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$25M suit for Ga. teen amputee moves forward despite police closing case

$25M suit for Ga. teen amputee moves forward despite police closing case

The attorney for a Georgia teen amputee said a $25 million lawsuit on his behalf is moving forward despite some recent developments. The Columbus Police Department closed its investigation into the September 2016 case of Montravious Thomas earlier in April, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. Police said they found no crime was committed despite claims that a contract teacher in the Muscogee County...
5 things to know about Diane McIver

5 things to know about Diane McIver

After hearing from 78 witnesses who testified over 20 days, the jury in the murder trial of Tex McIver is deliberating. Jurors must decide whether the fatal shooting of Diane McIver, Tex’s wife, was an intentional act or a terrible accident.  Here are five things to know about her: She was tough as nails  Those who knew and worked with Diane McIver, 64, said she was a force to...
Atlanta City Hall bribery probe: Feds eye mayor’s deputy chief of staff

Atlanta City Hall bribery probe: Feds eye mayor’s deputy chief of staff

Nearly six years ago a man who had defrauded elderly investors out of more than $1 million convinced the City of Atlanta that he could turn restaurant grease into fuel and prevent it from being illegally dumped. Now federal investigators want to know how his scheme slid past the City Council and the nature of his relationship to the mayor’s deputy chief of staff: Katrina Taylor Parks. Two subpoenas...
Federal raid at Atlanta apartment tied to rapper’s arrest, officials say

Federal raid at Atlanta apartment tied to rapper’s arrest, officials say

An early Wednesday morning raid in a southwest Atlanta neighborhood is tied to a rapper’s arrest, authorities told Channel 2 Action News.  Atlanta police and federal authorities, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, raided a Lucile Avenue apartment complex about 6 a.m., neighbors told Channel 2.  Details about the raid were not immediately...
Missing person case now homicide investigation after decomposing body found

Missing person case now homicide investigation after decomposing body found

David Barlow’s car was found running but unoccupied at the end of his mother’s driveway last month, Clayton County police said. Two cellphones were found inside of it.  But Barlow was nowhere to be found.  On Tuesday, authorities identified a decomposed body found on Crystal Lake Road in College Park as Barlow. A preliminary autopsy report determined he died from a gunshot wound...
WATCH: Too much ‘horse’ power briefly closed metro Atlanta highway

WATCH: Too much ‘horse’ power briefly closed metro Atlanta highway

A prominent highway in DeKalb County had a different type of traffic problem Saturday morning. Horses were seen running along U.S. 78 East, and Triple Team Traffic tweeted that the highway was shut down past Montreal Road due to the incident. Police were on the scene about 9 a.m. trying to contain the animals, and all lanes were back open about 30 minutes later, Channel 2 Action News reported. Ranchers...
DeKalb teacher faces murder charges in 2016 gang retaliation killings

DeKalb teacher faces murder charges in 2016 gang retaliation killings

A DeKalb County School District teacher was taken in handcuffs from his school Friday and charged in connection with the deaths of a brother and sister in a deadly 2016 Clayton County home invasion. Michael De’Sean White, 26, has been charged with murder, Clayton County Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said Tuesday. Police said 11-year-old Tatiyana Coates and her...
Arrest made in fire that killed 24 horses

Arrest made in fire that killed 24 horses

A man has been charged with arson and aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with a stable fire that killed 24 horses, according to a Clayton County fire spokeswoman. Investigators received a tip that 23-year-old Jonathan Espinoza-Vasquez set the fire April 4 after he got into an argument with his child’s mother and went to her home, Laura Richardson said Wednesday in a statement....
N. Fulton cops: Hidden camera filmed Starbucks customers in bathroom

N. Fulton cops: Hidden camera filmed Starbucks customers in bathroom

While using the bathroom at a Starbucks in north Fulton County, a woman discovered a camera taped in the stall, according to a police report. Officers with the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety have confiscated the camera and detectives are investigating the incident. According to the police report, the camera had about 25 videos stored on it, and “several” of those videos showed...
Vandals sought after school’s ‘spirit rock’ painted over

Vandals sought after school’s ‘spirit rock’ painted over

Cherokee County school police and administrators are trying to find out who vandalized a popular symbol of school spirit at Woodstock High School. Over the weekend, someone vandalized the school’s “spirit rock,” which is painted periodically by students for special occasions, school system spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said. “The rock was painted over with blue paint by the vandal(s)...
Cop: Wife, lover put tracker on Gwinnett man’s car before killing him

