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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:

Marietta shoplifting spree ends with 2 arrests

Marietta shoplifting spree ends with 2 arrests

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two men were arrested for participating in what Marietta police call "an organized shoplifting ring."

Christopher Higgins and John Stiltz, both 31, were taken into custody after reportedly shoplifting from the Walmart in the 1700 block of Cobb Parkway.

Stiltz was arrested Oct. 15 while driving the suspected getaway car, a green Volkswagen Jetta, according to Marietta police spokesman David Baldwin. Higgins was taken into custody Oct. 21 inside the Target in the 2200 block of Cobb Parkway.

Baldwin said the two suspects are accused of shoplifting from both the Walmart and Target several times between Oct. 11 and 15, and pawning the stolen items at area pawn shops.

Both suspects have been charged with shoplifting and theft by deception. Additional charges are possible.

Man arrested for alleged threats to attack Lassiter High

Man arrested for alleged threats to attack Lassiter High

ATLANTA -- Police in New York have arrested an Atlanta man for threatening to attack Cobb County's Lassiter High School.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Bridger Carreau for allegedly making terroristic threats after he posted a video on his Facebook page in which he appeared with "a large knife, hand gun and long gun" and threatened to "Go full deer hunter" on students.

Students saw the video and alerted school officials on Friday.

It's not clear if Carreau planned to carry out the attack. He was arrested Sunday in New York and will be extradited back to Georgia.

Marietta employees sentenced for Section 8 fraud

Marietta employees sentenced for Section 8 fraud

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two former City of Marietta employees are among four people charged with stealing from the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program.

The program, also known as Section 8, helps low-income families pay their rent. Shantel Bowens and Debbie Bailey worked for Marietta's Housing Choice Voucher Program, which oversees local tenant and landlord participation.

Bowens and Bailey pleaded guilty in July and May, respectively, to conspiring with two landlords to steal money from the program.

According to federal prosecutors, Bowens, 43, of Atlanta, reactivated the closed accounts of former Section 8 tenants. She then altered computer records to link the tenants to two co-defendants, landlords Babatunde "Babs" Abass and Tunji "Chris" Imoukhuede.

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.