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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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Sexting with student lands former coach in prison

Ryne Thomas Thackston

 

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.

Three East Cobb stores cited for selling alcohol to a minor

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The Cobb County Police Department’s Permit/Regulatory Services Unit conducted an Alcohol Compliance Check on Thursday January 29, 2015. During the operation, 12 establishments were checked for compliance. The following passed the compliance check and did not sell alcohol to the underage volunteer:

Kroger Store #478 3162 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia
Jackie’s Fine Wine & Spirits 2940 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia
Publix Super Market #155 1100 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia
Shell Food Mart 133 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia
Citgo Food Mart 4360 Roswell Road in Marietta, Georgia
BP 4267 Roswell Road in Marietta, Georgia
CVS Pharmacy #5051 4250 Roswell Road in Marietta, Georgia

The following locations passed the compliance check, but were issued citations for permits violations:

Wine Shop 640 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia
BP 559 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia

The following location failed the compliance check and sold to an underage volunteer:

Shell 1280 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia
Merchants Package Store 1272 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia
East Cobb Exxon Food Mart 4244 Roswell Road in Marietta, Georgia

 

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Drug trafficker sent to prison for 65 years

Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a five-time felon has been sentenced to serve 65 years in prison for drug trafficking.

A Cobb jury late Wednesday convicted Nikita Tayaneka Winn, 43, of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, trafficking in heroin, and firearms-possession charges.

On Sept. 24, 2013, Marietta Police were conducting surveillance at the Crestmont Apartments near Bells Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway after complex managers had complained of possible drug activity near the building where the defendant was staying with a tenant. Police encountered one of the defendant’s customers trying to make a purchase, and that led to a search of the defendant’s room and discovery of the drugs, digital scales, a knife and gun, and more than $3,500 in small bills.

“[Drug trafficking is] destruction brought onto this community and others all over this country by the work of people like Nikita Winn. He’s responsible for wrecking lives and neighborhoods with the scourge of illegal drugs. It’s time to do something about it, and that’s why we’re here,” ADA Maurice Brown told jurors.

This morning, Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley sentenced Mr. Winn to serve 65 years in prison, and also fined him $1 million. He has five prior felony convictions. He also faces a separate, pending case here of giving a false name. Fulton County and the City of Atlanta also have charges pending against him.

Marietta attorney Lee Fudger represented the defendant during the trial.

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Pawnshop robbery = life without parole

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Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a repeat offender found guilty of robbing a Marietta pawnshop has been sentenced to life without parole.

A Cobb jury late Wednesday convicted Ronald Eaton Jr., a/k/a Ronald Cornish, of the Sept. 18, 2012 armed robbery of Cobb Pawnshop on Cobb Parkway South. Shortly after 10 a.m. that day, Mr. Eaton entered the shop armed with a handgun and demanded money from the owner. He then forced the owner into a back room of the shop and duct-taped him to a chair.

“Ronald Eaton made a choice to live his 28 years of life as a criminal. As a four-time convicted felon from Baltimore, Maryland, he chose to make victims of innocent people by robbing and assaulting them as a means to meet his selfish ends,” ADA Joyette Holmes said. “The life without parole sentence handed down by the court forecloses Ronald Eaton’s opportunity to harm anyone else.”

Mr. Eaton, 28, of Marietta, was convicted of all three charges, which were armed robbery, kidnapping, and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.

Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert E. Flournoy III immediately sentenced him as a recidivist to life in prison without parole, plus the required five years on the firearms charge.

Atlanta attorney Anthony Woods Jr. represented the defendant, who also faces pending murder charges in Maryland.

Marietta Police investigated the case. The trial began Monday with jury selection.

 

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Cobb PD explains attempted abduction claims at Sandy Plains Publix

Cobb County Police Department

Cobb County Police have been made aware of information circulating in an email and social media in East Cobb that warns of a “near abduction near the Publix on Sandy Plains Rd,” involving someone’s boss’s wife. It describes the suspect as a mid-50s, Latino with bushy hair and a full mustache driving a black Chevy Impala. It states that the suspect blocked her in and demanded that she get into his car.