Cop: Wife, lover put tracker on Gwinnett man’s car before killing him

George Young thought his wife Tia Young and friend Harvey “Tim” Lee offered to put a tracking device on his car because they were worried about his safety.  A Gwinnett County detective said during a hearing Wednesday that Lee and Tia Young used the tracking device to orchestrate George Young’s killing in November 2017, Channel 2 Action News reported. MORE | Cops: Wife...
Cops: Suspect threatened to blow up store after owner asked for ID

Cops: Suspect threatened to blow up store after owner asked for ID

A potential alcohol purchase ended with a man telling the store owner he was going to die and threatening to blow up the business, Oakwood police said.  Nearly two weeks after the threat, police are hoping a CrimeStoppers reward will yield an arrest.  On April 7, the man walked into a convenience store on McEver Road to buy alcohol, Oakwood police Sgt. Todd Templeton said in a news release...
Man shot and killed inside sheriff’s office after stabbing deputy, GBI says

Man shot and killed inside sheriff’s office after stabbing deputy, GBI says

Late Tuesday, a man went to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in search of shelter. Within hours, he was dead after things spiraled out of control and a deputy was forced to shoot him inside the facility, officials said. According to the sheriff and the GBI, 32-year-old Justin Oakes first entered the lobby of the sheriff’s office about 10:25 p.m. “At least one deputy and one...
3 Decatur homes burglarized, with doors kicked open, in 3 hours

3 Decatur homes burglarized, with doors kicked open, in 3 hours

Decatur police think three burglaries that happened from 3:10 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday could be related. The houses all had doors kicked in, with the door frame busted in the area of the deadbolts. The deadbolts were still engaged, though rendered useless by the kicks. One break-in happened on Westchester Drive and a laptop was stolen. A resident on Maederis Drive reported a box of paperwork containing...
Guilty or Not? Tex McIver jury deliberations continue

Guilty or Not? Tex McIver jury deliberations continue

Jurors returned to the Fulton County courthouse Wednesday for a second day of deliberations in the murder trial of Claud “Tex” McIver.  The 12-person panel is reviewing 20 days of testimony from roughly 80 witnesses. McIver, 75, is charged with malice murder but jurors will have the opportunity to convict him on a lesser-included charge of felony involuntary manslaughter, which...
Search on for man after wife found dead; truck found

Search on for man after wife found dead; truck found

Walton County officials are searching for a 39-year-old man in connection with the death of his wife, Sheriff Joe Chapman said Wednesday morning. The incident, which happened shortly after 7 a.m., was on Knox Chapel Road east of Social Circle, he said. The sheriff’s Facebook page released a photo of Jerome Ray Mobley, who is wanted on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and two counts...
Nebraska cops: East Point man had 114 pounds of pot in his SUV

Nebraska cops: East Point man had 114 pounds of pot in his SUV

An East Point man was arrested in Nebraska on Monday after he was caught with 114 pounds of marijuana in his SUV, according to a Nebraska State Patrol news release.  Tzeghai Sayetu-Hazell, 32, remained in the Lancaster County jail Wednesday on $50,000 bond, according to jail records. He faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and a...
Cops: ‘Work from home’ scam tricking Gwinnett residents out of thousands

Cops: ‘Work from home’ scam tricking Gwinnett residents out of thousands

A “work from home” job posting on LinkedIn or Craigslist could cost you thousands of dollars, Duluth police said. Dozens have reported falling victim to the same scam, in which they believe they are hired for a mystery shopper job, said officer Ted Sadowski. Once they accept the job, victims are sent a check and told to deposit it and use the money to buy gift cards at nearby stores...
4 metro Atlantans sentenced for running international online gun ring

4 metro Atlantans sentenced for running international online gun ring

A fourth metro Atlanta man has been sentenced for his role in an online gun-running operation that shipped to more than 10 countries. Sherman Jackson, 28, on Tuesday got a year and nine months in prison followed by two years of supervised released, federal prosecutors said in a news release. The other three were previously sentenced. Jackson created a vendor page online under the name &ldquo...
Atlanta couple sexually trafficked 13-year-old runaway online in Cobb

