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Racist graffiti found on torched Conyers business


ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- A weekend fire at a Rockdale County business may have been intentionally set.

The blaze broke out Saturday at around 3 a.m., at Cable Broadband Telecommunications in the 1600 block of General Arts Road.

Responding Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies said the front of the building and three vehicles were on fire. One deputy noticed a racial slur sprayed painted on the building's front garage door.

Officials ran the tag on an untouched van found outside the building and called its owner, who then called the business owner, Christopher Thomas.

Thomas, a former Marine, said "This is not the America I fought for," when he was told about the racist graffiti. He told deputies business had been slow and he'd recently laid off several workers. Police are investigating the fire as a possible arson.

Officer accidentally helps robber


 

CONYERS, Ga. -- At 9:30 Sunday night, Conyers Police responded to Hibbett Sports on Dogwood Drive to investigate an armed robbery. 

A group of three Hibbett employees walked to the back door after closing the store. When they opened the door, a six-foot tall black man wearing all black pointed a gun at them. "Don't do anything stupid and get me the cash," he said, according to witnesses. Employees started to empty the cash registers.

"I know there's more than that. Don't try handing me $100 or $500, " he said. The employees threw him a money bag, and he ran out the back door. They immediately called 911. The witnesses described the robber as a black man, weighing 200 pounds, with black shoes, a black jacket, and black pants. 

The description sounded familiar to one of the responding officers. 

Escaped Rockdale County inmate caught in Ohio


PORTSMOUTH, Ohio -- The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a man who escaped from a prison work detail in early August has been caught hundreds of miles away.

Sheriff's office officials posted an announcement to social media around 9:30 Wednesday night that Timothy Ward, who escaped on Aug. 5 was captured by U.S. Marshals in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Rockdale County investigators were heavily involved with the case after Ward escaped, providing information to the West Virginia office of the U.S. Marshals.

Timothy Ward was serving time for a string of crimes including car break-ins and credit card theft. During the work detail he hopped into a work truck and sped away.

Citizens encouraged to apply for Board of Elections vacancy

Citizens encouraged to apply for Board of Elections vacancy

CONYERS, Ga. The Rockdale County Board of Elections and Registration is looking for a new at-large board member who will also serve as its board chair.

The board is comprised of three members with two partisan members from each political party who then appoint a third at-large member. The newly-selected at-large board member will serve a two-year term ending June 30, 2017.

Board member responsibilities include the oversight of County elections, discussion of and decisions pertaining to election policies and ongoing communication with the public. Board members are not involved in the day-to-day operations of the Elections Office or in administrative decisions. Georgia Election Code 21-2-70 provides for the powers and duties of the Board of Elections and Registration.

Electronics recycling and paper shredding event in Rockdale County

Electronics recycling and paper shredding event in Rockdale County

CONYERS, Ga. – Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB) celebrates its Recycling Month in September with an Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding event, Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the parking lot of the Rockdale County Government Annex, 1400 Parker Road, Conyers.

The free, half-day event will provide the public a place to safely discard and recycle old documents and electronics, regardless of working condition. There is a maximum of four banker boxes per vehicle for paper shredding.

Professional electronics recycling and paper shredding companies will securely handle all items on site under the close supervision of government staff. People will simply need to drive up to drop off items that volunteers will unload.

Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful conducts community appearance index

Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful conducts community appearance index

CONYERS, Ga. –- A group of Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB) board members and volunteers hit the streets recently to conduct the annual Community Appearance Index to ensure the community is clean, green and thriving.

Designed by Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the Community Appearance Index helps KAB affiliates visually assess and determine the state of the community’s appearance in regard to litter and other indicators. Affiliates such as KCRB use the results to set goals and develop effective community improvement education programs to raise the awareness of litter prevention.

Rockdale County inmate escapes while on work detail


ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. – Authorities are searching for an escaped inmate they say stole a work truck to get away.

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office says Timothy Ward was serving time for a string of crimes including car break-ins and credit card theft.

Deputies say ward hopped into one of a white trucks during a work detail in Conyers and took off.

The truck has a logo on the side that says Latex Construction had a red generator in the back.

Ward was last seen wearing a white shirt and pink shorts.