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Federal investigators to probe Waiters shooting

Federal investigators to probe Waiters shooting

ATLANTA -- Federal investigators are looking to probe the case of the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old by a Union City police officer.

The U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI want to determine whether federal laws were violated in the death of Ariston Waiters. The teen was fatally shot by Union City police officer Luther Lewis in December.

The decision to involve federal investigators was made after an impromptu meeting between U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates and Sen. Vincent D. Fort on Wednesday.

A grand jury decided not to indict Lewis last week.

Union City police officials said Lewis was justified in his actions, and that Waiters grabbed the officer's gun as he was being handcuffed. An autopsy showed Waiters died of two gunshots to the back.

Shell station robbery suspect ID'd

Shell station robbery suspect ID'd

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- Police in Fairburn have identified the suspect in a recent attempted robbery as 19-year-old Tyler Patrick Crane.

Crane faces charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault, as well as a weapons charge, in Sunday's robbery attempt at a Shell station on Senoia Road.

Police believe Crane may still be in metro Atlanta, and that he is armed and dangerous, according to Fairburn Police spokesman Sgt. Anthony Bazydlo. He is wanted by multiple agencies in Georgia and Alabama.

During the robbery, Crane drove a green Buick LeSabre that was reported stolen in Alabama. The car was found in DeKalb County, where it had been left at the scene of a hit-and-run.

Anyone who sees Crane or knows his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Fairburn Police at 770-964-1441.

2 sentenced to prison for counterfeiting CDs, DVDs

2 sentenced to prison for counterfeiting CDs, DVDs

ATLANTA -- Two metro Atlanta men have been sentenced on charges of counterfeiting DVDs and CDs in what prosecutors call one of the biggest pirating schemes in the region.

According to information presented in court, 34-year-old Charles Ndhlovu of Fairburn was sentenced to more than four years in prison on charges of copyright infringement and trafficking in counterfeit labels for the devices.

Scott Ahn, 42, of Lawrenceville was sentenced to 19 months in prison on charges that he supplied Ndhlovu with raw materials such as blank CDs and burners.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the two men were involved in mass producing hundreds of thousands of counterfeit music CDs and movie DVDs in a pirating scheme that was the largest in the Southeast.

The two were among 13 charged by a federal grand jury in May 2009.

Fulton County Police Partners with Federal DEA to kick off Prescription Drug Take Back

The Fulton County Police Department has partnered with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other government, community, public health and law enforcement partners to announce a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative.  The initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds - 121 tons - of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners, including the Fulton County Police Department.

The Fulton County Police Department will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused,

and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, October 29, 2011  from

10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2 charged in liquor store robbery

2 charged in liquor store robbery

CUMMING, Ga. -- Two Metro Atlanta men have been arrested and charged in connection with the Sept. 2 armed robbery of a Forsyth County liquor store.

Jonathan Blake Reid of Alpharetta and Jamario Stephan Barnwell of Union City remain in the Forsyth County Detention Center with no bond. They are both 21 years old.

The men are accused of robbing Sharon Crossing Beverage on Peachtree Parkway, according to Lt. Col. Gene Moss with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

"A black male entered the business, armed with a handgun and wearing a mask," Moss said. "He demanded money from the two clerks inside the business."

Witnesses noticed a suspicious 2009 Toyota Corolla parked behind the liquor store shortly before the robbery. They took down the license plate number and gave it to police, Moss said.

Investigators traced the car to a house in the Johns Creek jurisdiction and subsequently found both suspects at the home.

FAIRBURN: Woman in weekend house explosion died of strangulation

FAIRBURN: Woman in weekend house explosion died of strangulation

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- It turns out a woman found in the aftermath of a Fairburn house explosion Saturday died of strangulation.

Fulton County Police Detective Melissa Parker said 34-year-old Beverly Bland lived in the home on the 8600 block of Garvey Road. She was identified through dental records.

A second person, whose name has not been released, died of smoke inhalation.

Both bodies were found after firefighters put the flames out Saturday afternoon.

Officials previously said the explosion may have been caused by natural gas.