Two killed in one-car wreck
MARIETTA — Two Marietta men died in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning near the intersection of Westside and South Cobb drives.
About 5:15 a.m., Marietta police pulled over Marquis D. Parker, 28, for a traffic violation at the intersection of Sandtown Road and Westside Drive. As the officer approached the car, Parker, who was driving a black Chevrolet Camaro, sped away and headed eastbound on Westside Drive, police said.
Marietta police spokesman David Baldwin said the officer did not pursue Parker after he sped away from the scene of the traffic stop.
Minutes later, Parker’s car was found by Cobb police upside down in an embankment near the intersection of Westside and South Cobb drives. Parker and his passenger, 31-year-old Fernando J. Edwards, were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The men were not wearing seat belts, Cobb police spokesman Dana Pierce said.
Investigators believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.
The Cobb County Police Department is investigating the crash because the incident ended outside of the Marietta city limits.
Woman, 88, driver killed in wreck
MARIETTA — A Marietta woman was killed Tuesday, and her passenger was critically injured, after the car she was driving turned into the path of an unmarked Marietta police SUV.
Evelyn Lyle, 88, was driving northbound on Powder Springs Road in a 1995 Oldsmobile Cierra when she failed to yield to oncoming traffic and turned left into the path of a 2013 Ford Explorer driven by Maj. Cliff Kelker, authorities said. The Explorer struck the right front quarter panel of the Cierra, Marietta police spokesman Officer David Baldwin said.
Kelker was not injured in the wreck, but Lyle and her passenger, 66-year-old Michael Lyle, were rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, he said. Evelyn Lyle was pronounced dead at the hospital and Michael Lyle was listed in critical condition early Wednesday, Baldwin said.
Man injured in New Year’s Day shooting
MACON — A Haddock man was hospitalized and a Macon man is in jail after a Wednesday morning shooting in west Bibb County, according to a Bibb Sheriff’s Office report.
At around 5:19 a.m., law enforcement officials were called to the Pavilion Apartments at 399 Plantation Way on reports of a shooting, according to the report.
Witnesses claimed Bryan Collins, 24, of Haddock, and Savalles Emory, 35, of Macon, were arguing while at Emory’s apartment. During the argument, witnesses said Emory shot at Collins, hitting him in the chest, the report said.
Collins was transported to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition on Wednesday afternoon, according to the report. Investigators questioned Emory and charged him with aggravated assault, the report said.
He was being held in the Bibb County Law Enforcement Complex under a $16,700 bond, according to the jail.
Woman killed during burglary attempt
COLUMBUS — Shots fired during a possible attempted burglary at a Veterans Parkway shopping center Tuesday has left one woman dead, one in critical condition and investigators searching for a third suspect, Columbus police said.
Police said Achievia Upshaw, 21, and Deaisa Ransom, 24, were shot at the Courtesy Shuttle at 5870 Veterans Parkway, just before the West Britt David Road intersection during a burglary attempt.
Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said Upshaw was fatally shot in her lower back. She was pronounced dead at 8:21 a.m. at Midtown Medical Center, almost two hours after the 6:30 a.m. shooting. An autopsy on Upshaw’s body is scheduled for Thursday in Atlanta.
Ransom was in critical condition at the hospital. Police said she fled on foot from the scene toward the back-end of the nearby Brittwood Apartments.
Both women were shot near the business’ front door. A Courtesy Shuttle van, parked immediately facing the door, was towed away from the scene with a small bullet hole in its front windshield.
Police Lt. John McMichael said the shooter, a part-owner of the business with his fiancee, was inside sleeping when he “heard the crash of the glass breaking” and confronted the pair.
Someone threw a large object through the front door of the building. Police responded around 6:30 a.m. after the fiancee called 911, police said. “(The women) were attempting a burglary of the business,” said policed Maj. Gene Hillhouse.
A black SUV was also involved, McMichael said; it was towed away from the scene along with the van.
Police have gotten some basic information from Ransom, but haven’t gotten a more complete statement. Bryan said she may be moved to Atlanta for treatment.
McMichael said that the man is being questioned by police, but has not been charged.
Photographer dies of heart attack after bowl game
ATLANTA — Associated Press photographer Dave Martin died of “an apparent heart attack” after collapsing at the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday, according to Georgia Dome officials.
Martin, based out of Montgomery, Ala., collapsed at 11:45 p.m. Medics could be seen performing CPR on Martin before he was put on a stretcher and taken to Emory University Hospital Midtown. Martin died at approximately 12:30 a.m.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl released a statement from president and CEO Gary Stokan early Wednesday morning. “The entire Chick-fil-A Bowl family is deeply saddened by the loss tonight of AP photographer Dave Martin,” Stokan said. “We offer our prayers and heartfelt condolences.”
— From McClatchy-Tribune