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Diamond necklace stolen from cancer charity

Diamond necklace stolen from cancer charity

MARIETTA, Ga. (WXIA) -- On Monday morning, when a Marietta cancer charity opened its doors after a weekend fundraiser, the staff discovered the diamond necklace used to raise money had been stolen.

Stealing from Loving Arms Cancer Outreach doesn't only shortchange the staff here. It takes from those fighting for survival.

"We raise money to help the cancer patients," said director Shay Trayler.

Trayler was checking in on things between fundraisers at the office when she noticed something strange.

"When I came in on Saturday, this door was closed and locked," she said.

Once she looked inside, Trayler saw their safe had been cracked open and its contents taken.

"We opened the door and oh my God, stuff was everywhere," she said.

Financial records were missing.

Driver charged after killing pedestrian in Marietta

Driver charged after killing pedestrian in Marietta

MARIETTA, Ga. – An 18-year-old driver faces several charges after striking and killing a 78-year-old man as he walked on the sidewalk in Marietta on Sunday.

Ashli Mitchell has been charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions, driving without a license, and required tire tread depth. She also faces a child restraint violation.

According to Marietta Police Officer David Baldwin, a minivan was traveling northbound on Franklin Road when the driver lost control and left the road, striking a man walking on the sidewalk. The van continued through a fence and down an embankment, Baldwin said.

The pedestrian, identified as Joe Lewis Burns, was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Baldwin said.

Marietta man charged with placing pipe bomb in park

Marietta man charged with placing pipe bomb in park

ROSWELL, Ga. (WXIA) – Michael Sibley made a first court appearance on Monday in connection with federal charges for leaving a pipe bomb in Vickery Creek National Park in Roswell last November.

Sibley, 67 of Marietta, was arrested by the FBI on Mar. 21.

"The defendant allegedly placed a bag containing what appeared to be pipe bombs in Vickery Creek Park," said acting U.S. Attorney John Horn in a statement Monday afternoon. "This arrest should reassure the community that serious crimes like this will be investigated thoroughly and all leads followed to identify the perpetrator."

Mom who killed man with minivan questioned by police

Mom who killed man with minivan questioned by police

MARIETTA, Ga.-- Marietta Police are still working to determine what happened in the moments before an 18-year-old driver jumped the curb and crashed into an elderly man out for a walk.

Marietta Police say they're still trying to determine who was at fault. They've been interviewing witnesses, including the children who were inside the minivan at the time of the crash.

"There's a lot of possibilities. The roads were wet. It was raining at the time. We don't know if it was a distracted driver. If there was a malfunction with the vehicle. If the driver just lost control or was distracted by a child. We just don't know yet," Marietta Police spokesman David Baldwin told 11Alive's Donna Lowry.

Sketch released of Cobb sexual assault suspect

Sketch released of Cobb sexual assault suspect

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Police have released a composite sketch of the man accused of fondling and striking a young woman earlier this year.

The assault happened Jan. 24 in the laundry room at the Belle Chase Apartments in the 1500 block of Bellemeade Drive.

The victim told investigators she was doing laundry when she was approached by the suspect. The man, who may have been smoking marijuana, tried to talk to her. When she ignored him, he fondled her.

Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said the suspect attempted to take off the victim's clothes. The victim managed to get away, but not before the suspect struck her in the face several times.

The victim told police she saw the suspect run away toward the nearby Walmart. She was later taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.

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.

Police: No arrests made in Marietta home invasion sexual assault

Police: No arrests made in Marietta home invasion sexual assault

MARIETTA, Ga. – Authorities are still searching for a suspect after a woman was sexually assaulted at a Marietta apartment during a home invasion Tuesday.

According to Marietta Police Officer David Baldwin, the incident happened around 7:30 a.m.

A man dressed in a hoodie and wearing a mask entered an apartment through an unlocked door at 1250 West apartments in Marietta. The man "secured" four young children in a back bedroom and then sexually assaulted their mother, Baldwin said.

Police located a man who matched the description of the suspect, but he was questioned and released, Baldwin said.

None of the children were injured. The mother was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The management team at 1250 West issued a statement saying: