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Marietta toddler bitten by copperhead


MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) -- When 2-year-old Levi was bitten by a copperhead, it didn't happen in the woods behind his home. It happened right outside the front door, on the path leading to the family garden.

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"I don't think he tried to grab it. I don't think he tried to touch it. I don't think he saw it because the snake was so camouflaged," his mother Christina Fisher said.

His father saw the snake, recognized it as a copperhead and called 911.

"They treated him with 23 vials of antivenin," Fisher said.

Man sentenced for stealing unemployment benefits


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County man will spend a year in prison for stealing unemployment benefits while he had a full-time job.

Paul Drayton, 46, was convicted last week of violating Georgia's Employment Security Law. A Cobb County judge sentenced him to five years with one to serve. He must also pay restitution of more than $14,000.

Drayton received unemployment funds in 2011 and 2012, despite having a job that paid $70,000. Prosecutors said he took the money so he could afford in live in the Walton High School district in east Cobb County. Drayton told the court he believed living in the Walton school zone would be best for his children.

"This defendant stole from a fund for people in need, not to put food on the table but to maintain a lifestyle to which he had become accustomed," Cobb County ADA Theresa Schiefer said in court.

Police: Man stabbed to death at graduation party


MARIETTA, Ga. – Police have made an arrest in a deadly stabbing at a Marietta park Saturday night.

Officers were called to Laurel Park on Manning Road around 11:30 p.m. They found 36-year-old John Benson stabbed several times. He was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he later died.

Authorities said they arrested Lintrel Gibson. He is charged with felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

Police said the stabbing happened during a graduation party.

MARTA to hold police officer job fair


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- MARTA is looking for 20 new police officers to guard the transit system in Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Labor will hold a hiring fair for MARTA police officers on Thursday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Cobb-Cherokee Career Center.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and able to pass a series of tests, including a physical examination and drug screening. Those who have completed an honorable tour of military service or at least two years of college are especially encouraged to apply.

Salaries for MARTA police officers begin at more than $35,000 and range up to $54,000 for senior officers.

Fire damages Cobb County Mexican restaurant


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County Mexican restaurant was heavily damaged by fire Tuesday morning.

A blaze broke out at around 4 a.m. at Frontera Mex-Mex Grill in the 1800 block of Powers Ferry Road.

Cobb County Fire spokesman Dan Dupree said responding crews found flames burning through the building's roof. It took about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.

No one was inside the restaurant when the fire began. Dupree said one firefighter suffered an ankle injury and was transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Woman shares special Memorial Day moment


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Susan Stimson-Hamer started her own tradition years ago at Marietta National Cemetery years ago.

Each Memorial Day, she brings fresh flowers and coffee to the cemetery. Usually, she spends the morning alone.

But not this year. Her two older sisters showed up to surprise her on this very special day.

Their father, Captain James Lyle Stimpson, served as a Navy fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War. He passed away in 1976. His wife, Jesse Clair Stimpson, passed away in 2006.

Together, the Stimpson sisters recalled fond memories of their parents – and started what may be a new Memorial Day tradition. Click the video to watch much more!

2 arrested in Marietta motel shooting


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two people have been arrested and charged in a possibly gang-related shooting at a Marietta motel.

It happened May 9 at around 1 a.m. at the Hospitality Inn in the 2300 block of Delk Road. Investigators determined 23-year-old Erik Gonzales was shot on the left side of his chest after being involved in an argument that quickly turned physical.

Marietta Police detectives interviewed Gonzales at Northside Hospital and, with his help, identified the two suspects. Erik Hernandez, 19, was arrested shortly after the shooting. A warrant for 21-year-old Cristian Romero was issued May 14; Romero was arrested about two hours later.

Both suspects were charged with aggravated assault with a weapon.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.