Monday, May 6, 2013
Classes begin May 18.
What do you do when professional emergency responders are not immediately available during disasters? Starting May 18, Cobb County residents can learn basic disaster response skills to prepare them for scenarios like this. The Community Emergency Response Team Program offers 20 hours of free training to qualified participants. Applicants must be at least 16 years old, pass a criminal background check, and live, work, or worship in Cobb. To apply for CERT Initial Training, send the CERT Initial Training Application and a copy of your Georgia driver's license to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
From May 1 through Sept. 30, you may not burn leaves, tree limbs or other yard waste, or use air curtain destructors for land clearing.
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Saturday, May 4
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has issued a ban on open burning until Sept. 30. Fifty-four counties in Georgia, including Cobb and Paulding, are affected. Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services is responsible for the enforcement of this state-issued burning ban in unincorporated Cobb County and the cities of Acworth, Kennesaw and Powder Springs. From May 1 through Sept. 30, you may not burn leaves, tree limbs or other yard waste, or use air curtain destructors for land clearing.
Friday, May 3, 2013
When one child tried to help his mother, the suspect allegedly punched the child, grabbed him around the neck and threatened him, according to a Cobb County criminal warrant.
A Villa Rica man is accused of attempting to rape a Mableton woman, and assaulting one son who came to his mother's defense. The alleged incident occurred just after 9:15 p.m. April 22 at a home in the 100 block of Cooper Lake Road. Jesse Fletcher allegedly grabbed the woman, pushed her on the bed and held her there, according to a Cobb County criminal warrant. Their three children—a 13-year-old boy, a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl—were home at the time of the alleged incident. When one of the boys tried to help his mother, Fletcher allegedly punched him, grabbed him around the neck and threatened him, according to the warrant. "Accused said, 'I'll show you how to fight to the death' and 'someone is going to die tonight,' " the …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
He was arrested Saturday on charges of simple battery and aggravated assault.
A Mableton man is accused of using a lighter in an attempt to burn a woman's feet and left knee. Around 5 a.m. Saturday, Donchevell Martese Cotto allegedly picked up the woman from the floor, threw her on the couch, repeatedly slapped her face, grabbed her neck and punched the right side of her abdomen, according to a Cobb County criminal warrant. Using a lighter, Cotto "attempted to burn the tops of both of the victim's feet causing the victim to pull her feet away due to the heat," a Cobb County police officer wrote in the warrant. "Accused then attempted to burn the victim's left knee area causing a visible burn mark to the pajama pants she was wearing." Cotto was arrested Saturday in the 400 block of Villa Avenue, the site of the …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The alleged incident took place at 10 a.m. April 25 at the H.A.V.E.N. Academy.
A student allegedly tried to fight his teacher at a local school that provides special education for students with severe emotional behavior disorders and autism. The alleged incident took place at 10 a.m. April 25 at the H.A.V.E.N. Academy. Hunter Oconnor of Austell is accused of removing his watch and cell phone, taking a fighting stance and telling the teacher to "come on," according to a Cobb County criminal warrant. "The teacher refused saying, 'I don't want to fight you,' " according to the warrant. "The accused then pushed the teacher's desk out of the way and again taking a fighting stance began yelling and cussing at the teacher to come on." Oconnor was arrested Friday on charges that include simple assault and disruption of …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Police are looking for three men, but the descriptions of the suspects are vague.
Three men, one of them armed with a black semi-automatic pistol, robbed a Mableton gas station late Saturday, and the Cobb County Police Department needs your help. Two men in red bandannas and a third man in all black entered the Valero gas station at 6161 Mableton Pkwy. just after 11:20 p.m. April 27 and demanded money, said Officer Mike Bowman, a spokesman for the department. "After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the offenders fled from the area on foot in an unknown direction," he said in a news release. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call 770-499-3945.
Cobb officials recently participated in firefighter exercises.
A group of Cobb County government officials got to experience what it's like to be a firefighter. District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott, Cobb Public Safety Director Jack Forsythe and 911 Director Ann Flynn took part in firefighter training exercises last week at the Public Safety Training Center in Marietta. The experience included a ladder climb as well as interior smoke and fire simulations. More than 650 sworn firefighters and 32 civilian employees make up the team at Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services. The department covers 305 square miles of the unincorporated areas of Cobb as well as three incorporated cities including Kennesaw, Acworth and Powder Springs. The team responded to more than 48,000 calls last year.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
A new law will allow it.
Certified employees of the Department of Corrections and Pardons & Paroles will be able to keep their department-issued firearms upon retirement. House Bill 482 will extend that courtesy to employees who have at least 20 years of service when the new law goes into effect on July 1. “This legislation provides an opportunity to reward men and women who have served our state honorably and dutifully,” said Gov. Nathan Deal, who signed HB 482 on Thursday at the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association’s annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. “These two agencies will now have the same privileges as the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation when it comes to department-issued weapon retention.”
Friday, April 26, 2013
He is accused of fathering a 17-year-old girl's child.
A Douglas County judge on Wednesday denied bond for a 44-year-old Mableton man accused of fathering a 17-year-old girl's child. Richard Andrew Cosden is being held in the Douglas County Jail on a charge of incest, according to online jail records. He has admitted to having sex with the girl at least a dozen times, Assistant District Attorney Anna Vaughn told the Douglas County Sentinel. The victim's mother suspected Cosden could be the father, took his toothbrush and swabbed the baby's mouth, Vaughn told the Sentinel. "She got a DNA test," Vaughn said, "and that is conclusive that the defendant is in fact the father of the 17-year-old's child."
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The “Give Burns the Boot” fundraising drive starts Friday.
Cobb firefighters will be at local grocery stores and other businesses across the county for the next three Fridays to raise money for burn survivors. The “Give Burns the Boot” fundraising drive will be held April 26, May 3 and May 10, said Denell Boyd, the spokeswoman for Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services. "Every station will go in their territory to different locations that give them permission," she said. Donations will benefit the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, which runs Camp Oo-U-La, the state's only camp held exclusively for children recovering from burn injuries. The foundation also supports the Burn Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta.