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Mableton man sentenced for cargo theft conspiracy

Mableton man sentenced for cargo theft conspiracy

MABLETON, Ga. -- A Mableton man has been sentenced to four years and two months in prison and three years of supervised release for buying and selling stolen goods.

John Raymond "Johnny Ray" Smith, 51, was charged with conspiracy; buying, receiving and possessing stolen goods; and money laundering.

"A merchant who knows or deliberately ignores the criminal source of stolen goods can be a key part of a fraud ring," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "Some of the goods in this case were in brand new, original packaging from the manufacturers, shrink-wrapped and sold in untraceable cash transactions at below-market prices and without official paperwork."

According to the investigation, Smith operated Smith Sales Company out of warehouses in Mableton and Hiram between May 2005 and July 2009.

He conspired with Robin L.

North Georgia man arrested for attempted child molestation

North Georgia man arrested for attempted child molestation

DALTON, Ga. -- The Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force has arrested a Dalton man for attempting to meet a minor for sex.

Michael Mays, 47, was arrested without incident on Wednesday, Apr. 20.

Undercover agents and officers held a series of Internet chat sessions with Mays. During these exchanges, the suspect made it clear that he wanted to have sex with a minor child.

Mays is currently being held in the Whitfield County Detention Center.

Dad accused of tattooing toddler sentenced

Dad accused of tattooing toddler sentenced

ROME, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say a northwest Georgia father accused of tattooing his toddler has been sentenced to 12 months of probation and a $300 fine.

The Rome News-Tribune reports that 26-year-old Eugene Ashley was arrested in 2009 after a Georgia Department of Family and Child Services worker saw "DB" tattooed on the child's shoulder.

Floyd County District Attorney Leigh Patterson said the boy was three when the worker noticed the tattoo.

Authorities say DB stood for "Daddy's Boy."

Officials say Ashley pleaded guilty Monday, Apr. 4 to tattooing a child under the age of 18 and was given the probation sentence. His attorney could not immediately be reached late Monday.

The Associated Press

Rockmart Cop Arrested for Cruelty to Children

Rockmart Cop Arrested for Cruelty to Children

ROCKMART, GA -- Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have arrested Rockmart police officer Randy Poole on one count of second degree Cruelty to Children.

Keith Sorrels, Rockmart police chief, requested an investigation against Poole, a four-year officer with the Rockmart Police Department, on Thursday, Feb. 10, after being made aware of allegations of child abuse. The GBI's Calhoun office obtained the arrest warrant for Poole.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Rome Man Arrested for Child Molestation

Rome Man Arrested for Child Molestation

DALTON, GA -- A North Georgia man is currently behind bars after allegedly trying to entice a minor for sex.

Paul White, 60, of Rome was arrested by FBI agents and officers from the Safe Child Task Force on Wednesday, Feb. 16 in Dalton. Undercover officers noticed White's suspicious behavior on the Internet, which led to his arrest.

White is being held in the Whitfield County Detention Center. He has been charged with Child Molestation and Aggravated Child Molestation.

Rockmart Teen Fatally Shot, Suspect Arrested

Rockmart Teen Fatally Shot, Suspect Arrested

ROCKMART, GA -- Police in northwest Georgia are currently investigating the New Year's Day shooting death of a Rockmart teenager.

Officers responding to a call of shots fired found Rodney Arzez Mitchell Jr., 16, lying in the street around 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan 1.

Mitchell was taken to Floyd Medical Center in Rome, where he was pronounced deceased at 11:15 a.m. His body was sent to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy.

Police subsequently arrested Jermaine Deon Ware, 34, in connection with the case. Rockmart Police Chief Keith Sorrells says that the two men knew each other.

Husband, Wife Die in Floyd County Shootings

ROME, GA (AP) -- Police say a preliminary investigation shows a Floyd County man shot his wife to death during a quarrel, then turned the gun on himself.

Police say Jeffery Ware apparently shot his wife, Jeannine, Wednesday afternoon before killing himself.

Capt. Mark Wallace of the Floyd County Police Department says the woman was holding her 16-year-old son's leg when she was shot in the back.