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4 children safe after being taken; suspect detained

4 children safe after being taken; suspect detained

Shortly after police said an armed woman took a car with four children inside in southwest Atlanta on Saturday, officers found the children safe and the car nearby. The incident began in the 1900 block of Allison Court, Atlanta police spokesman Donald Hannah said. Police said Imani Wiliams, 13, Brianna Williams, 4, Bryson Williams, 2, and Cloy Griffin, 1, were taken. Authorities issued a lookout for...
Gwinnett cop fired for punching motorist wants job back

Gwinnett cop fired for punching motorist wants job back

A Gwinnett County police officer fired after video appeared to show him punching a man during a traffic stop will file a formal appeal to get his job back, his attorney told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He maintains he was following proper policy,” said lawyer Mike Puglise, who represents former Gwinnett Police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni, fired after 19 years on the force...
1 dead after gas station shooting

1 dead after gas station shooting

A man died after a shooting at a Texaco gas station in southwest Atlanta on Friday evening, police said.  The shooting happened about 7 p.m. on the 1900 block of Sylvan Road. No details on what led to the shooting were released.  No suspects are in custody. The victim’s identity was not released. 
7-time felon convicted in drunken New Year’s Eve police chase

7-time felon convicted in drunken New Year’s Eve police chase

A seven-time convicted felon is going back to jail after a judge sentenced him to eight years Friday in a 2015 New Year’s Eve DUI and police chase that left an officer injured.  Ronald Wayne Kidd, 55, of Rossville, led police on a 16-mile chase exceeding 100 mph near the Marietta Square, Cobb County district attorney spokeswoman Kimberly Isaza said.  About 10 p.m. that night, police...
Boy’s screams during party: ‘Mom, they shot me! They shot me!’

Boy’s screams during party: ‘Mom, they shot me! They shot me!’

She had no idea the sounds she heard were gunshots. “I thought they were setting off fireworks for the kids,” Megan Holmes said Friday afternoon. She and her four youngest children were at a neighbor’s cookout Thursday evening in south Fulton County when she heard the shots, followed by screams. Her children were inside an inflatable bounce house, and when she got to 3-year-old Lawrence...
Man allegedly swindled $2M from Sandy Springs woman

Man allegedly swindled $2M from Sandy Springs woman

A man is in jail after he was accused of swindling an 83-year-old Sandy Springs woman out of almost $2 million, Channel 2 Action News reported. The victim thought she was hiring Mabasa Nhekairo of Acworth as a financial planner, Sandy Springs police Sgt. Sam Worsham told the news station. “Over the course of approximately 10 years, our victim had been funneling money to Mr. Nhekairo,”...
Multistate $100K fraud suspects arrested at Cobb hotel

Multistate $100K fraud suspects arrested at Cobb hotel

A man and woman accused of defrauding 17 victims across the United States out of more than $100,000 were arrested Thursday night in Cobb County.  Ronzlex Harris, 40, of Stockbridge, and Kaya Edwards, 39, of Atlanta, are each facing 40-plus charges that include identity fraud, forgery, exploitation of the elderly and theft by receiving, Henry County officials said.  The two were found packing...
2 teens accused of dozens of thefts

2 teens accused of dozens of thefts

Two teens arrested this month after a loaded gun was brought to a DeKalb County high school have now been linked to dozens of thefts, police said. Jontavious Clark, 17, of Decatur, and an unidentified 16-year-old were charged with theft by taking-motor vehicle and burglary in the second degree, Conyers police Sgt. Kim Lucas said. According to school officials, a resource officer noticed four trespassers...
2 in custody in deadly Aldi shooting; 1 suspect still at large

2 in custody in deadly Aldi shooting; 1 suspect still at large

In one week, Clayton County officials have nabbed two men connected to a deadly shooting in an Aldi grocery store parking lot, but a third person remains at large. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">2nd Aldi's Murder Suspect Taken Into Custody By Sheriff Victor Hill's Elite Fugitive Squad. Boyer Still...
2 children, 1 adult injured in triple shooting during cookout

2 children, 1 adult injured in triple shooting during cookout

Fulton County police are searching for suspects who opened fire during a neighborhood cookout and injured a 3-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl and an adult.  The girl is in critical condition, according to Channel 2 Action News. The children were playing in an inflatable bounce house when the shooting happened about 6:50 p.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of Buckhurst Drive in south Fulton County...
Xanax, cocaine, other drugs and cash recovered in Atlanta recording studio raid

