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Salon owner sentenced for videotaping clients

Salon owner sentenced for videotaping clients

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County man admitted in court that he videotaped women using the restroom in his two salons.

Mark Allan Storch, 56, pleaded guilty to 25 counts of invasion of privacy. A Cobb County judge sentenced him to 20 years -- five in prison and 15 on probation.

Storch owned Salon Avenue Suites, a body waxing business with locations in Kennesaw and East Cobb. Police said he installed hidden cameras throughout both salons and used them to record footage of women undressing.

Man arrested in fatal bar shooting

Man arrested in fatal bar shooting

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A 27-year-old Atlanta man died after being shot at a Cobb County bar over the weekend.

Kennesaw Police were dispatched to Diamond Dave's at Cobb Parkway and Kennesaw Due West Road at around 2:40 a.m. Saturday.

When officers arrived, they learned Kevin Compton was shot during an altercation, according to Kennesaw Police spokesman Scott Luther. Compton died Sunday from a gunshot wound.

Thursday morning, the suspect in this case, 28-year-old Lewarner Jaron Scott, turned himself in to Kennesaw Police. He has been charged with one count of murder and three counts of aggravated assault, and is being held in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

Ex-Kennesaw mayor Leonard Church charged with child molestation

Ex-Kennesaw mayor Leonard Church charged with child molestation

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A former Kennesaw mayor and current city council member has been charged with molesting a young boy.

Leonard Leroy Church, 66, is being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on two counts of child molestation.

Cobb County Police said the victim told his parents that Church showed him pornography and then molested him in the suspect's Dreux Court home.

Next door neighbors say several Cobb County police officers showed up at Kennesaw City Councilman Leonard Church's home on Dreux Court around 1:30 or 2 a.m. Friday and spent some time there.

"I think everyone was really surprised," neighbor Celine Esmer told 11Alive.

"It's something we never really expected from him, especially because his grand kids are always here and, you know, he's a nice guy...so it was shocking," she added.

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.

2nd pedestrian struck by vehicle in Cobb dies

2nd pedestrian struck by vehicle in Cobb dies

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A second victim in a hit-and-run accident in Cobb County earlier this week has died.

Two men have been charged in the incident, which authorities said began with a chase and ended with a vehicle plowing into three teenagers as they walked down a Cobb County sidewalk.

The accident happened shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Barrett Lakes Boulevard near Shiloh Valley Drive in Kennesaw.

Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman said investigators believe the driver, 27-year-old Tansu Kanlica, was chasing 23-year-old Garrett Anderson. Bowman said Kanlica, a locksmith, was pursuing Anderson because he allegedly hadn't paid for his services. At some point during the chase, Kanlica lost control of his car, ran up on the sidewalk and hit the three teenagers walking to a movie.

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

Man convicted of setting 2 homeless people on fire

Man convicted of setting 2 homeless people on fire

MARIETTA, Ga. -- It took a Cobb County jury only 20 minutes to find a homeless man guilty of throwing gasoline on two people and setting them on fire.

Melvin George Hood, 54, was convicted of a number of charges, including aggravated battery and aggravated assault. He was sentenced Friday to 40 years, with 30 to be spent in custody without parole.

Hood and his two victims, Raymond Mathews and Wanda Kight, lived in a homeless camp off Noonday Church Road in Kennesaw. Last Aug. 21, Hood, who had been drinking, got angry at the victims. He threw gasoline on Mathews, doused Kight's tent and then began a fire. Mathews and Kight are Hood's former best friend and girlfriend, respectively.

The victims survived the attack and testified in court. Prosecutors said a fellow camp resident rescued Kight from her tent, while Mathews' injuries forced him to spend nearly two months in a medically-induced coma.