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Bookmiser hosting Safety Activities for Elementary Children



Make plans to attend the Child Safety & Identity Theft Seminar at Bookmiser New & Used Books in Roswell/East Cobb on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 4-5pm. Bookmiser is located at the intersection of Sandy Plains Road and Highway 92.

Bookmiser, in partnership with the Cobb County police department and 5/3 bank, is offering a seminar for parents and children. Parents and elementary-aged children: Join Cobb County police, Bookmiser, and 5/3 Bank in a FUN safety presentation.


4:00 – 4:15: Where’s Waldo Scavenger hunt with prizes

4:15 – 4:30: Officer Friendly presentation on child safety

4:30 – 4:35: Walk to 5/3 Bank with Officer Friendly assistance

4:35 – 5:00: Make identity cards. Refreshments served!

Click HERE to reserve your space or call (770) 993-1555.



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Cobb police respond to Terrorist Threats incident in Cobb County



The following information was provided by Cobb County Police: 

The Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit, along with military investigators, continue to investigate the report of Terroristic Threats, which occurred at an office complex near Powers Ferry Road on July 20, 2015.

According to investigators, a note, which included threats of harm and referenced the victim’s affiliation to his military service, was left on the victim’s vehicle.  It is possible that the victim was targeted due to having a license plate that identified him as being a service member.

This incident remains under investigation, and anyone with information about it is asked to contact (770) 499-3945.

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Man convicted of shooting another in the foot



Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a man has been convicted of shooting another man in the foot after an argument.

On Wednesday, a Cobb jury convicted Theodore Stroud Jr. of aggravated assault and firearms-possession charges stemming from a June 2011 incident. On the evening of June 3, 2011, Stroud argued with another man at his Akers Mill Road apartment complex and shot the other man in the foot. He was found not guilty of terroristic threats.

“This was a sad case where a 59-year-old man, frustrated by the deterioration of his neighborhood in the last few years, shot a 31-year-old man for not respectfully holding the door for him in their apartment building,” said ADA Kevin Barger, who prosecuted the case. “There are no winners. The victim is left to deal with a lifelong injury, and the defendant is now convicted of a serious violent felony that just didn’t have to happen.”

Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert E. Flournoy III will sentence Mr. Stroud at a later date. He faces up to 25 years in prison and a fine of $200,000.

Marietta attorney Steven Cook represented the defendant, who now lives in North Carolina but was returned to custody after the verdict.

Cobb Police investigated the case. The trial began Monday.

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Registration open for August CERT Training


The next CERT initial training course sponsored by the Cobb County Emergency Management Agency begins on August 8. 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 August 8, 15 and 22, 2015, 9am-5pm.

For more information contact Kimberly Schneider at 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 5:00pm on Friday, July 31st, 2015.


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Sprayberry classmates mourn death of Marine killed in Chattanooga


Lindsey Pittman was surprised when she heard that her close friend Skip Wells wanted to be a Marine. Yet, it made sense.

“He was just a protector,” she said Friday after news broke that the 21-year-old Sprayberry High School graduate was one of four Marines killed Thursday in an attack at the Navy Reserve Support Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. “He looked at everyone with love. And he would go anywhere to protect anybody.”

As a Marine, he could serve and protect.

The Department of Defense had not officially released the names of the four Marines as of early Friday afternoon, but Wells family spokesman Andy Kingery told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Skip Wells was among the dead.

Wells’ grieving mother and other family members were not ready to talk about their loss, he said.

Pittman, who said she and Wells were “marching band nerds” at Sprayberry, was among those who tried to understand the death of the “always smiling” young man from Marietta.

“It just doesn’t make sense,” she said. “It always happens to the good ones.”

“We don’t understand the whys,” Kingery said, adding that Wells “was doing what was asked of him.”

Others who knew Wells poured out their memories and fond feelings for him.

“He always spoke the best of everyone,” said Pittman, who said she and Wells became “fast friends” in sixth grade. “I don’t know anyone else like that. And he was just the goofiest kid … always laughing.”

Another friend, 2013 Sprayberry alumnus Tony Wolcott, remembered playing with Wells in the band.

Wells handled the clarinet; Wolcott the baritone.

“He was a really good leader,” said Wolcott, who is now a music education student at Kennesaw State. “He was someone you could always depend on.

“Whenever something needed to be done, he would take charge and do it, but not in an overpowering way.”

Wells also was a member of the orchestra at his church, First Baptist Church in Woodstock, where he was almost “revered,” Kingery said.

After graduating from Sprayberry in 2012, Wells initially attended Georgia Southern University, where he studied history, according to his Facebook page.

