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Alpharetta cops: DUI suspect reached 143 mph on Ga. 400 during chase

Alpharetta cops: DUI suspect reached 143 mph on Ga. 400 during chase

An Alpharetta officer was injured in a crash early Saturday at the end of a high-speed chase that began on southbound Ga. 400, police said. At one point, the driver being pursued was clocked at 143 mph, spokesman Howard Miller said. The suspect was identified as 49-year-old John Bolling, Miller said. Other agencies also were involved in the chase for Bolling, who was taken into custody and...
Teacher removed from Atlanta school after alleged fight with student

Teacher removed from Atlanta school after alleged fight with student

A teacher was removed from the classroom Friday following an alleged fight with a student, Atlanta Public Schools confirmed.   The fight happened at Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta, APS spokesman Ian Smith said.  Smith said the teacher was temporarily removed from the school pending an investigation. The teacher’s identity was not released.   “Safety...
2 more arrested in alleged armed robbery, gambling house on KSU campus

2 more arrested in alleged armed robbery, gambling house on KSU campus

It was supposed to be a friendly wager over a game of NBA 2K18.  Instead, what transpired was an armed robbery at an illegal gambling house operated out of a Kennesaw State University football player’s on-campus apartment. After a week-long investigation, authorities arrested two more people — Justin “Pimp Juice” Mosley and Issiah “Swipe” Hightower —...
Cops: ‘Irate’ man shot at woman who cut in front of him on I-20 in DeKalb

Cops: ‘Irate’ man shot at woman who cut in front of him on I-20 in DeKalb

Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly shot at a woman police say cut in front of him on I-20 West in DeKalb County.  The suspect and victim were merging onto the interstate from the Columbia Drive exit when the woman passed him in her Nissan Altima, DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson said.  “The suspect became irate and pulled around the victim and fired into the victim's...
Man unhappy with no jail time for driver charged in his wife’s death

Man unhappy with no jail time for driver charged in his wife’s death

More than a year after a driver was charged with hitting and killing a woman as she walked her dog, the victim’s husband likely will see the case come to a conclusion. But Bill Stovall of Gwinnett County is not happy about the probable outcome, Channel 2 Action News reported. Tiffany Hayes, the driver, is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to vehicular homicide and other charges, the news station...
Man convicted of murder flees courtroom before verdict 

Man convicted of murder flees courtroom before verdict 

A man accused of killing a 19-year-old nearly seven years ago fled the Fulton County courthouse before the verdict was read, the district attorney’s office said.  Verlaine Laguerre, 26, disappeared Friday afternoon before jurors convicted him of killing Matthew Hardeman, Fulton district attorney spokesman Chris Hopper said in a news release. A jury also convicted Laguerre’s accomplice...
UGA student raped by man who passed as Uber driver, police say

UGA student raped by man who passed as Uber driver, police say

A University of Georgia student was raped early Friday by someone she thought was an Uber driver, Athens-Clarke County police said. Just after 3 a.m., officers met with the 25-year-old woman, who said she requested an Uber driver pick her up, spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said. “She adds she got into a car she believed was an Uber, but determined midride it was not an Uber,” Rodriguez...
What’s in it for me? A closer look at Gwinnett’s (entire) transit plan

What’s in it for me? A closer look at Gwinnett’s (entire) transit plan

Yes, Gwinnett’s transit plan — the comprehensive study meant to guide Georgia’s second-largest county well into the future — includes a bit of the heavy rail that’s long been a topic of conversation. And yes, the plan includes a key stretch of bus rapid transit near the bustling I-85 corridor. But officials say there’s much, much more than that, too. &ldquo...
Man accused of killing wife caught, bound for hospital

Man accused of killing wife caught, bound for hospital

Jerome Ray Mobley, wanted in connection with the death of his wife in Walton County earlier this week, was taken into custody Friday afternoon, Sheriff Joe Chapman told Channel 2 Action News. He was found off Hestertown Road in Walton County.  Mobley is “very badly hurt” and is being taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, Chapman said. His condition is critical but stable, Chapman...
Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for restaurant robberies

Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for restaurant robberies

A man will spend 15 years in prison for robbing two restaurants at gunpoint in three days in Henry County, according to the spokeswoman for the district attorney. Johnny Lee Wade, 30, of Macon, pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of armed robbery, four counts of aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, Megan Matteucci said. Both crimes were committed in 2016. Wade went...
Men get 2 life prison terms for deadly shooting

Men get 2 life prison terms for deadly shooting

Two men each received two life prison terms after they were convicted of shooting a 23-year-old man to death outside his southeast Atlanta apartment. Jaquavious Johnson, 26, and Scean Mitchell, 21, gunned down Calvin Clark Jr. about 2 p.m. July 14, then took his gun, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said. The shooting occurred outside the Forest Cove Apartments on New Town Circle. &ldquo...
Uber Eats driver arrested in mentally disabled man’s rape 

Uber Eats driver arrested in mentally disabled man’s rape 

An Uber Eats driver accused of raping a disabled man at his job last month was arrested, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Todd Barron, 54, fled to California after the March 25 rape, but was caught when authorities discovered he booked a flight back to Atlanta, police told Channel 2.  RELATED: Mentally disabled man raped in bathroom at work, police say Barron was arrested April 13 at...
Cops: 13-year-old shot, killed in Clayton County home

Cops: 13-year-old shot, killed in Clayton County home

A 13-year-old boy was found Tuesday evening lying face-down and suffering from a gunshot wound inside a Riverdale home, Clayton County police said. Emergency services officials arrived at the Brookview Drive home to assess and treat the boy, but he died at the scene, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said.  Two days later police don’t have a motive or a possible suspect &mdash...
Police: Man drove into acquaintance after dispute, killed him

Police: Man drove into acquaintance after dispute, killed him

A man apparently drove into a longtime acquaintance on purpose after arguing with him and then left the scene, police said. The victim later died at Grady Memorial Hospital. Bruce Skrine, 58, was charged with vehicular homicide after the incident Wednesday night about 7:15 in the 20 block of Moreland Avenue, Atlanta police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown said. Officers found Skrine and arrested him. The...
Officials: Atlanta rapper had 440 pounds of pot on private plane

Officials: Atlanta rapper had 440 pounds of pot on private plane

An Atlanta rapper connected to a federal raid in southwest Atlanta on Wednesday flew into the city last weekend with 440 pounds of marijuana — worth $840,000 — on a private plane, officials told Channel 2 Action News.  Terrell Davis, whose stage name is Ralo, faces two counts of conspiracy to distribute marijuana after his arrest at Peachtree DeKalb Airport on Sunday, Channel...
2 KSU football players kicked off team after campus armed robbery

2 KSU football players kicked off team after campus armed robbery

Two Kennesaw State University football players have been dismissed from the team amid their alleged involvement in an on-campus armed robbery, according to school officials.  One of the athletes, Akebren Ralls, is also accused of running an illegal gambling house, according to Cobb County jail records. Ralls and teammate Jai’len Edwards were booked into the jail Thursday morning and face...
Man hid in downtown Atlanta library, sexually assaulted security guard

Man hid in downtown Atlanta library, sexually assaulted security guard

A security guard was sexually assaulted inside the downtown Atlanta library after a man held scissors to her throat, according to a police report.  The suspect hid in the Central Library for hours Sunday and waited until the building closed to attack, Atlanta police told Channel 2 Action News.  According to the report, the victim was working when the man came up behind her, held the scissors...
Child, 4, killed after tractor-trailer slams into car on I-285 

Child, 4, killed after tractor-trailer slams into car on I-285 

A tractor-trailer crashed into a car, killing a 4-year-old girl inside the car, The Georgia State Patrol said.  The crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. Thursday on I-285 near Washington Road in Fulton County.  According to GSP, a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe and a tractor-trailer were stopped in the southbound lanes due to traffic.  “The driver of the first tractor-trailer was following too...
Reward offered after thieves drive into indoor trampoline park, take ATM

Reward offered after thieves drive into indoor trampoline park, take ATM

It wasn’t just another smash and grab. And it wasn’t just another ATM theft. The people who backed an SUV through the front and into the Sky Zone trampoline park in Roswell knew exactly where the ATM was, Channel 2 Action News reported Thursday. “They definitely worked as a team, in and out very quickly,” owner Jeff Cole said. The thieves struck just before 3 a.m. Sunday, police...
Man who chased son, slit his throat indicted for murder

