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Marietta Police looking for would-be kidnapper

Marietta Police looking for would-be kidnapper

MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) – A Cobb County teen is describing the scary moment when a man tried to abduct her as she was walking home with her dog.

Police have stepped up patrols in the Marietta neighborhood to find the suspect. The incident has the area near Darnell and Barber roads on high alert.

"I was pretty frightened," said Sarah McKelvie, 15.

Sarah says she won't take the walk without her dog Sassy again. Not after what happened Thursday morning as she came back from taking her younger sisters a few blocks to school.

"There was a truck pulled up next to a house, and at first, I thought he was picking up someone, but I guess that wasn't the case, and so I continued walking," she said. "Whenever he tried to open the door, he tried to grab me, and that's when the dog went crazy."

Cherokee court reporters convicted of racketeering

Cherokee court reporters convicted of racketeering

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Three former Cherokee County court reporters will spend time in jail after pleading guilty to stealing from the county.

All three women were convicted Tuesday of racketeering. They were sentenced in Cobb County Superior Court.

Betty Petersen, Kimberly Probst and Tammy Stine were arrested last September after an investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Police learned that since 2006, the three had billed the county for court transcripts that did not exist. They also expanded the spacing in their reports to increase the number of pages transcribed.

Roadblock dodger sentenced to 13 years

Roadblock dodger sentenced to 13 years

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A man who sped around a roadblock and then initiated a police chase has been sentenced to prison.

Lietice Antwon Williams pleaded guilty to two felony charges shortly before his trial was scheduled to begin.

The 34-year-old Cartersville man was charged with cocaine possession and fleeing or eluding, as well as 12 misdemeanor traffic counts in the Mar. 8, 2014 incident.

According to information from Cobb County police, it began when Williams drove around a roadblock at Jamerson Road and Lee Waters Drive. Police had established the roadblock so crews could put out a nearby house fire.

Williams reportedly kept driving, ignoring police commands to stop. He gave chase, reaching speeds of 55 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. Williams eventually abandoned his car and got away on foot. Police ran his license plate and learned he was already on parole after serving time for other offenses, including burglary.

Marietta shootout knocks out power to subdivision

Marietta shootout knocks out power to subdivision

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A spokesman for the Marietta Police Department confirms there was a shootout between two groups of people on Westland Way in Marietta Sunday afternoon. Police say a passenger in a white SUV opened fire - targeting a group of people standing on the street. Those people returned fire.

Dozens of shots were fired, cars and homes were hit, but there were no injuries.

Marietta Police spokesman David Baldwin tells 11Alive News a car fleeing the shooting struck a utility pole and knocked out power to a subdivision off Manning Road.

Police have not released any information on suspects.

Man arrested after allegedly trying to shoot Marietta cop

Man arrested after allegedly trying to shoot Marietta cop

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marietta police say a fugitive who tried to fire his gun at an officer has been apprehended.

The incident began early in the morning on Jan. 16, when the Marietta police officer was dispatched to a domestic dispute call in the 1000 block of Franklin Road.

According to police, the officer spotted Keyandre Funches in the parking lot and chased him. Funches ducked behind a tree, then "raised his firearm in a threatening manner," according to Marietta police spokesman David Baldwin. Evidence shows Funches tried to fire at the officer, but his gun malfunctioned or misfired.

Funches, 25, was taken into custody in Mississippi on Friday, according to Baldwin.

Suspects sought in Cobb County bank robbery

Suspects sought in Cobb County bank robbery

MARIETTA, Ga. (WXIA) – Authorities are searching for suspects involved in a bank robbery at a Cobb County bank on Friday.

According to Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce, the robbery occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 2675 Windy Hill Road around 4 p.m.

Investigators said a white male entered the branch and handed a teller a note demanding money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled in what police said was an "older model" dark-colored four-door car -- possibly a Toyota.

Former principal pleads guilty to child molestation

Former principal pleads guilty to child molestation

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The former principal of a Lutheran school in Cobb County pleaded guilty Monday to molesting three boys.

Jack Duane Hibbs, 58, entered his plea shortly before jury selection was scheduled to begin for his trial. He was convicted of four counts of aggravated child molestation, three counts of child molestation and one count of sexual exploitation of children. Two counts of enticing a child were dismissed.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Poole sentenced Hibbs to life in prison. He must serve 30 years before becoming eligible for parole.

"The evil that has come through is just horrendous," Poole told Hibbs. "You hunted some of (the victims) down and robbed them of their innocence. You cannot be trusted. No one else needs to worry you're going to harm their children."