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Child accidentally shot woman in school parking lot, authorities say 

Child accidentally shot woman in school parking lot, authorities say 

A child accidentally fired the shot in an elementary school parking lot that sent a woman to the hospital, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Tuesday.   Officials at Beaverbrook Elementary School had already dismissed students Monday when they learned of the shooting that injured 24-year-old Shameka Blackmon, sheriff’s Capt. Dwayne Jones said.  &ldquo...
Chase ends with crash, arrest in daycare playground

Chase ends with crash, arrest in daycare playground

A high-speed chase that eventually involved drugs ended in a daycare playground in Coweta County, Channel 2 Action News reported. Video from the sheriff’s office showed a deputy pursued an SUV after the driver took off from a traffic stop, the news station reported. The chase ended when the driver crashed through a fence and into the playground around midnight last Wednesday. Deputies found...
Suspect arrested in GSU student’s shooting death; funeral set 

Suspect arrested in GSU student’s shooting death; funeral set 

A man believed to have shot and killed a Georgia State University student was arrested Tuesday afternoon, DeKalb County police said.  Roden Meadows, 22, faces murder charges in a Citgo gas station shooting May 15 that killed 24-year-old Jason Williams, DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. Meadows was arrested at his home.  “Surveillance video showed the victim and suspect...
High school senior killed in wreck days before graduation

High school senior killed in wreck days before graduation

A high school senior was killed in a Tuesday morning wreck in Rome just days before graduation, officials confirmed on the school’s social media accounts.  The fatal crash happened about 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Wayside and Mango roads. Model High School student Caleb Keller, 18, was driving his Honda Accord when he hit some loose gravel while turning a curve and lost control of...
Man gets 30 years for shooting U.S. Marshals officer serving him warrant

Man gets 30 years for shooting U.S. Marshals officer serving him warrant

A man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for shooting a U.S. Marshals Service task force officer who was attempting to serve him with a warrant at his southwest Atlanta home, the Department of Justice said Tuesday in a news release.  Titus Bates, 43, was convicted on a slew of federal charges, including assaulting a federal officer, in the November 2013 attack, officials said.  “Bates...
2 Coweta County schools release students while on lockdown

2 Coweta County schools release students while on lockdown

Northgate High School and Canongate Elementary School in Coweta County released students while under a code yellow lockdown Tuesday, a district spokesman said. The lockdown, initially a code red, was a precaution after a man with a gun was seen walking near the high school, school district spokesman Dean Jackson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The armed man was seen on Fischer Road, and...
Shooting outside barbershop gets Cobb man 10 years in prison

Shooting outside barbershop gets Cobb man 10 years in prison

A Cobb County man got a 10-year prison term after he was convicted of shooting another man outside a barbershop, a prosecutors’ spokeswoman said. Jason Lamont Townes, 41, of Marietta, was convicted Friday in the July 9, 2016, incident in Marietta, Kim Isaza said. Townes and the victim were fighting outside a barbershop in the 1100 block of Powder Springs Street, Isaza said. “When people...
Cherokee County man gets 10 years in prison in child sex case

Cherokee County man gets 10 years in prison in child sex case

A 48-year-old Cherokee County man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after he planned a sexual encounter with someone he thought was an adolescent girl, prosecutors said. Federal officials also said Jeffrey E. Roberts of Woodstock had a laptop that contained child pornography.  “Through their constant vigilance, our federal and state law enforcement partners have stopped yet another...
Man steals gas, runs over gas station owner in south Fulton, cops say 

Man steals gas, runs over gas station owner in south Fulton, cops say 

Authorities are searching for a man they say stole gasoline and ran over a gas station attendant in south Fulton County.  Fairburn police said the man, who had been stealing diesel fuel from gas stations in the area, was confronted by the owner. Details on the name of the gas station and its location were not released.  The suspect then ran over the owner with his white Ford F-150 with...
Surveillance video key in Buckhead lounge shooting that injured woman

Surveillance video key in Buckhead lounge shooting that injured woman

A denim jacket and a black Yankees baseball cap — they are the two key items a suspected shooter wore when he allegedly shot an ex-girlfriend outside a Buckhead lounge last week.  They are also essential in identifying him.  On Monday, Atlanta police investigators released surveillance footage that captures the suspect before gunfire erupted outside Kompass Rose Grille.  About...
Gwinnett deputy resigns amid investigation into missing cocaine evidence

