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Marietta Motel 6 robbed

Marietta Motel 6 robbed

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marietta Police are investigating a motel robbery that happened last week.

Police Ofc. David Baldwin said the robbery happened at around 10 a.m. Dec. 27 at the Motel 6 on Delk Road, just off Interstate 75.

According to the investigation, a man approached the hotel clerk, told her he had a gun and demanded money. The clerk gave the suspect money from the register, then ran into an office and out the back door.

Baldwin said the suspect tried to chase the clerk, but she managed to escape.

The suspect is described as a black man, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, wearing rimmed glasses.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call 911 or Marietta Police at 770-794-6990.

Murder suspect John Kristofak arrested

Murder suspect John Kristofak arrested

UNION CITY, Ga. -- A man suspected of murdering his wife in Cobb County has been arrested in south Fulton County.

John Kristofak was taken into custody at around 3:45 a.m. Thursday at a Motel 6 in Union City, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Kristofak, 58, was the prime suspect in the murder of his 48-year-old ex-wife Donna Nations Kristofak in their Marietta home last weekend.

He was still driving the brown Chevy Equinox that had been widely broadcast since the search for him began Dec. 23. The vehicle was parked outside the motel when a team made up of the U.S. Marshals Office, Cobb County Sheriff's Fugitive Unit and Union City Police arrived to make the arrest.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

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.