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Man jailed for identity theft

Man jailed for identity theft

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- A College Park man is behind bars in Fayette County, accused of stealing a credit card.

Walter Samuel Sheats is being held in the Fayette County Jail on three counts of felony identity theft.

Fayette County Sheriff's Inv. Josh Shelton said the 33-year-old suspect is accused of taking a Fayette County resident's credit card and using it three times in November.

Sheats was taken into custody Thursday.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Suspect wanted for robbing QuikTrip

Suspect wanted for robbing QuikTrip

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Fayette County Sheriff's investigators are looking for a man suspected of robbing a convenience store earlier this week.

The robbery happened at around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at the QuikTrip at 1846 Highway 85 north in Fayetteville.

Fayette County Sheriff's Det. Josh Shelton said the suspect pointed a pistol at the QuikTrip clerk and demanded cash from the register. After taking the money, he drove away in a small black passenger car.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect. Shelton described him as a black man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 210 pounds, with a grey beard. He was wearing a white T-shirt, a black jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call 911 or sheriff's investigators at 770-716-4777.

2 arrested in gambling operation

2 arrested in gambling operation

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Fayetteville Police have arrested two people in connection with an illegal gambling operation at the Fayette Gift Shop.

The first suspect, 21-year-old Corina Venegas-Corral of Riverdale, was taken into custody during the police raid on the business on Apr. 17. Fayetteville Police spokesman Det. Mike Whitlow said she was charged with commercial gambling.

Sameer Syed, 32, of Peachtree City turned himself in on Monday. He was charged with commercial gambling and keeping a gambling place.

Whitlow said the investigation continues and more arrests are possible.

Anyone with information about illegal gambling in Fayette County is encouraged to call police at 770-461-4441.

Police raid gambling business

Police raid gambling business

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Fayetteville Police recently served a search warrant on a local business that was illegally operating video gaming machines.

According to Det. Mike Whitlow, the Fayette Gift Shop paid people cash when they won at the gaming machines. Police also raided the home of one of the shop's owners and took several piece of evidence, including cash.

The case is still under investigation. Agents from the U.S. Secret Service, the Georgia Department of Revenue and the Fayette County Sheriff's Office assisted Fayetteville Police in the search.

Man sentenced for smuggling

Man sentenced for smuggling

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A Fayetteville man has been sentenced to one year and nine months in prison after being found guilty of smuggling.

Stephen Willoughby, 37, must also perform 100 hours of community service and spend three years on supervised released after his time in prison.

Investigators said Willoughby had a history of improperly declaring currency when he flew back to the United States after spending time abroad.

"This defendant attempted to smuggle excessive amounts of cash through [Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport] on two separate occasions," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. "The laws requiring international travelers to declare more than $10,000 in cash when entering or leaving the United States serve to prevent money laundering and financing of a variety of illegal conduct. We will continue to vigorously enforce these laws."

Man fatally stabs wife, turns self in

Man fatally stabs wife, turns self in

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A Fayetteville man has turned himself in to authorities one day after reportedly stabbing his wife to death during an argument.

The incident happened on Jan. 20, when investigators with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office responded to a call about a domestic dispute. When they arrived at the home on Greenview Circle, they discovered the body of 30-year-old Liliana Ruiz.

A witness reportedly told police that the suspect, 34-year-old Jesus Ojeda Jimenez, was hiding in a nearby house. Deputies established a perimeter around the home but, when a SWAT team entered, they found that the suspect wasn't there.

Jimenez turned himself in to the Fayette County Jail on Jan. 21. He has been charged with murder.