Raisa Habersham

Raisa Habersham is a breaking news reporter for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

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Mom killed a day before son’s birthday; community provides support
 Kenneth Collier Jr. was all set to have one of the best birthday’s mom Tamika Trimble could give him.  “She said ‘I hope (you’re) ready to get some gifts,’” the boy, who lives with his dad, said in an interview with Channel 2 Action News.  Hours before the celebration, Trimble was killed outside...

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Kenneth Collier Jr. was all set to have one of the best birthday’s mom Tamika Trimble could give him.  “She said ‘I hope (you’re) ready to get some gifts,’” the boy, who lives with his dad, said in an interview with Channel 2 Action News.  Hours before the celebration, Trimble was killed outside...
Cops ID woman in apartment killing, say shooter is her fiancé
 A woman who was shot and killed earlier this month in a Decatur apartment has been identified and new details about the case indicate the alleged triggerman was her fiancé.   Authorities released the identity of Donjinae Jackson-Neals, 21, of Snellville, after nearly two weeks of attempting to reach her family members...

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A woman who was shot and killed earlier this month in a Decatur apartment has been identified and new details about the case indicate the alleged triggerman was her fiancé.   Authorities released the identity of Donjinae Jackson-Neals, 21, of Snellville, after nearly two weeks of attempting to reach her family members...
School bus, minivan crash in Hall County; injury reported 
 Three people, including a child, were injured after a van crashed head-on into a Gainesville school bus carrying children Thursday afternoon, authorities said.  Soleil Nyasamaza, 23, of Gainesville, was charged with failure to yield at a stop sign, Georgia State Patrol officials said. She hit a truck making a left turn and traveled in...

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Three people, including a child, were injured after a van crashed head-on into a Gainesville school bus carrying children Thursday afternoon, authorities said.  Soleil Nyasamaza, 23, of Gainesville, was charged with failure to yield at a stop sign, Georgia State Patrol officials said. She hit a truck making a left turn and traveled in...
Cops say driver was so drunk, she didn’t know she was involved in a crash 
 A driver accused of DUI didn’t know she was involved in a crash until she drove back to the crime scene and officers told her, according to a crash report.  Amanda Toves, 25, of Cumming, was cited for DUI and failure to stop during a Dec. 12 accident at the intersection of Roswell Road and Windsor Parkway, Sandy Springs Officer...

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A driver accused of DUI didn’t know she was involved in a crash until she drove back to the crime scene and officers told her, according to a crash report.  Amanda Toves, 25, of Cumming, was cited for DUI and failure to stop during a Dec. 12 accident at the intersection of Roswell Road and Windsor Parkway, Sandy Springs Officer...
Cops: Restaurant employee asked teen customers for sex using Snapchat
 A restaurant worker was arrested after he admitted to authorities he stalked two teenage female customers using Snapchat, asked them for sex and sent nude pictures, according to a police report.  Jason Porras, 23, of Lawrenceville, faces a charge of enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to Fulton County jail records. He was...

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A restaurant worker was arrested after he admitted to authorities he stalked two teenage female customers using Snapchat, asked them for sex and sent nude pictures, according to a police report.  Jason Porras, 23, of Lawrenceville, faces a charge of enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to Fulton County jail records. He was...
Man convicted of pinning U.S. Marshal between 2 cars
 A man from the U.S. Virgin Islands accused of slamming into a U.S. Marshal and pinning him between two cars was convicted in federal court, authorities said Wednesday.  Shusta Gumbs, 39, was convicted of two counts of forcibly assaulting, impeding, opposing, resisting or interfering with four federal officers during the Oct. 21, 2016...

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A man from the U.S. Virgin Islands accused of slamming into a U.S. Marshal and pinning him between two cars was convicted in federal court, authorities said Wednesday.  Shusta Gumbs, 39, was convicted of two counts of forcibly assaulting, impeding, opposing, resisting or interfering with four federal officers during the Oct. 21, 2016...
Mom accused in child’s hot car death out of jail
 A mom accused of leaving her child to die in a hot car on Halloween is out on bond and awaiting another court date.Authorities say Lillian Stone intentionally left 3-year-old son Melvin Smith strapped in his car seat outside their south Fulton County home for more than seven hours on Oct. 31, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported...

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A mom accused of leaving her child to die in a hot car on Halloween is out on bond and awaiting another court date.Authorities say Lillian Stone intentionally left 3-year-old son Melvin Smith strapped in his car seat outside their south Fulton County home for more than seven hours on Oct. 31, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported...
Family of electrocuted man: ‘It should have been enough time to cut that power off’ 
 Like many this past snowy Friday night, Tevin Gullatt had gotten off work early.   The 18-year-old was headed home when he stepped on a downed power line in the 1300 block of Northwest Drive, was electrocuted and died, Atlanta police said in a report.  Charles Baker, 51, who witnessed the entire thing, tried warning Gullatt...

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Like many this past snowy Friday night, Tevin Gullatt had gotten off work early.   The 18-year-old was headed home when he stepped on a downed power line in the 1300 block of Northwest Drive, was electrocuted and died, Atlanta police said in a report.  Charles Baker, 51, who witnessed the entire thing, tried warning Gullatt...
WATCH: Teens assaulted hearing-impaired student, filmed incident
 Two teenagers accused of beating a disabled student at an Atlanta high school face harsher charges after video of the attack surfaced on social media, Channel 2 Action News reported Tuesday.  The teens were initially suspended for a day and forced to apologize for the Nov. 30 beating by officials at Maynard Jackson High School, the disabled...

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Two teenagers accused of beating a disabled student at an Atlanta high school face harsher charges after video of the attack surfaced on social media, Channel 2 Action News reported Tuesday.  The teens were initially suspended for a day and forced to apologize for the Nov. 30 beating by officials at Maynard Jackson High School, the disabled...
Cobb man found guilty but mentally ill of killing his mother
 Damian Cornell McElrath had already cleaned up the crime scene, called 911 and was smoking a cigarette by the time he told police how and why he killed his mother. Diane McElrath had been poisoning him for years, Damian said, and according to him she’d even threatened to kill him.  So, when he got the chance, he took a knife from...

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Damian Cornell McElrath had already cleaned up the crime scene, called 911 and was smoking a cigarette by the time he told police how and why he killed his mother. Diane McElrath had been poisoning him for years, Damian said, and according to him she’d even threatened to kill him.  So, when he got the chance, he took a knife from...
Mother, daughter arrested, accused of beating student at bus stop 
 A mother and daughter accused of beating an Atlanta Public School student at a bus stop last month have been arrested.  Tayza Danielle Harris and daughter Chelsea Monicque Harris remain in the Fulton County Jail on aggravated assault, aggravated battery cruelty to children and disrupting public school charges, according to jail...

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A mother and daughter accused of beating an Atlanta Public School student at a bus stop last month have been arrested.  Tayza Danielle Harris and daughter Chelsea Monicque Harris remain in the Fulton County Jail on aggravated assault, aggravated battery cruelty to children and disrupting public school charges, according to jail...