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Police Warn Of AC Thieves In Disguise

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police say a group of thieves in disguise are hitting homes, and have even struck a church twice. So far, police told Channel 2 Action News reporter Erica Byfield that they know of at least 10 break-ins. While investigators aren’t linking all of the cases, they said there are some similarities. Byfield visited one southeast Atlanta neighborhood where residents say the disguise kept some of them from calling police. Mark McPherson said he wasn't home at the time of the theft, but his brother in law was. “He was getting ready to take a shower and he heard the AC unit cut...

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Georgia Woman Arrested In Murder For Hire Plot

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Police say a Pickens County woman accused of asking someone to kill her husband is under arrest and will be brought to Columbus to face charges. Columbus police Lt. Ronald Hastings said Monday that 40-year-old Johnnie Melissa Burmeister faces a felony charge of criminal solicitation to commit murder. Hastings says the woman is accused of asking someone to kill her husband, 45-year-old Michael D. Burmeister of Phenix City, Ala. Hastings said an informant contacted police in the case. He says the woman is espected to be brought to Columbus this week, but a court appearance hasn't been scheduled...

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Ga. Deputy Accused Of Stealing Inmate’s ID

ALBANY, Ga. -- Authorities have accused a south Georgia sheriff's deputy of stealing the identity of an inmate. Deputy Charles Tharpe was arrested Tuesday and charged with computer theft. Investigators said Tharpe, an 11-year veteran, used jail computers to steal an inmate's social security number and personal information, then used the information to open accounts for cash. Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said there could be more people involved in the crime and there may be more victims. Sproul said he asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate to assure the community there is no cover-up in the investigation. Tharpe was released from the...

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Driver Killed On Icy Road

Driver Killed On Icy Road Posted: 11:04 am EST January 13, 2011Updated: 11:13 am EST January 13, 2011 GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Duluth man was killed in a wreck on an icy Gwinnett County street, according to the Gwinnett Police Department. The crash occurred at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, police said. “Weather and speed appear to be contributing causes in this accident,” Gwinnett County police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said in a news release. Ritter said 67-year-old Carlos Rodriguez was driving northbound on Breckinridge Boulevard when he rear-ended a Toyota Corolla in the next lane. “It is believed at this time that the driver of vehicle 1...

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Perdue Declares State Of Emergency In Ga.

ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue has declared a state of emergency in Georgia as the state braces for a blast of winter weather expected to dump snow and coat roadways with ice. As his last act as governor before Gov.-elect Nathan Deal is inaugurated Monday morning, Perdue issued the executive order Sunday night hours before the storm was supposed to hit. Georgia is expecting up to 6 inches of snow as the powerful winter storm moves into the state Sunday night. Forecasters say the front could also bring sleet and freezing rain lasting into Tuesday. Across the state, cities readied for the weather:...

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Footprints In Snow Lead Dalton Police To Suspects

DALTON, Ga. -- The snow blanketing much of north Georgia helped police catch a pair of burglary suspects. Dalton police spokesman Bruce Frazier tells WSB radio that officers responded to a burglar alarm going off at a liquor store around 4 a.m. Monday. The glass in the front door had been smashed in. Frazier said snow had been falling for about four hours before the burglary. Officers found fresh footprints in the snow and followed them to the door of a nearby apartment. The officers knocked on the door and found two suspects inside. They arrested Sebastian Love and Adrian Estrada, both 19,...

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Ice Cripples Metro Roads, Highways Are ‘Impassable’

ATLANTA -- Layers of ice and snow made some metro Atlanta roads and highways virtually impossible to drive for a second day as Georgia Department of Transportation crews worked quickly to alleviate the number of stranded vehicles. GDOT has 45 trucks on the road in the metro area and said road crews are working 12 hour shifts to improve or at least maintain the roadways. Big rigs trying to navigate through icy conditions Monday were blamed for several accidents across metro Atlanta and northern Georgia, many of trucks remains parked on the side of the interstates on Tuesday. Channel 2 Action News traffic...

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Police Invesitgate Double Shooting On Interstate Ramp

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Clayton County Police searched a south Metro hotel for suspects after a double shooting on an interstate ramp, but came up empty handed early Thursday. Authorities told Channel 2’s Darryn Moore two people were shot near the ramp to Interstate 75 and Tara Boulevard just before 4 a.m. The driver of an Acura pulled up alongside two people riding inside a Mustang and opened fire, according to police. Double Shooting On Interstate Ramp Police said they later found the Acura, believed to belong to the shooter, just a few miles away crashed on the ramp from Interstate 75 to...

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Cell Phone Saves Club Valet From Bullet

ATLANTA -- An observant police officer who quickly helped make an arrest after a midtown Atlanta night club shooting was upstaged by a cell phone that likely saved a man’s life. Sgt. Robert Altertini told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh he was patrolling near Sixth and West Peachtree Streets when he heard gunshots near Halo Night Club. “Rarely do we hear the shots when they're fired; we're usually called to a scene," said Altertini. "There were people running around. I radioed in that there were shots fired." Authorities said two men were kicked out of the club early Thursday, but returned with guns and...

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Arrest Made In Fatal MARTA Station Stabbing

ATLANTA -- An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal stabbing that happened 15 minutes into the new year at the Five Points MARTA station, a MARTA spokesman confirmed. MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham said Tommy Christopher Collins, 36, was arrested at his apartment complex Monday morning. Dunham said Collins has a criminal record and was taken into custody without incident. The victim's mother, Deunya Taylor, told Channel 2 Action News reporter Tony Thomas that her son, Reuban Hand, was just 14 years old. "I've been in contact with Rueben's mother to express MARTA's deepest condolences and to keep the family...

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