Xanax, cocaine, other drugs and cash recovered in Atlanta recording studio raid

More than 600 grams of drugs and nearly 500 pills were recovered in a raid at an Atlanta recording studio, police said late Thursday.  Six men – Jessie Smith, Sharod Smith, Deangelo Durr, Harold Charles, Adrian Parks and Agurus Wilder – are in the Fulton County jail after an Atlanta police narcotics team searched ORG Studios on Wednesday night on the 2500 block of Donald Lee Hollowell...
Murder suspect rammed into deputy’s car with U-Haul truck, officials say 

Murder suspect rammed into deputy’s car with U-Haul truck, officials say 

A man accused of shooting a woman in the face and leaving her for dead was arrested after Clayton County officials found him behind a restaurant.  Victor Demetrius Baymon was arrested late Wednesday after officials say he rammed his U-Haul truck into a deputy’s car in an attemped to evade arrest, Clayton County sheriff’s officials said.   Baymon was wanted in the April 10 shooting...
Cobb school board votes to close charter school

Cobb school board votes to close charter school

More than a thousand students in Cobb County will have to find a new school next fall after the school board decided to close their charter school. The International Academy of Smyrna’s academic results fell far below what was promised in its five-year charter that was approved by the school board in 2012. After hearing an emotional appeal from parents to keep the school open, the board...
Fourth lawsuit against Dunwoody cop settled for $52,000

Fourth lawsuit against Dunwoody cop settled for $52,000

For the fourth time in less than a year, a lawsuit was settled against a Dunwoody police officer, this time for allegedly searching a man’s car without probable cause and accusing him of smoking marijuana. Officer Dale Laskowski remains employed by the department following the $52,000 settlement stemming from a March 2014 incident, officials confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The...
2 kids, 1 adult shot at house party outside south Fulton home

2 kids, 1 adult shot at house party outside south Fulton home

Two children and an adult were shot at a house party about 6:50 p.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of Buckhurst Drive near College Park, Fulton County police said.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Developing?src=hash">#Developing</a>: POLICE...
Atlanta federal prisoner says escape was basically a smoke break

Atlanta federal prisoner says escape was basically a smoke break

Inmate Justin Stinson told a federal judge it was his nicotine addiction — specifically cigarettes — that was behind his decision to escape briefly from the U.S. Penitentiary prison camp in southeast Atlanta. “I’ve been smoking since I was 10,” said Stinson, who is already serving a sentence for possession of a firearm by a felon. That habit, Senior U.S. District Judge...
Cobb police say mom failed to seek medical help for burned toddler

Cobb police say mom failed to seek medical help for burned toddler

A Cobb County mother is charged with felony cruelty to children after police say she failed to get medical help for her severely burned 2-year-old daughter. Kimberly Grable is accused of neglecting to properly treat the burns, using only an over-the-counter cream. Police said the girl suffered “visible burns covering the majority of her back” sometime between April 6 and April 14. According...
I-85 bridge collapse: Is MARTA ready for its close-up?

I-85 bridge collapse: Is MARTA ready for its close-up?

Day after day and year after year of punishing commutes have not convinced hordes of metro Atlanta drivers to step away from their cars and give MARTA a shot. For a while, $4-a-gallon gasoline did. As gas prices spiked nearly a decade ago, many motorists turned to MARTA. But fuel prices eventually fell again, and the transit system botched its opportunity by raising fares and cutting service. Ridership...
Man accused of inappropriately touching teen at MLK’s church 

Man accused of inappropriately touching teen at MLK’s church 

A man is accused of “abusive sexual contact” after authorities say he inappropriately touched a girl who was visiting Ebenezer Baptist Church with her school.  Herbert Boone Jr. was indicted Tuesday on accusations he “intentionally touched a 13-year-old’s inner thigh and buttocks,” according to a federal indictment.  The teenager was on a field trip with her...
Police seeking 2 accused of $100K multistate fraud

