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Police: Driver shot multiple times in aggressive driving incident in Atlanta

Police: Driver shot multiple times in aggressive driving incident in Atlanta

A driver was shot multiple times in the leg Saturday morning after an alleged aggressive driving incident in south Atlanta, police confirmed. Atlanta police responded to the 300 block of Cleveland Street and determined that a man was shot in his car after engaging with other people in another car over aggressive driving, Channel 2 Action News reported. He was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center...
Tara Grinstead’s accused killers confessed in 2005, court documents claim

Tara Grinstead’s accused killers confessed in 2005, court documents claim

Within weeks of a South Georgia teacher’s disappearance, two of her former students told friends at a party they had killed Tara Grinstead and burned her body, according to documents filed this week in Irwin County Superior Court.  Grinstead was reported missing in October 2005, and the following month, Ryan Alexander Duke and Bo Dukes told others they were responsible for her death and...
21-year-old ID’d who shot self after 5-hour SWAT standoff in DeKalb, police say

21-year-old ID’d who shot self after 5-hour SWAT standoff in DeKalb, police say

Police have identified the man they said took place in a five-hour SWAT standoff Friday night in a DeKalb neighborhood, Channel 2 Action News reported. Blake Howell, 21, allegedly barricaded himself in a home in the 600 block of Valley Brook Road, police told Channel. After about five hours, he allegedly shot himself in the chest and is now in stable condition at an area hospital. RELATED: 5-hour...
LATEST: Man gets bond after alleged road-rage incident puts driver in ICU

LATEST: Man gets bond after alleged road-rage incident puts driver in ICU

After a road rage incident in Spalding County, two men pulled over and got out of their cars.  At least one of those men really regrets getting out of his vehicle, Channel 2 Action News reported. Travis Abbott said Christopher Futch attacked him with an iron rod, and he suffered broken bones, a fractured eye socket, damage to his nasal cavity and a busted right eardrum, Channel 2 reported. RELATED...
5-hour SWAT standoff ends in DeKalb; 21-year-old shoots self, police say

5-hour SWAT standoff ends in DeKalb; 21-year-old shoots self, police say

A five-hour SWAT standoff with an armed 21-year-old in a DeKalb neighborhood has come to an end, Channel 2 Action News reported. Police said the man shot himself in the chest, and he is en route to a hospital, Channel 2 reported. Flash bang grenades could be heard and an ambulance was seen shortly after 11 p.m.  DeKalb police spokeswoman Sheira Campbell told the news station the suspect was still...
Atlanta man shot, killed in Pittsburgh, police say

Atlanta man shot, killed in Pittsburgh, police say

An Atlanta man died Thursday after being shot earlier this week in Pennsylvania, authorities confirmed. Antwon Jones, 36, was shot early Monday morning in the Bedford Dwellings section of Pittsburgh’s Hill District, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Lamont Pendleton, 40, of the Hill District, was arrested after a brief chase by a Pittsburth police office on patrol who allegedly saw him shoot...
Cobb couple accused of hiding $400K of heroin in child’s bedroom

Cobb couple accused of hiding $400K of heroin in child’s bedroom

A Cobb County couple faces drug and reckless conduct charges after police say they kept nearly 8 kilos of heroin in their 2-year-old child’s bedroom. The drugs are worth $400,000, according to Channel 2 Action News.  Police told the news station the couple, Reyna Velez-Romero and Juan DeJesus Torres, ran the heroin operation out of their Austell home as part of an alleged drug...
Florida airport shooter gets life for killing Marietta woman, 4 others

Florida airport shooter gets life for killing Marietta woman, 4 others

The man who opened fire at a South Florida airport early last year, killing five people including a Marietta woman, was sentenced to life in prison Friday. U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom ordered Esteban Santiago to serve five consecutive life sentences, with 120 additional years to serve for the other six people injured in the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. RELATED COVERAGE...
Georgia irresistible to true-crime podcasts

Georgia irresistible to true-crime podcasts

If you’re listening to true-crime podcasts, you’re hearing a lot about Georgia. And with the debut of “Atlanta Monster,” now you’ll be hearing a lot about Atlanta in the late 1970s. That podcast, from Atlanta-based HowStuffWorks, is the most recent project from the producers of the wildly popular “Up and Vanished,” which in its first season tackled...
California man arrested with 67 kilos of cocaine in car on I-85, GSP says

