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News Nearby: Burglary Leaves Bloody Mess; Woman Attacks with Broom Handle

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Local 7 Burglary Leaves Bloody Mess - Tucker Patch

Burglars broke into Main Street's Local No. 7 Restaurant in Tucker during the middle of the night and got away with little more than a wide screen television set, but they left a messy trail of blood in their wake. Visit Tucker Patch for the details.

4 Members of the Campbellton Road Gangsters Indicted for O.T. Lounge Murder - Cascade Patch

Ottis Ricks, Gerald Peterson, Christopher Penson and DeMario Carman were each charged with murder, criminal gang activity, gun possession while committing a felony, armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon during the the Cascade crime committed on August 16th at O.T. Lounge near Simpson Road and Lowery. Cascade Patch has the full story.

Woman Accused of Threatening to Hit DFCS Worker With Broom Handle - Oconee Patch

Oconee County Sheriff's deputies were called to a trailer in the Pinewood Estates South mobile home park last week where a worker with the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) said a woman had threatened to hit her with a broken, sharp, metal broom handle.

The DFCS worker told deputies she had been refused access to the children at the home and a 36-year-old woman picked up the broom and attempted multiple times to strike her with it. Read more on Oconee Patch.

 - Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch

Officials believe a fireplace sparked a blaze that left a family – two residents and two cats – unharmed, according to a press statement.

Firefighters responded to the 1000 block of Park Forest Drive in Lilburn about 12:25 a.m. on Nov. 19.

Initially, one of the residents tried to douse the flames with a water hose, but he was unsuccessful, according to a press statement sent from Capt. Tommy Rutledge. Before firefighters arrived, the female resident ran back inside to save the two family cats. See Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch for more on this story.

Court Overturns Death Penalty in Lithonia Murders - Stone Mountain-Lithonia Patch

The Georgia Supreme Court threw out a death penalty sentence for Clayton Jerrod Ellington, who was convicted of killing his wife and 2-year-old twin sons, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and other media reported. 

The case will go back for a new sentencing trial after the court upheld the murder conviction, the AJC reported.

Ellington in 2008 was sentenced to die for the 2006 murders of his wife, Berna, 31, and two sons, Christian and Cameron. The three were killed by hammer blows. See Stone Mountain-Lithonia Patch for more on this story.

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