Police seeking 2 accused of $100K multistate fraud

Henry County police have charged two people with defrauding 17 victims across the United States out of more than $100,000. Ronzlex Harris, 40, of Stockbridge, and Kaya Edwards, 39, of Atlanta, are each facing 40-plus charges that include identity fraud, forgery, exploitation of the elderly and theft by receiving, police Capt. Mike Ireland said. Harris and Edwards are at large. When authorities went...
Police looking for this woman in theft at N. Fulton Target

Police looking for this woman in theft at N. Fulton Target

Police in Milton are searching for a female suspect they believe stole $250 worth of items from Target. The theft happened on April 6, and cameras captured images of the woman. She has long dark hair and was wearing a jacket over a plaid shirt. Cameras also captured her getting into a white Toyota Camry as she was leaving the store at 13055 Highway 9 N. in Milton. Anyone with information should...
Officials ID woman found dead at Atlanta trailer park

Officials ID woman found dead at Atlanta trailer park

Police are investigating a shooting that left a woman dead at a southwest Atlanta trailer park Wednesday night. The shooting happened just before 10:25 p.m. in the 500 block of Connell Avenue, Atlanta police said. “The female was found to be deceased on scene,” Atlanta police Officer Lisa Bender said. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office identified the woman as Brittany...
Woman charged with arson after deadly fire

Woman charged with arson after deadly fire

A woman has been charged with arson in connection with a fire that killed a 63-year-old man, and Fulton County jail records show this isn’t the first time she has been accused of intentionally setting a fire.  Kamara Wheeler was booked into jail Tuesday, more than a month after a March 15 blaze at the Venetian Hills Apartments killed George Hughes, injured another person and displaced 31...
6 arrested in drug raid at Atlanta recording studio

6 arrested in drug raid at Atlanta recording studio

Atlanta police arrested six people at ORG studios Wednesday night after drugs were found inside cars, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Ecstasy, Xanax, cocaine, pills and marijuana were found in cars at the recording studio located on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, according to the news station.  The studio is where loved ones said goodbye to rapper Shawty Lo in September after he died...
‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect sought in deadly Aldi parking lot shooting 

‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect sought in deadly Aldi parking lot shooting 

Police are looking for a man accused in a deadly shooting at an Aldi parking lot.  Dayvonn “D-Boy” Boyer faces felony murder charges in connection with the shooting death of David Gibbs on Thursday, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said.  Gibbs was found dead in the back seat of a car on the 5800 block of Riverdale Road near College Park, Marbury said. Police are not...
Off-duty Atlanta police officer faces charges in deadly drag racing crash

Off-duty Atlanta police officer faces charges in deadly drag racing crash

Seven months after an off-duty Atlanta police officer allegedly caused a crash that left one man dead, officials said Wednesday he faces vehicular homicide charges.  Shawn Jones Jr. has been charged with vehicular homicide, speeding, racing and reckless driving, the Georgia State Patrol confirmed. A second person, Jade Dibaje, was also charged.  Jones, the son of retired Atlanta Assistant...
Ex-Ga. sheriff arrested again, accused of stealing money from department

Ex-Ga. sheriff arrested again, accused of stealing money from department

A former South Georgia sheriff was arrested Wednesday after GBI officials said he stole money from “various areas associated with the Miller County Sheriff’s Office.”  Shane Rathel faces 16 felony charges of theft by taking and a felony violation of oath charge, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. The warrants were taken out as part of an existing investigation against Rathel...
Kempner: Little guys struggle through Atlanta’s ‘Collapsageddon’

Kempner: Little guys struggle through Atlanta’s ‘Collapsageddon’

A street walker named “Star” and, oddly, the proprietress of a ladies apparel store were the only people I found along one eclectic Atlanta byway who said thetraffic jams from the I-85 collapse might actually be good for business. Who knew? But make no mistake: some of our entrepreneurial neighbors need our help. Collapsaggedon is now embedded in the daily business life of a street that...
Man accused of stealing campaign signs arrested in Roswell

Man accused of stealing campaign signs arrested in Roswell

Roswell police have arrested a man on a misdemeanor theft charge after a Twitter user sent a 14-second video of the man putting Jon Ossoff and other campaign signs in the trunk of his car, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The suspect that was seen removing campaign...
Joint funeral planned for mother, 2-year-old strangled in Gwinnett

