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Metro Atlanta police officer accused of sexually exploiting children
 A metro Atlanta police officer was arrested on charges he sexually exploited children online, the GBI said Friday.  Jonathan Seth Balsam, a Lake City officer, was charged Thursday with  obscene internet contact with a child, electronically furnishing obscene material to minors, and two counts of violation of oath by public officer, the...

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A metro Atlanta police officer was arrested on charges he sexually exploited children online, the GBI said Friday.  Jonathan Seth Balsam, a Lake City officer, was charged Thursday with obscene internet contact with a child, electronically furnishing obscene material to minors, and two counts of violation of oath by public officer, the...
City: Plan to crack down on homeless camps not related to Super Bowl
 The City of Atlanta announced Tuesday that it wants to remove homeless camps as part of its ongoing efforts to find permanent housing solutions. And the timing — less than three weeks before Atlanta hosts the Super Bowl — has nothing do with the big game, the mayor’s office said. “The intent here is to not arrest anyone...

Posted: 4 days ago

The City of Atlanta announced Tuesday that it wants to remove homeless camps as part of its ongoing efforts to find permanent housing solutions. And the timing — less than three weeks before Atlanta hosts the Super Bowl — has nothing do with the big game, the mayor’s office said. “The intent here is to not arrest anyone...
How will the government shutdown affect Atlanta’s Super Bowl?
 Atlanta is prepared to keep 1 million people safe when the Super Bowl hits town, city leaders said Tuesday. But with the federal government shutdown showing no signs of ending, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said it is not known how that will affect the city’s ability to successfully host the biggest game in sports. “Obviously we...

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Atlanta is prepared to keep 1 million people safe when the Super Bowl hits town, city leaders said Tuesday. But with the federal government shutdown showing no signs of ending, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said it is not known how that will affect the city’s ability to successfully host the biggest game in sports. “Obviously we...
UPDATED: Newlywed man, 2 gang suspects charged in bride’s death outside Popeyes
 They had been married just two weeks when a late-night trip to a Popeyes restaurant changed everything. The newlyweds weren’t there for fried chicken, according to DeKalb County investigators.  Instead, the husband and wife were there to buy meth but were robbed at gunpoint. Shots were exchanged, and when the gunfire ended, Alisha...

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They had been married just two weeks when a late-night trip to a Popeyes restaurant changed everything. The newlyweds weren’t there for fried chicken, according to DeKalb County investigators.  Instead, the husband and wife were there to buy meth but were robbed at gunpoint. Shots were exchanged, and when the gunfire ended, Alisha...
Georgia sheriff not feeling the love for woman emailing R&B songs
 She apparently wanted a Georgia sheriff to be her first. Her last. Her everything.  But the sheriff didn’t feel the love tonight, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.  Tonekia Marie Brown, 45, started with a single email Thursday night to Sheriff Victor Hill. And then another. And another.  Brown sent...

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She apparently wanted a Georgia sheriff to be her first. Her last. Her everything.  But the sheriff didn’t feel the love tonight, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.  Tonekia Marie Brown, 45, started with a single email Thursday night to Sheriff Victor Hill. And then another. And another.  Brown sent...
Marietta fire chief applicant gets probation for forging military record
 A California man was sentenced to 10 years on probation for lying about his military record when he applied to be the Marietta fire chief, court records showed.  Robert Kenneth Hume, of Campo, Calif., pleaded guilty to forgery and false representation of a veteran. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and sentenced as a first offender...

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A California man was sentenced to 10 years on probation for lying about his military record when he applied to be the Marietta fire chief, court records showed.  Robert Kenneth Hume, of Campo, Calif., pleaded guilty to forgery and false representation of a veteran. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and sentenced as a first offender...
With weeks of winter still to come, Atlanta’s homeless seek shelter
 On a frigid December night, a homeless woman was given a blanket as she sat on an Atlanta sidewalk. It had been raining, and the 63-year-old wanted to be indoors, according to Marshall Rancifer, a homeless advocate. “I hoped and prayed that she was going to be able to get inside,” Rancifer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

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On a frigid December night, a homeless woman was given a blanket as she sat on an Atlanta sidewalk. It had been raining, and the 63-year-old wanted to be indoors, according to Marshall Rancifer, a homeless advocate. “I hoped and prayed that she was going to be able to get inside,” Rancifer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Trump mentions Georgia killing in border wall speech
 During Tuesday night’s speech, President Trump cited details of a recent homicide in Clayton County, Georgia  – a gruesome killing involving dismemberment. The man charged with murder in the November case, Christian Ponce-Martinez, had moved to Morrow from Mexico three months before allegedly killing one of his neighbors...

