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Police increase reward in DeKalb man’s murder

Police increase reward in DeKalb man’s murder

With few clues, Doraville police announced an increased reward for information leading to an arrest in the murder of Clarence "Alex" Maddox.  Maddox, 38, was found dead in the 3900 block of Flowers Road on May 30. He was shot twice in the stomach and left in a parking lot near Buford Highway Farmers Market and a DeKalb County Schools facility.  Doraville police are offering a $5...
Accused Midtown shooter indicted in Atlanta lawyer’s murder

Accused Midtown shooter indicted in Atlanta lawyer’s murder

The man accused of killing an Atlanta attorney in Midtown and then shooting two construction workers in a two-day crime spree was indicted Wednesday on murder, assault and weapons charges, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.  Raylon Browning is accused of killing Trinh Huynh as she walked along the intersection of Peachtree Street and Peachtree Place early April 3...
Latest conviction brings life sentence for metro Atlanta man

Latest conviction brings life sentence for metro Atlanta man

A Henry County man with previous felony convictions received a mandatory life prison term Tuesday for a 2013 armed robbery. Kerry Albright, 51, was convicted of robbing a Dollar General store in McDonough, district attorney spokeswoman Megan Matteucci said. Albright was convicted of two counts of armed robbery and illegally possessing a firearm, Matteucci said. During the trial, evidence showed Albright's...
Deputy rescues friend’s 2-year-old from pool

Deputy rescues friend’s 2-year-old from pool

An off-duty Forsyth County deputy wasn’t just doing his job Sunday when he rescued a 2-year-old girl from his subdivision swimming pool. He was also saving a friend’s child on Father’s Day. “It’s a lot more special that it was a friend’s daughter,” deputy Mike Nelson said Wednesday as he recalled the incident. Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nelson said he...
5 teens arrested after I-75 chase that led to multiple crashes in Cobb

5 teens arrested after I-75 chase that led to multiple crashes in Cobb

When a state trooper tried to stop a car Wednesday morning in Cobb County, the five teenagers inside decided to flee, officials said. “The trooper was attempting to stop the Dodge (Charger) because it had been reported stolen,” Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  The 17-year-old driver sped from Cumberland Boulevard onto I-75, where...
Teen crossing highway killed in apparent hit-and-run

Teen crossing highway killed in apparent hit-and-run

Henry County police are seeking the public’s help after a 16-year-old pedestrian was killed in an apparent hit-and-run incident. About 9:30 p.m. Monday, Tasia Gartner and a friend were walking along Ga. 81 in McDonough, police spokesman Mike Ireland said. The friend crossed the highway successfully, but Gartner was hit by a car in the westbound lane when she attempted to cross, Ireland said...
Fulton official: 6th District election should be problem free

Fulton official: 6th District election should be problem free

Today will be different. The last time Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff were on the ballot, in April, it took Fulton County until after 2 a.m. to count the votes, while the whole nation was watching. Today, all eyes are again on Fulton in the 6th District Congressional race that has become the most expensive of its kind. Richard Barron, the county’s director...
Poverty: now there’s an app for that

Poverty: now there’s an app for that

A Duluth high school student saw a news program about homeless children, and instead of changing the channel he decided to help. Four years and thousands of dollars later, Jack Griffin has developed a free online service that links the hungry with food.  Griffin was a student at Peachtree Ridge High School when he saw a 60 Minutes report that moved him: a family...
Cobb man accused of having 214 pounds of pot shipped from California

Cobb man accused of having 214 pounds of pot shipped from California

Patrick Michael Ross thought he was going to pick up a package at Yellow Freight.  Instead, he learned the 214-pound package was intercepted by narcotics agents, who later arrested him on drug trafficking charges, according to a Cobb County arrest warrant.  Ross admitted to police that he was involved in a drug trafficking ring out of California, in which he “orders marijuana in large...
Cops: Cigarette run ends with N. Fulton teen dead, dumped in woods

Cops: Cigarette run ends with N. Fulton teen dead, dumped in woods

A police report has revealed new information surrounding the death of an Alpharetta teenager. Elijah Smith, 16, had been missing from a hotel on Old Milton Parkway since June 13. Police found his body in Twigg County on Friday, and have charged two people in his death. The report, acquired by Channel 2 Action News, says that Smith asked the two suspects for a ride to get cigarettes...
Death of 1-year-old still a mystery

