Sex offender back in jail after school dance photo surfaces

Sex offender back in jail after school dance photo surfaces

A photo of a convicted child molester at an elementary school dance landed him back behind bars, according to Channel 2 Action News. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How this image landed a convicted child molester back behind bars tonight @ 11 <a href="https://t.co/4KA1sshw1W">pic.twitter...
WATCH: Police release video of unidentified man shooting into door

WATCH: Police release video of unidentified man shooting into door

A person of interest is seen on video repeatedly ringing a doorbell shortly before neighbors heard gunshots. While part of the video had been released earlier, Atlanta police released the entire video Thursday in hopes of developing stronger leads in the November shooting, police spokesman Sgt. Warren Pickard said.    Carl Cosby Jr. was shot Nov. 3 in the basement of his grandmother&rsquo...
Man gets life after police connect shell casing, footprint to murder

Man gets life after police connect shell casing, footprint to murder

The muddy imprint left by a pair of flip-flops helped police connect the wearer to a murder. Christopher Profet took a woman’s money and cellphone, but he left a shell casing and a footprint near a lifeless body in May 2014, Fulton County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Dontaye Carter said in a news release. Profet was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus five years. LaTonya...
Pot dealer who killed art student gets life in prison

Pot dealer who killed art student gets life in prison

Though he fled to California from Sandy Springs in 2014, the man who shot an Atlanta art student to death is finally going to prison for life plus five years, officials said.  Patricko Davis was dealing marijuana to fellow students of the Art Institute of Atlanta in July 2014 when a customer, 23-year-old Tekeenen Williams, refused to pay, Fulton County District Attorney’s Office spokesman...
Teen who allegedly bragged about stealing Porsche faces new charges 

Teen who allegedly bragged about stealing Porsche faces new charges 

More than a month after a teenager allegedly stole two Porsches from the company’s North American headquarters in Hapeville, he faces multiple charges in two counties. A judge on Thursday granted Nehemiah Brewer, 19, a $20,000 bond in connection with nearly a dozen charges following a chase in Clayton County on Jan. 16 after the alleged thefts, according to jail and court records. The charges...
Mississippi bid case raises questions about top Atlanta official

Mississippi bid case raises questions about top Atlanta official

Jackson, Miss. — A former Jackson contracting official says she was interviewed by the FBI in November 2015 about alleged bid-steering in municipal contracts, including accusations of wrongdoing against former public works director Kishia Powell, who now serves as watershed commissioner in Atlanta. Former Jackson Equal Business Opportunity Manager Stephanie Coleman and her lawyer told The...
Bill requires free speech on campus for all

Bill requires free speech on campus for all

Georgia’s colleges and universities would be required to expand areas designated for free speech under legislation filed in the state House on Thursday.  House Bill 471, by Rep. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, says public colleges and universities may not “limit or restrict a student’s expression” or discipline a student because others oppose the student&rsquo...
The GBI’s Unsolved Homicide case files

The GBI’s Unsolved Homicide case files

The GBI’s Missing Persons case files

The GBI’s Missing Persons case files

8 sentenced to prison for roles in Buckhead ‘pill mill’

8 sentenced to prison for roles in Buckhead ‘pill mill’

An Atlanta anesthesiologist has been sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison for illegally prescribing painkillers, prosecutors said. Seven other people were sentenced for their roles in the pain clinic that operated in Buckhead and other locations in metro Atlanta, U.S. Attorney John Horn said. For at least eight months, Romie Earl Roland, 57, prescribed oxycodone, methadone and Percocet...
Arrest made in death of Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead

Arrest made in death of Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead

More than 11 years after she was last seen alive, an arrest as been made in the death of Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday afternoon. Ryan Alexander Duke has been charged with murder, the GBI said. Duke was a graduate of Irwin County High School, where Grinstead taught history. The GBI declined to say how Grinstead died or whether her remains had been...
Men sought in Gwinnett bar fight and shooting

Men sought in Gwinnett bar fight and shooting

Gwinnett County police are seeking two men in connection with a shooting and fight in a bar that injured five people in Tucker. Shortly after midnight Saturday at the Tram Chim Quan Café & Bar at 6330 Lawrenceville Highway, a man seen on surveillance video wearing a black-hooded coat shot three people with a semi-automatic gun, Cpl. Deon Washington said. The man’s first name may be Van...
Man shot in stomach outside West End Mall

Man shot in stomach outside West End Mall

A man was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital after he was shot in the stomach, Atlanta police said.  The victim was shot about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday outside the West End Mall in southwest Atlanta, police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown said. He was found shot in the street.  Brown said three men were seen running in the direction of the West End MARTA station  Police do not know what...
Metro Atlanta Jewish center, mosques receive threats

