Steve Burns

Steve Burns is a breaking news reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Couple who allegedly kidnapped their own kids found, detained in Georgia
 Two parents from North Carolina were detained in Coweta County on Wednesday after authorities said they kidnapped their own children. Police found the parents with their two children behind a gas station in Grantville, Assistant Police Chief Cliff Schriefer said. The man was identified as Christopher Stewart Bryant by a Coweta County sheriff&rsquo...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Two parents from North Carolina were detained in Coweta County on Wednesday after authorities said they kidnapped their own children. Police found the parents with their two children behind a gas station in Grantville, Assistant Police Chief Cliff Schriefer said. The man was identified as Christopher Stewart Bryant by a Coweta County sheriff&rsquo...
Police, neighbors seek answers in Gwinnett woman’s shooting death
 Police gathered evidence and talked to residents Thursday as they tried to figure out who fatally shot a 60-year-old woman at her Lawrenceville home. Meanwhile, neighbors had little to say about the death of Cheryl Loving, according to Channel 2 Action News. "It's especially traumatic for the family as we are moving to the holiday season...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Police gathered evidence and talked to residents Thursday as they tried to figure out who fatally shot a 60-year-old woman at her Lawrenceville home. Meanwhile, neighbors had little to say about the death of Cheryl Loving, according to Channel 2 Action News. "It's especially traumatic for the family as we are moving to the holiday season...
Georgia woman who stabbed man in his sleep convicted of murder
 A woman is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for the stabbing death of a Forsyth County man in his home. Tonya Jane Tidwell, 34, was convicted Tuesday of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated battery in the death of David Eric Guice in December 2016, District Attorney Penny Penn said. RELATED: 3 charged with murder after man found...

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A woman is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for the stabbing death of a Forsyth County man in his home. Tonya Jane Tidwell, 34, was convicted Tuesday of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated battery in the death of David Eric Guice in December 2016, District Attorney Penny Penn said. RELATED: 3 charged with murder after man found...
GBI arrests 2 on child molestation charges
 After an investigation, the GBI has arrested two people in Rabun County on child molestation charges. Cody Whitmire, 22, of Tiger, was charged with six counts of child molestation, one count of exploitation of a child and one count of statutory rape, agent Kim Williams said in a statement. Tamtha Watts was also arrested on one count of child...

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After an investigation, the GBI has arrested two people in Rabun County on child molestation charges. Cody Whitmire, 22, of Tiger, was charged with six counts of child molestation, one count of exploitation of a child and one count of statutory rape, agent Kim Williams said in a statement. Tamtha Watts was also arrested on one count of child...
Police: Deadly shooting at Atlanta park was self-defense
 A man acted in self-defense when he fatally shot another man at a northwest Atlanta park Saturday night, police said. Based on the investigation, police are treating the shooting as self-defense and have not made any arrests,  police spokeswoman Lisa Bender said Wednesday in a statement.  “The case will be forwarded to the Fulton...

Posted: a day ago

A man acted in self-defense when he fatally shot another man at a northwest Atlanta park Saturday night, police said. Based on the investigation, police are treating the shooting as self-defense and have not made any arrests, police spokeswoman Lisa Bender said Wednesday in a statement.  “The case will be forwarded to the Fulton...
Head of Georgia sobriety house arrested, facing fraud charges in Arkansas
 Authorities have arrested the operator of a North Georgia faith-based addiction recovery facility after their investigation turned up a warrant for her in Arkansas. Starla Pope, aka Starla Occhito, was booked into the Lumpkin County Jail on Friday. That was two days after the sheriff’s office began checking into “possible...

Posted: a day ago

Authorities have arrested the operator of a North Georgia faith-based addiction recovery facility after their investigation turned up a warrant for her in Arkansas. Starla Pope, aka Starla Occhito, was booked into the Lumpkin County Jail on Friday. That was two days after the sheriff’s office began checking into “possible...
Man seriously injured when car crashes into parked truck in Cobb
 A 26-year-old man was seriously injured early Tuesday when his car hit a parked truck, causing it to hit another parked vehicle, Cobb County police said. “Investigators believe excessive speed and alcohol may be contributing factors in this collision,” Cobb police Officer Sarah O’Hara said in a news release. Shortly after...

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A 26-year-old man was seriously injured early Tuesday when his car hit a parked truck, causing it to hit another parked vehicle, Cobb County police said. “Investigators believe excessive speed and alcohol may be contributing factors in this collision,” Cobb police Officer Sarah O’Hara said in a news release. Shortly after...
Suspect in deadly Snapchat shooting found competent for trial
 A man who is charged in a shooting death that authorities said was recorded on Snapchat has been ruled competent to stand trial. A Hall County judge ruled Nov. 5 that Talon Lowery “is capable of understanding the nature of the charges against him,” according to court documents obtained by Channel 2 Action News. Lowery&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

A man who is charged in a shooting death that authorities said was recorded on Snapchat has been ruled competent to stand trial. A Hall County judge ruled Nov. 5 that Talon Lowery “is capable of understanding the nature of the charges against him,” according to court documents obtained by Channel 2 Action News. Lowery&rsquo...
SUNDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Chilly temps to continue, rain on the way
 Sunday: High: 55 Sunday night: Low: 35 Monday: High: 48 As local legend Gucci Mane would say: “Brr!” Even if you don’t get that hip-hop reference, you can’t mistake the expert’s take on today’s weather:  “It’s cold,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan...

Posted: 5 days ago

Sunday: High: 55 Sunday night: Low: 35 Monday: High: 48 As local legend Gucci Mane would say: “Brr!” Even if you don’t get that hip-hop reference, you can’t mistake the expert’s take on today’s weather:  “It’s cold,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan...
Couple found dead in Hall County home; sheriff investigating
 Hall County deputies are investigating the deaths of a 43-year-old man and his 35-year-old girlfriend. Just before 6 a.m. Saturday, deputies and investigators were called to the 3500 block of Gaines Mill Road regarding two dead people, Sheriff Gerald Couch said. They were found by the man’s son, who last had contact with them the evening...

Posted: 5 days ago

Hall County deputies are investigating the deaths of a 43-year-old man and his 35-year-old girlfriend. Just before 6 a.m. Saturday, deputies and investigators were called to the 3500 block of Gaines Mill Road regarding two dead people, Sheriff Gerald Couch said. They were found by the man’s son, who last had contact with them the evening...
2 sought in theft of 70 cartons of cigarettes from delivery truck
 Authorities are seeking two men who they say stole 70 cartons of cigarettes from a delivery truck. Shortly after 8:15 a.m. Friday, two men pulled up beside the truck at a Chevron station on McCollum Village Parkway in Coweta County, according to the sheriff’s office Facebook page. The men were in a newer model silver Toyota Camry. &ldquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Authorities are seeking two men who they say stole 70 cartons of cigarettes from a delivery truck. Shortly after 8:15 a.m. Friday, two men pulled up beside the truck at a Chevron station on McCollum Village Parkway in Coweta County, according to the sheriff’s office Facebook page. The men were in a newer model silver Toyota Camry. &ldquo...