Our network

Crime

Mableton man sentenced for cargo theft conspiracy

Mableton man sentenced for cargo theft conspiracy

MABLETON, Ga. -- A Mableton man has been sentenced to four years and two months in prison and three years of supervised release for buying and selling stolen goods.

John Raymond "Johnny Ray" Smith, 51, was charged with conspiracy; buying, receiving and possessing stolen goods; and money laundering.

"A merchant who knows or deliberately ignores the criminal source of stolen goods can be a key part of a fraud ring," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "Some of the goods in this case were in brand new, original packaging from the manufacturers, shrink-wrapped and sold in untraceable cash transactions at below-market prices and without official paperwork."

According to the investigation, Smith operated Smith Sales Company out of warehouses in Mableton and Hiram between May 2005 and July 2009.

He conspired with Robin L.

Man arrested for exploitation, theft

Man arrested for exploitation, theft

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Officers with the US Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force have arrested a Douglasville man for being in possession of more than 40 images and videos of children being sexually abused.

Casey Grogan, 32, was arrested on Wednesday, Mar. 23.

Ledford death sentence upheld

Ledford death sentence upheld

ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georiga has unanimously upheld the murder conviction and death sentence given to Michael William Ledford for the murder of Jennifer Ewing.

Ewing, 53, was attacked and killed July 25, 2006 while biking along the Silver Comet Trail.

"Upon our review of the record, we conclude that the evidence presented at trial was sufficient to authorize a rational trier of fact to find Ledford guilty beyond a reasonable doubt on all charges," Presiding Justice George Carley wrote in the Court's opinion.

Read more about the case and Ledford's appeal.

The Court's decision concluded with a sentence review of other murderers in which the jury recommended death.

"Considering both the crime and the defendant in this case, we find that the death sentence is not disproportionate punishment within the meaning of Ge

Rockmart Cop Arrested for Cruelty to Children

Rockmart Cop Arrested for Cruelty to Children

ROCKMART, GA -- Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have arrested Rockmart police officer Randy Poole on one count of second degree Cruelty to Children.

Keith Sorrels, Rockmart police chief, requested an investigation against Poole, a four-year officer with the Rockmart Police Department, on Thursday, Feb. 10, after being made aware of allegations of child abuse. The GBI's Calhoun office obtained the arrest warrant for Poole.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Dallas Man Sentenced in Sexual Exploitation Case

Dallas Man Sentenced in Sexual Exploitation Case

DALLAS, GA -- A Dallas man was convicted Tuesday, Feb. 15 of five counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children.

Tracy Scott Parrott, 42, entered a plea agreement and was sentenced to 10 years -- three in prison and the remainder on probation.

Detectives with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children unit served a search warrant at Parrott's house on Dec. 4, 2009, after an undercover detective monitoring Parrott's online activities found that he possessed and was distributing images and videos of children being sexually abused.

The warrant was served while Parrott's computer was still in communication with the detective's undercover computer. Police found several videos of children believed to be as young as five years old engaged in sex acts with adults.

Sex Offender Arrest Stresses Need for Community Education

Sex Offender Arrest Stresses Need for Community Education

DALLAS, GA -- A Dallas man has been convicted on one count of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes and two counts of Child Molestation in an Apr. 23, 2009 incident.

Anthony Francis Paleveda, 21, was sentenced on Tuesday, Feb. 15 to 15 years for each count -- 10 years in prison and the remainder on probation.

According to detectives with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children unit, Paleveda met the victim on an online social network site called VampireFreaks.com. Before Apr. 23, they communicated through emails and instant messages.

On the day of the incident, Paleveda picked up the then-12-year-old victim from her middle school and drove her back to his home, where a sex act occurred.

Paleveda then drove the girl to an area near her home and dropped her off.

Villa Rica Couple Sentenced in Child Abuse Case

Villa Rica Couple Sentenced in Child Abuse Case

VILLA RICA, GA -- Two Villa Rica residents have been sentenced for the 2008 beatings of a then-15-year-old girl.

June Arlene Jarrett, 47, was convicted on Nov. 12 of last year for 14 counts of Aggravated Battery, two counts of Aggravated Assault and nine counts of first-degree Cruelty to Children. On Tuesday, Feb. 1, she was sentenced to 30 years -- 12 in prison, eight of house arrest and the remainder on probation.

Cory Deal Hill, 48, was convicted of second-degree Cruelty to Children and sentenced to three years in prison and seven of probation.