Death of 1-year-old still a mystery

Days after a 1-year-old was found dead inside a car at a parking deck in the Emory University Hospital area, authorities still don’t know how the girl died. But a DeKalb County police report released Monday indicates the child’s mother called 911 and made no mention of her daughter.  Authorities thought they were responding Thursday to a medical emergency involving the mother. ...
Victim was pinned down, shot multiple times in DeKalb home

Victim was pinned down, shot multiple times in DeKalb home

A simple exchange of words may have led to a shooting that killed a 23-year-old Stone Mountain man inside his home last week, according to a police report.  Chauntevious Pritchett was playing video games when three men forced him to the ground and shot and killed him at his home Friday afternoon.   Pritchett let the three men inside after they’d knocked on his window, according to...
WATCH TONIGHT: Target manager’s murder profiled on TV crime series

WATCH TONIGHT: Target manager’s murder profiled on TV crime series

A frightened Pamela Williams hid in her closet as she called police during a home invasion almost four years ago.  Four minutes after she called, police arrived at her Amhurst Parkway home and found her beaten and shot in the head. Williams died four days later.  The murder of the Target store manager will be profiled tonight in a new TV series “Murder Calls” on Investigation...
Man charged with murder in neighbor’s death

Man charged with murder in neighbor’s death

A man accused of killing his neighbor in metro Atlanta, then using that same neighbor’s SUV in a violent kidnapping in Missouri has been charged with murder. John Czarnecki, 53, faces aggravated assault and murder charges in the death of Abraham Rudolph Jacobs, Chamblee police said Monday. Czarnecki and another man are also accused of kidnapping a woman at knifepoint from a Walmart...
Alleged leader of $100K meth ring sought

Alleged leader of $100K meth ring sought

Authorities are looking for a Gwinnett County woman who they said ran a $100,000 methamphetamine operation in two counties. Tonya Loudermilk, 40, of Duluth, “is a fugitive and is currently wanted for trafficking methamphetamine in Habersham and Gwinnett counties,” Habersham Sheriff Joey Terrell said in a Facebook post. Three members of the meth trafficking organization...
Marietta man arrested in shooting death at Cobb motel

Marietta man arrested in shooting death at Cobb motel

A man is dead and a second person is in custody following a Saturday morning shooting at a motel in Marietta. A Marietta Police spokesman said officers arrested Raheem Demon Stingley of Marietta on a count of felony homicide in the shooting death of Antrell Hicks-Davis. Hicks-Davis, whose age and address were not immediately known, was shot once in the abdomen at a Motel 6 in the 2300-block of Delk...
Alpharetta teen’s body found; 2 charged with murder

Alpharetta teen’s body found; 2 charged with murder

The body of an Alpharetta teen has been found in Middle Georgia, and two people were arrested in connection with the case, police said Saturday. “We regret to inform you that a body found in Twiggs County is that of our missing juvenile Elijah Smith,” Alpharetta police said in a statement. Police have charged Hali Karlan, 20, of Roswell, and Deri Bonaventura-Flores, 19, of Norcross, with...
Man carjacked by inmates: ‘By the grace of God I’m here’

Man carjacked by inmates: ‘By the grace of God I’m here’

The man who was carjacked by the two escaped inmates in Putnam County said he forgives them for what they did to him. “I’m not mad at them,” Phillip Beasley told Channel 2 Action News. It happened Tuesday morning on Highway 16. Beasley, who was en route to work, said he normally would’ve had his 3-year-old with him but fortunately did not that day. Beasley said the prison transport...
2 arrested after DeKalb death, Missouri kidnapping

2 arrested after DeKalb death, Missouri kidnapping

Two Georgia men were arrested Friday evening in Kansas, one of whom is sought in connection with the death of a DeKalb County man, police said. John C. Czarnecki, 53, and Christopher G. Smith, 47, were arrested by officers of the Kansas Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marshals Service, according to a Facebook post by police in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Czarnecki and Smith were charged with kidnapping, robbery...
Cops: Mother left child with couple at Atlanta airport, skipped town

