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Cobb County PENS begins collaboration with Nextdoor.com

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Nextdoor.com is a social network site that is set up as a private network for the neighbors in your neighborhood to talk online and share posts with the community. A neighborhood “lead” sets it up on the website. Once the boundary map is set up the lead invites residents in the neighborhood to join the site. Once you personally are signed up, you may share as much or as little about yourself as you wish. Then, similar to other social networking sites, you may receive notifications on your mobile device and/or to your email. This can be a relief for that person in your HOA who is responsible for sending out emails on everything from garage sales to lost pets. All of that information may be shared right on Nextdoor.

More details regarding the privacy, safety and guidelines for Nextdoor.com can be found at this link.https://nextdoor.com/about_us/

PENS was started in 2006 when the supervision at Cobb Police Pct 4 realized a need to communicate with the public and let them know to close their garage doors and lock their vehicles at their residences overnight to prevent a rash of car break ins. We knew that the subdivision and home owner associations of East Cobb had set up email groups within their communities. PENS was set up to link into that existing email network to communicate with the citizens of East Cobb in the hopes to enhance crime prevention and safety. Similar to how we linked in to the existing network of email groups, PENS has recently joined Nextdoor.com, which was also an existing communication network in Cobb County.

We are broadening and enhancing our networking capability with PENS in coordination with Nextdoor.com. Nextdoor.com is a tool for us to effectively share information on crime prevention and safety, public events, and emergency notifications. You can expect to receive local crime and safety updates from the Cobb County Police on Nextdoor. Please be assured that your Nextdoor.com website remains private. Cobb County Police and its officers will NOT be able to see any of the content on your Nextdoor.com website except for the direct replies to our posts.

Nextdoor.com facilitates a virtual neighborhood watch. For example, is a burglary or other crime occurs in your neighborhood and there is important information regarding the suspects that would benefit the safety of the surrounding community, any neighbor on Nextdoor.com would have the ability to share the pertinent information under the category crime and safety. You are able to choose to share it only in your neighborhood or expand out to adjacent neighborhoods. This information is available as soon as you post it and neighbors may receive it as a notification on their mobile devices. Now everyone knows about the incident soon after it happens and they may ensure the safety and security of their homes and family.
Armed with the knowledge of any provided suspect information, people can CALL 911 if the suspects are seen again.

Please note: Any emergencies or reports of current suspicious activities need to go through our 911 dispatch. Nextdoor.com will not be constantly monitored.

You will be able to send a direct message to us to clarify any inconsistencies and receive an official update from Cobb County Police. We will be located under “City Agencies” on the left column. “Cobb County Police CIU Precinct4” will be the name for your Pct 4 East Cobb Precinct. You will also receive posts from our public information office at headquarters. Their Nextdoor name will be “Cobb County Police Department.”

Nextdoor.com also enables us to send a post to a single subdivision or expand to one specific patrol beat area, one entire precinct or out to Cobb County as a whole. It will be immediate information that we can post to the affected area. An example of police notification using Nextdoor.com is while you may be asleep, Morning Watch Officers catch a group of persons entering autos. They recover property but cannot locate all of the victims, or potential victims. We can then send out a post to that neighborhood with instructions or a lookout. If we had a crime and have a description of the vehicle, we can send out that description to enable you to call 911 if you see it.

The Precinct 4 PENS monthly bulletin will also be posted on Nextdoor.com in addition to being sent out to our PENS email group.

There are currently 5,801 residents on Nextdoor.com in the Pct 4 “East Cobb Precinct.”
We look forward to connecting to our community using this additional resource to augment the PCT 4 PENSPolice EmailNotification System.

(Source: Cobb County PENS)

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In-depth emergency preparedness training available

The Community Emergency Response Team program trains people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community.

Initial CERT training will be held in April at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center, 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for three Saturdaysessions. The session dates are April 4, 11 and 18. Students must attend all sessions listed in order to complete the program. Participants must be at least 16 years old. If you would like to register, please contact Kimberly Schneider at kimberly.schneider@cobbcounty.org or at 770-499-4567.

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Jury quickly convicts man in 12-hour rape, assault

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Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Marietta man has been convicted of rape and other charges related to a prolonged attack against a woman he had dated.

A Cobb jury on Thursday took about an hour to convict David Martin, 55, of all charges, including rape, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

About 11 a.m. on Oct. 15, 2013, the victim went to Mr. Martin’s Timberly Drive home to visit. Later, after an argument, he refused to let her leave. Over the next 12 hours, the defendant dragged the victim by the hair, bound her wrists and ankles with zip ties, tied a rope around her neck, threatened her with a handgun and forced her to have sex with him, and also shaved her head. When he finally let her go, he put her cut hair in a bag and gave it to her as a souvenir.

She fled “with her head shaved, her dignity taken from her, her body violated in the worst way,” said ADA Chuck Boring, who prosecuted the case with ADA Courtney Veal. “She had been tied up like an animal — and treated worse.”

Mr. Martin later wrote to the victim from jail, asking her forgiveness.

Before imposing sentence, Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben M. Green said, “This was one of the worst rape cases I’ve heard.”

