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2 get life in prison for shooting man, burning his body in Clayton County

2 get life in prison for shooting man, burning his body in Clayton County

Three people were sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the death of a 24-year-old man in Clayton County, with family members of the victim turning out to share their thoughts. Frederick Marsalia Rosenau and Lavarr Rasheed Pierce  were sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing Quincy Suggs at a Jonesboro home in September 2014, according to Channel 2 Action News. Khadijah Briana...
2 more arrests made in deadly Cobb house party shooting

2 more arrests made in deadly Cobb house party shooting

Two more people have been charged in connection with a shooting that killed a 20-year-old man at a Cobb County house party, police said. Adam Summers, 22, of Dallas, and James Reynal, 19, of Austell, were taken into custody Tuesday, Cobb police Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a news release. Summers and Reynal are charged with felony murder and other offenses in connection with the death of Rodney Tyreek...
Cops say driver was so drunk, she didn’t know she was involved in a crash 

Cops say driver was so drunk, she didn’t know she was involved in a crash 

A driver accused of DUI didn’t know she was involved in a crash until she drove back to the crime scene and officers told her, according to a crash report.  Amanda Toves, 25, of Cumming, was cited for DUI and failure to stop during a Dec. 12 accident at the intersection of Roswell Road and Windsor Parkway, Sandy Springs Officer M.E. Brooks wrote in the report.  Police say Toves, in...
Cops: Restaurant employee asked teen customers for sex using Snapchat

Cops: Restaurant employee asked teen customers for sex using Snapchat

A restaurant worker was arrested after he admitted to authorities he stalked two teenage female customers using Snapchat, asked them for sex and sent nude pictures, according to a police report.  Jason Porras, 23, of Lawrenceville, faces a charge of enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to Fulton County jail records. He was released from jail Dec. 2 on a $35,000 bond.  The two...
Man convicted of pinning U.S. Marshal between 2 cars

Man convicted of pinning U.S. Marshal between 2 cars

A man from the U.S. Virgin Islands accused of slamming into a U.S. Marshal and pinning him between two cars was convicted in federal court, authorities said Wednesday.  Shusta Gumbs, 39, was convicted of two counts of forcibly assaulting, impeding, opposing, resisting or interfering with four federal officers during the Oct. 21, 2016 incident, U.S. Attorney Byung “BJay” Pak said in...
Man hit by SUV, killed on Cobb Parkway

Man hit by SUV, killed on Cobb Parkway

A man was hit and killed early Wednesday when he stepped in front of a vehicle in Cobb County, police said. The incident happened about 6:15 a.m. on Cobb Parkway near Marietta, Cobb police Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a news release. A Ford Explorer was heading north approaching EMC Parkway when Mark Anthony Campfield, 48, stepped into the road and was hit, according to police. The driver, 48-year-old...
Mom accused in child’s hot car death out of jail

Mom accused in child’s hot car death out of jail

A mom accused of leaving her child to die in a hot car on Halloween is out on bond and awaiting another court date.Authorities say Lillian Stone intentionally left 3-year-old son Melvin Smith strapped in his car seat outside their south Fulton County home for more than seven hours on Oct. 31, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. The child died two days later. In an unusual step, Stone...
Suspect in custody in death at Gwinnett mall; victim ID’d

Suspect in custody in death at Gwinnett mall; victim ID’d

A man is in custody after another man was found dead in the parking lot of a Gwinnett County mall early Wednesday. Authorities said Nooruddin Merchant, 55, of unincorporated Snellville, shot the victim, Kanakkumar Yvas, 62, of unincorporated Lilburn, on Tuesday night at Globall Mall on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross. However, the relationship between the men is not clear, Channel 2 Action...
Deadly shooting investigation underway at Union City apartment

Deadly shooting investigation underway at Union City apartment

A man was shot and killed inside a Union City apartment, police said. Authorities were dispatched to the Evergreen Commons Apartments on Ga. 138 on a domestic call, Officer Jerald January said Wednesday in a statement. When officers arrived, they found the man unresponsive in one of the units.  The victim’s name has not been released because his relatives have not been notified about his...
Man found shot to death across from Atlanta church

Man found shot to death across from Atlanta church

A man was found shot to death near a northwest Atlanta church from what police believe to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. “Our initial investigation is indicating that the death appears to be consistent with a suicide,” Atlanta police Officer Lisa Bender said. Someone walking to work about 4:30 a.m. discovered the man across from Antioch Baptist Church North on Northside Drive and...
WATCH: Teens assaulted hearing-impaired student, filmed incident

WATCH: Teens assaulted hearing-impaired student, filmed incident

Two teenagers accused of beating a disabled student at an Atlanta high school face harsher charges after video of the attack surfaced on social media, Channel 2 Action News reported Tuesday.  The teens were initially suspended for a day and forced to apologize for the Nov. 30 beating by officials at Maynard Jackson High School, the disabled student’s mother, Kimberly Flournoy, told the...
Cobb man found guilty but mentally ill of killing his mother

Cobb man found guilty but mentally ill of killing his mother

Damian Cornell McElrath had already cleaned up the crime scene, called 911 and was smoking a cigarette by the time he told police how and why he killed his mother. Diane McElrath had been poisoning him for years, Damian said, and according to him she’d even threatened to kill him.  So, when he got the chance, he took a knife from the kitchen, went upstairs and stabbed Diane McElrath in...
Suspect in Sandy Springs robbery, carjacking arrested at MARTA station

Suspect in Sandy Springs robbery, carjacking arrested at MARTA station

Following a hunch helped police catch a suspect after a robbery and carjacking in the north Fulton area. A Sandy Springs man told Channel 2 Action News that he felt like he was being followed to his home Monday night after he got some money from an ATM on Chamblee Dunwoody Road. When he pulled into his driveway, two men with guns jumped out and demanded his car, cash and phone, the station reported...
Atlanta office building gets all-clear after evacuation

Atlanta office building gets all-clear after evacuation

A prominent Atlanta office building got an all-clear from authorities after a suspicious package prompted an evacuation Tuesday. Officers were summoned about 11:30 a.m. to the area of Broad and Marietta streets, Atlanta police spokeswoman Lisa Bender said in a statement. The building at 2 Peachtree Street was evacuated as a precaution. “The package was investigated and found not to be a threat...
Suspected gang member charged in deadly shooting at ‘pajama party’

Suspected gang member charged in deadly shooting at ‘pajama party’

A gang member is facing murder and other charges after a member of another gang was shot to death at a residential party, authorities said. Coweta County deputies arrested Michael Javon Williams, 27, after the incident early Saturday near Newnan, according to records. Williams is being held without bond at the Coweta County jail. When deputies arrived at the 100 block of Covey Trail about 3:30 a.m...
Officer shoots man trying to get into Atlanta school with BB gun

Officer shoots man trying to get into Atlanta school with BB gun

Atlanta Public Schools police officers shot a man who tried to enter a school Tuesday morning with what turned out to be a BB gun, according to the GBI. Officials at Forrest Hill Academy contacted district police after realizing the man was armed, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.  “It was later determined during the crime scene examination that the subject’s weapon was a BB...
Alleged workplace shooter killed in car accident in Alabama

Alleged workplace shooter killed in car accident in Alabama

Hours after a man shot a co-worker to death at a south Fulton County business, he was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Alabama, authorities said. Further details on the vehicle death of the Flexible Industrial Solutions employee were not available. Fulton County police Cpl. Maureen Smith said shortly after 4 p.m. that news of the deadly crash came from Alabama State Police. About 8:30 a.m.,...
2 on the run after shots fired at Cobb County officer

2 on the run after shots fired at Cobb County officer

Two men are on the run after shots were fired early Tuesday at a police officer in south Cobb County, authorities said. About 1:20 a.m., officers spotted “suspicious activity” involving the men, who were in a vehicle at a gas station in the 6200 block of Mableton Parkway, Sgt. Dana Pierce said. “When the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop,” he said, &ldquo...
Mother, daughter accused of beating student at bus stop arrested 

Mother, daughter accused of beating student at bus stop arrested 

A mother-daughter duo accused of beating an Atlanta Public School student at a bus stop last month have been arrested.  Tayza Danielle Harris and daughter Chelsea Monicque Harris remain in the Fulton County jail on aggravated assault, aggravated battery cruelty to children and disrupting public school charges, according to jail records.  The woman had been on the run for more than a month...
1 killed in fiery crash involving tractor-trailer 

