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9 bottles of moonshine found during Georgia DNR official’s DUI arrest, cops say

9 bottles of moonshine found during Georgia DNR official’s DUI arrest, cops say

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Deputy Commissioner faces DUI and failure to maintain charges in a Sunday night crash in Jasper County, officials said.  Authorities found nine bottles of moonshine in the black 2015 Chevrolet Corvette that Walter Hyman Rabon crashed on Ga. 11 northbound, according to a Georgia State Patrol incident report.  Rabon, 48, of Mansfield, told GSP he...
Pedestrian deaths increase in Georgia, but why on the interstates?

Pedestrian deaths increase in Georgia, but why on the interstates?

Carrying a food tray in his hands, a 46-year-old man attempted to run across the westbound lanes of I-20. Tommy Lee Jenkins made it to the third lane, according to witnesses, before he tried to run back across I-20 to safety around 6:30 p.m. on a Wednesday. It was too late. A Cobb County man immediately applied the brakes when he saw Jenkins, but the driver’s Ford van couldn’t stop fast...
Atlanta man accused of theft, identity fraud in DeKalb, Gwinnett counties

Atlanta man accused of theft, identity fraud in DeKalb, Gwinnett counties

A man who was arrested in October in Gwinnett County on theft charges is now being sought on identity fraud charges, Channel 2 Action News reported. “I have not taken anything from anybody,” Eugene Hunter said during his arrest in Snellville. However, South Carolina resident John Bowen and his son Eric sought help from Hunter when they wanted to buy a retirement home in Atlanta, the station...
Teen arrested in shooting of 8-year-old girl

Teen arrested in shooting of 8-year-old girl

A teen has been charged in connection with the shooting of an 8-year-old girl Tuesday, DeKalb County police said. Curtis Trimble, 17, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. He is in the DeKalb County jail on two counts of aggravated assault.  “Other parties involved are not in custody at this time,” Campbell said. The girl was shot during gunfire...
Man accused of withholding investors’ money

Man accused of withholding investors’ money

A man is facing several charges after authorities said he denied clients access to money they gave him to invest. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Gregory Tim Nichols in September when multiple people came forward, Sgt. Marianne Kelley said Wednesday in a news release. Nichols, 51, of Canton, is charged with racketeering, forgery and three counts of theft by deception...
Alpharetta man charged with obscene internet contact with 14-year-old

Alpharetta man charged with obscene internet contact with 14-year-old

An Alpharetta man was arrested after he had sexually explicit online conversations with a police officer he thought was a 14-year-old girl, police said. The officer communicated with 52-year-old Wesley Baylock Williams for about two weeks, and at least one nude photograph was exchanged, Lilburn police Capt. Thomas Bardugon said Wednesday in a statement. “Williams arranged to meet the girl...
911 calls capture horror of deadly Barcelona Wine Bar robbery, shooting

911 calls capture horror of deadly Barcelona Wine Bar robbery, shooting

The first 911 call came from an Uber driver who was scheduled to pick up someone from Barcelona Wine Bar, a popular Westside eatery on Howell Mill Road. “Two guys in hoodies ... started yelling at people to get down,” the driver told the dispatcher. “I think they have weapons.” The driver had no idea that she had just witnessed the start of what would be a tragic Sunday...
THE LATEST: Arrests made in robberies targeting Asian businesses

THE LATEST: Arrests made in robberies targeting Asian businesses

Two men have been arrested in connection with a string of violent robberies targeting Asian businesses across metro Atlanta, according to the FBI. Tabyron Smith was captured Tuesday at a residence in Fairburn and Davrion Ware was arrested Wednesday at a residence in Stone Mountain, FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said. Both men are 22 years old and from Atlanta. According to officials, Smith and Ware...
High school coach accused of ‘unwanted sexual contact’ with student

High school coach accused of ‘unwanted sexual contact’ with student

A Georgia high school basketball coach has been arrested after authorities said he had “unwanted sexual contact” with a student. The incident involving Chestatee High School girls basketball coach Webster Demetrius Daniel, 42, occurred Thursday, according to Hall County sheriff’s Lt. Scott Ware. “Investigators with the sheriff’s office opened a criminal investigation...
Manhunt for Alabama fugitive ends in DeKalb

