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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.

Woman charged with stealing flowers from graves

Woman charged with stealing flowers from graves

CARROLL COUNTY, Ga -- There is nothing more sacred than the dead. That's why several victims of theft are appalled to find out someone was stealing from their loved one's graves.

Carroll County Sheriff investigators arrested Eleanor Ashley, 55, and charged her with six counts of Theft by Taking. Investigators said she was stealing flower arrangements from graves and re-selling them for profit.

"Putting flowers on a loved one's grave after they've passed and then actually going back and finding out that they're missing, it infuriates people," said Carroll County Chief Deputy Brad Robinson.

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.

Man sentenced to federal prison for stealing attorney general's ID

Man sentenced to federal prison for stealing attorney general's ID


CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A Georgia man has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for filing fraudulent income tax returns under several stolen identities, including that of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Yafait Tadesse pleaded guilty in November to stealing government funds. He will spend three years on supervised release after getting out of prison, and must also pay more than $4,000 in restitution to the IRS.

According to information presented in court, Tadesse, 21, and co-defendant Eyaso Abebe stole the identities of at least 10 victims. They used the information to file fake tax returns, claiming all the victims worked at Walmart and earned similar wages.

Man arrested in Villa Rica jewelry store murder

Man arrested in Villa Rica jewelry store murder

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- U.S. Marshals have arrested a suspected gang member in a fatal shooting at a Villa Rica jewelry store.

Cranford Phelps was taken into custody in southeast Atlanta at around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

U.S. Marshals Supervisory Inspector Gavin Duffy said Phelps, 21, is one of four suspects in a smash-and-grab burglary at the Mobley Jewelry Store last week. Store owner Mitch Mobley was shot to death in the incident.

A gun was also seized during Phelps' arrest, Duffy said.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

UWG helps Cartersville Police learn about crime scene forensics

UWG helps Cartersville Police learn about crime scene forensics

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Anthropology students and professors from the University of West Georgia recently staged a crime scene to help members of the Cartersville Police Department practice their forensic investigation skills.

Dr. Kerriann Marden with UWG's Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (BAFAL) organized the mock crime scene on Nov. 3. She and her students placed a combination of animal bone fragments and replica human bones, personal effects and decomposing animal tissue around a shallow grave.

"We try to stage the mock scenes as realistically as possible to allow law enforcement and other medicolegal professionals to experience the real challenges that they may encounter when recovering human remains -- scavengers, weather, insects, soil, odors, etc., as well as learning the basic archaeological skills," Marden said in a statement.