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Cobb teen indicted in step-cousin's stabbing death

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Olivia Smith remains in the Cobb County jail Thursday night without bond.  The 18-year-old is facing, among other things, felony murder and malice murder for killing her step-cousin in cold blood.

Man in critical condition after officer-involved shooting

ACWORTH, Ga. — A metro area man is in critical condition after he was shot in the chest by a police officer during a Friday night traffic stop, according to officials.

An Acworth Police spokesman confirmed the information with 11Alive News on Saturday.

Cherokee Co. man stabbed while children slept

ACWORTH -- A 22-year-old man from Cherokee County died from stabbing injuries early Sunday after a domestic dispute broke out at a mobile home park.

Cherokee County Sheriff's officials are investigating the incident, which happened around 12:30 a.m. at the Hidden Falls mobile home park in Acworth.

According to reports, Sheriff's deputies found the victim, 22-year-old Jayquan Smallwood, with multiple stab woulds to the chest inside the home of Acworth couple, Nolan and Jessica Hoad.

Investigators said Smallwood rented a room from the Hoads' home, where they lived with their three children. Nolan's brother, Cloyse Hoad, and his mother, Emily Pomeroy, were also visiting at the time of the incident.

GBI names man killed in Bartow Co. deputy-involved shooting

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau Investigation is naming the man who was killed in an overnight deputy-involved shooting in Bartow County.

'Hoverboard' sparks fire in Ga. Ritz Carlton

GREENE COUNTY, Ga. -- It's one of the hottest gifts to hit shelves this year but the latest incident with a "hoverboard" in a Georgia hotel shows that some can get a little too hot.

The device looked anything but new when authorities responded to the Ritz Carlton in Greene County, Ga.  There, they found the burning remains of a hoverboard and a damaged hotel room.

While these boards don't actually hover, they do allow the rider to glide around various surfaces on two wheels guiding the device with minor shifts in weight - and the aide of a battery to run all the high-tech equipment within.

The sheriff's office is still working to discover exactly how the device caught fire, but around the country they have recently come under heated scrutiny due to blazes originating from the power source.

Kids help police develop sketch of man who exposed himself


ACWORTH, Ga. -- After a man exposed himself to three children, they described his SUV and helped police develop a sketch. 

Teen accused in fatal stabbing: 'God made me do it'

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- An 18-year-old woman accused of stabbing her step-cousin to death in Acworth told neighbors God made her do it, according to court testimony.

Olivia Nicole Smith was in court for a probable hearing on Thursday. She’s accused of stabbing 17-year-old high school Abbey Hebert to death in her front yard on Nov. 14.


Family members were crying as Smith was brought into court, 11Alive’s Valerie Hoff reports. Both young women were close friends and step-cousins. They reportedly had a sleepover after a football game the night before the crime.

PHOTOS: Acworth teen stabbed to death

Man accused of killing parents in Thanksgiving shooting

ACWORTH, Ga. – A 34-year-old man is being held without bond after being accused of killing his parents on Thanksgiving Day.

According to police, Dustin Ray Dixon fired several shots inside his family’s home on Camden Lake Drive in Acworth.

Dixon's sister and grandmother managed to escape after hiding behind a car and a house nearby.  His mother, 60-year-old Ellen DeLoach, never made it past the front porch. Her husband – Dixon’s stepfather – Bradley DeLoach, 58, was also killed.

Cops: Son kills mom, stepdad on Thanksgiving

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Cobb County police say a man killed his mom and stepdad Thursday in their home.

A spokesperson for the Cobb County Police Department said a shooting call came in around 7 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots.

Police arrived to find two people dead in the 5300 block of Camden Lake Drive.

The victims are husband and wife pair Michael Bradley DeLoach, 58, and Ellen Deloach, 60. There were also two other family members home during the shooting that were able to escape without injuries.

Dustin Ray Dixon, 34, of Marietta is charged with double murder. He also has four counts of aggravated assault and four counts of possession of a firearm or knife.

Stay with 11Alive for updates on this developing story.

Two dead in apparent Acworth shooting

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Police have taken one suspect into custody after finding two people dead in Acworth, Ga. Thursday.

A spokesperson for the Cobb County Police Department said that the call came in around 7 p.m. when neighbors heard gunshots.