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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...
6-year-old boy suffers 2 broken legs; Cobb police seek hit-and-run driver

6-year-old boy suffers 2 broken legs; Cobb police seek hit-and-run driver

Authorities are seeking a hit-and-run driver whose car hit a 6-year-old boy in a crosswalk near Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, leaving the child with two broken legs. The boy, identified as Jack Ford by Channel 2 Action News, was crossing Burnt Hickory Road at Old Mountain Road near Marietta with family when the incident happened Sunday shortly before 5 p.m., Cobb County police spokesman...
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

Man’s remains found in Chattahoochee River

A man’s remains were found in the Chattahoochee River early Tuesday morning, Sandy Springs police confirmed.  The remains have been turned over to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office, which will determine the cause of death and the identity.  Officials had been searching the area for 78-year-old Larry Cavanaugh of Sandy Springs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously...
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...
Sanitation worker finds body wrapped in plastic in DeKalb

Sanitation worker finds body wrapped in plastic in DeKalb

A sanitation worker found a man’s body wrapped in plastic in DeKalb County, police said. Officers are investigating the incident as a homicide, DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  The body was found about 8 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Flat Shoals Parkway and Warriors Path near Decatur.  The man has not been identified...
‘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 used oxygen tank to blow up ATM

Cops: Thief used oxygen tank to blow up ATM

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 a thief using an oxygen tank to blow up an ATM on Veterans Memorial Parkway, Cobb County police told...
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...
Suspect wounded after fleeing officer in Clayton County

Suspect wounded after fleeing officer in Clayton County

A man was shot Thursday after running from a Clayton County police officer and reaching in his pants, officials said. Timothy Rutledge, 25, did not have life-threatening injuries in what is now the 13th officer-involved shooting in Georgia this year. And it occurred just days after a police officer was killed and two deputies were injured trying to make an arrest in Henry County. In the latest...
Fired school custodian indicted on child porn charges

Fired school custodian indicted on child porn charges

A former Oconee High School custodian was indicted Wednesday on two federal counts of child pornography a month after authorities say he used his cellphone to film high school girls undressing.  Timothy Brian Burnette, 40, of Union Point was arrested Jan. 11 at the school’s campus after officials notified police of the crime, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. ...
2 charged with theft in Athens public-funds investigation

2 charged with theft in Athens public-funds investigation

Two people have been arrested in an ongoing investigation into misappropriation of public funds,  Athens-Clarke County police said. Public Utilities Plant Supervisor Jamison Goolsby and Bobby Wright of Wright & Wright Janitorial Supply Inc. were charged with felony theft by deception, spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said Wednesday. Goolsby created false purchase orders for payment to ...
Thief discovers missing man's body in wall of abandoned motel

Thief discovers missing man's body in wall of abandoned motel

The body of a missing man was found in an abandoned Spalding County motel after someone breaking into the property stumbled upon it, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday. Timothy Johnson was last seen Dec. 6, sheriff’s Capt. Dwayne Jones said. Griffin police recovered his car the next day at Crestview Baptist Church in the 1600 block of North Expressway. Investigators searched the property...
Suspect sought in thefts from Toys for Tots

Suspect sought in thefts from Toys for Tots

Authorities are looking for a Hall County man in connection with thefts at a Toys for Tots warehouse and a salvage store last fall. Investigators have charged Skylar Deondre Barrientos-Adams, 17, of Gainesville, with second-degree burglary,  Sgt. Kevin Holbrook of Gainesville police said. Police said 18 Chromebooks and other tablets were stolen after break-ins at Rabbit Town Salvage four times...
Suspect in fatal Atlanta stabbing arrested by FBI 

Suspect in fatal Atlanta stabbing arrested by FBI 

A man seen on camera fatally stabbing a homeless man three months ago was arrested late Tuesday night and charged with murder, an FBI official said.  Authorities received a tip leading them to Randall Hampton, 56, and arrested him at a northwest Atlanta home, FBI Atlanta spokesman Kevin Rowson said in a statement.  Johnnie Wallace, 53, was found stabbed Nov. 4 on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard...
Accusations fly in tax tiff between Clayton schools and Delta

