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Transit bill could mean Gwinnett MARTA vote this fall

Transit bill could mean Gwinnett MARTA vote this fall

Gwinnett County residents could vote on joining MARTA this fall under a provision of a transit bill that passed a key legislative hurdle late Thursday. House Bill 930 passed the House Transportation Committee by a unanimous vote. Among numerous amendments the committee approved is one that would allow Georgia’s second-largest county to join a MARTA system it has resisted joining for decades...
Woman wanted to sell car on Craigslist, but 2 men robbed her at gunpoint in her home

Woman wanted to sell car on Craigslist, but 2 men robbed her at gunpoint in her home

It began when a Gwinnett County woman advertised a car for sale on Craigslist. When it all ended, the woman had been robbed at gunpoint in her home, was out $4,000, had a laptop and television damaged, and had a bruised lip, Channel 2 Action News reported. “I believed they will kill me,” she said. Her biggest mistake? Listing her home address. Things went south from the start. When two...
School bus driver charged after first-grader dies in crash

School bus driver charged after first-grader dies in crash

A Middle Georgia school bus driver faces a vehicular homicide charge after a 6-year-old girl died in a crash last month, according to the Macon Telegraph.  Shalita Jackson Harris, 29, turned herself in to Warner Robins authorities Thursday, the newspaper reported. Houston County is about 110 miles southeast of Atlanta. On Jan. 29, Harris was driving her Houston County school bus north on Forest...
Woman denies setting Paulding fire: ‘I would never do anything to hurt anybody’

Woman denies setting Paulding fire: ‘I would never do anything to hurt anybody’

Just days after a woman was arrested for setting a massive fire in a Paulding County subdivision, she says she didn’t do it.  “I serve in my community ... I've been in nursing for 17 years,” Adrienne Satterly told WSB Radio. “I would never do anything to hurt anybody. That breaks my heart." Authorities charged Satterly, 41, with 14 counts of arson after she allegedly...
Police: Father slit son’s throat, buried body in backyard

Police: Father slit son’s throat, buried body in backyard

A man accused of killing his 5-year-old son slit the child’s neck with a knife and then buried him in the backyard of a DeKalb County home, police said Thursday night. Montrais Boyd, 25, is in the DeKalb County Jail on a murder charge. Montrais Boyd Jr.’s cause of death was sharp, blunt injuries to the neck, according to the DeKalb medical examiner. According to police, the child lived...
Bartow woman charged in 83-year-old husband’s shooting death

Bartow woman charged in 83-year-old husband’s shooting death

A Bartow County woman fatally shot her 83-year-old husband, a sheriff’s official said Thursday. Kim McCoy, 58, is charged with murder in the death of James "Sam" McCoy, whose body was found Wednesday afternoon, Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said. Investigators responded to a Norton Road residence near Kingston for a reported shooting, Rogers said. James McCoy had been shot once. ...
Latest threats target more North Georgia schools

Latest threats target more North Georgia schools

Two metro Atlanta schools were the targets of overnight threats, adding to the growing list of institutions in North Georgia that have received threats this week. Someone claimed on Snapchat they would make Covenant Christian Academy near Loganville “Number 19,” Gwinnett County police told Channel 2 Action News. The number is a reference to a statistic claiming there had been 18 school...
Man shot, killed in front of wife and children

Man shot, killed in front of wife and children

A father was killed in front of his wife and children early Thursday after someone opened fire on their car as they pulled into their DeKalb County subdivision, police said. According to Channel 2 Action News, the victim, his wife, his two children and another adult had just arrived at the Brighton Village subdivision on Flat Shoals Road when at least three shots were fired about 4 a.m. ...
SUV believed to be involved in 2 Atlanta shootings found; 2 in custody 

SUV believed to be involved in 2 Atlanta shootings found; 2 in custody 

Two people are in custody after authorities retrieved an SUV they believe is connected to a pair of shootings that left two people hurt Thursday, Atlanta police said.  Atlanta police and the Georgia State Patrol first tried pulling over Mikael Callaway and an unidentified female passenger near a home on Constitution Road, the GSP said in a statement.  Callaway and the woman led authorities...
Father intentionally killed 5-year-old son, police say