Gwinnett deputy resigns amid investigation into missing cocaine evidence

A Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputy resigned last week amid an investigation that revealed two kilograms of cocaine never made it to the evidence room at the county’s jail.  Antoine Riggins quit after investigators questioned him about the missing cocaine and two other cases in which heroin is believed to be missing, Channel 2 Action News reported Monday.  According to authorities...
Cops: Kids threw rocks at men, chased them, waved gun on Atlanta Beltline

Cops: Kids threw rocks at men, chased them, waved gun on Atlanta Beltline

Police are searching for two juveniles they say attacked men with rocks, waved a gun at them and chased them through the Atlanta Beltline, Channel 2 Action News reported. The children, believed to be a 6-year-old and 12-year-old, asked the men Sunday if they could play on the swing at Adair Park near the Beltline’s westside trail, Atlanta police told Channel 2.  The men said yes, but...
Suspected Cobb appliance thief took washers, dryers, refrigerators

Suspected Cobb appliance thief took washers, dryers, refrigerators

One man may be behind the thefts of 15 washers, dryers and refrigerators from a Marietta appliance store in the past three weeks, Channel 2 Action News reported Monday. Eugene Perkins was arrested by Marietta police for allegedly stealing the heavy items by himself, Channel 2 reported. A truck used by the burglar had a license plate for a disabled person. “Fridges are 300-400 pounds,&rdquo...
Woman left brain damaged after cosmetic surgery

Woman left brain damaged after cosmetic surgery

Part 1 of 2 (read Part 2 here) With her wedding just two months away, Icilma Cornelius arrived at the Lilburn office of Dr. Windell Boutte to prepare for her special day. The 54-year-old bride-to-be came to the doctor’s full-service medical spa and cosmetic surgery center for Botox and another anti-wrinkle treatment. While there, the staff recommended cosmetic surgery that could give her...
Motel 6 robbery suspects? Check the guest list

Motel 6 robbery suspects? Check the guest list

On Sunday, someone told Gainesville police that a man and a woman came into his room at the Motel 6 on Monroe Drive and held him at gunpoint. The alleged thieves took an undisclosed amount of cash and the man’s iPhone, then left on foot, police said on Facebook. However, “responding patrol units developed information that led them to the suspects at Motel 6,” police said. Yes...
Cops: Woman shot in school parking lot gave ‘conflicting stories’

Cops: Woman shot in school parking lot gave ‘conflicting stories’

A woman was shot in the parking lot of an elementary school where she was attending an awards ceremony, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Spalding County sheriff’s deputies responded to Spalding Regional Hospital, where the woman told authorities she was shot at Beaverbrook Elementary School.  “All indications are that this incident was not related to the school nor were any students...
Gwinnett park shooting ruled suicide

Gwinnett park shooting ruled suicide

Gwinnett County police ruled a shooting at Pinckneyville Park as a suicide Monday. About 10 a.m., a landscaper found a middle-aged man’s body in a ditch at the park, located at 4758 South Old Peachtree Road in Berkeley Lake near Norcross, police spokesman Jay Brewer said in a news release. “A backpack and firearm were located near the body,” which was next to a pavilion...
Deputies: DeKalb runaway, 16, ‘victimized’ in sex crimes; man charged

Deputies: DeKalb runaway, 16, ‘victimized’ in sex crimes; man charged

A man was charged with sex trafficking and other offenses after a 16-year-old female runaway was found “being victimized,” a Forsyth County sheriff’s official said Monday. Deputies responded Saturday to a call about a juvenile at an address in northeast Forsyth County, Cpl. Doug Rainwater said. “Once our deputies arrived, the juvenile was interviewed and alert...
Uber driver wanted on attempted rape, other charges arrested in Cobb

Uber driver wanted on attempted rape, other charges arrested in Cobb

Authorities in Cobb County arrested an Uber driver who has outstanding warrants in Tennessee for attempted rape and other offenses. Kevin Emmanuel Jerome, 24, is wanted on charges of attempted rape (two counts), aggravated burglary (three counts) and sexual battery (two counts), police spokeswoman Sarah O’Hara said in a statement. RELATED: Who’s driving? Uber, Lyft drivers accused...
Cops: Victim in deadly crash was driving ‘well above’ speed limit