Joint funeral planned for mother, 2-year-old strangled in Gwinnett

He was born on Christmas Day two years ago, and Cole Thomas Nation was already the center of his family. Adored by his mother, Cole lived just around the corner from his grandparents — his favorite people. Late Sunday, a 32-year-old man strangled both Natalie Ann Nation and her son inside the Gwinnett County home where she rented a room, according to police. Both mother and son died from their...
Dump your old drugs in Milton on April 29

Dump your old drugs in Milton on April 29

It’s time to get rid of those bottles of Advil that have been sitting in your medicine cabinet for two years. If you have unwanted or expired drugs, the Milton Police Department wants them. On April 29, police in Milton will be set up outside of the Target at 13055 Highway 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There, folks can dispose of any tablets, capsules or solid dosage forms of medicine for humans...
Child found after Levi’s call; father charged

Child found after Levi’s call; father charged

A 6-year-old boy who police said was abducted from his Canton home Tuesday afternoon was found by police about 9:30 p.m.  Police said Nathan Anthony Zeller was taken from the Canterbury Ridge Apartments about 4 p.m. by his father, Nathan Benito Zeller.   Zeller, 40, is believed to have been driving a black Kia Optima.  He does not have custody of the boy, police said.  The father...
Strangling of Gwinnett mom, toddler devastates family, neighbors

Strangling of Gwinnett mom, toddler devastates family, neighbors

She wanted the best for her son, and Natalie Nation lived in the same neighborhood where she grew up so her little boy would be close to his grandparents. “She loved her son with all of her heart,” Donna Kurhanewicz, a family friend and longtime neighbor, said Tuesday. “Her whole family loved the ground he walked on. He just lit up a room.” On Sunday, 2-year-old Cole had hunted...
Suspect in Gwinnett mother, child deaths: They are still at the house

Suspect in Gwinnett mother, child deaths: They are still at the house

The man suspected in the slayings of a woman and her 2-year-old son in Gwinnett County refuses to acknowledge the incident, according to Channel 2 Action News. Brandon Williams said in court Tuesday he was illegally detained and said the victims weren't murdered and are still at the house, the news station reported. “I’m just trying to figure out how you murder somebody when they are at...
FBI searching for Atlanta robber; Wells Fargo offering $5,000 reward

FBI searching for Atlanta robber; Wells Fargo offering $5,000 reward

The FBI is seeking the public’s help to identify a man who has robbed four Wells Fargo banks. And Wells Fargo is willing to put up some money — $5,000 — to help catch him. The FBI describes the suspect as a black male with slim build who is about 5 feet, 6 inches tall. In each of the robberies, he appears to wear a Nike baseball cap. He has robbed two Wells Fargo banks in Atlanta...
New initiative to improve metro Atlanta schools

New initiative to improve metro Atlanta schools

A new initiative to improve public education in metro Atlanta will report on school performance while looking for, and spreading, ideas for improvement. Former interim Fulton County Superintendent Kenneth Zeff is spearheading the effort, dubbed “Learn4Life.” He is teaming with philanthropies and leaders in business, government and education to scout out ways “for scaling...
Cops: Juvenile gave teen gun before his accidental shooting death on Instagram

Cops: Juvenile gave teen gun before his accidental shooting death on Instagram

A week after a teen’s accidental shooting death was streamed onto Instagram, Forest Park police arrested a juvenile they said gave the 13-year-old the gun.  Officials say Malachi Nasi Hemphill of Forest Park, accidentally shot himself April 10 at his home on Pineridge Court, Maj. Chris Matson said.  Hemphill’s mother, Shaniqua Stephens, said she heard a loud bang, went upstairs...
Man detained after brush fire near I-85 bridge collapse site

Man detained after brush fire near I-85 bridge collapse site

Atlanta police have detained a man in connection with a small brush fire near the I-85 northbound ramp at Cheshire Bridge Road, Officer Donald Hannah said.  The fire was just north of the Ga. 400 exit, near the site of the recent I-85 bridge collapse. Hannah said the area was quickly contained and an investigation was underway.  No other details were released on Monday’s fire, the...
Mom, 2-year-old son strangled in Gwinnett

