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Man fires at QuikTrip, arrested after I-20 crash, police say

DOUGLASVILLE - The Douglasville Police Department said a man is in custody following a drive-by shooting in Douglasville. Police said a man pulled up to a QuikTrip on Chapel Hill Road at around 8:30 p.m. and fired at least once at the QT. No one inside was hurt, police said....
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Rockmart man killed in wreck on Ga. 101 Thursday night

A 41-year-old Rockmart man is dead following a single vehicle wreck on Ga. 101 Thursday night. Juan Roman Flores was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:30 p.m. Thursday by Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor. The preliminary report shows Flores was traveling at speeds of 100 mph when he went off the road near the Silver Creek post office. The vehicle flipped end over end for 400 feet before coming to a rest, Proctor says.
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One dead in two separate wrecks involving tractor-trailers in Monroe County

MONROE COUNTY, Ga. (WGXA) - A Cobb County man is dead after a fatal wreck in Monroe County. In a media release, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the wreck happened on I-75 northbound near mile marker 191 Friday morning. When deputies arrived, a tractor-trailer was blocking the interstate, forcing them to shut down two lanes. Meanwhile, 911 operators started to get calls regarding another accident, south of where deputies were. The second crash involved three tractor-trailers near the weigh station.

Hazardous weather outlook issued for Cobb County: Friday August 19

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for Cobb County on Friday August 19 due to the possibility of scattered to numerous thunderstorms, particularly in the afternoon. What is in the statement?. The statement gives the following details:. This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of North and...

Facing severe shortage, Cobb schools raises bus driver pay

MARIETTA — Facing a shortage of more than 200 bus drivers, the Cobb County Board of Education Thursday night unanimously approved raising the minimum bus driver pay to $25 per hour, an increase of $5.25. Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said the new pay minimum is the highest in metro Atlanta, necessitated by a severe shortage of drivers. The raises will cost the district $7.6 million. Ragsdale said that after staff reviewed...

Austell man gets eight years in federal prison for role in cocaine trafficking ring

An Austell man was sentenced to eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to trafficking cocaine and laundering the proceeds as part of an Atlanta-based crime ring. The man, 51-year-old Franklin Benson Troup, will also serve 15 years of supervised release and was ordered to forfeit $690,000 after pleading guilty to drug distribution and laundering charges on June 2, 2021, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. Troup is one...

Georgia man gets 130-month prison term for romance fraud

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Federal prosecutors in Arizona say a Georgia man has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison for his role in an international romance fraud scheme. They say 47-year-old Onovughe Ighorhiohwunu, of Kennesaw, received a 130-month prison term last week for conspiracy to commit money laundering. Prosecutors say Ighorhiohwunu was previously […]
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CobbLinc Paratransit in dramatic turnaround

MARIETTA, Ga. — The pandemic and supply chain crisis that followed crippled the Cobb County CobbLinc Paratransit system for thousands of disabled and elderly residents who depend on public transit. Only five of the 30 vehicles used for the service were operational, and the Paratransit system almost came to...

Accidentally car-free part 3: A shopping trip to the East West Connector

[This is the third installment in Accidentally car-free, a diary of my experiment in getting around in Cobb County without a car]. In the last installment of Accidentally car-free I described my walk up Oakdale Road, Highlands Parkway, and South Cobb Drive. I had decided to keep that trip to one hour out, one hour back for a total walk of two hours.

OUT AND ABOUT: 5 things to do this weekend in Cobb County — August 19-21

Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival BBQ lovers will want to hit this beloved Kennesaw festival coming to town on Friday and Saturday. The two-day festival features plenty of great barbecued meats as well as desserts and live entertainment. Kids will enjoy the large Kid Zone, and families can enjoy the numerous vendors and exhibits. The Festival includes a Georgia State Championship Barbecue Cookoff, including more than $10,000 in cash and...

Austell man accused of impersonating a police officer

An Austell man is accused of impersonating a police officer while trespassing at a west Cobb home. According to a warrant, Jared Spencer entered the property of Frank Abrams on Lost Mountain Road on Wednesday, Aug. 10, despite a sign at the gate that reads "private property no trespassing." When confronted by Abrams, Spencer identified himself as a real estate agent, looking to buy the property, the warrant reports. Abrams...

Mableton charter school at Camp Timber Ridge celebrates grand opening

MABLETON — Amana Academy West Atlanta, in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, unveiled on Thursday its new charter school with the joint mission of educating beyond the traditional classroom. Those attending the morning festivities at Camp Timber Ridge in Mableton convened around a stage overlooking the campus’ amphitheater. A canopy of trees shaded guests from the harsh sun, with bird calls competing with speakers for the attention of board members, teachers, and parents who gathered at the 270-acre property for the grand...

Lockheed presents $1.6B bond proposal to Cobb school board

What could be the largest package of bond and tax incentives in the history of the Development Authority of Cobb County was explained to the Cobb Board of Education Thursday. There were a lot of “ifs” and “woulds” mentioned by officials from the Development Authority and the Lockheed Martin Corp. during a board work session.