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Woman sentenced for running unlicensed care home

Woman sentenced for running unlicensed care home

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Cobb County woman pleaded guilty Thursday to operating an unlicensed care center out of a Marietta house.

Raequel Alita Penny admitted she kept six disabled and/or elderly women in the basement of the house on Laurel Springs Lane, and deprived the people in her care of food, medicine and other basic necessities.

Penny was convicted of 47 charges, including false imprisonment, racketeering, theft and deprivation. A Cobb County judge sentenced her to 20 years -- 10 in custody and 10 on probation.

Former office manager gets 30 years for racketeering

Former office manager gets 30 years for racketeering

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A former officer manager pleaded guilty Monday to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her Marietta employer.

A Cobb County judge sentenced 45-year-old Sharron Yvonne Rice to 30 years, with eight to serve in custody. She must also pay $803,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors said that between 2005 and 2012, Rice forged her manager's signature on more than 800 checks and deposited them into shell companies' bank accounts. She then pocketed the money.

Rice was charged with three counts of violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. A trial for her co-defendant, Robert Whaley, will begin next week.

Suspect's charges upgraded after Cobb County shooting victim dies

Suspect's charges upgraded after Cobb County shooting victim dies

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A man charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery in a Cobb County shooting now faces a murder charge after the victim passed away.

The shooting happened May 21 at an apartment complex in the 300 block of Pat Mell Road.

Police said the victim, 35-year-old Trinity Hardnett, got into an argument with several people at the Favor Market at Favor and Pat Mell roads in Marietta.

Hardnett crossed the street to the Edinborough apartment complex, where he continued to fight with 22-year-old Laronte Jamal Nelms. At some point, Nelms pulled out a gun and shot Hardnett.

Hardnett was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Cobb County Police said investigators were notified this past Saturday that the victim had died of his injuries.

Nelms was arrested May 27 and is being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

Attorney admits to stealing from clients

Attorney admits to stealing from clients

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta attorney has admitted to stealing from clients in two civil cases.

Romin Vincent Alavi, 38, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of theft and three counts of forgery. He was sentenced to 10 years, with two to serve in custody.

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Alavi also willingly surrendered his Georgia law license and agreed to pay $45,000 in restitution.

According to information presented in court, the first case involved a personal injury claim. Alavi accepted a settlement, but forged the clients' signatures on the $25,000 check and kept the money for himself.

Cobb County employee admits to stealing from drug court

Cobb County employee admits to stealing from drug court

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A former Cobb County employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to six counts of theft by taking for stealing money from drug court.

Tomasita Reavis worked as a clerk in the county's drug testing lab, where in late 2012 she was caught on surveillance video taking money from the cash drawer and putting it in her purse.

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Cobb County Deputy Chief ADA Jason Saliba said Reavis, 57, took "several hundred dollars from the cash box" in one instance, then returned for an additional $20 to pay for her lunch. He asked a Cobb County judge to sentence her to four years in prison.

Realtor admits to stealing from homes for sale

Realtor admits to stealing from homes for sale

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Florida man has pleaded guilty to entering homes for sale and stealing from them while working as a real estate agent in Cobb County.

Ray Glen Greene, 49, admitted in court that he used his agent keycode to access the homes and take jewelry and other items. He was convicted of eight counts each of burglary and theft by taking, and was sentenced to 20 years, with eight to serve in custody.

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Several of Greene's victims attended his trial. Greene apologized to them and admitted he lost count of the number of houses he burglarized. He told the court that he did not sell a single home in more than a year and supported himself by pawning the stolen jewelry.

3 teens shot, 1 fatally, at party in Marietta

3 teens shot, 1 fatally, at party in Marietta

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A 20-year-old man has been charged with felony murder for killing one person and injuring two more at a party in Marietta last week.

Blaylan Christopher Phillips is being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

The shooting happened shortly after midnight Tuesday in Building 16 at Dwells @ 750 apartment complex on Franklin Road.

Marietta Police Officer David Baldwin said a group of uninvited guests, including Phillips, arrived at the party and started an argument, then opened fire. Three people -- all invited guests -- were struck.

One victim, 19-year-old Christopher Wilson of Marietta, died. The other two are being treated at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. They were identified as 19-year-old Chauncey Martin and 18-year-old Malik Phillips.