Cops: Victim in deadly crash was driving ‘well above’ speed limit

A 31-year-old man was speeding, police said, when his vehicle left a Cobb County road early Sunday and hit a utility pole, killing him. According to a witness, the man “was traveling well above the posted 45 mph speed limit” when his silver 2002 Chevrolet Suburban left the roadway, Officer Sarah O’Hara said in a statement. Police identified the driver as Cupertino Mendoza of...
Student hit by car on way to graduation practice

Student hit by car on way to graduation practice

A student on his way to graduation practice at Jonesboro High School was hit by a car Monday morning, Channel 2 Action News reported. The student, identified as Michael Taylor by Channel 2, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center with minor injuries, according to the news station. His brother told Channel 2 he was released from the hospital Monday afternoon. Taylor was in a crosswalk when he was...
Police say Atlanta student killed in shooting may have been targeted

Police say Atlanta student killed in shooting may have been targeted

Police are investigating a weekend shooting in northwest Atlanta that killed a 16-year-old. Atlanta police said the teen, identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office as Jequan Strozier, was shot around 11 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Lake Valley Road and Hemphill School Road. Strozier walked to his home a short distance away after he was shot, according to police. He was...
Man killed in 2-county chase ID’d; driver at large

Man killed in 2-county chase ID’d; driver at large

After a chase that went through two counties, a passenger in an SUV fleeing authorities was ejected and died and the driver left the scene, the Georgia State Patrol said. The victim was identified as Levi Cortez Weems, 27, of Athens, GSP spokesman Donnie Saddler said Monday. About 11:25 p.m. Saturday, troopers in Barrow County were notified that deputies were pursuing a gold Dodge Durango on...
Officer attacked during domestic call; 2 arrested

Officer attacked during domestic call; 2 arrested

A Peachtree City police officer was attacked by two “impaired” people while handling a domestic disturbance call early Sunday, authorities said. During the struggle with the people on Birkhill, one suspect was able to fire the officer’s gun, which was in its holster, the department said on Facebook. The shot “grazed” another resident, who sustained a minor injury...
Suspect named in Dollar General armed robbery in Clayton County

Suspect named in Dollar General armed robbery in Clayton County

A suspect has been named in an armed robbery that took place at a Dollar General in Jonesboro in April. Clayton County police are looking for Dontavius Maurice Sanders, 22, of Senoia, who allegedly stole cigarettes at gunpoint from the Dollar General on Tara Boulevard, according to a news release. When officers responded to the robbery, the store manager told them Sanders was still inside the store...
VIDEO: Window washers safe after scaffolding collapses in Midtown

VIDEO: Window washers safe after scaffolding collapses in Midtown

Atlanta fire is investigating after a scaffolding collapsed at an apartment building at the intersection of West Peachtree Street and 14th Street, Sgt. Cortez Stafford said.  Two window washers were on the platform, but managed to climb to safety with the help of residents, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Atlanta Fire told Channel 2 that the workers’ safety harnesses saved them from...
Gwinnett teen who spent 2 years in jail for rape charge to get bond trial

Gwinnett teen who spent 2 years in jail for rape charge to get bond trial

A teenager is getting a chance to get bond after spending two years in a juvenile jail on rape charges from 2016, Channel 2 Action News reported. Darriah Mitchell and three other juvenile defendants have been locked up and denied bond in a rape case, which allegedly took place May 2016, Channel 2 reported. Mitchell has been held at the Rockdale Regional Youth Detention Center.  Mitchell...
High-speed chase ends in crash on Downtown Connector

High-speed chase ends in crash on Downtown Connector

A high-speed chase that started down Ga. 400 early Friday ended when the suspect’s vehicle crashed on the Downtown Connector. State troopers performed two PIT maneuvers to forcibly immobilize the speeding black Nissan Altima, according to the Georgia State Patrol. After the second, the Altima spun out to the west side of the Connector after 14th Street and hit a cement wall. The driver, Norris...
Body of hit-and-run victim found in DeKalb County ditch

Body of hit-and-run victim found in DeKalb County ditch

The body of a man was found in a ditch near the intersection of Thompson Mill and Rock Springs roads, DeKalb County police said Friday. About 9:45 a.m., officers and firefighters responded to the scene near Lithonia, police Lt. Lonzy Robinson said.  The DeKalb medical examiner’s preliminary findings revealed the man was hit by a vehicle, Robinson said.  There was little evidence at...
Georgia State University student ID’d as victim in deadly gas station shooting

