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Man sentenced to prison for punching cop

Man sentenced to prison for punching cop

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta man will spend five years in prison after being convicted of punching a police officer.

Gary Dewayne Mullis, 65, was found guilty of one count of obstruction in the Oct. 1, 2012 incident.

The victim, Marietta Police Officer B. Vaughan, testified in court that he approached Mullis at the RaceTrac on South Marietta Parkway near Fairground Street after customers complained that Mullis was asking them for money.

Vaughan said he planned to simply speak to Mullis and possibly cite him for criminal trespass, but Mullis punched him in the face and pulled off his officer's radio and ammunition magazine.

"Cobb County is not going to tolerate your behavior," Cobb County Judge Marsha Lake told Mullis before sentencing him.

Mullis received the maximum sentence because he is a recidivist; prosecutors noted he has five prior felony convictions.

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Oprah Winfrey spotted on Marietta movie set


MARIETTA, Ga. -- One of the world's most powerful people visited a movie set in Marietta on Thursday.

Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt are producing the movie Selma. Scenes are being shot in Marietta Square this week, and fans gathered in hopes of catching a glimpse of Winfrey.

Access to the set of the historical drama about the civil rights movement was extremely limited, but some lucky fans managed to snap photos of Winfrey filming a scene.

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

Members of GCA's Class of 2014 were accepted to some of the country's top colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.

Girl hit by stray bullet in Marietta

Girl hit by stray bullet in Marietta

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A young girl is expected to recover after being shot in Marietta Wednesday night.

The incident happened at an apartment complex on Franklin Road. Police said the victim was attending a party with other children and adults when two guests got into a fight and shots rang out.

Investigators said the girl did not know the shooter, and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was struck by a stray bullet and taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Her name and age were not released.

Police arrested two people in connection with the shooting.

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Cobb defends meeting that stifled stadium dissent


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Several critics of the Atlanta Braves move to Cobb County were forced from a county commissioners meeting on Tuesday night.

Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee wasn't available to defend his handling of the raucous meeting wherein commissioners approved an agreement with the Atlanta Braves to build a new stadium partially funded by tax money.

At the meeting, commissioners approved an agreement with the Braves to build a new stadium, which is partially funded by taxpayer money.

Supporters of the move signed up for all 12 available public speaking slots at 1:30 p.m. – several hours ahead of the 7 p.m. meeting.

Four people were escorted out of the meeting by police officers after they tried to speak.

IHOP rolls out summer menu items

IHOP rolls out summer menu items

(WXIA) -- IHOP is celebrating the start of summer with new pancake recipes, lemonades, salads and sandwiches.

The chain's signature pancakes can now be ordered in three summer fruit varieties -- strawberry banana cream pie, raspberry peach and blueberry cannoli cream.

New lemonade flavors on IHOP's menu include iced tea, orange tangerine iced tea and cherry blackberry. The summer lemonades are available through July 20.

IHOP has also added menu items to its lunch and dinner offerings, including:

Citrus Chicken Pecan Salad
Grilled chicken, orange segments and candied pecans on a bed of mixed greens, tossed in orange vinaigrette dressing

Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad
Crispy chicken, bacon, hard-boiled egg, tomatoes and crumbled Blue cheese on a bed of mixed greens and tossed in ranch dressing; also available with grilled chicken

Part of Sandy Plains Road closed by gas main break


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A gas main break has closed a portion of Sandy Plains Road in Cobb County.

A construction crew caused the break in the 4500 block of the road.

Sandy Plains is closed between Jefferson Ridge Parkway and Wesley Chapel Road as crews work to repair the break.

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