Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Armed Robbery Reported At Metro-Area Hotel

The Winder Police Department said it is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Tuesday morning at a hotel.

Police said an armed man entered the lobby of the Best Western located at 177 West Athens Street. The man approached the front desk and demanded the clerk gave him the register drawer containing an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect left the area driving a gold-colored Ford Taurus, police said.

Investigators are in the process of reviewing the surveillance footage from the hotel and the surrounding areas. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Gregg Teatino. at 678-425-6873.

Cobb Woman Shot During Attempted ATM Robbery

A 38-year-old woman was shot Monday after a masked man tried to rob her while she was making a deposit at a bank, Cobb police said.

According to the police report, a masked man approached a woman making a deposit at the Bank Of America on South Cobb Drive at about 3:45 p.m. When the victim hit the horn, to alert people nearby, the masked man shot her in the arm, police said.

The masked man then fled the scene. The victim was able to drive herself to Emory Hospital where she was treated and released.

2 Sentenced For Armed Robberies In Stone Mountain

One man and one woman have been sentenced to prison for a series of armed robberies and aggravated assaults that occurred at three separate apartment complexes in Stone Mountain, the DeKalb County District Attorney Office said.

There were four victims in the crimes that happened on Dec. 1, 2008.

The motive for the robberies was money and the defendants used a .357-caliber Magnum to pistol whip the victims, the DeKalb County District Attorney Office said.

Cedric Wilkerson was sentenced to four life sentences and Whitney McGlasker has been sentenced to 30 years, but only has to serve 20 behind bars. The remaining 10 years of McGlasker's sentence will be served on probation, the DeKalb County District Attorney office said.

Officials: 21 Month Old Child Dead, Was Left Inside Parked Van

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 21-month-old child.

A preliminary investigation indicates Joseph Chatmon was left inside a parked vehicle at Samuel E. Hubbard Elementary School in Forsyth, officials said.

Investigators said the child, restrained in a child safety seat, was left inside the vehicle from the time his mother, 23-year-old India Chatmon, arrived at work Friday morning, until she left work late that afternoon.

Chatmon is an employee at the school. Officials said as soon as Chatom discovered her son in the van, she immediately drove to the Monroe County Emergency Room with the child where he died.

The body was transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur for an autopsy, officials said. This incident is still under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Swastikas, Obscenities Spray-Painted In Neighborhood

Sandy Springs police are investigating a possible hate crime involving graffiti.

Someone spray-painted swastikas and obscene words on about 14 signs, mailboxes and cars in a neighborhood near Dalrymple Road on Saturday.

"I've been here 27 years, and this is the first time I've seen this happen," said Shabah Shalabi, a resident of the neighborhood.

"The comments were unsettling," said Marjorie Kassel, a resident in the neighborhood. Investigators said they were taking pictures and conducting interviews on Monday.

Some neighbors told Channel 2's Sbarge that they suspect the graffiti was part of a teen prank.

Kidnapped Students: 'Could Not Get Through To 911'

Two men are in custody after police said they carjacked four college students at gunpoint and forced two of them into the trunk of the car, Atlanta police said.

One victim told WSB-TV he tried numerous times to call 911 for help, but was not able to get a hold of anyone. He eventually was able to reach a Morehouse dispatcher who helped save the students. This area is in the jurisdiction of the city of Atlanta 911 Center.

The victims told Channel 2 they were near Peeples Street in southwest Atlanta Sunday evening when three men with guns approached their car and demanded the students give up everything they had.

The students gave up their wallets, jewelry and ATM cards, investigators said. The victims attend both Morehouse and Clark Atlanta University.

One victim said that one of the suspects said, "We have no problem killing you if you don't do what we want."

Police said the armed men then decided to take the four students to a Wachovia ATM on Lee Street, but one of the students locked in the trunk still had his cell phone in his pocket. That student called Morehouse dispatch from the trunk and gave police a description of the Buick Lacrosse.

Police said they arrested two of the suspects. The victims told Channel 2 that there were four suspects and one was on the loose.

One of the suspects refused to answer questions from Channel 2 Action News reporter Ryan Young.

Jevontay Fleetwood, 17, faces four counts of armed robbery, kidnapping and hijacking, among other charges. He appeared in court at 11 a.m. Monday and is in jail. The second suspect in custody is a juvenile.

Gwinnett Officer Charged With DUI

A Gwinnett County officer cleared of wrongdoing in a deadly shooting now faces a DUI charge.

A state trooper arrested Officer Lyndsey Perry in Hall County Saturday, Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said.

Wright said she was pulled over by a GSP trooper at 2:19 a.m. for speeding on Ga. 13 at Friendship Road. Perry was driving her personal vehicle. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected the smell of alcohol. Perry was asked to take a breathalyzer test, but refused, Wright said. Under Georgia law, refusing to take a breathalyzer test results in the suspension of one's driver's license.

On July 21, Officer Perry responded to a Duluth home after a woman, Barbara Baker, reported her daughter, Penny Schwartz, was threatening suicide.

The investigation showed Schwartz pointed a gun at Perry who then fired, killing both Schwartz and Baker. Perry was cleared of wrongdoing in this incident.

Police: Fleeing DUI Suspect Leads Officers To Marijuana Operation

Authorities in Gwinnett County said a fleeing DUI suspect led police to a marijuana grow house.

Police said it began Saturday night when a DUI task force officer tried to stop a car. But Gwinnett County police spokesman Brian Kelly said the driver, 23-year-old Charles Byrd of Sugar Hill, jumped from the car and ran to a nearby home.

More police were called to the scene and after Byrd emerged from the home, police noticed the smell of marijuana. Kelly said they also found another man, 25-year-old Timothy Donahue of Sugar Hill, hiding in the house.

After getting a search warrant, police found and seized 69 marijuana plants, 1,490 grams of processed pot and marijuana-cultivating equipment. The value of the processed marijuana and Marijuana plants seized is in excess of $327,000, officials said.

Both men were arrested and are in the Gwinnett County Jail in lieu of bond, officials said.

Georgia Senate OKs Teen Cell Phone Ban While Driving

The Senate has approved a bill that would ban texting and talking on a cell phone while driving for teens. Under the bill approved 47-0, the driver's license of any teen who causes an accident while using a cell phone to talk or text would be suspended for 90 days or until the offender turns 18 for a first offense.

The offender would also be fined $150, which would be doubled if a traffic accident occurs.

The House on Tuesday adopted a separate measure aimed at banning text messaging while driving by a 131-19 vote. The chambers will have to hash out their differences.

Colorado, Louisiana, New York, Virginia and Washington are among the states that ban text messages for all drivers. Nine states ban text messaging for teen drivers.

Another UGA Player Arrested, Suspended

A UGA football player was arrested and charged with making a fake ID and underage possession of alcohol, Channel 2 Action News confirmed.

According to the Athens-Clark County Jail website, Joshua Parrish was booked into the jail Monday at 4:15 p.m. and later released on a cash bond at 5:35 p.m.

Parrish, an offensive lineman, has since been suspended indefinitely from the team. Coach Mark Richt has released several other players from the team this month following conduct-related issues.

UGA Quarterback May Transfer From Program

Quarterback Logan Gray has met with coaches at the University of Georgia and is considering transferring from the program.

"Gray's current status with the team has not changed, however, he is weighing options for the remainder of his playing career," said Associate Athletic Director Claude Felton.

Gray, a 6-foot-2 junior from Columbia, Mo., appeared in 11 games completing 5-of-12 pass attempts for 31 yards and rushing nine times for 35 yards in 2009.

In the annual G-Day game, Gray completed 10 of his 17 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. Head Coach Mark Richt announced last week that red shirt freshman Aaron Murray won the starting quarterback role.

WSB-TV, Georgia Radio Network; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; WAGA-TV.

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