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Protesters gather for rally in Atlanta

Protesters gather for rally in Atlanta

A march in Atlanta, a conversation in Decatur: The aftershocks from Charlottesville are putting the issue of Confederate monuments on the streets here Saturday night. Thousands of participants are expected at Centennial Olympic Park at 6 p.m. to hear a range of speakers before marching to rally at the tomb of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Auburn Avenue, said Janel Green, co-founder of the Georgia...
Metro Atlanta drug trafficker had $130K under mattress

Metro Atlanta drug trafficker had $130K under mattress

A man convicted of drug charges Thursday in Douglas County had $130,000 hidden under his mattress and more than $40,000 in his car when he was arrested in 2015, according to prosecutors. Lorenzo McClure was convicted on charges that included trafficking cocaine, possession of stolen firearms and DUI-drugs, district attorney spokesman David Emadi said in a news release. McClure was arrested on Nov...
Senior care worker charged in death of man, 91

Senior care worker charged in death of man, 91

A worker at a Cobb County senior care facility was charged after a 91-year-old resident died from injuries suffered at the site, police said Friday. Landon Terrel, 33, of Powder Springs, is facing felony murder and aggravated battery charges in connection with the death of Adam Bennett, Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a news release. Officers went Tuesday to WellStar Kennestone Hospital after a man was taken...
Woman dies a week after being found with head injury; suspect at large

Woman dies a week after being found with head injury; suspect at large

Authorities are looking for a man accused of giving a woman a critical head injury that led to her death a week later, Fulton County police said.  Joya Chester, 45, was found with a head injury Aug. 3 inside a home on White City Road in College Park, Fulton County police Cpl. Maureen Smith said. Chester died Aug. 11 at Grady Memorial Hospital as a result of her injuries.  Police said Chester...
Man accused of killing homeowner who was changing locks arrested 

Man accused of killing homeowner who was changing locks arrested 

A 19-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a homeowner while he changed the locks on his new house was arrested, Fulton County police said.  Dexter Hubbard turned himself in at the Fulton County jail Aug. 11 accompanied by his lawyer, police Cpl. Maureen Smith said. Hubbard remains in jail on murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children and possession of a weapon charges. ...
Fence built around I-85 bridge collapse site to prevent trespassing 

Fence built around I-85 bridge collapse site to prevent trespassing 

Those who make their usual commute under the site of the I-85 bridge collapse in March likely noticed a new chain-link fence Friday where flammable materials once lived.  The $20,000 project is intended to prevent people from trespassing on the state’s property, potentially averting another massive interstate fire like the one that paralyzed the city for seven weeks. “It should have...
Officials seek ID of intruder who was fatally shot

Officials seek ID of intruder who was fatally shot

The DeKalb County medical examiner is trying to identify the body of an intruder who was shot and killed last month after breaking into a Lithonia home. DeKalb police on Friday released a sketch of the man in the hopes someone recognizes him. The man is described as 5-foot-6 and 20 to 30 years old, police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. He has no tattoos or scars, she said. According to...
Homeowner whose door was kicked in arrested

Homeowner whose door was kicked in arrested

A Newton County man who fired at another man after he allegedly kicked in his door is now facing drug and gun charges, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said Friday. Jerald Ralph Woomer of a Spring Road address in Covington fired several shots at Gerard Walter Montour on Wednesday, Sgt. Cortney Morrison said. After the incident, deputies searched Woomer’s home and charged him with possession of...
Cops: Man posted ex-girlfriend’s underage nude photos to Snapchat

Cops: Man posted ex-girlfriend’s underage nude photos to Snapchat

A Roswell man posted a nude photo of his underage ex-girlfriend in what may be a case of revenge porn, according to a Georgia Southern University police report.  Zollise Kelly, 18, is accused of posting the photos of the 16-year-old onto a Snapchat page, police said. Kelly was released on bond from the Bulloch County jail Wednesday on a child pornography and exploitation charge. He also faces...
Neighbors concerned about security lapses at Cobb mental health facility

