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Pastor charged with child molestation

Pastor charged with child molestation

KENNESAW, Ga. - Kennesaw Police arrested Pastor John Pinkston of Kennesaw's Congregation Church of God Seventh Day on Wednesday and charged him with felony child molestation and felony sexual battery.

Pinkston, a Dallas resident, is accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl at the church between July 17 and August 22. The girl's parents notified police after the girl told her parents of the improper contact.

He is accused of touching the girl after reaching inside her pants.

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Police said they took Pinkston into custody after investigating the claims. He was released after posting $35,000 bond.

Kennesaw Police are asking that anyone who may have information about Pinkston to call 770-422-2505.

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

ATLANTA -- A Kennesaw man has pleaded guilty to being part of a kickback scheme involving Atlanta Public Schools.

Mahendra Patel admitted in federal court that he conspired with APS chief information officer Jerome Oberlton to benefit from a certain firm receiving a $780,000 computer project from the school district.

"Patel subverted the fairness of the contracting process for his own benefit and ultimately undermined the trust taxpayers place in APS to provide high-quality educational services," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement.

Oberlton pleaded not guilty in federal court in June. His trial date has not yet been set.

Woman charged in crash that hurt cheerleading coach

Woman charged in crash that hurt cheerleading coach

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Police have charged a Cobb County woman in a wreck that left a Marietta cheerleading coach seriously injured.

Investigators say Patricia Evans of Kennesaw was driving 72 mph on May 13 when she ran a red light at an intersection in Marietta and her vehicle slammed into one driven by Chris Gage.

Evans, who turned herself in Wednesday, is charged with serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, speeding and violation of a traffic control device. Jail records show she posted $5,000 bond and was released around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Gage was in a coma for days after the accident and spent weeks in the hospital. He recently moved to the Shepherd Center to continue his recovery.

Gage is a coach for the Stingrays cheerleading organization.

Cobb County flasher arrested

Cobb County flasher arrested

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The man accused of flashing and attacking two women at a Cobb County park has been arrested.

William John Jacobson Jr. was taken into custody Wednesday. The 34-year-old Dallas man faces battery and public indecency charges.

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Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman said Jacobson is accused of charging at two women as they walked in Kennesaw National Park last month.

The victims told police they saw a half-naked man masturbating in the wood line. They said the man then knocked one of them to the ground before running off and driving away in a red pickup truck.

Jacobson confessed after he was questioned in the case, Bowman said.

Man found dead in Kennesaw home

Man found dead in Kennesaw home

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Cobb County Police say they believe a man found dead in his Kennesaw home died as a result of foul play.

The body of 52-year-old Frank William Davidson was found in the carport of his Paul Samuel Road home at around 7:45 a.m. Monday.

Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said cops are investigating Davidson's death as a murder. They have not released any information about how he died.

Penske shooting suspect to go on trial in May

Penske shooting suspect to go on trial in May

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The man accused of shooting and killing three people at a Kennesaw Penske Truck Rental facility three years ago will go on trial later this year.

A Cobb County judge has set a May 28 trial date for 63-year-old Jesse James Warren.

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The Temple man is accused of killing Jaider Felipe Marulanda of Lawrenceville, Robert Gonzalez of Dallas and Vance Springer of Woodstock, and injuring two others when he opened fire at the truck rental business on Jan. 12, 2010.

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Jewelry thieves caught on camera

Jewelry thieves caught on camera

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Three men accused of robbing a Cobb County jewelry store last week were caught on surveillance video, police said Wednesday.

The robbery happened at around 11:50 a.m. Saturday at Diamonds R Forever on Wade Green Road in Kennesaw.

Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said the suspects, all of whom are black men in their late teens or early 20s, burst into the store and pointed handguns at employees.

One of the suspects opened the register and stole money, while the other two smashed display cases and made off with assorted jewelry, Pierce said.

Anyone who can help investigators identify the men in the video is asked to call Cobb County Police at 770-499-3945.