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Driver charged with vehicular homicide, DUI after pedestrian killed

Driver charged with vehicular homicide, DUI after pedestrian killed

A woman is facing vehicular homicide and DUI charges after her vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian in southwest Atlanta early Sunday, police said. Jamilia Aisha Clark, 43, of Atlanta, was arrested after the incident in the 100 block of Florida Avenue about 3:20 a.m., police spokesman John Chafee said. According to investigators, a vehicle was traveling west on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when the...
Police ID parents charged with leaving 3 children,  malnourished man

Police ID parents charged with leaving 3 children,  malnourished man

Police arrested the mother and stepfather of three unsupervised children and a disabled adult who appeared malnourished after officers found them in a southwest Atlanta residence. Shalanda Monroe, 38, and Jarvais Monroe, 33, returned to the scene and were taken into custody Saturday, police spokesman John Chafee said. Officers responded to the house in the the 3000 block of Thornberry Lane on...
Big changes for metro Atlanta schools, opening soon

Big changes for metro Atlanta schools, opening soon

More than 800,000 students will return to schools in metro Atlanta by early August, and they and their parents will see some changes, as will anyone who uses the roadways or pays taxes. Seventeen school districts in the metro area will be open by Aug. 8, with most of them starting the week before that. >>See when school districts reopen New laws will change testing, discipline, funding and what&rsquo...
Gwinnett man allegedly threatens to kill girlfriend — and judge, police officers

Gwinnett man allegedly threatens to kill girlfriend — and judge, police officers

A man was arrested after threatening to murder his girlfriend — and anyone who got in his way, including police and a judge. Rochell McCoy, 51, of Lilburn, was upset about a temporary restraining order his girlfriend filed against him, which prompted him to allegedly send multiple threatening text messages to her, Gwinnett County police told Channel 2 Action News. In warrants obtained by...
Ex-Georgia Tech fraternity president admits raping girlfriend, sentenced to 20 years

Ex-Georgia Tech fraternity president admits raping girlfriend, sentenced to 20 years

A former Georgia Tech fraternity president pleaded guilty to rape Friday, more than two years after police say he sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend on her 21st birthday, The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said in a release detailing the sex crime.  Christian Kahf’s ex-girlfriend told police he raped her at least seven times over the course of their relationship, Fulton...
Alleged hate crime under investigation in Kennesaw

Alleged hate crime under investigation in Kennesaw

A Hispanic man said he was stabbed outside a bar and Kennesaw police are treating the case as a hate crime. The 26-year-old man told police two white men called him “racist names and (said) he was part of the Cartel” before stabbing him near the SuBourbon Bar between 11:50 p.m. Friday and 12:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a report obtained Friday by AJC.com.  The department is treating...
WATCH: Atlanta police officer, suspect trade punches during arrest   

WATCH: Atlanta police officer, suspect trade punches during arrest   

Atlanta police are investigating after an officer was captured in a viral video trading punches with a suspect during a drug arrest in southwest Atlanta earlier this month.  The three-minute video shows the altercation between the Sgt. Dominique Pattillo and suspect Harold Barnwell. Atlanta police released the cellphone video of the incident to AJC.com after an edited portion surfaced on...
Sketch released of armed man with gold teeth accused of raping girl

Sketch released of armed man with gold teeth accused of raping girl

Authorities have released a sketch of an armed man accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl who was walking home in northwest Atlanta. The alleged assault occurred July 10 in the 3000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta police said. Officers responded to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, Atlanta about the alleged assault.  MORE: Cops: Armed man with...
16 arrested in massive marijuana bust in Gwinnett

16 arrested in massive marijuana bust in Gwinnett

A day after more than 2,500 marijuana plants were seized, Gwinnett County and federal authorities confirmed Thursday they arrested 16 people in the 19-home drug sting.  And several more arrests could be made after authorities issued warrants for those not yet in custody, Lawrenceville police Lt. Jake Parker said Thursday in a news release. The identities of those charged have not been released...
Alpharetta cops: Wrong-way Ga. 400 ramp driver had drugs in car

Alpharetta cops: Wrong-way Ga. 400 ramp driver had drugs in car

A car going the wrong way on a Ga. 400 ramp is likely to attract attention from police. And so it was last week when Alpharetta officers found a cache of drugs and a gun loaded with hollow-point bullets in a car, Channel 2 Action News reported. Officers arrested Devin Dennis and passenger Markel Sanders on drug-related charges, according to Channel 2 An officer saw a car going the wrong way on a Ga...
Shadowy Gwinnett lab goes bankrupt and debt collectors hound patients

