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5K9 Race to Support Cobb County Police Department


The Northeast Cobb Business Association 5K9 is a community-centered event hosted by the NCBA. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Cobb County Police Department’s K-9 Unit. In 2006, the NCBA raised funds to help purchase two dogs. One of these dogs, Diesel, is retiring this year and we are thrilled to offer our support in purchasing another service dog for the department.

The 5k race begins and ends in the Piedmont Church parking lot. Bring your dog to walk or run with you! Please be responsible and pick up after your dog.

Event details and schedule

Race packet pick up: Friday, June 12th from 2:00 – 6:00pm in the Piedmont Church Conference Center or Saturday, 7:00 am before the race

Saturday, June 13th schedule:

7:00 am – race day registration and packet pick up

8:00 am – 5K begins

8:45 am – Puppy Trot begins (ages 8 and under, must be accompanied by an adult)

9:00 am – 5K Award Ceremony; awards presented to the Top 3 Male and Female finishers (50+, 35 – 49, 25 – 34, 15 – 24 and 14 and under)

Arrival info: Runners will arrive and park in the Piedmont Church parking lot.

Waivers and ID: Waivers must be completed during registration process. Please be prepared to show ID, if necessary, to claim your registration.

Additional info: Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase a service dog for the Cobb County Police Department’s K-9 unit. Invite your friends and family to join you for a fun and easy way to support the Cobb County Police Department’s K-9 Unit.


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Cobb Police report fraudulent home solicitations

Cobb County Police have received a report of three black males soliciting door to door as landscapers. The men lay pine straw, then attempt to charge the homeowner an exorbitant rate stating they put down five times more pine straw than is realistic. In this case, the homeowner, recognizing the scam, called police who responded to the dispute.

As the weather warms up, Cobb Police say they experience an increase in overall outdoor activity, this includes door-to-door sales. Below, is information on the Cobb County ordinances dealing with door-to-door solicitors.

Door-To-Door Solicitations

The county permits door-to-door solicitations only if the person has registered with the county’s business license office. A registration badge must be worn by solicitors and will in-clude their name, address, organization and a photograph. Solicitation without a registration badge is prohibited. Police will respond to reports of unregistered solicitors. Excluded from this are persons who solicit orders for goods, wares or merchandise, or other things of value from house to house for charitable organizations or purposes or on behalf of religious organi-zations, political organizations and political candidates.

Below, I have included the ordinances most often dealing with door-to-door sales. You may view the county ordinances in their entirety at:!/ga/cobb_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIOFCOCOCOGE_CH78LIPEBU_ARTIIISPLIREFE_DIV2PEDO-DSAMOFOVE

• Sec. 78-81. – Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this division, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Charitable organization. Any benevolent, philanthropic, patriotic, or eleemosynary (of, relating to, or supported by charity or alms) corporation, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint-stock com-pany, trust, unincorporated organization or individual who solicits or obtains contributions solicited from the general public, any part of which contributions is used for charitable purposes.

Charitable purpose. Any charitable, benevolent, philanthropic, patriotic, or eleemosynary purpose for re-ligion, health, education, social welfare, arts and humanities, environment, civic or public interest.

Door-to-door salesperson. Any person who shall solicit orders on behalf of a firm, corporation, company, association, partnership or individual of any goods, wares or merchandise, or other things of value from house to house shall be deemed a door-to-door salesperson. Any person who obtains orders for merchandise or other things of value shall be deemed a door-to-door salesperson. Excluded from this definition are persons who so-licit orders for goods, wares or merchandise, or other things of value from house to house for charitable organi-zations or purposes or on behalf of religious organizations, political organizations and political candidates.

• Sec. 78-85. – Door-to-door salespersons—Conduct generally; rights of occupants.

(a) The supervisor of the license office shall provide to each door-to-door salesperson an in-formation card, and the door-to-door salesperson shall present this card to each household he visits. It is the responsibility of the door-to-door salesperson to make sufficient copies of the information card to furnish to each household he visits. Such card shall contain infor-mation as required by the business license supervisor.

(b) The door-to-door salesperson is not to enter a home except at the express invitation of the occupant.

(c) The occupant has the right to refuse entry or to ask the door-to-door salesperson to leave the premises, and, if the salesperson should fail to leave the premises after such instruc-tions, he shall be in violation of the laws of this state and ordinances of the county.

(d) Any discourteous conduct should be reported to the business license office of the county.

(e) If a person purchases the product of the door-to-door salesperson, the person has the right to cancel a home solicitation service agreement any time until midnight on the business day after the day on which he signs the agreement, provided he gives notice of the cancellation to the seller at the place of business as set forth in the agreement or by certified mail, return receipt requested, which shall be posted not later than midnight on the day following execution of the agreement.

(f) A door-to-door salesperson shall place his name and permit number in the blank provided on the card and shall present it to the occupant of each home that he visits.

• Sec. 78-86. – Same—Failure to present information card to occupant.

It shall be unlawful for a door-to-door salesperson to fail to present the card described in section 78-85 to the resident or occupant of a home at which the door-to-door salesperson solicits business.

• Sec. 78-87. – Same—Announcement to occupant.

At each house, the door-to-door salesperson shall announce to the owner or occupant of the home his name and that he has been issued a permit by or has registered with the county license bureau as a home door-to-door salesperson, and shall announce the purpose of his call and present the card provided for by this division and shall allow time for the occupant or owner to read the card.

• Sec. 78-88. – Same—Invitation required to enter home; compliance with sign.

No door-to-door salesperson shall enter a home without the express invitation of the occupant or owner. If a “no soliciting” sign is posted, no soliciting shall be made.

• Sec. 78-89. – Same—Courtesy; leaving premises upon instruction.