Metro Atlanta Jewish center, mosques receive threats

Metro Atlanta is not immune to anti-Semitism and threats against Muslim institutions. On Jan. 9, a bomb threat was received by the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in Dunwoody, and last week at least two metro Atlanta mosques received threatening emails that were detailed enough for the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to alert federal authorities....
WATCH: Child allegedly helped family steal from Roswell antique store

WATCH: Child allegedly helped family steal from Roswell antique store

A family of alleged thieves made off with two antique items — and they’re accused of including a child in on the act.  “They just caught us at a great time because we were totally slammed Saturday afternoon during lunch,” Historic Roswell Antiques and Interiors store owner Syrus Taghizadeh told Channel 2 Action News.  Surveillance video shows the family came...
2 sought in deadly Clayton County home invasion

2 sought in deadly Clayton County home invasion

Police hope that sketches released Wednesday could lead to arrests in a deadly Clayton County home invasion.  Scherell Venisee, 37, was found dead just after midnight Monday from gunshot wounds inside a home on Chester Lane in Ellenwood, Channel 2 Action News reported. Dectric Searcy, 27, who was found on the garage floor with gunshot wounds, later died at a hospital. Clayton police told...
Federal inmate charged with escape pleads not guilty

Federal inmate charged with escape pleads not guilty

A 35-year-old federal inmate pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he escaped from a prison camp in southeast Atlanta then tried to sneak back in with tequila, cigarettes and cigars. FBI and Atlanta police arrested Justin Stinson on Feb. 3. He had allegedly slipped through a hole in one fence on the prison property and then climbed an outer fence to fetch a duffel bag from someone waiting in a car...
Mass transit bills moving in Georgia General Assembly

Mass transit bills moving in Georgia General Assembly

The Georgia Senate Wednesday passed a measure that could eventually pave the way for state funding of mass transit. Senate Bill 6 would create the Georgia Regional Transit Council to develop a statewide strategic transit plan to develop a “seamless transportation network with dependable trip times for commuters.” The plan would explore topics like limited access highways, road congestion...
4 fires set at DeKalb church, official says

4 fires set at DeKalb church, official says

Local and federal officials are investigating after someone intentionally set four fires at a DeKalb County church. The fires happened Tuesday night at Restoration Ministries Church in the 4300 block of Mercer Road near Decatur, DeKalb fire Capt. Eric Jackson said. Firefighters got a call about smoke in the area and later determined it was coming from the church’s shed. They also noticed other...
Who shot Jazzy Kuykendall?

Who shot Jazzy Kuykendall?

Police are trying to determine who shot a College Park mother of two small children. Jazzy Kuykendall, 25, was arguing with her brother Marquavious Kuykendall when she was shot in the back of the head on Feb. 8 at a house on Godby Road, College Park police said. She died in hospice care a week later, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said. Marquavious Kuykendall, 22, was arrested on...
Pregnant woman: ‘I kept bleeding’ after being attacked by Uber driver

Pregnant woman: ‘I kept bleeding’ after being attacked by Uber driver

Why would an Uber driver punch and kick a pregnant woman in the stomach? That’s all Atiya Abdul-Khaliq wants to know after she says she was attacked last month.  She wonders how someone could assault her even as her friend screamed to save the unborn baby. “She didn’t stop,” Abdul-Khaliq said. “Even after she stopped stomping on me, she tried to run...
Ex-Lyft driver indicted on rape charge

Ex-Lyft driver indicted on rape charge

More than a month after his arrest, a former Lyft driver was indicted on a felony rape charge Tuesday. Jerome Antonio Booze, 39, of Decatur, was charged Jan. 23 on allegations he sexually assaulted a woman while taking her back to her apartment. The alleged assault happened Dec. 10.  Police have not said why it took more than a month to arrest Booze.  Booze picked up a Smyrna woman...
Atlanta axes top purchasing officer, feds seize items from his office

Atlanta axes top purchasing officer, feds seize items from his office

In the midst of a swirling pay-to-play federal bribery investigation, Atlanta’s chief procurement officer was fired on Tuesday, escorted out of City Hall and had items in his office seized by federal agents. A terse, two-sentence statement from the mayor’s office said Adam Smith had been “relieved of his duties.” A spokeswoman for Mayor Kasim Reed later said Smith’s was...
Roswell nanny arrested after leaving toddlers in car

