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5 things to know about Spalding County cold case murder trial

5 things to know about Spalding County cold case murder trial

A trial nearly 35 years in the making is likely to end after just five days of testimony.  The Spalding County jury tasked to determine whether 60-year-old Franklin Gebhardt murdered a young black man is expected to begin deliberations on Tuesday. Gebhardt and his brother-in-law, William Moore Sr. — who will be tried separately later this fall — are accused of stabbing Timothy...
Tip leads to arrest of man sought in DeKalb home invasions

Tip leads to arrest of man sought in DeKalb home invasions

The man sought in connection with several home invasions in DeKalb County has been arrested, authorities said Sunday. Based on a 911 tip revealing his location, Atlanta police apprehended Corey Griffin, 48, DeKalb sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia B. Williams said. Griffin has been booked into the DeKalb County jail, according to Williams. MORE: DNA helps police ID man wanted in multiple DeKalb...
Man found dead in intersection after shooting; GBI, police investigating

Man found dead in intersection after shooting; GBI, police investigating

Police and the GBI are investigating after the body of a 40-year-old man was found in a Cedartown intersection after a shooting, authorities said. Officers responding shortly after 5 a.m. to a 911 call of shots fired found the body of Ronald Morris Bentley at Park and East Gibson streets, northwestgeorgianews.com reported. “He was determined to be deceased from an apparent gunshot wound,&rdquo...
No federal prison for Georgia man who brought gun, ammo into theater

No federal prison for Georgia man who brought gun, ammo into theater

The Georgia man caught toting a gun and ammunition in a Pennsylvania movie theater in July 2016 won’t be headed to federal prison. But William Gossett isn’t a free man yet either, his attorney said Friday.  Gossett, 22, of Covington, was sentenced to time served, nearly 2 years, in federal court Thursday after pleading guilty to possession of a gun and ammo by a convicted felon. His...
Man fatally shot in NW Atlanta, police confirm

Man fatally shot in NW Atlanta, police confirm

A man was fatally shot in Atlanta early Saturday morning, Atlanta police confirmed. Officers responded to a shooting at 2:30 a.m. at 62 Harwell Road in northwest Atlanta and found a 31-year-old man dead outside of one of the buildings there, Atlanta police said. Atlanta police are investigating the incident, and they haven’t determined the circumstances that led to the shooting. Anyone with...
Police: Couple pretends to shop, then steals $19K Rolex watch from DeKalb store

Police: Couple pretends to shop, then steals $19K Rolex watch from DeKalb store

A jewelry store was stunned when a couple walked into the store, pretended they wanted to buy a $19,000 Rolex watch, then later snatched the watch from the counter and left South DeKalb Mall, according to police. Police said the unidentified couple walked into the store around 4:30 p.m. two weeks ago and asked to see the pricey watch. The couple looked at other items, then left the store, Channel...
GBI identifies son who allegedly shot his mother before 3-hour SWAT standoff

GBI identifies son who allegedly shot his mother before 3-hour SWAT standoff

The identity of the man who allegedly shot his mother in Jackson County Friday, prompting a 3-hour SWAT standoff, has been released by the GBI during their initial investigation report into the incident. Jonathan Wayne Allen, 37, of Jackson County, has been charged with aggravated assault after he surrendered to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, according to the GBI news release. Additional...
Police chase ends in wreck; 5 taken to Atlanta hospitals, including 3 kids

Police chase ends in wreck; 5 taken to Atlanta hospitals, including 3 kids

A vehicle fleeing Georgia State Patrol pursuit ended up wrecking into two other vehicles Friday night, sending five people to Atlanta hospitals, GSP confirmed. A trooper noticed a white Hyundai allegedly speeding and weaving on I-75 South near Northside Drive and attempted to stop the vehicle, according to a GSP news release. The Hyundai allegedly didn’t stop, leading to a chase onto I-75/I-85...
Police: Suspect arrested for fatally shooting 17-year-old teen in Decatur

Police: Suspect arrested for fatally shooting 17-year-old teen in Decatur

Police arrested a 50-year-old man Friday who allegedly shot and killed a 17-year-old teen in a car at a busy Decatur intersection. Simmie Rischard Reed allegedly fatally shot Janae Owens and injured her mother on Wednesday at the intersection of South Candler Street and Midway Road, Decatur police said in a news release. RELATED: Police: Road rage escalates to gunfire, kills 1 teen, injures...
Suspect arrested, accused of killing 68 year-old woman

Suspect arrested, accused of killing 68 year-old woman

A man accused of killing a 68-year-old woman he allegedly robbed was arrested a week after being on the run, police said.  Sergio Moon, 30, is charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Monroe police said in a post on its Facebook page. He was arrested at a Norcross home.  MORE: Man sought in robbery, shooting death of 68-year-old woman...
Police believe Tennessee man wanted for attempted homicide is in Atlanta

Police believe Tennessee man wanted for attempted homicide is in Atlanta

Tennessee authorities believe a man wanted in connection with an attempted homicide is currently in Atlanta. Dejon “Manskii” Bradley is wanted for an incident on August 14 where three people allegedly shot at two people within a vehicle in Goodlettsville, Tenn., police said in a news release. It took place at the Retreat Apartments at 100 Robert Cartwright Drive. The other two reportedly...
Cobb cop accused in mentally disabled woman’s assault was once a police chief 

Cobb cop accused in mentally disabled woman’s assault was once a police chief 

Roughly 20 years before Robert Lanier New became embroiled in assault allegations tied to a mentally disabled woman and her niece, he served as the police chief in Emerson.  City officials confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that New had two stints with Emerson police. New first served with the department from September 1998 to February 1999, when he left to work for Acworth police. New worked...
SWAT shoots, takes son into custody after he allegedly shot mom, sheriff says

SWAT shoots, takes son into custody after he allegedly shot mom, sheriff says

Authorities said a woman was shot by her son Friday afternoon on Charlie Cooper Road, prompting a standoff with two SWAT teams. The son, who has not been identified, barricaded himself in a nearby residence after allegedly shooting his mother three times in the back, Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The woman called 911 around 4:30 p.m. after being shot, and...
Funeral set for prominent attorney killed at law office

Funeral set for prominent attorney killed at law office

Funeral arrangements have been made for a prominent Cartersville attorney who was shot and killed by the ex-husband of one of his clients.  Services for Antonio Mari are scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at Owen Funeral Home at 12 Collins Drive in Cartersville, according to an announcement on the funeral home’s page.  MORE: Hours after his divorce is final, man accused of...
Armed man robs woman after she cleans Roswell bank, police say

Armed man robs woman after she cleans Roswell bank, police say

Police say a woman cleaning a bank in Roswell was robbed by an armed man moments after she left the bank. Rhonda Lipsey was leaving the SunTrust Bank on Holcomb Bridge Road late at night in early June when she said she could feel someone walking up behind her as she was putting things away in her car trunk, according to the incident report obtained by Channel 2 Action News. She dialed 911 on her cell...
DeKalb doctor pleads guilty to hoarding over 400 birds 

DeKalb doctor pleads guilty to hoarding over 400 birds 

A cardiologist pleaded guilty Friday in an animal cruelty case in which he hoarded hundreds of birds, some which were dead, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Abhay Trivedi was sentenced to seven years on probation nearly two years after authorities raided his Echo Trail home in Atlanta and found the dead birds.  DeKalb police raided Trivedi’s home...
Police: Marijuana, handgun found in Conyers ice cream truck

Police: Marijuana, handgun found in Conyers ice cream truck

Ice cream sandwiches, ice pops, marijuana, weight scales and a gun. That’s what Conyers police said they found in an ice cream truck, leading to an arrest, Channel 2 Action News reported. Cameron Callaway, 19, was charged with manufacturing, delivering, distributing or possessing marijuana and possessing a firearm during the attempt to commit a felony, according to Rockdale County Jail records...
Attorney killed by client’s husband in murder-suicide, officials say

Attorney killed by client’s husband in murder-suicide, officials say

A prominent divorce attorney was shot and killed at his law office Wednesday by the husband of a client he was representing, Bartow County officials said.  Details on what led to the fatal shooting of Antonio B. Mari at his law offices were not released.  UPDATE: Funeral plans set for Antonio Mari Authorities were called to the 600 block of North Tennessee, where the law office is located...
Hours after his divorce is final, man accused of killing ex-wife’s attorney, himself

Hours after his divorce is final, man accused of killing ex-wife’s attorney, himself

He never responded to his wife’s petition for divorce, nor did he hire a lawyer. Wednesday morning, Walter Samuel Radford failed to show up for the final divorce hearing, Bartow County court records showed.  At 12:04 p.m, Radford’s divorce was finalized. And less than two hours later, Radford allegedly shot and killed his now ex-wife’s attorney in his Cartersville office. While...
Meth and a Frosty, please? 4 Wendy’s employees accused of selling drugs out of restaurant

