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High court rules against woman claiming to be stalked online


MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) -- Anyone who has been the victim of a stalker can describe what it's like to live in constant fear.

A Marietta woman, whose name is known to millions, says she was the victim of a cyberstalker. But the state's supreme court disagreed, ruling on Friday that the man she accused of stalking her had every right to post what he did about her on the internet.

The Georgia Supreme Court ruling underscores that in America, anyone can say and write and post just about anything they want about anyone else. And, according to the court, what the man posted on the web about Marietta resident Linda Ellis was simply free speech, not cyberstalking.

Officials: Deadly Cobb fire intentionally set


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Investigators say a deadly Cobb County house fire was set intentionally.

Officials say a landscaper noticed heavy smoke coming from the house on Heritage Green Drive on Monday and called 911.

After firefighters put out the flames, a body was discovered in one of the bedrooms.

Cobb County Police identified the victim as 55-year-old Phillip L. Perry.

The fire remains under investigation.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

Cobb County hiring hundreds of teachers

Cobb County hiring hundreds of teachers

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District hopes to find hundreds of new teachers through a large job fair next month.

Certified teaching positions at all levels of instruction will be available at the event. It is the district's first major hiring event in eight years. Kevin Kiger, the district's executive director of employment, said representatives from every Cobb County school will attend the career fair.

With more than 13,500 employees, the district is Cobb County's largest employer.

The job fair will be Wednesday, Apr. 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Smyrna Community Center, which is located at 200 Village Green Circle.

Visit teachcobb.com for more information.

Driver charged after killing pedestrian in Marietta

Driver charged after killing pedestrian in Marietta

MARIETTA, Ga. – An 18-year-old driver faces several charges after striking and killing a 78-year-old man as he walked on the sidewalk in Marietta on Sunday.

Ashli Mitchell has been charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions, driving without a license, and required tire tread depth. She also faces a child restraint violation.

According to Marietta Police Officer David Baldwin, a minivan was traveling northbound on Franklin Road when the driver lost control and left the road, striking a man walking on the sidewalk. The van continued through a fence and down an embankment, Baldwin said.

The pedestrian, identified as Joe Lewis Burns, was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Baldwin said.

Body found inside Cobb house after fire


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was found dead at the scene of a house fire in Cobb County Tuesday morning.

The fire broke out shortly before 10:30 a.m. at 1905 Heritage Green Drive, in the Heritage Green subdivision.

Cobb County Fire spokesperson Denell Boyd said a landscaper called in the fire. Responding officials found smoke pouring from the house.

The victim's body was found in a bedroom, according to Boyd. The identity and cause of death have not been determined.

Marietta man charged with placing pipe bomb in park

Marietta man charged with placing pipe bomb in park

ROSWELL, Ga. (WXIA) – Michael Sibley made a first court appearance on Monday in connection with federal charges for leaving a pipe bomb in Vickery Creek National Park in Roswell last November.

Sibley, 67 of Marietta, was arrested by the FBI on Mar. 21.

"The defendant allegedly placed a bag containing what appeared to be pipe bombs in Vickery Creek Park," said acting U.S. Attorney John Horn in a statement Monday afternoon. "This arrest should reassure the community that serious crimes like this will be investigated thoroughly and all leads followed to identify the perpetrator."