Roswell nanny arrested after leaving toddlers in car

When a 19-year-old nanny pulled up to a Roswell grocery store, one of the two toddlers in her care had fallen asleep, she told police. So, Leah Wilging decided to turn off the engine, lock the car and leave them, according to a police report. It was about 2 p.m. on Feb. 13. The list of groceries kept Wilging inside the Sprouts store on Alpharetta Highway longer than she’d anticipated, she told...
Kempner: Losing our Fortune 500 companies should be a clue

Kempner: Losing our Fortune 500 companies should be a clue

Long ago, my fellow Gwinnett voters treated the idea of letting MARTA into the county a bit like suggesting someone put a fire ant on our dinner plate. Gwinnett chairman Charlotte Nash has a clear memory of this. But now Nash says she will push for a new public referendum on transit — though she said she doesn’t know if it would include MARTA, which she thinks would have “precarious&rdquo...
Trump visits Smithsonian’s African American Museum with a King

Trump visits Smithsonian’s African American Museum with a King

Alveda King noticed two moments on Tuesday when President Donald Trump seemed visibly moved during his tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The first came when his gaze fell on a stone auction block from Hagerstown, Md., on which slaves would stand before being sold. King, part of a small delegation to tour the new Smithsonian with the president, overheard Trump...
Buckhead homeowner scares off armed intruders

Buckhead homeowner scares off armed intruders

For 15 years, Valerie Levine, her husband and her teenage daughter had lived without incident on Norfleet Road in Buckhead. But that ended about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when her husband scared away three masked men from the kitchen area, Channel 2 Action News reported. The intruders dropped a gun on their way out, but they still managed to steal two cars, the station reported. “I think if my husband...
Man killed when truck crashes into tree in DeKalb

Man killed when truck crashes into tree in DeKalb

A 34-year-old man was killed early Tuesday in DeKalb County when his truck crashed into a tree, police said. Just before 3 a.m., officers responded to the scene on Lithonia Industrial Boulevard near Covington Highway, DeKalb police Maj. Stephen Fore said. Romondo Brown, who was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck northbound, drove off the road and hit a tree. Brown, who was the only person in the truck...
Distinctive clothing key in finding suspects in store clerk’s shooting

Distinctive clothing key in finding suspects in store clerk’s shooting

A distinct red hoodie could help Atlanta police find two suspects in an armed robbery that left a store clerk with at least one gunshot wound.  Surveillance video shows the two men dashed inside Donnelly Food Store on Tuesday night and held employees and customers at gunpoint. The gunman, donning a red hoodie with gold lettering on the front and a gold cross on the back, aimed the gun at...
At Atlanta prison, 'sophisticated operation' of smuggled drugs, booze

At Atlanta prison, 'sophisticated operation' of smuggled drugs, booze

Drugs. Booze. Barbecue ribs. And Mexican takeout. An inmate at the prison camp adjacent to the U.S. Penitentiary in southeast Atlanta says prisoners there routinely sneak in and out through patched holes in the fence, returning with contraband. He described a “sophisticated operation” involving teams of inmates who call themselves ninjas. The head of a prison guard union official...
2 charges against officer dropped in dog’s hot car death

2 charges against officer dropped in dog’s hot car death

Two of the three counts of an indictment were thrown out against a former Cherokee County schools officer in connection with the death of a police dog that was in his care, according to a Jan. 18 ruling in Cherokee Superior Court. Both counts had charged Daniel Peabody with aggravated cruelty to animals regarding the June death of Inka, who was left in Peabody’s hot patrol car. The ruling...
Driver sought in deadly hit-and-run

Driver sought in deadly hit-and-run

Atlanta police are searching for a driver in a deadly hit-and-run. The accident happened about 7:20 p.m. Sunday at Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and Wood Street, according to an Atlanta police accident report. Helen Anderson, 59, was pushing a shopping cart across the street when a 1995 GMC Sierra pickup truck hit her, police said. The impact of the crash threw her into another lane, where a second...
Cops: Store clerk shot during robbery

Cops: Store clerk shot during robbery

A store clerk was shot during an armed robbery Monday evening in southwest Atlanta, police said.  The Donnelly Food Store clerk, who was shot in his back, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and is alert, conscious and breathing, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown said.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en"...
2 killed in home invasion 

2 killed in home invasion 

Two people were killed in an overnight home invasion in Clayton County, police said. Scherell Venisee, 37, was found dead just after midnight Monday from gunshot wounds inside a home in the 4400 block of Chester Lane in Ellenwood, Channel 2 Action News reported. Dectric Searcy, 27, was found on the garage floor suffering from gunshot wounds.  He later died at a hospital.  Clayton County...
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