Georgia State University student ID’d as victim in deadly gas station shooting

A man shot and killed outside a DeKalb County gas station has been identified as a missing Georgia State University student, police said Friday.  Jason Williams, 24, was last seen near his Ellenwood home about 4 p.m. Tuesday, his father said in a Facebook post. About 30 minutes later, he was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Citgo gas station on Columbia Drive, which is off I-20 near...
Cops: Ex-Atlanta middle school employee sexually abused boy for months

Cops: Ex-Atlanta middle school employee sexually abused boy for months

A former Atlanta Public Schools middle school paraprofessional sexually assaulted a male student at least six times since January, according to a redacted incident report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  The eighth grader told his mother about the alleged sexual assaults earlier this month, according to the Atlanta Public Schools police report. The alleged assaults occurred on Ralph...
VIDEO: Gwinnett animal shelter temporarily closed after mold found

VIDEO: Gwinnett animal shelter temporarily closed after mold found

A Suwanee animal shelter has temporarily closed due to mold being found inside the building. Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Buford Highway in Gwinnett County has moved all of its animals to the Atlanta Humane Society’s two locations during the renovations and mold removal, Christina Hill, Director of Marketing and Communications for AHS, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Transgender man shot, killed in northwest Atlanta 

Transgender man shot, killed in northwest Atlanta 

A 36-year-old transgender man was shot and killed during an argument in northwest Atlanta, police said.  Police are still searching for suspects in the fatal Sunday morning shooting.  About 3 a.m., officers found Nino Fortson, who identifies as a man, with multiple gunshot wounds in the 700 block of Woods Drive, Atlanta police said. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died...
Narcotics squad says man had ‘gray death’ in Cherokee shopping plaza

Narcotics squad says man had ‘gray death’ in Cherokee shopping plaza

A drug combination known as “gray death” was available in a Cherokee County shopping plaza recently, authorities said. But the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad got a tip and tracked Schamell Powell to a retail center on Ga. 92 in Woodstock, Channel 2 Action News reported. They think Powell, who agents heard was selling heroin in the county, planned to meet a buyer. MORE: ...
Man on Atlanta police’s ‘most wanted’ list captured in Massachusetts

Man on Atlanta police’s ‘most wanted’ list captured in Massachusetts

A man wanted for murder and who was on the Atlanta Police Department’s “most wanted” list was captured in Massachusetts on Thursday. Brejon Nabors, 27, was sought in connection with the death of Mondavius Milan, 31, who was shot April 4 inside a vehicle near the intersection of Campbellton and Barge roads. Officers in New Bedford, Mass., found Nabors when they were serving a...
GBI investigating baby’s remains found in Greene County

GBI investigating baby’s remains found in Greene County

The remains of a newborn have been found in the White Plains area of Greene County. They were found at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on Chester Road, Greene County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lee Stancill said in a statement.  “Investigators are currently conducting interviews and are attempting to locate anyone who might have information concerning this incident,” Stancill said.  Volunteers...
Salmonella outbreak in Newton County allegedly caused by 1 caterer

Salmonella outbreak in Newton County allegedly caused by 1 caterer

As many as 70 people became sick and four were hospitalized for three days after a salmonella outbreak in Newton County, authorities said. An investigation has determined that food provided by Plain Nuts Catering & Deli played a part in most, if not all, of the salmonella cases, according to a press release. The outbreak was first reported May 4, according to a news release from the Gwinnett, Newton...
Bullet found in Alpharetta High School classroom

Bullet found in Alpharetta High School classroom

A bullet was found on the floor of a classroom at Alpharetta High School, Fulton County Schools spokeswoman Donna Lowry said. The bullet was discovered during the school’s third-period block, which is between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.   “Fulton County Schools police searched the belongings of those in the classroom and those in the hallway and found nothing,” Lowry told The...
Man charged in deadly shooting after argument during gambling, police say

