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SANDY SPRINGS: Preacher charged with child molestation

SANDY SPRINGS: Preacher charged with child molestation

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- An 86-year-old North Carolina preacher has been charged with molesting his own granddaughter, who lives in Metro Atlanta.

Clarence Caldwell Arquitt, Jr. was arrested 12 years after the crimes allegedly occurred. His granddaughter, who is now in her 20's, reported the abuse to Sandy Springs police this August.

After an investigation, the Sanford, N.C. man was charged with molesting his granddaughter on several occasions over the course of eight years. Police said the incidents occurred between 1991, when the victim was three years old, and 1999.

Police said the girl was molested at Arquitt's residence in Sandy Springs from 1996 to 1999. Prior to 1996, she was molested at his then-home in Woodstock.

Kennesaw crime rate hits five year low

Kennesaw crime rate hits five year low

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The city of Kennesaw has gradually seen a significant dip in crime.

Earlier this week, the FBI released its Crime in the United States 2010 report, which showed that major reported crimes in Kennesaw hit a five year low in 2010.

Read the full report here.

Police Chief Bill Westenberger attributes this achievement to his department's dedication to nipping small crimes in the bud before they have a chance to develop into major incidents.

"The hard work of the men and women of the Kennesaw Police Department has gone a long way in making our community a safer place to live, work and play," he said in a statement.

"As we all know, the economic environment has forced budgets to be tight, and people are out of work," Westenberger added.

Cobb crime, crash rundown

Cobb crime, crash rundown

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb police had their hands full investigating a fatality crash, robbery and unexplained death this weekend.

Around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, officers made an arrest in the Aug. 12 robbery of a Marietta Subway restaurant.

Norraze D. Hambrick, 20, was taken into custody without incident. Investigators said he pulled a knife on employees at the Subway on 1295 Powers Ferry Road and forced them to give him money from the register.

The Cobb County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call on Friday, saying that Hambrick was at the pool at the Signature Place apartments, not far from the Subway he reportedly robbed.

Teen arrested for Jan. attempted robbery

Teen arrested for Jan. attempted robbery

UPDATE: Police arrested an 18-year-old Acworth man in connection with this attempted robbery on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Rodney Halimon Jr. was charged with attempted armed robbery and terroristic threats. He was booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Officers from the Kennesaw Police Department are investigating an attempted bank robbery that occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

According to witnesses, a man walked into the BB&T at 2760 Cobb Parkway and handed the teller a note that said he had a gun and wanted money. After passing the note, the suspect allegedly turned around and left the bank without receiving any cash.

The suspect is a black male who appeared to be in his early to mid-twenties. He is about 5'6" or 5'7" tall and has a thin, unkempt beard.

Pickpocketing suspect arrested

Pickpocketing suspect arrested

UPDATE: Investigators have arrested a Marietta man in connection with several recent cases of wallet theft at Cobb County grocery stores.

Ricky Waller, 31, has been charged with theft by taking and credit card fraud. He is being held in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

COBB CO., Ga. -- Cobb police are investigating a number of wallet thefts that have occurred in grocery stores throughout the county.

Investigators say the perpetrator takes wallets out of women's purses while they shop for groceries. He then uses the credit cards in the wallets to buy "high-end electronics" at other Cobb stores.

A surveillance camera at one store captured images of the suspect. Police say he is a black man, about 5'11" to 6'2" and 180 to 210 pounds.

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New police records system available to Cobb residents

New police records system available to Cobb residents

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Police Department recently completed its transition to a new records management system.

Citizens now have the capability of going online and searching the database known as P2C (Police 2 Citizen), which allows them to search for crime data in unincorporated Cobb County.

The types of crime available to search include burglary, entering auto, theft, trespass/damage, along with data on fraud and robberies.

An additional feature of the system is the user's ability to retrieve his or her own vehicle crash report.

Since P2C is computer based, it makes operations more convenient, efficient and accurate.

Check out P2C here.