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John Kasich holds town hall meetings in metro Atlanta


KENNESAW, Ga. — While the other GOP candidates stay in Nevada, waiting for the outcome of Tuesday’s caucus, John Kasich was here in Georgia trying to rally support before Super Tuesday. 

He spent the morning at the State legislature speaking in both the House and Senate chambers before heading to Kennesaw State University to talk with students. 


11Alive's Rebecca Lindstrom
followed the candidate while he was on the campaign trail throughout Atlanta, and while Kasich isn’t necessarily drawing the same size crowds as some of the other candidates, it was standing room only at the KSU event. 

During the event, Kasich talked about the nation’s debt, job creation and the Syrian refugee crisis.

Kasich coming to metro Atlanta on Tuesday


Also on Tuesday, Kasich will appear at the Georgia State Capitol. Additional details regarding his visit will be revealed over the next few days, officials with his campaign said late Thursday afternoon.

 

 


Cobb Police searching for man in Kennesaw bank robbery


KENNESAW, Ga. — Cobb County police are asking people to be on the lookout for a man who they allege tried to rob a Kennesaw bank.

Police say the unidentified white male walked into a SunTrust Bank inside a Wade Green Road Publix Saturday evening. According to a release, the man passed a note to the bank teller and demanded money.

After receiving an unknown amount of money, the man left the area on foot.

The suspect is described as being a white male in his 40's with facial hair. He is about 5'10" with a small to medium build. In addition to looking "physically fit," witnesses said the suspect was wearing a black jacket, black baseball hat, cargo pants and a white or gray sweatshirt.

Guard injured in FedEx facility shooting asks for 'miracle'


KENNESAW, Ga. -- The wife of a security guard injured in a 2014 shooting at a Kennesaw FedEx facility says her husband is still fighting for his "most basic needs."

Christopher Sparkman was shot at point-blank in the abdomen when 19-year-old FedEx employee Geddy Kramer opened fire at the facility on April 29, 2014. Kramer shot five other people before killing himself.

Sparkman has undergone more than four dozen surgeries since the shooting. His wife, Jamie Lynn, has periodically provided updates on Christopher's condition on a blog.

Plastic surgeon charged in buttock, liver injury deaths


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County plastic surgeon and her co-worker have been charged with murder in the deaths of two patients.

According to Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds, Dr. Nedra Dodds 50, and Dr. Kevin McCowan 52, are each charged with two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of theft by deception in the deaths of April Jenkins and Erica Beabrum.

Reynolds said the grand jury returned the indictments on Thursday after an investigation that spanned almost two years.

Police: Naked woman attacks customers at Waffle House


COBB COUNTY, Ga. – Police say a Marietta woman stripped naked and attacked customers at a Kennesaw Waffle House.

Witnesses said the woman, identified as Jennifer Nicholson, arrived at the Waffle House on George Busbee Parkway the evening of Jan. 8 with a man in gray truck.

FedEx worker injured in shooting sues company


KENNESAW, Ga. – A FedEx worker injured in an April 2014 shooting at a Kennesaw facility has filed a civil suit against the company.

Brandyn Stonebraker was among six people shot when 19-year-old Geddy Kramer opened fire on April 29, 2014. Kramer later killed himself, police said.

 

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Two-story house fire in Cobb County


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- An investigation is underway into what caused a house to catch fire in Kennesaw Monday morning.

The fire happened at 272 Heck Road.

Cobb County Fire spokesperson Dan Dupree said the call came in at 10:27 a.m. When they arrived on scene, the two-story house was fully engulfed. Fire crews battled the blaze from the outside due to a collapse hazard. One person evacuated the home with no injuries. It took firefighters about 40 minutes to put out the fire.


Kennesaw city councilman pleads guilty to molesting 9-year-old boy


KENNESAW, Ga. (WXIA) -- A former Kennesaw mayor and current city council member charged with molesting a young boy entered a last minute plea.

Leonard Leroy Church, 67, cried when admitting in open court to molesting a 9-year-old boy back in June of 2014 and having 800 to 1,000 images of child pornography.

Judge Mary E. Staley sentenced him to 40 years in prison, with 18 years to serve.

Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds offered Church a plea deal in November to admit guilt -- get sentenced to 30 years, to serve 15.  Church then declined, but over the weekend before his trial was set to start, he contacted both his attorneys and the DA about pleading guilty.

Shoppers already camping out for Black Friday deals


KENNESAW, Ga -- Shoppers have already begun lining up at some stores in Metro Atlanta for savings that start on Thanksgiving Day.

Tents were lined up on the sidewalk outside the entrance to the Best Buy in Kennesaw Wednesday. About 20 people said they were waiting for the doors to open at 5 p.m. Thursday.