Neighbors concerned about security lapses at Cobb mental health facility

Several recent incidents of residents wandering away from a Cobb County mental health facility have neighbors on edge and calling for better security, Channel 2 Action News reported. “I turned around and saw a lady, wild eyed, pushing her way through my garage trying to get into my house and she said, ‘You’ve got to let me in, you’ve got to let me in,’” a Smyrna...
Warrant: Woman stole nearly $17,000 from nursing home resident

Warrant: Woman stole nearly $17,000 from nursing home resident

A nursing home worker in Acworth forged nearly $17,000 in checks intended for a resident’s bills and health expenses and used them for personal use, according to an arrest warrant.  Mary Nelle Foss is out of jail on a $35,000 bond a week after her arrest, according to jail records. Foss faces exploitation of an elderly person, third and fourth degree forgery and theft charges.  Foss...
Ex-deputy indicted after drugs allegedly stolen

Ex-deputy indicted after drugs allegedly stolen

A former Cherokee County deputy sheriff has been indicted after he allegedly stole drugs from an evidence room that he was in charge of, court officials confirmed. Jeffrey Lee Goettel, 41, of Jasper, is charged with violation of oath of office, theft by taking and three counts of violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, according to a spokeswoman for the Cherokee Superior Court clerk&rsquo...
Inmate escapes from Georgia work detail

Inmate escapes from Georgia work detail

An inmate has escaped from a work detail in Middle Georgia, according to state prison officials. A statewide lookout is on for Keyshawn Markese Cobb, 19, who walked off from the kitchen at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, according to a Twitter post by the state Department of Corrections. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p...
Body found near I-20 ID’d as missing grandmother 

Body found near I-20 ID’d as missing grandmother 

UPDATE: DeKalb police identified the body found on I-20 near Flat Shoals Road as Millicent Williams, the 78-year-old grandmother who was reported missing July 27.  Williams’ grandson Gregory Williams faces murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping and theft charges in her disappearance.  ORIGINAL STORY: A decomposed body was found on I-20 near Flat Shoals Road, DeKalb Police...
Attorney for Gwinnett hit-and-run, chase suspect: ‘There was something going in his head’

Attorney for Gwinnett hit-and-run, chase suspect: ‘There was something going in his head’

A man accused of committing several hit-and-runs and car thefts before leading police on a three-city chase was described in court Wednesday as displaying erratic behavior during his initial arrest. Charges related to incidents that occurred in DeKalb County and Norcross were dropped against Joshua Scott Jones due to jurisdiction issues, Channel 2 Action News reported. Jones is accused of six hit-and-runs...
Sandy Springs attack victim thankful for good Samaritan’s help

Sandy Springs attack victim thankful for good Samaritan’s help

A man has two black eyes from a beating he suffered when two teenagers attacked him Saturday night in Sandy Springs while he was walking home, Channel 2 Action News reported. But it could’ve been worse, since a good Samaritan stepped in to help Ryan Sunderland during the incident on Roswell Road, according to the news station. “I evidently got quite a bit of bruising on the face,&rdquo...
Woman hit by car, killed in south Fulton County 

Woman hit by car, killed in south Fulton County 

A pedestrian was hit and killed Wednesday in the intersection of Fulton Industrial Boulevard and Philip Lee Drive, Fulton County police said.  The 48-year-old woman darted across the street and was hit, Fulton County Cpl. Maureen Smith told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The driver remained on the scene.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
Canadian man indicted, accused of flying to Atlanta for underage sex 

Canadian man indicted, accused of flying to Atlanta for underage sex 

A man accused of flying from Canada to have sex with a Marietta teenager was indicted and arraigned on federal sex crimes charges Tuesday, officials said.  Yves Joseph Christopher Legault, 53, of Ontario, allegedly met the girl on an online site and asked her to perform sexual acts on video for him, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week. Legault faces charges of enticing a child...
25 face drug, gun charges after FBI investigation

25 face drug, gun charges after FBI investigation

Twenty-five North Georgia residents are facing federal drug and gun charges after a two-year investigation involving the FBI and Monroe police, officials said. Twenty-two of the suspects were arrested Wednesday, a week after eight indictments were handed down, said Pamela Lightsey, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia’s division in Athens. All of...
Students pepper-sprayed during fight at DeKalb school

