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Animal Control employee arrested after dog's death

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A former Cobb County Animal Control employee resigned after a dog died while in his care.

Matthew Cory Dodson, 24, was also arrested and charged with animal cruelty and obstruction, both misdemeanors.

Cobb County Police said Dodson picked up a dog on Saturday, July 18. The dog died, prompting an investigation. Its cause of death was not released.

"Cobb County authorities want to reassure our citizens that this type of behavior will never be condoned and that the safety of any animal while in our custody ... is paramount," Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a release. "We have met with the owner of the dog, advised them of the results of our investigation and are working with them regarding this tragic situation."

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Woman complains of rat droppings in Marietta storage unit

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Stacy Tore rented a storage unit at the Public Storage on Austell Road in Marietta back in June while she was waiting to move to a new apartment. But now, she's not sure she wants back any of her belongings. The reason: rodent droppings are scattered throughout the unit.

"They are on the ground, on top of the boxes, on on top of the furniture, the mattresses, its all over the place!" she said.


Recycling center building evacuated due to hazmat situation

COBB COUNTY, Ga. – Numerous workers at a Cobb County recycling center were taken to the hospital about complaining of irritation on Thursday.

According to Dan Dupree of Cobb County Public Safety, several workers at the RockTenn recycling facility on County Services Parkway complained of irritation from something in the garbage around 8 a.m.

The building was evacuated, and eight workers were transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital as a precaution. Eleven others were decontaminated. There were no serious injuries.

UPDATE: Memorial to fallen Marietta Marine found

COBB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- The mother of the Marietta Marine who was killed last month in the Chattanooga shootings ended the day, Monday, as relieved as she was worried at the beginning of the day.

Cathy Wells found a missing keepsake of her son late Monday afternoon. She thought it had been stolen Monday morning. She said she had a reason to smile in what has been a month of tears.

And with that, she took the opportunity to tell 11Alive News how grateful she continues to be for the support she has been receiving from so many friends and neighbors -- and colleagues at the Cobb County school district, where she works as a school bus driver.

If she falters, she says, "I can't fall far."

Georgia is one of five states without a hate crime law

MARIETTA, Ga. (WXIA) -- On the anniversary of Leo Frank's lynching, the Anti-Defamation League called for hate crime laws in every state in America.

Georgia is one of five states with no such law on the books.

An ugly chapter in Georgia's history: The lynching of Leo Frank

MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) – Monday marks the 100th anniversary of an ugly event in Georgia’s – and America’s – history; what’s believed to be the only known lynching of an American Jew.

The death of Leo Frank is a story whose effects still ripple today through our region.

“Any act of hate – really, the lesson should be, ‘Why? Why did we do that?’ and ‘How do we make sure that never happens again?’” said Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.


Kennestone Hospital gets all clear after bomb threat

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Officials from several jurisdictions performed a security sweep at WellStar Kennestone Hospital after a threat.

A City of Marietta spokesperson confirmed the bomb threat made against the hospital, saying it was called in to 911 shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Cobb County Police, Cobb County Sheriff's officials, Kennesaw State University Police and Marietta Police helped Kennestone security comb the building. No destructive devices were found.

The hospital was placed on a Plan Green during the sweep. Plan Green limits who can enter and exit the building. Patients continued to receive care as the building was searched.

WellStar spokesman Tyler Pearson released a statement after the sweep was completed: