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Man arrested after allegedly trying to shoot Marietta cop

Man arrested after allegedly trying to shoot Marietta cop

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marietta police say a fugitive who tried to fire his gun at an officer has been apprehended.

The incident began early in the morning on Jan. 16, when the Marietta police officer was dispatched to a domestic dispute call in the 1000 block of Franklin Road.

According to police, the officer spotted Keyandre Funches in the parking lot and chased him. Funches ducked behind a tree, then "raised his firearm in a threatening manner," according to Marietta police spokesman David Baldwin. Evidence shows Funches tried to fire at the officer, but his gun malfunctioned or misfired.

Funches, 25, was taken into custody in Mississippi on Friday, according to Baldwin.

Man ticketed for eating cheeseburger while driving

Man ticketed for eating cheeseburger while driving

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County officer ticketed a man for eating a cheeseburger while driving.

Madison Turner was chomping down on his quarter-pounder with cheese when a police officer ticketed him for eating while driving.

"The officer said to me that I wasn't speeding or driving erratically," Turner said.

Attorney Tom Salata said he's never seen anything like it. He says there's usually a driving offense involved.

The law is fairly broad. It's illegal to do anything that would distract "from the safe operation of such vehicle."

"I have pulled someone over before for failing to maintain their lane, it was a female who was eating a bowl of cereal heading to work," said Sgt. Stephanie Stallings of the Georgia State Patrol.

Drivers we talked to seemed to understand the danger, but not the ticket. Turner wants to hear what a judge has to say.

Suspects sought in Cobb County bank robbery

Suspects sought in Cobb County bank robbery

MARIETTA, Ga. (WXIA) – Authorities are searching for suspects involved in a bank robbery at a Cobb County bank on Friday.

According to Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce, the robbery occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 2675 Windy Hill Road around 4 p.m.

Investigators said a white male entered the branch and handed a teller a note demanding money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled in what police said was an "older model" dark-colored four-door car -- possibly a Toyota.

Former principal pleads guilty to child molestation

Former principal pleads guilty to child molestation

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The former principal of a Lutheran school in Cobb County pleaded guilty Monday to molesting three boys.

Jack Duane Hibbs, 58, entered his plea shortly before jury selection was scheduled to begin for his trial. He was convicted of four counts of aggravated child molestation, three counts of child molestation and one count of sexual exploitation of children. Two counts of enticing a child were dismissed.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Poole sentenced Hibbs to life in prison. He must serve 30 years before becoming eligible for parole.

"The evil that has come through is just horrendous," Poole told Hibbs. "You hunted some of (the victims) down and robbed them of their innocence. You cannot be trusted. No one else needs to worry you're going to harm their children."

Cobb inmate pleads guilty to causing Ebola scare

Cobb inmate pleads guilty to causing Ebola scare

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County Jail inmate pleaded guilty this week to causing an Ebola scare after being pulled over for driving drunk.

In addition to misdemeanor charges of DUI and failure to maintain lane, 35-year-old Harry Randall Withers Jr. was convicted of three felony counts of making false statements.

Withers, of Suffolk, Va., was arrested Oct. 3. Upon arriving at the Cobb County Jail, he told a paramedic he had recently traveled to Nigeria and Kenya, and was experiencing symptoms of Ebola. He was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where the emergency room staff enacted containment precautions.

Cell phone records later showed Withers was in the U.S. when he claimed he was in Africa. The defendant had not left the country since 2005 and did not even have an active U.S. passport.

Man wanted for child abuse, trafficking marijuana

Man wanted for child abuse, trafficking marijuana

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Police are searching for a man accused of running a marijuana grow house in Marietta.

Jessie Lee Jr., 37, is also wanted for abusing a young child.

Marietta police and DFCS officers responded Nov. 18 to a house in the 1300 block of Banberry Road after receiving a tip about possible child abuse. When they arrived, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana and secured a search warrant for the property.

Marietta Police Officer David Auld said investigators recovered 300 marijuana plants and a handgun from the house.

Lee, who is originally from Mississippi, was not home when police arrived and is still on the run. He is described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 250 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He wears a patch over his left eye.

Lee may be driving a red 1990 Ford Mustang with Georgia license plate BVV 9630.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules: