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Serial Waffle House robber gets another life sentence

Serial Waffle House robber gets another life sentence

A man who was already serving life in prison for robbing two Waffle Houses in Gwinnett County was given another life sentence for committing the same crime in Cobb County. Robbin Jetial Haynes, 23, formerly of Duluth, committed three armed robberies in about 24 hours, said Cobb Assistant District Attorney Lauryn Perry, who prosecuted the case. Haynes and Otis Lee Barnes robbed a Waffle House in the...
Cameras capture deadly shooting inside busy restaurant

Cameras capture deadly shooting inside busy restaurant

Surveillance cameras captured the moment a man walked into a busy DeKalb County restaurant and shot and killed a customer, according to Channel 2 Action News. “This is for my nephew,” the shooter said before firing three times at 21-year-old Dedrick Davis. The deadly shooting happened June 8 inside the Lucky Panda Chinese restaurant in the 2000 block of Hairston Road, the news station...
‘You’re going to put me in jail?’: Video shows GSU police chief's DUI arrest

‘You’re going to put me in jail?’: Video shows GSU police chief's DUI arrest

Officials have released body camera footage of the night Georgia State University police Chief Joseph Spillane was arrested in Fayetteville on DUI and other charges. In the video, obtained by Channel 2 Action News, Spillane told the arresting officer he was coming from a tavern but was not intoxicated. “I have had two beers,” he said. “Two beers, honest to goodness. I feel...
Man avoids DUI charge after police administer Narcan

Man avoids DUI charge after police administer Narcan

Roswell police said once they gave a driver Narcan to avoid a possible overdose, he could no longer be charged with DUI, even after witnesses say he hit several cars and forced at least one driver off the road.  “My first thought was he was impaired or having some type of emergency that he probably shouldn't be driving,” Michael Willis told Channel 2 Action News. “I saw him...
Missing Charlotte teen found in Duluth, reunited with family

Missing Charlotte teen found in Duluth, reunited with family

Five days ago, Anthony Burns was missing his daughter more than ever. It had been 394 days since 16-year-old Hailey Burns had gone missing (he was counting), and he was tired of waking up without her in the house. “I see her room empty and pictures around me and just wish I could hug my little girl again,” he wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. “I miss her so very much.” Over...
Man shot by ‘concerned citizen’ was wanted in Gwinnett for obstructing officers

Man shot by ‘concerned citizen’ was wanted in Gwinnett for obstructing officers

The man who fled from Covington police and was shot by a “concerned citizen” on Saturday was wanted in Gwinnett County on an obstruction of an officer charge, police said.  Terence Lee Lennox allegedly crashed his car and ran from police after officers received reports of him driving erratically, Covington police Sgt. Craig Treadwell said. Lennox remained in Grady Memorial Hospital...
2 dead after triple shooting in Canton

2 dead after triple shooting in Canton

Canton police are trying to figure out the motive and identify the suspects in a triple shooting that left two people dead and another person injured. About 11:20 p.m. Sunday, officers were dispatched to Crisler Street after receiving a report of multiple gunshots in the area, police Officer Pacer Cordry said in a statement. When officers got to the scene, they found one person dead in a grassy area...
Father of 5 killed in shooting outside Atlanta food mart

Father of 5 killed in shooting outside Atlanta food mart

A father of five was killed in a double shooting outside a southwest Atlanta store, police said. The shooting occurred early Monday outside the Discount Food Mart in the 3200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Officers found the victims less than a mile apart about 2:55 a.m., Atlanta police Lt. Ricardo Vazquez said. One man was shot in the leg and tried to drive to Grady Memorial Hospital...
Man sought in several DeKalb robberies

Man sought in several DeKalb robberies

DeKalb County police are trying to find a man thought to be a serial robber and his accomplice, saying they present more than just a threat to businesses. Authorities say it’s a public safety issue, too. “It's a safety issue when you're robbing businesses,” detective Chastity Cantrelo told Channel 2 Action News. “At any point, a customer could come in and startle the suspects...
‘Concerned citizen’ accused of shooting man fleeing police 

