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2 killed in Smyrna murder-suicide after SWAT standoff

2 killed in Smyrna murder-suicide after SWAT standoff

SMYRNA, Ga. – Two people were found dead in a Smyrna home after a 14-hour SWAT standoff on Sunday.

Monday evening, police announced they believe the victims died in a murder-suicide.

Authorities were called to a home inside Oakdale Bluffs off Oakdale Road just after midnight. Police were responding to reports that a man was possibly holding a hostage inside a home on Sawtooth Oak court.

Some nearby homes were evacuated as police tried to establish contact with the man inside.

After hours of attempting to make contact with the man inside, officials entered the home and found a man and woman dead. The woman, 33-year-old Jessica Arrendale, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Investigators believe the man, 30-year-old Antoine Davis, killed Arrendale and then fatally shot himself in the head.

FBI and police hunt violent robbing crew

FBI and police hunt violent robbing crew

ATLANTA -- The FBI said they are pooling information with three Atlanta area police agencies looking for a connection between at least six violent robberies, including a bank robbery in Smyrna Tuesday.

Three suspects wearing dark clothes and masks robbed the Regions Bank on Cumberland Parkway in a "take over" style robbery, according to Cobb County police. All three suspects were armed with handguns.

"Any time you take guns into a bank, it is a stressful situation for not only the tellers and customers, but also for the robbers," said FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett. "They are very jacked up and a tragedy is just a trigger pull away."

Man gets 20 years in prison for tax fraud

Man gets 20 years in prison for tax fraud

SMYRNA, Ga. -- A Smyrna man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for filing thousands of fraudulent tax returns, illegally netting more than $5 million in the process.

Mauricio Warner, 38, was convicted in April of 16 counts each of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and filing false claims, and two counts of money laundering. Several people whose identities he stole testified against him.

As part of his sentence, Warner must also pay $5,041,869 in restitution and spend three years on supervised release after getting out of prison.

From January 2011 to April 2012, Warner filed more than 5,000 false tax returns. The U.S. Attorney's Office called it one of the largest tax fraud cases it had ever seen.

Smash and grab at Verizon store

Smash and grab at Verizon store

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Thieves targeted a new Verizon Wireless store in Vinings overnight.

The smash and grab burglars hit the store at Cumberland Parkway and Paces Ferry Road at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

There was no immediate word of how much money and merchandise was taken.

Cobb County employee admits to stealing from drug court

Cobb County employee admits to stealing from drug court

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A former Cobb County employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to six counts of theft by taking for stealing money from drug court.

Tomasita Reavis worked as a clerk in the county's drug testing lab, where in late 2012 she was caught on surveillance video taking money from the cash drawer and putting it in her purse.

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Cobb County Deputy Chief ADA Jason Saliba said Reavis, 57, took "several hundred dollars from the cash box" in one instance, then returned for an additional $20 to pay for her lunch. He asked a Cobb County judge to sentence her to four years in prison.

Realtor admits to stealing from homes for sale

Realtor admits to stealing from homes for sale

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Florida man has pleaded guilty to entering homes for sale and stealing from them while working as a real estate agent in Cobb County.

Ray Glen Greene, 49, admitted in court that he used his agent keycode to access the homes and take jewelry and other items. He was convicted of eight counts each of burglary and theft by taking, and was sentenced to 20 years, with eight to serve in custody.

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Several of Greene's victims attended his trial. Greene apologized to them and admitted he lost count of the number of houses he burglarized. He told the court that he did not sell a single home in more than a year and supported himself by pawning the stolen jewelry.

17 drug ring members indicted

17 drug ring members indicted

(WXIA) -- A federal grand jury has indicted 17 members of a massive Mexican drug ring.

The defendants are accused of smuggling cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to Georgia. Prosecutors said they also conspired to deliver a significant amount of drug money to Mexico.

According to information presented in federal court, Atenogenes Alvarado-Delgado runs the trafficking organization. His ring -- which includes his brother, Jose Alvarado-Delgado, and two associates -- used passenger buses to transport drugs from Mexico to the Atlanta area. Others would then unload the drugs and sell them in Georgia and Florida.

Since last October, law enforcement has seized much of the ring's wares in several busts, including:

* Oct. 8, 2013: 39 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Doraville

* Oct. 11, 2013: 165 pounds of methamphetamine during a search of an apartment on Cleburne Parkway in Hiram