Father intentionally killed 5-year-old son, police say

A father is in custody after police say he intentionally killed his 5-year-old son at a DeKalb County home Wednesday night.  It’s unclear what led to the homicide or how the boy was killed. According to police, the child lived at a home on Rocky Pine Drive in Lithonia with his grandmother and his parents drove from California for an unannounced visit. The boy’s mother and grandmother...
Man who admitted dismembering law student says he didn’t get fair trial

Man who admitted dismembering law student says he didn’t get fair trial

Nearly four years ago, Stephen Mark McDaniel admitted he killed and dismembered his neighbor, who had just graduated from Mercer University law school. He was convicted of malice murder and sentenced to life in prison in the murder of Lauren Giddings. But this week, McDaniel says he didn’t have a fair trial due to the state’s misconduct during the investigation. McDaniel has filed...
Man in his 80s shot dead at Bartow County home

Man in his 80s shot dead at Bartow County home

Authorities are investigating a shooting that killed a man in his 80s Wednesday afternoon, the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office said.  Just before 3:30 p.m., deputies responded to a Norton Road home in Kingston, Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said in a statement. Deputies found the man shot to death.  “Deputies and investigators are questioning a person who was on the scene,” Rogers...
Nursing home employees indicted in death of neglected World War II vet

Nursing home employees indicted in death of neglected World War II vet

Arrest warrants have been issued for three nursing home employees accused of repeatedly ignoring a World War II veteran’s pleas for help, ultimately leading to his death, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.  A grand jury indicted the women — Loyce Pickquet Agyeman, Wanda Nuckles and Mable Turman — four years after James Dempsey was found dead...
Police capture teen accused of stabbing father, brother

Police capture teen accused of stabbing father, brother

Gwinnett County police have a 17-year-old in custody after he allegedly stabbed his father and brother, then left the scene, a spokesman said Wednesday. The incident happened in the 2000 block of Spring End Court, near Patterson Road and Five Forks Trickum Road in the Lawrenceville area, Sgt. Jake Smith said. Maximilano Cardenas Garcia “attacked his brother and father with a sharp object...
Threats reported at several North Georgia schools, districts

Threats reported at several North Georgia schools, districts

One day after “threats of violence” were reported at a metro Atlanta middle school, at least five schools or districts in North Georgia said they had some type of disruption Wednesday. One was involved for a second straight day. North Habersham Middle School: “We have received a report of a bomb threat being called into North Habersham Middle School,” Habersham County...
Man hit, killed by car after running onto I-285

Man hit, killed by car after running onto I-285

A man who ran onto I-285 North early Wednesday was killed when a car hit him, DeKalb County police said. The driver of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala that hit the man lost control of the car and crashed into a guardrail along the interstate on-ramp from Glenwood Road, police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. “(Emergency medical crews) evaluated the victim as having no signs of life at the scene,&rdquo...
3 arrested after children found with flea bites in Clayton County home

3 arrested after children found with flea bites in Clayton County home

Three people, who were initially wanted on outstanding warrants, were arrested on child cruelty charges after four children were found with flea bites, Clayton County authorities said.  Nicole Tarney Hunter, 26, Chantrell Marlon Mitchell, 33, and Michael Gamal Mitchell, 58, remained in the Clayton County jail Tuesday night, according to records.  Police officers and sheriff’s office...
Cops: Man threatened to kill woman who accused him of touching her son

Cops: Man threatened to kill woman who accused him of touching her son

A Roswell man remains in the Fulton County jail weeks after police say he threatened a woman with her son at a gas station.  Allen Drew Robinson, 28, faces a misdemeanor terroristic threat charge after allegedly threatening to kill the woman, who accused him of touching her child, according to a Roswell police report.  The 7-year-old boy was standing in line at the Alpharetta Highway Shell...
Boy with 2 broken legs recovering; hit-and-run driver sought

Boy with 2 broken legs recovering; hit-and-run driver sought

A 6-year-old boy who has two broken legs after a weekend hit-and-run near Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is out of surgery and recovering, his father said Wednesday. “All went well with his surgery and he is now on the road to recovery,” Jason Ford said in a Facebook post. “Thank everyone for your prayers, thoughts, and positive energy.” Authorities are seeking...
Deputies: Woman drives mom’s car into patrol vehicle in I-85 chase

