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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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Winter Weather Advisory for Cobb

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A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Cobb County, including East Cobb. Cobb County’s public safety and transportation departments will be monitoring the weather overnight. There is a possibility of light snow accumulations during the early morning hours. Motorists are cautioned to check road conditions and local weather reports before driving.

Get the latest alerts from the National Weather Service by clicking HERE.

 

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Deadline to register for CERT Training is Thursday

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The next CERT initial training course sponsored by the Cobb County Emergency Management Agency begins on March 5. This program provides an opportunity for Cobb County citizens to gain knowledge about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their areas and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhoods or workplaces following events when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Interested Cobb County citizens should be at least 16 years of age and either live, work, or worship in Cobb County.

Classes will be held at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center (140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060). The schedule for the course will be March 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th and 26th, 2015.

Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday for seven sessions from 6-9pm.

For more information contact Kimberly Schneider at Kimberly.Schneider@cobbcounty.org the Cobb Emergency Management Agency, 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060. Operational hours are 8am – 5pm Monday through Friday.

The deadline to submit this application packet is no later than 5pm on Thursday, February 26th, 2015.

 

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Winter Weather Advisory until 1pm Saturday

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Severe Weather Alerts for Cobb County

POLK-PAULDING-COBB-NORTH FULTON-GWINNETT-HARALSON-CARROLL-DOUGLAS-
SOUTH FULTON-DEKALB-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…MARIETTA…ATLANTA…LAWRENCEVILLE…
CARROLLTON…DOUGLASVILLE…EAST POINT…DECATUR
440 PM EST FRI FEB 20 2015

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST
SATURDAY…

* LOCATIONS…PORTIONS OF NORTH GEORGIA…GENERALLY NORTH AND
WEST OF A LINE FROM CARROLLTON TO ATLANTA TO LAWRENCEVILLE…BUT
SOUTH OF THE WINTER STORM WARNING AREA.

* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE THIS EVENING
THROUGH SATURDAY.

* ACCUMULATIONS…UP TO 1 INCHES OF SNOW…AND 0.1 INCHES OF ICE.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO THIS EVENING AND THEN
TRANSITIONS TO SLEET AND THEN FREEZING RAIN OVERNIGHT AND EARLY
SATURDAY. IT SHOULD TRANSITION TO ALL RAIN BY LATE MORNING ON
SATURDAY.

* IMPACTS…UP TO 1 INCH OF SNOW AND UP TO ONE TENTH OF AN INCH OF
ICE ARE POSSIBLE THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THESE
ACCUMULATIONS MAY MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT. ICE ACCUMULATION ON
TREES AND POWER LINES IS POSSIBLE. SOME TREES AND POWER LINES
COULD COME DOWN CAUSING POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

Apartment arsonist sentenced to 20 years

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that an East Point man will go to prison for burglary and arson.

Ernest Alphonso Nixon, 39, pleaded guilty this week to two counts of burglary, theft by taking, and arson.

The investigation by Smyrna Police, Smyrna Fire and other agencies determined that Mr. Nixon and a woman he was in a romantic relationship with had gone to a party on the evening of Oct. 5, 2013. While driving home in the woman’s car on Interstate 20 in Douglas County, Mr. Nixon is suspected of assaulting the woman. After a struggle, she was able to leave him on the side of the road and seek help from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Meanwhile, Mr. Nixon somehow made it to her apartment in Smyrna, where he entered and stole a loaded .38 Special revolver.

When the victim arrived at her apartment, she realized something was wrong and did not enter. Instead, she called police. Mr. Nixon had exited her apartment through a window, and officers did not locate him, though he was hiding nearby. After officers left, Mr. Nixon went back inside the apartment and set five fires, on various furniture and other areas, using lighter fluid. Sprinklers in the unit quickly put out the flames, but damages to the building totaled more than $64,000. About 25 people were in the apartment building at the time of the fires. He then fled the state but was ultimately arrested in Pennsylvania.

“Mr. Nixon’s rage blinded him to the real dangers posed by fire. If not for the functioning sprinkler system, this case could have been a lot worse,” ADA Brendan F. Murphy said. “This case also demonstrates how quickly domestic violence can spiral out of control. Before this night, Mr. Nixon had never laid a hand on the victim. If you are in an abusive situation, please seek help now.”

