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Suspect arrested in Labor Day crime spree

Suspect arrested in Labor Day crime spree

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The armed gunman who chose Labor Day to go on a crime spree is now behind bars.

Kon Sarin was taken into custody at a Barnes Mill Road apartment complex after police linked him to forensic evidence found at one of the crime scenes.

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Marietta Police Officer David Baldwin said Sarin is being held without
bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. He has been charged with
armed robbery and firearm possession; more charges are pending.

Investigators said Sarin's crimes started at about 4:30 a.m. Monday at the Canton Package Store on Canton Road in Marietta, when a suspect spent about an hour trying to get into the closed business. Surveillance video from the business showed the suspect trying to get in through a drive-thru window and then through the front door.

Prosecution to rest, mother to take stand in baby shooting trial

Prosecution to rest, mother to take stand in baby shooting trial

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The prosecution is expected to rest Tuesday in the trial of a teenager accused of fatally shooting a baby as he sat in his stroller.

DeMarquise Elkins is charged with murder in the Mar. 21 killing of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick.

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Prosecutors say Antonio was killed in an attempted robbery and that ballistics and other evidence implicate Elkins. The baby's mother, Sherry West, was wounded in the shooting. She is expected to take the stand Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Monday they expected to wrap up their case Tuesday. Then the defense will begin presenting testimony and evidence.

The trial is being held in Marietta because of pretrial publicity.

Man arrested for threatening to bomb Cobb courthouse

Man arrested for threatening to bomb Cobb courthouse

MARIETTA, Ga. -- An Acworth man has been arrested for calling in a fake bomb threat to the Cobb County courthouse.

Tommie Milan Boleman Jr., 45, was taken into custody Tuesday evening, nearly 12 hours after investigators say he made the false threat at the Cobb County Judicial Complex.

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Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren said Boleman was arrested at a house on Fairwood Pointe in Acworth. The house is under foreclosure and scheduled to be sold on the courthouse steps Tuesday morning.

Boleman is not the owner of the home, Warren said. Investigators are working to determine his relationship to the owner.

After the threat was made, a bomb squad swept the judicial center, but found nothing explosive.

Man indicted for sexual battery at White Water

Man indicted for sexual battery at White Water

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Powder Springs man has been indicted by a Cobb County Grand Jury for inappropriately touching three young girls at Six Flags White Water.

Jerry Westbrook, 69, faces three counts of sexual battery. He is charged with grabbing his victims' backsides in a wave pool at the Marietta water park last September.

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Investigators said Westbrook held a White Water season pass and was regularly seen trying to make contact with young girls at the park.

The indictment was handed down last week. If convicted, Westbrook faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each count.

1 shot, 1 injured in Gwinnett

1 shot, 1 injured in Gwinnett

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was shot and another was attacked in unincorporated Norcross Monday morning.

Gwinnett County Police said the shooting happened shortly after 7 a.m. at the Celadon Townhome Apartments in the 6000 block of South Norcross Tucker Road.

Investigators said 28-year-old Steven Carden of Marietta was shot to death, and 28-year-old Thomas Smith of Powder Springs was hit in the head from behind.

Smith was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with serious injuries. He told police that he and Carden were walking through the apartment complex and struck up a conversation with two men shortly before he was hit and Carden was shot.

Police are still speaking with witnesses and following up on leads in this case.

Music teacher arrested for child pornography

Music teacher arrested for child pornography

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A 46-year-old Marietta man has been charged with both possessing and distributing child pornography.

Todd Skrabanek was taken into custody Thursday.

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Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said Skrabanek is accused of posting and sending child pornography on the Internet.

He is being held without bond in the Cobb County Detention Center.

Skrabanek had taught music lessons to children throughout metro Atlanta, Pierce said. Anyone whose child has had contact with him is urged to call Cobb County Police at 770-801-3470.

Woman charged in crash that hurt cheerleading coach

Woman charged in crash that hurt cheerleading coach

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Police have charged a Cobb County woman in a wreck that left a Marietta cheerleading coach seriously injured.

Investigators say Patricia Evans of Kennesaw was driving 72 mph on May 13 when she ran a red light at an intersection in Marietta and her vehicle slammed into one driven by Chris Gage.

Evans, who turned herself in Wednesday, is charged with serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, speeding and violation of a traffic control device. Jail records show she posted $5,000 bond and was released around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Gage was in a coma for days after the accident and spent weeks in the hospital. He recently moved to the Shepherd Center to continue his recovery.

Gage is a coach for the Stingrays cheerleading organization.