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Cobb couple indicted for murdering grandfather

Cobb couple indicted for murdering grandfather

MABLETON, Ga. -- Two Mableton residents were indicted by a Cobb County Grand Jury for stabbing an elderly man to death.

Casey Collins and Sarah Cook face charges of murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and concealing a death in the May 2013 death of 78-year-old Edward Smith of Lilburn.

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Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said 30-year-old Collins and 23-year-old Cook strangled Smith with a belt and stabbed him in his truck. The victim was Collins' grandfather.

Both suspects are being held without bond in the Cobb County Jail. Their arraignment dates have not yet been set.

School bus driver sentenced for producing child pornography

School bus driver sentenced for producing child pornography

MABLETON, Ga. -- A Cobb County school bus driver and church youth group volunteer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of producing, receiving and possessing child pornography.

Stanley Keith Johnson will also spend the rest of his life on supervised release after getting out of prison.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Johnson befriended young fatherless boys at the church where he volunteered. Pornographic photos found in Johnson's Mableton home featured one of those boys, who was 8 years old when they were taken.

"Children are not sexual objects, and persons who see them that way can expect to be caught and go to prison," Yates said in a statement. "As a school bus driver and church youth group volunteer, this defendant has access to some of the most innocent and vulnerable members of society."

Cobb Police looking for middle school molester

Cobb Police looking for middle school molester

MABLETON, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are trying to find a teenage boy accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old fellow middle school student.

According to an arrest warrant, Travion Malick Hubbard is accused of aggravated sodomy and aggravated child molestation.

It doesn't give his exact age, except to say he's under 18, but he was said to have been a student at Lindley Middle School in Mableton when the alleged attack happened on May 1st.

The warrant claims Hubbard forced a 14-year-old girl into a boys' bathroom, partially undressed her and then performed sexual acts on her.

The school's principal contacted Cobb County campus police within hours of the incident and they contacted Cobb County Police the same night.

Police would not provide any reason why it took them until May 30 to swear out the arrest warrant .

Even though he's a juvenile, Hubbard is being charged as an adult.

Man wanted for 2 business robberies

Man wanted for 2 business robberies

MABLETON, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are looking for the man who they believe is responsible for two armed robberies in Mableton.

The first incident happened May 13 at the Family Dollar on Veterans Memorial Highway. The second occurred Wednesday at the Rite Aid on Hicks Road.

In both cases, a man pointed a gun at store employees and demanded money, then ran after receiving cash, according to Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 20's, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 150 to 180 pounds.

Anyone with information in these robberies is asked to call Cobb County Police at 770-499-3945.

Authorities capture escapee who walked away from state prison work detail

Authorities capture escapee who walked away from state prison work detail

CLAYTON CO., GA (WXIA) -- Authorities captured escaped inmate Steven Bone without incident about two hours after he walked away from a state prison detail in Clayton County.

Officials said Steven Gregory Bone walked away from a work detail at Lovejoy Regional Park in Clayton County at about 12:15 Tuesday afternoon.

Bone was being held on a 20-year sentence for cruelty to an elder person in December of 2002, and on a 3-year sentence for terroristic threats and acts, both in Cobb County.

Clayton County school officials have lifted a lockdown put in place for Lovejoy Middle School and Lovejoy High School as a precaution.

2 Mableton businesses robbed

2 Mableton businesses robbed

MABLETON, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are investigating two business robberies in Mableton earlier this week.

The first robbery happened shortly before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dollar General on Veterans Memorial Highway.

Cobb County Police Ofc. Mike Bowman said a suspect bought something small at the store, then pulled out a gun when the clerk opened the cash register. The suspect forced the cashier to the ground, grabbed cash from the open register drawer and ran from the store.

Witnesses described the suspect as a black man in his mid to late 20s, about 6 feet tall and with a medium build. He had a tattoo of a cross between his eyebrows and other unidentifiable tattoos on his cheeks near his eyes.

The second robbery happened that same day at around 8:15 p.m. at the CVS on Mableton Parkway.

In that case, a suspect demanded money from a CVS cashier and then ran when he received it, according to Bowman.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."