‘Concerned citizen’ accused of shooting man fleeing police 

A man was arrested after he shot someone who was attempting to elude officers early Saturday in Covington, police said. Marcus Allan Pitts, 46, of Covington, was charged with aggravated assault after he fired a shot at Terence Lee Lennox, 33, of Lawrenceville,  police Capt. Craig Treadwell said.  Officers administered first aid to Lennox, who was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he...
3 teens shot at Cobb County shopping center

3 teens shot at Cobb County shopping center

Three teens were seriously injured late Friday when they were shot at a Cobb County shopping center, according to Smyrna police. About 11:30 p.m., officers responded to the Cobb Center in the 2100 block of South Cobb Drive, spokesman Louis Defense said. The victims were shot multiple times and were taken to local hospitals, Defense said. <div></div><br><blockquote class="...
Gang symbols spray-painted on homes, cars

Gang symbols spray-painted on homes, cars

Police are investigating and residents are upset after more than 20 homes and cars were vandalized overnight in south Fulton County. Garage doors, automobiles and mailboxes were also targeted along Grey Fox Way and Beethoven Circle, according to Channel 2 Action News. Residents noticed the damage about 4:30 a.m., the station reported. The spray-painting included gang symbols, such as the gang...
3 charged in New Year’s Eve death of teen

3 charged in New Year’s Eve death of teen

Nearly six months after the New Year’s Eve shooting death of a popular Mundy’s Mill High School student, three teenagers have been charged with felony murder. Clayton County authorities said Friday that Dequan Robinson, 16, Aaron Drummond, 16, and Jakeem Williams, 17, are charged with murder in the death of 18-year-old Cherish Williams of Jonesboro, police said. Three...
Wanted: Man who shot, pistol-whipped home invasion victims

Wanted: Man who shot, pistol-whipped home invasion victims

Clayton County police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man in connection with an assault on Creekstone Way. On June 3, a man entered a residence and assaulted two people, police said. One victim was shot multiple times, and the other person was pistol-whipped. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at...
FBI: Powder sent to Handel’s neighborhood poses no threat

FBI: Powder sent to Handel’s neighborhood poses no threat

Letters that contained suspicious white powder and were sent to then-6th Congressional District candidate Karen Handel’s Roswell neighborhood are safe, according to the FBI. “Final Georgia Department of Public Health Laboratory results are in on all submitted letters/suspicious powder, indicating negative for any known biological threat agent,” Stephen Emmett, a spokesman...
1 killed, 6 wounded in hail of gunfire 

1 killed, 6 wounded in hail of gunfire 

Seven people were shot late Thursday after someone opened fire on a southwest Atlanta home, police said. A man who lived at the Osborne Street home was killed, and five men and one woman were injured, Atlanta police Lt. Ricardo Vazquez told Channel 2 Action News. Their injuries were not life-threatening, he said. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim as ...
Security guard bought gas with hospital patient’s stolen credit card, cops say

Security guard bought gas with hospital patient’s stolen credit card, cops say

A $20 tank of gas led police to a hospital security guard who’d stolen a patient’s credit card.  Tony Jones, 41, of Norcross was arrested nearly a month after he allegedly stole a Wellstar North Fulton Hospital patient’s credit card and used it while the victim was in the hospital.  Jones was arrested as he was on his way to work, according to a report. He faces two felony...
Woman recalls shooting incident with deputies

Woman recalls shooting incident with deputies

A Hall County woman is giving her side of a gunfire exchange last week that left her, her child and a deputy injured, Channel 2 Action News reported. “I’m lucky to be alive, thank God,” Jennifer Harris said. She thinks deputies thought the car that she and others were in belonged to the people that just robbed her, the television station reported. Just before midnight last Thursday...
Hall of Famer’s $10K football stolen from school building

Hall of Famer’s $10K football stolen from school building

A football valued at $10,000 that belonged to Griffin native and Pro Football Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright was stolen from a school facility where it was housed, police said. A Griffin-Spalding County School System employee first noticed framed photos and a yearbook were missing on May 31, according to an incident report. However, police did not learn about the missing items until June 14, after...
Teen charged in deadly Clayton County shooting 

