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Marietta shoplifting spree ends with 2 arrests

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two men were arrested for participating in what Marietta police call "an organized shoplifting ring."

Christopher Higgins and John Stiltz, both 31, were taken into custody after reportedly shoplifting from the Walmart in the 1700 block of Cobb Parkway.

Stiltz was arrested Oct. 15 while driving the suspected getaway car, a green Volkswagen Jetta, according to Marietta police spokesman David Baldwin. Higgins was taken into custody Oct. 21 inside the Target in the 2200 block of Cobb Parkway.

Baldwin said the two suspects are accused of shoplifting from both the Walmart and Target several times between Oct. 11 and 15, and pawning the stolen items at area pawn shops.

Both suspects have been charged with shoplifting and theft by deception. Additional charges are possible.

1 hurt in east Cobb crash Tuesday evening

MARIETTA, Ga. (WXIA) – A crash involving two vehicles shut down part of an east Cobb County road for a few hours Tuesday evening, and sent one person to the hospital.


It happened on Piedmont Road just south of Sandy Plains Road when a tractor-trailer carrying sod attempted to make a U-turn on Piedmont Road was struck from behind by a blue Honda Civic. Police said the Honda may have been traveling at a high rate of speed when it clipped the truck. Police said the Honda went down an embankment and landed in the front yard of a home, within feet of the front of the house itself.

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Man arrested for alleged threats to attack Lassiter High

Man arrested for alleged threats to attack Lassiter High

ATLANTA -- Police in New York have arrested an Atlanta man for threatening to attack Cobb County's Lassiter High School.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Bridger Carreau for allegedly making terroristic threats after he posted a video on his Facebook page in which he appeared with "a large knife, hand gun and long gun" and threatened to "Go full deer hunter" on students.

Students saw the video and alerted school officials on Friday.

It's not clear if Carreau planned to carry out the attack. He was arrested Sunday in New York and will be extradited back to Georgia.

Hundreds sign up for holiday assistance programs

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Hundreds of people wrapped around the Cobb County Civic Center on Monday in hopes of getting help for their families this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

With unemployment at its highest level in recent months, the need is becoming greater.

Ross Harris to waive arraignment, plead not guilty

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The father charged in his son's hot car death will waive his scheduled court appearance, effectively pleading not guilty to the murder charges.

Justin Ross Harris is facing eight charges connected the death of his 22-month-old son Cooper: malice murder, two counts of felony murder, cruelty to children in the 1st degree, cruelty to children in the 2nd degree, criminal attempt to commit felony exploitation of children, and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to minors.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include: