Around the Region: Thieves Captured on Film, Marine Dies of Mysterious Injuries and Man Sentenced in Home Invasion
A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.
Surveillance Cameras Capture Thieves – Cartersville Patch
The two went to the store March 30 during the early morning hours, and authorities say the man rode out on the bicycle carrying stolen merchandise.
Police say the woman exited the store shortly before the man and went to a dark-colored passenger car. The man left riding a black BMX with gold-colored wheels and riding pegs on the front and rear wheels. He was carrying a large laptop box still sealed with a security device.
Marine Dies from Head Trauma – Acworth Patch
Zach Gamble, a 34-year-old Marine from Acworth who survived two tours of duty in Iraq, died Sunday afternoon from severe head injuries suffered under mysterious circumstances two weeks earlier, according to the Cobb County Police Department.
A taxi driver reported hitting Gamble early in the morning March 25 at an apartment complex at 2935 Old Concord Rd. in Smyrna. Authorities found Gamble unresponsive in the parking lot.
Police learned that Gamble was at a party at the complex March 24, and a verbal altercation took place outside.
Gamble was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with traumatic head injuries and never regained consciousness. He was taken off life support Sunday afternoon.
Grant Park Attacker Pleads Guilty In 2010 Home Invasion; Sentenced To 25 Years – East Atlanta Patch
A Fulton County Superior Court Judge sentenced a 19-year-old Atlanta man to 25 years in prison Tuesday for an attack on a Grant Park woman in a case that drew national headlines for the way the victim sought help.
Dontavius Jackson also must serve five years' probation as part of the sentence imposed by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams.
The victim woke up and found Jackson in her bedroom, pointing a gun at her in the Aug. 2, 2010 home invasion, which occurred just before midnight. The victim told police Jackson hit her with his gun when she tried to flee. He then took her from room to room, stealing electronic equipment, money and her bank debit card.
Jackson then bound the victims hands with her own shoelaces, took her mobile phone and stole her car. With her laptop nearby, she used her toes to send a message to her boyfriend asking for help. The boyfriend then called police.
Jackson, who was seen on bank surveillance video in the woman's car and using the woman's debit card to withdraw money, was arrested two days later.