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Victims, gunman ID'd in Douglasville murder-suicide

Victims, gunman ID'd in Douglasville murder-suicide

DOUGLAS COUNTY -- Investigators say the shooting that ended five lives and critically injured two others started with a fight over taxes and child support.

Douglas County Capt. Bruce Ferguson shared the horror of responding to the scene on Willow Tree Circle Saturday afternoon: "I'll be honest with you picking up that 7 year old and putting her in that body bag is….I gotta stop thinking about it, lets put it that way."

The bodies of three adults and two children were found dead inside and on the street near the family's home on Willow Treet Circle in in Douglas County.

"It tears at your heart. It doesn't make any sense," said Lt. Glenn Daniel of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department.

19 teens arrested for underage drinking at house party

19 teens arrested for underage drinking at house party

DOUGLAS COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- A Douglas County house party was busted with more than a dozen teens cited for underage drinking. Police say two parents were there the whole time. Now, they are under arrest.

"I think they made a bad mistake and they learned from it," said Douglas County Sheriff's Department Lt. Glen Daniel.

It's the talk of Alexander High School – a January 18 house party that ended with the arrest of 19 teenagers and two adults.

Police said they responded to a loud music complaint at a home on Cool Springs Road and found a group of teens in the driveway.

"When the deputies arrived, they turned off the lights and wouldn't come to the door," said Daniel.

2 clerks shot at Douglasville gas station

2 clerks shot at Douglasville gas station

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Two clerks suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot by robbery suspects at a Douglas County gas station.

It happened Tuesday at around 12:15 a.m. at the RaceTrac in the 5800 block of Fairburn Road in Douglasville.

Douglasville Police Lt. Mark Edwards said several armed suspects are on the run after the shooting. Police did not immediately know how much money or merchandise they took, if any.

Edwards said the suspects shot one male and one female clerk. Several customers witnessed the shooting and were interviewed by responding officers.

The injured clerks were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Car break-ins under investigation at Sweetwater Park

Car break-ins under investigation at Sweetwater Park

LITHIA SPRINGS, Ga. -- Douglas County Sheriff's officials hope to talk to two persons in interest in a recent spate of car break-ins at Sweetwater Creek State Park.

Five cars were illegally entered at the Lithia Springs park on Thursday, Jan. 1. The thieves took credit cards, debit cards, checks and other miscellaneous items. Douglas County Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Daniel said it appears to be an isolated incident.

Two people were caught on camera at the park around the time the crimes occurred. Daniel said they may not have anything to do with the break-ins, but police still want to talk to them.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 770-920-4903.

Daniel reminded visitors to Sweetwater Park and any other park in the Atlanta area to lock their car doors, put valuables out of plain sight and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Douglas County Sheriff warns of phone scam

Douglas County Sheriff warns of phone scam

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a scam where a suspect tries to steal money over the phone.

The sheriff's office received seven reports from would-be victims on Jan. 1. In each case, the caller said the Douglas County resident had an active warrant for failing to appear for jury duty. To get rid of the warrant, the resident was asked to purchase a Green Dot prepaid debit card for $2,365.

So far, the sheriff's office has no record of anyone giving money to the caller. Similar scams have been reported in other jurisdictions across metro Atlanta.

"We at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office would never contact anyone on a matter pertaining to this," Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Daniel said in a release.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Villa Rica mother arrested for leaving 2 kids in hot car

Villa Rica mother arrested for leaving 2 kids in hot car

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- A Villa Rica woman has been charged with reckless conduct and first-degree cruelty to children for leaving her two kids inside a hot car.

Witnesses spotted the children, ages 2 and 6, inside a car in the parking lot of a Villa Rica Walmart at around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Villa Rica Police Capt. K.L. Shaddix said investigators determined 39-year-old Ananya Lively arrived at the store at around 2:53 p.m. She unrolled the windows about 1 to 2 inches, but did not leave the car running when she entered the Walmart alone.

The witnesses determined one of the car's doors was unlocked. Shaddix said they opened the door to allow cooler air inside the vehicle. Both children were asleep in the backseat.

Paramedics evaluated the children and gave them some water to drink. They were hot, sweating and thirsty, but otherwise unharmed, and were released to a relative's custody, Shaddix said.