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Cobb Co. officer already had complaints against him

MABLETON, GA (WXIA) – Cobb County Police Officer Maurice Lawson, has not been on the force very long, but he has already received a reprimand. Lawson is the subject of a complaint received after a controversial traffic stop in Mableton last month.

Motorist Brian Baker filed a complaint against Lawson over the officer’s treatment of him during a traffic stop on Mableton Parkway. Lawson admitted he lost his composure during the traffic stop with Baker.

What happened was partially captured in body camera video from a second officer, A.J. Grizanti. He arrived on the scene after Lawson’s first exchange with Baker – one which Lawson told him did not go well.

“The first thing out of his mouth was – I was like ‘how are you doing tonight, sir’,” Lawson said. “And he was like ‘Sober – what did you stop me for!’ He yelled at me and I yelled back.”

Grizanti replied, “I’ll go talk to him.”

Gunman shoots self during robbery

MABLETON, Ga -- Cobb County Police are looking for two gunmen, one of them may have a gunshot wound to his foot or leg. They are accused of robbing a pizza delivery driver.

It happened shortly after midnight Monday morning. It was one of the last deliveries of the night from a Mableton Papa Johns by a 27-year-old employee. Police are investigating whether the delivery man was set up.

Mableton man guilty of running Ponzi scheme

MABLETON, Ga. -- A Georgia man pleaded guilty in federal court to operating a multi-million dollar foreign exchange market Ponzi scheme.

Stafford S. Maxwell, 46, of Mableton was convicted of 10 counts of wire fraud. He will be sentenced Sept. 2.

Prosecutors said Maxwell, the former owner and CEO of Millennium Capital Exchange, Inc., solicited investments from customers across the United States. He promised his victims high fixed rates of return to be generated from foreign exchange market trading through accounts at a financial firm in Switzerland.

While Maxwell claimed he had a long history of successful forex market trading, and used "stops" and "floors" on trades to ensure any potential losses would be small, he actually had little success executing such trades, lost almost all the money he traded and had no reserve fund to cover losses, prosecutors said.

Summer reading program launches at Cobb library

MABLETON, Ga. – Kids in Georgia have the chance to win cash prizes by taking part in a summer reading program.

The "Every Hero Has a Story" statewide initiative kicked off with a big event Monday at the South Cobb library in Mableton on Monday.

Kids lined up to check out their books and jump-start their summer reading program, while parents learned about the importance of saving for college.

The event featured child-friendly activities of games, storytelling, face painting, science experiences and a performance by Magician Bill Packard.

The program is designed to encourage kids to read throughout the summer and remind their parents and grandparents about the importance of saving for college.

Atlanta police identify suspects in March homicide

ATLANTA -- Police have identified two men they believe are connected to the March death of another in Atlanta.

Police have named Aaron Simmons and Tony Rucker as suspects in the shooting death of Deontavious Wright on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on March 13.

Policy say at least three men – and possibly more – were in an argument inside an apartment in the area around 10 a.m. that day.

That's when Wright was shot several times. He was pronounced dead when authorities arrived at the scene.

According to the family members, Wright was a father of one child with another on the way.

Cobb man gets life for robbing, strangling grandfather

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Mableton man will spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering his grandfather.

"You're going to die in prison for what you've done," Cobb County Superior Court Judge A. Gregory Poole told Casey Collins before giving him two consecutive life sentences plus 10 years.

A Cobb County jury deliberated less than 30 minutes last Thursday before finding Collins, 32, guilty of strangling his grandfather two years ago. He was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and concealing a death. His former girlfriend, who was with him when he killed the victim, testified against him.

Suspects arrested in Cobb County break-in

COBB COUNTY, Ga. – Police said three people were arrested in connection with the break-in of a vacant home on Sunday.

It happened at a residence off Brookmere Park Drive in Cobb County.

One suspect was immediately taken into custody at the scene; another fled on foot into the tree line. Police say that suspect fired a shot, but it doesn't appear he was shooting at the police.

After a search, that second suspect was found and arrested without incident. A third person was also arrested, according to police.

The suspects arrested were identified as 29-year-old Janet Jackson, 23-year-old Robert Julian and 20-year-old Trendevious Kellogg. They are facing numerous charges include burglary, weapons offenses and reckless conduct.

Cobb County Police are continuing to investigate.