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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.

13 sentenced for trafficking oxycodone

13 sentenced for trafficking oxycodone

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Several metro Atlanta residents have been sentenced in federal court for planning to peddle prescription drugs.

Kristen Noelle Goduto and 12 co-defendants all pleaded guilty to the charges against them.

"These defendants exhibited total disregard for how their pill peddling could destroy lives," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. "This prescription drug can be deadly when not taken under proper medical oversight. Such brazen forging of prescriptions should serve as a reminder that some in our society will go to any length for illicit gain."

"We will continue in our commitment to prosecute law-breakers and keep the citizens of this district safe," Yates added.

Cobb County flasher arrested

Cobb County flasher arrested

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The man accused of flashing and attacking two women at a Cobb County park has been arrested.

William John Jacobson Jr. was taken into custody Wednesday. The 34-year-old Dallas man faces battery and public indecency charges.

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Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman said Jacobson is accused of charging at two women as they walked in Kennesaw National Park last month.

The victims told police they saw a half-naked man masturbating in the wood line. They said the man then knocked one of them to the ground before running off and driving away in a red pickup truck.

Jacobson confessed after he was questioned in the case, Bowman said.

Crime Victims Rights Week

Crime Victims Rights Week

April 18, 2013 – District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that his office will pay homage to those intimately affected by crime during the annual Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

“Those who have been hurt by the criminal actions of others are harmed in many ways, yet they are often some of the strongest people I’ve met. Our vigil aims to recognize their suffering and remember those who didn’t survive,” District Attorney Vic Reynolds said. “We are also pleased to open our office for people in the community we serve. This office belongs to them, after all.”

Kimberly B. McCoy, director of the Victim Witness Unit in the Cobb District Attorney’s Office, said,   “Victims of crime suffer emotional, financial, and physical trauma as a result of the crimes inflicted upon them. The least we can do as a society is stand up for victims’ rights, ensuring that victims are kept informed of, allowed to participate in, and advised of options surrounding the criminal justice process.”

3 arrested in Marietta bar shooting

3 arrested in Marietta bar shooting

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marietta Police say a 34-year-old Sandy Springs man was fatally shot at a bar early Sunday.

Takilam Terrell was found lying in the parking lot of Milo's Bar on Garrison Road at around 3 a.m.

Marietta Police Det. Christopher Lindsey said Terrell was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for emergency surgery, but later died.

Tuesday evening, police arrested three suspects in Terrell's death. Trina Chatman, Dennis Hampton and Joseph Ricky Hampton all face charges of murder and aggravated assault. Dennis Hampton has also been charged with malice murder and firearm possession.

Man charged with arson in motel fire

Man charged with arson in motel fire

MARIETTA, Ga. -- An Atlanta man was charged with first degree arson after a fire at a Cobb County motel Tuesday morning.

The blaze broke out at around 2:45 a.m. at the Sun Inn on Cobb Parkway North in Marietta.

Marietta Police Officer Michael Baldwin said crews put out the fire quickly. The motel suffered about $50,000 worth of damage. Several residents were displaced, but motel management found other rooms for them.

Investigators arrested 37-year-old Carlous Deushawn Banks at the scene. He is being held in the Cobb County Jail.

Baldwin said fire officials are now looking into the possibility that Banks is responsible for other fires in metro Atlanta.