Students pepper-sprayed during fight at DeKalb school

Three students were pepper-sprayed when a fight broke out at a DeKalb County school Wednesday. The incident happened about 12:30 p.m. when a public safety officer at Eagle Woods Academy on Shadow Rock Drive in Lithonia used pepper spray to bring the students under control, according to the DeKalb County School District. “The school was immediately placed in safe and secure status,&rdquo...
MARTA ridership down since I-85 reopened in Atlanta

MARTA ridership down since I-85 reopened in Atlanta

When the I-85 bridge collapsed this spring, MARTA increased service and staffing to win over commuters forced off Atlanta highways and onto its trains. But an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of federal transit statistics suggests MARTA got only a small boost in ridership that didn’t last. In fact, ridership on the system’s trains and buses is down more than 2 percent this year...
4 were inside home when arsonist set it on fire, officials said 

4 were inside home when arsonist set it on fire, officials said 

Authorities arrested a woman they believe set a south Fulton County home on fire while four people were inside, Atlanta fire officials said.  Chranda Norman, 40, was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with first degree arson, aggravated assault and first degree criminal damage to property, Channel 2 Action News reported. The fire occurred at the intersection of Cascade Avenue and Rodgers Avenue...
1 dead in Fulton County kitchen fire 

1 dead in Fulton County kitchen fire 

A man died Tuesday evening after a kitchen fire spread to an upstairs bedroom at a south Fulton County home, officials said.  The fire occurred on Ponderosa Court just outside of College Park, Fulton County Assistant Fire Chief Jack Butler told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Butler said the victim, identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office as 52-year-old Matthew...
Fulton  jail changes policy after nurse refused suspect aid

Fulton jail changes policy after nurse refused suspect aid

The Fulton County jail is providing Narcan for use to its medical staff after a nurse refused to provide aid to an “unconscious” and “possibly overdosing” suspect.  “We want to make sure we let the community know that we’re responsive to the needs of the citizens and that's the reason why we made the decision,” Fulton County sheriff Lt. Col. Derrick Singleton...
Gang members gunned down victim who was breaking up a fight

Gang members gunned down victim who was breaking up a fight

Colors can be vibrant, bold and beautiful, among other things.  But in the case of Warren Roseberry, they’re what led to his murder in May 2015 when he was trying to shield his cousin from an attack involving a non-gang member wearing a group’s colors.  Jurors convicted Morio Clifton, 29, and Christopher Woody, 26, in the beating and murder Tuesday, more than two years...
Valuable Civil War collectibles stolen from car

Valuable Civil War collectibles stolen from car

An Ohio man had an unhappy trip to metro Atlanta last weekend when someone stole valuable Civil War collectibles and artifacts from his car, Channel 2 Action News reported. “It’s just a heartbreak,” Cal Packard told the news station. Packard attended a Civil War show at the Cobb County Civic Center, and before his flight home, he took in a movie in the Cumberland area. He didn&rsquo...
National poll finds waning support for charter schools

National poll finds waning support for charter schools

An annual education poll finds plummeting approval of charter schools nationally but steadfast support for other types of school choice, such as tax-credits for private school scholarships. Last year, a slim majority of respondents in the Education Next poll, connected to Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, said they supported the formation of new charter schools...
Gunman fired 19 shots at officers during standoff at hotel

Gunman fired 19 shots at officers during standoff at hotel

An armed man was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after he fired 19 shots at officers during a nearly five-hour standoff at a Clayton County hotel, police said. The man, who was identified as Timothy Randall Monroe, surrendered to officers at the Southside Inn in the 6000 block of Old Dixie Highway about 2 p.m. after police fired gas into his second-floor room, police Chief Joseph Woodall...
Video captures deadly hit-and-run in College Park

Video captures deadly hit-and-run in College Park

Investigators hope video of a deadly hit-and-run will lead to the driver. Berell Brown, 54, was making his way home from a family gathering when he was hit by a car, College Park police told Channel 2 Action News. He later died from his injuries. The television station obtained video that shows the driver hit Brown, slow down and continue driving. The crash occurred just before 3:20 a.m. Sunday on...
Fulton County employee ID’d in fatal wreck 