“Over the course of those 12 hours, you tortured another human being,” Judge Green said. “I hear a lot of ugly things and I cannot think of much worse.”

Judge Green then sentenced Mr. Martin to life in prison, plus the mandatory five years on the firearms charge.

Marietta lawyer Charles Engelberger III represented the defendant, who has been in custody since shortly after the attack.

Cobb Police investigated this case. The trial began Monday with jury selection.

 

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Neighborhood Safety Commission March Meeting

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The NSC Community Awareness Committee’s March Panel Discussion Emergency Preparedness will be Wednesday March 18, at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners Hearing Room on the second floor at 100 Cherokee Street. The Panel Discussion will be broadcast live on Channel TV23.

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Mabry Road in East Cobb is now open to traffic

Mabry Road is now open for all traffic following a recent extended closure due to construction.

“We appreciate your patience through the construction and detours,” said Commissioner JoAnn Birrell in an email. “Thank you to DOT and staff for all your hard work.”

 

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Fire Department recognizes courage, honor and service

On Thursday, Feb. 26, Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services honored men and women of the department at the annual Awards, Promotions, and Recognition Ceremony. The program was created to honor the exceptional work our firefighters provide to the county.

Congratulations to Tom Ford, the recipient of the “Chiefs Award.” Cobb County is proud of each individual recognized at the event and of all of our fire safety heroes.

 

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Spring forward this weekend and check smoke alarms

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While residents are adjusting clocks this weekend for Daylight Savings Time, they are also encouraged to swap out smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries for fresh ones. According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. For more NFPA smoke alarm safety tips, click here.

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East Cobb Precinct #4 Pens meeting

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The next PENS meeting for East Cobb’s Precinct 4 will be on Tuesday, March 3, 7pm. Attend to receive the regular update from Criminal Investigations Pct 4 on current crime trends, recent arrest updates and crime prevention.  This is also a great networking opportunity for the homeowner associations and businesses in the East Cobb area to share crime and safety ideas.

With the current events involving the unfortunate deaths of Bud and June Runion of East Cobb, a detailed discussion will be held on prevention tips regarding online sites including Craig’s List. In addition, organizers will also introduce their partnership with Nextdoor.com, https://nextdoor.com/. Attendees will also be introduced to new CIU Commander, Lieutenant Brian Kitchens.

The meeting will be held in the A, B, and C conference rooms at the East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta GA 30067.

For directions call Teresa Hayes at 770-499-3962 or 770-499-4184. If your subdivision is able to donate refreshments for the meeting please have your PENS Rep email or call to volunteer.

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Mix of drugs and driving lead local mother to prison

Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Marietta woman has been sent to prison after being convicted of possessing heroin and crashing her vehicle.

Andrea Nicole Bolton, 32, was driving a black Chevrolet C1500 with two passengers, including her young daughter, on the evening of April 1, 2013, on South Cobb Drive near Barclay Circle in Marietta when the vehicle left the roadway and struck three utility poles. The vehicle flipped over, entrapping and injuring the front-seat passenger. At least one telephone pole was broken in half. Witnesses reported Ms. Bolton had been driving erratically for about a mile before the crash. Heroin and syringes were found in Ms. Bolton’s bag, though she insisted they were not hers. Before trial, she rejected a plea offer of probation and treatment.

On Wednesday, a Cobb jury convicted Ms. Bolton of possession of heroin, one count of serious injury by vehicle, and reckless driving. She was acquitted of DUI, another count of serious injury by vehicle, and endangering a child.

“This is the type of case where accountability comes in big time,” ADA Theresa Schiefer said during sentencing Friday morning. “This is one of the most dangerous types of addicts – someone who won’t admit they have a problem. It seems the crash would have been a wake-up call. Now it’s two years later, we’ve continued to have dirty drug screens, and I continue to hear denial.”

The defendant’s mother testified on her behalf and Cobb Superior Court Chief Judge Stephen Schuster asked her what Ms. Bolton has done about her drug problem since the crash.

“Is this defendant going to fight to make herself well, or is she always going to blame it on others?” Judge Schuster asked. “We see in a number of cases that they (drug users) don’t want to admit to their families that they have a problem. Our worldview now is that treatment is better than prison, but the person has to want it. … This could have been a case where a six-year-old child died.”

He then sentenced the defendant to 10 years, with three years to serve in custody and the rest on probation. As a condition of her probation, she must complete a residential treatment program.

Marietta attorney Carlos Rodriguez represented the defendant, who was returned to custody after the jury verdict on Wednesday. She had been free on bond while awaiting trial.

Cobb Police investigated the case.

 

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Weather Alert: Road conditions improving, schools remain closed

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Cobb DOT reports road conditions have improved overnight with a few reports of limited icing and slush in the northern part of Cobb.

Caution when driving is urged. Cobb County Schools will remain closed. 260 day employees should report as usual if their routes are safe.

County government facilities and administrative offices will delay opening until 10am. Exceptions include Cobb State Court and Probate Court opening at noon. The latest opening information will be updated here.

 

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