Shadowy Gwinnett lab goes bankrupt and debt collectors hound patients

A Gwinnett County toxicology lab accused in a kickback scheme to bilk Medicare out of millions of tax dollars is causing headaches for people around the nation as debt collectors try to collect on alleged unpaid lab bills. For Deborah Smith of Houston, Texas, the calls started this spring from a debt collection agency seeking $1,400 in past due bills for urinalysis tests for her adult son. There was...
Gwinnett motorcyclist ejected, killed in Cobb crash

Gwinnett motorcyclist ejected, killed in Cobb crash

A Gwinnett County man was killed Tuesday night when his motorcycle collided with a car in Cobb County, police said. Peter Bullard, 30, of Snellville, was ejected from his motorcycle about 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Cobb Galleria Parkway and Akers Mill Road, spokesman Sgt. Wayne Delk said Thursday in a statement. The driver of the car, 52-year-old Deborah Schleicher of Rockville, Md., was...
Atlanta man charged in death of acquaintance’s dog, armed robbery

Atlanta man charged in death of acquaintance’s dog, armed robbery

An Atlanta man has been jailed without bond in Hall County after authorities said he threatened to rob an acquaintance at gunpoint and fatally shot the victim’s dog. Dayvon A. Daye, 27, was booked into the county jail on Friday, sheriff’s spokesman Derreck Booth said Thursday in a statement. Daye is charged with armed robbery and aggravated animal cruelty. On Feb. 16, deputies responded...
Suspected drowning victim fell off dock into Lake Lanier, sheriff says

Suspected drowning victim fell off dock into Lake Lanier, sheriff says

A victim in a suspected accidental drowning fell off a dock into Lake Lanier, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said. Teresa Ann Graham, 51, of Hall County, was pulled from the lake Tuesday night shortly after her husband noticed her missing, sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Scott Ware said Thursday in a statement. “Investigators have found no evidence of foul play in the death,&rdquo...
Motorcyclist killed in crash that shut down Moreland Avenue in East Atlanta 

Motorcyclist killed in crash that shut down Moreland Avenue in East Atlanta 

Moreland Avenue south of I-20 was shut down for several hours Thursday morning while police investigated a deadly motorcycle crash. The investigation closed all but one southbound lane between I-20 and Glenwood Avenue while emergecy crews were on scene, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported. Atlanta police said a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car about 6:15 a.m. near the entrance...
‘You could hear the screams’: Mother, adult son killed in house fire

‘You could hear the screams’: Mother, adult son killed in house fire

A mother and her adult son were killed in an early morning house fire in southwest Atlanta, neighbors told Channel 2 Action News. Witness Lynn Blake said she could hear the man and woman screaming for help from inside the two story house in the 10 block of Pope Street. “Traumatizing,” she told the news station. “You could hear the screams. They stopped.” She described the scene...
Body found in Gwinnett lake could be missing UGA grad, police say

Body found in Gwinnett lake could be missing UGA grad, police say

Authorities are working to identify a body found floating in a lake in a Gwinnett County neighborhood Wednesday night.  The body of a man was recovered from Lake Carlton near Loganville after neighbors spotted it about 8:15 p.m. Decomposition has made identification difficult, Gwinnett police spokesman Sgt. Jake Smith said.  The autopsy Thursday afternoon was not able to immediately identify...
3 arrested, 1 sought in staged slip-and-fall accident ring in South Georgia 

3 arrested, 1 sought in staged slip-and-fall accident ring in South Georgia 

Three men face felony charges after authorities allege they participated in a staged slip-and-fall accident ring in South Georgia to claim fraudulent insurance claims, the state insurance commissioner’s office said in a release.  Germain Baynard, 20, Ryan Law, 21, and Demetrius Lee, 22, all of Thomasville, allegedly staged the accidents at businesses in Brooks, Colquitt and Thomas counties...
Woman says motorcyclist threatened to kill her while she drove to Cobb day care

Woman says motorcyclist threatened to kill her while she drove to Cobb day care

What seemed like a minor traffic dispute ended with a motorcyclist threatening to kill a woman headed to a Powder Springs day care to pick up her 4-year-old. Mary Watson was driving to Oxford Academy on Lost Mountain Road on Friday when she said a motorcyclist nearly rear-ended her.  “I had to come to a stop,” she told Channel 2 Action News. “The car in front of me stopped....
Ex-Walmart employee admits sexually assaulting customer, sentenced to probation