Deputies: Woman drives mom’s car into patrol vehicle in I-85 chase

What began with a woman stealing her mother’s car late Sunday turned into a chase that reached 100 mph on I-85 and ended when the woman hit a patrol car, authorities said. Now, 20-year-old Caitlin Brooke Payne is in the Coweta County jail, charged with theft by taking and attempting to elude officers, records show. Shortly before midnight, Payne took the keys to her mother’s 2014 Kia without...
Man’s remains found in Chattahoochee River ID’d

Man’s remains found in Chattahoochee River ID’d

Remains found in the Chattahoochee River early Tuesday morning have been identified as a Sandy Springs man who had been reported missing, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed.  Officials had been searching the Morgan Falls Dam area for 78-year-old Larry Cavanaugh for roughly a week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.  His green 1996 BMW was found...
Person of interest ID’d in Atlanta man’s killing

Person of interest ID’d in Atlanta man’s killing

Days after an Atlanta man’s body was found in the backyard of a vacant Clayton County home, authorities have identified a person of interest. Tennille Sheree Thomas, 32, is believed to be the last person to have contact with 35-year-old Ollie Antonio Stephens, Forest Park police Maj. Chris Matson said in a statement.  “Attempts to locate her have been unsuccessful,” Matson said...
Uber Eats driver denied bond in Morehouse grad’s killing

Uber Eats driver denied bond in Morehouse grad’s killing

An Uber Eats driver accused of fatally shooting a recent Morehouse College graduate was denied bond Tuesday.  Robert Bivines had been with the delivery company for only a week when Atlanta police say he shot and killed 30-year-old Ryan Thornton late Saturday. Bivines, 36, faces murder and aggravated assault charges.  Police said he and Thornton got into an altercation outside the man&rsquo...
Intruder shoots, seriously injures Athens man

Intruder shoots, seriously injures Athens man

A man is in serious condition in a hospital after he was shot Monday at his home in Athens, police said. According to Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez, the victim told police an intruder entered his home on Sir Matthew Road and shot him. Officers found the man near his residence, bleeding from a gunshot wound. Police are investigating, and anyone with information about the...
Metro Atlanta middle school student made ‘threats of violence’

Metro Atlanta middle school student made ‘threats of violence’

Extra security is in force at a north Fulton County middle school Tuesday after a student made  “threats of violence” to other students over the weekend, a school district spokeswoman said. The student at Northwestern Middle School in Milton faces criminal charges and disciplinary action by Fulton County Schools, spokeswoman Donna Lowry said. Authorities contacted the parents of the...
NEW: Man wrapped in plastic had been shot multiple times, police say 

NEW: Man wrapped in plastic had been shot multiple times, police say 

A day after a sanitation worker found a man’s body wrapped in plastic in DeKalb County, new details were released Wednesday about how the man died. DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that the man died of multiple gunshot wounds. Authorities have not released the victim’s name because his relatives have not been notified...
‘Kindhearted’ teen shot, killed in DeKalb church parking lot

‘Kindhearted’ teen shot, killed in DeKalb church parking lot

A 19-year-old was shot and killed Monday night in a church parking lot near Lithonia, police said. The shooter is on the run and the victim’s sister is devastated, Channel 2 Action News reported. The teenager, identified as Omar Johnson, often used the Big Miller Grove Missionary Baptist Church parking lot as a shortcut to get back to the subdivision where he lived, his sister said. The sister...
Georgia State student charged after dorm stabbing

Georgia State student charged after dorm stabbing

One Georgia State University student is in custody and another is in the hospital after a stabbing early Tuesday inside one of the school’s dorms. University and Atlanta police responded to a call of a fight between the students in Piedmont North, GSU police chief Joe Spillane said. One was found in the the laundry room of building B with several stab wounds. He was taken to Grady...
Cops: Thief blew up ATM, stole $4,500 

Cops: Thief blew up ATM, stole $4,500 

Courtney Brimanson and her husband were sound asleep when they heard an explosion miles away from their Mableton home.  “It just woke me up, out of a dead sleep,” she told Channel 2 Action News, “and I was trying to figure out what had happened.”  That explosion was caused by 22-year-old Jakieren Laquawn Hughes, who used gas cylinders, flammable liquids and other...
Uber Eats driver accused of murdering Morehouse grad was convicted of battery in 2010