Accusations fly in tax tiff between Clayton schools and Delta

The tax fight between a Georgia school system and Delta Air Lines took a nasty turn Wednesday, with the local school superintendent alleging that the multi-billion dollar company is accusing his administration of “sharing falsehoods.” Clayton County schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley issued a statement Wednesday morning about a letter to Delta employees. “The communication...
Carjacker pops out of cargo space as woman is driving, steals SUV

Carjacker pops out of cargo space as woman is driving, steals SUV

A carjacker jumped out of a cargo space as a woman was driving Monday, stole her SUV and led a Lyft driver who rescued her on a chase, Atlanta police said. Martha Cargill said she had just left her Decatur home and dropped her daughter off at school when she ran into traffic on Estoria Street near the Krog Street Tunnel. “I was inching forward,” Cargill told Channel 2 Action News. &ldquo...
‘Find My Friends’ app leads boyfriend to body of missing woman

‘Find My Friends’ app leads boyfriend to body of missing woman

After a woman’s family reported her missing Tuesday, her boyfriend did not print out fliers and plaster them across the city. He turned to “Find My Friends,” an app on his iPhone that lets users see the locations of their friends and family, according to Channel 2 Action News. That app indicated the woman was near Atlanta Heights Charter School in southwest Atlanta. It was there...
Georgia man convicted of sexually assaulting children

Georgia man convicted of sexually assaulting children

A Floyd County man was convicted of raping and abusing young children, according to The Rome News-Tribune.  Mark David Wagner, 40, had physically and sexually abused the children since they were young, the newspaper reported. It was not reported how many victims Wagner abused.  Wagner would beat the children, force food down their throats and rape them. His friend, Jimmy Harold Duncan, 38...
Cop who hit, killed 2 men hired in county where victims’ families live

Cop who hit, killed 2 men hired in county where victims’ families live

Four years ago, Terry Belvin hit and killed two men on a Lamar County road with his patrol car while going 96 mph.  Belvin, then a Barnesville police officer, resigned from his job during the investigation, according to Channel 2 Action News. The victims’ families were also told Belvin gave up his Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training certification.  But Belvin is getting a...
Cops: Woman recruited teen, used her for ‘sexual servitude’

Cops: Woman recruited teen, used her for ‘sexual servitude’

A Gainesville woman recruited a teenage girl and forced her into having sex for money, Hall County sheriff’s deputies said.  Laronda James Moore, 38, remained in the Hall County jail Tuesday on a sex trafficking charge, according to jail records. The teen was between 16 and 17 years old at the time.  Moore recruited and used the victim for sexual servitude between July 2017 and January...
Man accused in Motel 6 killing arrested during traffic stop

Man accused in Motel 6 killing arrested during traffic stop

Almost four months after Eric Fisher was found dead outside a Motel 6, DeKalb County authorities arrested the man they say killed him.  Kaylon Janard Jiles was arrested Monday, along with acquaintance Traquan Alexander McCleod, during a traffic stop, DeKalb sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cynthia Williams said in a statement.  Fisher was found with multiple gunshot wounds at a Motel...
Bill could mean transit expansions across metro Atlanta

Bill could mean transit expansions across metro Atlanta

State legislation unveiled Tuesday could boost state funding for public transportation by tens of millions of dollars and pave the way for transit expansion across metro Atlanta. House Bill 930 also would begin to create the sort of regional transit system that lawmakers say is needed to spur economic development and alleviate some of the world’s worst traffic. Some big questions – including...
GBI, APD search 3 Atlanta businesses in commercial gambling raids

GBI, APD search 3 Atlanta businesses in commercial gambling raids

In a joint undercover operation requested by Atlanta police, three businesses were targeted in commercial gambling raids Tuesday, the GBI said. Agents seized evidence of crimes and money that was gained from the illegal use of coin-operated gaming machines, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a news release. “Agents discovered customers were receiving cash payouts for winning credits,&rdquo...
Deputies mistake Georgia man for murder suspect, pull guns on family

Deputies mistake Georgia man for murder suspect, pull guns on family

Friday was a frightening day for Peter Butler and his family.  They were headed to Charlie Norwood Veterans Medical Center in downtown Augusta for an appointment when Richmond County sheriff’s deputies drew guns on them, news station WRDW/WAGT reported, saying he fit the description of a murder suspect: a black male driving a white SUV.  Earlier that day, nursing home employee...
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