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Body Burned in Weekend Vehicle Blaze, Identified

Body Burned in Weekend Vehicle Blaze, Identified

CONYERS – (Rockdale Citizen) The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office on Monday identified the man discovered dead in a burned pickup truck over the weekend.

The man was identified as Martin Mendoza Villa-Gomez, 36, of Auburn in Barrow County, Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington told the Citizen on Monday afternoon.

“We don’t know the cause of death” Wingington said. “We’re still waiting on autopsy results. It’s still in the early stages of the investigation”.

Authorities have been investigating the death since Rockdale County firefighters found the burned vehicle February 5th off the roadway on Turner Road near Abbott Road.

Authorities Raid 12 Illegal Gambling Locations in Clayton, Rockdale

 Authorities Raid 12 Illegal Gambling Locations in Clayton, Rockdale

On Monday, December 6th, twelve illegal gambling locations were simultaneously raided by FBI, ICE, ATF, US Marshalls, Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Conyers Police Department and Clayton County Fire Department after Clayton County Sheriff’s received numerous complaints about gambling activity in the area.

Assisted by the aforementioned agencies, authorities were able to apprehend their key perpetrator, Larry Lee Simmons who manufacturers gambling machines and acts as the owner of The Cedar Room, which is located in Riverdale. Other perpetrators were apprehended and arrested.

The raids included: the home of Larry Lee Simmons, 3 warehouses in Rockdale County and 8 businesses in Clayton County. 

Those arrested have been charged with 1.  Commercial Gambling  2.  Possession/Manufacture of Gambling Equipment 3.

Conyers Police Look into New License Plate Surveillance System

Conyers Police Look into New License Plate Surveillance System

Just when you thought Big Brother couldn’t get any worse, Conyers Police look into SkyCop.

Conyers Police Department to Offer "Citizens Academy"

The Conyers Police Department (CPD) is preparing to offer a Citizens Police Academy for local residents and business owners in the community this fall.

The CPD Citizens Police Academy will offer the eight-week academy held on Thursdays beginning October 7 at 6:30 p.m.  Each session will last approximately two and a half hours and most sessions will take place in City Council Chambers or the Conyers Police Department training room at 1194 Scott Street, with the exception of one session on a Saturday to be held at a nearby firing range.

Academy participants will learn about the various divisions of the CPD, attempt to solve a murder crime scene, participate in various scenarios with a demonstration firearm and run laser devices on heavily trafficked roadways.

Those interested in participating in the Citizen Police Academy are asked to contact Officer Thomas Owen or Officer Debbi Krisher at 770-483-6600 for more information and to request an application.&nb