Atlanta couple sexually trafficked 13-year-old runaway online in Cobb

A couple who advertised the services of a young teenage runaway they forced to have sex for money out of Cobb County motels was sentenced to prison this week. Daveon Brantley, 27, and 21-year-old Amber Brinson, were sentenced Tuesday, according to a news release from federal prosecutors. Brantley was sentenced to 22 years and one month. Brinson got nine years and seven months. READ | Cops: Alabama...
2 arrested in 17-year-old’s fatal shooting; ‘ongoing dispute’ likely motive 

2 arrested in 17-year-old’s fatal shooting; ‘ongoing dispute’ likely motive 

A second man was arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old in Union City, police said.  Tre Graham, 18, was taken into custody Tuesday in Chevelle Thompson’s killing, police said. He faces charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to Fulton County jail records.  He waived his first court...
Georgia teen found two years after disappearance

Georgia teen found two years after disappearance

Aubrey Jayce Carroll hadn’t been seen since May 24, 2016.  The then-15-year-old boy — donning a short hair style, goatee and piercing in his left ear — left his high school early that day and didn’t return to his Griffin home, an FBI missing person’s flyer said at the time.  It was believed Carroll was staying with friends and that he was going to Jones County...
Police, others planning for rally by neo-Nazi group in metro Atlanta city

Police, others planning for rally by neo-Nazi group in metro Atlanta city

Businesses are planning to close and a church is planning a service on an upcoming Saturday afternoon in Newnan. Those are among the security measures for a planned rally by the National Socialist Movement, which carries neo-Nazi and hate-group labels. The group received a permit for Greenville Street Park from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 21. “We are working with other local, state and federal...
Cops ID man shot, killed at Cobb motel after dragging officer in car

Cops ID man shot, killed at Cobb motel after dragging officer in car

A man was shot and killed after he tried to evade police at a Cobb County motel and dragged an officer in a car Tuesday, police said.  The officer-involved shooting occurred at the Guest Inn on South Service Drive in Austell. The location is near Six Flags over Georgia. Officers were patrolling the area when they found a door open to one of the hotel rooms with “visible...
AJC, Ch. 2 ask AG to mediate open records complaint against Atlanta

AJC, Ch. 2 ask AG to mediate open records complaint against Atlanta

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News filed a complaint Wednesday with Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr alleging “a culture of political interference” with open records requests at Atlanta City Hall, and requesting mediation to implement reforms for repeated violations of state law. The complaint outlines 10 examples of alleged violations of the Georgia Open Records...
Man wearing ‘Team Jesus’ T-shirt charged with shooting at police car

Man wearing ‘Team Jesus’ T-shirt charged with shooting at police car

A man who allegedly shot out the window of a police car while wearing a T-shirt that said “Team Jesus” is in custody, a spokesman said. Paul Jason Mikell, 41, of Stockbridge, was arrested April 11, Henry County police Capt. Joey Smith said. Mikell shot out the window March 24 just before midnight at a package store on Highway 138 in Stockbridge, police said. After police issued a...
Man pleaded guilty to molesting teen girl, possessing child porn

Man pleaded guilty to molesting teen girl, possessing child porn

A McDonough man pleaded guilty to molesting a teenage girl and possessing child pornography, The Henry County District Attorney’s office said.  Richard Fisher Hayes, 48, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated child molestation, one county of child molestation and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of children, Henry district attorney spokeswoman Megan Matteucci said in a news release...
Ex-Mercer teacher banned from restaurant after fight with pregnant service member

Ex-Mercer teacher banned from restaurant after fight with pregnant service member

An ex-Mercer University art teacher has been banned from a Middle Georgia restaurant after she was seen in a viral video appearing to slap a pregnant service member from metro Atlanta. Judy Tucker, 71, was arrested on a battery charge following Saturday’s confrontation with Treasure Sharpe at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen in Macon, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office said. Witness LaKeycia...
Errant driver’s license suspensions corrected, officials say

Errant driver’s license suspensions corrected, officials say

Officials in Spalding County said Tuesday they have corrected driving records that were erroneously affected by an “internal user error.” About 600 driver’s licenses were suspended accidentally as a result of the mistake, according to a statement from Spalding County State Court Judge Josh Thacker. “The errant submissions were quickly removed and the driving records corrected...
‘They’re targeting churches’: Thieves cut cages, steal 4 air conditioners