The university issued a statement Friday saying the community was “saddened by the news.” Wells, the school said in the statement, was enrolled as a student at Georgia Southern from 2012 through fall of 2013.

“He went to college,” Kingery said, “(but) felt he wasn’t called to that and felt a calling to serve — in the Marines.”

Wells got out of boot camp about a year ago, Kingery said.

Friends of Wells flooded Facebook overnight and Friday morning with messages of shock and condolence.

More than 100 people left posts on the “Sprayberry High School Memorial” Facebook page that chronicles the deaths of the Marietta school’s alumni.

“Heard the news and immediately went into denial, but the truth is you are gone and for the first time in a long time I’m confused, I don’t know how to act or feel really,” Julio Aberto Pedraza wrote on Wells’ Facebook page, which is filled with photos of the young Marine. “All I can think about is all the good times in high school we had.”

Another friend, Caleb Wheeler, wrote: “Skip Wells, it was one of the pleasures of my life to have had the chance to know you. Until the time comes when I see you again, I will forever have a void in my life that can never be filled.”

James Reid, a neighbor of the family, said he watched Skip Wells grow from a boy to a man.

“He’s someone whose future we thought was going to be very bright,” he said. “This is quite tragic.”


Cobb PD investigating robbery at Woodlawn Publix SunTrust


The Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit continues to investigate a commercial bank robbery, which occurred at 1000 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb on Thursday, July 16, 11:01am.

According to investigators, a male walked into the Publix store and approached a SunTrust bank teller with a “demand note”. After the employee complied with the demands the perpetrator had written out, the male perpetrator fled the area with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The perpetrator is described as a white male, described as being between 25-35 years of age. He had a beard and mustache and was last seen wearing a red “Georgia” hat, tan pants, a gray pullover and a blue t-shirt. He also had on white tennis shoes and sunglasses.

There were no injuries during the crime and anyone with information about it is asked to call (770) 499-3945.


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Public invited to hearings on Cobb County Property Tax increase

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 2.53 percent.
All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held at the Cobb County Board of Commissioners meeting room at 100 Cherokee Street, 2nd Floor, Marietta on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at 9am.
Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at the Cobb County Board of Commissioners meeting room at 100 Cherokee Street, 2nd Floor, Marietta on Tuesday July 14, 2015, at 6pm and on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at4pm.
This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 7.120 mills, and increase of 0.176 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 6.944 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $225,000 is approximately $14.08 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $300,000 is approximately $21.12.

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Officers honored for DUI enforcement

Cobb County police officers working on the DUI Task Force and for our police department were recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving at their annual law enforcement banquet. The banquet honors individual officers and agencies for their efforts to reduce impaired driving during the previous year. Seven Cobb County DUI Task Force members received commendations. The task force made 22 percent of all DUI arrests in Cobb County in 2014 even though they make up less than 1 percent of the police department. The department was also recognized for arresting the most impaired drivers in 2014 for an agency employing more than 500 officers. Our police department is one of 11 metro Atlanta agencies in this category. A total of fifteen officers were recognized during the event.

DUI Task Force officers recognized were:
Lt. G.A. Abbott
Sgt. J.D. Lorens
Sgt. D.J. Hull
Officer M.A. Brown
Officer T.T. Carroll
Officer S.T. Napper
Officer K.L. Mowery
Officer J.E. Bultman
Officer J.C. Munro

Non-DUI Task Force officers recognized were:
Officer E.F. Ainsworth
Officer J.C. Ferguson
Officer H.H. Hines
Officer B.R. Jackson
Officer C.N. Robles
Officer S.L. Nolen

Congratulations to the DUI Task Force and our police department.

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Make plans to attend Family Fun Safety Day


Families are invited to Cobb County Safety Village to enjoy a fun-filled time of safety awareness 9 a.m.-noon, Friday, July 10. Activities will include a tour of Sparky’s House, water safety games, free finger printing kits and up-close looks at emergency vehicles.

The cost will be $5 per person, with a maximum of $20 per family. Refreshments will be provided by Harry’s Farmers Market. For group rates of 20 or more, call 770-852-3270. The Cobb County Safety Village is located at 1220 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. For more information, click here.

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Leave fireworks to the experts this Fourth of July





Just in time for the Fourth of July, the National Fire Protection Association released its fireworks report, which explores fire and injury dangers related to consumer fireworks. The report shows that in 2010 alone, an estimated 15,500 reported fires were started by fireworks and 8,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children ages 5-14. Cobb Fire and Emergency Services staff encourage residents to leave fireworks to the professionals. Consumer fireworks include sparklers and firecrackers. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.


(Source: CobbLine)


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