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Trio arrested for smash and grabs across metro

Trio arrested for smash and grabs across metro

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Investigators in Cherokee County have nabbed three men suspected of smash and grab burglaries in at least five metro Atlanta counties.

Vincent Donahue, James Hill and Mark McCain were taken into custody Nov. 28.

Cherokee County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said the suspects are believed to be the men behind seven burglaries in Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Henry and Rockdale counties.

In each case, the suspects broke the front doors out of a convenience store and made off with cartons of cigarettes.

Baker said the three men were arrested after they were pulled over on Highway 92 in Woodstock. Investigators found plastic bins similar to the ones used in the robberies in their car, as well as a hammer, rubber gloves, masks, a sledgehammer and a small amount of heroin.

HOPE Center trailer recovered, suspects charged

HOPE Center trailer recovered, suspects charged

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Two suspects are in custody after police said they stole a trailer filled with baby cribs from a Cherokee County parenting center.

The trailer was reported stolen from the HOPE Center in Woodstock Wednesday morning.

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A viewer who saw local news coverage of the theft called Cobb County Police after spotting the trailer in the parking lot of the Sun Suites extended stay hotel on Barrett Lakes Boulevard in Kennesaw, according to Woodstock Police spokeswoman Brittany Duncan.

Investigators tracked down the owners of the truck that was pulling the trailer. At around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, they arrested 44-year-old Carl James Bourque of Marietta and 31-year-old Bobbie Jean Colston of Woodstock.

Loud music killing compared to Trayvon Martin case

Loud music killing compared to Trayvon Martin case

ATLANTA -- The fatal shooting of a Florida teenager who was listening to loud music in a car is drawing comparisons to the Trayvon Martin case, but there are some stark differences.

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There are several witnesses to this shooting, and the man accused of killing Jordan Davis at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station was arrested almost immediately.

In the Martin case, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman wasn't arrested until more than a month after the shooting.

Michael David Dunn faces a murder charge. Police say Dunn opened fire after telling Davis and his friends to turn down their music. Dunn's attorney says he shot in self-defense.

Davis' funeral will be held in Powder Springs on Saturday.

Marietta Police, KSU team up to fight cyber crime

Marietta Police, KSU team up to fight cyber crime

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Marietta Police Department has partnered with criminal justice graduate students at Kennesaw State University to fight crime in cyberspace.

The department recently received a criminal justice grant, which it used to form a two-year pilot position -- the Police Cyber Specialist (PCS). Abby Lucas, the first-ever KSU criminal justice student, has been named PCS and began work this week.

Marietta Police say the PCS will help the department tackle growing cyber issues, such as fraud, trafficking and misuse of social media.

"Crime in cyberspace is no worse in Marietta than anywhere else, but the Marietta Police Department, whose motto is 'Policing with a Vision,' intends to face it head-on in order to keep Marietta a safe and flourishing city," police spokesman David Baldwin said in a statement.

Man in motorcycle helmet wanted for robbing pharmacy

Man in motorcycle helmet wanted for robbing pharmacy

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are looking for a man suspected of stealing prescription drugs from an East Cobb pharmacy.

The robbery happened at around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Rite Aid near the intersection of Sandy Plains and Scufflegrit roads in Marietta.

Cobb County Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said the suspect jumped the pharmacy's counter, pointed a gun at the pharmacist and demanded "Oxys and Xanax." After taking the drugs from the shelf, the man left the store and was last seen heading down Scufflegrit Road.

Witnesses described the suspect as a tall, thin white man wearing a motorcycle helmet; Pierce said the man never took off the helmet during the robbery. The suspect also wore blue jeans, black shoes and a black zip-up jacket with a red hooded sweatshirt underneath.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Cobb County Police at 770-499-3945.

Man arrested for car break-ins

Man arrested for car break-ins

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Marietta man has been charged with four recent car break-ins in Cherokee County.

Angelo Rivens was taken into custody last Thursday. The 54 year old faces four charges of entering auto and 30 counts of credit card fraud.

Cherokee County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said Rivens is accused of stealing wallets and purses from the four cars when they were parked at Hobgood Park in Woodstock. The break-ins happened between Oct. 12 and Oct. 17.

"It doesn't appear Rivens forced his way into any of the vehicles parked at Hobgood Park," Baker said in a statement, adding that people should take care to always lock their car doors.

Rivens used credit and debit cards from the stolen wallets at a number of stores in Cherokee and Cobb counties, Baker said. Investigators used video surveillance from the stores to identify the suspect and his car.

Conviction upheld for Cobb man who stabbed wife 183 times

Conviction upheld for Cobb man who stabbed wife 183 times

ATLANTA -- Georgia's highest court has upheld the murder conviction of a metro Atlanta man who was found guilty of cutting and stabbing his estranged wife 183 times.

In a unanimous ruling released Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia rejected Donovan Shane Leger's claims that the trial court made numerous errors in handling his case. Instead, the court found there was sufficient evidence for the jury to find Leger guilty of the 2004 slaying.

Authorities say Tracy Leger's body was found by her brother on the ground by a Cobb County home. A medical examiner later determined she had been cut, stabbed and sliced 183 times. During a search of Donovan Ledger's home, police found a book entitled "Fugitive: How to Run, Hide and Survive."