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Authorities capture escapee who walked away from state prison work detail

Authorities capture escapee who walked away from state prison work detail

CLAYTON CO., GA (WXIA) -- Authorities captured escaped inmate Steven Bone without incident about two hours after he walked away from a state prison detail in Clayton County.

Officials said Steven Gregory Bone walked away from a work detail at Lovejoy Regional Park in Clayton County at about 12:15 Tuesday afternoon.

Bone was being held on a 20-year sentence for cruelty to an elder person in December of 2002, and on a 3-year sentence for terroristic threats and acts, both in Cobb County.

Clayton County school officials have lifted a lockdown put in place for Lovejoy Middle School and Lovejoy High School as a precaution.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Trio arrested for smash and grabs across metro

Trio arrested for smash and grabs across metro

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Investigators in Cherokee County have nabbed three men suspected of smash and grab burglaries in at least five metro Atlanta counties.

Vincent Donahue, James Hill and Mark McCain were taken into custody Nov. 28.

Cherokee County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said the suspects are believed to be the men behind seven burglaries in Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Henry and Rockdale counties.

In each case, the suspects broke the front doors out of a convenience store and made off with cartons of cigarettes.

Baker said the three men were arrested after they were pulled over on Highway 92 in Woodstock. Investigators found plastic bins similar to the ones used in the robberies in their car, as well as a hammer, rubber gloves, masks, a sledgehammer and a small amount of heroin.

Women arrested for robbing nursing home residents

Women arrested for robbing nursing home residents

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Two Woodstock women are behind bars in Cobb County, accused of stealing from residents at an assisted living center.

Investigators believe 31-year-old Candace Ballard and 23-year-old Jayne Phillips stole jewelry, credit cards and computers from residents at the Heritage at Brookstone assisted living facility in Acworth.

According to Cobb County Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce, the two suspects were looking for an assisted living home for an elderly relative. After touring Heritage at Brookstone, Pierce said one of the women sneaked into the building's private quarters to steal from the residents.

Credit cards taken from the home were used at stores in Cherokee, Cobb and Fulton counties, Pierce said.

Court upholds murder conviction in Cobb Co. case

Court upholds murder conviction in Cobb Co. case

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the conviction and life prison sentence for a Douglasville man convicted of stabbing and beating his 16-year-old girlfriend to death in suburban Atlanta.

The court announced the decision involving Matthew Frederick Wilkins on Monday.

The January 2008 killing of Marlisa Wells happened after she confided that she was pregnant and wanted to keep the baby. Wells believed she was pregnant, though an autopsy revealed that she wasn't.

In 2010, Cobb County Superior Court Judge Tain Kell called the slaying of Wells "gruesome" and "brutal" before sentencing Wilkins to life plus 20 years.

Authorities say Wilkins cornered his girlfriend in a basement bathroom, where he stabbed her repeatedly, slammed her head into a toilet tank and drove a fork into her back.

Body wax salon owner arrested for hidden camera

Body wax salon owner arrested for hidden camera

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County Police have arrested the owner of two body wax salons after a hidden camera was found in the ceiling of one of his businesses.

The camera was discovered July 27 in a room where customers get Brazilian waxes at the Salon Avenue Suites in Marietta. Investigators determined that the camera was attached to a cable, which led into a storage room in the building, said Cobb County Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce.

The owner of the salon, 54-year-old Mark Allen Storch, was arrested at his second body waxing salon in Acworth on Aug. 10.

Pierce said Storch, a convicted sex offender, is being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. He faces three charges of unlawful surveillance.

Police looking for hit-and-run suspect

Police looking for hit-and-run suspect

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The Georgia State Patrol is looking for any information about a fatal hit-and-run over the weekend.

An Acworth man, 31-year-old Larry Allen Ward, was killed early Saturday after being hit by a car as he walked along Kellogg Creek Road near Romain Drive, according to the GSP.

Evidence at the scene led crash investigators to believe the car that hit Ward was likely a Ford Explorer or Ranger between model years 1989 and 1992. The car probably suffered damage to its front and grill, the GSP said.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the GSP post in Jasper at 706-692-4835 or the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team in Calhoun at 706-624-1484.