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Woman convicted in $25 million telemarketing fraud

Woman convicted in $25 million telemarketing fraud

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta woman has been found guilty in federal court of participating in a nationwide $25 million telemarketing scheme.

Kara Singleton Adams, 40, was convicted on nine counts of wire fraud, seven counts of structuring financial transactions and two counts of conspiracy. It took the jury four hours to reach its verdict.

Three co-defendants -- Adams' husband, 35-year-old Jason James Eyer of Marietta; 39-year-old James Adolph Schoenholz of Atlanta; and 40-year-old Brittany Dunphy of Orlanda, Fla. -- have already been convicted in the scheme.

According to information presented in court, the four defendants conspired to use fake credit card debt reduction programs to steal victims' identities. They initiated automated telephone calls to people throughout the United States to sell the debt reduction program.

MARIETTA: Ex-youth pastor sentenced to death

MARIETTA: Ex-youth pastor sentenced to death

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Cobb County jury has sentenced a former youth pastor to death.

Earlier this month, a jury found 33-year-old Joshua Drucker guilty of murder in the 2004 deaths of Andrew Robertson and Lora Nikolova.

The death sentence was issued Thursday.

Lawyers for both sides did not dispute that Drucker pulled the trigger, but prosecutors painted the ex-pastor as a cold-blooded, drug-addicted killer, while the defense team told jurors the killings were an accident and possibly a crime of passion.

Drucker told police he killed Robertson because he had long harbored a grudge against him for giving drugs to Drucker's sister.

Nikolova's parents traveled from her native Bulgaria to attend the trial.

Police search for suspected bank robber

Police search for suspected bank robber

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are looking for a man suspected of robbing a Marietta bank on Wednesday afternoon.

The robbery occurred at around 1:40 p.m. at the Fifth Third Bank inside the Kroger at 2100 Roswell Road.

Investigators said a man gave the bank teller a demand note and then ran from the store after receiving cash.

Security cameras at the bank captured images of the suspect. Police describe him as a white man, about 5-feet-8-inches tall and 30 years old. He was wearing a black University of Georgia sweatshirt, dark blue baseball cap with a star on it, sunglasses and gloves during the robbery.

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

MARIETTA: Jury convicts man of 2 killings

MARIETTA: Jury convicts man of 2 killings

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Cobb County jury has found Joshua Kevin Drucker guilty of murder in the killings of two people.

The jury deliberated for about 45 minutes on Monday before convicting the 33-year-old Drucker, of McDonough, of malice murder and felony murder in the April 5, 2004, shootings of 40-year-old David Andrew Robertson, and 25-year-old Lora Nikolova.

Drucker was also convicted of armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and credit card fraud.

Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty in the sentencing phase of the trial, which could begin Tuesday.

Drucker's attorneys had asked the jury to convict him on the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter for shooting Robertson and acquit him in the death of Nikolova, which they called an accident.

Police searching for shoe store robber

Police searching for shoe store robber

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are searching for a suspect who robbed a Marietta shoe store over the weekend.

Employees of Discount Shoe on Pat Mell Road told investigators they were closing up the store at around 9:15 p.m. on Friday when a man entered and told them to lie on the floor.

The suspect walked behind the counter and took cash from the register before running from the store.

The victims described the robber as a heavyset black man in his 20s. He was about six feet tall and was wearing a black hoodie during the robbery. He was also armed with a handgun.

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

Austell bank robbery suspect arrested

Austell bank robbery suspect arrested

AUSTELL, Ga. -- A Marietta man was arrested shortly after robbing a Cobb County bank Monday morning.

Investigators said Charles Portis Andrews robbed the Suntrust at 1661 East West Connector in Austell shortly before 10:30 a.m.

Witnesses to the robbery gave Cobb County Police a description of Andrews' red SUV, which two officers spotted and pulled over near the scene, according to police spokesman Mike Bowman.

The 47-year-old suspect was charged with robbery. He was processed through the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

Police searching for Taco Bell robber

Police searching for Taco Bell robber

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marietta Police are trying to identify the man suspected of robbing a fast food restaurant last week.

Investigators said that the robbery occurred shortly after 10 a.m. Friday at the Taco Bell at 1180 Powder Springs Street.

A suspect held three restaurant employees at gunpoint while demanding money from the safe. After receiving cash, he ran outside and climbed into a getaway car described as a dark blue or black Chevrolet Impala with no tag, according to Marietta Police spokesman David Baldwin.

The Taco Bell employees told police their attacker was a black man in his late teens or early 20s. He was between 5-feet-8-inches and 5-feet-11-inches tall and had a medium build. He also had acne or "shaving bumps" on his face.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Marietta Police at 770-794-5300.