Teen charged in deadly Clayton County shooting 

A teenager is in jail on murder and aggravated assault charges after police said he shot and killed a man in Clayton County. Jamauri Jones, 18, was arrested at his College Park home after detectives uncovered enough evidence to determine that “he was responsible” for the death of Errol Meekins, Clayton police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said Thursday. Weeks before the deadly shooting, Jones...
Driver arrested in crash that killed 1, injured 17

Driver arrested in crash that killed 1, injured 17

A tractor-trailer driver who police say caused an eight-car crash that left a woman dead and 17 people injured faces vehicular homicide and other charges. Lawrenceville police arrested Joseph Newson in connection with the June 12 crash on Ga. 316, Sgt. C.D. Ralston said Thursday in a statement. Newson, 60, of Jackson, was booked in the Gwinnett County Adult Detention Center on charges of vehicular...
$50K bond for driver in hit-and-run that killed teen

$50K bond for driver in hit-and-run that killed teen

Since Monday night, when someone hit and killed a 16-year-old girl without stopping, Henry County police have been looking for the car and the driver. Thursday, authorities said they found both of them. Robert Huynh, 19, was arrested at his McDonough home about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in connection with the hit-and-run death of Tasia Marie Gartner, Henry police Capt. Mike Ireland said. Gartner and...
Police increase reward in DeKalb man’s murder

Police increase reward in DeKalb man’s murder

With few clues, Doraville police announced an increased reward for information leading to an arrest in the murder of Clarence "Alex" Maddox.  Maddox, 38, was found dead in the 3900 block of Flowers Road on May 30. He was shot twice in the stomach and left in a parking lot near Buford Highway Farmers Market and a DeKalb County Schools facility.  Doraville police are offering a $5...
Accused Midtown shooter indicted in Atlanta lawyer’s murder

Accused Midtown shooter indicted in Atlanta lawyer’s murder

The man accused of killing an Atlanta attorney in Midtown and shooting two construction workers in a two-day crime spree was indicted Wednesday on murder, assault and weapons charges, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.  Raylon Browning is accused of killing Trinh Huynh as she walked along the intersection of Peachtree Street and Peachtree Place early April 3. Browning...
Latest conviction brings life sentence for metro Atlanta man

Latest conviction brings life sentence for metro Atlanta man

A Henry County man with previous felony convictions received a mandatory life prison term Tuesday for a 2013 armed robbery. Kerry Albright, 51, was convicted of robbing a Dollar General store in McDonough, district attorney spokeswoman Megan Matteucci said. Albright was convicted of two counts of armed robbery and illegally possessing a firearm, Matteucci said. During the trial, evidence showed Albright's...
Deputy rescues friend’s 2-year-old from pool

Deputy rescues friend’s 2-year-old from pool

An off-duty Forsyth County deputy wasn’t just doing his job Sunday when he rescued a 2-year-old girl from his subdivision swimming pool. He was also saving a friend’s child on Father’s Day. “It’s a lot more special that it was a friend’s daughter,” deputy Mike Nelson said Wednesday as he recalled the incident. Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nelson said he...
5 teens arrested after I-75 chase that led to multiple crashes in Cobb

5 teens arrested after I-75 chase that led to multiple crashes in Cobb

When a state trooper tried to stop a car Wednesday morning in Cobb County, the five teenagers inside decided to flee, officials said. “The trooper was attempting to stop the Dodge (Charger) because it had been reported stolen,” Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  The 17-year-old driver sped from Cumberland Boulevard onto I-75, where...
Teen crossing highway killed in apparent hit-and-run

Teen crossing highway killed in apparent hit-and-run

Henry County police are seeking the public’s help after a 16-year-old pedestrian was killed in an apparent hit-and-run incident. About 9:30 p.m. Monday, Tasia Gartner and a friend were walking along Ga. 81 in McDonough, police spokesman Mike Ireland said. The friend crossed the highway successfully, but Gartner was hit by a car in the westbound lane when she attempted to cross, Ireland said...
Fulton official: 6th District election should be problem free

Fulton official: 6th District election should be problem free

Today will be different. The last time Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff were on the ballot, in April, it took Fulton County until after 2 a.m. to count the votes, while the whole nation was watching. Today, all eyes are again on Fulton in the 6th District Congressional race that has become the most expensive of its kind. Richard Barron, the county’s director...
Poverty: now there’s an app for that