Man who chased son, slit his throat indicted for murder

A man accused of slitting his son’s throat and then burying him in a shallow grave was indicted on murder and aggravated assault charges Thursday, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office said.  Montrais Boyd Sr. was also indicted on two counts of cruelty to children after authorities said he chased and stabbed the 5-year-old boy two months ago in front of two children at a Lithonia...
Sex trafficking victim found in hotel, police say; man arrested

Sex trafficking victim found in hotel, police say; man arrested

Conyers police have arrested a New Jersey man after they said they found “indications of human trafficking” involving a 20-year-old woman in a hotel room. Brad Gaskins, 36, is charged with trafficking of a person for sexual servitude and aggravated sodomy, police Sgt. Buck Vaughn said. The woman, from Washington state, had recently moved to the area, met Gaskins in DeKalb County,...
Detectives renew calls for leads in deadly Gwinnett home invasion

Detectives renew calls for leads in deadly Gwinnett home invasion

More than a month after a deadly home invasion in Gwinnett County, police on Thursday renewed calls for tips from the public. “Detectives are asking anyone with information on this case or the occupants of the vehicle to please call,” Gwinnett police Cpl. Wilbert M. Rundles said in a statement. According to police, two armed intruders in construction attire broke into a home in the 1700...
Teens found remains of teacher reported missing nearly 3 years ago 

Teens found remains of teacher reported missing nearly 3 years ago 

Douglas County officials said remains found in a wooded area near I-20 are that of missing teacher Larry Bolen. The remains were found Wednesday night by two teenagers about a mile east of the Ga. 5 exit, according to Channel 2 Action News. The ID was confirmed using dental records, clothing and Bolen’s driver’s license, the news station reported. There was no sign of foul play or...
Man beaten to death at DeKalb motel

Man beaten to death at DeKalb motel

A man has died in a brutal assault at a DeKalb County motel and his attacker is on the run, police said. About 6 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to a call about a fight at the United Inn and Suites on Memorial Drive. “Right now, we don’t know why the victim and the suspect got in some kind of physical altercation,” DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson said. A witness called 911. ...
2 Atlanta University Center students robbed at gunpoint

2 Atlanta University Center students robbed at gunpoint

Police are looking for robbers who produced handguns and demanded two Atlanta University Center students turn over their belongings, according to police. Officers responded just before 3 a.m. Thursday to Beckwith Street after getting a call about the robbery, Officer Lisa Bender said. The students told police they were walking home on Beckwith Street when they were approached by two men who got out...
Federal raid at Atlanta apartment tied to rapper’s arrest, officials say

Federal raid at Atlanta apartment tied to rapper’s arrest, officials say

An early Wednesday morning raid in a southwest Atlanta neighborhood is tied to a rapper’s arrest, authorities told Channel 2 Action News.  Atlanta police and federal authorities, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, raided a Lucile Avenue apartment complex about 6 a.m., neighbors told Channel 2.  Details about the raid were not immediately...
Missing person case now homicide investigation after decomposing body found

Missing person case now homicide investigation after decomposing body found

David Barlow’s car was found running but unoccupied at the end of his mother’s driveway last month, Clayton County police said. Two cellphones were found inside of it.  But Barlow was nowhere to be found.  On Tuesday, authorities identified a decomposed body found on Crystal Lake Road in College Park as Barlow. A preliminary autopsy report determined he died from a gunshot wound...
Vandals sought after school’s ‘spirit rock’ painted over

Vandals sought after school’s ‘spirit rock’ painted over

Cherokee County school police and administrators are trying to find out who vandalized a popular symbol of school spirit at Woodstock High School. Over the weekend, someone vandalized the school’s “spirit rock,” which is painted periodically by students for special occasions, school system spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said. “The rock was painted over with blue paint by the vandal(s)...
Cops: Suspect threatened to blow up store after owner asked for ID

