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Cobb teacher charged with child molestation

Cobb teacher charged with child molestation

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- A teacher and coach at a private school in Cobb County has been charged with molesting one of his students.

Robert Carlysle Cartwright Jr., 46, was arrested Mar. 27. He is a teacher and coach at Midway Covenant Christian School in Powder Springs.

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Paulding County Sheriff's Cpl. Ashley Henson said Cartwright molested a boy at his Douglasville home last November. The victim is a student at Midway Covenant Christian School and played on several sports teams that Cartwright coached.

Investigators in Cobb and Paulding counties are now looking into the possibility that Cartwright had more victims.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Paulding County Sheriff's Office at 770-445-6105.

Penske shooting suspect to go on trial in May

Penske shooting suspect to go on trial in May

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The man accused of shooting and killing three people at a Kennesaw Penske Truck Rental facility three years ago will go on trial later this year.

A Cobb County judge has set a May 28 trial date for 63-year-old Jesse James Warren.

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The Temple man is accused of killing Jaider Felipe Marulanda of Lawrenceville, Robert Gonzalez of Dallas and Vance Springer of Woodstock, and injuring two others when he opened fire at the truck rental business on Jan. 12, 2010.

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Comers get 15 years after pleading guilty to serial abuse of son

Comers get 15 years after pleading guilty to serial abuse of son

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia couple accused of confining their teenage son to a bedroom for years with little food has been sentence to serve 15 years in prison.

Paulding County District Attorney Dick Donovan says Paul and Sheila Comer pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of cruelty to children and false imprisonment.

Under a plea agreement, they were sentenced to serve 15 years in jail and then 15 on probation.

The Comers are the stepfather and mother of 18-year-old Mitch Comer, who was found wandering a Los Angeles bus station Sept. 11. The emaciated teen told police he had suffered years of abuse.

The Comers were also ordered to have no contact with minors except with supervision and to forfeit all their assets to be put in a trust for their children.

2 charged in Zaxby's robbery

2 charged in Zaxby's robbery

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Two Douglasville residents have been arrested for a fast food restaurant robbery earlier this month.

Forty-year-old Scott Ray Chastain and 46-year-old Stanley Ray Chastain were both charged with robbery in connection with the Feb. 7 incident at the Zaxby's on Brownsville Road in Powder Springs.

Powder Springs Police Maj. Matt Boyd said the Chastains hit the restaurant right as it opened for the day. One of the suspects demanded cash from the register. After receiving the money, he ran to a getaway car, where the other suspect was waiting.

Scott and Stanley Chastain also face charges for a similar robbery in Hiram on Feb. 6, Boyd said.

Slain Rockmart man was to testify in trial

Slain Rockmart man was to testify in trial

ROCKMART, Ga. -- Police say a 19-year-old man found shot to death in Polk County was supposed to testify in an upcoming trial.

Desmond Ray Kinnemore was found dead in a ditch near his Rockmart home Tuesday morning. A 911 caller reported hearing gunshots around 10:30 a.m. but didn't see the shooting.

Police say Kinnemore was supposed to meet with the county district attorney this week.

Rockmart police Chief Keith Sorrells told the newspaper police hadn't named any suspects by Thursday.

Investigators were trying to determine whether Kinnemore's planned testimony could have led to his death. Details about the case he was supposed to testify in were not immediately available.

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."

Arrest made in connection with officer involved shooting

Arrest made in connection with officer involved shooting

DALLAS, Ga. -- An arrest was made in an investigation linked to an officer involved shooting in Paulding County on Wednesday afternoon. 

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Brenda VanCleve was arrested for Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Sales of Methamphetamine in connection with a narcotics investigation in October. 

VanCleve's husband, Danny Hammett, was fatally wounded as officers executed a search warrant at VanCleve's Hiram home on December 3. 

VanCleve's son, James Eason was also arrested by Forest Park Police and is being held in the Clayton County jail. 

The shooting is currently under investigation by the Paulding County Police Department.