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Conviction upheld for Conyers man who killed baby son

Conviction upheld for Conyers man who killed baby son

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has rejected an appeal from a Rockdale County man who was sentenced to life in prison for killing his 5-month-old son.

William Grant Stewart asked the state's high court to review his case, saying his trial should have been severed from his wife's. The wife, Matea Mendez Stewart, was convicted as well in the baby's death.

Grant Stewart also contended that the trial court should not have been shown post-autopsy photographs of his son's brain injuries, but the Supreme Court of Georgia countered that the pictures were necessary to the prosecution's case, as "the victim died from the injuries to his skull and brain."

Teen ties up mother to steal her guns

Teen ties up mother to steal her guns

CONYERS, Ga. -- Three Rockdale County teens were arrested last week after tying up one suspect's mother and trying to steal her firearms.

Joseph Tod Coddington Jr. and Quenton Lee Harris, both 17, face several charges, including kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment, obstruction and criminal property damage. The third suspect, a 14-year-old girl, was not identified because of her age.

The incident began at around 2 p.m. Friday, when police were dispatched to Coddington's house in the 3300 block of Squire Lane in Conyers. Responding officers entered the house and found the victim, Regina Coddington, in a bedroom. Her hands and feet were tied behind her back with purple rope.

$1 million worth of marijuana found in Rockdale home

$1 million worth of marijuana found in Rockdale home

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- A tipster helped the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office bust a marijuana grow house on New Year's Eve.

Police were first informed of the possible drug activity in early December. Investigators executed a search warrant at the house in the 1700 block of Elizabeth Court on Dec. 31.

Investigators discovered 85 marijuana plants in the basement of the home, which was reportedly divided into multiple rooms where the drug was being cultivated and stored. The plants and the equipment used in the operation had a combined value of about $1 million.

A suspect, 48-year-old Randy Le of Conyers, was arrested Monday while trying to board an international flight at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Le has been charged with trafficking marijuana.

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:

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.

Conyers Waffle House robbed

Conyers Waffle House robbed

CONYERS, Ga. -- A Waffle House near Interstate 20 was robbed Thursday morning.

It happened shortly before 7 a.m. at the restaurant in the 1100 block of West Avenue in Conyers.

Conyers Police spokesperson Kim Lucas said the Waffle House was robbed by one suspect. No one was hurt.

Police have set up a perimeter around the restaurant in their search for the suspect.

Principal arrested in GBI child sex sting

Principal arrested in GBI child sex sting

DECATUR, Ga. -- An elementary school principal is among 14 people the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested in a sting operation targeting suspected child predators.

Dr. John McGill, principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary in Douglasville, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail.  He has been suspended from his position. He is due in court for his first appearance Tuesday.

11Alive's Blayne Alexander reports that the Douglas County School System superintendent announced on Monday that Dr. Sandra Williams will serve as interim principal of the school effective March 10. Williams is a retired former principal of the school. The central office will handle administrative duties until Williams arrives.

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