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Teen charged with making threat against Northgate HS

Teen charged with making threat against Northgate HS

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -- A 17-year-old Coweta County resident was arrested for making a threat against Northgate High School.

Brandon Dale Hammond was charged with terroristic threats and disruption of public schools.

The threat was made Wednesday morning. Hammond was taken into custody that same evening.

Coweta County Sheriff's Capt. John G. Lewis said investigators believe the motive revolved around an "administrative incident" that occurred at the school shortly before the threat was made.

Students were evacuated to a nearby church while police searched the school building. No explosive devices were found.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

3 injured in Newnan drive-by shooting

3 injured in Newnan drive-by shooting

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Three people were shot when suspects opened fire outside a Newnan house Tuesday night.

It happened at around 9:40 p.m. on West Washington Street near Wheat Street.

Newnan Police Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs said two men, ages 20 and 24, were sitting on a house's front porch when a burgundy car drove by. Someone inside the car fired several shots in the house's direction. Both men were hit, as was a 57-year-old woman in bed inside the house.

Riggs said the female victim was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital, while both male victims were taken to Grady by ambulance.

The shooting is under investigation. Police have not yet named any suspects.

World Gym locker thief identified

World Gym locker thief identified

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City Police used the power of social media to identify a man accused of stealing from lockers at a local gym.

Brian Gordon, 40, of Kansas City, Mo., faces several felony counts of financial identity theft.

Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown said Gordon is accused of taking wallets from at least two lockers at the World Gym on Lexington Circle on Apr. 9.

The victims' credit cards were used within minutes of the theft at a Chevron and Best Buy in Newnan. Brown said the suspect made a $2,800 purchase at the Best Buy.

Police posted a picture of the suspect on the department's Facebook and Twitter accounts, which led to someone in another state identifying him as Gordon.

Anyone who can help Peachtree City Police catch Gordon is asked to call the department at 770-487-8866.

Coweta phone Peeping Tom beaten by victim's boyfriend

Coweta phone Peeping Tom beaten by victim's boyfriend

NEWNAN, GA - "Human behavior never ceases to amaze me," Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager told 11Alive News on Monday.

Even after 22 years in office, Yeager said he was still disgusted by the actions of 36-year-old James Robert Findley of Pine Mountain, who now sits in his jail.

Findley was at a Five Below store in Newnan Sunday afternoon when he allegedly put his cell phone underneath the dress of a woman who was shopping with a young girl.

According to the police report, the woman's boyfriend saw what was happening, hit Findley in the head and kicked him twice.

He then held him until a deputy arrived.

"He went to the rescue of his girlfriend...and he did the right thing," Sheriff Yeager said.

The sheriff said Findley confessed, calling himself, "an idiot."

"He admitted to our officer, he said...he was doing something stupid," Yeager added.

13 sentenced for trafficking oxycodone

13 sentenced for trafficking oxycodone

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Several metro Atlanta residents have been sentenced in federal court for planning to peddle prescription drugs.

Kristen Noelle Goduto and 12 co-defendants all pleaded guilty to the charges against them.

"These defendants exhibited total disregard for how their pill peddling could destroy lives," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. "This prescription drug can be deadly when not taken under proper medical oversight. Such brazen forging of prescriptions should serve as a reminder that some in our society will go to any length for illicit gain."

"We will continue in our commitment to prosecute law-breakers and keep the citizens of this district safe," Yates added.

Anonymous tip leads to arrest of arson suspect

Anonymous tip leads to arrest of arson suspect

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Police have arrested a man accused of setting several fires in downtown Newnan.

A call to the Newnan Police Department's anonymous tip line led investigators to arrest Willie Claude Mack. City spokeswoman Gina Snider said Mack was convicted on four counts.

Ten vacant homes on the southeast side of downtown Newnan were set ablaze between October 2011 and April 2012, Snider said.

"We are extremely grateful for the assistance of the individuals who have utilized the anonymous tip line to provide information regarding these fire," Newnan Fire Marshal Tim Cox said in a statement. "Their information has been extraordinarily helpful in furthering the investigation to this point, and we strongly encourage anyone with additional information to call this hotline."

The number for the anonymous tip line is 770-254-2350.