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MARTA recruiting bus drivers in Marietta


MARIETTA, Ga. -- MARTA and the Georgia Department of Labor will host a two-part bus driver recruitment in Cobb County this week.

The career fair will be Thursday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to noon, then 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Cobb-Cherokee Career Center.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and have high school diplomas or GEDs. A class A or B commercial driver's license and two years of driving experience are also required. At least one year of bus, taxi or limousine driving is preferred.

Fair attendees are asked to dress in professional clothes and bring copies of their resumes, as well as their Motor Vehicle Reports for the past seven years.

Salaries for MARTA bus drivers begin at $14.09 an hour.

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Man convicted of murdering teen prostitute


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County jury deliberated less than three hours last week before finding a man guilty of murdering a teenage prostitute.

Ricardo Laron Harris, 35, of Rochester, N.Y., was convicted of killing 19-year-old Yvonne Denise James. The victim died in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2013, inside her room at the Howard Johnson Inn Marietta on Delk Road.

Harris was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and concealing a death. Prosecutors said he hired James for sex, then beat and drowned her. He was inside James' motel room for about 90 minutes before calling 911.

Cobb County Deputy Chief ADA Jesse Evans described Harris as "a violent serial offender with a long documented history of assaulting and beating women."

2 arrested in shooting death at Cobb County motel


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Police have charged two men in a fatal shooting at a motel.

Officers were dispatched shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday to the Masters Inn in the 2600 block of Windy Hill Road. When they arrived, they found the victim, 32-year-old Demetrius Towns of Atlanta, lying in a breezeway. He was pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds.

Minutes after the shooting, officers caught and arrested 23-year-old Fredrick Hodge of Marietta. They questioned and then arrested 26-year-old Joseph Cory McCoy, also of Marietta.

Both suspects are being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and firearm possession by a convicted felon.

3 sentenced in connection with Ga. teen sex trafficking


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Sandy Springs man has pleaded guilty to sex-trafficking an underage girl and then trying to influence her not to cooperate with prosecutors.

Martez Martell Fuque, 23, who goes by several aliases including Diablo, Redwings Diablo and King Joffey Joe pleaded guilty Thursday to 11 charges including trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, pimping a person under 18 years of age, sexual exploitation of children, conspiracy to commit influencing a witness and influencing a witness.

Two co-defendants, Naquana James, 20, of Alpharetta, Ga. and Mariah C. Rutledge, 19, of Sandy Springs, Ga. who were charged with influencing a witness also pleaded guilty earlier in the day.

Trial began Monday for all three defendants. The guilty pleas came on the fourth day of what was expected to be a two-week trial.

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Friends, family come together to help search for Chase Massner


MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) – The search is intensifying for a missing veteran who mysteriously disappeared more than a year ago. Chase Massner was last seen March 2014 in Cobb County.

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His heartbroken wife is still seeking answers.

The case remains on the radar of the Cobb County Police Department.

The family is hoping that bringing in a fresh set of eyes to look at the clues will lead to finding Chase. Friends say there is no way Chase Massner would simply leave his family would simply leave his family without telling them where he was going.

$350K memorial donation for Auburn Football star may be returned


MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) -- Phillip Lutzenkirchen, a former Lassiter High and Auburn Football star, was killed last June during a drunk driving crash.

Supporters have raised more than $350,000 to get a field named in his honor. What there may not be enough of is time to get this passed by local government.

"Honestly it was surprise. We had worked very closely with the district on all of the steps," said Bob Penter of the Lutzie 43 Foundation.

The organization raised the money to renovate the grounds at Frank Fillmann Stadium. The turf has become patchy and faded. However the memory of one of greatest athletes to play here remains strong.

The renovation would be a permanent memorial.Fillmann Stadium was the setting of his high school victories, and the memorial ceremony after his death in a drunk driving crash.

Six Flags White Water alcohol permit denied


MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) -- The Marietta City Council has denied Six Flags White Water's request to sell alcohol.

White Water representatives came before the Marietta City Council on Monday to request a change in the city ordinance to be able to sell and consume alcohol in the park.

The city code only allows for the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars within the city limits.

With a vote of 4-2 by the city council, the change to the ordinance was not approved.

Council members opposed the request due to safety concerns of the children and families at the park while mixing alcohol consumption and water activities.