‘They’re targeting churches’: Thieves cut cages, steal 4 air conditioners

Atlanta police are searching for thieves who stole four air conditioning units from Ben Hill Christian Church.  The senior pastor, Arthur Poole, told police the units were at the church, located in the 4000 block of Sunset Drive, when he left about 1 p.m. Sunday. But by 9 a.m. Monday, “the units were missing and the metal cages that were covering them were cut off,” Atlanta...
Cops: Alabama jailer sexually assaulted Cobb, Fulton women at gunpoint

Cops: Alabama jailer sexually assaulted Cobb, Fulton women at gunpoint

Police said the arrest three weeks ago of a man at the Alabama prison where he’d worked nearly two decades puts behind bars a violent sexual predator whose alleged crimes span three states, including Georgia. Officers gave some details Tuesday at a Sandy Springs news conference about the case against 48-year-old Matthew Moore. Gathered were cops at all levels of law enforcement: from...
Georgia man charged with murder after 2-year-old dies from beating

Georgia man charged with murder after 2-year-old dies from beating

A northwest Georgia man has been charged with felony murder after a 2-year-old he is accused of beating later died, authorities said. Hassan Shareef Rashad, 38, who was arrested Friday afternoon, attacked the victim in front of a 5-year-old child, Floyd County police spokesman Jerome Poole told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an email. ALSO: Man sentenced for beating 2-year-old son who called...
Metro Atlanta woman to be sentenced for $1.1M casino fraud scam

Metro Atlanta woman to be sentenced for $1.1M casino fraud scam

April 17, 2018 UPDATE: A metro Atlanta woman is set to be sentenced in May in connection with an elaborate scheme to defraud casinos and credit card companies out of $1.1 million. Vivian Wang, 54, pleaded guilty in a Sacramento federal court to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with the case on Jan. 31. Her sentencing hearing is set for May 16, according to the U.S. Department...
Inmate who escaped pleads not guilty to charges he murdered 2 guards

Inmate who escaped pleads not guilty to charges he murdered 2 guards

Donnie Rowe, the inmate charged with murdering two correctional officers as he and another inmate escaped 10 months ago, would plead guilty if the prosecutor would reverse his decision to seek the death penalty, Rowe’s lawyer said Tuesday. But until then, defense attorney Adam Levin said in court, Rowe will plead not guilty to two counts of felony murder and two counts of malice murder...
New Jersey man, 76, dies after Cherokee County house fire

New Jersey man, 76, dies after Cherokee County house fire

A 76-year-old man died Monday from injuries suffered in a house fire in Cherokee County this weekend, officials said.  Fire officials responded to the home in the 200 block of North Briar Ridge in Woodstock at about 11 p.m. Saturday, Cherokee fire spokesman Tim Cavender said in a news release.  RELATED: Man, his dog killed in Lawrenceville fire The homeowners, ages 82 and 74, and another...
GBI investigating possible employee misconduct at state university

GBI investigating possible employee misconduct at state university

The GBI has opened a criminal investigation into possible employee misconduct at a Middle Georgia university, officials said Tuesday. The state Attorney General’s office and the university system Board of Regents asked the GBI to begin the investigation at Fort Valley State University, GBI agent J.T. Ricketson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He said the complaint was made by a student...
Gwinnett pastor charged in alleged fake immigration lawyer scam

Gwinnett pastor charged in alleged fake immigration lawyer scam

A third person has been charged in an alleged immigration scam involving fake lawyers, Gwinnett County police said.  Gregorio Perez Gonzalez, 53, has been charged with two counts each of first-degree forgery, false statements and unauthorized practice of law. MORE | Cops: Fake Gwinnett lawyer, daughter demanded $10K from witness PREVIOUSLY | Cops: Gwinnett church leader posed as lawyer...
Cops: Driver harassed Gwinnett teacher, called him a racial slur

Cops: Driver harassed Gwinnett teacher, called him a racial slur

Authorities arrested a man accused of harassing a Gwinnett County teacher and calling him a racial slur during a road-rage incident, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Eric DeKeyser, 49, faces a disorderly conduct charge in the April 6 incident, according to the news station.  Johns Creek police said DeKeyser was driving too closely behind South Gwinnett High School teacher Terrence Stover...
Huge GBI backlog of untested rape kits down by two-thirds

