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Motorcyclist dies in Powder Springs crash

Motorcyclist dies in Powder Springs crash

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are investigating an accident that killed a 42-year-old motorcyclist.

The wreck happened Sunday shortly before 7 p.m. on Richard D. Sailors Parkway at New Macland Road in Powder Springs.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Anthony Gaiter of Mableton was approaching the intersection on his Harley-Davidson FLHX when a GMC Acadia turned into his path.

Police said Gaiter's motorcycle collided with the right side of the Acadia. Gaiter was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Acadia driver, 39-year-old Oyin Mitchell of Lithia Springs, was not hurt. A child strapped into a car seat inside her SUV was also uninjured.

Cobb County Police said they expect to file charges in this case.

Police: Driver rear-ends vehicle, runs over grandmother

Police: Driver rear-ends vehicle, runs over grandmother

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- A judge denied bond on Friday for an Alabama man accused of using his vehicle as a weapon and running over a Douglas County woman right in front of her family.

Police say 23-year-old Dewey Calhoun Green rammed his pickup truck into the back of a car driven by 53-year-old Janice Pitts Wednesday morning while she was at a stop light. When Pitts got out of the car to check the damage, witnesses say Green drove into Pitts, pinning her between both vehicles. Police say he ran over her again while trying to get away.

According to Pitts' daughter, the 53-year-old woman moved from Los Angeles to Douglasville two years ago for a better and safer life for her family. Now she is gone and they are grieving over her senseless death.

Buzz Lightyear toy leads police to theft suspect

Buzz Lightyear toy leads police to theft suspect

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!

Police are crediting an action figure of the Toy Story character with helping them catch a theft suspect in Douglas County. Or rather, the GPS tracker inside of the toy.

For the last two years, Mid-Atlantic Clothing (MAC) Recycling, a Maryland-based organization that collects and sells used clothes for people in need, has noticed an increasing amount of thefts in the Atlanta area.

The company places donation bins in parking lots of shopping centers, churches and other areas around the city. Left unattended for much of the day and night, territory manager Tim Peck quickly realized their goods were being stolen.

"Our donations were down, and down a lot, as much as 35 percent," Peck told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander. "It's tens of thousands of dollars if not more. It's a lot of money."

17 drug ring members indicted

17 drug ring members indicted

(WXIA) -- A federal grand jury has indicted 17 members of a massive Mexican drug ring.

The defendants are accused of smuggling cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to Georgia. Prosecutors said they also conspired to deliver a significant amount of drug money to Mexico.

According to information presented in federal court, Atenogenes Alvarado-Delgado runs the trafficking organization. His ring -- which includes his brother, Jose Alvarado-Delgado, and two associates -- used passenger buses to transport drugs from Mexico to the Atlanta area. Others would then unload the drugs and sell them in Georgia and Florida.

Since last October, law enforcement has seized much of the ring's wares in several busts, including:

* Oct. 8, 2013: 39 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Doraville

* Oct. 11, 2013: 165 pounds of methamphetamine during a search of an apartment on Cleburne Parkway in Hiram

Teen girls run away from hospital, 1 found in Fla.

Teen girls run away from hospital, 1 found in Fla.

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- One of three teen girls who ran away from a behavioral sciences center in west Georgia has been found in Florida.

The girls disappeared from Willowbrooke at Tanner in Villa Rica on May 12. Villa Rica Police Capt. Keith Shaddix said the teens stole a pickup truck and drove it to Panama City.

On Saturday, 17-year-old Samantha Abbott of Dallas turned up at a Florida hospital. Shaddix said she was hurt, but her injuries were not serious. She has since been returned home.

The other two girls -- Audrey Aldridge of Hiram and Madeline Terry of Franklin -- are still missing. They were last seen in Panama City.

Aldridge is 16 years old, white and has red hair. Terry is 15 years old, white, 5 feet 2 inches tall and 115 pounds, with brown hair.

The girls were last known to be driving the stolen truck, a silver 2004 Ford Ranger SuperCab with Georgia tag PAS6040. Shaddix said they may have switched the vehicle's license plate.

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.

Principal arrested in GBI child sex sting

Principal arrested in GBI child sex sting

DECATUR, Ga. -- An elementary school principal is among 14 people the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested in a sting operation targeting suspected child predators.

Dr. John McGill, principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary in Douglasville, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail.  He has been suspended from his position. He is due in court for his first appearance Tuesday.

11Alive's Blayne Alexander reports that the Douglas County School System superintendent announced on Monday that Dr. Sandra Williams will serve as interim principal of the school effective March 10. Williams is a retired former principal of the school. The central office will handle administrative duties until Williams arrives.

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