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Salon owner sentenced for videotaping clients

Salon owner sentenced for videotaping clients

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County man admitted in court that he videotaped women using the restroom in his two salons.

Mark Allan Storch, 56, pleaded guilty to 25 counts of invasion of privacy. A Cobb County judge sentenced him to 20 years -- five in prison and 15 on probation.

Storch owned Salon Avenue Suites, a body waxing business with locations in Kennesaw and East Cobb. Police said he installed hidden cameras throughout both salons and used them to record footage of women undressing.

Final defendant pleads guilty in unlicensed care facility case

Final defendant pleads guilty in unlicensed care facility case

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A fourth defendant has pleaded guilty to his part in running an unlicensed care home for elderly and disabled women.

Terry Catron was convicted Friday afternoon of racketeering, theft, deprivation and false imprisonment, among other charges. A Cobb County Superior Court judge sentenced the 56-year-old Cartersville resident to 20 years, with 10 to serve in prison.

Prosecutors said Catron was the primary daytime caregiver at the facility on Laurel Springs Lane in Marietta. He and co-defendant Raequel Penny provided the home's six residents with inadequate food, shelter, medicine and access to bathrooms, and kept them in tiny rooms separated by plywood partitions in the house's basement.

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Father and son among 4 charged in massive Roswell drug bust

Father and son among 4 charged in massive Roswell drug bust

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Four people were arrested and drugs, cash and weapons were seized during a massive bust in Roswell last week.

Police found 3.5 pounds of high-grade marijuana, 80 grams of concentrated THC, more than 700 generic Xanax pills, 11 guns and $29,000 cash at several locations, including a house in the 12000 block of King Road, about a mile from Roswell High School.

Roswell Police Officer Zachary Frommer said the four-month investigation into the drug ring stemmed in part from a number of complaints about drugs being sold to Roswell High students. Police wanted to make an arrest before Monday, when Fulton County students return to school.

"This investigation made a positive impact in reducing the availability of illegal drugs to youths in our area," Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant said in a release.

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.