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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.

Marietta bicyclist killed in hit and run

Marietta bicyclist killed in hit and run

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marietta police are looking for the driver suspected of hitting and killing a bicyclist Sunday evening.

The accident happened at around 7:45 p.m. on Powder Springs Street at Natchez Trace SW in downtown Marietta.

Marietta police spokesman Michael Gardner said the victim, 55-year-old Lawrence Joseph Young, was hit by a black SUV, possibly a Cadillac Escalade, with dark tinted windows and black wheels.

Young was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Gardner said the suspect left the nearby NCG Cinemas just before the accident. Police believe the driver, who was caught on surveillance camera inside the theater, had taken two young children to see the movie The Croods.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Marietta Police Officer Scott Davis at 770-794-5364.

Man convicted of throwing victim from balcony

Man convicted of throwing victim from balcony

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Cobb County man has been convicted of murder and aggravated assault in the death of a man who was beaten and thrown from an apartment balcony.

Cobb County District Attorney's officials Monday said 31-year-old Jesus Hernandez Perez was convicted in Superior Court in the death of 27-year-old Boydrick Powell of Marietta.

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Authorities say Perez and co-defendant Jose Marcelino Badillo beat Powell to death with a bat and threw him off a balcony in September 2010.

Andrea Sneiderman indicted on additional charges

Andrea Sneiderman indicted on additional charges

DECATUR, Ga. - A grand jury has added additional charges against Andrea Sneiderman in connection with the shooting death of her husband outside a Dunwoody Daycare in November 2010.

Sneiderman now faces 16 counts in connection with the death of her husband Rusty. The counts include malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, hindering the apprehension of a criminal, concealment of material facts, four counts of making false statements and seven counts of perjury.

The new indictment eliminates charges of racketeering and insurance fraud.  It also eliminates a detailed storyline published in the original indictment, which alleges that Mrs. Sneiderman was motivated to kill her husband in order to be with Neuman.  Since then, prosecutors have suggested that she wanted her husband eliminated so she could be with another man, Joseph Dell.

Dell is not named in the new indictment, nor is a substitute storyline offered.

Cobb County Waffle House robbed

Cobb County Waffle House robbed

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are trying to identify two suspects who robbed a Waffle House over the weekend.

The robbery happened at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at the restaurant on Austell Road near the Marietta-Austell line.

Witnesses told police the two men demanded money from the Waffle House cashier. After receiving cash, they ran from the store, according to Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman.

The first suspect is described as a black man in his early 20s, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a blue bandana covering his face. He was armed with a semiautomatic handgun.

Bowman said the suspect was also a black man in his early 20s wearing darking clothing and a blue bandana over his face.

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

Authorities capture escapee who walked away from state prison work detail

Authorities capture escapee who walked away from state prison work detail

CLAYTON CO., GA (WXIA) -- Authorities captured escaped inmate Steven Bone without incident about two hours after he walked away from a state prison detail in Clayton County.

Officials said Steven Gregory Bone walked away from a work detail at Lovejoy Regional Park in Clayton County at about 12:15 Tuesday afternoon.

Bone was being held on a 20-year sentence for cruelty to an elder person in December of 2002, and on a 3-year sentence for terroristic threats and acts, both in Cobb County.

Clayton County school officials have lifted a lockdown put in place for Lovejoy Middle School and Lovejoy High School as a precaution.

Man arrested for killing ex's boyfriend

Man arrested for killing ex's boyfriend

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta man is behind bars for shooting and killing a man he believed was seeing his ex-girlfriend.

Patrick Lamar Burr, 40, is accused of shooting the man outside a home on Griggs Street in Marietta at around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Marietta Police spokesman David Baldwin said the victim, 24-year-old Arthur Moses Jr., and the ex-girlfriend were sitting in a car in the house's driveway when Burr approached and fired a pistol into the car.

The girlfriend, who was not identified, escaped unharmed. Moses was killed as he tried to run away, Baldwin said.

Burr was arrested on the scene and charged with murder and aggravated assault. He is being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.