Fulton County employee ID’d in fatal wreck 

Authorities on Monday identified a Fulton County employee they say struck and killed two pedestrians involved in a fender-bender last week.  Jamal McCoy has not been charged in the fatal crash that Union City police reenacted Monday afternoon, according to Channel 2 Action News. McCoy is a maintenance worker with the city.  Murphy McKinney and Mary Hughes were involved in a...
Cobb man killed after truck rolls, pins him 

Cobb man killed after truck rolls, pins him 

An Austell man died after a truck he was standing next to rolled onto him and pinned him, Cobb County authorities said.  Gregory L. Goffredo Sr., 53, and a co-worker were standing between two trucks they moved in the 7100 block of Delta Circle when one of the trucks rolled into the other, Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce said.  The truck then rolled onto Goffredo, who died at the scene...
Jury misconduct leads to mistrial in death of councilwoman’s nephew 

Jury misconduct leads to mistrial in death of councilwoman’s nephew 

Jury misconduct led to a mistrial in a murder case against three alleged gang members accused of shooting an Atlanta councilwoman’s nephew.  Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter said the efforts put into the trial were “more or less two weeks wasted time,” Channel 2 Action News reported. Baxter also presided over the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trials in 2015...
9 children left alone at day care; worker arrested

9 children left alone at day care; worker arrested

An Augusta day care worker was arrested after nine children were left unattended Friday, the sheriff’s office said. The situation at Karen’s Kiddie Korner was noticed by a Richmond County fire official who came for a routine annual inspection, the Augusta Chronicle reported. The official, Jermaine Jennings, noticed Karen Jones, 51, drive away from the building about 2:50 p.m., the newspaper...
Alpharetta church carjacking suspect caught at MARTA station

Alpharetta church carjacking suspect caught at MARTA station

A man wanted in another county was captured Friday night after an armed carjacking at an Alpharetta church and a chase that ended at a MARTA station, police said. About 8:21 p.m., the person, identified as 31-year-old Jason Taratoot, stole a green Kia Soul from someone at St. James United Methodist Church, according to a Facebook post by Alpharetta police. The church is in the 3000 block of Webb Bridge...
Marine veteran killed in Cobb bank hostage situation had machete in backpack

Marine veteran killed in Cobb bank hostage situation had machete in backpack

A man who held two Cobb County bank employees hostage last month had a machete in his backpack, instead of the bomb he claimed to have,  during a three-hour standoff that ended with police fatally shooting the man.  GBI investigators said there is no evidence that Brian Easley pulled out the weapon during the July 7 hostage situation, Channel 2 Action News reported. During the...
FBI: Canadian man flew to Atlanta to have sex with minor 

FBI: Canadian man flew to Atlanta to have sex with minor 

A Canadian man was arrested Friday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on accusations he flew to Atlanta to have sex with a Marietta teenager, according to FBI officials.  Yves Joseph Christopher Legault, 53, of Ontario, was booked on a charge of communicating online with a minor child for the purposes of having sex, FBI Atlanta Special Agent Stephen Emmett said in a news release. ...
Church employee stole $315K, spent it on ‘extravagant’ vacations, clothes

Church employee stole $315K, spent it on ‘extravagant’ vacations, clothes

For five years, Sherie Britton managed the PayPal account of a Rex church. And in that time frame she managed to steal $315,000 intended for church needs, civic events and the community.  Britton, 44, of McDonough, admitted in court Thursday she embezzled the funds between February 2012 and 2017 after initially lying to authorities about the allegations, U.S. Attorney John Horn said in a news...
Decatur Book Festival founder Daren Wang resigns

Decatur Book Festival founder Daren Wang resigns

This year’s AJC Decatur Book Festival will be the last one with founding executive director Daren Wang at the helm. Wang, whose debut novel, “The Hidden Light of Northern Fires,” launches at this year’s festival, has announced his resignation, effective at the end of year. “With the book coming out at this point, it feels like a natural break for me,&rdquo...
No bond for man accused of concealing death of veteran

No bond for man accused of concealing death of veteran

A man accused of concealing the death of an Iraq War veteran is being held without bond after his first court appearance Friday morning in Cobb County, according to the district attorney’s office. After a week on the run, James Bradshaw Clement was arrested in the parking lot of a DeKalb County shopping center about 4:30 p.m. Thursday by officers from the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and...
Ex-NFL player arrested after armed robbery of cellphone store

Ex-NFL player arrested after armed robbery of cellphone store

A former NFL player who played high school football in Gwinnett County was one of two men arrested in connection with the armed robbery of an AT&T store in Douglas County, the sheriff’s office said Friday. Quanterus Smith, 27, of Lithonia, and Brandon Byse, 22, of Atlanta, allegedly demanded money and took iPhones from the store on Thornton Road, according to a statement from the sheriff&rsquo...
Man accused of shooting father as he changed locks on front door ID'd

Man accused of shooting father as he changed locks on front door ID'd

Police need your help finding find a man accused of shooting and killing a metro Atlanta father as he changed the locks on the front door of his new home. Authorities say Dexter Hubbard tried to barge into Soloman “Sol” Williams’ Gossamer Street home about 4 p.m. Monday. At the time, Williams’ wife and children were inside the residence, which is in Union City&rsquo...
WATCH: New video shows moments before transgender woman’s death 

WATCH: New video shows moments before transgender woman’s death 

Police hope new surveillance video will lead them to the person who shot and killed a transgender woman outside a College Park apartment. The video, obtained by Channel 2 Action News, shows Troy “Tee Tee” Dangerfield walking inside the 50 Yard Line sports bar about 1 a.m. July 31. Police told the television station she had drinks with a friend and left the bar about two hours later...
'Intoxicated’ Gwinnett woman admits setting bed fire, officials said

'Intoxicated’ Gwinnett woman admits setting bed fire, officials said

A Duluth woman is in jail after officials said she intentionally set her bed on fire in what is believed to be a domestic-related incident, fire officials said.  Eunok Yu, 38, was found lying “intoxicated” in the middle of Satellite Boulevard by a Gwinnett County battalion chief during the investigation, fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. She had soot on her clothes and hands. Yu was...
OutKast’s Big Boi to pay medical bills for child shot at neighborhood party

OutKast’s Big Boi to pay medical bills for child shot at neighborhood party

Abriya Ellison has had a rough few months.  The 5-year-old girl was left paralyzed from the waist down in a drive-by shooting at an April 10 neighborhood party. She completed her rehabilitation program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta last week after undergoing several surgeries following the shooting, Channel 2 Action News reported.  But the tough road to recovery came with...
Judge tells Cobb molester he’ll ‘never get paroled and die in prison’

Judge tells Cobb molester he’ll ‘never get paroled and die in prison’

For four years, Robert Lee Martin molested a relative from the time she was 10 years old.  On Thursday, a judge sentenced the Marietta man to life in prison plus 90 years, hoping he’ll “never get paroled and die in prison.”  “If you will do this to your own flesh and blood, you’ll do it to anybody,” Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert D. Leonard II...
Child shot during SWAT standoff dies

Child shot during SWAT standoff dies

The 11-month-old girl whose father apparently shot her in a south Forsyth County home earlier this week has died, a sheriff’s spokesman said Thursday. The girl was taken to a local hospital in critical condition Monday after a police SWAT team found her in the house where her father, 34-year-old Salman Ashraf, was dead. He died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, deputy Douglas Rainwater...
Man accused of concealing veteran’s death arrested

Man accused of concealing veteran’s death arrested

After a week on the run, a man accused of concealing the death of an Iraq War veteran was arrested in DeKalb County on Thursday, officials said. James Bradshaw Clement was arrested about 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a shopping center on North Druid Hills Road, according to a Twitter post by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office. He will be held at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center without...
Atlanta police added to lawsuit in chase that killed grandmother, 2 kids

Atlanta police added to lawsuit in chase that killed grandmother, 2 kids

Nearly 19 months after a deadly police chase claimed the lives of a 75-year-old woman and her two grandchildren headed to church, the city of Atlanta and the police department have been added to a lawsuit alleging officers violated policy.  Dashcam footage released Wednesday shows officers allowed the suspect — who is still at large — to back up and turn around instead...
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