Poverty: now there’s an app for that

A Duluth high school student saw a news program about homeless children, and instead of changing the channel he decided to help. Four years and thousands of dollars later, Jack Griffin has developed a free online service that links the hungry with food.  Griffin was a student at Peachtree Ridge High School when he saw a “60 Minutes” report that moved...
Cobb man accused of having 214 pounds of pot shipped from California

Cobb man accused of having 214 pounds of pot shipped from California

Patrick Michael Ross thought he was going to pick up a package at Yellow Freight.  Instead, he learned the 214-pound package was intercepted by narcotics agents, who later arrested him on drug trafficking charges, according to a Cobb County arrest warrant.  Ross admitted to police that he was involved in a drug trafficking ring out of California, in which he “orders marijuana in large...
Cops: Cigarette run ends with N. Fulton teen dead, dumped in woods

Cops: Cigarette run ends with N. Fulton teen dead, dumped in woods

A police report has revealed new information surrounding the death of an Alpharetta teenager. Elijah Smith, 16, had been missing from a hotel on Old Milton Parkway since June 13. Police found his body in Twigg County on Friday, and have charged two people in his death. The report, acquired by Channel 2 Action News, says that Smith asked the two suspects for a ride to get cigarettes...
Death of 1-year-old still a mystery

Death of 1-year-old still a mystery

Days after a 1-year-old was found dead inside a car at a parking deck in the Emory University Hospital area, authorities still don’t know how the girl died. But a DeKalb County police report released Monday indicates the child’s mother called 911 and made no mention of her daughter.  Authorities thought they were responding Thursday to a medical emergency involving the mother. ...
Victim was pinned down, shot multiple times in DeKalb home

Victim was pinned down, shot multiple times in DeKalb home

A simple exchange of words may have led to a shooting that killed a 23-year-old Stone Mountain man inside his home last week, according to a police report.  Chauntevious Pritchett was playing video games when three men forced him to the ground and shot and killed him at his home Friday afternoon.   Pritchett let the three men inside after they’d knocked on his window, according to...
WATCH TONIGHT: Target manager’s murder profiled on TV crime series

WATCH TONIGHT: Target manager’s murder profiled on TV crime series

A frightened Pamela Williams hid in her closet as she called police during a home invasion almost four years ago.  Four minutes after she called, police arrived at her Amhurst Parkway home and found her beaten and shot in the head. Williams died four days later.  The murder of the Target store manager will be profiled tonight in a new TV series “Murder Calls” on Investigation...
Man charged with murder in neighbor’s death

Man charged with murder in neighbor’s death

A man accused of killing his neighbor in metro Atlanta, then using that same neighbor’s SUV in a violent kidnapping in Missouri has been charged with murder. John Czarnecki, 53, faces aggravated assault and murder charges in the death of Abraham Rudolph Jacobs, Chamblee police said Monday. Czarnecki and another man are also accused of kidnapping a woman at knifepoint from a Walmart...
Alleged leader of $100K meth ring sought

Alleged leader of $100K meth ring sought

Authorities are looking for a Gwinnett County woman who they said ran a $100,000 methamphetamine operation in two counties. Tonya Loudermilk, 40, of Duluth, “is a fugitive and is currently wanted for trafficking methamphetamine in Habersham and Gwinnett counties,” Habersham Sheriff Joey Terrell said in a Facebook post. Three members of the meth trafficking organization...
Marietta man arrested in shooting death at Cobb motel

Marietta man arrested in shooting death at Cobb motel

A man is dead and a second person is in custody following a Saturday morning shooting at a motel in Marietta. A Marietta Police spokesman said officers arrested Raheem Demon Stingley of Marietta on a count of felony homicide in the shooting death of Antrell Hicks-Davis. Hicks-Davis, whose age and address were not immediately known, was shot once in the abdomen at a Motel 6 in the 2300-block of Delk...
Alpharetta teen’s body found; 2 charged with murder

Alpharetta teen’s body found; 2 charged with murder

The body of an Alpharetta teen has been found in Middle Georgia, and two people were arrested in connection with the case, police said Saturday. “We regret to inform you that a body found in Twiggs County is that of our missing juvenile Elijah Smith,” Alpharetta police said in a statement. Police have charged Hali Karlan, 20, of Roswell, and Deri Bonaventura-Flores, 19, of Norcross, with...
Man carjacked by inmates: ‘By the grace of God I’m here’

