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Suspect shot to death in Newton County home invasion

Suspect shot to death in Newton County home invasion

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A 30-year-old man was shot to death during an attempted home invasion in Newton County Friday morning.

It happened at around 2:35 a.m. at the Salem Terrance Apartments in the 3400 block of Salem Road.

Witnesses told police that three men and three women were inside the affected apartment. One of the women left the unit and encountered Quintavious Reed in a breezeway. Reed forced the woman back inside the apartment.

Investigators said Reed got into a struggle with one of the men inside the unit. The victim, who had a gun, fatally shot Reed. A second man inside the apartment was grazed by a bullet. Two guns, including one Reed was carrying, were confiscated by investigators.

No one has been arrested. Police said they will complete their investigation and pass along their findings to the district attorney.

ICE operation nets 92 arrests in Georgia

ICE operation nets 92 arrests in Georgia

ATLANTA -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents arrested 92 convicted criminals in Georgia -- and over 2,000 nationwide -- in the course of five days.

It was part of operation "Cross Check", which focused on the arrests of public safety threats.

Those arrested are from 94 countries and have a wide array of criminal convictions. One significant arrest of a Mexican citizen resulted in nine weapons being taken off the streets of Covington, Ga.

Another, a Jamaican citizen arrested in Atlanta, had a prior conviction of breaking and entering, larceny, speeding to elude arrest and assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer.

ICE officials will now work to remove those arrested from the country.

Murder conviction upheld for woman who smothered infant

Murder conviction upheld for woman who smothered infant

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence given to a Newton County woman who smothered her infant daughter.

Quanitta Yvette Turner appealed to the state's high court, saying her original jury was not show enough evidence to send her to prison. She also argued that a police officer who interviewed her after her daughter's death coerced her into admitting she beat the baby, which "grossly misrepresented (her) Fifth Amendment right to remain silent."

But a Supreme Court of Georgia justice wrote in Tuesday's decision that Turner had been read her Miranda rights, and the statements she made during her police interview "were voluntary and admissible," and not made under fear of injury or punishment.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with student

Teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with student

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. – A Newton County teacher is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student.

According to the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Victoria Tatum, 24, was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, sexual assault and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Newton County School System spokesperson Sheri Davis-Viniard said that Tatum was a math teacher at Newton High School. A background check came back negative for charges when Tatum was hired in July.

Tatum has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation of the sheriff's office and the school system, Davis-Viniard said.

Woman arrested for leaving child in daycare van

Woman arrested for leaving child in daycare van

CONYERS, Ga. -- A Conyers daycare worker is charged with felony child cruelty after leaving a 6-year-old boy unattended in a van.

Catherine Brown, 51, of Covington turned herself in to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office. She was charged with felony second-degree cruelty to children, felony deprivation of a minor and misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Police said that on Sept. 9, Brown picked up the boy at school to drive him to Eye on Your Child Learning Center on Irwin Bridge Road. The child fell asleep in the back of the van during the drive.

When Brown arrived at the daycare center, she didn't get the boy out of the van, according to police. The child was left unattended in the vehicle for 20 to 40 minutes until his mother arrived to pick him up.

Former 'Teacher of the Year' jailed on child cruelty charges

Former 'Teacher of the Year' jailed on child cruelty charges

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. – A former teacher of the year has been arrested on charges on charges of cruelty to children, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

On May 8, Julie Johnson was arrested along with Michael Johnson, the sheriff's office confirmed. They've both been charged with second degree cruelty to children.

According to a sheriff's spokesperson, two children - ages 7 and 8 -- were removed from the home.

Johnson was a teacher at Social Circle High School. Tuesday afternoon, Social Circle City Schools superintendent Dr. Todd McGhee told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander that Johnson resigned her position as the high school's healthcare science and biotech teacher. He said the resignation was effective May 9, the day after her arrest.

The superintendent said Johnson was named teacher of the year at the high school last year.