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Man wanted for robberies in Marietta, Roswell

Man wanted for robberies in Marietta, Roswell

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Police believe the same man is responsible for a gas station robbery in Cobb County and a pharmacy robbery in Fulton County.

Roswell police spokeswoman Lisa Holland said a suspect robbed the CVS in the 1300 block of Woodstock Road on Sunday. He pointed a gun at a cashier and demanded money and cigarettes. The suspect then got away in an older model green or blue hatchback car with a female passenger inside.

The man was caught on surveillance video walking into the store.

Holland said investigators think the same man robbed the Shell station in the 2600 block of Windy Hill Road in Marietta at around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

In that case, the suspect made a small purchase at the station's convenience store; when the register opened, he pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money. Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman said the man drove away in a black car, possibly a Toyota, with a spoiler on the back.

Man arrested in fatal hit and run

Man arrested in fatal hit and run

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A 23-year-old man has been arrested for hitting a pedestrian with his car and then leaving the scene.

Tanner Bertram of Acworth turned himself in to Marietta police Monday afternoon.

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Bertram is accused of hitting 20-year-old Matthew Tyner as the victim walked along North Marietta Parkway on Dec. 27. Tyner was later pronounced dead at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Bertram has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and felony hit and run. He is being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

Man stabs wife, sets house on fire

Man stabs wife, sets house on fire

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta man and his wife are in the hospital after a domestic dispute that ended with a house fire.

Police spokesman David Baldwin said the incident began at around 1:20 a.m. Friday in a unit at the Amberly at Powers Ferry apartment complex on Winterset Parkway.

Juan Espinal, 55, is accused of stabbing his wife multiple times, then driving to a house on Brookhaven Drive off Bells Ferry Road.

Baldwin said Espinal set his car on fire, then set the Brookhaven Drive house on fire. Police believe the house or its residents may have been part of the original domestic dispute.

The residents of the Brookhaven Drive house were not hurt in the fire.

Espinal was found unconscious on Chastain Road under Interstate 75 several hours after the fire. He was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in serious condition. His wife was taken to the same hospital in stable condition.

Man pleads guilty in Cobb courthouse bomb threat

Man pleads guilty in Cobb courthouse bomb threat

ACWORTH, Ga. -- An Acworth man has pleaded guilty in court that he threatened to bomb the Cobb County courthouse earlier this year.

Tommie Milan Boleman, Jr., called in the threat on Aug. 6. He told the court he did it to delay the sale of his foreclosed home.

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Thursday, a Cobb County Superior Court judge sentenced Boleman, 47, to five years -- one in prison and the rest on probation. He must also perform 40 hours of community service and pay a $500 fine, plus $700 to reimburse the county for the cost of his attorney.

Dentist pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

Dentist pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

MARIETTA, Ga. -- An Atlanta-area dentist has pleaded guilty to defrauding Georgia Medicaid of more than $2.2 million.

Kenneth Morris Wiggins Jr. entered his plea Friday, and was sentenced to seven years in prison and three on probation. He must also pay $2,230,618.81 in restitution.

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Wiggins owned Cosmetic and Family Dentistry of Roswell in Fulton County and Cosmetic and Family Dentistry of Marietta in Cobb County. Both businesses were providers in the Georgia Medicaid Program's Dental Services.

According to information presented in court, Wiggins billed Medicaid for procedures for 220 patients, even though he never actually performed the dental work.

Man sentenced for killing ex-girlfriend's fiance

Man sentenced for killing ex-girlfriend's fiance

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Cobb County man will spend 20 years in prison and five on probation after being found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend's fiance.

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Patrick Lamar Burr was convicted last month of shooting 24-year-old Arthur "Dwayne" Moses Jr., to death.

Burr, 41, admitted in court that he killed Moses. He told jurors that he dated the victim's fiancee, Fredericka Washington McCrary, off and on for 11 years. The two broke up for good in October 2012.

On Dec. 30, 2012, Burr visited McCrary's Marietta home to give her some money. Later, McCrary called him to say she was engaged to Moses, according to court documents.

4 men plead guilty to killing ex-Marine

4 men plead guilty to killing ex-Marine

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Four defendants pleaded guilty in Cobb County Superior Court Wednesday to beating and stomping a former Marine to death last year.

Zachary Gamble, 34, was taken off life support on Apr. 8, 2012, two weeks after he was attacked in the parking lot of a Smyrna apartment complex.

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The men convicted of killing him are 38-year-old Arthur Batchelor of Acworth, 40-year-old Sean Hall of Mableton, 36-year-old Jason Hill of Woodstock and 37-year-old Tarell Secrest of Marietta.

All four pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. They were each sentenced to 30 years, with 20 to be served in prison.