California man arrested with 67 kilos of cocaine in car on I-85, GSP says

A California man wanted on drug charges was arrested after authorities found 67 kilos of cocaine in his car on I-85 in Coweta County, according to a police report.  Carlos Miguel Montelongo-Guzman, 32, remains in jail without bond on charges of trafficking cocaine, speeding and following too closely, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said.  A Georgia State Patrol trooper pulled...
Gwinnett dog sellers say they were ripped off — but now they face felonies

Gwinnett dog sellers say they were ripped off — but now they face felonies

A Gwinnett County woman and her father said they were shortchanged when they sold a puppy to a stranger.  They now face felony charges for taking matters into their own hands, Channel 2 Action News reported. Jessica Joppa told Channel 2 she was shorted about $700 when she sold the last of her five Siberian Husky puppies Wednesday. “She threw my puppy into her vehicle ... and like I&rsquo...
Cops: Drunken Atlanta man had kids in car when he slammed into police car 

Cops: Drunken Atlanta man had kids in car when he slammed into police car 

An Atlanta man faces more than a dozen charges after he led Cobb County police on a chase with two children in the back seat of his car, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Police initially attempted to pull over Alhagi Jagne on South Cobb Drive on Thursday afternoon for driving with a suspended license, Channel 2 reported. But police said he refused to stop and sped through a Smyrna neighborhood...
Bond denied for accused shoplifter who jumped out of moving truck during chase

Bond denied for accused shoplifter who jumped out of moving truck during chase

An accused shoplifter who police say led them on a dangerous chase in Smyrna was denied bond Friday by a judge who called him a “danger to the community,” Channel 2 Action News reported. In police dashcam video from July, Carl Stroud can allegedly be seen jumping out of his pickup truck on South Cobb Drive but leaving the vehicle in drive, causing it to continue for another quarter...
Man wanted in connection with jail escape; 1 inmate still at large

Man wanted in connection with jail escape; 1 inmate still at large

A man is wanted by authorities in connection with a jail escape by two inmates in Troup County.  Eric Calvin Bell was arrested in LaGrange about 9:45 a.m. Friday, which was about 36 hours after he and Thomas Christopher Cuddington are accused of climbing down a drainpipe to escape the Troup County Jail, sheriff’s Sgt. Stewart Smith said.  Deputies caught up with Bell on Hamilton Road...
Woman hits 3 vehicles on busy Peachtree Street following chase, GSP says

Woman hits 3 vehicles on busy Peachtree Street following chase, GSP says

A woman pulled over by Capitol police Friday morning led authorities on a chase through East Point and downtown Atlanta before hitting three vehicles on busy Peachtree Street, the Georgia State Patrol said. Authorities initially stopped Ashlea Baumann, 38, of Snellville, about 9 a.m. on Northside Drive near Markham Street for a tag infraction, according to the GSP.  After a “brief encounter&rdquo...
WATCH: Video shows argument, shooting at Atlanta gas station; man struck in calf

WATCH: Video shows argument, shooting at Atlanta gas station; man struck in calf

Atlanta police released surveillance footage Friday afternoon of a man being shot at a southeast Atlanta gas station early Friday. The shooting at the Chevron station at 1981 Flat Shoals Road reportedly started with a dispute between the victim and a woman just after 12:30 a.m., according to an incident report. But police said it was her male companion who pulled the trigger. The woman and the shooter...
DFCS examining training policies after Gwinnett girl’s starving death

DFCS examining training policies after Gwinnett girl’s starving death

The Georgia Division of Family and Child Services is reviewing its training procedures after a Lilburn girl starved to death, said Keith Bostick, deputy division director of child welfare. Reygan Moon was found dead July 24 by her mother, Devin Moon, who was charged with murder the next day. The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office declared Reygan Moon’s cause of death to be malnutrition...
Second tattoo released of woman found dismembered in landfill; tip line created

Second tattoo released of woman found dismembered in landfill; tip line created

After a woman’s dismembered body was dumped at a recycling plant last week and later found at a Bartow County landfill, authorities are asking anyone who was at the Cedar Creek Collection Center on Saturday afternoon to give the sheriff’s office a call.  Hundreds of tips flooded the sheriff’s office in the two days since authorities released a sketch of the...
Torpy at Large: Who’ll get burned next as City Hall scandal steams up?

Torpy at Large: Who’ll get burned next as City Hall scandal steams up?

