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3 sentenced for beating Cobb County man to death

3 sentenced for beating Cobb County man to death

MABLETON, Ga. -- Three young men were sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of beating a man at a Mableton gas station.

Johnathan Anthony, Antonio Pass and Jekari Strozier learned their fates Monday.

Earlier this month, the three were found guilty of beating 36-year-old Joshua Chellew unconscious outside the Chevron station at Mableton Parkway and Community Drive. Police said the defendants left Chellew lying in the road, where he was hit and killed by a car.

Anthony and Strozier were each sentenced to life plus 15 years, to serve consecutively, followed by 30 years on probation. Pass was sentenced to life followed by 15 years on probation.

Motorcyclist dies in Powder Springs crash

Motorcyclist dies in Powder Springs crash

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are investigating an accident that killed a 42-year-old motorcyclist.

The wreck happened Sunday shortly before 7 p.m. on Richard D. Sailors Parkway at New Macland Road in Powder Springs.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Anthony Gaiter of Mableton was approaching the intersection on his Harley-Davidson FLHX when a GMC Acadia turned into his path.

Police said Gaiter's motorcycle collided with the right side of the Acadia. Gaiter was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Acadia driver, 39-year-old Oyin Mitchell of Lithia Springs, was not hurt. A child strapped into a car seat inside her SUV was also uninjured.

Cobb County Police said they expect to file charges in this case.

Realtor admits to stealing from homes for sale

Realtor admits to stealing from homes for sale

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Florida man has pleaded guilty to entering homes for sale and stealing from them while working as a real estate agent in Cobb County.

Ray Glen Greene, 49, admitted in court that he used his agent keycode to access the homes and take jewelry and other items. He was convicted of eight counts each of burglary and theft by taking, and was sentenced to 20 years, with eight to serve in custody.

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Several of Greene's victims attended his trial. Greene apologized to them and admitted he lost count of the number of houses he burglarized. He told the court that he did not sell a single home in more than a year and supported himself by pawning the stolen jewelry.

17 drug ring members indicted

17 drug ring members indicted

(WXIA) -- A federal grand jury has indicted 17 members of a massive Mexican drug ring.

The defendants are accused of smuggling cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to Georgia. Prosecutors said they also conspired to deliver a significant amount of drug money to Mexico.

According to information presented in federal court, Atenogenes Alvarado-Delgado runs the trafficking organization. His ring -- which includes his brother, Jose Alvarado-Delgado, and two associates -- used passenger buses to transport drugs from Mexico to the Atlanta area. Others would then unload the drugs and sell them in Georgia and Florida.

Since last October, law enforcement has seized much of the ring's wares in several busts, including:

* Oct. 8, 2013: 39 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Doraville

* Oct. 11, 2013: 165 pounds of methamphetamine during a search of an apartment on Cleburne Parkway in Hiram

Man gets life for Waffle House robbery

Man gets life for Waffle House robbery

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted of his fourth felony.

Charles Bernard Anderson, 39, was found guilty of robbing a Mableton Waffle House in October 2012. Police said he pointed a handgun at a cashier and demanded money, while one accomplice watched the door and another drove a getaway car.

Jurors deliberated for just over an hour Thursday before returning their verdict. Anderson has prior convictions for armed robbery, burglary, and drugs and weapons offenses. A judge sentenced him as a recidivist to the required life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Mableton woman gets life sentence for murdering sister

Mableton woman gets life sentence for murdering sister

MABLETON, Ga. -- A 24-year-old Mableton woman was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering her sister.

Chakaya Brittney Folborg admitted in court Wednesday that she stabbed 21-year-old Kourtney Dyches to death in their Mableton home in February 2012.

Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Sherwin Figueroa said Folborg, who was adopted into Dyches' family as an infant, stabbed her sister at least six times in the shower.

"This victim was a vibrant young lady with the rest of her life ahead of her," Figueroa said in court.

Gang members sentenced to prison

Gang members sentenced to prison

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two Cobb County teens will spend time in prison after being convicted of a gang-related burglary.

Tuesday, a Cobb County Superior Court Judge sentenced 18-year-old Jamal Akeem Lisbon of Smyrna to 10 years, with two to be served in custody. A co-defendant, 17-year-old Calvin "Roscoe" Jermaine McKinney of Austell, was sentenced to 11 years, with three to be served in prison.

Both men pleaded guilty to five counts of violating Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. They are members of the Triple G gang, described by prosecutors as a "hybrid gang," or one that can easily be absorbed by a larger, better known gang.

Lisbon and McKinney burglarized a Mableton home on Sept. 3, 2013, and were spotted by several witnesses walking through nearby woods with stolen televisions, according to prosecutors. They were arrested later that day. The burglary was reported staged to strengthen Triple G's criminal purposes.