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Teen gang member sentenced in shooting

Teen gang member sentenced in shooting

KENNESAW, Ga. -- An Acworth man pleaded guilty Monday to his part in a gang-related shooting.

Alexander Market, 19, was convicted of three counts of violating Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

Prosecutors said Market and four codefendants shot at a house in Kennesaw's Legacy Park subdivision on Jan. 12, 2014. Several people were inside the house, but no one was hurt.

The shooting was in retaliation to a young man's decision to leave the Piru Bloods gang, according to prosecutors.

READ MORE | 5 men indicted in Kennesaw gang shooting

A Cobb County Superior Court judge sentenced Market to 20 years -- 15 in prison and the rest on probation.

Sex offender gets life for assaulting teen

Sex offender gets life for assaulting teen

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Norcross man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

David Christopher Roberts, 43, was found guilty Friday of child molestation, aggravated child molestation and enticing a minor. He was acquitted of rape and false imprisonment.

A Cobb County senior judge sentenced Roberts to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He has been a registered sex offender since 1992, when he was convicted of raping a teenage girl in Indiana, and also has two felony drug convictions.

The Cobb County incident happened Aug. 6, 2012, when Roberts spoke with his victim over a phone chat line and arranged to meet her on the playground at Pitner Elementary School near Acworth.

He was arrested in Tennessee by U.S. Marshals in July 2013. The victim provided police with the DNA evidence needed to track down Roberts, according to prosecutors.

Ex-Cherokee elections director charged with theft

Ex-Cherokee elections director charged with theft

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The former Cherokee County elections director was arrested over the weekend for stealing from the county.

Janet Munda, 55, was booked into the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center Saturday night. She was later released on $9,000 bond.

Munda, of Cumming, was charged with felony theft by taking after a six-month investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said Munda is accused of using her county credit card to pay for personal items.

Munda was fired from her elections director position in July 2014.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Salon owner sentenced for videotaping clients

Salon owner sentenced for videotaping clients

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County man admitted in court that he videotaped women using the restroom in his two salons.

Mark Allan Storch, 56, pleaded guilty to 25 counts of invasion of privacy. A Cobb County judge sentenced him to 20 years -- five in prison and 15 on probation.

Storch owned Salon Avenue Suites, a body waxing business with locations in Kennesaw and East Cobb. Police said he installed hidden cameras throughout both salons and used them to record footage of women undressing.

Clever shoplifters use unique tools

Clever shoplifters use unique tools

ACWORTH, Ga -- Police believe they may have stopped a string of thefts when they arrested some pretty clever shoplifters. Acworth Police said they had all the tools, including one they have never seen before.

It all came about because of a very observant retired Cobb County Police officer. He noticed a man and woman inside the Best Buy on Cobb Parkway in Acworth who looked suspicious.

Captain Mark Cheatham said the retired police officer followed the couple into the parking lot where they got into a van with a driver. "He followed them outside and then followed them in their car and called police," Capt. Cheatham said.

3 charged with shoplifting from Best Buy

3 charged with shoplifting from Best Buy

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Three people were arrested last Thursday for shoplifting from an Acworth Best Buy.

The incident began when a retired police officer noticed a man and woman acting suspicious inside the store in the 3300 block of Cobb Parkway.

Investigators said the former police officer watched the man and woman climb into a tagless Dodge van driven by a second man. The officer followed the van down Cobb Parkway and noticed it suddenly began sporting an Illinois license plate.

The officer called Cobb County Police, who caught up with the van at a gas station. Several items were recovered from inside the vehicle, including electronic merchandise and about $7,000 in cash.

Acworth Police Capt. Mark Cheatham said police found a mechanism attached to the van's console; when activated, it would hide the vehicle's license plate. Investigators also discovered a small device used to block the frequency of alarm systems at retail store exits.