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Clues elusive in Paulding County murder

Clues elusive in Paulding County murder

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- More than a month after a 20-year-old Paulding County man was shot to death in his home, investigators have yet to obtain any credible leads. They are now asking the public for help.

Cody Bryant was murdered Feb. 10 in his house on Ivey Gulledge Road. He was shot in the head while he slept.

Paulding County Sheriff's Cpl. Ashley Henson said investigators hope someone in the community has the information they need to make a break in the case.

Anyone who knows anything about Bryant's death is asked to call Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS. Tipsters who provide information leading to an arrest and conviction may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Powder Springs

Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Powder Springs

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a suspect Monday afternoon in Powder Springs.

According to Cobb County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened at 4817 W. McEachern Woods Drive and involved the Cobb County Sheriff's Office, the Paulding County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshal's South East Regional Fugitive Task Force.

The suspect, identified as 36-year-old Michael Wayne Smashey, had warrants in Cobb and Paulding counties. He was wanted for an armed robbery and aggravated assault at a Subway in Hiram this past weekend, according to the Paulding County Sheriff Department, who was serving those warrants. Authorities said he was also wanted for armed robbery at a Waffle House in Cobb County.

U.S. Marshals were serving the arrest warrant for Paulding County and Cobb County authorities.

Conviction overturned in Paulding County drowning case

Conviction overturned in Paulding County drowning case

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has overturned the child cruelty convictions given to a Paulding County grandmother who was arrested after two young girls drowned while in her care.

Marta Sonia Corvi was charged with two counts each of reckless conduct and second-degree cruelty to children after her granddaughter and a friend drowned in a backyard pool. Both victims were 5 years old.

The drownings happened June 10, 2012, while Corvi was living with her employers, Eduardo and Sandra Juarez, in their Dallas home. According to court documents, Corvi cooked, cleaned, did laundry and watched the three Juarez children, including one victim, Sophia.

Man convicted of stealing from girlfriend's employer

Man convicted of stealing from girlfriend's employer

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Dallas man was convicted last week of helping his girlfriend steal from her employer.

Robert Gustavus Whaley, 44, was found guilty of two counts of violating Georgia's RICO Act.

Prosecutors said Whaley and Sharron Rice, "his girlfriend, lover and, at times, fiancée," took more than $800,000 from Cobb County-based D.E.L. Development Corporation, which manages apartment communities.

Rice worked as a bookkeeper for D.E.L. Development. Investigators said she used her position to cut company checks to a nonexistent vendor. The money was deposited into a bank account opened by Whaley, who then forwarded the funds to another joint account owned by the defendants. He used some of the stolen money to pay his personal expenses, according to prosecutors.

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:

Threat made against East Paulding High School

Threat made against East Paulding High School

DALLAS, Ga. -- The Paulding County Sheriff's Office is investigating a threat made against East Paulding High School.

Sheriff's Cpl. Ashley Henson said an anonymous message written on a bathroom wall indicated there will be a shooting at the school on Friday.

Henson said the message was not substantiated, but school officials and the sheriff's office take all threats seriously.

Classes will take place as scheduled Friday at the high school, but the school district ordered extra law enforcement officers to be on campus.

Henson said the sheriff's office encourages parents and students to have open lines of communication with faculty, staff and law enforcement any time a threat is made. Parents should also discuss the serious consequences of making shooting threats with their children, Henson said.

Man gets 25 years for robbery that netted $224

Man gets 25 years for robbery that netted $224

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Hiram man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for taking part in a string of crimes in Cobb County.

Paul Enofurialu Odianose, 21, pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight charges, including armed robbery, aggravated assault and firearm possession.

Odianose admitted to robbing a Powder Springs dry cleaning business at gunpoint on Mar. 4, a crime that netted him only $224.

On Mar. 13, he tried to rob a Pizza Hut on New Macland Road, not far from the first crime scene, but did not take any money. A Pizza Hut employee memorized Odianose's license plate number and gave the information to police; the defendant was arrested the next day.

At the time of the crimes, Odianose was on First Offender probation for a 2011 robbery. The probation has since been revoked.