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Man sentenced to 20 years in shooting of Cobb officer

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta man was sentenced to 20 years in the shooting of a police officer.

Shymel Young pleaded guilty to shooting Cobb County Police Officer Danny Rogers in July 2013. He must serve 12 years of his sentence in prison.

Authorities said Rogers was patrolling the Concord Chase apartment complex off of Hurt Road in Smyrna when he was shot by Young.

Young fled police for nearly six months before he was caught in Jan. 2014.

Rogers spent time recovering at home and has since left the force.

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Gun-wielding man shot by Cobb County police officers

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County police officers dispatched to a noise complaint Monday morning ended up exchanging gunfire with a suspect.

It began at around 1:30 a.m. at the Hillcrest Mobile Home Park in the 1100 block of Atlanta Road, just west of Dobbins Air Reserve Base. A resident of the mobile home park was playing very loud music, according to police.

The officers asked the 37-year-old man, identified as Brian Thomas Olhmann, to turn down his music. He refused, then pulled out a gun and began firing at the officers. The officers returned fire, striking the man at least once, according to investigators.

Olhmann was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital and was listed in critical condition.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on routine administrative leave.

Man sentenced to life for Marietta bar murder

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Canton man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of murdering another man inside a Marietta bar.

Dennis Lee Hampton was convicted in March of shooting 34-year-old Takilam Terrell to death.

The murder happened Apr. 7, 2013, at Milo's Bar and Grill on Garrison Road. Prosecutors said Terrell was arguing with his girlfriend, and Hampton's cousin got involved in the dispute, escalating it. Hampton then stepped in, pulled out a handgun and fired a shot, striking Terrell. The two reportedly did not know each other.

A Cobb County jury convicted Hampton of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and firearm use by a convicted felon during the commission of a crime. He was acquitted of one count of aggravated assault with a bottle.

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. – Inside this Cobb County warehouse, between boxing and filing and shipping and working, an unlikely friendship was born.

Luke is the owner's son. Tim is the hired help, who applied for the job at Glory Haus with a tough line on his resume.

"I was homeless," he said.

He got the job anyway, and worked every day.

"My life was… whew, I was at the end of the road," he said.

He and his wife got off the street.

"All of the sudden out of the blue she said God told her that a little boy was coming in my life," Tim said.

He believes that's Luke.

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Christopher Sparkman sues FedEx over workplace shooting

COBB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) – The security guard injured in a shooting at a Kennesaw FedEx facility has filed a lawsuit against the company.

Christopher Sparkman, 29, was shot at point-blank in the abdomen when 19-year-old FedEx employee Geddy Kramer opened fire at the facility on April 29, 2014. Kramer shot five other people before killing himself.

Woman hit by car on I-75 ramp in Marietta

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A woman was seriously injured after being hit by a car on an Interstate 75 exit ramp Monday night.

It happened on the Canton Road Connector ramp from I-75 south.

Marietta Police Officer Nickolas Serkedakis said Jessica Rountree's car experienced mechanical problems, so she pulled over onto the ramp's shoulder. As she tried to cross the ramp on foot, she was struck by a Ford Focus.

Rountree was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where she was in stable condition Tuesday afternoon.

The crash is under investigation. There was no immediate word if anyone will face charges.

Mother, driver charged after child hit by truck

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two people have been charged after a child was hit by a pickup truck in Marietta.

Marietta Police Officer David Baldwin said the incident happened on Franklin Road at Delk Road on Apr. 23.

Katasha Stienstra and her three children, ages 2, 7 and 8, were walking outside of the crosswalk when the 7-year-old boy was struck by a Ford F-150, police said. The F-150 driver, Cynthia Howe, remained at the scene.

The child was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite in critical condition. He was released from the hospital a few days later and is expected to make a full recovery.