Meth and a Frosty, please? 4 Wendy’s employees accused of selling drugs out of restaurant

In the several weeks that Cherokee County investigators were undercover at an area Wendy’s location for possible drug activity, narcotics task force commander Phil Price said employees never offered to sell them a hamburger. “I can tell you we never bought any food there,” Price told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday. Instead, he said nearly half the staff was dealing...
Tax preparers admit guilt in $3.5 million false tax return scheme

Tax preparers admit guilt in $3.5 million false tax return scheme

Two tax preparers pleaded guilty Friday to filing fraudulent tax returns for their clients so that they could charge them more, costing the federal government more than $3.5 million. According to federal investigators, Joseph Racine, 37, and Arnouse Merlien, 40, both of Florida, misrepresented to the IRS that their clients were qualified to receive certain tax credits and deductions on federal...
5 rescued from Chattahoochee River

5 rescued from Chattahoochee River

Five people were rescued Friday afternoon from the Chattahoochee River after getting stranded on the shoals, Johns Creek fire officials told Channel 2 Action News.  “Fortunately, our crews were on the river conducting training exercises and were able to get them to the shore quickly,” Johns Creek fire Chief Timothy McGiboney said in an emailed statement.  <div><...
Woman accused of assaulting, severely injuring her ex-boyfriend

Woman accused of assaulting, severely injuring her ex-boyfriend

A woman who allegedly assaulted her ex-boyfriend with the help of another man was arrested Wednesday.  Police say Maria Isamar Torres-Yebra, 27, of Athens, and Daniel Otwell attacked Torres-Yebra’s ex-boyfriend in Hall County in December. He was treated for serious injuries, including a fractured orbital bone. “Torres-Yebra told Otwell the victim in this case had previously assaulted...
Visiting filmmakers robbed of $50K in equipment while at dinner

Visiting filmmakers robbed of $50K in equipment while at dinner

Three filmmakers from out of state lost more than $50,000 worth of equipment when their rental car was broken into and robbed Thursday night, Atlanta police said.  According to an incident report obtained Friday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the men were around the corner on Ponce de Leon Place eating dinner at the time of the theft. A few hours after loading the equipment into the car...
Man exposed himself to girls at Milton pool, police say

Man exposed himself to girls at Milton pool, police say

Police in Milton are searching for a man who they say “exposed himself” to “several female juveniles” at a neighborhood pool. The incident occurred on Wednesday at a pool on North Bethany Creek Road. According to witnesses who spoke with police, the man is described as being in his mid-20’s with reddish and blonde curly hair, freckles and no tattoos. He was wearing only...
Sheriff’s Facebook post admonishes man who allegedly owes $30K in child support

Sheriff’s Facebook post admonishes man who allegedly owes $30K in child support

At first glance, a Facebook post on the Gwinnett County sheriff’s official page seems normal. “Our deputies are looking for 40 year old Michael Glenn Hovis, who's wanted by Duluth PD for probation violation,” the sheriff’s office said in the post. Around the third sentence, things take a turn. “We're certain that his children will appreciate any information you can provide...
DNA helps police ID man wanted in multiple DeKalb home invasions

DNA helps police ID man wanted in multiple DeKalb home invasions

Investigators first tied him to multiple crimes across Stone Mountain and Clarkston. Now they believe they’ve identified him. Corey Griffin, 48, was named as the man who allegedly broke into two Stone Mountain homes, invaded one Clarkston home and assaulted two DeKalb County women, Clarkston police told Channel 2 Action News. RELATED: Stone Mountain home invasion tied to multiple crimes...
Masked men fire ‘multiple rounds’ at couple walking home to downtown high-rise

Masked men fire ‘multiple rounds’ at couple walking home to downtown high-rise

A man was shot early Wednesday when he and a woman were ambushed while walking home to their downtown Atlanta high-rise condo. The couple were rounding Baker Street, headed to their home in the Peachtree Towers condominiums on Peachtree Street, when two men rushed them around 3:45 a.m., police said. The victims told police the men were wearing masks and dark hooded sweatshirts and demanded the couple&rsquo...
Gunman in deadly road rage shooting sought

