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Warming shelter in need of supplies


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A local shelter says it’s in serious need of supplies to help those seeking shelter from the cold.

MUST Ministries says its Marietta shelter has doubled its capacity in the past few days as a cold snap has moved in. They are providing a place where people can stay warm during the day, and also have opened a warming shelter at night.

Outside agency to audit Cobb Co. Public Safety Department


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to move forward with plans to have an outside agency audit Department of Public Safety policies.

Sam Heaton, Cobb County’s head of public safety, is calling for the county to spend roughly $100,000 to look into its police department. He said the department has “trust issues” with some in the community. He said several Cobb policies need immediate review, including body cameras and bias-based profiling.

Under the resolution approved on Tuesday, an independent agency will audit police policies,speaking with both officers and citizens.

Man gets 3 life sentences for molesting young girls


MARIETTA, Ga. — A man accused of molesting three young girls will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

On Monday, a Cobb County jury convicted Manuel Ponce Dominguez, 42, on 19 counts of aggravated child molestation, child molestation, cruelty to children and invasion of privacy, among others. He will serve three consecutive life sentences, plus 45 years.

An investigation by Marietta Police found Dominguez repeatedly sodomized and molested one girl for 12 years, starting when she was just five years old. He later continued to sexually abuse at least two other girls. According to authorities, the attacks occurred in his residences, including a home on Park Street in Marietta. 

Community rallies for trooper shot during I-75 pursuit


 

MARIETTA — The surprise visits to the trooper injured during a suspect chase on I-75 keep coming.

Low bond for attorney's son in chase sparks controversy


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A man charged with arson, aggravated assault on a police officer and felony alluding police after a Cobb County chase that ended with a crash at Piedmont hospital in early January could soon be out of jail on bond.

Cobb officer resigns after 'your people' traffic stop controversy


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County police officer at the center of controversy after a verbal exchange with a black motorist has resigned, 11Alive's Valerie Hoff has confirmed.

Dashcam video captured the incident between Officer Maurice Lawson and Brian Baker last December. Lawson pulled Baker over for allegedly speeding on Mableton Parkway. After Baker asked the officer several times, "Can I go?", Lawson responded:

"Leave. Go away. Go to Fulton County. I don't care about your people."

Cobb BOE votes down parent involvement requirement


MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Cobb County School Board voted 5-2 against an idea that its supporters believe would help children do better in school -- require parents to be involved with the schools