Cops: Mother left child with couple at Atlanta airport, skipped town

Atlanta police are searching for a woman they say left her 4-year-old daughter with a couple at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and left town.  Maranda Hakimi Harvey, 29, of Odenton, Maryland drove from her home and arrived at the airport Thursday evening, Atlanta police Sgt. Warren Pickard said at a news conference. When she got to the airport atrium, Pickard said Harvey left asked...
VH1 reality star’s BMW, money stolen at Atlanta gas station

VH1 reality star’s BMW, money stolen at Atlanta gas station

A VH1 reality star’s car was stolen from a southwest Atlanta gas station earlier this week, according to a police report.  Shekinah Jo Anderson told police she stopped at a Chevron gas station on the 1200 block of Metropolitan Parkway to “get a plate of food from her friend.” Police said her keys were still in the ignition of her gray 2015 BMW with the car running.  Anderson...
Cops: Glock, crack cocaine, $5,000 seized in N. Fulton drug bust

Cops: Glock, crack cocaine, $5,000 seized in N. Fulton drug bust

Sandy Springs police arrested three men and recovered drugs, money and a weapon when they executed a search warrant on Wednesday. At the residence on Marsh Tail Circle, police found 58 grams of crack cocaine, four grams of powder cocaine, $5,663 in cash, a Glock 19 9mm handgun and a 14-round magazine. Police also seized several ledgers and miscellaneous documents. Efren Montoya of Lawrenceville, Jose...
300 pounds of meth seized at residence

300 pounds of meth seized at residence

Federal drug agents seized about 300 pounds of methamphetamine Thursday from a Coweta County residence that also contained two suspected meth labs, documents show. A man who told agents he was in the United States illegally was arrested during the bust, according to a federal complaint. At the house in the 200 block of Shell Road in the Palmetto area, Drug Enforcement Administration agents found about...
Fight led to deadly DeKalb County home shooting

Fight led to deadly DeKalb County home shooting

A 23-year-old man was killed Friday afternoon when a fight at a Stone Mountain home led to a shooting, DeKalb County police said. People inside the home — including the alleged shooters — fled the scene when shots rang out about 1 p.m., DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson said.  Witnesses told Channel 2 Action News they heard four shots and saw three teens running from the shooting...
3 sought after DeKalb death, Missouri kidnapping

3 sought after DeKalb death, Missouri kidnapping

Federal and local authorities are looking for a couple and an unidentified man after a man was found dead in metro Atlanta and a woman was kidnapped in another state, police said. John Czarnecki is accused of killing his neighbor, then using that same neighbor’s SUV in a violent kidnapping of a Walmart employee Thursday in Cape Girardeau, Mo., about 115 miles southeast of St. Louis, Chamblee...
Deputy, child injured in gun battle

Deputy, child injured in gun battle

A Hall County deputy was wounded after responding to an overnight home invasion and three other people, including a child, were injured, the sheriff said. Just before midnight, deputies went to the 4300 block of Campbell Road in east Hall County, Sheriff Gerald Couch said in a news release Friday. As deputies walked toward the home, a vehicle with multiple adults and children left the residence...
1-year-old found dead in Emory University Hospital parking deck

1-year-old found dead in Emory University Hospital parking deck

A 1-year-old was found dead inside a car at a parking deck in the Emory University Hospital area Thursday night, police said.  The mother was also in the car found in the 1700 block of Lowergate Drive, DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson said. She was in stable condition Friday morning, according to police. “We are currently deeming it a suspicious death, and we do not suspect foul play,&rdquo...
Karen Handel’s neighbors told to take a ‘whiff of white powder’ in threatening letter

Karen Handel’s neighbors told to take a ‘whiff of white powder’ in threatening letter

Roswell police and the FBI are investigating after envelopes with “white powder” were found in congressional candidate Karen Handel’s mailbox and at four others in her subdivision. The call came in about 1 p.m. for Roxburgh Drive off Old Alabama Road in the Willow Springs neighborhood, police said. “This afternoon we had some suspicious packages delivered to our house...
3 shot outside home; teen arrested