Huge GBI backlog of untested rape kits down by two-thirds

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab is making progress in its years-long slog through thousands of backlogged sexual assault evidence packages. The GBI Division of Forensic Science’s goal is to clear out the old rape kits by the first of next year, freeing it to then concentrate on new criminal cases coming in for analysis. “We see a light at the end of the tunnel...
A list of charges filed against Tex McIver

A list of charges filed against Tex McIver

These are the criminal charges filed against Claud “Tex” McIver: 1. Murder: “Unlawfully and with malice aforethought, cause the death of Landa Diane McIver, a human being, by shooting her with a handgun” 1a. Felony Involuntary Manslaughter: The judge is allowing the jury to consider this lesser included charge. It holds that someone has unlawfully caused the death of another...
N. Fulton police refute Atlanta radio host’s claims after traffic stop

N. Fulton police refute Atlanta radio host’s claims after traffic stop

Johns Creek Police say it was a red light. “Southside Steve” says it was a yellow light. Steve Rickman – a radio host for Atlanta’s “Rock 100.5” – was pulled over by police in Johns Creek on Saturday after police say he ran a red light. While the officer was in his patrol vehicle – likely running Rickman’s driving record and not listening to 100...
DeKalb cops: Man who raped 13-year-old near park is still on the loose

DeKalb cops: Man who raped 13-year-old near park is still on the loose

DeKalb County police were still searching this week for a man believed to have raped a 13-year-old girl. The attack happened Feb. 23 on South Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road at Walker Road along the railroad tracks, police have said. The man had grabbed her from behind, Channel 2 Action News reported. The area is across the street from Wade-Walker Park. Few details have so far been released, but the...
Woman robbed at gunpoint after being flagged down on U.S. 78

Woman robbed at gunpoint after being flagged down on U.S. 78

Decatur police said they are looking for a duo who robbed a woman after flagging her down on U.S. 78 early Saturday morning. The woman said she was driving on the road, also known as Scott Boulevard, at about 1:30 a.m. when a man behind the wheel of a newer black Chevrolet Impala got her attention. The victim pulled over in the Merrill Avenue area, and the Impala pulled beside her. “A passenger...
Atlanta purchasing chief Adam Smith ordered to report to N.C. prison

Atlanta purchasing chief Adam Smith ordered to report to N.C. prison

Adam Smith, who for 14 years was Atlanta’s top purchasing officer, has been ordered to report to a North Carolina federal prison to begin serving a 27-month sentence for his role in a City Hall bribery scheme. Smith, a graduate of Yale, Morehouse and Georgetown Law School, must report to the Federal Medical Center Butner on Wednesday. The facility, for inmates with special medical needs...
Family of boy who drowned at camp files wrongful death lawsuit

Family of boy who drowned at camp files wrongful death lawsuit

The parents of a 5-year-old boy who drowned while attending a south Fulton County day camp has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, the family’s attorney said Tuesday.  Benjamin “Kamau” Hosch III died July 21 while attending Camp Cricket at Cochran Mill Nature Center. After a short hike and lunch, the 13 campers in his group, accompanied by three camp staff members, had been...
Parents of camper who drowned hope charges send strong message

Parents of camper who drowned hope charges send strong message

He should be a kindergarten student, excited to celebrate his 6th birthday later this month. Instead, the family of Benjamin “Kamau” Hosch III will have a small celebration in memory of the young boy. “My heart is broken, my husband’s heart is broken,” Ayisat Idris-Hosch, the boy’s mother told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We had dreams. We had all...
Teen arrested in shooting death of high school senior

Teen arrested in shooting death of high school senior

A teen has been arrested in the shooting death of a friend who was weeks away from his high school graduation. Dean Dunkley, 18, has been charged with murder in connection with Saturday’s deadly shooting, DeKalb County police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. About 4:30 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to the shooting in the 500 block of Old Friar Tuck Road near Stone Mountain. Police...
Ex-officer in Alabama linked to sexual assaults in Cobb, Fulton

Ex-officer in Alabama linked to sexual assaults in Cobb, Fulton

A former Alabama Department of Corrections officer has now been linked to sexual assaults in metro Atlanta dating as far back as 2010, according to police. And investigators believe he may be the suspect in other unsolved cases. Matthew Moore, 48, of St. Clair County, Ala., was charged two weeks ago for his alleged role in a 2015 assault in Sandy Springs. Moore is now charged with a sexual assault...
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