Cops: Suspect threatened to blow up store after owner asked for ID

A potential alcohol purchase ended with a man telling the store owner he was going to die and threatening to blow up the business, Oakwood police said.  Nearly two weeks after the threat, police are hoping a CrimeStoppers reward will yield an arrest.  On April 7, the man walked into a convenience store on McEver Road to buy alcohol, Oakwood police Sgt. Todd Templeton said in a news release...
$25M suit for Ga. teen amputee moves forward despite police closing case

$25M suit for Ga. teen amputee moves forward despite police closing case

The attorney for a Georgia teen amputee said a $25 million lawsuit on his behalf is moving forward despite some recent developments. The Columbus Police Department closed its investigation into the September 2016 case of Montravious Thomas earlier in April, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. Police said they found no crime was committed despite claims that a contract teacher in the Muscogee County...
Nebraska cops: East Point man had 114 pounds of pot in his SUV

Nebraska cops: East Point man had 114 pounds of pot in his SUV

An East Point man was arrested in Nebraska on Monday after he was caught with 114 pounds of marijuana in his SUV, according to a Nebraska State Patrol news release.  Tzeghai Sayetu-Hazell, 32, remained in the Lancaster County jail Wednesday on $50,000 bond, according to jail records. He faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and a...
UPDATE: New photos released of man wanted in wife’s death

UPDATE: New photos released of man wanted in wife’s death

Walton County officials on Thursday released new photos of the 39-year-old man they are seeking in connection with the death of his wife. Jerome Ray Mobley is wanted on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and two counts of first-degree cruelty to children. According to Sheriff Joe Chapman, Mobley’s wife died shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday on Knox Chapel Road east of Social Circle...
Arrest made in fire that killed 24 horses

Arrest made in fire that killed 24 horses

A man has been charged with arson and aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with a stable fire that killed 24 horses, according to a Clayton County fire spokeswoman. Investigators received a tip that 23-year-old Jonathan Espinoza-Vasquez set the fire April 4 after he got into an argument with his child’s mother and went to her home, Laura Richardson said Wednesday in a statement....
Georgia teen found two years after disappearance

Georgia teen found two years after disappearance

Aubrey Jayce Carroll hadn’t been seen since May 24, 2016.  The then-15-year-old boy — donning a short hair style, goatee and piercing in his left ear — left his high school early that day and didn’t return to his Griffin home, an FBI missing person’s flyer said at the time.  It was believed Carroll was staying with friends and that he was going to Jones County...
Man pleaded guilty to molesting teen girl, possessing child porn

Man pleaded guilty to molesting teen girl, possessing child porn

A McDonough man pleaded guilty to molesting a teenage girl and possessing child pornography, The Henry County District Attorney’s office said.  Richard Fisher Hayes, 48, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated child molestation, one county of child molestation and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of children, Henry district attorney spokeswoman Megan Matteucci said in a news release...
Errant driver’s license suspensions corrected, officials say

Errant driver’s license suspensions corrected, officials say

Officials in Spalding County said Tuesday they have corrected driving records that were erroneously affected by an “internal user error.” About 600 driver’s licenses were suspended accidentally as a result of the mistake, according to a statement from Spalding County State Court Judge Josh Thacker. “The errant submissions were quickly removed and the driving records corrected...
‘They’re targeting churches’: Thieves cut cages, steal 4 air conditioners

‘They’re targeting churches’: Thieves cut cages, steal 4 air conditioners

Atlanta police are searching for thieves who stole four air conditioning units from Ben Hill Christian Church.  The senior pastor, Arthur Poole, told police the units were at the church, located in the 4000 block of Sunset Drive, when he left about 1 p.m. Sunday. But by 9 a.m. Monday, “the units were missing and the metal cages that were covering them were cut off,” Atlanta...
Man wearing ‘Team Jesus’ T-shirt charged with shooting at police car

Man wearing ‘Team Jesus’ T-shirt charged with shooting at police car

A man who allegedly shot out the window of a police car while wearing a T-shirt that said “Team Jesus” is in custody, a spokesman said. Paul Jason Mikell, 41, of Stockbridge, was arrested April 11, Henry County police Capt. Joey Smith said. Mikell shot out the window March 24 just before midnight at a package store on Highway 138 in Stockbridge, police said. After police issued a...
Cops ID man shot, killed at Cobb motel after dragging officer in car

