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Investigation underway after body found at Paulding Co. home


DALLAS, Ga. — An investigation is underway in Paulding County after a man's body was discovered inside a home early Saturday afternoon.

Paulding County Sheriff spokesman Sgt. Ashley Henson said deputies were called to the home on Hiram Sudie Road just before 11 a.m. When they arrived at the house, they found a man dead. Four men and a woman -- all unharmed -- were also at the home, officials said. 

PHOTOS: Man's body found inside Paulding Co. home

Woman arrested following Dallas officer-involved shooting


DALLAS -- A woman is under arrested following an incident that led to an officer-involved shooting in Dallas, Ga. on Wednesday.

Jennifer Autry was taken into custody after police responded to the 100 block of St. Charles Avenue in regard to a suspicious person.

Autry was seen by a neighbor trying to enter a residence through a partially open garage door.

When approached by Officer J.D. Johnson, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) report states that she pointed a "long gun" at the officer.  Officer Johnson opened fire at the woman but neither she nor Johnson were injured.

Autry was arrested and charged with burglary, aggravated assault, loitering and prowling.

Parents of teen killed in twerking accident say no charges


DALLAS, Ga. – Parents of a teenager killed after being run over don't want his friend to face charges.

Georgia State Patrol Troopers said 16-year-old Alex Desalis fell off the hood of a Jeep his friend was driving Saturday afternoon and was run over.

"I don't want probation. I don't want her in jail," Michelle Guthrie said. "It was an accident. We feel more bad for the family -- for what they're going through as well."

Troopers said Desalis had possibly been "car surfing" prior to falling off, and that charges are pending against the driver. Desalis was sent to Paulding WellStar Hospital and airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition. He died Sunday evening.

Desalis' parents say the teen jokingly asked a friend for a ride a few yards down the road.

Parents: Teen killed in accident wasn't car surfing


DALLAS, Ga. – Parents of a teenager killed after being run over are disputing reports that he was car surfing prior to his death.

Georgia State Patrol Troopers said 16-year-old Alex Desalis fell off the hood of a Jeep his friend was driving Saturday afternoon and was run over.

Troopers said Desalis had possibly been “car surfing” prior to falling off, and that charges are pending against the driver.  Desalis was sent to Paulding WellStar Hospital and airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition. He died Sunday evening.

 

Authorities release name of man shot, killed after pointing gun at deputies


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- Deputies shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at them on Friday, according to the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities identified him Friday evening as 39-year-old William Tarrant of Dallas, Ga.

Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation report the shooting happened on Mt. Vernon Church Road around 3:15 p.m. Friday.

The incident started as a domestic disagreement at the home around 10:30 Friday morning. When sheriff's deputies arrived at the home, they determined that the Crimes Against Children Unit and the Division of Family and Children Services were needed in the investigation, according to Sgt. Ashley Henson of the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

Ga. father sentenced to life in prison in beating death of son


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. – A Georgia father accused of killing his 12-year-old son was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole

Paulding County’s district attorney said Shayaa Forbes pleaded guilty to killing his son, Eric, in 2013.

Funeral to be held for 8-year-old accidental shooting victim


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. – A funeral will be held on Sunday for an 8-year-old girl who authorities say was accidentally shot by her mother.

Marsha Lynch told investigators that she was brushing her daughter’s hair when a handgun fell to the floor and discharged, striking both of them. 

Investigators said the bullet went through Marsha Lynch's leg and struck her daughter, Sharia, in the head. Sharia Lynch died before she could be airlifted to the hospital. Marsha Lynch is continuing to recover from surgery at Floyd Medical Center. Three other children in the home – an adult son and two young daughters – weren’t injured.