Manhunt for Alabama fugitive ends in DeKalb

A nationwide search for an Alabama fugitive who terrorized multiple people and abandoned one of the victims in metro Atlanta ended overnight, authorities said. Shane Anthony Vernon was captured just before 10:20 p.m. Tuesday in DeKalb County, according to the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested without incident and is being held at the DeKalb jail awaiting extradition.  Vernon...
Teen connected to Gwinnett man’s murder gets $500,000 bond 

Teen connected to Gwinnett man’s murder gets $500,000 bond 

A teen connected to a Gwinnett man’s murder may be getting out of jail soon, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Alex Powell, 17, faces an assault with intent to commit a crime charge after accepting a plea deal for his involvement in 21-year-old Akeem Turner’s murder, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.  A judge gave Powell a $500,000 bond “because this...
Ex-DeKalb corrections officer convicted of rape may be hiding in South Georgia

Ex-DeKalb corrections officer convicted of rape may be hiding in South Georgia

A convicted former DeKalb corrections officer who fled during his rape trial may be hiding in Glynn County, authorities said.  Charles Pinckney has been on the run since Oct. 27, the day of closing arguments in his trial, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Pinckney was convicted and subsequently sentenced to 45 years for raping a 15-year-old girl inside his Atlanta home in...
Man accused of fighting with deputy during arrest

Man accused of fighting with deputy during arrest

A man is facing several charges after he hit a deputy after a shoplifting incident in Hall County, police said. The incident Friday involved Ryan Travanti Stephens, 34, deputies said. The alleged shoplifting happened at J&J Foods on Jesse Jewell Parkway. After deputies arrived, Stephens ran, but when they caught up to him, Stephens allegedly fought and hit a deputy several times. Stephens is charged...
Track crime in your neighborhood with AJC’s interactive map 

Track crime in your neighborhood with AJC’s interactive map 

When it comes to crime in Atlanta there’s some good news: murder and other violent crimes are trending down compared to last year’s numbers.  In the past month Atlanta police have investigated 288 violent crimes, according to crime data sent to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A year ago this time, nearly 360 violent crimes were investigated, according to date from Atlanta police...
8-year-old girl shot during gunfire in DeKalb

8-year-old girl shot during gunfire in DeKalb

An 8-year-old girl was shot Tuesday morning during gunfire between two groups in DeKalb County, Channel 2 Action News reported. The incident began about 9 a.m. in the 3000 block of Clifton Church Road, police said, when a group of teens in a car started chasing another group of teens in a white vehicle. The white car crashed into a black car, police said. The first group of teens kept firing, and...
NEW: Nationwide search for fugitive turns to metro Atlanta

NEW: Nationwide search for fugitive turns to metro Atlanta

U.S. marshals are searching for an inmate who escaped from an Alabama jail, terrorized multiple people and abandoned one of the victims in metro Atlanta, authorities said. Authorities found that victim and his vehicle early Tuesday in Douglasville, but there was no sign of fugitive Shane Anthony Vernon. Vernon, who previously escaped Oct. 29, got away again about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Coosa County Sheriff...
Major work begins on one of metro Atlanta’s worst traffic bottlenecks

Major work begins on one of metro Atlanta’s worst traffic bottlenecks

After months of preliminary work, construction has begun in earnest on a fix for one of metro Atlanta’s worst traffic bottlenecks. The new I-285 interchange at Ga. 400 will take almost three more years to complete. When it’s done, state transportation officials say it will make commuting easier for hundreds of thousands of people. But they say the immediate traffic relief is just...
Cops: Restaurant employee said he was robbed — cameras tell another story

Cops: Restaurant employee said he was robbed — cameras tell another story

An Alpharetta restaurant worker is in jail after police said he lied about being robbed at gunpoint. They say he admitted to robbing the restaurant himself.  Police arrested Larry Wayne Parker after security footage showed he called 911 about an armed robbery that never happened, Channel 2 Action News reported.  “A guy with a motorcycle helmet on had a gun and he got some money out...
Woman takes plea deal in crash that killed 8-year-old boy after police chase

Woman takes plea deal in crash that killed 8-year-old boy after police chase

A woman who hit and killed an 8-year-old boy last year while going up to 120 mph during a police chase in southwest Atlanta has pleaded guilty to murder and a slew of other charges.  Ana Bolton, 22, entered a non-negotiated plea deal in the June 27, 2016, crash that killed Jamaris Davis, according to court records. Davis was on life support for two days before he died, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
2 accused of ‘willful killing’ of foster teen found in Atlanta street