Cops ID man shot, killed at Cobb motel after dragging officer in car

A man was shot and killed after he tried to evade police at a Cobb County motel and dragged an officer in a car Tuesday, police said.  The officer-involved shooting occurred at the Guest Inn on South Service Drive in Austell. The location is near Six Flags over Georgia. Officers were patrolling the area when they found a door open to one of the hotel rooms with “visible...
GBI investigating possible employee misconduct at state university

GBI investigating possible employee misconduct at state university

The GBI has opened a criminal investigation into possible employee misconduct at a Middle Georgia university, officials said Tuesday. The state Attorney General’s office and the university system Board of Regents asked the GBI to begin the investigation at Fort Valley State University, GBI agent J.T. Ricketson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He said the complaint was made by a student...
Georgia man charged with murder after 2-year-old dies from beating

Georgia man charged with murder after 2-year-old dies from beating

A northwest Georgia man has been charged with felony murder after a 2-year-old he is accused of beating later died, authorities said. Hassan Shareef Rashad, 38, who was arrested Friday afternoon, attacked the victim in front of a 5-year-old child, Floyd County police spokesman Jerome Poole told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an email. ALSO: Man sentenced for beating 2-year-old son who called...
Cops: Driver harassed Gwinnett teacher, called him a racial slur

Cops: Driver harassed Gwinnett teacher, called him a racial slur

Authorities arrested a man accused of harassing a Gwinnett County teacher and calling him a racial slur during a road-rage incident, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Eric DeKeyser, 49, faces a disorderly conduct charge in the April 6 incident, according to the news station.  Johns Creek police said DeKeyser was driving too closely behind South Gwinnett High School teacher Terrence Stover...
New Jersey man, 76, dies after Cherokee County house fire

New Jersey man, 76, dies after Cherokee County house fire

A 76-year-old man died Monday from injuries suffered in a house fire in Cherokee County this weekend, officials said.  Fire officials responded to the home in the 200 block of North Briar Ridge in Woodstock at about 11 p.m. Saturday, Cherokee fire spokesman Tim Cavender said in a news release.  RELATED: Man, his dog killed in Lawrenceville fire The homeowners, ages 82 and 74, and another...
John A. Williams, Atlanta developer and philanthropist, has died 

John A. Williams, Atlanta developer and philanthropist, has died 

John A. Williams, 75, a seminal Georgia developer and minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons, died suddenly Monday. His company, Preferred Apartment Communities, released a statement saying employees are profoundly saddened to announce the loss of its co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer. “The Board and the Company are indebted to Mr. Williams for his strong leadership, real estate...
Officer injured, man arrested after crash, chase in South Fulton

Officer injured, man arrested after crash, chase in South Fulton

A man was arrested after a crash and chase that left a South Fulton police officer injured, Channel 2 Action News reported.  The series of events began Monday afternoon when police say the man pulled a gun on another man, Channel 2 reported.  Officers located the suspect and followed him. He crashed into a van at the intersection of Flat Shoals Road and Old National Highway, police told...
2 arrested in 17-year-old’s fatal shooting; ‘ongoing dispute’ likely motive 

2 arrested in 17-year-old’s fatal shooting; ‘ongoing dispute’ likely motive 

A second man was arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old in Union City, police said.  Tre Graham, 18, was taken into custody Tuesday in Chevelle Thompson’s killing, police said. He faces charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to Fulton County jail records.  He waived his first court...
Man sentenced for beating 2-year-old son who called him a name

Man sentenced for beating 2-year-old son who called him a name

King Davis was in Douglasville visiting his father, Courtney Craig, for the weekend. But after an evening meal with family and friends, Craig beat the 2-year-old for calling him a name.  Craig later found Davis unresponsive and called the boy’s mother, who instructed him to call 911. Authorities arrived at Craig’s Millwood Park apartment and determined Davis had been dead for several...
Teen arrested in shooting death of high school senior

Teen arrested in shooting death of high school senior

A teen has been arrested in the shooting death of a friend who was weeks away from his high school graduation. Dean Dunkley, 18, has been charged with murder in connection with Saturday’s deadly shooting, DeKalb County police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. About 4:30 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to the shooting in the 500 block of Old Friar Tuck Road near Stone Mountain. Police...
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