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2 residents burned in Marietta apartment fire

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze at a Marietta apartment complex that injured two people on Monday.

The fire at the Crestmont Apartments in the 500 block of Williams Drive left 20 families displaced.

11Alive's Valerie Hoff learned two people suffered burns in the fire, and one of those victims also broke an arm while jumping to escape the flames. Both are being treated at an area hospital. No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Residents reported hearing an explosion shortly before the fire began. The two injured people were inside the apartment where the explosion occurred.

More than 40 Marietta firefighters spent much of the morning bringing the blaze under control. At least 16 of 20 unites were destroyed by the fire.

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Police release sketch of would-be kidnapper


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County Police and the G.B.I. are releasing a sketch of the suspect wanted in the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl.

The man is described as a black male between 20 and 30 years old with a gold front tooth.  The attempted abduction happened at 2:45 p.m. August 25th near Powder Springs Road and Pair Road in Marietta.

Man stabbed to death in Cobb County, suspect arrested

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Police have arrested the suspect accused of stabbing a man to death during an argument.

Investigators were dispatched to the 3100 block of Terrace Drive in Marietta shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday.

When they arrived, they found 32-year-old Maurice Arnold lying on a front porch. Arnold had been stabbed several times. He was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives arrested 67-year-old Aaron Strong without incident. Strong was charged with murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. He is being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

Animal Control employee arrested after dog's death

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A former Cobb County Animal Control employee resigned after a dog died while in his care.

Matthew Cory Dodson, 24, was also arrested and charged with animal cruelty and obstruction, both misdemeanors.

Cobb County Police said Dodson picked up a dog on Saturday, July 18. The dog died, prompting an investigation. Its cause of death was not released.

"Cobb County authorities want to reassure our citizens that this type of behavior will never be condoned and that the safety of any animal while in our custody ... is paramount," Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a release. "We have met with the owner of the dog, advised them of the results of our investigation and are working with them regarding this tragic situation."

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Woman complains of rat droppings in Marietta storage unit

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Stacy Tore rented a storage unit at the Public Storage on Austell Road in Marietta back in June while she was waiting to move to a new apartment. But now, she's not sure she wants back any of her belongings. The reason: rodent droppings are scattered throughout the unit.

"They are on the ground, on top of the boxes, on on top of the furniture, the mattresses, its all over the place!" she said.


Recycling center building evacuated due to hazmat situation

COBB COUNTY, Ga. – Numerous workers at a Cobb County recycling center were taken to the hospital about complaining of irritation on Thursday.

According to Dan Dupree of Cobb County Public Safety, several workers at the RockTenn recycling facility on County Services Parkway complained of irritation from something in the garbage around 8 a.m.

The building was evacuated, and eight workers were transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital as a precaution. Eleven others were decontaminated. There were no serious injuries.

UPDATE: Memorial to fallen Marietta Marine found

COBB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- The mother of the Marietta Marine who was killed last month in the Chattanooga shootings ended the day, Monday, as relieved as she was worried at the beginning of the day.

Cathy Wells found a missing keepsake of her son late Monday afternoon. She thought it had been stolen Monday morning. She said she had a reason to smile in what has been a month of tears.

And with that, she took the opportunity to tell 11Alive News how grateful she continues to be for the support she has been receiving from so many friends and neighbors -- and colleagues at the Cobb County school district, where she works as a school bus driver.

If she falters, she says, "I can't fall far."