2 accused of ‘willful killing’ of foster teen found in Atlanta street

Two men accused of shooting a teenager who was in foster care and leaving her dead in an Atlanta street are in the DeKalb County jail on aggravated assault charges in a separate attempted armed robbery case.  Police believe slain 17-year-old Dennetta Franks may have been involved in the Sept. 19 armed robbery with her accused shooters, Wayne Rendell Bailey, 19, of Newnan, and Eddie Byrd...
Deaths of Atlanta rapper, cousin investigated as double homicide

Deaths of Atlanta rapper, cousin investigated as double homicide

Days after Alabama officials found the bodies of an Atlanta rapper and his cousin, their deaths are being investigated as a double homicide, an Alabama sheriff said Monday morning. The bodies of Edward Reeves, whose stage name was Bambino Gold, and cousin Kendrick Stokes were found Friday and Saturday in Macon County, Ala. "It's not fair for their lives to be snuffed out like this," Macon...
Violence against transgender people at all-time high in Georgia, nationally

Violence against transgender people at all-time high in Georgia, nationally

Candace Towns was found dead in Macon, Ga. between two neglected houses on Halloween.  Reported missing a day before, Towns, 30, was last seen on surveillance video of a gas station near the Roadway Inn where she was living. She had been shot and abandoned.  Towns was the fourth reported transgender person killed in Georgia this year, and 25th nationwide, according to the Human Rights...
New metro Atlanta express lanes: Traffic relief if you pay by the mile

New metro Atlanta express lanes: Traffic relief if you pay by the mile

Imagine driving 30 miles on metro Atlanta highways at the height of rush hour – and arriving at your destination in less than an hour. Imagine knowing your morning commute will consistently take 45 minutes – instead of worrying that a fender-bender will snarl traffic and make it twice as long. Imagine running late for work, but knowing there’s a wide-open lane of traffic that will...
Arrest made after mother of 5 shot, killed in front of her family

Arrest made after mother of 5 shot, killed in front of her family

A Marietta woman is dead and the father of her children is facing charges in connection with her shooting Sunday in front of her family, police said. Justin Cox, a felon, was arrested about 8:30 p.m. Monday on Campbellton Road in Atlanta, Marietta police Officer Chuck McPhilamy said. Cox is accused of shooting 34-year-old Felicia Miller and leaving her body in a car on the driveway in the 300...
Another arrest made in shooting at university

Another arrest made in shooting at university

Another person has been arrested in connection with a shooting that injured two people at Albany State University in southwest Georgia, university police said Saturday.  Ronderrious Huntley, 20, was charged with aggravated assault, and he’s being taken to the Dougherty County Jail, according to a news release.  University police still are seeking Daquezny Huntley for questioning in...
Bodies of Atlanta rapper, cousin found

Bodies of Atlanta rapper, cousin found

The bodies of an Atlanta rapper and his cousin have been found in Alabama, according to authorities. The bodies of Edward Reeves, whose stage name is Bambino Gold, and cousin Kendrick Stokes were found in Macon County, Ala., the sheriff confirmed. The bodies were found Friday night and Saturday, according to a report by WTVM, a Columbus television station. The first body was discovered...
Deputy injured in crash; driver suspected of DUI

Deputy injured in crash; driver suspected of DUI

A Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputy was injured early Saturday when a driver suspected of DUI hit the deputy’s marked cruiser on Ga. 400, the sheriff’s office said. Deputy First Class Rod Reeves was on traffic duty and parked on the shoulder of the northbound lanes near Majors Road when a 2005 Ford Explorer hit the rear of Reeves’ patrol car shortly after 1:30 a.m., according...
Manhunt on for 2 accused in shootout with police

Manhunt on for 2 accused in shootout with police

Authorities in Hall County are searching for a man and a woman accused of shooting at two Gainesville police officers, who were injured in the overnight altercation.  Police are searching for Marcos Garcia Tovar, 20, and Alondra Rodriguez, 20, according to a news release from Gainesville police. Sgt. Kevin Holbrook, spokesman for Gainesville police, said Saturday the couple opened fire on the...
1 dead in Gwinnett double shooting

1 dead in Gwinnett double shooting

Gwinnett County police are investigating a double shooting early Saturday near Norcross in which one man was found dead at an apartment complex. Officers heard three gunshots shortly after 4 a.m., then drove into the Rockbridge Court Apartments near Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Channel 2 Action News reported. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="...
Suspect on the run after shootout with officers 

