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Paulding authorities: Unknown man found 'acting strangely' before body found


UPDATE: Police believe they have identified the man in the picture and will soon know after autopsy if he is, in fact, the man found dead in Paulding County.

DALLAS, Ga. -- Police are trying to identify a dead man found decomposing behind a Paulding County home on Friday.

But the investigation just took an unusual turn.

The call came in around 1:19 pm to Paulding County E-911 in reference to a possible body being located in the 3300 block of Ridge Road.

Upon arrival deputies confirmed that there was in fact a deceased person in the wooded area behind the home.

The complainant told deputies that he had been smelling something "dead" behind his residence for a few days.

He found the body when he went to investigate the smell.

The body was so decomposed that investigators can only confirm that it is male.

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Officials: Man shoots at neighbor, robot in Paulding


DALLAS, Ga. -- Paulding County officials have confirmed that a SWAT team had to be dispatched after a man apparently fired a shot at neighbor – and then at a police robot.

According to Corporal Ashley Henson with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office, the call of shots fired came in around 9:30 p.m. Friday on the 100 block of Harpers Lake Drive.

Neighbors told police that William Samuels Duvall, 66, had fired a gun at his next-door-neighbor.

When he missed the woman, neighbors said he went back in his home.

Dispatchers also called in a SWAT team since the man was armed.

Around 6 a.m., the SWAT team sent in a robot which they said Duvall shot at.

Deputies breached the door for the robot which also showed that the man no longer had a gun in hand.

That's when they rushed in to take Duvall into custody.

Police seek husband after wife's death in Paulding County


HIRAM, Ga. -- Police are seeking a man after his wife was found dead in Hiram, Ga.

Officials got a call on Wednesday afternoon that a man, later identified as Rockwell Thelmon Serrabo, 41, was believed to have killed his wife.

Officials also believed that he may kill himself.

Deputies arrived at the wife's home in the 200 block of Baywood Way in Hiram, Ga. to find Nicole Thomas, 44, dead.

Fulton County police also assisted in the investigation finding the suspect's unoccupied vehicle at Sandtown Park

The suspect is still at-large and Fulton police are searching the park.

If found, officials warn that Serrabo is thought to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone that sees him should call 911 immediately.


Paulding County fraud suspects caught on video


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- The Paulding County Sheriff's Office needs the public's help in identifying a pair of fraud suspects.

The two men are accused of breaking into several cars on McPherson Church Road on Apr. 27. They stole credit cards from at least one of the cars.

Sheriff's Cpl. Ashley Henson said the suspects then used the stolen cards at a QuikTrip in the 490 block of Nathan Dean Boulevard, near the Dallas Commons shopping center.

Surveillance cameras inside the QuikTrip recorded images of the suspects. One is a white man in his early 20's with dark hair and glasses. The second is a white man in his early 20's with dark hair and a full beard.

Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call the Paulding County Sheriff's Office at 770-443-3015.

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Vigil planned for woman struck by Paulding patrol car


HIRAM, Ga. -- Friends and family have scheduled a candlelight vigil for the woman killed in a Thursday night car versus pedestrian accident involving a Paulding County deputy.

The group is planning the memorial for Ashley Donaldson, 24, on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

The event is being held at the scene of the accident that claimed her life.

Officials with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the accident happened at about 9:50 p.m. on southbound Hiram-Douglasville Highway near Seaboard Street.

According to a statement from the department, the deputy was heading down the highway when the patrol vehicle struck a pedestrian who was crossing Hiram-Douglasville Highway close to the bridge in the area of Seaboard Street.

The statement said that the deputy was on the way to a low priority call and was traveling at normal speeds according to witnesses.

Suspects steal 39 iPads from Walmart


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- Two sly thieves are accused of loading a filing cabinet box with stolen iPads to sneak them out of a Paulding County Walmart.

The theft happened Apr. 10 at the store in the 3600 block of Marietta Highway. The suspects struck at 4:30 in the morning, when no one was working in the electronics section.

Paulding County Sheriff's Cpl. Ashley Henson said the suspects began by taking a two-drawer filing cabinet from the office supply section. They then broke into a locked cabinet full of iPads and hid 39 of the electronics in the filing cabinet's box.

The suspects bought the filing cabinet, which allowed them to take the iPads out of the store without getting caught, Henson said. Walmart officials did not realize the theft had occurred until later.

Henson said similar incidents have been reported at Target and Walmart stores across metro Atlanta.

Paulding County to hold teacher job fair


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- The Paulding County School District will hold a hiring fair for new teachers this week.

The event will be Thursday, Apr. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at East Paulding High School. The school is located at 3320 East Paulding Drive in Dallas.

The fair will give applicants an opportunity to meet face-to-face with school administrators. A district spokesperson said teachers are needed in all areas of certification.

The school district is Paulding County's largest employer and serves more than 28,500 students.