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During Tuesday night’s speech, President Trump cited details of a recent homicide in Clayton County, Georgia  – a gruesome killing involving dismemberment. The man charged with murder in the November case, Christian Ponce-Martinez, had moved to Morrow from Mexico three months before allegedly killing one of his neighbors...
Trump mentions Georgia killing in border wall speech
 During Tuesday night’s speech to the nation, President Trump cited details of a recent Clayton County homicide – a gruesome killing involving dismemberment -- in making his case for constructing a wall along the southern U.S. border. The man charged with murder in the November case, Christian Ponce-Martinez, had moved...

Posted: 11 days ago

During Tuesday night’s speech to the nation, President Trump cited details of a recent Clayton County homicide – a gruesome killing involving dismemberment -- in making his case for constructing a wall along the southern U.S. border. The man charged with murder in the November case, Christian Ponce-Martinez, had moved...
JUST IN: Baby found in cooler was full-term girl with no signs of trauma
 The newborn found in a cooler along a Troup County road was a full-term girl with no obvious signs of trauma, an autopsy determined Tuesday.  But investigators still don’t know how the baby died or who left it behind, according to Sgt. Stewart Smith with the Troup Sheriff’s Office. The baby was found not far from U.S. 27...

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The newborn found in a cooler along a Troup County road was a full-term girl with no obvious signs of trauma, an autopsy determined Tuesday.  But investigators still don’t know how the baby died or who left it behind, according to Sgt. Stewart Smith with the Troup Sheriff’s Office. The baby was found not far from U.S. 27...
UPDATED: South Georgia sheriff: Prayer convinced Grinstead suspect Bo Dukes to surrender
 A South Georgia sheriff said Monday he believes the power of prayer helped a wanted man decide to quit running and answer to his latest charges.  “Prayer will change your mind and your heart,” Ben Hill County Sheriff Lee Cone told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’ve done a lot of praying so that&rsquo...

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A South Georgia sheriff said Monday he believes the power of prayer helped a wanted man decide to quit running and answer to his latest charges.  “Prayer will change your mind and your heart,” Ben Hill County Sheriff Lee Cone told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’ve done a lot of praying so that&rsquo...
Man charged with Tara Grinstead’s murder seeks $10,000 bond
 The man accused of killing a South Georgia teacher is seeking $10,000 bond so he can get out of jail, even while the man charged as his accomplice is on the run from police. It’s the first time Ryan Alexander Duke has asked for bond since he was arrested in February 2017 and allegedly confessed to investigators that he had killed Grinstead...

Posted: 15 days ago

The man accused of killing a South Georgia teacher is seeking $10,000 bond so he can get out of jail, even while the man charged as his accomplice is on the run from police. It’s the first time Ryan Alexander Duke has asked for bond since he was arrested in February 2017 and allegedly confessed to investigators that he had killed Grinstead...
CONTINUING COVERAGE: Henry County officer remembered by hundreds: ‘He saved lives that day.’
 He was the type of husband who put his wife’s towels in the dryer to warm them while she showered. As a police officer, his priority was to help others. From a smiling boy who played baseball with his brother, Michael Wayne Smith grew up to become not only a husband and father, but also the type of officer others wanted to be: Selfless...

Posted: 16 days ago

He was the type of husband who put his wife’s towels in the dryer to warm them while she showered. As a police officer, his priority was to help others. From a smiling boy who played baseball with his brother, Michael Wayne Smith grew up to become not only a husband and father, but also the type of officer others wanted to be: Selfless...
Mourners pack Henry County funeral home to honor slain officer
 They came by the dozens, searching for parking spots in a full lot and walking through cold rain to enter a Henry County funeral home Wednesday night. Inside, the line stretched from one end of the building to the other as a community gathered to honor a slain police officer. Members of various law enforcement agencies gathered along with...

