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SANDY SPRINGS: Preacher charged with child molestation

SANDY SPRINGS: Preacher charged with child molestation

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- An 86-year-old North Carolina preacher has been charged with molesting his own granddaughter, who lives in Metro Atlanta.

Clarence Caldwell Arquitt, Jr. was arrested 12 years after the crimes allegedly occurred. His granddaughter, who is now in her 20's, reported the abuse to Sandy Springs police this August.

After an investigation, the Sanford, N.C. man was charged with molesting his granddaughter on several occasions over the course of eight years. Police said the incidents occurred between 1991, when the victim was three years old, and 1999.

Police said the girl was molested at Arquitt's residence in Sandy Springs from 1996 to 1999. Prior to 1996, she was molested at his then-home in Woodstock.

Police investigate early morning motel robbery

Police investigate early morning motel robbery

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Investigators with the Cobb County Police Department are trying to determine who robbed a Smyrna motel early Monday morning.

An employee of the Red Roof Inn on Corporate Plaza near WellStar Windy Hill Hospital told police that a man forced him to give up cash from the motel's safe at around 5:45 a.m.

He described the suspect as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s. He was about 5-feet-6-inches tall, wore dark clothing and a bandana that covered his face, and was armed with a handgun.

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

MARIETTA: Authorities charge man in fatal shooting

MARIETTA: Authorities charge man in fatal shooting

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Cobb County have arrested a man they say shot another man to death in Marietta.

Cobb County police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce says officers were sent to a bar called Murph's Lounge around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. They found 31-year-old Jose Alvarez of Marietta suffering from a bullet wound to his chest.

Pierce says police believe Alvarez was involved with a physical fight with another man. The other man and a woman left the area in a truck after the fight.

Officers found the truck at a Marietta home around 4 a.m. Sunday. Officers arrested 45-year-old Christopher Brian Stewart.

Stewart was being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

Doctor arrested for threatening code enforcement officer

Doctor arrested for threatening code enforcement officer

ROSWELL, Ga. -- A chiropractor was arrested for making terroristic threats against a Roswell code enforcement officer.

Dr. Michael Palmieri, 50, of Marietta turned himself in to Roswell police Tuesday.

Investigators said the incident happened on May 27 after Palmieri received a notice on the door of his business.

The warning was for a late business tax fee. Roswell police later added that the notice was left for a physician who no longer practiced in the office.

Palmieri went to Roswell City Hall to speak with the officer who left the notice, but he was not working that day, according to Vicki Barclay with the Office of Code Enforcement. The doctor told a city staff member that he would "come down here and put his head through the wall" if the officer left any more notices on his door, police said.

Palmieri faces a charge of terroristic threats, which is a felony in Georgia.

MARIETTA: Bond denied for hit-and-run suspects

MARIETTA: Bond denied for hit-and-run suspects

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Smyrna man and a Marietta woman accused in a deadly hit-and-run accident have both been denied bond.

Brandon M. Weston and Pamela K. Rice made their first court appearances Wednesday.

Both have been charged with vehicular homicide in the death of 31-year-old Emanuel R. Mitchell of Norcross.

According to Cobb Police Sgt. Dana Pierce, Mitchell's motorcycle was southbound on Interstate 75 on Aug. 20 when witnesses said the driver of the silver Porsche abruptly changed lanes to the left, colliding with the motorcycle near the ramp to Windy Hill Road. 

Police looking for Chuck E. Cheese robber

Police looking for Chuck E. Cheese robber

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County police are looking for a man suspected of robbing an East Cobb Chuck E. Cheese.

The incident happened at around 10:20 p.m. Sunday at the Chuck E. Cheese at 4340 Roswell Road.

Police said that a female employee and a juvenile had just closed the business when the suspect confronted them in the parking lot and forced them back into the restaurant.

After the employee retrieved cash from the safe, the suspect locked her and the child in a walk-in refrigerator/freezer. The victims were freed by police after calling 911 from inside the refrigerator.

The woman and juvenile described the suspect as a tall, skinny black man in his late teens. He was armed, was wearing black clothing and had a purple T-shirt covering his head.

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

3 arrested for stealing Jeep

3 arrested for stealing Jeep

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell police have arrested three Metro Atlanta men for trying to steal a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a local car dealership.

A employee of Palmer Dodge on Alpharetta Highway told police that he was approached by a young black man on Wednesday. The man offered the employee $2,000 to leave a key in the car so it could be stolen.

The suspect told the employee that he planned to send the Jeep to New York and then out of the country, according to investigators.

Roswell police set up a sting operation in the parking lot. Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect returned to Palmer Dodge with two accomplices.

When the suspect got into the $47,000 Jeep and started it, police moved in and arrested him. He was identified as 36-year-old Kevin Johnson of Dallas.

Johnson's accomplices -- Walter Ray Hamilton, 30, of Chamblee and Michael Robert Thimas, 25, of Marietta -- were also arrested.