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Suspect indicted in Craigslist slaying of Cobb Co. couple


(WMAZ) A grand jury has indicted a man charged with shooting a Cobb County couple who traveled to Telfair County to buy a vintage car on Craigslist in January.

Telfair County Superior Court Clerk Belinda Thomas says a grand jury indicted Ronnie Jay Towns on two counts of malice murder, four counts of felony murder and two counts of armed robbery.

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Pike Nurseries to Host ‘Super Strawberry Saturday’ on March 14

Pike Nurseries to Host ‘Super Strawberry Saturday’ on March 14

 With spring comes the start of strawberry planting season!Pike Nurseries is gearing up to host its annual Super Strawberry Saturday event at all store locations on March 14 to celebrate this famed fruit. During the devoted day, customers can enjoy complimentary strawberry lemonade and samples of McCutcheon's Jalapeno Strawberry BBQ Sauce while supplies last. Guests will even receive a FREE bareroot strawberry plant of their own to take home and harvest!

Wife of security guard injured in shooting asks for help


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Almost a year after a security guard was wounded in a shooting at a Kennesaw Fed Ex facility, his wife is asking for the public's help.

Chris and Jamie Lynn Sparkman were newlyweds when Chris was shot at point blank range in the abdomen while working as a security guard at the Fed Ex Facility in Kennesaw on April 29, 2014.

Christopher Sparkman, 29, has undergone more than 30 surgeries since the shooting.

"I never thought a human being could survive through so much pain," Christopher Sparkman said.

On a good day, Chris can stand and take a few steps, but he says the pain is too much to bare.

Pedestrian hit and killed on Powers Ferry Road


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A pedestrian was hit by a car and killed in a busy Cobb County intersection Thursday morning.

It happened at around 5:30 a.m. on Powers Ferry Road at Windy Hill Road.

The female pedestrian has not been identified. Cobb County Police said she was hit by a Mercedes E500 and was pronounced dead at the scene. The 62-year-old driver stayed on the scene and called 911.

Police do not expect to file charges against the driver, as the pedestrian was walking against the crossing signal.

Southbound Powers Ferry Road was shut down as police investigated the accident. It has since reopened.

For the latest traffic conditions in metro Atlanta, visit 11Alive.com/Traffic.

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Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

UPDATE: Wheeler High allowed to enter national tourney

UPDATE: Wheeler High allowed to enter national tourney

UPDATE: The Wheeler High School basketball team will be now allowed to compete for a national sports title. A long standing rule had blocked any high school team in Georgia from competing for any national sports title. After a social media outcry and online petition, the Georgia High School Sports Association ruled on Wednesday that the team would be allowed to make the trip.

Father, son charged with stealing millions from widow

Father, son charged with stealing millions from widow

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gainesville father and son will spend time in prison after being convicted of stealing millions of dollars from an elderly Cobb County woman.

Jeffrey Carr and his father Joseph were each sentenced to 40 years for violating Georgia's RICO Act. Joseph must serve two years in custody, and Jeffrey is required to serve 10.

The pair stole a substantial amount of money from 93-year-old Frances Perkins. Perkins and her late husband owned land in east Cobb County, including 33 acres on Johnson Ferry Road just south of Lower Roswell Road.

According to information presented in court, Jeffrey Carr, 41, became friendly with Perkins's daughter Linda in 2009. Over time, Linda gave Jeffrey Carr half a million dollars.