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Suspect arrested in Powder Springs double murder

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Powder Springs Police have made an arrest in the shooting death of a young couple.

The suspect's name has not been released, as police are concerned it may interfere with the investigation. But officials believe the murders were not random.

Sailor from Cobb County gunned down in Virginia

POWDER SPRINGS, GA (WXIA) – The sister of a sailor found shot to death over the weekend says she has lost her best friend.


Navy quartermaster Brandon Haith was killed in Virginia, where he was stationed.

Those who knew Haith – he was a student at McEachern High School, Class of 2012 – say in their shock and grief that everyone who met him loved him immediately.

They want answers and an arrest.

Why would someone shoot this 21 year-old sailor in the head and leave him to die on the street in Virginia Beach just after midnight Saturday morning?

"Brandon was my best friend, he was my brother," said his sister, Brianna Haith.

Sailor from Cobb County killed in Va. shooting

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- A 21-year-old sailor from Powder Springs, Ga. was shot and killed Saturday in Virginia Beach over the weekend.

Police said got the call about the shooting around 1 a.m. and found a man with a gunshot wound in the street. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities have identified him as Brandon Marcellus Haith, of Powder Springs.

Friends held a vigil in honor of Haith on Sunday at the spot where he was found.

Steven Joyce served with Haith aboard USS Elrod.

Fellow sailors started sending their condolences to Joyce. He, in turn, wrote them on hats that are part of a tribute to his shipmate. Joyce also carved a cross in a tree as a way to remember Haith.

"We hung out a lot, he's not really the partyer type, he's just like a silent kid, hard-worker," said Joyce.

Six Flags hiring hundreds for Fright Fest

AUSTELL, Ga. -- The scariest job fair of the year will be held this weekend, as Six Flags Over Georgia searches for new employees to work during Fright Fest.

The park needs singers, dancers, scare actors, specialty actors and makeup artists. It will host a job fair Saturday, July 25 at the Cobb Civic Center in Marietta. Registration for singers and dancers begins at 10 a.m., while actors and makeup artists can sign up at 3 p.m.

Altogether, Six Flags hopes to hire about 400 people for Fright Fest. Candidates must be at least 16 years old and are asked to apply online at sixflagsjobs.com ahead of Saturday's event.

Family: Man pulled gun on them over Confederate flag

AUSTELL, Ga. -– An Austell family says a stranger pulled out a gun on them over a Confederate flag in their yard.

Last week, 11Alive reported that the Ray family's flag was once again flying high after being vandalized. Now, the family says that police told them taking down the flag may be a good idea until all the controversy calms down.

"I love my flags but it's not worth my grandson getting killed," Margaret Ray said.

The family said a man drove by twice pointing a gun at one of the grandsons.

"What went through my mind was I know what guns do," the grandson said. "I couldn't breathe until I got in the house."

Ray said the incident frightened her grandson.

Confederate flag vandalized in Austell

AUSTELL, Ga. – An Austell family is upset after their Confederate flag was destroyed in the middle of the night.

Margaret Ray said the flag was mounted in their yard next to the American flag. When the family woke up, it had been shredded and was hanging by a thread.

Ray said she's a proud American and the flag represents her great-grandfather's contribution to freedom.

"We lost a lot of soldiers over that flag, and I should have the right to fly my flag," Ray said.


Ray said that the flag wasn't easy to reach, which meant the vandals had to be on her property for several minutes. It happened just feet away from where Ray and her husband sleep.

Powder Springs accident kills man; injures woman, 2 children

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- A man is dead and a woman, a 9-month-old baby and a 4-year-old child severely injured after a Saturday evening accident in Cobb County.

According to a Cobb County Police Department spokesperson, the accident happened at about 7 p.m. when a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Corey W. Greene, 28, left the roadway while negotiating a right turn on Hiram Lithia Springs Road near Garrett Springs Drive.

Police aren't sure why the driver lost control of the vehicle but said that the collision flipped the vehicle and killed Greene - a Powder Springs resident.

Passengers Hillary Brinson, 23, of Powder Springs, and the 9-month-old baby were also injured and taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

The 4-year-old passenger was airlifted to Scottish Rite Hospital and treated for serious injures, police said.