Posted: 17 days ago

They came by the dozens, searching for parking spots in a full lot and walking through cold rain to enter a Henry County funeral home Wednesday night. Inside, the line stretched from one end of the building to the other as a community gathered to honor a slain police officer. Members of various law enforcement agencies gathered along with...
U.S. Marshals search for Grinstead suspect now wanted in rape case
 Police said a man out on bond from charges related to the death of South Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead remained a fugitive Thursday amid new accusations of rape and false imprisonment after he allegedly assaulted two women on New Year’s Day. Bo Dukes, 34, fled his home in Warner Robins in a white 2013 Kia Sorento on Tuesday and...

Posted: 17 days ago

Police said a man out on bond from charges related to the death of South Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead remained a fugitive Thursday amid new accusations of rape and false imprisonment after he allegedly assaulted two women on New Year’s Day. Bo Dukes, 34, fled his home in Warner Robins in a white 2013 Kia Sorento on Tuesday and...
After second officer dies in Henry, widow reaches out: ‘Our community has proven that they can carry you.’
 They didn’t work for the same police agency. But two Henry County heroes killed 10 months apart had met when responding to a call, according to their widows.  Alex Maddox was days away from delivering her second son when her husband, Locust Grove Officer Chase Maddox, was shot and killed while helping Henry deputies serve a warrant...

Posted: 19 days ago

They didn’t work for the same police agency. But two Henry County heroes killed 10 months apart had met when responding to a call, according to their widows.  Alex Maddox was days away from delivering her second son when her husband, Locust Grove Officer Chase Maddox, was shot and killed while helping Henry deputies serve a warrant...
Community asked to line streets to honor slain Henry officer
 Crowds are expected to line Henry County streets Thursday to honor an officer killed in the line of duty.  Funeral plans were announced late Saturday for Officer Michael Smith. The 33-year-old married father was shot Dec. 6 and died from his injuries early Friday.  Smith was a seven-year veteran of the Henry police department. He...

Posted: 21 days ago

Crowds are expected to line Henry County streets Thursday to honor an officer killed in the line of duty.  Funeral plans were announced late Saturday for Officer Michael Smith. The 33-year-old married father was shot Dec. 6 and died from his injuries early Friday.  Smith was a seven-year veteran of the Henry police department. He...
Henry County police chief: ‘Please continue to pray for Michael’s family’
 He had made remarkable strides. Officer Michael Smith was shot in the face, but survived emergency surgeries. The Henry County police officer was able to leave the hospital days later and was moved to a rehabilitation center. At the Shepherd Center, Smith continued his recovery, recently taking 10 small steps. But his injuries were too much...

Posted: 22 days ago

He had made remarkable strides. Officer Michael Smith was shot in the face, but survived emergency surgeries. The Henry County police officer was able to leave the hospital days later and was moved to a rehabilitation center. At the Shepherd Center, Smith continued his recovery, recently taking 10 small steps. But his injuries were too much...
Government shutdown doesn’t stop Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl players’ visit to MLK Center
 Despite the federal government’s shutdown, college football players were able to visit The King Center on Thursday — a highlight of events leading up to Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl game between Florida and Michigan.  “The event is going on as planned,” Matt Garvey, vice president of communications...

Posted: 23 days ago

Despite the federal government’s shutdown, college football players were able to visit The King Center on Thursday — a highlight of events leading up to Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl game between Florida and Michigan.  “The event is going on as planned,” Matt Garvey, vice president of communications...
Super Bowl security plans top-secret, but Atlanta is ready, city says
 It will create an epic traffic jam, even for Atlanta. An estimated 1 million visitors are expected to hit town for the Super Bowl, the biggest game in sports. And though they won’t all have tickets to the game on Feb. 3, fans will be lured to 10 days of concerts and other events around the city. Without divulging the extent of security...

Posted: 27 days ago

It will create an epic traffic jam, even for Atlanta. An estimated 1 million visitors are expected to hit town for the Super Bowl, the biggest game in sports. And though they won’t all have tickets to the game on Feb. 3, fans will be lured to 10 days of concerts and other events around the city. Without divulging the extent of security...
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