Ex-Walmart employee admits sexually assaulting customer, sentenced to probation

A former Walmart employee was sentenced to 12 months probation after he pleaded guilty to grabbing a customer’s buttocks in the Union City store, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Aaron Alghanee, 29, allegedly assaulted the woman while she shopped at the store in May, according to court records. In a statement to Channel 2, Walmart said Alghanee is no longer employed by the company. ...
Some 40 miles of metro Atlanta toll lanes set to open this year

Some 40 miles of metro Atlanta toll lanes set to open this year

The next two links in the 120-mile system of toll lanes planned for metro Atlanta are on track to open this year, officials told the State Transportation Board on Wednesday. The 30-mile Northwest Corridor express lanes in Cobb and Cherokee counties are set to open by the end of August – despite the recent collapse of a wall along an unfinished portion of the new lanes near Windy Hill...
Fourth suspect arrested in steak knife attack on Applebee’s waitress 

Fourth suspect arrested in steak knife attack on Applebee’s waitress 

A fourth woman wanted in connection with the beating and stabbing of an Applebee’s waitress surrendered Wednesday, Henry County officials said.  Demetrius Boyd, 39, faces charges of aggravated assault and robbery in the July 10 attack on a waitress at the restaurant’s Industrial Boulevard location in McDonough.  With Boyd’s arrest, “all four offenders involved...
Inmate’s death is the third in metro Atlanta since Thursday

Inmate’s death is the third in metro Atlanta since Thursday

For the third time in less than a week, an inmate at a metro Atlanta jail died while in-custody.  The inmate was found unresponsive in his cell at the Coweta County Jail by another inmate Monday evening, the GBI said in a news release.  “Medical personnel attempted to revive him, but (he) was pronounced dead at the scene,” GBI assistant agent in charge Chris DeMarco said in the...
JUST IN: Device found in rental car in Buckhead was not a grenade, police say 

JUST IN: Device found in rental car in Buckhead was not a grenade, police say 

A device found Monday inside a returned rental car in Buckhead was not a grenade, according to police.  It “is not explosive and appears to be a novelty item, possibly a paperweight,” Atlanta police Officer Jarius Daugherty said Wednesday in a statement. RELATED: Bomb squad retrieves possible grenade from rental car in Buckhead The device was found inside a silver Ford Edge at...
JUST IN: Man in custody after DeKalb grocery store armed robbery

JUST IN: Man in custody after DeKalb grocery store armed robbery

A man who walked into a DeKalb County grocery store with a gun and demanded an employee open the cash registers Wednesday morning is in custody, according to Channel 2 Action News. DeKalb County police said the armed man approached an employee at Ingles on Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain. Police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said the robber got away with a small amount of money, but did not specify...
2,500 marijuana plants seized, 18 homes raided in massive Gwinnett drug sting

2,500 marijuana plants seized, 18 homes raided in massive Gwinnett drug sting

More than 2,500 marijuana plants were seized and 18 homes were raided Wednesday in massive drug sting in Gwinnett County, police said. The raids targeted what appeared to be a single drug-trafficking organization operating out of various locations throughout the county, according to Lawrenceville police. The Gwinnett Metro Task Force led the operation, which involved police officers from every city...
WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Heat tops expectations as evening commute congestion mounts

WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Heat tops expectations as evening commute congestion mounts

Wednesday: High: 91 Wednesday night: Low: 73 Thursday: High: 88 The temperature has reached 92 degrees, just one degree warmer than predictions. And with the heat index in the upper-90s, it’s sweltering outside this afternoon.  This is happening as Atlanta traffic begins picking up for the evening commute, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. Two wrecks on the...
Mom visiting baby in ICU says she was attacked near hospital 

Mom visiting baby in ICU says she was attacked near hospital 

A woman says she was attacked and robbed near Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where she was visiting her son in the intensive care unit, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Breanna Ross had been visiting her 1-month-old son, who is recovering from pneumonia, when she decided to take a lunch break, she told Channel 2. As she was walking across the street, she said she was...
Cops: Man molested 4-year-old for 10 months in Gainesville

Cops: Man molested 4-year-old for 10 months in Gainesville

A Gainesville man remained in jail Tuesday following is arrest amid allegations he repeatedly sexually abused a 4-year-old girl, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said.  Robert Lewis Chandler, 65, faces child molestation and sexual battery charges months after he allegedly molested the child, Hall County sheriff’s spokesman Derreck Booth said.  The alleged abuse dated as far back...
Woman, baby found dead in Cherokee County home

