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Thieves break through Target wall to steal electronics

Thieves break through Target wall to steal electronics

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Four men broke through a concrete wall at the back of a Cobb County Target to burglarize the business.

The crime happened Jan. 13 between 1:23 a.m. and 4:14 a.m. at the store in the 4000 block of Austell Road.

Cameras inside the store captured images of the men running down the aisles with merchandise. Cobb County Police said the suspects took Beats by Dre headphones, flat screen televisions, laptops, PS4 and Xbox game consoles, and tablets.

The suspects used suitcases, backpacks and trash bags to carry the stolen items out of the store.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Powder Springs

Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Powder Springs

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a suspect Monday afternoon in Powder Springs.

According to Cobb County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened at 4817 W. McEachern Woods Drive and involved the Cobb County Sheriff's Office, the Paulding County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshal's South East Regional Fugitive Task Force.

The suspect, identified as 36-year-old Michael Wayne Smashey, had warrants in Cobb and Paulding counties. He was wanted for an armed robbery and aggravated assault at a Subway in Hiram this past weekend, according to the Paulding County Sheriff Department, who was serving those warrants. Authorities said he was also wanted for armed robbery at a Waffle House in Cobb County.

U.S. Marshals were serving the arrest warrant for Paulding County and Cobb County authorities.

Woman pleads guilty in fatal road rage shooting

Woman pleads guilty in fatal road rage shooting

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting and killing a Kennesaw State University student during a road rage incident.

In October 2013, Sparkles Lindsey followed Kimberly Kilgore after a confrontation near the gate of the Shiloh Green Apartments and opened fire.

Investigators say the two women did not know each other.

A judge sentenced Lindsey to life in prison.

Police: Mother kills 3 children, herself in Austell

Police: Mother kills 3 children, herself in Austell

AUSTELL, Ga. (WXIA) -- Cobb County Police said an Austell mother killed three of her children before taking her own life on Tuesday.

According to Sgt. Dana Pierce of the Cobb County Police Department, officers found four bodies at the Walton Crossing Apartments on Mulkey Road in Austell on Tuesday morning.

Investigators believe 35-year-old Kisha Holmes killed her 10-year-old son, 4-year-old son and 9-month-old daughter before killing herself.

Authorities said they are waiting on autopsy results to determine how they were killed.

"I have three daughters myself, so I could never imagine harming my children or how it could get that bad," said neighbor Roland Milton. "I just pray for the family."

Drug cartel members sentenced to federal prison

Drug cartel members sentenced to federal prison

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Three members of a Mexican drug cartel have been sentenced for conspiring to deliver liquid methamphetamine to homes in Cobb County.

Gabriel "Negrito" Jimenez-Antunez, 39, pleaded guilty to acting as a distributor for the cartel. He lived in Mexico, but coordinated the delivery of shipments to Austell and Mableton.

DEA and IRS agents were already investigating Jimenez when in spring 2013, they learned he had recruited two people to carry out day-to-day activities of the drug trafficking, including receiving shipments and depositing the proceeds at banks. The other two defendants include Jimenez's brother-in-law, 38-year-old Pablo Saucedo-Aparicio of Mexico, and an associate, 49-year-old Martin Ascencio of Mableton.

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: