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Kennesaw State police investigation two sex assaults, school starts awareness program


KENNESAW, Ga -- Kennesaw State University (KSU) police are investigating two sexual assaults on women on campus that happened the first week of school.

The sexual assaults both occurred on campus within days of the Monday, Aug. 17 start of school at Kennesaw State.

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Kennesaw McDonald's SWAT standoff ends peacefully


KENNESAW, Ga. -- No one was hurt when a gunman demanded money from customers at a Cobb County McDonald's overnight.

Police said the suspect entered the McDonald's on Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw at around 1 a.m. Wednesday. About five or six employees and two or three customers were inside the restaurant at the time.

Cobb County Police said the gunmen demanded money from the register, then lined up the victims and told them to give up their money and personal belongings, including cell phones. A few victims managed to escape the building. A SWAT team arrived to try to bring the situation under control.

When responding officers made their way inside the restaurant, they learned the suspect had escaped. He has not yet been caught or identified; witnesses described him as a young black man.

Cobb increases enforcement after student hit by car


KENNESAW, Ga. -- A 12-year-old boy is recovering with a broken arm after being hit by a car on his way to school.

Police say the seventh grader attends Palmer Middle School and had decided to walk that day.

The boy ran across Shiloh Road, believing all the traffic had stopped, but a woman -- trying to skip the long line of traffic -- cut into the center lane and hit him.

Visitation services held for Marine Lance Cpl. Skip Wells


KENNESAW, Ga. -- Friends and family are continuing the painful process of saying goodbye to a Cobb County Marine who lost his life in a deadly Chattanooga shooting.

Marine Lance Corporal Squire "Skip" Wells died after a gunman opened fire at two military recruiting centers last week. Four other service members were also killed.

Hundreds lined the streets to honor Wells as his body was transported from the airport to Cobb County on Thursday.

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Kennesaw pastor sent to prison for child molestation


KENNESAW, Ga. -- A pastor was sentenced to prison Thursday when a jury determined he molested at least two young girls and took "no responsibility whatsoever" for his actions.

Jurors deliberated half an hour before convicting 78-year-old John Aubrey Pinkston of two counts of child molestation. Pinkston is the founder and former leader of Congregation of God Seventh Day in Kennesaw.

"Mr. Pinkston, you've been convicted of the unforgivable sin of molesting the most vulnerable members of your flock. You've taken no responsibility whatsoever," Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert D. Leonard II said before sentencing Pinkston to 20 years with 10 to serve in prison.

New law had beer fans waiting for midnight


KENNESAW, GA (WXIA) – Late Tuesday, lines had formed ahead of Georgia's new brewery law, with fans getting ready for midnight tours.

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Rest assured, fans don't need to show up at midnight to take advantage of what was once called the "Beer Jobs Bill." But, starting Tuesday night at midnight, for the first time in nearly a century, beer fans can walk into a Georgia brewery and take beer home with them.

"It is a big moment," one fan said.

It's a moment that had supporters waiting.

"Got here about 7:00," said beer enthusiast Ryne Grotts.

KSU students upset in notification delay after sex assault on campus


KENNESAW, GA (WXIA) -- Kennesaw State University has alerted its students of a sexual assault on campus.

Four men attacked one of the students inside Austin Residence Complex late Sunday night. The school describes the incident as a "rape/sexual attack."

On Tuesday afternoon, students were upset they didn't find out about it for twenty-four hours.

"I didn't get any notification from Kennesaw yet," student Jordan Gentry said.

"You have to have your phone set up to get texts, and we didn't get any alerts," explained Christina Bhatia.

We asked KSU junior Jayln Bennett to check her email. That's when and where she found the notice, called a "timely warning notification," sent out a day after the attack.

"Their apartment is right there, and mine is there," she said.

Bennett said she had no idea about the assault until we notified her.