Woman, baby found dead in Cherokee County home

A 31-year-old woman and a baby were found dead in a Cherokee County home, officials said Tuesday.  Authorities were called to the Cedar Mill Crossing residence after a family member said they hadn’t been able to get in contact with the woman, Cherokee County sheriff’s Sgt. Lauren Denson said in a statement. Once inside the Acworth-area home, authorities found the woman, the baby...
UPDATE: Missing teen linked to site of Rainbow Family gathering found in S.C.

UPDATE: Missing teen linked to site of Rainbow Family gathering found in S.C.

A missing teen whose cellphone was found at the site of the Rainbow Family counterculture gathering is safe, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. Williams Johnson, 18, was found in Ridgeville, S.C., alive and well, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday in a Facebook post. Johnson was the second missing person case connected to the recent Rainbow Family gathering at the Chattahoochee...
UPDATE: Police ID woman shot in Gwinnett, driven to DeKalb gas station

UPDATE: Police ID woman shot in Gwinnett, driven to DeKalb gas station

Police have lots of questions after a woman shot in Gwinnett County was found dead Tuesday morning in a car at a gas station in neighboring DeKalb County. The woman was fatally shot while riding in the vehicle somewhere in the area of Rockbridge and Five Forks Trickum roads, according to Gwinnett police Cpl. Wilbert Rundles.  She was identified by police as Avery Birthrong, 25, of Lilburn. ...
Paulding County man arrested six months after stepson’s death

Paulding County man arrested six months after stepson’s death

Authorities arrested a stepfather accused of killing a 5-year-old boy in Paulding County.  Charles Edward Smith, 31, faces murder and first-degree cruelty to children six months after the boy’s death, Channel 2 Action News reported. The child died Jan. 9.  Details on what led to the death were not release, but Paulding deputies said details from the medical examiner’s report...
3 sought in woman’s fatal shooting outside Burger King in SW Atlanta

3 sought in woman’s fatal shooting outside Burger King in SW Atlanta

When three men attempted to carjack Lavonda Finklea late Friday, she fought back, Atlanta police said.  She was later found dead in her car outside a Burger King in the 2600 block of Metropolitan Parkway in southwest Atlanta.  The three men were seen running from the shooting scene in newly released video from Atlanta police.  “At this time our homicide investigators are working...
Roswell lawyer says he’s a mail theft victim — again

Roswell lawyer says he’s a mail theft victim — again

A Roswell man said he has been the victim of mail theft twice in recent months, and police are investigating the latest incident, Channel 2 Action News reported. “Bothers me,” lawyer Clifford Hardwick said. He didn’t know about the problem until he checked on some checks he had mailed from a local office complex. “Later in the month,” he said, “I was trying...
Man convicted of raping 15-year-old girl at Henry County park 

Man convicted of raping 15-year-old girl at Henry County park 

A man could spend life in prison after a jury convicted him of raping a 15-year-old girl at a McDonough park, the Henry County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.  Yvari Brown, 20, was found guilty Friday of rape and aggravated sodomy in the Oct. 30, 2016 sexual assault, Henry County district attorney’s spokeswoman Cheveda McCamy said in a release.  The victim testified...
Bomb squad retrieves grenade from rental car in Buckhead 

Bomb squad retrieves grenade from rental car in Buckhead 

A bomb squad unit with the Atlanta police retrieved a grenade from a returned rental car in Buckhead, according to officials.  The grenade was found inside a silver Ford Edge at a Hertz rental car facility in the 3000 block of Peachtree Road, Atlanta police said. “Our SWAT team took … is in the process of testing it to determine if it contains explosive material,” Officer...
Cops: Man drinks beer, steals $17K during armed robbery at Publix

Cops: Man drinks beer, steals $17K during armed robbery at Publix

Before a gunman made off with $17,000 at a Publix in McDonough, police said he helped himself to a beer.  The man pretended to shop at the store in the 2100 block of Ga. 20 before holding a store manager at gunpoint and demanding the money, Henry County police told Channel 2 Action News.  Police said the man walked into the store at 9:50 p.m. Friday, just minutes before the store was about...
JUST IN: Baby dies days after wreck kills mom 