Uber Eats driver accused of murdering Morehouse grad was convicted of battery in 2010

Before he was accused of killing one of his Uber Eats customers this past weekend, Robert Bivines had been arrested on aggravated assault charges in DeKalb County, according to jail records.  But the nearly decade-old offense wouldn’t have been flagged by Uber’s driver pre-screening process because it only tracks criminal records as far back as seven years, according to...
Woman arrested on public drunkenness following Paulding arson

Woman arrested on public drunkenness following Paulding arson

A woman faces public drunkenness charges a day after nearly two dozen homes were damaged in what Paulding County fire officials believe was an early morning arson.  Adrienne Sattery is also a person of interest in the Hiram fire, Channel 2 Action News reported. The fire started Sunday in Sattery’s dining room before wind picked up embers, which quickly spread it to surrounding Greystone...
Atlanta man found dead behind vacant Clayton County home 

Atlanta man found dead behind vacant Clayton County home 

An Atlanta man was found dead in the backyard of a Clayton County home this weekend, police said.  Authorities went to the 500 block of Yancey Drive about 3:46 p.m. Saturday after getting a person down call, Forest Park police Maj. Chris Matson said in a statement.  They located 35-year-old Ollie Antonio Stephens with at least one gunshot wound, Matson said.  “No one currently...
2-year-old boy hit, killed in DeKalb County 

2-year-old boy hit, killed in DeKalb County 

For the second time on Friday, a child was hit and killed in DeKalb County, officials confirmed.  A 2-year-old boy was struck by a car Friday evening on Gresham Road, DeKalb County police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. The boy was identified as Jeremiah Givens, according to DeKalb police. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died, she said.  The driver remained on scene. ...
Atlanta police offer $10,000 reward in man's fatal shooting

Atlanta police offer $10,000 reward in man's fatal shooting

Rodney Ellis was found Jan. 23 with at least three gunshot wounds to the head.  He died three days later at Grady Memorial Hospital. Now authorities are hoping a $10,000 reward from Crimestoppers will help them make an arrest in the unsolved case. “Rodney was a kind soul and very free spirited,” family members wrote on a GoFundMe page. “He was creative in producing music...
Student arrested, charged after making threat on school bus

Student arrested, charged after making threat on school bus

A 16-year-old male student faces misdemeanor disorderly conduct, simple assault, and disrupting operation of a public school bus charges after authorities say he yelled a threat on a school bus and said he had a gun, Hall County officials said.  Just after 4 p.m. Thursday, Gainesville police and Hall County sheriff’s deputies responded to a potential threat on a school bus carrying students...
Who’s among the new faces on the Atlanta City Council?

Who’s among the new faces on the Atlanta City Council?

With so many contenders in the 2017 Atlanta mayoral race, a fair amount of City Council seats turned over to new representatives. See who’s returning to the Council get to know the new members and see who was replaced, all listed below. PHOTOS: Find your Council member here, too Moore, a real estate broker and resident of northwest Atlanta's Collier Heights neighborhood, was elected...
Police: Brothers may be behind rash of Starbucks thefts

Police: Brothers may be behind rash of Starbucks thefts

Two brothers accused of robbing a Starbucks in Dunwoody may be responsible for a rash of thefts at the coffee giant’s other metro stores, police said. Quadir T. Johnson, 28, and Jahmsid N. Johnson, 25, have been charged in connection with a burglary Feb. 6 at the Starbucks in the 4000 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody Sgt. Robert Parsons said. Investigators “quickly realized...
Police say man robbed 2 restaurants at gunpoint

Police say man robbed 2 restaurants at gunpoint

Police are seeking information from the public about a man wanted in connection with two armed robberies in Gwinnett County. Police have named Tekle E. Anenia, 37, as a suspect in the robbery of the Pollo Campero restaurant in the 5000 block of Jimmy Carter Boulevard near Norcross on Jan. 2, Cpl. Michele Pihera  of the Gwinnett County Police said in a news release. The next day, police suspect...
Bought a Powerball ticket in DeKalb County? You could be holding $50,000

