Raisa Habersham

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

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Woman runs, trips on saggy pants during police chase 
 A woman fled from police during a recent chase in Gwinnett County, but she was thwarted by an unlikely pair: her pants.  Dayana Maldonado was pulled over after a Norcross police officer ran her tag and discovered she was wanted on felony probation violations on charges including burglary, criminal damage and possession of methamphetamine...

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A woman fled from police during a recent chase in Gwinnett County, but she was thwarted by an unlikely pair: her pants.  Dayana Maldonado was pulled over after a Norcross police officer ran her tag and discovered she was wanted on felony probation violations on charges including burglary, criminal damage and possession of methamphetamine...
Suit: Police chief harassed Asian worker with ‘me love you long time’
 For four years, a Georgia police chief sexually harassed an Asian receptionist and quoted lines from the film “Full Metal Jacket,” including the notable “me love you long time” line, a lawsuit filed Thursday alleges.  Phong Choum, 39, said she was fired in December after denying the sexual advances of Greensboro...

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For four years, a Georgia police chief sexually harassed an Asian receptionist and quoted lines from the film “Full Metal Jacket,” including the notable “me love you long time” line, a lawsuit filed Thursday alleges.  Phong Choum, 39, said she was fired in December after denying the sexual advances of Greensboro...
Atlanta officer helped talk woman off interstate overpass
 When Atlanta police Officer Lisa McGhaw got the call about a suicidal woman at an overpass near Moreland Avenue, she rushed straight to the scene.  McGhaw had successfully helped another person in a similar situation — and this time would be no different.  “The sole thought process was to get her to safety,” she...

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When Atlanta police Officer Lisa McGhaw got the call about a suicidal woman at an overpass near Moreland Avenue, she rushed straight to the scene.  McGhaw had successfully helped another person in a similar situation — and this time would be no different.  “The sole thought process was to get her to safety,” she...
Metro Atlanta truck driver fell asleep before bus crash that killed 13 in California, officials say
 Authorities arrested a metro Atlanta truck driver a year after he was found asleep at the wheel in a deadly crash that killed 13 in California, officials said Bruce Guilford, 51, of Covington was arrested at his home Thursday evening on 13 counts felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, 12 counts felony reckless driving and 17...

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Authorities arrested a metro Atlanta truck driver a year after he was found asleep at the wheel in a deadly crash that killed 13 in California, officials said Bruce Guilford, 51, of Covington was arrested at his home Thursday evening on 13 counts felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, 12 counts felony reckless driving and 17...
Grand jury indicts 30 ‘Nine Trey Gangster’ blood members on murder, drug charges
 Federal agents arrested 17 members and associates of the “Trey Nine” blood gangsters on RICO, murder and drug charges stemming from an Oct. 12 indictment against dozens tied to the gang, officials said.  A jury indicted 30 members and associates of the gang on charges, Unites States District Attorney spokesman Bob Page said...

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Federal agents arrested 17 members and associates of the “Trey Nine” blood gangsters on RICO, murder and drug charges stemming from an Oct. 12 indictment against dozens tied to the gang, officials said.  A jury indicted 30 members and associates of the gang on charges, Unites States District Attorney spokesman Bob Page said...
Atlanta veteran’s murder to be profiled on ‘The First 48’ 
 Randy Smith, a beloved yoga instructor, was found shot to death in one of his Atlanta properties Sept. 11, 2016.  Now, more than a year later, the U.S. Army veteran’s case will be profiled on the hit crime TV show “The First 48.” <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><...

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Randy Smith, a beloved yoga instructor, was found shot to death in one of his Atlanta properties Sept. 11, 2016.  Now, more than a year later, the U.S. Army veteran’s case will be profiled on the hit crime TV show “The First 48.” <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><...
1 killed in double shooting in south Fulton County 
 A man was killed and a second man was injured Wednesday evening in a double shooting in south Fulton County, police said.  About 8:50 p.m., 911 operators received a call about two men suffering from gunshot wounds, Fulton County Cpl. Maureen Smith said.  It is not clear where the shooting occurred, but Smith said the men were found...

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A man was killed and a second man was injured Wednesday evening in a double shooting in south Fulton County, police said.  About 8:50 p.m., 911 operators received a call about two men suffering from gunshot wounds, Fulton County Cpl. Maureen Smith said.  It is not clear where the shooting occurred, but Smith said the men were found...
Motorcyclist struck, killed in crash on East-West Connector
 A motorcyclist was killed Sunday afternoon when a driver slammed into him on the East-West Connector near Lipson Drive in Austell, Cobb County police said.  William M. Cook, 45, of Austell died at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Cobb police Sgt. Dana Pierce said.  Cook was on his yellow 1996 Honda CBR 600 motorcycle traveling westbound...

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A motorcyclist was killed Sunday afternoon when a driver slammed into him on the East-West Connector near Lipson Drive in Austell, Cobb County police said.  William M. Cook, 45, of Austell died at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Cobb police Sgt. Dana Pierce said.  Cook was on his yellow 1996 Honda CBR 600 motorcycle traveling westbound...
Driver threatened to kill deputy over year-old traffic stop
 A year-old grudge over a traffic stop led Lee Charles Harrison to search for the arresting deputy’s email address and send him letters threatening to kill him.  Harrison, 42, was convicted this week of terroristic threats made against the deputy, Douglas County District Attorney spokesman David Emadi said in a news release. ...

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A year-old grudge over a traffic stop led Lee Charles Harrison to search for the arresting deputy’s email address and send him letters threatening to kill him.  Harrison, 42, was convicted this week of terroristic threats made against the deputy, Douglas County District Attorney spokesman David Emadi said in a news release. ...
Teen shooting suspect is wanted in other ‘violent’ crimes, cops say
 A 19-year-old accused of shooting someone during a fight about drugs is also wanted in other crimes, Clayton County police said.  Deputies were able to track Ryan Dennel Bickham as he was walking down a DeKalb County street Tuesday, officials said. He ran from police, but was tackled and taken into custody.  Bickham got into a fight...

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A 19-year-old accused of shooting someone during a fight about drugs is also wanted in other crimes, Clayton County police said.  Deputies were able to track Ryan Dennel Bickham as he was walking down a DeKalb County street Tuesday, officials said. He ran from police, but was tackled and taken into custody.  Bickham got into a fight...
Man convicted of impregnating teen after molesting her for 3 years
 A Georgia man who impregnated a 15-year-old after he had molested her for three years could face life in prison, Murray County officials said Tuesday.  A jury convicted Diego Martin Pena, 39, of White, on child molestation, aggravated child molestation and statutory rape charges, Conasauga Judicial District Attorney Bert Poston said...

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A Georgia man who impregnated a 15-year-old after he had molested her for three years could face life in prison, Murray County officials said Tuesday.  A jury convicted Diego Martin Pena, 39, of White, on child molestation, aggravated child molestation and statutory rape charges, Conasauga Judicial District Attorney Bert Poston said...