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1 killed in wreck on C.H. James Parkway

1 killed in wreck on C.H. James Parkway

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- One person was killed in a fiery four-vehicle wreck in Powder Springs Monday afternoon.

The accident happened at around 3:30 p.m. on C.H. James Parkway between Lewis and Garrett roads.

Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said the incident began when a Mazda tried to pass a Toyota pickup truck.

Danielle Garcia, 26, of Douglasville was driving her Mazda B4000 south on C.H. James Parkway when she tried to pass a Toyota Tundra driven by 61-year-old Bobby Banks of Powder Springs.

Pierce said the front of Garcia's truck clipped the back of Banks's, causing him to lose control and swerve into the northbound lanes. The Tundra collided head-on with an Infiniti G35.

The Infiniti then swerved in front of a Freightliner tractor trailer driven by 28-year-old Alhassane Dansoko of Decatur. The two vehicles collided, and the Infiniti burst into flames.

3 Bloods indicted for murdering teen

3 Bloods indicted for murdering teen

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Three members of the Bloods street gang have been indicted in DeKalb County for shooting a teenager to death.

Marcus Estes, Antarious Johnson and Malcolm Wilson, who are all teens, are accused of murdering 19-year-old Derrick Linkhorn in a storage area at the Southern Pines Apartments on Mar. 8, 2012. Linkhorn was shot twice.

The victim knew Johnson from when they were classmates at Elizabeth Andrews High School in Stone Mountain, according to information presented in court.

"This was a senseless and cowardly act that claimed the life of this young man," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said in a statement. "My office will continue to dedicate our resources to combating gangs in DeKalb County."

2 arrested in Decatur carjacking

2 arrested in Decatur carjacking

DECATUR, Ga. -- Two people were arrested after a carjacking in downtown Decatur Wednesday morning.

Two victims were inside the car when it was taken at around 1:30 a.m. on Sycamore Street. Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross said four suspects approached the vehicle. One of them put a gun to the driver's temple and demanded money and the car, while another suspect punched the passenger in the face and took her phone.

Ross said the four suspects jumped in the car and drove away down Church Street. The car was later found abandoned in a yard at South Candler Street and Driftwood Terrace.

Witnesses told police that all four suspects ran from the car after crashing it in the yard. Ross said two of them were later arrested. Both were juveniles.

No names have been released. Ross said the two victims were not hurt.

Mercer law grad murder trial to start in April

Mercer law grad murder trial to start in April

MACON, Ga. -- Bibb Superior Court Judge Howard Simms says he's scheduled Stephen McDaniel's murder trial for April 28.

McDaniel is accused of killing his Mercer Law classmate and neighbor Lauren Giddings in June 2011.

His lawyers filed a change of venue request last month, and prosecutors agreed to it. However, Simms says he has not made a decision on moving the trial to a courthouse outside of Bibb. Another option would be to bring in jurors from another county in Georgia.

Man who dismembered girlfriend denied appeal

Man who dismembered girlfriend denied appeal

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has denied an appeal from a man convicted of murdering and dismembering his girlfriend.

Franklin Benson was sentenced to life plus 11 years in prison for killing 49-year-old Leslyan Williams and scattering her remains in a secluded part of Newton County.

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Benson and Williams were a couple and spent much of their time at her Decatur home. On Oct. 28, 2007, they got into a fight over money Benson owed Williams. Later that evening, someone attempted to transfer $7,500 from Williams' bank account into Benson's overdrawn account.

3 shot, 1 stabbed at DeKalb motel

3 shot, 1 stabbed at DeKalb motel

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two women and two men were hurt in a fight at a DeKalb County motel overnight.

The incident happened at the Old English Inn on Glenfair Road near Interstate 285.

DeKalb County police said several women got into a fight inside one of the motel's rooms. One of the women pulled out a knife and cut another woman on her face.

A group of men tried to intervene. One of the men was shot in the chest, while another was shot in the back. A woman was also shot in the hand.

All four victims were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Both men were in critical condition at transport. The women's conditions were unknown.

Police have not yet identified anyone involved or said whether they plan to file charges.

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Father and son sentenced for racketeering

Father and son sentenced for racketeering

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A father and son have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a plot to take control of houses they did not own.

Kennesaw residents Guilio Glenn Greye, 61, and Ian Justain Greye, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

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Giulio Greye was sentenced to five years, while his son received 10 years. Both men are required to spend two years in prison.

Two co-defendants -- 52-year-old Susan Lorraine Weidman of Kennesaw and 29-year-old Matthew Daniel Lowery of Alpharetta -- will be tried next month.

According to information presented in court, the Greyes moved into an empty house on Champlain Street in Decatur and filed false documents with DeKalb County, claiming they owned the property.