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Man gets life for killing victim over parking space

Man gets life for killing victim over parking space

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Powder Springs resident will spend the rest of his life in prison after murdering a man during a dispute over a parking space.

Harold Antonio Parks, 42, was sentenced Friday to life without the possibility of parole.

He was convicted of killing 27-year-old Terrence Washington Jr. at the Riverside Apartment Townhomes on Twin Hill Road in Austell.

The shooting happened Sept. 16, 2013. According to information presented in court, Parks became irate when he saw that Washington's girlfriend parked her car overnight in a spot near his apartment. Parks had a history of fighting with others over parking spaces outside his building.

Prosecutors said Parks was arguing with the girlfriend when Washington came outside to intervene. Parks returned to his apartment, grabbed a handgun, went back outside and shot the victim 18 times.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Man gets 27 years for shooting girlfriend on Christmas

Man gets 27 years for shooting girlfriend on Christmas

AUSTELL, Ga. -- A Cobb County man was convicted Thursday of shooting his ex-girlfriend and endangering their two children.

Redrick Damian Bartie, 37, was charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct and firearm possession in the Christmas Day 2012 incident. A judge gave him the maximum sentence -- 27 years in prison.

"I can't think of a worse aggravated assault case I've heard than this one," Cobb County Superior Court Judge Reuben Green said to Bartie at his sentencing. "And I think, under the circumstances, your children are better off without you being in their lives."

According to information presented in court, Bartie and the victim had a volatile eight-year relationship. In the fall of 2012, the victim and the couple's children moved to Florida to get away from Bartie.

Man gets 25 years for robbery that netted $224

Man gets 25 years for robbery that netted $224

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Hiram man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for taking part in a string of crimes in Cobb County.

Paul Enofurialu Odianose, 21, pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight charges, including armed robbery, aggravated assault and firearm possession.

Odianose admitted to robbing a Powder Springs dry cleaning business at gunpoint on Mar. 4, a crime that netted him only $224.

On Mar. 13, he tried to rob a Pizza Hut on New Macland Road, not far from the first crime scene, but did not take any money. A Pizza Hut employee memorized Odianose's license plate number and gave the information to police; the defendant was arrested the next day.

At the time of the crimes, Odianose was on First Offender probation for a 2011 robbery. The probation has since been revoked.

Two shot at home on Stonecrest Drive

Two shot at home on Stonecrest Drive

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities are investigating a shooting that took place Saturday afternoon at a home in the 4300 block of Stonecrest Drive in Cobb County.

Police were called to the scene after neighbors heard gunshots. Once there, police found two women, both of whom had been shot. One of the victims was a juvenile.

When the suspect, 43-year-old Clarence Washington, was leaving, he was stopped by police and detained. Washington was charged with two counts each of aggravated battery and aggravated assault with the intent to commit murder.

Both victims were taken to a local hospital, with one of them requiring surgery. Their names and relationships to Washington were not immediately released.

2 suspects rob Austell Walgreen's

2 suspects rob Austell Walgreen's

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are looking for two men suspected of robbing an Austell pharmacy early Monday.

It happened shortly before 4 a.m. at the Walgreen's at Austell Road and the East-West Connector.

Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said the two suspects approached a cashier as she opened her register to get change for a customer.

One of the suspects stole cash from the register drawer and also took a customer's wallet, while the other forced everyone inside the pharmacy to the ground, according to Pierce. Both men ran after receiving the money.

Witnesses described the suspects as two black men. One was about 5 feet 6 inches tall and sounded like a young teenager. The other was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and armed with a handgun. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black and white bandana, jogging pants, and blue shoes with white stripes.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Cobb County Police at 770-499-3945.

Motorcyclist dies in Powder Springs crash

Motorcyclist dies in Powder Springs crash

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are investigating an accident that killed a 42-year-old motorcyclist.

The wreck happened Sunday shortly before 7 p.m. on Richard D. Sailors Parkway at New Macland Road in Powder Springs.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Anthony Gaiter of Mableton was approaching the intersection on his Harley-Davidson FLHX when a GMC Acadia turned into his path.

Police said Gaiter's motorcycle collided with the right side of the Acadia. Gaiter was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Acadia driver, 39-year-old Oyin Mitchell of Lithia Springs, was not hurt. A child strapped into a car seat inside her SUV was also uninjured.

Cobb County Police said they expect to file charges in this case.