After accepting the plea, Cobb Superior Court Judge Stephen Schuster sentenced Mr. Nixon to 20 years, with 10 years to serve in prison and the rest on probation.

Marietta attorney Gary Wilson Jones represented the defendant, who has been held without bond at Cobb Jail since November 2013.

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Sexting with student lands former coach in prison

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Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a former high school coach and teacher has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to exchanging explicit images with a student.

Ryne Thomas Thackston, 30, of Acworth coached girls’ track at North Cobb High School when it was discovered in March 2013 that he had sent nude images of himself to a student on the team he coached. He also had sexual images of the girl on his phone.

On Feb. 11, midway through a bench trial in his case, Mr. Thackston pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of children and one count of electronically furnishing obscene material to minors.

At his sentencing hearing Tuesday afternoon, ADA Hannah Palmquist urged Cobb Superior Court Judge Stephen Schuster to reject the defense’s request for probation and appropriately punish Mr. Thackston for his actions.

“Whatever sentence you give, everyone at North Cobb High is going to talk about it – students, parents and educators. This sentence will send a message to high school students about the dangers of the behavior they engage in over electronic media. It will send a message to the people we entrust with the supervision of our children about the accountability that comes with that role. And it will send a message to parents who send their children to school in Cobb County about the consequences we will enforce when that trust is violated,” ADA Palmquist said.

Judge Schuster then sentenced Mr. Thackston to five years, with two years to serve in custody and the rest on probation.

Marietta attorney Victor Valmus represented Mr. Thackston, who had been free on bond until he was sentenced.

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Cobb Police investigated the case.

Would you be a good witness?

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All too often police respond to crime scenes and someone walks up to tell them about something or someone suspicious they saw but didn’t think it was worth calling the police. No matter how good we are at policing and patrolling, it is not possible to be everywhere and see everything. Our neighborhoods and businesses will be best protected with a cooperative effort of citizen and police communication and vigilance.

You could be responsible for preventing a crime. It is important to realize that by calling the police on the suspicious car parked in the cul-de-sac, or on the person walking around the neighborhood knocking on doors may have prevented a number of burglaries or entering autos that may have happened. You know what is suspicious in your neighborhood better than the police do because you are there every day.

Should I call 911?

YES! Most of the time if you have to ask yourself, “should I call 911?” then more than likely you should. Cobb County dispatch has a non-emergency number, 770-499-3911. You can always save this in your phone, but there is not an issue with dialing 911 because you see something suspicious and would like to have the police check the area. The delay in calling the non-emergency number could be the time that was needed for the responding unit to get there in time to stop a crime in progress.

How to be a Good Witness

When you are going to call the police about something suspicious or a crime that has occurred, it is time to be observant. Be prepared to answer questions for dispatch and for the police. Dispatch will need a good location – an address, cross streets, nearby businesses, etc. They will want a description of the person or vehicle. There are a lot of similar cars on the street, be specific. Your memory is the best immediately after an incident. Most people carry smart phones that have the ability to take pictures, record video and the ability to record notes. Take notes on what you saw including anything that is easily forgotten such as tag numbers.

Always remember that your safety is a priority, no amount of information is worth you risking your personal safety.

Vehicle Characteristics to look for:
Vehicle Type – make and model
Color
Damage if present
TAG NUMBER!!!

Person Characteristics to look for:
Race
Height
Weight
Distinguishable clothing (shoes are important)
Tattoos
Piercings
Hair

Working together we can make East Cobb as safe as possible. Remain safe and Vigilant!

(Information provided by Cobb County Police Department, Sgt. Tim Nelson, with assistance from Det. Goodman.)

 

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Conduct financial transactions safely at county jail

Sheriff Neil Warren welcomes the public to use Sheriff’s Office facilities on County Services Parkway or the Marietta Square when meeting someone to make a financial transaction for goods advertised on Craigslist or other Web sites. Public areas suitable for these types of transactions include the parking lot of the county jail and jail administration building at 1825 County Services Parkway as well as the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters on the Marietta Square.

Sheriff Warren requests that residents seeking to use these areas for transactions notify on duty personnel by calling 770-499-4212 and speaking with the on duty watch commander. Sheriff Warren’s number one concern is the safety of our residents and he encourages people to utilize these facilities.

 

 

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