Archive for October, 2013

Arrest made in Sandy Springs hit-and-run

John Tyler Smith

John Tyler Smith

A suspect was arrested Wednesday in the Sunday morning hit-and-run incident that closed a Sandy Springs intersection for hours.

John Tyler Smith, 34, of Sandy Springs was charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, striking a fixed object and failure to report an accident, police said.

Around 3 a.m. Sunday, the driver of a black Honda Accord slammed into a pole and brought down traffic lights, causing damage that closed the intersection of Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive until the afternoon. The vehicle was recovered, but the driver fled the scene, authorities said.

Smith was arrested Wednesday and taken to the Alpharetta jail for booking, Sandy Springs police Capt. Steve Rose said.

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Hall County official resigns, made threatening comments at daughters school

Candy Wigner

Candy Wigner

A former Hall County Jail employee turned herself into the Hall County Jail Tuesday on a charge of disrupting a public school, authorities said.

Candy Wigner worked with the Sheriff’s office since September 2007, but resigned this month before being terminated after she was involved with an incident at Chestatee Middle School on Oct. 16, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s office requested the GBI investigate the incident and they concluded that Wigner went to the school to have lunch with her daughter and while in the cafeteria, she confronted a student about making derogatory comments to her daughter.

Wigner’s statements were deemed to be threatening, according to authorities.

She is being held on a $5,000 bond.

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Police investigate report of knife at Clayton School

Clayton County Schools police are investigating a report of a knife on the campus of Forest Park High School, according to Channel 2 Action News.
A student was taken into custody Wednesday, said Major Alan Parker, of the Office of Safety and Security, who did not disclose the charges.

“There is an investigation so we can determine exactly what went on,” he said, in a brief phone interview.

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Suspect shot after hitting 2 police cars

A suspect was shot in the leg after ramming two Sandy Springs police cars and trying to run down an officer Monday night.

More on the developing story here.

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Bank offers up to $10K reward to solve robbery

This man is accused of robbing a Cobb County bank Monday afternoon, according to the FBI and Powder Springs police.

This man is accused of robbing a Cobb County bank Monday afternoon, according to the FBI and Powder Springs police.

The FBI and Powder Springs police are looking for the man accused of robbing a PNC bank Monday afternoon at gunpoint. And the bank is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Shortly before 1 p.m., the man walked into the branch, located in the 3700 block of New Macland Road, and stopped at the customer counter in the bank, according to Stephen Emmett, special agent in the FBI Atlanta office.

The man then approached a teller, pulled out a revolver and announced the robbery, Emmett said in an emailed statement. After threatening the teller, the man walked out of the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. No shots were fired and no one was injured, according to police.

The alleged robber was 6 feet tall with a slender build and scruffy facial hair, witnesses told police. He’s believed to be in his …

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Downtown Wells Fargo branch robbed

Atlanta police were on the scene of a bank robbery late Friday morning in downtown.
The robbery happened at the Wells Fargo branch in the 200 block of Peachtree Street, according to police spokesman John Chafee.

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Human remains found in Hall County park bathroom

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of human remains found Thursday in a park bathroom.
Hall sheriff’s Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said a crew hired to clean up Chestnut Ridge Park in south Hall County found the remains about 2 p.m., wrapped in a blanket inside one of the bathrooms.
Chestnut Ridge Park is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property that was closed to the public several years ago, Wilbanks said. The park is currently under a long-term lease by the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority, but has remained closed.
Wilbanks said that due to the “advanced stage of decomposition,” investigators were unable to determine “anything regarding gender, age or identity.”
He said the remains had apparently been there “for an extended period of time.”
The remains were taken to the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

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Suspect arrested for 2 armed robberies

For four days, Cobb County police investigated the armed robbery of a Marietta liquor store. Wednesday, they found their suspect, who is now also accused of robbing a Subway restaurant.

Matthew Bruce Jones, 28, of Marietta is being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center charged with two counts of armed robbery, police said Thursday.

Jones was taken into custody without incident in east Cobb for allegedly robbing the B & G Liquor Store at 4400 Roswell Road. An armed man entered the store Saturday night, opened the cash registers and fled on foot with the cash drawers, authorities said.

Tuesday night, an armed man robbed the Subway at 4101 Roswell Road in Marietta.

Police believe Jones is responsible for both crimes.

Anyone with information about either robbery should call Cobb police at 770-499-3945.

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Cherokee authorities seek smash-and-grab thieves

Five car break-ins Monday have Cherokee County authorities on the alert.

Vehicles at four pre-schools and a veterinary  hospital were targeted, according to Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office  spokesman Lt. Jay Baker.

“Investigators believe the same suspects are responsible for all the thefts,” Baker said. “It is also believed the suspect is able to break the window, steal the items and leave the area within a matter of seconds.”

Purses were taken from each of the vehicles, authorities said.

Investigators currently have no description of the suspects, but believe they were driving in a silver four-door passenger car, Baker said.

Sheriff’s officials precaution people not to leave valuables in their cars when parked in public locations.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call 9-1-1.

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Burglars use U-Haul truck to break into southwest Atlanta store

For the second time in as many days, burglars early Wednesday backed a U-Haul truck into an Atlanta store, then left empty handed.
The latest incident happened just before 7 a.m. Wednesday at Southern Grocery on Westview Drive at Lawton Street in southwest Atlanta.
“It appears a U-Haul van was used to back into the side of the location,” Atlanta police spokesman Greg Lyon said.
Lyon said the burglars attempted to steal an ATM from the store, but were unsuccessful. Nothing else was taken, he said.
About 24 hours earlier, would-be thieves smashed a stolen U-Haul truck through the front of the Metro PCS cell phone store on Bolton Road, heavily damaging the building, but fled without taking anything.

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