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Marietta cancels parade; Fireworks still going on as planned


MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) -- Due to the continued rain Saturday morning, officials in the city of Marietta said they were canceling the city's 4th of July Parade.

However, officials went on to say that the city's day-long festival and fireworks scheduled for Saturday evening were still expected to go on as scheduled.


Documentary on Jordan Davis shooting opens in Atlanta


ATLANTA -- An acclaimed documentary examining the shooting death of Jordan Davis and the subsequent trial of his accused shooter opens in Atlanta on Friday.

Davis, a 17-year-old from Marietta, was shot and killed after an argument over loud music in Jacksonville, Fla. in 2012.

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3 arrested for transporting 100 kilos of cocaine


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Three men were arrested after being caught transporting more than $3 million worth of cocaine through Cobb County.

The GBI's West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office received a tip about a tractor trailer containing a large amount of drugs. On June 25, agents conducted surveillance on the big rig, which was parked off Delk Road.

The agents spotted three men in and around the tractor trailer. The suspects were later identified as 39-year-old Ferrando Rodriguez of Gary, Ind.; 24-year-old Javier Leonardo Rodriguez-Buitrago of Dacula, Ga.; and 50-year-old Jesus Ruben Rosillo of McAllen, Texas.

MARTA recruiting bus drivers in Marietta


MARIETTA, Ga. -- MARTA and the Georgia Department of Labor will host a two-part bus driver recruitment in Cobb County this week.

The career fair will be Thursday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to noon, then 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Cobb-Cherokee Career Center.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and have high school diplomas or GEDs. A class A or B commercial driver's license and two years of driving experience are also required. At least one year of bus, taxi or limousine driving is preferred.

Fair attendees are asked to dress in professional clothes and bring copies of their resumes, as well as their Motor Vehicle Reports for the past seven years.

Salaries for MARTA bus drivers begin at $14.09 an hour.

Man convicted of murdering teen prostitute


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County jury deliberated less than three hours last week before finding a man guilty of murdering a teenage prostitute.

Ricardo Laron Harris, 35, of Rochester, N.Y., was convicted of killing 19-year-old Yvonne Denise James. The victim died in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2013, inside her room at the Howard Johnson Inn Marietta on Delk Road.

Harris was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and concealing a death. Prosecutors said he hired James for sex, then beat and drowned her. He was inside James' motel room for about 90 minutes before calling 911.

Cobb County Deputy Chief ADA Jesse Evans described Harris as "a violent serial offender with a long documented history of assaulting and beating women."

2 arrested in shooting death at Cobb County motel


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Police have charged two men in a fatal shooting at a motel.

Officers were dispatched shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday to the Masters Inn in the 2600 block of Windy Hill Road. When they arrived, they found the victim, 32-year-old Demetrius Towns of Atlanta, lying in a breezeway. He was pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds.

Minutes after the shooting, officers caught and arrested 23-year-old Fredrick Hodge of Marietta. They questioned and then arrested 26-year-old Joseph Cory McCoy, also of Marietta.

Both suspects are being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and firearm possession by a convicted felon.

3 sentenced in connection with Ga. teen sex trafficking


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Sandy Springs man has pleaded guilty to sex-trafficking an underage girl and then trying to influence her not to cooperate with prosecutors.

Martez Martell Fuque, 23, who goes by several aliases including Diablo, Redwings Diablo and King Joffey Joe pleaded guilty Thursday to 11 charges including trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, pimping a person under 18 years of age, sexual exploitation of children, conspiracy to commit influencing a witness and influencing a witness.

Two co-defendants, Naquana James, 20, of Alpharetta, Ga. and Mariah C. Rutledge, 19, of Sandy Springs, Ga. who were charged with influencing a witness also pleaded guilty earlier in the day.

Trial began Monday for all three defendants. The guilty pleas came on the fourth day of what was expected to be a two-week trial.