The email has some inconsistencies with what was reported to Cobb County PD that may dispel some unnecessary alarm.
There was a Suspicious Activity report made to Cobb County PD on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. It did involve a female walking on Sandy Plains Road who was followed by the suspect similarly described in the email that has been circulating. The female reported telling the driver she did not need any help after he stopped in a turning lane and rolled down his window. He then drove away with no further contact.

Description of the suspicious male:
The complainant described the driver as a male who appeared to be Hispanic, in his 50`s, with salt & pepper hair and mustache. He was overweight with a bulbous, pockmarked nose, and the lower part of his face was rounder than the top part (pear-shaped). He may have been wearing a plaid shirt. He was driving a black Chevrolet Impala.

Again, remain vigilant as always but at this time we do not see this incident as an abduction nor desire this to cause any unnecessary alarm.

(Source: Cobb County Police Department)

 

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Cobb County Police investigating Fatal Crash

The Cobb County Police Department’s S.T.E.P. (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program) Unit continues to investigate a fatality crash, which occurred on Robinson Road near Roswell Road in Marietta, Georgia on December 20, 2014, at approximately 7:36pm in Zone 4.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates that the rider of a silver 2003 Suzuki SV1000S motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Robinson Road toward Lecroy Drive at the same time the driver of a silver 2002 Infiniti I35 was turning left onto Robinson Road (from the parking lot of the Kroger). As the male driver of the Infiniti was turning out of the parking lot, his car was struck on the left side by the rider of the motorcycle.

The motorcycle rider was transported by ambulance to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. He has been identified as 25 year old William G. Howe of Marietta, Georgia.

The driver of the Infiniti refused medical treatment at the scene and has been identified as 27 year old Jesus R. Lomelia of Marietta, Georgia.

Charges are expected to be filed in this fatality crash and anyone with information about either of the above fatality crashes is asked to call (770) 499-3987.

 

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Prevent Entering Autos Theft in your Neighborhood

The majority of the Entering Autos have occurred in the apartments along Terrell Mill Rd and the residential areas along Lower Roswell Rd, Powers Ferry Rd and the South Marietta Pkwy. Unlocked vehicles and valuables left in vehicles overnight are the contributing preventable factors. Guns left in vehicles have also been taken. Other scattered Entering Auto incidents have occurred along the Roswell Rd and Johnson Ferry Rd corridors.

Prevent Entering Autos by removing valuables from your vehicles every night. Providing valuables for the criminals enables them to fund their criminal enterprise. Take the profit away from their business and shut them down.

If you see something suspicious call 911 and have Cobb County PD respond and check it out.

Share your property crimes with your neighbors to keep everyone aware and watchful. That is best done through a person to coordinate that effort through a neighborhood email list.

(Source: Cobb County Police PENS Report) 

East Cobb Crime Trends: Theft of Landscape Equipment on the Rise

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Cobb County Police have had three reports in the past week involving the theft of landscape equipment from landscaping companies parked on the roadway while servicing yards.  One occurred off Allgood Rd on August 22, another on Hidden Lake Ct. on August 22 and an attempt off Oak Lane west of Johnson Ferry Rd on August 25.

Suspect vehicle was described as a dark gray Honda Civic with accident damage on its rear passenger side, loud muffler, occupied by 2 or 3 black males.   

Additional description of one of the suspects:   Black male, age 18-20, height 6’00” with skinny build and a Mohawk colored reddish/orange.  

Entering Autos are occurring at the Federal Parks along the Chattahoochee River and at some county parks.  Wallets with credit cards are being taken left behind in the vehicles. 

Entering Autos and Burglaries are also occurring in the apartment communities off Delk Rd and Terrell Mill.  

The seven Business Burglaries along Powers Ferry Rd in July were solved with an arrest made by morning watch officers and follow up by detectives.  In August we have had several businesses hit overnight along Roswell Rd and Johnson Ferry area with rocks being thrown in smash and grab style burglaries.  Suspect is a younger male undetermined race wearing a bandana and wearing a black long sleeve shirt and gloves. 

(Source: Cobb County Police Precint #4) 

 

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