Man charged in deadly shooting after argument during gambling, police say

A man has been charged in a shooting death that police say stemmed from an argument while a group of men were gambling in northeast Atlanta. Gregory Oliver, 33, was charged with murder in connection with the death of 32-year-old Patrick Belton on April 21, Atlanta police Officer Stephanie Brown said. About 9 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Parkway Drive, where they found Belton with multiple...
Argument leads to deadly shooting at DeKalb apartments

Argument leads to deadly shooting at DeKalb apartments

A 27-year-old man was fatally shot early Thursday at a DeKalb County apartment complex, police said. The scene was the 1310 Apartment Homes in the 4800 block of Wood Bend Drive, DeKalb Lt. Lonzy Robertson said. Police found the victim outside with multiple gunshot wounds. He died later at a hospital. “It is believed he was in an argument with the suspect before the shooting,” Robertson...
How Amazon could revolutionize downtown Atlanta’s grittiest spot

How Amazon could revolutionize downtown Atlanta’s grittiest spot

Cristian Ospina told me he really likes Castleberry Hill, his cool Atlanta neighborhood, just south of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. But as he walks the few blocks to a MARTA station in adjacent south downtown Atlanta, he passes what I’ve called one of the the scraggliest, most forgotten parts of downtown, where oases of promise are surrounded by neglect. Ospina’s simple advice for newcomers...
Fugitive assaulted woman, threw her in trunk of car, cops say

Fugitive assaulted woman, threw her in trunk of car, cops say

A man accused of choking a woman in front of her child and kidnapping her was arrested Wednesday, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said.  Authorities said Darrell Darnelle Dixon, 33, of Atlanta, had been on the run since the April 13 assault. Dixon assaulted a woman with a gun and choked her while lifting her off the ground in front of her 8-year-old, Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill...
Cops: Man pretended to help woman who was hit by car — then robbed her

Cops: Man pretended to help woman who was hit by car — then robbed her

A man was arrested after he pretended to help a woman who had been hit by a car and then robbed her, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Corey Newkirk was arrested Friday shortly after he left a Walmart in alleged accomplice Toria Fuller’s car, Conyers police Sgt. Buck Vaughn told Channel 2.  The 49-year-old unidentified woman was pushing her shopping cart after leaving the store...
Investigation underway in teen’s shooting death 

Investigation underway in teen’s shooting death 

Authorities are investigating what led to a shooting that killed a 17-year-old Conyers boy early Tuesday morning, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office said.  Friends rushed Christian Manuel to Rockdale Piedmont hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  “Presently, this case is under investigation as to the events leading up to the shooting,” Rockdale County Sheriff&rsquo...
Sketches, video released of man sought in assault of 2 DeKalb women

Sketches, video released of man sought in assault of 2 DeKalb women

Police in Clarkston have released sketches and a neighbor’s video in their effort to find the man who assaulted two women in their home. The sketches show the man wearing a “newsboy” hat and a baseball cap with the letters ATL, Channel 2 Action News reported. He allegedly stole the ATL hat from the victims Friday. RELATED: Police still seek man who assaulted two DeKalb...
Cops: Student-athletes intimidated coach’s sexual battery victims

Cops: Student-athletes intimidated coach’s sexual battery victims

Five student-athletes intimidated two victims who accused a high school baseball coach of sexual battery, Peachtree City police said in a statement Wednesday.  Police said five of the suspects — Bradley Ector, Ethan Ange, Ahmad Ragland, Kaemon Gooden and Tyson Wright, all 18 and of Peachtree City — vandalized the victims’ homes Sunday night.  The teens attended McIntosh...
‘Violent’ fugitive seen in Cobb, police say

‘Violent’ fugitive seen in Cobb, police say

Authorities said a “violent and possibly armed” fugitive is on the loose in Cobb County. Tauron Henderson, 25, of New Jersey, was last seen in the area near Saine and Oakpoint drives, Marietta police said in a statement Wednesday. “Henderson has multiple outstanding warrants and is to be considered violent and possibly armed,” police said. “If you see someone matching...
VIDEO: Armed intruder forces man into home during robbery

VIDEO: Armed intruder forces man into home during robbery

Cobb County police have released video of part of a May 4 armed home invasion on Kay Road in which a couple was bound with duct tape. The intruder is seen forcing Jesus Garcia inside the residence at gunpoint. Cobb police are not sure if the intruder, who had long hair and wore a baseball cap, was a man or a woman.  Once inside, Garcia said he was pushed from room to room while his wife remained...
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