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13 arrested in Smyrna prostitution sting


SMYRNA, Ga. – Authorities made 13 arrests in a prostitution sting in Smyrna on Wednesday.

According to the Smyrna Police Department, 10 women were arrested on prostitution charges and two men and a women were arrested on pimping charges.

Those charged with prostitution were:

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Monique Amor Long, 28

Asia Ballard; 25

Nadia Monique McDonald, 31

Kenyana Meonte Corry, 20

Melissa Jean Ferrell; 30

Essence Kashae Bowers, 24

Ciera Hernandez, 32

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Man charged with setting dog on fire


COBB COUNTY, Ga -- A Smyrna man is charged with Arson and Cruelty to Animals for setting a dog house and the dog inside on fire, according to Cobb County Police.

A one-year-old pit bull, named Royalti, was rushed to the Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic on May 12, 2015 after she was found burned in the back yard of a home on Laurel Circle in Smyrna.

Doctors at the clinic said the dog suffered first and second degree burns over 60-percent of her body. They said it was touch-and-go for a while and the dog still has a long recovery ahead.

Smyrna church heavily damaged by fire


SMYRNA, Ga. -- A Smyrna church suffered serious damage, including a partial roof collapse, in a fire Thursday morning.

A passer-by called 911 at around 2:45 a.m. after spotting flames shooting from the Holy Sabbath Ministries International building in the 1100 block of Cooper Lake Road.

Smyrna Fire Lt. Dustin Davey said responding crews determined the fire was burning in the rear of the building. It took firefighters less than 30 minutes to get the blaze under control.

Most of the damage was contained to the back of the church.

Crews from both Smyrna and Cobb County battled the fire.

8 people displaced by Cobb County townhouse fire


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Fire Department is investigating a blaze that damaged two condos.

The fire broke out shortly before 4 a.m. at the Riverview at Vinings townhouse community at Riverview Road and Landsmere Drive, just off Interstate 285. Investigators believe it started outside a seven-unit building, then spread, partially collapsing the roof.

A Cobb County Fire spokesperson said one townhouse was destroyed in the blaze. Another suffered extensive water damage. A total of eight people were displaced, but no one was hurt.

Red Cross spokesperson Sherry Nicholson said the agency will help the seven adults and one child who lost their homes by providing food, lodging and other necessities.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Cosby's Cobb performance met with protesters, supporters


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Supporters and protesters were at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre as comedian Bill Cosby took the stage on Saturday.

Cosby was performing the final show of his "far from finished" tour.

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Dozens of women have come forward to accuse the comedian of drugging and sexually attacking them.

No charges have been brought against Cosby, and he denies all wrong doing.

One of his accusers, Lili Bernard, fought back tears as she protested

After the show, Cosby released a statement saying:

Alleged Cosby victim is in town to protest performance


ATLANTA (WXIA) – Bill Cosby's performance at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre will be under heavy protest Saturday night. Since sexual assault allegations surfaced last fall, Cosby has canceled and postponed shows, but this one will go on.

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At least one alleged victim of Cosby's is in town hoping to make a difference.

Kaya Thompson, once known to family and friends as Jena, said she can't even look at him.

"When his image is even on the internet, I avert my eyes," she said.

She calls herself a survivor – a new name, a specific title.

Group demands justice after fatal police-involved shooting


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A group calling themselves the "Nicholas Thomas Justice Coalition" is calling for more measures in the investigation of a fatal police-involved shooting.

The group met with the media Wednesday morning before going on to deliver a letter of "demands" to Smyrna and Cobb County officials.

Nicholas Thomas was killed by Sgt. Kenneth Owens of the Smyrna Police Department on March 24.

The shooting happened as officers attempted to serve Thomas with a warrant for a probation violation.