Bought a Powerball ticket in DeKalb County? You could be holding $50,000

If you played the Powerball on Feb. 10, there could be a winning ticket with your name on it.  Two Powerball tickets worth $50,000 each were sold in Decatur and Stone Mountain, Georgia Lottery officials said. The winning numbers were 1, 13, 27, 41, 59 and the Powerball number was 20.  The winner of the Stone Mountain ticket claimed their prize Wednesday.  Officials said the Decatur...
Teen arrested, charged after bringing gun to Gwinnett school

Teen arrested, charged after bringing gun to Gwinnett school

A 15-year-old faces a weapon charge after he brought a gun to a Gwinnett County school, district officials said.  The student was arrested after Lanier High School administrators got a tip he had a gun on campus, Principal Christopher Martin said in a statement.  “We moved quickly to investigate and during our search we did find that a student had a gun in his possession,” Martin...
Body found behind DeKalb church 

Body found behind DeKalb church 

A body was found Wednesday evening behind First African Episcopal Church on Gresham Road, DeKalb County police confirmed.  The man had multiple gunshot wounds, DeKalb County police Lt. Lonzy Robertson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  “We won't know if he was a member (of the church) until we have identified him,” Robertson said, but “it does not appear that he was...
Missing north Fulton man’s car found; search for him continues

Missing north Fulton man’s car found; search for him continues

The car of a Sandy Springs man was found Thursday afternoon, days after he was reported missing, police said.  Larry Cavanaugh, 78, was last seen on Sunday, Feb. 11, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.  His green 1996 BMW was found at Morgan Falls Dam near a boat ramp, Sandy Springs police Sgt. Sam Worsham said.  “We are not aware of any diagnosed medical conditions...
Deadly Florida shooting rattles metro Atlanta students and staff 

Deadly Florida shooting rattles metro Atlanta students and staff 

Catherine Huynh went to classes at Berkmar High School on Thursday morning knowing how lucky she was. About 650 miles away in Parkland, Fla., roughly the population of Acworth, more than 3,000 students stayed home because expelled student Nikolas Cruz allegedly gunned down 17 people at his former school Wednesday. Huynh, an 18-year-old senior in Lilburn, said she has never felt at risk at...
Dating app meeting leads to arrest, mother-daughter reunion

Dating app meeting leads to arrest, mother-daughter reunion

Dating apps can be an adventure. And in DeKalb County last week, a meeting on the dating app Tinder led to a kidnapping arrest and a mother-daughter reunion, Channel 2 Action News reported. The situation began when a woman approached two police officers while they were eating lunch in Lithonia, according to the station. She told them that a man she met on the app had kidnapped a girl, the station...
NEW: Man accused of shooting wife at Georgia nursing home captured in Texas

NEW: Man accused of shooting wife at Georgia nursing home captured in Texas

A man accused of fatally shooting his wife outside an Augusta nursing home was captured at a Texas airport, authorities said Thursday. Richard Lyle Timmons, 29, was apprehended in Fort Worth with help from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities had been looking for him since Friday, when he allegedly shot and killed 34-year-old Jazna O. Timmons outside...
Man walking on I-75 hit twice, killed

Man walking on I-75 hit twice, killed

A man walking in the southbound travel lanes of I-75 in Cobb County late Wednesday died after two vehicles hit him, police said. Dante R. Scott, 28, of Kennesaw, was near Bells Ferry Road about 11:25 p.m. when the accident happened, according to Cobb police spokesman Wayne Delk. Scott first was hit by a 2012 Ford box van driven by Jorge Caballero, 64, of Marietta, Delk said. A 2013 Hyundai Sonata...
Leads sought in shooting death of Atlanta music producer’s brother

Leads sought in shooting death of Atlanta music producer’s brother

Atlanta police are seeking leads in connection with the weekend shooting death of the brother of music producer Drumma Boy, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Investigators think Ferrell Miles, 48, and a “younger” man “may have gotten into a verbal dispute,” which escalated into gunfire, Officer Lisa Bender said. Miles, also known as Ensayne Wayne, was fatally shot in front of his...
Death of woman found via ‘Find My Friends’ app ruled a homicide

Death of woman found via ‘Find My Friends’ app ruled a homicide

A day after the “Find My Friends” iPhone app led authorities to a woman’s body near a southwest Atlanta charter school, her death has been ruled a homicide. Lanecia Nelson, 24, of Atlanta, was shot in the head, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday. Police discovered her body about 2:40 a.m. Wednesday on a wooded trail...
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