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Conviction upheld for woman who killed mother

Conviction upheld for woman who killed mother

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction given to a Gwinnett County woman who killed her adoptive mother in 2006.

Catherine O'Connell and her sister Brenda were found guilty in October 2008 of strangling their mother Muriel to death. Catherine appealed her conviction and life prison sentence to the state's high court; that appeal was rejected Tuesday.

Muriel O'Connell adopted Catherine from a Guatemalan orphanage when she was 11. Muriel adopted Brenda from the same orphanage a few years later.

According to information presented at trial, the sisters quickly bonded, while their relationship with their mother deteriorated. Murial even confided to friends that she believed her daughters tried to poison her by putting diethyl ether in her vodka bottle.

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

ATLANTA -- Three members of the MS-13 gang have been sentenced to life in prison for committing murders in two counties.

Ernesto Escobar, 30, of Norcross was sentenced Thursday in federal court. He goes by the street names "Flaco" and "Pink Panther."

Two co-defendants -- 25-year-old Miguel "Joker" Alvarado-Linares of Norcross and 30-year-old Dimas "Toro" Alfaro-Granados of Duluth -- were sentenced in October.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the three men were charged with murder, attempted murder and armed robbery for several incidents in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

Evidence presented in court showed Alvarado-Linares and Alfaro-Granados killed a fellow MS-13 member in October 2006 because they believed the victim was cooperating with police.

Car break-in suspects arrested in Ala.

Car break-in suspects arrested in Ala.

PELHAM, Ala. -- Investigators believe two men arrested in Alabama last month are responsible for multiple car break-ins in metro Atlanta.

Oscar Moses Badger, 37, and Bobby Hanna, 24, were arrested Nov. 14 in Pelham, Ala. Police said they were caught trying to break into a car in a daycare center parking lot. They led Alabama authorities on a brief chase, but were soon captured.

Cherokee County (Ga.) Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said investigators believe Badger and Hanna are behind at least six car break-ins at local parks and daycare centers in early November.

They may also be responsible for thefts in Gwinnett County and Peachtree City, Baker said.

Badger and Hanna are both from south Florida. At their time of their Alabama arrest, they were out of jail on bond for similar crimes in Pennsylvania and Texas. Because of this, they are being held on $2 million bond.

4 Top Rank Goons gang members arrested

4 Top Rank Goons gang members arrested

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County police have arrested four young men as part of an ongoing investigation into a street gang called Top Rank Goons, or TRG.

Josh Neptune, 19; David Satterwhite, 20; Anton Swanigan, 22; and Antwan Swanigan, 20, are being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

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The four suspects, who police said are top ranking members of the gang, face a total of 26 felony and 13 misdemeanor charges, including aggravated assault, battery and terroristic threats.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said officials began investigating TRG in June. They believe gang members are responsible for several crimes in Gwinnett, including firing a gun at a party in Dacula and harassing a young mother after getting into a fight with her boyfriend at the Mall of Georgia.

Two crimes, two surveillance videos

Two crimes, two surveillance videos

ATLANTA -- Two metro Atlanta police agencies are looking for your help trying to catch criminals.

Both crimes were captured on surveillance video. One was an aggravated assault; the other was an auto theft.

The victim in the auto theft is so frustrated with crime that he's putting up his own money to help catch the thieves.

Forest Park Police are trying to identify a man who got into a fight with another customer at the Texaco gas station on Forest Parkway. He is wanted for aggravated assault.

Police said he was actually the victim in the fight but as the man he was fighting ran from the store, he followed him with a gun and fired shots at him. The victim was not hit. The suspect eventually left the scene in a red Chevrolet Impala.

Woman steals while others give to child with cancer

Woman steals while others give to child with cancer

BUFORD, Ga. -- While most people went to a cancer fundraiser in Buford with generous hearts, one woman went with the intention to steal.

The fundraiser was for a 12-year-old boy who has cancer for the second time in his short life.

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Connor McMahon battled and beat the cancer he got when he was 3 years old. After he was cured, he started a program called Connor's Hope to help other children with cancer.

After learning earlier this year that he had lymphoblastic leukemia again, the battle was on. Connor's Hope is now helping his family defray exorbitant medical costs.

10 students disciplined over marijuana brownies

10 students disciplined over marijuana brownies

DACULA, Ga. -- Authorities say 10 students at a high school northeast of Atlanta have been disciplined after school officials say one of them brought marijuana brownies to school and shared them.

Gwinnett County schools spokesman Jorge Quintana says an 11th-grade student brought the brownies to Dacula High School on Feb. 20. 

According to Quintana, the school began in investigation into the incident after receiving information that the brownies contained marijuana. 

Quintana said a total of 10 students were disciplined because he said the students received the brownies knowing marijuana was in them.