Another one bites the dust at Atlanta City Hall. This time, it’s former Mayor Kasim Reed’s deputy chief of staff, a highly educated City Hall veteran who pocketed bribes but insists she didn’t know what they were at the time. Oh well, I suppose the concept of corruption takes a minute to sink in on some people. Katrina Taylor-Parks stood trembling before a federal judge Wednesday...
Roswell family files $25M suit over son’s suspected hazing death at LSU

Roswell family files $25M suit over son’s suspected hazing death at LSU

The family of a Roswell college student who was killed during a suspected hazing incident at Louisiana State University filed a $25 million federal lawsuit Thursday against the school, fraternity and several fraternity members, Channel 2 Action News reported. Maxwell Gruver, 18, died of alcohol poisoning during an alleged hazing incident at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house in September 2017...
5 indicted for arson after posting video on social media, prosecutors say

5 indicted for arson after posting video on social media, prosecutors say

Five metro Atlanta men accused of arson after prosecutors said they got drunk, set a fire at a vacant home and posted a video of their exploits have been indicted.  The April 19 fire burned the Sharpsburg home to the ground and posed a threat to the surrounding woods, a Coweta County fire official said. Prosecutors accused the men of walking away as the flames grew. A Coweta County grand jury...
Murder trial for ex-cop in Anthony Hill shooting certain, not imminent

Murder trial for ex-cop in Anthony Hill shooting certain, not imminent

It has been more than three years since unarmed Afghanistan War veteran Anthony Hill was gunned down at a Chamblee apartment complex by a DeKalb County police officer. And until this week, there was no guarantee Robert Olsen would ever be tried, even though he was charged with murder in the March 2015 shooting of the 27-year-old Hill.  But now that DeKalb Superior Court Judge J.P. Boulee has...
Men accused of using kids to help steal from cars parked at the Georgia Aquarium

Men accused of using kids to help steal from cars parked at the Georgia Aquarium

Surveillance video obtained by Channel 2 Action News on Thursday appears to show men using children during car break-ins in the Georgia Aquarium parking garage. Atlanta police told the news station that two men were able to break into cars in the parking garage, steal cash and credit cards and go on a shopping spree at a nearby Sam’s Club. With the Georgia Aquarium being a popular destination...
As opioid deaths rise, metro Atlanta searches for solutions

As opioid deaths rise, metro Atlanta searches for solutions

A large crowd watched as the man collapsed on a stage in Decatur, acting as if he’d just overdosed on opioids. He shut his eyes, splayed his arms and stuck a bent knee out to his side.Dr. Daniel Knecht guided the crowd through how to help him: Try to get him to wake up. If that doesn’t work, check to see if he is breathing. Rub his sternum with your knuckles. And if he doesn’t respond...
Fulton D.A.: Tex McIver trial cost ‘way outside the norm’ 

Fulton D.A.: Tex McIver trial cost ‘way outside the norm’ 

It cost Fulton County nearly $578,255 to convict Claud “Tex” McIver of murder earlier this year, more than the then-extraordinary $550,000 that Cobb County spent to successfully prosecute Justin Ross Harris in 2016.  Both cases were tried under intense media scrutiny and featured weeks of testimony and evidence from the state. But there were also major differences that, when considered...
Woman, child killed in car accident in south Fulton County

Woman, child killed in car accident in south Fulton County

A woman and a child died after a car wreck Thursday afternoon in south Fulton County, police confirmed. The accident occurred on Fulton Industrial Boulevard near Campbellton Road about 5:30 p.m., Fulton County police Lt. Scott McBride told Channel 2 Action News. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman as JoAnn Tate, 41, of Douglasville. The child’s name was...
2 inmates use drainpipe to escape from Georgia jail, officials say

2 inmates use drainpipe to escape from Georgia jail, officials say

Two inmates used a drainpipe to escape late Wednesday from the Troup County Jail, the sheriff’s office said. Security camera images showed Thomas Christopher Cuddington and Eric Calvin Bell, both 28, “climbing down from a drain pipe” at the front of the sheriff’s office about 10:59 p.m., sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Stewart Smith said Thursday in a statement. The inmates...
Cold Case Closed: Spalding Man pleads guilty in racial murder

Cold Case Closed: Spalding Man pleads guilty in racial murder

It took nearly 35 years, but justice has been served for 23-year-old Timothy Coggins, who was stabbed 30 times and dragged on a chain behind a pickup truck.  On Thursday, William “Bill” Moore pleaded guilty to his involvement in the murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, including 20 to serve. Moore’s plea came six weeks after his brother-in-law was convicted in...
DEEPER FINDINGS: Fulton County DA can’t hire new attorneys after overspending budget

DEEPER FINDINGS: Fulton County DA can’t hire new attorneys after overspending budget

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has overspent its budget by more than $1 million, prompting the county manager to call for a moratorium on hiring new department staff. Without additional money, District Attorney Paul Howard said he can’t bring on new lawyers — including four that have already been offered jobs with the county. Eleven attorney positions and one administrative...
GBI: Father runs from car as police find baby dead inside

