Steve Burns

Steve Burns is a breaking news reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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North Georgia man gets 25 years for child molestation conviction
 A 65-year-old North Georgia man was sentenced to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole for molesting two underage girls over a period of years. Randal Troy Harris of Resaca was convicted in Murray County on two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of aggravated child molestation, according to District Attorney...

Posted: 7 days ago

A 65-year-old North Georgia man was sentenced to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole for molesting two underage girls over a period of years. Randal Troy Harris of Resaca was convicted in Murray County on two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of aggravated child molestation, according to District Attorney...
UPDATE: APD suspends officer without pay after indictment in crash that severed woman’s arm
 The Atlanta Police Department has suspended an officer without pay after she was indicted in connection with a  crash that severed a woman’s arm. She had been previously suspended with pay in advance of a hearing before Chief Erika Shields, police said in a statement Jan. 10. After the hearing, she was suspended without pay “pending...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Atlanta Police Department has suspended an officer without pay after she was indicted in connection with a crash that severed a woman’s arm. She had been previously suspended with pay in advance of a hearing before Chief Erika Shields, police said in a statement Jan. 10. After the hearing, she was suspended without pay “pending...
Family carjacked at gunpoint outside Gwinnett hair salon
 Gwinnett County police are seeking the man who carjacked a family at gunpoint outside a hair salon in the Stone Mountain area. The incident happened Friday at Treat’s Beauty in the 2100 block of Rockbridge Road, according to the incident report. The female victim told police that the car, a 2006 Chevy Impala, was outside the salon...

Posted: 8 days ago

Gwinnett County police are seeking the man who carjacked a family at gunpoint outside a hair salon in the Stone Mountain area. The incident happened Friday at Treat’s Beauty in the 2100 block of Rockbridge Road, according to the incident report. The female victim told police that the car, a 2006 Chevy Impala, was outside the salon...
Georgia woman faces murder charges in classmate’s 1991 disappearance
 A Georgia woman has been indicted on murder charges in the disappearance of a former high school acquaintance more than 25 years ago. Melinda McSwain, 46, was arrested last October in Middle Georgia on charges of kidnapping Sabrina Long in 1991. However, a grand jury Tuesday returned an indictment that said McSwain abducted Long, &ldquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

A Georgia woman has been indicted on murder charges in the disappearance of a former high school acquaintance more than 25 years ago. Melinda McSwain, 46, was arrested last October in Middle Georgia on charges of kidnapping Sabrina Long in 1991. However, a grand jury Tuesday returned an indictment that said McSwain abducted Long, &ldquo...
APD officer indicted in crash that severed woman’s arm
 An Atlanta police officer has been indicted after she hit a car while responding to a 911 call, causing the driver to lose an arm. A Fulton County grand jury indicted Officer Dejoira Phillips on charges of serious injury by vehicle, violation of oath of office, failure to obey a traffic control device and reckless driving. The incident happened...

Posted: 8 days ago

An Atlanta police officer has been indicted after she hit a car while responding to a 911 call, causing the driver to lose an arm. A Fulton County grand jury indicted Officer Dejoira Phillips on charges of serious injury by vehicle, violation of oath of office, failure to obey a traffic control device and reckless driving. The incident happened...
DNA spells arrest in Craigslist motorcycle robbery ‘cold case’
 It’s not unheard of for someone to be robbed after arranging a rendezvous on Craigslist. However, it is unusual to hear of a Craigslist suspect being arrested through DNA evidence in a type of “cold case,” as reported by Channel 2 Action News. Forsyth County authorities have charged a Douglas County inmate in a 2017...

Posted: 8 days ago

It’s not unheard of for someone to be robbed after arranging a rendezvous on Craigslist. However, it is unusual to hear of a Craigslist suspect being arrested through DNA evidence in a type of “cold case,” as reported by Channel 2 Action News. Forsyth County authorities have charged a Douglas County inmate in a 2017...
Georgia jailer had sex with inmate, sheriff says
 A Georgia prison guard was arrested and fired after he was caught on security video having sex with an inmate, according to the sheriff. An inmate who was released the day after Christmas alerted Putnam County sheriff’s officials about Durell Malik Roberson, 20, of Milledgeville, according to the Macon Telegraph. Sheriff Howard ...

Posted: 8 days ago

A Georgia prison guard was arrested and fired after he was caught on security video having sex with an inmate, according to the sheriff. An inmate who was released the day after Christmas alerted Putnam County sheriff’s officials about Durell Malik Roberson, 20, of Milledgeville, according to the Macon Telegraph. Sheriff Howard ...
Murder suspect, girlfriend arrested near Chuck E. Cheese’s in Clayton County
 Police have made an arrest nearly three weeks after an 18-year-old was shot to death outside a friend’s resident in Clayton County, and the suspect and his girlfriend were put in handcuffs near an unusual location — Chuck E. Cheese’s. About 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities arrested Dakarai Tolbert, 24, in connection...

Posted: 9 days ago

Police have made an arrest nearly three weeks after an 18-year-old was shot to death outside a friend’s resident in Clayton County, and the suspect and his girlfriend were put in handcuffs near an unusual location — Chuck E. Cheese’s. About 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities arrested Dakarai Tolbert, 24, in connection...
Woman duped into wiring $91K to close on property
 Gwinnett County police are seeking a man who they say used a fake email address to induce a would-be property owner to wire $91,000 into an incorrect bank account. On Dec. 5, the victim was preparing to close on a property, spokesman Cpl. Wilbert Rundles said Wednesday in a statement. “She received an email with instructions on where...

Posted: 9 days ago

Gwinnett County police are seeking a man who they say used a fake email address to induce a would-be property owner to wire $91,000 into an incorrect bank account. On Dec. 5, the victim was preparing to close on a property, spokesman Cpl. Wilbert Rundles said Wednesday in a statement. “She received an email with instructions on where...
Woman, 29, killed when car leaves road, hits tree in Gwinnett
 A 29-year-old woman was killed early Tuesday when the car she was riding in left the road and hit a tree, Gwinnett County police said. Candice Tate was in the back seat on the passenger side in the crash near Lawrenceville, Cpl. William Rundles said in a news release. Four other people were in the car. The crash was on Callie Still Road...

Posted: 9 days ago

A 29-year-old woman was killed early Tuesday when the car she was riding in left the road and hit a tree, Gwinnett County police said. Candice Tate was in the back seat on the passenger side in the crash near Lawrenceville, Cpl. William Rundles said in a news release. Four other people were in the car. The crash was on Callie Still Road...
Road rage: Georgia couple said they were rammed, shot at on I-985
 Hall County authorities are seeking the driver who rammed a couple’s vehicle on I-985 and shot at them. “He was road raging and purposely hit the back of us and started shooting,” the woman passenger told 911 dispatchers Sunday night. Channel 2 Action News obtained tapes of the call. The driver, who asked not to be identified...

Posted: 9 days ago

Hall County authorities are seeking the driver who rammed a couple’s vehicle on I-985 and shot at them. “He was road raging and purposely hit the back of us and started shooting,” the woman passenger told 911 dispatchers Sunday night. Channel 2 Action News obtained tapes of the call. The driver, who asked not to be identified...