Gunman in deadly road rage shooting sought

Decatur police need help identifying a gunman who shot into a car at a busy residential intersection, killing a 17-year-old girl and injuring her mother. Authorities found two people shot in their car at the intersection of South Candler Street and Midway Road around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. The girl, who was identified by police as Janae Owens, and her mother were taken to an area hospital, where...
Cops: Man attacked woman, tried to burn her at Brookhaven gas station 

Cops: Man attacked woman, tried to burn her at Brookhaven gas station 

A man is accused of beating a woman he followed outside a Shell gas station in Brookhaven, according to a police report.  The man and woman, identified as J. Pendexter, were inside the convenience store Tuesday when the man cut in front of her, police said. Pendexter eventually made her purchase, but shortly after exiting the store she was ambushed and pushed to the ground by the man, police...
Buckhead prep school ‘failed her miserably’ after alleged assault, ex-student’s mom says

Buckhead prep school ‘failed her miserably’ after alleged assault, ex-student’s mom says

The mother of a former Pace Academy student allegedly sexually assaulted by a classmate said she thinks the Buckhead private school failed to protect her daughter. “I'm upset by the fact that they had a duty to her, and they failed her,” the girl’s mother said in an exclusive interview with Channel 2 Action News. “They failed her miserably.” Channel 2 did not identify...
Rapper, reality star Jim Jones arrested in Coweta County

Rapper, reality star Jim Jones arrested in Coweta County

Rapper and reality TV personality Jim Jones was one of four people arrested in Coweta County after a brief police chase, authorities confirmed Thursday. Joseph Guillermo Jones, 41, faces multiple charges, including theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, narcotics possession and marijuana possession, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office...
Police trying to ID men who allegedly attacked woman shopping in Gwinnett

Police trying to ID men who allegedly attacked woman shopping in Gwinnett

Police are looking to identify two men they say attacked a woman while she was shopping in a Gwinnett County clothing store, throwing a cover over her head and shoving her before she fought them off. According to Gwinnett police, Dina Bingham was shopping at a Ross store in Stone Mountain. Two men approached her, Bingham told police, and threw a cover over her head.  She told police the men started...
JUST IN: Victim in year’s 48th police shooting ID’d as father of 2

JUST IN: Victim in year’s 48th police shooting ID’d as father of 2

The GBI is investigating the 48th officer-involved shooting in Georgia this year, one that resulted in a man being shot multiple times and killed by police. The latest incident occurred overnight in Kingsland in Camden County, about 335 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said Thursday. An officer pursued Anthony Marcell Green and his unidentified passenger after they...
Child found in house with roaches and feces, police say

Child found in house with roaches and feces, police say

A 2-year-old girl was wearing a soiled diaper and had feces on her hands. A shower was infested with roaches. And a visitor from a state agency vomited because the stench was so bad. That was the scene a Columbus officer, Nathan Tooley, found at a house Tuesday when he went to meet a woman who wanted to evict her 34-year-old son, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. Inside, the son, Timothy Grantham...
Grandmother faces charges after leaving kids in hot car, cops say 

Grandmother faces charges after leaving kids in hot car, cops say 

A woman faces reckless conduct charges after she left her two grandchildren in a car in 90-degree weather in a Costco parking lot at Cumberland Mall, according to a Cobb County arrest warrant.  Phyllis Townsend allegedly left the children — a 4-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl — in the car for an hour Wednesday afternoon, the warrant alleges. Inside the car was a half-filled...
Army recruiter allegedly had sex with underage high school student

Army recruiter allegedly had sex with underage high school student

A U.S. Army recruiter was arrested Tuesday for allegedly having sexual relations with a girl under 16 years old he met during a high school recruiting event, Newnan police confirmed. Brandon Miles Ross, 26, has been charged with statutory rape, aggravated child molestation, giving alcohol to a minor and enticing a child for indecent purposes, Newnan police Sgt. Greg VanSant said. Ross allegedly met...
Cobb officer used mentally disabled woman to solicit her niece for sex, cops say

Cobb officer used mentally disabled woman to solicit her niece for sex, cops say

A Cobb County police officer accused of choking and slapping a mentally disabled woman during sex faces new charges involving the woman’s 12-year-old niece, according to police.  In sexually explicit text messages between May 31 and June 12, Robert Lanier New repeatedly attempted to solicit the woman and her niece for sex, according to the warrant obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Alpharetta man arrested after rabbi suspects him of burglarizing synagogue