Suspect on the run after shootout with officers 

Officers were taken to the hospital after a shootout with a man at the intersection of Athens Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard , Gainesville police said in a Facebook pose late Friday.  Police said the suspect fired at officers, who shot back. The officers were taken to the hospital. Their condition was not relased.  The suspect is described as a man with longer hair, wearing...
Cops: DUI crash leaves motorcyclist in hospital with life-threatening injuries

Cops: DUI crash leaves motorcyclist in hospital with life-threatening injuries

An alleged drunken driver is in the Cobb County jail after police say he hit a motorcyclist outside an apartment complex. Clarence Blackshear, 47, of Marietta, is accused of hitting Jacob Schirm, 20, of Alpharetta, outside the Silver Creek Apartments on Roswell Road about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Marietta police Officer Jared Rakestraw said.  Blackshear was leaving the apartment complex in his Ford...
Driver charged, accused of hitting MARTA officer leading funeral procession

Driver charged, accused of hitting MARTA officer leading funeral procession

A man accused of crashing into a MARTA police officer on a motorcycle fought with neighbors and responding officers following the crash on Friday, Atlanta police said.  John Waid, 52, is accused of running a stop sign and hitting off-duty MARTA police officer Emanuel Sabir, 48, who was on his motorcycle assisting with a funeral processional on Fairburn Road in northwest Atlanta, Officer Stephanie...
Driver hit car, pedestrian during police chase, cops say 

Driver hit car, pedestrian during police chase, cops say 

A police chase through Atlanta ended with the driver of a stolen car hitting a vehicle and injuring a pedestrian before fleeing the scene, officials said Friday afternoon.  Two female passengers, who also fled the stolen car, are in custody, Atlanta police Sgt. John Chafee said.   Officers in an unmarked car first spotted the stolen car about 1 p.m. in the 1900 block of Allison Court...
Inmate accused of child molestation dies in Cherokee County

Inmate accused of child molestation dies in Cherokee County

A Cherokee County inmate died Friday at a local hospital, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said. John Gordon Boatwright of Woodstock, 34, was taken to Northside Hospital-Cherokee after deputies found him in his jail cell “in a seated position with a ligature around his neck” shortly after 2 a.m., Sgt. Marianne Kelley said in a news release. “Lifesaving efforts were attempted by...
Body found in river ID’d as man who ran from traffic stop

Body found in river ID’d as man who ran from traffic stop

The body found in a river in Newton County this week was a man who ran from a traffic stop nine days earlier, authorities said Friday. Autopsy results confirmed the body found Sunday in the Yellow River in Porterdale was Ryan Hacker, 40, Porterdale police Chief Jason Cripps told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday. Officials with the Newton County Fire Department and the state Department...
3 men in custody, 1 sought after double fatal shooting; guns, drugs found

3 men in custody, 1 sought after double fatal shooting; guns, drugs found

Three people are in custody and authorities are looking for a fourth suspect after a double fatal shooting in Walton County, the sheriff said Friday. About 5:30 p.m. Thursday, a Social Circle resident reported the incident, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. Authorities do not believe it was a home invasion, GBI agent Jesse Maddox said in a news release later Friday...
WATCH: SUV stolen with toddler inside at Midtown gas station

WATCH: SUV stolen with toddler inside at Midtown gas station

Surveillance video at a Midtown gas station captured the moment thieves jumped into a woman’s car with her 1-year-old son inside. The boy is OK, and police arrested one juvenile in the incident, according to an Atlanta police report. But the search is still on for three other people involved in the theft. “It all happened so fast,” mother Meghan Holmes told Channel 2 Action...
Man killed on his front porch after returning home from security job

Man killed on his front porch after returning home from security job

A man was shot and killed on his front porch after returning home from a security job, Gwinnett County police said Friday. George Young, 43, was killed in the incident on Montauk Hill Drive about midnight, Gwinnett police confirmed. Several family members inside the home at the time heard the gunshots and went outside to check, Gwinnett police Cpl. Michele Pihera said. That’s when they found...
Marriott: ‘No comment’ on Sun Dial lawsuit alleging negligence in 5-year-old’s death 

Marriott: ‘No comment’ on Sun Dial lawsuit alleging negligence in 5-year-old’s death 