JUST IN: Baby dies days after wreck kills mom 

A 10-month-old severely injured in a wreck last week died Monday, just four days after his mother was killed in the same crash, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.  William M. Foster had been the lone survivor in a wreck that killed his mother, Carole Foster, and Howard Zach, Monroe County sheriff’s Lt. Lawson C. Bittick said in a news release.  Foster, 24, and Zach, 51...
DeKalb inmate dies from suicide hours after arrest 

DeKalb inmate dies from suicide hours after arrest 

A DeKalb County jail inmate died of an apparent suicide just hours after he was arrested, officials said in a statement Monday afternoon.  Officers were performing security checks when they found the 26-year-old Stone Mountain man unresponsive inside his cell early Monday, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cynthia Williams said. Emergency medical personnel performed life-saving...
BREAKING: 2nd person dies following crash on I-75 in Cobb 

BREAKING: 2nd person dies following crash on I-75 in Cobb 

A second person has died following a weekend crash on I-75 South in Cobb County, according to police. Donald Walker, 58, of Cookeville, Tenn., was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with critical injuries Sunday after his 2015 Cadillac Escalade entered the center median, continued down an embankment and crashed into two trees, Cobb police Sgt. Wayne Delk said. Walker “died of his...
Kidnapped baby reunited with mother; father sought

Kidnapped baby reunited with mother; father sought

A 2-month-old was safely returned to her mother after she was forcefully taken from her southwest Atlanta home early Monday morning. Atlanta police are now looking for the baby’s non-custodial father, 24-year-old Travion Sheffield.  The child’s mother told police that Sheffield kicked in the door of her Hartford Drive home and took their 2-month-old daughter, police spokesman Officer...
Quick-thinking 5-year-old escapes carjacking

Quick-thinking 5-year-old escapes carjacking

It could have been a different call if a 5-year-old girl didn’t take matters into her own hands to escape a carjacking, police said. According to Channel 2 Action News, a man approached the child and her mother outside the Villages at Carver apartments in southeast Atlanta Sunday night. He pointed a gun at the 5-year-old and took off with the mother’s white Infiniti, Atlanta police said...
6-month-old grazed by bullet in southeast Atlanta shooting

6-month-old grazed by bullet in southeast Atlanta shooting

A woman was attempting to protect a 6-month-old baby when both were hit by a spray of bullets in southeast Atlanta Sunday night, Channel 2 Action News reported. The baby’s great-grandmother told the news station that the woman was running away from the gunfire in the 600 block of New Town Circle, holding the baby girl, when both were shot. The baby was grazed by a bullet just below her back...
Police: Shooting after gamblers’ fight leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

Police: Shooting after gamblers’ fight leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

A man was killed and two others were injured Saturday night in a shooting that happened after they had been gambling, Atlanta police said. About 7:40 p.m., officers responded to the 1200 block of Elizabeth Avenue in southwest Atlanta, police said. “Upon arrival, units located a man inside the living room with a gunshot wound to the buttocks,” Officer Stephanie Brown said. “Units...
Police ID woman who was fatally shot in SW Atlanta fast-food parking lot

Police ID woman who was fatally shot in SW Atlanta fast-food parking lot

A woman was found dead after a shooting in southwest Atlanta in a Burger King parking lot, Atlanta police confirmed. The shooting took place around 10:30 p.m. Friday on the 2000 block of Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown told AJC.com. Channel 2 Action News reported that police identified the woman as Lavonda Finklea, 35. She was found dead at the scene with a gunshot...
WATCH: Police chase ends with wreck, man fleeing truck while it’s still moving

WATCH: Police chase ends with wreck, man fleeing truck while it’s still moving

A high-speed police pursuit in Smyrna nearly ended when a truck allegedly crashed into vehicles, while running a red light.  However, that wasn’t the end of it, according to dash cam video obtained by Channel 2 Action News. The driver, Carl Stroud, can be seen allegedly jumping out of the truck on South Cobb Drive but leaving the vehicle in drive. The truck continued for another quarter...
VIDEO: Roswell police chief says 2 cops used coin flip to decide woman’s arrest

VIDEO: Roswell police chief says 2 cops used coin flip to decide woman’s arrest

Heads, you go to jail. Tails, you get a ticket and are sent on your way.  Those were the coin-toss options two Roswell police officers used when deciding whether to arrest Sarah Webb during an April traffic stop on East Crossville and Crabapple roads, body camera footage obtained by AJC.com showed.  Now, the two officers — Courtney Brown and Kristee Wilson &mdash...
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