3 shot outside home; teen arrested

A teenager was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly shot three people in the backyard of a Henry County residence Thursday, police said. Erick Nunez, 17, was arrested a few hours after the shooting on Redan Way in Locust Grove, Henry police Capt. Mike Ireland said. The victims were identified as Ricky Turner, 20, Jacob Croft, 18, and Dandre Tolor, 17, according to Ireland. Turner and...
19-year-old killed in double shooting

19-year-old killed in double shooting

Investigators are trying to determine what led to a double shooting at a Henry County apartment complex that left a 19-year-old woman dead and a man critically injured, a McDonough police spokesman said. Bath Hector of McDonough was fatally shot at the Estates at McDonough Monday afternoon, Maj. Kyle Helgerson said Thursday. Trevin Joseph, 46, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was listed...
12-year-old girl assaulted at Atlanta park

12-year-old girl assaulted at Atlanta park

A 12-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at an Atlanta park, and police are trying to find the attacker. The alleged assault happened in late 2016 at Deerwood Park in southwest Atlanta, but the girl was too scared to report the crime until May, police said.  She later helped authorities come up with a sketch of a man she said overpowered her. That sketch was released Wednesday night. ...
Driver of church bus in deadly crash charged with vehicular homicide

Driver of church bus in deadly crash charged with vehicular homicide

The driver in last week’s deadly church bus crash in Fulton County, which killed a 17-year-old girl from Alabama, was a member of the church and has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, officials said. Jerry Sims was also charged with failure to maintain lane, according to Fulton County police and a statement from Sims’ lawyer. “These charges are misdemeanor traffic...
Man shot, killed at Atlanta apartment complex

Man shot, killed at Atlanta apartment complex

A 23-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday in southwest Atlanta, police said. Officers responded to apartments in the 3300 block of Mount Gilead Road and found a man dead from an apparent gunshot wound, spokesman Donald Hannah said. The man was identified as Rashad William of Atlanta, a Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office spokeswoman said. Further details were not available. The investigation...
Man charged with kicking in windshield

Man charged with kicking in windshield

A tip helped DeKalb County authorities arrest a man who allegedly jumped on the hood of a woman’s car in a parking lot and kicked in the windshield. Jaron Alexander Williams, 29, of Atlanta, is in the DeKalb County jail on a charge of criminal damage to property, records show. A Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta tip helped DeKalb deputies arrest Williams at a mental health facility, police...
Voters in 6th District losing manners as election becomes aggressive

Voters in 6th District losing manners as election becomes aggressive

After months of phone calls, campaign ads and insistent knocks on their doors, some voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District have finally lost their Southern manners. Local poll workers in two of the district’s three suburban counties say they have seen noticeably aggressive behavior among people coming to cast ballots in the runoff election between Republican Karen Handel...
JUST IN: Funeral arrangements made for officer allegedly killed by two inmates

JUST IN: Funeral arrangements made for officer allegedly killed by two inmates

More than 39 hours ago, two inmates on a transport bus got out of a locked prisoner area, overpowered two Georgia correctional officers and shot and and killed the guards in front of 31 other prisoners, according to local, state and federal authorities. The fugitives, identified by the Georgia Department of Corrections as Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe, went on to carjack a dark green 2004 Honda...
Bill Torpy on drug deaths: No, they didn’t ask for it

Bill Torpy on drug deaths: No, they didn’t ask for it

It appears more than 59,000 — perhaps as many as 65,000 — Americans died last year from drug overdoses, with opioid deaths fueling a good majority of that number. And the New York Times, which compiled those numbers, estimates that toll will rise again this year. When you figure 58,000 Americans died in Vietnam, that puts the scope of drug deaths in stark perspective. Last week, central...
Director of Marietta school “success” center retires

Director of Marietta school “success” center retires

Leigh Colburn, the founder of the new Graduate Marietta Student Success Center, is retiring from Marietta City Schools, which will be searching for a new center director. It might seem a contradiction, but Colburn said she can do more for the center -- and for spreading the concept across the state -- as an independent operator. “Since I’m guaranteed a retirement salary, I can be...
Woman shot and killed outside Waffle House