Mom, 2-year-old son strangled in Gwinnett

Police are trying to figure out why a Gwinnett County man strangled a woman and her 2-year-old son. A towel was used in the woman's death and an unknown "offensive object" was used in the toddler's death, according to arrest warrants. Authorities responded to the 2700 block of Tybee Drive near Buford about 11 p.m. Sunday after they got a call from the homeowner. “The caller reported...
Police see suspect run while helping shooting victim

Police see suspect run while helping shooting victim

Clayton County police are searching for a suspect seen running after a fatal shooting Saturday afternoon. Officers heard gunshots about 1:30 p.m. while patrolling near 5751 Riverdale Road, Clayton County police spokeswoman Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said. The area is near the Highland Woods Apartments and as officers checked the complex, they said they found Fanoris Jermaine Jackson Jr. lying on the pavement...
Firing of Gwinnett cops: Decisive justice or rush to judgment?

Firing of Gwinnett cops: Decisive justice or rush to judgment?

Videos that surfaced Thursday showing two white Gwinnett County police officers punching and kicking an African-American suspect came as no shock to those who believe excessive force by law enforcement is a major problem. But what happened next surprised just about everybody. Gwinnett Police Chief Butch Ayers fired Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and Master Officer Robert McDonald almost immediately after...
Attorney: Two Gwinnett County officers who punched client are “thugs”

Attorney: Two Gwinnett County officers who punched client are “thugs”

The 21-year-old African American college student who was punched, tased and stomped by two white Gwinnett County Police officers on Wednesday thanked members of the community who recorded his encounter — video that led to the officers being fired and criminal charges against him being dropped. But during a Saturday morning press conference, Demetrius Hollins’ attorney said the actions...
Triple shooting in DeKalb believed to be murder-suicide

Triple shooting in DeKalb believed to be murder-suicide

Two men died and another was hurt after a shooting Friday night that DeKalb County police believe is a murder-suicide. Police initially found evidence of gambling in the garage at 581 Rock Shadow Court. Officers discovered the bodies of a 28-year-old and a 35-year-old, DeKalb police spokesman Major Stephen Fore said on Saturday. A 25-year-old man who was shot in the leg was taken to Grady Memorial...
Federal prisoner, fiancée charged with running a type of ‘inmate Uber’

Federal prisoner, fiancée charged with running a type of ‘inmate Uber’

A Stone Mountain mother of three and her inmate fiancé have been charged with running a shuttle service for inmates who temporarily leave the minimum-security prison camp adjacent to the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta so they can visit restaurants, hotels and homes. According to a criminal complaint filed Friday, Kelly Bass and Deldrick Jackson were using a telephone app to get payment...
Man guilty of killing soldier who helped homeless

Man guilty of killing soldier who helped homeless

A Fulton County jury found a man guilty of killing an Army sergeant who had just given away money and shoes to a homeless man in Atlanta, officials said Friday. Harold Dodson did not know U.S. Army Sgt. Ating Eminue, who was on his way to a nearby nightclub on Aug. 30, 2015, when he stopped near the homeless shelter at Peachtree and Pine streets and offered to help a man without shoes. Dodson...
Fired Gwinnett cop had previous encounter with suspect he punched

Fired Gwinnett cop had previous encounter with suspect he punched

A Gwinnett police officer fired Thursday after he was captured on video punching a suspect in a traffic stop was suspended - and nearly demoted - following a citizen complaint three years ago, according to personnel records reviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Meanwhile, the attorney for the man Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni is accused of striking on Wednesday said it wasn’t his...
Teen accused of killing grandparents appears in Gwinnett court

Teen accused of killing grandparents appears in Gwinnett court

A teenager faced a Gwinnett County judge Friday for the first time since being accused of beating and killing her grandparents, according to Channel 2 Action News. Cassandra Bjorge, 17, was wearing a bandage on her arm after stabbing herself just before being apprehended Sunday. A day earlier, Gwinnett police discovered the bodies of her 63-year-old grandparents, Wendy and Randall Bjorge, in...
2 injured in shooting in northwest Atlanta

2 injured in shooting in northwest Atlanta

Two people were injured, one critically, in an overnight shooting in northwest Atlanta. The incident happened just after 11 p.m. Thursday outside a residence on Wadley Street, Atlanta police told Channel 2 Action News. One person was shot multiple times and rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition, the television station reported. The other was shot in the leg and taken to Atlanta...
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