GBI: Father runs from car as police find baby dead inside

A father was arrested after he fled a traffic stop, leaving authorities to find his 10-month-old daughter dead in the back seat of the car.  Cameron Ramon Reese, 22, faces charges of aggravated assault and concealing the death of another after he ran from police during a traffic stop early Wednesday in Greenville, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.  Reese was keeping the child at his Greenville...
Sleeping 10-year-old DeKalb girl shot in the arm

Sleeping 10-year-old DeKalb girl shot in the arm

A 10-year-old Scottdale girl was shot in the arm as she slept in her bed Wednesday night, according to DeKalb County police. The child was hurt when a stray bullet tore through her second-floor bedroom wall just after 10 p.m., police said. Neighbors at the Oak Forest Apartments in the 300 block of Hatton Drive told Channel 2 Action News they heard about a dozen gunshots coming from the parking lot...
Teen pleads not guilty to shooting, killing 3-year-old boy in DeKalb on Easter

Teen pleads not guilty to shooting, killing 3-year-old boy in DeKalb on Easter

A teenager pleaded not guilty Thursday to a murder charge in connection with the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy in DeKalb County on Easter Sunday, Channel 2 Action News reported. Christopher Cullins, 15, requested bond, but he was denied by the judge, Channel 2 reported.  On April 1, Rashonda Craig was driving on Eastland Road near Bouldercrest Road in southeast Atlanta with T&rsquo...
Coroner confirms Atlanta airport employee was killed, then dumped in river 

Coroner confirms Atlanta airport employee was killed, then dumped in river 

The Newton County coroner on Thursday confirmed that Shanequa Sullivan, an Atlanta airport employee whose body was found in a river nearly 40 miles from her job, died of “homicidal violence” before she was dumped.  But exactly how Sullivan was killed has not been released.  It’s yet another mystery in the months-long investigation into the 23-year-old’s death...
Suspected shooter, victim in domestic dispute at Gwinnett apartment ID’d

Suspected shooter, victim in domestic dispute at Gwinnett apartment ID’d

One day after a woman was shot and killed in a domestic dispute at a Gwinnett County apartment, police are trying to piece together what led up to the deadly encounter. Gwinnett police on Wednesday identified Cortez Lofton as the person who shot Jessica Criff early Tuesday at the Landmark at Bella Vista apartment off Satellite Boulevard. However, Cpl. Michele Pihera said Lofton has not been charged...
Gunshot from above leaves Gwinnett family shaken

Gunshot from above leaves Gwinnett family shaken

A Gwinnett County family only needs to look up to get a fearful reminder of a shooting that “hit home,” according to Channel 2 Action News. A gunshot in an upstairs apartment at the Amber Mill complex in Duluth ripped through their ceiling, inches from where Crystal Rios and her stepmother were sitting. “I was over there sitting, relaxing in that bed when I heard the gunshots...
Atlanta charity worker fatally shot in head while driving home

Atlanta charity worker fatally shot in head while driving home

A metro Atlanta grandmother was shot and killed early Sunday morning while driving home from work, authorities said. Beverly Jenkins, 49, was driving her minivan home around 12:30 a.m. after working her shift at the City of Refuge, where she worked helping homeless mothers, Channel 2 Action News reported.  While driving near the intersection of Hopkins Street and Westview Drive, a bullet hit...
BREAKING: Remains on New Mexico compound ID’d as missing Clayton boy

BREAKING: Remains on New Mexico compound ID’d as missing Clayton boy

Authorities confirmed the remains found on a New Mexico desert compound are those of a 3-year-old boy who had been missing from Clayton County. Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj would have turned 4 on the day he was found, Aug. 6.  “There is no update at this time on cause or manner of death,” the office of the New Mexico medical investigator said Thursday afternoon.  The child had been...
Man gets life in shooting death of victim in front of son

Man gets life in shooting death of victim in front of son

A man received a life sentence Thursday after he was convicted for his role in the deadly shooting of a man in front of his 15-year-old son. Marquis Lejon Studivant was found guilty of felony murder in the April 2017 death of Dennis Ronald Gayton, 47, according to the Hall County Superior Court clerk’s office. The incident on Carlton Street was drug-related, Gainesville police said. MORE: ...
CONTINUING COVERAGE: Another guilty plea as Atlanta City Hall probe intensifies

CONTINUING COVERAGE: Another guilty plea as Atlanta City Hall probe intensifies

The federal investigation of Atlanta City Hall is intensifying and adding new investigators and prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said Wednesday, moments after the probe recorded its fifth guilty plea from a former top aide to Mayor Kasim Reed. Flanked by top local agents with the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation Division, Pak suggested there are more indictments to come...
Judge calls molester of 4 girls a ‘predator with a dark soul,’ sentences him to 60 years

Judge calls molester of 4 girls a ‘predator with a dark soul,’ sentences him to 60 years

A 65-year-old Marietta man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury convicted him of nine counts of child molestation involving four young girls, according to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.  In court Thursday morning, Cobb Superior Court Judge Ann Harris called Gustodio Arellano “an opportunistic predator with a dark soul” and handed down a...
Dog killed during apparent burglary at Coweta County home 

Dog killed during apparent burglary at Coweta County home 

Cardina Bock-Martinez last saw her dog when she took him outside her Newnan home and placed him near the basement door early Aug. 8.  By the time she returned home about 3:45 p.m., her children found the dog lying in the basement floor, “not moving much,” the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said in an incident report.  Not long after they got the dog to the veterinarian...
Gwinnett man charged with raping son’s girlfriend blamed sleepwalking

Gwinnett man charged with raping son’s girlfriend blamed sleepwalking

A Lawrenceville man has been charged with rape after allegedly crawling into bed with his son’s girlfriend and attempting to have sex with her.  Ricardo Arturo Cole Sr., 54, was arrested Aug. 15 on one rape charge. The incident allegedly occurred on April 8, and the victim reported it to police on May 11, a police report shows. READ | Cops: EMT sexually assaulted patient at Gwinnett urgent...
Judge rejects immunity for ex-DeKalb cop in killing of unarmed veteran 

Judge rejects immunity for ex-DeKalb cop in killing of unarmed veteran 

“Conflicts in testimony” and questions about credibility played a pivotal role in the decision to reject immunity for a former DeKalb County officer charged with murdering an unarmed veteran, Judge J.P. Boulee wrote in a ruling nearly three months in the making.   Robert Olsen’s defense team had argued for immunity during a two-day hearing in May. The veteran officer, who...
68-year-old woman's home shot up in retaliation shooting, police say

68-year-old woman's home shot up in retaliation shooting, police say

For the third time in two days, Athens police were called to investigate a shooting they believe is connected to one man. Johntavious King, 20, was arrested on charges he opened fire at two separate locations within the span of three hours Tuesday. On Wednesday, with King sitting in jail, someone fired shots into a 68-year-old woman’s house on King’s street. “Detectives believe this...
Indictment: Ex-Gwinnett teacher who bit teen tried to bribe deputy

Indictment: Ex-Gwinnett teacher who bit teen tried to bribe deputy

A former Snellville Middle School teacher charged with biting a teenage girl’s buttocks in Lake Lanier has also been charged with trying to bribe a Hall County sheriff’s deputy, an indictment shows. Jonathan William Herbert, 30, was arrested after the alleged butt bite July 4. The 14-year-old girl was swimming on a Lake Lanier Islands beach around 8 p.m. when Herbert swam underwater...
60 cats seized from soiled DeKalb home, cops say

60 cats seized from soiled DeKalb home, cops say

Acting on tips from two veterinarians’ offices, DeKalb County authorities went to a home off Columbia Drive and found dozens of cats in allegedly filthy conditions. It took two trips over the last two weeks for workers to find at least 60 cats in the house, which had feces, trash and other debris strewn about, police said. “We also observed a strong stench of ammonia (from cat urine) that...
Tractor hits, kills man at Norfolk Southern rail yard in Cobb

Tractor hits, kills man at Norfolk Southern rail yard in Cobb

A 31-year-old man was killed early Thursday when a tractor driver hit him in the Norfolk Southern rail yard, Cobb County police said. Jesse Maxwell of Dallas was taken to WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell after the incident, which happened shortly after 12:15 a.m., Cobb Officer Sarah O’Hara said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The tractor driver, 58-year-old Lavoyd Pete of Hiram, was...
NEW DETAILS: Motorcyclist tries to escape deputies, dies in crash

NEW DETAILS: Motorcyclist tries to escape deputies, dies in crash

A motorcylist being chased by authorities through two metro Atlanta counties was killed Tuesday night when he slammed into the side of a pickup truck. The impact of the crash caused the man to be ejected from his Suzuki GSXR motorcycle and flipped the Dodge Ram pickup truck on its roof, according to Cobb County police. The motorcyclist, identified by police as 23-year-old Freddie Allen Few III of...
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