A door-to-door salesperson shall at all times maintain a courteous decorum and shall not use opprobrious words to any homeowner or occupant. No door-to-door salesperson shall remain upon the premises of an occu-pant or owner after such occupant or owner has requested the door-to-door salesperson to leave or indicated that he is not interested in purchasing the door-to-door salesperson’s product.

• Sec. 78-115. – Solicitation permit.

All door-to-door salespersons, both nonresident and resident, who shall solicit orders from house to house shall first obtain from the supervisor of the license office a permit for such solicitation.

• Sec. 78-116. – Badge.

All door-to-door salespersons shall wear a badge, the design of which shall be in the discretion of the li-cense office, but which shall be uniform as to all door-to-door salespersons, which badge shall provide the fol-lowing information: the name of the door-to-door salesperson, the name of the company, and an identification number, in large enough type to be read and seen by persons with normal vision at a distance of ten feet. At all times, the door-to-door salesperson shall wear on either the left or right shoulder of his garment the badge pre-scribed by the license office so that such badge can be readily seen by the owner or occupant of the premises.


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Charges files in East Cobb detergent thefts

In March and April 2015, grocery and convenience stores in the Metro Atlanta area were tar-geted by a male and female who were engaged in a shoplifting spree in which they repeatedly stole large amounts of liquid laundry detergent. The suspects’ M.O. was to enter a store, push a shopping cart to the back of the store, go down the laundry detergent aisle, load as many large liquid laundry detergent containers as they could into the cart, and push the cart full of laundry detergent back out of the front of the store without paying and without hesita-tion.

Uniform Sgt. K.S. Gardner identified two laundry detergent shoplifting suspects after a large amount of detergent was shoplifted from a Vinings Publix. These suspects were 21-year-old Samer Tabaja and 22-year-old Savannah Sargent, both of Cobb County.

Around the same time as the detergent thefts began, ads on Craigslist popped up offering sales of laundry detergent. A search warrant was conducted of Ms. Sargent’s phone and damning evidence was discovered.

Video surveillance footage was obtained from Publix Loss Prevention which helped to positively identify Samer Tabaja as the perpetrator of bulk laundry detergent shoplifting incidents at three different East Cobb Publix Super Markets from March to April 2015. During these three shoplifting incidents, a total of 61 large containers of laundry detergent worth over $1,100 were stolen.

CIU-5 detectives have also secured Theft by Shoplifting warrants for Mr. Tabaja and/or Ms. Sargent for numerous incidents at West Cobb Publix and Kroger Stores. One or both of the suspects face additional Theft by Shoplifting charges out of the cities of Smyrna and Sandy Springs. The Atlanta Police Department also has a case on Mr. Tabaja and/or Ms. Sargent from the Howell Mill Publix.

Offenders: Samer Tabaja and Savannah Sargent

Being a Good Witness: Tips from Cobb Police

Cobb County Police Department

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, someone 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 description of the location which could include 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.

Characteristics to look for include: Vehicle (Type, Make, Model, Color, Damage if present, and the TAG NUMBER!!!) & Person Characteristics including: Race, Height, Weight, Distinguishable clothing (shoes are important), Tattoos, Piercings, Hair (color, length, style).

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

(Source: Sgt.Tim Nelson & Det. Goodman, PENS Report)

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Couple sent to prison for manslaughter


Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a man and a woman will each spend 15 years in prison for causing the 2013 death of a father from Florida.

Gharri Nicholas Lawson, 34, of Jacksonville, Fla., was a guest at a home shared by Danielle Matzkow Darby and Terry Louis Thomas II on March 18, 2014, when he died of a drug overdose. Ms. Darby and Mr. Thomas initially called 911 and said they couldn’t wake him, then told responding Cobb Police officers that Mr. Lawson had taken some pills.

But phone records and other evidence showed they immediately called a pawn shop after the police left the home on Elberta Drive, which is near Canton Road, then pawned the victim’s jewelry soon thereafter.

Later, while the two were initially in custody on theft charges related to the pawned jewelry, four other jail inmates reported that the defendants had said they intentionally gave Mr. Lawson drugs in order to steal from him. Toxicology reports on the victim ultimately confirmed he died of a lethal dose of heroin.

“They told police that Mr. Lawson had only been taking pills,” Deputy Chief ADA Jesse Evans said. “The toxicology report showed that to be false and confirmed what inmates had revealed. That, coupled with the pawning of the jewelry, showed this was a homicide, not a mere overdose.”

In emotional victim testimony, Mr. Lawson’s mother told the court her son was a friend to everyone he met, and he doted on his wife and three young children.

After accepting the guilty pleas, Cobb Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs then sentenced each defendant to 15 years to serve in prison.

Marietta attorney J.M. Raffauf represented Ms. Darby. Charles Engelberger, also of Marietta, represented Mr. Thomas.


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Cobb Police honored with awards

Cobb County Police Department

Cobb County Police recently recognized police officers for outstanding contributions to the county at the police awards recognition ceremony. Individuals who have made Cobb a better and safer place received awards, promotions and certificates during the ceremony at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.

Officers were recognized for their achievements in fitness, community service, meritorious service, bureau commendations, saving lives and one officer received the Blue Star. Congratulations to all of the honorees!

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Cobb County PENS begins collaboration with

Computer 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 can be found at this link.

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, which was also an existing communication network in Cobb County.

We are broadening and enhancing our networking capability with PENS in coordination with 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 website remains private. Cobb County Police and its officers will NOT be able to see any of the content on your website except for the direct replies to our posts. 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 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. 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.” 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 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 in addition to being sent out to our PENS email group.

There are currently 5,801 residents on 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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Jury quickly convicts man in 12-hour rape, assault

Cobb County Police Department

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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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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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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