Woman shot and killed outside Waffle House

Police are looking for the person who shot and killed a woman outside a DeKalb County Waffle House in front of multiple people. The shooting happened about 2 a.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the restaurant in the 4700 block of Flat Shoals Parkway, according the Channel 2 Action News.  Several witnesses were in the parking lot when the gunman shot the woman in the head, the news station...
Cobb couple ran drug lab in hotel room as toddler ingested drugs, cops say

Cobb couple ran drug lab in hotel room as toddler ingested drugs, cops say

Shantonia Heard thought her 1-year-old had ingested Epsom salt when she took a cup with a clear, crystal substance from her.  She knew something was wrong when two hours later the toddler was “acting erratically and scratching herself feverishly,” according to Cobb County arrest warrants. The 1-year-old was rushed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Hughes Spalding, where...
Man arrested after SWAT situation

Man arrested after SWAT situation

A man was arrested Saturday after he barricaded himself inside a residence in the Loganville area during a domestic dispute, Gwinnett County police said. SWAT officers were called to the the incident, which involved the man’s ex-girlfriend, police spokesman J.D. Albright said in a news release. The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Nathaniel Washington, police said. The woman had left the...
Police investigate possible drug-related death in Buckhead

Police investigate possible drug-related death in Buckhead

Atlanta police were investigating a man’s death in Buckhead on Friday that might be drug related. Responders were at an apartment complex on Chastain Drive, police said. The situation is not connected “in any way” to recent drug-related incidents elsewhere in Georgia, police said at a news conference. Since last weekend, 33 people were affected by drug overdoses in Middle and South...
Where is the Atlanta Life art collection and why can’t you see it?

Where is the Atlanta Life art collection and why can’t you see it?

High above Peachtree Street, on the walls of the Atlanta Life Financial Group, hangs eight stunning prints by artist Jacob Lawrence. “Eight Studies for The Book of Genesis,” as it is called, draws from Lawrence’ memories of attending Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. The series is part of a massive art collection compiled by Atlanta Life in the 1980s. But as stunning as the...
Gwinnett forgery, drug suspect sought in other cases in metro Atlanta

Gwinnett forgery, drug suspect sought in other cases in metro Atlanta

A woman in the Gwinnett County jail on drug, forgery and other charges is also wanted by police in two other metro Atlanta cities in connection with fraud-related cases, authorities said Thursday. Amy Michele Ervin, 38, of Peachtree City, was arrested by Gwinnett police Saturday when she allegedly tried to cash a fraudulent check at a bank on Holcomb Bridge Road, according to the incident report....
Man accused of shooting 2 College Park cops arrested 

Man accused of shooting 2 College Park cops arrested 

A man on the run for nearly two weeks after being accused of shooting two College Park police officers has been arrested, according to College Park police. The U.S. Marshal’s fugitive unit found Kendarrious Chester sleeping in a vehicle behind an occupied home Thursday in the 1000 block of Metropolitan Parkway, College Park Deputy Chief Ferman Williford said. The U.S. Marshal&rsquo...
2 arrested after shootout at Cobb gas station

2 arrested after shootout at Cobb gas station

A man and a woman have been arrested after a 25-year-old man was injured in a shootout at a Cobb County gas station, police said. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">DEVELOPING: Street shootout injures 1 in Cobb County: <a href="https://t.co/Av84AHwnMs">https://t.co/Av84AHwnMs</a>...
Man shot by police five times turns himself into authorities 

Man shot by police five times turns himself into authorities 

Jeantique Oriol wheeled himself into the Fulton County courthouse Wednesday just two months after being shot five times by a Fulton County police officer.  Oriol turned himself into authorities on robbery, battery and obstruction charges in the April 6 shooting that critically injured him.  Police said Oriol attacked a man who stayed at the Panther Riverside Parc apartment complex, refused...
Teen accused of shooting foster sister surrenders in DeKalb

Teen accused of shooting foster sister surrenders in DeKalb

An 18-year-old accused of shooting his teenage foster sister in the foot and then leading a SWAT team on a half-day search surrendered to DeKalb County authorities Wednesday.  Nathaniel Lopez was already facing aggravated assault charges in Henry County before the alleged shooting, DeKalb authorities said. Lopez faces three counts of felony aggravated assault and one count of felony battery in...
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