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Driver charged after killing pedestrian in Marietta

Driver charged after killing pedestrian in Marietta

MARIETTA, Ga. – An 18-year-old driver faces several charges after striking and killing a 78-year-old man as he walked on the sidewalk in Marietta on Sunday.

Ashli Mitchell has been charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions, driving without a license, and required tire tread depth. She also faces a child restraint violation.

According to Marietta Police Officer David Baldwin, a minivan was traveling northbound on Franklin Road when the driver lost control and left the road, striking a man walking on the sidewalk. The van continued through a fence and down an embankment, Baldwin said.

The pedestrian, identified as Joe Lewis Burns, was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Baldwin said.

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Ga. health rankings: Cobb County

Ga. health rankings: Cobb County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Cobb is Georgia's 4th healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 8th for quality of life, 3rd for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 21st for clinical care, 10th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 124th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Cobb County:

Body found inside Cobb house after fire


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was found dead at the scene of a house fire in Cobb County Tuesday morning.

The fire broke out shortly before 10:30 a.m. at 1905 Heritage Green Drive, in the Heritage Green subdivision.

Cobb County Fire spokesperson Denell Boyd said a landscaper called in the fire. Responding officials found smoke pouring from the house.

The victim's body was found in a bedroom, according to Boyd. The identity and cause of death have not been determined.

Marietta man charged with placing pipe bomb in park

Marietta man charged with placing pipe bomb in park

ROSWELL, Ga. (WXIA) – Michael Sibley made a first court appearance on Monday in connection with federal charges for leaving a pipe bomb in Vickery Creek National Park in Roswell last November.

Sibley, 67 of Marietta, was arrested by the FBI on Mar. 21.

"The defendant allegedly placed a bag containing what appeared to be pipe bombs in Vickery Creek Park," said acting U.S. Attorney John Horn in a statement Monday afternoon. "This arrest should reassure the community that serious crimes like this will be investigated thoroughly and all leads followed to identify the perpetrator."

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Mom who killed man with minivan questioned by police

Mom who killed man with minivan questioned by police

MARIETTA, Ga.-- Marietta Police are still working to determine what happened in the moments before an 18-year-old driver jumped the curb and crashed into an elderly man out for a walk.

Marietta Police say they're still trying to determine who was at fault. They've been interviewing witnesses, including the children who were inside the minivan at the time of the crash.

"There's a lot of possibilities. The roads were wet. It was raining at the time. We don't know if it was a distracted driver. If there was a malfunction with the vehicle. If the driver just lost control or was distracted by a child. We just don't know yet," Marietta Police spokesman David Baldwin told 11Alive's Donna Lowry.

Vote on Cobb Bus Rapid Transit system could be delayed

Vote on Cobb Bus Rapid Transit system could be delayed

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee -- long a proponent of creating a Bus Rapid Transit system in Cobb -- says his plan to bring Bus Rapid Transit up for a vote in 2016 might not happen.

Lee says he won't move forward on his proposal to create the system without support from commissioners.

County commissioners have had mixed feelings on the bus system.

The system was proposed in 2012 after a study recommended a bus line to run north and south along Cobb Parkway and connect Kennesaw State University and Midtown Atlanta. Lee said earlier this year the proposed bus line could be expanded to include east/west routes.

The expanded version of the BRT is estimated to cost $700 million, up from the original proposal's projected $500 million cost.

Christopher Sparkman's wife posts 'painful' update


MARIETTA, Ga. – The security guard critically injured in a shooting at a FedEx facility last year continues to face medical issues, his wife said in a new post Sunday.

Christopher Sparkman was shot at point-blank range in the abdomen when 19-year-old Geddy Kramer attacked the Kennesaw facility on April 29, 2014. Kramer shot five more people before killing himself.

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