The company accused of negligence after a 5-year-old died at the Sun Dial restaurant had no comment Friday about the lawsuit filed against it. “Due to the pending litigation, we are not commenting on the matter,” Marriott International, Inc. spokesman Jeff Flaherty told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an email.  The parents of Charlie Holt, who died from a head injury after...
Man shoots gas station worker after argument over bathroom, cops say 

Man shoots gas station worker after argument over bathroom, cops say 

It started as an argument over the bathroom. It ended in a shooting.   Now, Atlanta police are searching for the armed suspects they say shot a man twice in the leg inside a Texaco gas station in the 3700 block of Campbellton Road about 1:20 a.m. Thursday.  The victim, who works at the gas station, told police a man came inside, started a fight and shot him for no reason. Detectives...
Police get help solving copper theft case — from suspect

Police get help solving copper theft case — from suspect

Police in Alpharetta had some unintended help in making an arrest in a burglary case — from the man they eventually arrested, Channel 2 Action News reported. The chain of events began when security at Avalon, the prominent mixed-use complex, called 911 to report an abandoned crashed vehicle. Moments earlier, police say a truck drove off the Avalon property. “That vehicle turned off...
Couple charged after tire-iron attack in Cobb

Couple charged after tire-iron attack in Cobb

A couple are in custody after a tire iron was used in an attack on a 68-year-old man in Marietta, police said. Darron Webb, 50, and Danielle Holman, 37, are facing aggravated assault and other charges from the incident at Roswell and Fairground streets, police spokesman Chuck McPhilamy said Thursday in a news release. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
WATCH: Police dispatcher who was fired after DUI arrest, crash: ‘I’m very drunk’

WATCH: Police dispatcher who was fired after DUI arrest, crash: ‘I’m very drunk’

A dispatcher for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department was fired after she hit two cars while DUI, police said. Laura “Beth” Ricketts was arrested Saturday after the incident at Hull and Broad streets, police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said in a news release. About 2:30 a.m., Ricketts ran a red light, hit one vehicle, then drove on and hit another vehicle, Rodriguez said. When...
12-year-old girl shot at home while sleeping released from hospital

12-year-old girl shot at home while sleeping released from hospital

A 12-year-old girl hit in the leg when shots were fired into a home in south Fulton County has been released from the hospital. The girl was asleep on the living room couch when the incident happened about 1 a.m. Thursday in the 6000 block of Connell Road, according to a Fulton County police incident report. Her mother was asleep in a back bedroom when the shooting happened, police said. She...
Pastor will not be charged after shooting teen during alleged burglary

Pastor will not be charged after shooting teen during alleged burglary

Police will not charge a Baptist pastor who shot a teenager accused of breaking into his Cherokee County home Thursday morning, authorities said. Donavan Simmons, 19, of Acworth, was released from the hospital Friday and charged with burglary, making terroristic threats and possession of a Schedule IV drug with intent to distribute, Cherokee sheriff’s office spokeswoman Marianne Kelley said...
Man accused in Georgia Tech student attack has probation revoked

Man accused in Georgia Tech student attack has probation revoked

A man accused of attempting to rape a Georgia Tech student will remain in jail after a judge revoked his bond in a stalking case on the campus earlier this year, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Joshua Manns, 22, of Austell, faces burglary and attempted rape charges, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. He was arrested two days after he got out of jail on multiple stalking...
Burglar pulls gun on man, toddler when they catch him entering home

Burglar pulls gun on man, toddler when they catch him entering home

A Sandy Springs father’s first instinct when a burglar pulled a gun on him was to shield his 16-month-old daughter, police said.  Authorities are searching for the man they say pulled a gun on the victim after he witnessed the suspect attempting to break into a home earlier this month.  The victim, who was not named, was walking with his daughter on his shoulders Nov. 5 near The Mosaic...
Cobb husband who lied about beating wife gets 10 years in prison

Cobb husband who lied about beating wife gets 10 years in prison

On June 12, 2016, Juan Carlos Alvarez called 911 to tell them his wife had beaten him inside their Marietta home.  More than a year later, a jury convicted Alvarez of lying about the assault and for threatening and beating his wife, Cobb County officials said Wednesday.  Alvarez, 29, was sentenced Monday to 20 years with 10 serve in prison, Cobb County District Attorney spokeswoman Kim Isaza...
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