Man carjacked by inmates: ‘By the grace of God I’m here’

The man who was carjacked by the two escaped inmates in Putnam County said he forgives them for what they did to him. “I’m not mad at them,” Phillip Beasley told Channel 2 Action News. It happened Tuesday morning on Highway 16. Beasley, who was en route to work, said he normally would’ve had his 3-year-old with him but fortunately did not that day. Beasley said the prison transport...
2 arrested after DeKalb death, Missouri kidnapping

2 arrested after DeKalb death, Missouri kidnapping

Two Georgia men were arrested Friday evening in Kansas, one of whom is sought in connection with the death of a DeKalb County man, police said. John C. Czarnecki, 53, and Christopher G. Smith, 47, were arrested by officers of the Kansas Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marshals Service, according to a Facebook post by police in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Czarnecki and Smith were charged with kidnapping, robbery...
Cops: Mother left child with couple at Atlanta airport, skipped town

Cops: Mother left child with couple at Atlanta airport, skipped town

Atlanta police are searching for a woman they say left her 4-year-old daughter with a couple at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and left town.  Maranda Hakimi Harvey, 29, of Odenton, Maryland drove from her home and arrived at the airport Thursday evening, Atlanta police Sgt. Warren Pickard said at a news conference. When she got to the airport atrium, Pickard said Harvey left asked...
VH1 reality star’s BMW, money stolen at Atlanta gas station

VH1 reality star’s BMW, money stolen at Atlanta gas station

A VH1 reality star’s car was stolen from a southwest Atlanta gas station earlier this week, according to a police report.  Shekinah Jo Anderson told police she stopped at a Chevron gas station on the 1200 block of Metropolitan Parkway to “get a plate of food from her friend.” Police said her keys were still in the ignition of her gray 2015 BMW with the car running.  Anderson...
Cops: Glock, crack cocaine, $5,000 seized in N. Fulton drug bust

Cops: Glock, crack cocaine, $5,000 seized in N. Fulton drug bust

Sandy Springs police arrested three men and recovered drugs, money and a weapon when they executed a search warrant on Wednesday. At the residence on Marsh Tail Circle, police found 58 grams of crack cocaine, four grams of powder cocaine, $5,663 in cash, a Glock 19 9mm handgun and a 14-round magazine. Police also seized several ledgers and miscellaneous documents. Efren Montoya of Lawrenceville, Jose...
300 pounds of meth seized at residence

300 pounds of meth seized at residence

Federal drug agents seized about 300 pounds of methamphetamine Thursday from a Coweta County residence that also contained two suspected meth labs, documents show. A man who told agents he was in the United States illegally was arrested during the bust, according to a federal complaint. At the house in the 200 block of Shell Road in the Palmetto area, Drug Enforcement Administration agents found about...
Fight led to deadly DeKalb County home shooting

Fight led to deadly DeKalb County home shooting

A 23-year-old man was killed Friday afternoon when a fight at a Stone Mountain home led to a shooting, DeKalb County police said. People inside the home — including the alleged shooters — fled the scene when shots rang out about 1 p.m., DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson said.  Witnesses told Channel 2 Action News they heard four shots and saw three teens running from the shooting...
3 sought after DeKalb death, Missouri kidnapping

3 sought after DeKalb death, Missouri kidnapping

Federal and local authorities are looking for a couple and an unidentified man after a man was found dead in metro Atlanta and a woman was kidnapped in another state, police said. John Czarnecki is accused of killing his neighbor, then using that same neighbor’s SUV in a violent kidnapping of a Walmart employee Thursday in Cape Girardeau, Mo., about 115 miles southeast of St. Louis, Chamblee...
Deputy, child injured in gun battle

Deputy, child injured in gun battle

A Hall County deputy was wounded after responding to an overnight home invasion and three other people, including a child, were injured, the sheriff said. Just before midnight, deputies went to the 4300 block of Campbell Road in east Hall County, Sheriff Gerald Couch said in a news release Friday. As deputies walked toward the home, a vehicle with multiple adults and children left the residence...
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