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Man pleads guilty to stabbing another in jealous rage


Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Marietta man pleaded guilty to stabbing his ex-girlfriend’s personal trainer at least six times.

After Gabriel Emanuel Brazil, 30, and his girlfriend broke up, Mr. Brazil moved into a Bridge Mill Drive apartment above the woman. She soon hired a personal trainer, who worked with her at her apartment. But the personal trainer stopped training the woman after being confronted by Mr. Brazil and later finding his car had been keyed at the complex. 

Several months later, around the holidays in December 2014, the woman reached out to the trainer, and he visited her apartment. Mr. Brazil was outside, and the two men argued. Mr. Brazil then ran up to his apartment while the trainer went into the woman’s apartment. But Mr. Brazil then entered the woman’s apartment with a knife and proceeded to stab the victim to the point that his intestines were visible and lacerating his heart, kidney and liver. Mr. Brazil returned to his own apartment, leaving a trail of blood.

Cobb Police were called and followed the blood trail to Mr. Brazil’s apartment, where they also found a tent of marijuana and a large amount of methamphetamines.

The victim, who was 29 at the time, told the court during Monday’s plea hearing that the attack was traumatic and devastating both emotionally and financially for him and his family. He spent a month and a half in the hospital and did not have insurance. He also showed the court the scars that forever mar his torso.

“This is essentially a domestic-violence case, because this defendant sought to maintain power and control over his former girlfriend,” said ADA Sherwin Figueroa, who prosecuted the case. “Although he had no violent history, his possessiveness and jealousy led him to stab and permanently scar an innocent person.”

After accepting Mr. Brazil’s guilty plea to charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and drug possession, Judge Henry Thompson sentenced him to 40 years, with 16 years to serve in custody and the rest on probation. The defendant was also ordered to pay $89,000 in restitution to the victim.

Marietta attorney David Marshall represented the defendant, who has been in custody since the attack.


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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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HB 110: Do you know the Fireworks Law?



With the 4th of July quickly approaching, Cobb County Police Department feels it is important to educate everybody about HB110. This is the recently passed “Fireworks Law” which takes effect July 1, 2015. HB 110 allows for the sale of fireworks in Georgia. This includes statewide sales and cannot be restricted by local governments and their jurisdictions. According to the House Bill, the term “Consumer Fireworks means any small fireworks devices containing restricted amounts of pyrotechnic composition, designed primarily to produce visible or audible effects by combustion, that comply with the construction, chemical composition, and labeling regulations of the United States Consumer Product Safety and additionally shall mean Roman candles.”

Usage of Fireworks

• Fireworks can be used daily between the hours or 10:00 a.m. and midnight. On January 1, July 3, July 4 and December 31, fireworks can be used from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 a.m.

• Fireworks cannot be exploded within 100 yards of a nuclear power facility or a gas station, or a facility that refines, processes, or blends gasoline.

(Source: Cobb County Pens Report)


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In case you missed it: Two pharmacies robbed in East Cobb overnight


Two men are suspected of robbing two pharmacies in Marietta/East Cobb.

According to investigators, two men armed with handguns entered Walgreens on Shallowford Road around 11:55 p.m. Thursday and forced the employees into a rear office.

Once inside, the manger was told to open the store safe. After doing so, one of the two men took the cash and fled the area in what was described as a silver Pontiac G6.

Then around 12:30 a.m. Friday, the duo walked inside a CVS on Johnson Ferry Road with guns and stole $200 from the cash register.

According to investigators, the men entered the CVS and immediately forced the employees into the pharmacy area. Once there, the manager was directed to open the store safe. When the manager was unable to do so, one of the perpetrators took all of the cash from a register and fled in the same car.

There is a sign outside of the business that said, “€œThis location designated as official law enforcement sub-station.”

Police believe the same two men robbed both stores. The descriptions police gave of the suspects are too generic to identify a specific person.

Copyright 2015 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.


(Source: WTVM Channel 9 Click HERE for the original article)


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5K9 Race to Support Cobb County Police Department is tomorrow


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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