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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 The probation has since been revoked.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.

Man exposes himself to teen in Powder Springs Kroger parking lot

Man exposes himself to teen in Powder Springs Kroger parking lot

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are working to identify the man accused of exposing himself to a teenage girl in a grocery store parking lot.

The 16-year-old victim told police it happened June 18 while she sold books in front of the Kroger at Macland and Lost Mountain roads in Powder Springs.

Cobb County Police said the suspect motioned for the victim to approach his van. The victim was talking to the suspect when she noticed he was exposing himself.

The victim said that as she walked away, the suspect watched her while circling the parking lot in his vehicle.

Cobb County Police worked with the victim to produce a composite sketch of the suspect. The victim described him as a white man in his 30's or 40's, with a medium build and thinning brown hair that is going grey.

Man gets 15 years for armed robbery

Man gets 15 years for armed robbery

AUSTELL, Ga. -- A man has pleaded guilty to robbing a woman outside her Cobb County apartment.

Erico Alexander Williams' trial was scheduled to begin Monday. However, he confessed last week to the crime and was sentenced to 15 years, with 10 to serve in custody.

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According to information presented in court, on Nov. 10, 2012, Williams approached the victim as she talked on her cell phone while walking from her car to her apartment on Twin Hill Court in Austell.

"The victim feared for her life," Cobb County ADA Brendan F. Murphy said. "(Williams) told her, 'Hang up the phone and don't say anything if you want to live,' and later stated, 'This .45 is loaded.'"