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Cobb Co. police investigating Mableton armed robbery


MABLETON, Ga. -- Cobb County police are investigating after a Mableton pizza shop was robbed at gunpoint.

The robbery happened in teh 4800 block of Floyd Road at the LIttle Caesar's Pizza location.

There, investigators said a man entered the store and demanded money from employees while armed with a handgun. After receiving cash he fled on foot heading to the south.

The suspect is described as a black male, who stands at about 6 feet with a very thin build.

The man was wearing a black hooded jacket, black shorts and black athletic shoes. A piece of clothing covered his face.

There were no injuries during the robbery, police said.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call 770-499-3945.

Missing woman with Alzheimer never returned from Race Trac


 

MABLETON, Ga. -- Cobb County Police have issued a Mattie's Call after a 66-year-old woman never came back from her walk to a nearby Race Trac.

Family members told police Emma Gladys Sheppard left the Beverly Forest Apartment Complex to walk to the gas station just over a mile away. The family told officers she did not have her cell phone with her and suffers from Alzheimer's and "mental disorders". She's described as a black female, 149 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. She left the apartment wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans, black shoes, and a purple skull cap. 

Police: Man impersonated officer to make contact with minor


MABLETON, Ga. -- Police in Cobb County are looking for a man who allegedly impersonated a police officer to enter a home and make inappropriate contact with a minor.

The incident happened on Jan. 22 around 2 p.m. police said.

That's when a man allegedly approached a home in Mableton. A girl confronted the man at the door of the home. At this point, he claimed to have a warrant for the arrest of someone inside - even showing paperwork - and threatening to call for backup if she did not allow him in.

The girl then told police she let the man in - based on the alleged warrant papers. Once inside, the man looked around briefly, but then turned his focus on the minor. Police said he hugged her and made "sexually inappropriate" comments toward her.

The victim said she began to question him about the warrant which she said resulted in the suspect fleeing the scene in a gold four-door Nissan.

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.