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Suspect identified in East Point restaurant murder

Suspect identified in East Point restaurant murder

EAST POINT, Ga. -- Police have identified a suspect in a fatal shooting at an East Point restaurant earlier this week.

Investigators believe 27-year-old Yusuf Abdul Alkarim killed the manager of Ikhlas, a seafood restaurant behind the Shell station at Sylvan Road and Cleveland Avenue, at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigators identified the victim as 36-year-old Riyadh Nuriddin, a married father of three. East Point Police Lt. Cliff Chandler said Nuriddin's body was discovered not long after he was killed. Investigators believe robbery was the motive.

Anyone who sees Alkarim is asked to call 911 or East Point police at 404-559-6226.

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2nd pedestrian struck by vehicle in Cobb dies

2nd pedestrian struck by vehicle in Cobb dies

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A second victim in a hit-and-run accident in Cobb County earlier this week has died.

Two men have been charged in the incident, which authorities said began with a chase and ended with a vehicle plowing into three teenagers as they walked down a Cobb County sidewalk.

The accident happened shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Barrett Lakes Boulevard near Shiloh Valley Drive in Kennesaw.

Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman said investigators believe the driver, 27-year-old Tansu Kanlica, was chasing 23-year-old Garrett Anderson. Bowman said Kanlica, a locksmith, was pursuing Anderson because he allegedly hadn't paid for his services. At some point during the chase, Kanlica lost control of his car, ran up on the sidewalk and hit the three teenagers walking to a movie.

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson.

“Vehicle arson is a very serious matter,” said Chief Larry Few, Director of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes. Fulton residents should learn ways they can prevent vehicle arson from happening to them.”

Motivations behind vehicle arson include, revenge, concealing another crime, excitement, insurance fraud/arson for profit and vandalism.

Tips to prevent vehicle arson

Dunwoody armed robbery suspect arrested at Greenbriar Mall

Dunwoody armed robbery suspect arrested at Greenbriar Mall


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- A man accused of robbing at least two victims was arrested Monday at Greenbriar Mall.

Marquez Hodge, 21, was taken into custody by Atlanta Police.

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Dunwoody Police believe Hodge is one of three suspects accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint Sunday night at the Chateau at Dunwoody apartment complex on Tilly Mil Road. The victim's purse and car were taken, according to Dunwoody Police Officer Tim Fecht

Hodge is also accused of a Sunday evening carjacking in Sandy Springs. Fecht said police found two handguns and stolen items from both robberies in Hodge's possession when he was arrested.

Killer's double jeopardy claim rejected by Ga. Supreme Court

Killer's double jeopardy claim rejected by Ga. Supreme Court

ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has rejected a convicted murderer's claim that his right against double jeopardy was violated.

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Jason Pierce killed two college students and shot his girlfriend in the face on Aug. 26, 1999. He pleaded guilty in 2003 to aggravated assault and two counts of malice murder, and received two consecutive life sentences without parole.

In 2011, aggravating circumstances forced the state's high court to throw out Pierce's sentences. The case was sent back to a lower court. Pierce withdrew his guilty pleas, then argued that retrying him would be double jeopardy.

Man charged with robbing CVS

Man charged with robbing CVS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A 20-year-old man has been charged with robbing a Fayetteville drugstore late last year.

Fayetteville Police Lt. Mike Whitlow said Michael MacConaugha is responsible for a robbery at the CVS on North Glynn Street on Dec. 24, 2013.

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MacConaugha, of East Point, demanded money from a CVS cashier and mentioned he had a gun. He ran from the store after receiving cash, according to Whitlow.

The suspect was eventually caught and booked in the Fayette County Jail on charges of robbery and obstruction.

Whitlow said police believe MacConaugha did not act alone. They are now working to identify more suspects and determine whether MacConaugha is behind other robberies in the area.

Fake East Point cop pulls over driver on I-285

Fake East Point cop pulls over driver on I-285

EAST POINT, Ga. -- East Point police said someone is impersonating a member of the force, and they are asking for the public's help in identifying him.

The suspect pulled over a car on Interstate 285 south just before the Camp Creek Parkway exit on Feb. 2.

East Point Police Lt. Cliff Chandler said the suspect was driving a brown Ford Crown Victoria, possibly from the early 2000s. He tapped the back bumper of the victim's car while pulling it over.

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The suspect told the victim he was a police officer conducting a traffic stop. The victim suspected the man was not a cop and began asking questions. The suspect then ran back to the Crown Victoria and drove away.