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Appeal denied in Forsyth Co. farmhouse killings

Appeal denied in Forsyth Co. farmhouse killings

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court has dismissed a pretrial appeal by a man who said his constitutional right to a speedy trial had been violated.

Marcin Waldermar Sosniak faces the death penalty in the March 2006 slayings of four people in a Forsyth County farmhouse.

In an opinion published Monday, the court says Sosniak failed to follow the proper procedure in filing his appeal. The high court says its decision overturns its own prior rulings that gave defendants the right to an automatic appeal of a denial of a pretrial constitutional speedy trial claim.

The opinion says that even if Sosniak had followed proper procedure, the trial court carefully evaluated his claims and correctly denied the appeal.

A call to a lawyer for Sosniak was not immediately returned.

Man arrested for stealing prescription drugs

Man arrested for stealing prescription drugs

CUMMING, Ga. -- Cumming Police have arrested a man accused of stealing prescription drugs from a downtown pharmacy.

Investigators say Christopher Moran broke into Goodson's Drug Co. on West Maple Street at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. He took "large numbers of controlled prescription medications," according to Cumming Police spokesman Sgt. Bryan Zimbardi.

Moran was arrested on Monday and charged with burglary and stealing a controlled substance. He was taken to the Cumming Jail and was later transferred to the Forsyth County Detention Center.

Suspect passing bad checks at various Walmarts

Suspect passing bad checks at various Walmarts

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office are looking for a man suspected of cashing counterfeit checks at several Walmart stores throughout metro Atlanta.

The unidentified man has struck stores in Acworth, Alpharetta, Cartersville, Cumming, Kennesaw, Lawrenceville and Woodstock so far, according to Cherokee Sheriff's spokesman Howard Baker. So far, he has cashed 10 checks for a total of about $7,000.

The account numbers on the fake checks have been traced back to a bank account at the Tuscaloosa County Jail in Alabama. Cherokee Sheriff's investigators are working with the Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Office on this investigation.

Anyone with information in these cases is asked to call the Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Office at 205-464-8646.

Halloween armed robbers arrested in DeKalb

Halloween armed robbers arrested in DeKalb

CUMMING, Ga. -- Two Cumming residents accused of robbing a home on Halloween morning are now behind bars.

Sean Kinney, 27, and 22-year-old Jodie Marie Davis were taken into custody in Tucker Monday evening. Police said the pair are boyfriend and girlfriend, and that they broke into a house on Barbara Lane, near Nuckolls Road, at around 1 a.m. Monday.

The suspects assaulted the homeowner, who was sleeping on a couch, before tying him up and stealing "a considerable amount of cash" from him, according to Lt. Col. Gene Moss with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Moss said the victim, David Geary, managed to free himself and run to a neighbor's house for help.

Investigators recovered the stolen money, as well as prescription drugs and marijuana, from Davis and Kinney. Both suspects are being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center with no bond.

CUMMING: Suspects arrested in massive jewelry heist

CUMMING: Suspects arrested in massive jewelry heist

CUMMING, Ga. -- Two men have been arrested after one of the largest local jewelry heists in years.

Thirty-two-year-old Kenardis Demaine of Smyrna and 26-year-old Carl Henry Bowser III of Atlanta are accused of stealing more than $2.8 million in jewelry from Milano's Fine Jewelry in Cumming over the weekend.

To get inside, police said the suspects cut through a concrete wall from an empty adjoining property. Investigators said it must have taken hours.  

Jewelry store owner Ibrahim Ehicam said all his display cases were cleaned out and even his cash register was stolen. He didn't discover the heist until Monday.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said Bowser was arrested Tuesday afternoon at a home in Southwest Atlanta. Holloway was arrested at a hotel in Stockbridge early Wednesday morning.

2 charged in liquor store robbery

2 charged in liquor store robbery

CUMMING, Ga. -- Two Metro Atlanta men have been arrested and charged in connection with the Sept. 2 armed robbery of a Forsyth County liquor store.

Jonathan Blake Reid of Alpharetta and Jamario Stephan Barnwell of Union City remain in the Forsyth County Detention Center with no bond. They are both 21 years old.

The men are accused of robbing Sharon Crossing Beverage on Peachtree Parkway, according to Lt. Col. Gene Moss with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

"A black male entered the business, armed with a handgun and wearing a mask," Moss said. "He demanded money from the two clerks inside the business."

Witnesses noticed a suspicious 2009 Toyota Corolla parked behind the liquor store shortly before the robbery. They took down the license plate number and gave it to police, Moss said.

Investigators traced the car to a house in the Johns Creek jurisdiction and subsequently found both suspects at the home.

Man arrested for operating in-home chop shop

Man arrested for operating in-home chop shop

CUMMING, Ga. -- Forsyth County Sheriff's officials have arrested a Cumming man for operating a chop shop inside his home.

Charles Davis McClendon, 39, was taken into custody at his Hyde Road home on Aug. 30.

A concerned neighbor called police to say that cars were being "chopped up and cut up with torches and saws" at McClendon's house, according to Lt. Col. Gene Moss with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

"Torches had been used to burn over the [Vehicle Identification Numbers]," said Maj. Dan Jagoe, also with the sheriff's office. "This was a large operation. There were three outbuildings filled with car parts and tools."

Investigators discovered at least four vehicles that had been reported stolen at McClendon's house.