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Marietta catches suspected metro serial arsonist

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marietta Fire investigators believe they may have cracked a series of metro area arsons with the arrest of a 37-year-old Atlanta man on Tuesday.

They found Carlous Deushawn Banks trapped in a room at the Sun Inn motel on Highway 41 just before 3 am as fire and smoke were pouring from the front windows.

"He started the fire himself, but the problem is that he also trapped himself, so he was quite desperate when we got there," Marietta Fire Marshal Scott Tucker told 11 Alive News.

Assistant Chief Tucker said Banks escaped by breaking the rear bathroom window and crawling out.

Fire damage was confined mostly to the room Banks had rented, which was gutted.

It also turns out it wasn't his first time at the motel.

"He did stay here before, but he seems to be very quiet when he stayed here...and we never had a problem with him," motel owner Ishwar Patel told 11 Alive.

Man charged with arson in motel fire

Man charged with arson in motel fire

MARIETTA, Ga. -- An Atlanta man was charged with first degree arson after a fire at a Cobb County motel Tuesday morning.

The blaze broke out at around 2:45 a.m. at the Sun Inn on Cobb Parkway North in Marietta.

Marietta Police Officer Michael Baldwin said crews put out the fire quickly. The motel suffered about $50,000 worth of damage. Several residents were displaced, but motel management found other rooms for them.

Investigators arrested 37-year-old Carlous Deushawn Banks at the scene. He is being held in the Cobb County Jail.

Baldwin said fire officials are now looking into the possibility that Banks is responsible for other fires in metro Atlanta.

Marietta bicyclist killed in hit and run

Marietta bicyclist killed in hit and run

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marietta police are looking for the driver suspected of hitting and killing a bicyclist Sunday evening.

The accident happened at around 7:45 p.m. on Powder Springs Street at Natchez Trace SW in downtown Marietta.

Marietta police spokesman Michael Gardner said the victim, 55-year-old Lawrence Joseph Young, was hit by a black SUV, possibly a Cadillac Escalade, with dark tinted windows and black wheels.

Young was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Gardner said the suspect left the nearby NCG Cinemas just before the accident. Police believe the driver, who was caught on surveillance camera inside the theater, had taken two young children to see the movie The Croods.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Marietta Police Officer Scott Davis at 770-794-5364.

Ex-US Rep. Bob Barr running for Congress as Republican

Ex-US Rep. Bob Barr running for Congress as Republican

ATLANTA (AP) - Former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr says he's planning to run again for Congress.

Barr made the announcement Thursday at a large outdoor sporting goods and firearms store in Smyrna, just outside of Atlanta.

A former federal prosecutor, Barr ran as the Libertarian candidate for president in 2008. His platform was arguing both parties were addicted to spending. Earlier, he served four terms as a Republican in Congress.

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Barr was the first lawmaker to call for President Bill Clinton's resignation over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and was one of the House prosecutors who pressed the impeachment case in the Senate.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Baseball Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 High School Baseball Poll is ready for inspection. This week's list has teams from throughout the metro area with a new name at the top.

 The East Coweta Indians are the new number one team, with Loganville, East Paulding, Lambert and Eagle's Landing Christian making up the top 5.

Lovett is next with Gainesville, Walton, Dunwoody, and McIntosh completing the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Baseball Poll is computer generated and produced by USA Today exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.com

Cobb County 4th grader dies from flu

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Cobb County mother is mourning the loss of her youngest son. Nicholas Bratsis died from influenza just two days after he started feeling sick.

Toula Argentis-Brotsis said her son was a perfectly healthy elementary schooler. She'd been following the news of this year's bad flu season, and she knew the very young and very old were at the highest risk for getting the disease. But she thought he would be okay.

Vehicle changing lanes causes fatal crash in Cobb County

Marietta, Ga. -- A three-vehicle crash on Thursday morning in Marietta killed one person and injured another.

According to Georgia State Patrol, the accident happened on Interstate 75 northbound at the Canton Connector, just after 9:30 a.m.

A driver of a Honda Civic heading north was struck by a vehicle changing lanes. The impact spun the Civic into the path of a Ford Expedition, hitting the vehicle's driver's side.

The driver of the Civic was killed. There was another person riding in that same car, who was taken to Kennestone for treatment.

Later Thursday afternoon, Georgia State Patrol identified the man killed as 41-year-old Edgar Jaramillo of Lawrenceville.

The wreck is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team. Charges are pending at this time.

The name of the passenger has yet to be released.