Alpharetta man arrested after rabbi suspects him of burglarizing synagogue

A rabbi of a Forsyth County synagogue alerted police when he allegedly saw a man rummaging through the front desk, and deputies say the man was an attempted burglar. Johnny Ezell McDonald Jr., 20, of Alpharetta, was arrested Saturday after leaving the synagogue. He was charged with criminal trespassing because he did not steal anything, deputies confirmed. Deputies intercepted McDonald on his way...
2 Georgia deputies arrested on sexual assault allegations

2 Georgia deputies arrested on sexual assault allegations

Two Walker County sheriff’s deputies were arrested Tuesday after authorities were notified of an alleged sexual assault, the GBI said in a news release. Brandon England, 40, and Shawn Norris, 36, face charges of criminal attempt to rape, aggravated assault and false imprisonment, according to the release.  The GBI was contacted by Fort Oglethorpe police Sunday regarding the alleged assault...
Man accused of sexual battery involving child

Man accused of sexual battery involving child

A 27-year-old Hall County man is accused of sexual battery involving a child. The victim was between the ages of 6 and 8 years old when Bricio Pablo Marban touched her inappropriately, according to Lt. Scott Ware. The incident happened between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 1, 2017, he said. Investigators arrested Marban on Wednesday without incident and charged him with felony sexual battery. He is in the...
Teen killed in crash days before starting college

Teen killed in crash days before starting college

An 18-year-old who was about to start college was killed in Coweta County when her car flipped at least seven times before landing in a church driveway, according to the Georgia State Patrol.  About 7:25 p.m. Monday, Jasmine Williams’ 2006 Toyota Camry Solara went off the road on Ga. 34 near Fischer Road in Newnan, GSP officials said.  Investigators believe the car went airborne before...
DeKalb 17-year-old accused of killing Gwinnett 17-year-old

DeKalb 17-year-old accused of killing Gwinnett 17-year-old

DeKalb County authorities have arrested a suspect in the death of a 17-year-old Gwinnett County resident who was found with gunshot to his face earlier this month. Jerell Curtis, also 17, faces charges of aggravated assault and murder in the June 9 shooting, police records show. It was around 3:30 p.m. that day when DeKalb County police found Erasmus Pratt dead shot outside an apartment on Central...
DeKalb dad accused of killing, burying son, 5, says he’s not guilty

DeKalb dad accused of killing, burying son, 5, says he’s not guilty

Montrais Boyd Sr., the DeKalb County father accused of killing his 5-year-old son and burying him in a backyard, has pleaded not guilty to murder.  He’s remained in jail since February, shortly after authorities say he slit Montrais Boyd Jr.’s throat with a knife and beat him with a shovel. Family members have said the 25-year-old father’s mental help was deteriorating...
Man killed after firing ‘multiple gunshots’ at Hall County deputies, officials say 

Man killed after firing ‘multiple gunshots’ at Hall County deputies, officials say 

A man was killed early Thursday after opening fire on Hall County sheriff’s deputies, officials said. About 6:40 a.m., deputies were called to the 2300 block of Ridgeway Drive after someone reported a suspicious man armed with a gun in a mobile home park, sheriff’s spokesman Derreck Booth said in a statement. When deputies made contact with the man, identified as Joseph Villanueva...
Wanted man kills self as Cobb police surround parents’ home, officials say 

Wanted man kills self as Cobb police surround parents’ home, officials say 

A man accused of shooting his girlfriend in Cherokee County was found dead Thursday morning after a brief standoff in Cobb County, officials said. Cobb County police said Marshall Phillip McCall, 47, of Acworth, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the back porch of his parents’ home in the 900 block of Millwood Drive.  Authorities had been looking for him since Wednesday, when his...
Mother of teen injured in drive-by begs shooters to come forward

Mother of teen injured in drive-by begs shooters to come forward

A 19-year-old man was injured when bullets tore through his Cobb County home early Thursday, Channel 2 Action News reported.  The drive-by shooting happened just before 3 a.m. on Hall Drive near Smyrna. The man’s mother told the news station she woke up to her son running into her bedroom, covered in blood. “(He) said, ‘Mom, I’ve been shot,’” Claire George...
2 arrested in prostitution sting at massage parlor

2 arrested in prostitution sting at massage parlor

A prostitution sting at a Hall County massage parlor resulted in two arrests, according to the sheriff’s office. Mi Young Jeon, 50, and Misook Kim, 46, both of Buford, were charged with keeping a place of prostitution, Hall County sheriff’s Lt. Don Scalia said Thursday in a news release. Kim also faces charges of masturbation for hire and massage without license. According to Scalia, several...
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