Thursday, May 23, 2013
Three men under the age of 25 have been charged with multiple counts of hijacking a motor vehicle, armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, use of a firearm during commission of a felony and credit card fraud.
The Atlanta Police have connected two of the car-bumping carjacking suspects to other vehicle hijacking and robbery crimes, which occurred in late April and in early May. Ronnie Houston, 24, Darius McKenzie, 23, and Sedarius Tidwell, 22, have all been arrested and charged with multiple counts of hijacking a motor vehicle, armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, use of a firearm during commission of a felony and credit card fraud. According to police, the crimes began on April 21with the theft of a 1998 Honda Accord on Fairburn Road in southwest Atlanta. Here's the rundown of the crime spree from a release provided by APD: "The men then used that vehicle to steal a Volkswagen GTI on April 22at gunpoint on Greenwood …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The huge fire on Marietta Street WILL affect your morning commute. Expect road closures, delays in the area.
The huge fire on Marietta Street WILL affect your morning commute. Expect road closures, delays in the area. For video follow this link from Jennifer Leslie's Vine account that was posted on her Twitter page. Jennifer Leslie is a reporter with 11Alive News. The business on fire is United Transmission Service located at 350 Marietta Street. The Atlanta Fire Department is on the scene, but no word on the cause of the fire. Plumes of smoke could be seen from morning joggers in Piedmont Park all the way to the AUC.
Juvenile arrested following mobile phone robbery attempt.
MECHANICSVILLE — Crimes are usually a matter of opportunity and luck. By that measure, someone should have told a young teen attempting to steal multiple mobile phones from pedestrians in front of police doesn't qualify as an opportune time. But that's exactly what police said occurred Monday night during regular patrols. Atlanta Police Department officers from Zone 3, on routine patrol, saw a fracas unfolding around 10 p.m. at Formwalt Park, just off Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard SW and Formwalt Street SW. When the teen realized he had an audience watching, he ran. Officers gave chase on foot, caught him and charged the youth with attempted robbery. The teen, who was not named because he is a minor, was taken to the METRO Youth …
Monday, May 20, 2013
On Monday, May 20 from 5 – 6 pm.
(The following is an announcement submitted by the office of Atlanta City Council) Major crime in Atlanta is down 18 percent since 2010. However, the recent rash of petty thefts, including iPhone thefts or "Apple picking", has created the perception that crime is worse than ever. On Monday, May 20from 5 – 6 pm, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell will host his first “Twitter Chat” to hear the public’s opinions and ideas on how best to combat crime in the city. Monday’s chat is an invitation from the Council President for anyone on Twitter to participate in an open exchange about crime in Atlanta and to share ideas on solutions to continue the decline. Questions addressed during the Twitter Chat will be selected both in advance …
Friday, May 17, 2013
A man dies from his injuries after trying to break into a home.
According to Atlanta Police Department, a man has died from his injuries he sustained after attempting to break into the home of his children's mother on Martin Luther King Drive during the early hours of Friday morning. Police are calling this a domestic dispute, because the residents and the deceased knew each other, though the man does not live in the house. The homeowner says the man was not invited to her house Thursday night/Friday morning when he kicked the door in. Sgt. Gregory Lyon told Cascade Patch, "at approximately 02:36 a.m., units responded and determined that the deceased male entered the home of his mother’s children by force. An assault ensued between the deceased male and the child’s mother." A 16 year-old boy who …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The next demolition is scheduled for a home located at 1316 Walker Avenue for Saturday, May 18, 2013.
Vacant lots, foreclosures, and blighted properties continue to be an eyesore for neighborhoods in southwest Atlanta and throughout Atlanta. The City of East Point continues to take a stand against these properties and delinquent owners by demolishing blighted eyesores. East Point’s 50 Worst Properties Program is a compilation of 50 properties from each of the four Wards in the City that violate Fire Codes due to being a clear threat to human life, safety and/or health. “Abandoned properties often are sought by vagrants to stay warm, and can be a haven for fires or a cesspool for crimes,” says Fire Chief Rosemary R. Cloud. “The 50 Worst Properties Program provides an avenue to help ensure that neighborhoods remain safe from fire and …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A large fire and its billowing smoke could be seen for miles around on Wednesday afternoon.
The Atlanta Fire Department has said that a large debris fire broke out on Wednesday around noon at Pirkle Inc., located off of Metropolitan Pkwy at 598 Wells St SW. The fire sent brown smoke up in the air and could be seen from miles away. The Atlanta Fire Department Information Officer, Janet Ward, indicated in an on-site briefing that the fire was mostly out, and that it started after workers accidentally caught some debris on fire. Ward says that there were workers doing some welding, and that they accidentally caught some refrigerator insulation on fire, which eventually spread to the large piles of flammable materials that are found at recycling centers. In the past, recycling plant fires have taken days to burn out. When Cascade…
Friday, May 10, 2013
U.S. Marshals arrested a man in connection with carjackings occurring in Buckhead.
The U.S. Marshals surrounded a home on Tarragon Way SW, near Adamsville, on Friday afternoon while following a lead in a recent string of Buckhead carjackings. Buckhead Patch first reported of the rear-ending carjacking tactic in the April 22 Buckhead Crime Blotter. Buckhead Patch also first reported the warning from police about the nature of these carjackings. Buckhead Patch reported: Atlanta Police's Zone 2 Commander Major Van Hobbs is warning Buckhead drivers about a new tactic carjacking suspects are using to get drivers out of their cars– rear-ending their vehicles, robbing them and speeding away in their vehicles once the victims get out to inspect potential damage. According to Carlos Campos with the Atlanta Police Department, "…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The store is located on the corner of MLK and Holmes Drive.
A gunman is on the run from police who robbed the CVS Pharmacy (2429 Martin Luther King Drive) during the overnight hours on Tuesday morning. According to CBS reports, "employees were preparing to close the store when the robber entered through the front doors. He gathered them together and robbed all three." The Atlanta Police department told Cascade Patch that in addition to robbing the actual employees, the gunman took a significant amount of cash from the registers before fleeing. No description of the suspect was immediately available. No injuries were reported. Stay with Cascade Patch if more is released about this incident.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Jessica Loren Posey was sentenced to seven years in prison on Monday, in a case investigated by local police.
Jessica Loren Posey, 25, was sentenced on Monday to serve more than seven years in federal prison for transporting a 16-year-old juvenile girl to Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio for the purpose of prostitution. The Atlanta Police Department along with Fulton County Police were two of several agencies that assisted in the case. “Child sex trafficking is an horrific crime committed by both men and women,” said United States Attorney Sally Yates. “This defendant had no regard for the vulnerability of her victim and lured her into a quick-money lifestyle that led to the juvenile’s repeated sexual exploitation. Human traffickers should take note: You will be found and prosecuted for your role in sexual exploitation.” “The FBI will continue to…