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Man convicted of murdering teen in 2010

Man convicted of murdering teen in 2010

UNION CITY, Ga. -- A third suspect has been found guilty of gunning down a teenager after a botched drug deal three years ago.

On Monday, a Fulton County jury found 28-year-old Taurean Thorpe guilty of several charges, including murder, aggravated assault and conspiracy to sell marijuana. He will be sentenced Friday.

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Thorpe is one of five men who police say gunned down 19-year-old Justin Evans outside a Union City apartment complex on June 21, 2010.

According to information presented in court, Evans tried to buy drugs from Thorpe and a co-defendant. The victim apparently stole the drugs and ran away, but the defendants tracked him down at his apartment complex.

Fairburn man escapes murder charge in 7-Eleven killing

Fairburn man escapes murder charge in 7-Eleven killing

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Prosecutors have dropped first-degree murder charges against two of three defendants in the robbery and killing of a 7-Eleven store employee in Newark last month.

Vanisha Carson of New Castle, Andre Palmer of Fairburn, Ga., and Vincent Stallings of Wilmington were all charged with first-degree murder in the September 2012 killing of 48-year-old Mohammed Rafique Ullah.

Carson pleaded guilty Friday to attempted robbery and conspiracy. Palmer pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and robbery. Stallings, who investigators say pulled the trigger, is scheduled for trial in January.

Investigators linked the killing to a robbery hours earlier at the Interstate 95 service plaza in Newark. A description of a vehicle in the service center robbery led investigators to an apartment next to the 7-Eleven, where Palmer and Carson were arrested.

Off-duty security guard shoots Waffle House robbery suspect

Off-duty security guard shoots Waffle House robbery suspect

UNION CITY, Ga. -- A man trying to rob a south Fulton County Waffle House was shot by an off-duty security guard grabbing a bite to eat Monday morning.

The incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. at the restaurant on Jonesboro Road just off Interstate 85 in Union City.

Union City Police Det. Gloria Hodgson said the suspect, 21-year-old Ashton MacAfee, was armed with a silver pistol when he entered the Waffle House and demanded money.

In the filed police report, investigators said that off-duty Atlanta police officer Jonathan Sutton and off-duty security guard Chad Pollard were sitting at the restaurant counter near the cash register.

3 teens arrested for Walmart hijacking

3 teens arrested for Walmart hijacking

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Three 16 year olds have been arrested and charged with stealing a car at gunpoint from the parking lot of the Peachtree City Walmart.

The robbery happened at around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, when one of the suspects pointed a gun at a woman and demanded her car.

Police tried to pull over the stolen car on Highway 74. When the suspect failed to stop, a high speed chase began. It ended when the suspect crashed the car while trying to exit Interstate 285 at Cascade Road, according to Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown.

The driver, who lives in southwest Atlanta, is being held on a number of charges, including armed robbery, hijacking, attempting to allude, drug possession and being a member of a street gang.

Thieves now stealing gas from pumps

Thieves now stealing gas from pumps

UNION CITY, Ga. -- Whether it is precious metals or gasoline, thieves are coming up with deviously creative ways to steal them. They have figured out how to get inside pumps to get the gas out for free.

It is a relatively new crime but a Union City gas station is finding out about it the hard way. In the past two months, thieves have stolen gas from the Mobil gas station on Flat Shoals Road four times.

The convenience store has surveillance video showing how the suspects broke into gas pumps and disconnected the meters inside. The video shows one of the suspects using a tool to pry open a door on the pump. Once inside he cuts wires to the meter that logs the purchase. Then with a swipe of a credit card, he can pump unlimited gas for free.

In the latest incident on May 15, 11 cars pulled up to the pump and filled up for free. Over 180 gallons of gas were stolen. The same thing happened on three other occasions in March and April.

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

Ex-Fairburn employee pleads guilty to theft

Ex-Fairburn employee pleads guilty to theft

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- A former IT director for the city of Fairburn pleaded guilty to using his city-issued credit card to make personal purchases.

Brad Williams was sentenced Monday to five years' probation for five counts of making false statements. The 49 year old must also pay $17,500 in restitution to Fairburn city officials.

According to information presented in court, Williams used his P-card to buy things like websites and computer software for his personal business. Fairburn officials became suspicious in 2009, when a purchase for a video-sharing website from Turkey came up on one of Williams' monthly requisition forms.

Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones said an investigation into Williams' spending history revealed he had been making fraudulent purchases since 2005.

Williams has until the end of May 2013 to pay restitution to Fairburn. He is also not allowed to take a government job while on probation.