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Trio arrested for smash and grabs across metro

Trio arrested for smash and grabs across metro

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Investigators in Cherokee County have nabbed three men suspected of smash and grab burglaries in at least five metro Atlanta counties.

Vincent Donahue, James Hill and Mark McCain were taken into custody Nov. 28.

Cherokee County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said the suspects are believed to be the men behind seven burglaries in Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Henry and Rockdale counties.

In each case, the suspects broke the front doors out of a convenience store and made off with cartons of cigarettes.

Baker said the three men were arrested after they were pulled over on Highway 92 in Woodstock. Investigators found plastic bins similar to the ones used in the robberies in their car, as well as a hammer, rubber gloves, masks, a sledgehammer and a small amount of heroin.

Chase Bank robbery suspect caught on camera

Chase Bank robbery suspect caught on camera

MABLETON, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are hoping the public can help officers identify a man suspected of robbing a bank on Monday.

The robbery happened at around 11 a.m. at the Chase Bank in the Kroger on Floyd Road.

Cobb County Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said the suspect walked into the bank and demanded cash from the teller. He acted as though he had a gun.

After receiving the money, the suspect ran from the bank.

Pierce described the suspect as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5-feet-10-inches to 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing a black hat, red hooded sweatshirt and black pants during the robbery.

Anyone who can identify the man is asked to call investigators at 770-499-3945.

Conviction upheld for Cobb man who stabbed wife 183 times

Conviction upheld for Cobb man who stabbed wife 183 times

ATLANTA -- Georgia's highest court has upheld the murder conviction of a metro Atlanta man who was found guilty of cutting and stabbing his estranged wife 183 times.

In a unanimous ruling released Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia rejected Donovan Shane Leger's claims that the trial court made numerous errors in handling his case. Instead, the court found there was sufficient evidence for the jury to find Leger guilty of the 2004 slaying.

Authorities say Tracy Leger's body was found by her brother on the ground by a Cobb County home. A medical examiner later determined she had been cut, stabbed and sliced 183 times. During a search of Donovan Ledger's home, police found a book entitled "Fugitive: How to Run, Hide and Survive."

Court upholds murder conviction in Cobb Co. case

Court upholds murder conviction in Cobb Co. case

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the conviction and life prison sentence for a Douglasville man convicted of stabbing and beating his 16-year-old girlfriend to death in suburban Atlanta.

The court announced the decision involving Matthew Frederick Wilkins on Monday.

The January 2008 killing of Marlisa Wells happened after she confided that she was pregnant and wanted to keep the baby. Wells believed she was pregnant, though an autopsy revealed that she wasn't.

In 2010, Cobb County Superior Court Judge Tain Kell called the slaying of Wells "gruesome" and "brutal" before sentencing Wilkins to life plus 20 years.

Authorities say Wilkins cornered his girlfriend in a basement bathroom, where he stabbed her repeatedly, slammed her head into a toilet tank and drove a fork into her back.

Police: Woman killed by live-in boyfriend

Police: Woman killed by live-in boyfriend

MABLETON, Ga. -- Police say a 45-year-old woman in Mableton has been killed by her live-in boyfriend.

Cobb County police said Sunday they sent to a home overnight where they found Janice Oates dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Her live-in boyfriend, Thomas Schwartz, has been arrested and charged with murder. Authorities have not released a motive in the case.

Neighbors reported hearing what they initially thought was a firecracker. Lorinda Church said Oates ran into a Dairy Queen restaurant where the slain woman worked and yelled that his girlfriend had been shot.

Schwartz was being held without bond Sunday at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. It was not immediately clear whether he had a defense attorney.

Police looking for armed robbery suspect

Police looking for armed robbery suspect

MABLETON, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are looking for a man suspected of robbing a local business Tuesday night.

The robbery happened shortly after 10 p.m. at the Royal Vending Company on Veterans Memorial Highway in Mableton, according to Cobb County Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce.

Pierce said a female employee told investigators that she was alone in the business when she heard a knock on the door. She opened the door, and the suspect forced his way inside and demanded cash, which she gave him, according to investigators.

The suspect left the business in a gold "long" car, possibly a Cadillac, Pierce said.

The victim, who was not hurt, described the suspect as a black man in his late teens or early 20s. He was about 5-feet-7-inches tall, had a medium build and wore his hair in dreadlocks. He was also armed with a handgun, Pierce said.

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

2 arrested in fatal shooting

2 arrested in fatal shooting

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Cobb County Police have arrested two teenagers in connection with a fatal shooting over the weekend.

The two Mableton residents -- Brandon Jamal Hindsman and Rayshawn Ramell Rouse, both 18 -- were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.

They are charged with murder and aggravated assault in the death of 20-year-old Joseph Owens of Douglasville. Cobb County Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said Owens was shot at the West Chase apartment complex in Austell on Friday; he managed to run to the Marathon gas station on Six Flags Drive, where he collapsed. Owens was later pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Hindsman and Rouse are being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.