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Shooting survivor battles spinal cord injury

Shooting survivor battles spinal cord injury

ATLANTA (AP) -- Authorities say one of the women who survived gunfire in a Midtown parking deck last week is battling a serious spinal cord injury.

Officials at the Shepherd Center say Lauren Garcia of Douglasville was admitted Thursday to the facility's intensive care unit, where a team of specialists will determine a treatment and rehabilitation program.

Atlanta police say they haven't been able to establish a connection between a security guard and the three women he's accused of gunning down around lunch time on July 15.

RELATED: Man arrested, charged in Midtown triple shooting

Police accuse the security guard, 22-year-old Nkosi Thandiwe, of opening fire on Garcia, Brittany Watts and Tiffany Ferenczy in a parking deck near the Proscenium building.

Villa Rica Police need your help in locating this man

Villa Rica Police need your help in locating this man

VILLA RICA, Ga. – The Villa Rica Police Department, in conjunction with FBI Atlanta are requesting the public’s help in locating an armed robber who robbed the United Community Bank located at 485 West Bankhead Highway in Villa Rica.

On Friday, July 1, the perpetrator who they describe as being a white male, 20’s to 30’s in age, around 6’4 in height and weighing about 230-240 lbs with short red hair entered the bank brandishing a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from a bank teller. The robber left in a gold, four door, 2000 model Ford Explorer with tinted windows.   

No injuries were reported during this robbery. If you have any information on this robbery please contact the Atlanta FBI office at (404) 679-9000 or the Villa Rica Police Department at (770) 459-5149.

State Supreme Court upholds death penalty ruling

State Supreme Court upholds death penalty ruling

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has partially upheld a lower court's ruling in a Douglas County death penalty case involving a man's claim that he is mentally retarded and therefore cannot be executed.

The state's highest court ruled 6-1 that Alphonso Stripling did not prove his alleged mental retardation "beyond a reasonable doubt."

Stripling is on death row for the Oct. 1988 murders of two of his coworkers at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Douglasville. During his 1989 trial, his attorney argued that he was insane, mentally ill and mentally retarded; the jury still convicted him of murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Georgia is the only state that requires inmate to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they are mentally disabled.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

April is Amnesty Month in Douglasville

April is Amnesty Month in Douglasville

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The Douglasville Municipal Court and Police Department have declared April to be Amnesty Month.

Both departments are now willing to grant amnesty to those individuals who have severely delinquent citations or have failed to appear in court on misdemeanor charges prior to April 2011.

If the case is not a mandatory court appearance, the defendant will be able to pay the cost of the citation and have the failure to appear charge dismissed and arrest warrant fees waved.

If the case is a mandatory court appearance, the defendant will be allowed to post the warrant fee and sign for a new court date to have the case placed back on the court calendar.

The amnesty offer does not extend to probation warrants or felony cases.

Amnesty Month will run the entire month of April.

Payments may be made in person at the Douglasville Public Safety and Municipal Court Complex (2083 Fairburn Road, 30135).

Man arrested for exploitation, theft

Man arrested for exploitation, theft

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Officers with the US Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force have arrested a Douglasville man for being in possession of more than 40 images and videos of children being sexually abused.

Casey Grogan, 32, was arrested on Wednesday, Mar. 23.