1 killed in fiery crash involving tractor-trailer 

A driver was killed Monday evening after a tractor-trailer crashed into a car and caught on fire in south Fulton County, police said.  The crash occurred at the intersection of Fulton Industrial Boulevard and James Aldredge Boulevard, Fulton County police Cpl. Maureen Smith said.  “A fire ensued and engulfed the (tractor-trailer) and the car,” she said.  Police do not know...
Woman who drove on sidewalk charged in maintenance worker's death

Woman who drove on sidewalk charged in maintenance worker's death

A Jonesboro woman faces a homicide charge weeks after Cobb County police say she ran over a maintenance worker, killing him while he was doing work on the side of the road.  Toni Hale, 30, who remained in the Cobb County jail Monday night, also faces reckless driving and failure to maintain lane charges, according to a release from Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce.  Hale was traveling...
Detectives still searching for family of woman killed in DeKalb apartment

Detectives still searching for family of woman killed in DeKalb apartment

A week after a woman was shot to death at an apartment complex in DeKalb County, police are still searching for her family.  Authorities have not released the identity of the 21-year-old, who they say was killed Dec. 2 in the 200 block of Glen Hollow Lane where she lived with Carl Williams. Police have not confirmed what his relationship is to the woman.  Williams, 23, who was charged...
Marietta schools shake off snow, return to service

Marietta schools shake off snow, return to service

Marietta has shaken loose of wintry weather’s grip, and schools there will re-open Tuesday on the normal schedule. The city school district in Cobb County closed early Friday as a snowstorm threatened the area, and did not open Monday after it left roads slick and parts of the county without power. Other districts to the south, such as Decatur and DeKalb County, saw less of a storm effect...
Ceasar Mitchell's Audi stolen from his West End home

Ceasar Mitchell's Audi stolen from his West End home

The last month hasn’t been good for Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell. First, he finished sixth in the race to be Atlanta’s next mayor.  And last week, police said his car was stolen from the driveway of his West End home. Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Queen Street last Wednesday, according to a police incident report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Decatur schools’ post-storm schedule Monday

Decatur schools’ post-storm schedule Monday

Students in Decatur will return to school Monday after a wintry mix coated the ground into the weekend. While school districts to the north, such as Cobb County, are remaining closed due to the effects of the snowstorm, including power outages, Decatur and surrounding DeKalb County emerged relatively unscathed. A sunny Sunday helped to reduce the ice on roads in Decatur, where district spokeswoman...
Atlanta weather: Friday’s traffic no SnowJam, but painful all the same

Atlanta weather: Friday’s traffic no SnowJam, but painful all the same

Metro Atlanta averted another traffic disaster from a few inches of snow — but just barely. Friday’s winter storm had all the ingredients for a sequel to the region’s “Snowjam ‘14,” when a mere 2.6 inches of snow paralyzed the region and turned the area into a national laughingstock. By early afternoon, snowfall had already surpassed predictions. Schools...
2 men get life for armed home invasion of jewelry store owner

2 men get life for armed home invasion of jewelry store owner

Two men were sentenced to life without parole for their roles in an armed home invasion of a jewelry store owner, Gwinnett County prosecutors said Friday. Jarvis Levoyd Tucker, 47, and Jason Jermoine Tucker, 38, of Atlanta, were convicted of 18 charges that included two counts of armed robbery, four counts of false imprisonment and four counts of kidnapping, prosecutors said in a news release. In...
Snow storm: Marietta schools close two hours early

Snow storm: Marietta schools close two hours early

Marietta schools announced Friday afternoon that schools will close two hours early due to the wintry weather. School buses will run their normal routes, but all after-school programs and extra-curricular events are cancelled for the day. Closing times for Marietta City Schools in Cobb County are as follows: · Marietta High School – 12:30 p.m.  · Marietta Middle School...
Snow storm: Cobb schools close early

Snow storm: Cobb schools close early

Schools in Cobb County are closing early Friday as snow begins to fall in metro Atlanta. High schools release first, at 11:30 a.m., followed by middle schools at 12:30 p.m. and elementary schools at 1:30 p.m., the Cobb County School District said. After school programs and all field trips and extracurricular activities for Friday and Saturday were being cancelled, including ACT tests in county schools...
Snow storm: Decatur schools close early

Snow storm: Decatur schools close early

City Schools of Decatur changed plans Friday as the snow started to pile up, announcing after noon that schools would close one hour early. Earlier that morning, as the rain shifted to light snow, the system announced that only after school and Saturday activities were being cancelled but that schools would stick to regular hours. Then the snow flakes fattened and began to pile up. The district alerted...
Georgia DOT: We’re ready for the winter storm

Georgia DOT: We’re ready for the winter storm

The Georgia Department of Transportation says it’s ready for the winter storm that’s set to sweep across North Georgia today. GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said all state routes have been brined in anticipation of the mix of snow and rain. She said road temperatures are still above freezing, but as the wintry mix arrives the temperatures will keep dropping. “We will continue...
Operators of former Kennesaw travel company face felony charges

Operators of former Kennesaw travel company face felony charges

The operators of a former Kennesaw-based travel company are facing criminal charges in California in connection with a cancelled high school band trip to Japan. Bradley Matheson, 52, and Margaret Matheson, 43, together operating as Harmony International, were charged with 93 felony counts and 2 misdemeanor counts, including embezzlement, failing to maintain passenger funds in a trust account, and...
Roswell police say man’s robbery story was a fake

Roswell police say man’s robbery story was a fake

A man called Roswell police last month to say he was robbed at a gas station. But police said that was the real crime. It all started when Sami Moukarim called 911 to report the alleged incident, Channel 2 Action News reported. “This person came to us and claimed he was robbed at a gas station,” Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland said, “and that somebody took his...
Atlanta weather: Decatur schools reveal snow plans

Atlanta weather: Decatur schools reveal snow plans

Despite the potential for slippery roads on Friday, City Schools of Decatur has no plans to close for the day or otherwise change the schedule. “As of now, we do not expect the weather to impact school operations,” a system spokeswoman told The Atlanta Journal Constitution on Thursday afternoon. She added, though, that  forecasts can change quickly and the district will continue monitoring...
North Georgia teacher charged with child molestation

North Georgia teacher charged with child molestation

An elementary school teacher in northeast Georgia was charged with child molestation Tuesday, the GBI said. Brandon David Cannon of Hart County was arrested one day after someone complained to the sheriff’s office, GBI agent Jesse Maddox said in a statement. The sheriff’s office asked the GBI to help with the case. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
Decatur man’s car crashes into home after deadly road rage shooting

Decatur man’s car crashes into home after deadly road rage shooting

A car crashed into a home following a road rage shooting that killed the father of a 22-month-old boy, DeKalb County police said — and the gunman remains on the run. Officers were called to the scene on Columbia Drive late Wednesday, Lt. Lonzy Robertson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. When officers arrived, they found the driver’s body inside the car. The incident started...
Georgia State Patrol to fire post commander over alleged violations

Georgia State Patrol to fire post commander over alleged violations

The commander of a Georgia State Patrol post was to lose his job Wednesday after an investigation turned up policy violations, officials said. Sgt. Blake Swicord, commander of the Milledgeville post, has been under investigation since the FBI, IRS and DEA raided a restaurant and bar in that city in February, the Macon Telegraph reported. That raid turned up some guns that Swicord had bought at a gun...
Georgia lawmakers may address metro Atlanta transit next year

Georgia lawmakers may address metro Atlanta transit next year

Elected officials in Georgia are inching closer to specific proposals to boost funding for public transportation in metro Atlanta. For months, the House Commission on Transit Funding and Governance has discussed options ranging from state funding for capital projects to new local taxing districts to pay for transit expansions. One potential change would allow local governments to collect special...
Jimmy John’s employee threatens co-workers, leads police on chase, cops say

Jimmy John’s employee threatens co-workers, leads police on chase, cops say

A Jimmy John’s worker faces an aggravated assault charge after police said he threatened co-workers, hit an officer’s cruiser and then led police on a chase.  Hapeville police officers responded Tuesday afternoon to the restaurant in the 800 block of Virginia Avenue, according to Channel 2 Action News. Co-workers told officers that Andre Dion Thomas, 26, threatened them and...
Man gets life plus 15 years for shooting death of girlfriend’s son

Man gets life plus 15 years for shooting death of girlfriend’s son

A man was sentenced to life plus 15 years in state prison for shooting to death the son of the woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair, Fulton County’s top prosecutor said. Calvin Sneed, 52, was convicted last month of malice murder, felony murder and other charges for the Feb. 13 shooting death of Gregory Jones Jr., District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said in a news release. Atlanta...
Clerk pistol-whipped, packs of lottery tickets stolen in gas station robbery

Clerk pistol-whipped, packs of lottery tickets stolen in gas station robbery

Gwinnett police are trying to find a man who assaulted a clerk and stole multiple unopened packs of Georgia Lottery scratch-off tickets from a gas station in unincorporated Snellville. The robber walked into an Exxon gas station in the 2100 block of Killian Hill Road Nov. 16, placed a black semi-automatic handgun to the employee’s head and demanded he open the registers, Cpl. Michele Pihera...
Suspect caught, charged soon after man found shot to death

Suspect caught, charged soon after man found shot to death

A man was taken into custody and charged with murder in northeast Georgia late Tuesday about an hour after officials found a man shot to death, the sheriff said. Xavier Tyray Neal was caught in a wooded area near Pace Drive in Nicholson, Sheriff Janis Mangum said Wednesday in a news release. About 10:20 p.m., several 911 callers said someone was shot, and when deputies arrived they found the body...
Cops: Man’s slap killed Gwinnett father at child’s birthday party 

Cops: Man’s slap killed Gwinnett father at child’s birthday party 

A Gwinnett County father died after he was open-hand slapped by a man at a child’s birthday party, police said.  Adrian Herrera, 31, remains in the Gwinnett County jail without bond on a voluntary manslaughter charge, according to jail records.  Authorities were called to the home in the 100 block of Pipeline Road about 3 a.m. Sunday and found Tomas Rodriguez lying on his back, unresponsive...
Officials find 13 homemade bombs after North Georgia traffic stop

Officials find 13 homemade bombs after North Georgia traffic stop

Two people were arrested in northwest Georgia after officials found 13 homemade bombs in a truck and a house, the GBI said. A Georgia State Patrol traffic stop about 7 p.m. Monday in Dade County led to finding the devices, according to GBI agent Greg Ramey. During the stop on Main Street in Trenton, the trooper found three homemade explosive devices inside a Ford Ranger, authorities said. ...
UPDATE: Man charged with killing mother, family friend 

UPDATE: Man charged with killing mother, family friend 

A 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with the deadly shooting of his mother and a family friend Monday in east Georgia, the sheriff said. Justin Slaughter was taken into custody after several law enforcement agencies responded in Morgan County, according to a news release from Sheriff Robert S. Markley’s office. The body of Paula Slaughter, 54, was found outside a residence, officials...
Deputy out of hospital after assault at North Georgia gas station 

Deputy out of hospital after assault at North Georgia gas station 

A Dawson County sheriff’s deputy is out of the hospital after a suspect beat him with his fist, officials said.  Deputy Sgt. Randy Harkness, 52, was assaulted after he gave the suspect a courtesy ride to a Dawsonville Chevron gas station at the intersection of Ga. 400 and Ga. 53, Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Harkness, who suffered head and face...
Officials ID man killed in shootout with Georgia deputies

Officials ID man killed in shootout with Georgia deputies

The man who was fatally shot during a confrontation with deputies in Middle Georgia on Monday has been identified. Jeffrey Scott Cantrell, 46, died at the scene on Grandview Road in Jasper County, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said Tuesday in a news release. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">UPDATE: Here&rsquo...
This Cobb County school rose off Georgia's low-performing list

This Cobb County school rose off Georgia's low-performing list

A Cobb County public school improved enough to move off of Georgia’s lowest-performing list. Clarkdale Elementary School is among 61 in the state no longer considered “priority” or “focus” schools, the Georgia Department of Education announced Tuesday. They got on the list with low student scores on state standardized tests and, in some cases, low graduation rates. Clarkdale...
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