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Homeless woman arrested for arson

Homeless woman arrested for arson

ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens woman was arrested this week for setting fire to three homeless men's possessions.

Carol Rayeanne Childers-Queen was taken into custody early Wednesday.

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Athens-Clarke County Police spokesperson Hilda Sorrow said Childers-Queen, 43, got into an argument with men who live under the North Avenue bridge.

After fighting with the men, the suspect set fire to their clothes, furniture and mattresses, Sorrow said.

The fire caused a nearby Atlanta Gas Light pipe to leak. Sorrow said officials were able to fix the pipe before it caused any major damage.

Childers-Queen, who is also homeless, has been charged with arson and criminal damage. She is being held without bond in the Clarke County Jail.

Man surrenders after trying to rob wheelchair-bound veteran

Man surrenders after trying to rob wheelchair-bound veteran

ATHENS, Ga. -- Police say the attempted burglary suspect who was thwarted by a wheelchair-bound Army veteran last week has surrendered to police. 

Nineteen-year-old Demarcus Vernon Ellison is being held in the Clarke County Jail.

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Authorities said 53-year-old Mark Sikes was in bed when Ellison kicked his door in on Jan. 23. Sikes told the newspaper he reached into his nightstand for his gun, pointed it at the alleged intruder and told him to leave his property immediately.

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Police say Ellison fled without taking anything.

Court to hear appeal of conviction in Ga. boy's death

Court to hear appeal of conviction in Ga. boy's death

ATHENS, Ga. -- A Georgia man is appealing the convictions and death penalty he received for the 2007 rape and murder of a 6-year-old boy.

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in the appeal of David Edenfield. He was convicted in 2009 in the death of Christopher Barrios in a trailer park outside Brunswick.

Edenfield's lawyers argue the trial court shouldn't have allowed incriminating statements Edenfield made, saying they were improperly obtained. They also say the judge should have declared a mistrial when the prosecutor called Edenfield an "animal" during sentencing.

Prosecutors argue Edenfield's statements were correctly obtained and note the prosecutor apologized for his "animal" remark, and the judge instructed jurors to disregard it.

The arguments will be held at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens.

Man arrested for stripping house of wiring, propane tanks

Man arrested for stripping house of wiring, propane tanks

ATHENS, Ga. -- A 55-year-old Athens man was arrested Tuesday after investigators say he took several pieces of a house.

Johnny Frank Reynolds was charged with burglary.

Athens-Clarke County Police spokesperson Hilda Sorrow said dispatchers received a call at around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday about a burglary in progress on Smokey Road.

When police arrived, they found Reynolds at the house and questioned him.

Investigators determined Reynolds took metal racks, copper pipes, wires, table lights, propane tanks and parts of ceiling fans from the home, Sorrow said. The stolen material was valued at around $150.

Reynolds is being held without bond in the Athens-Clarke County Jail.

Woman arrested for UGA burglary fled Illinois

Woman arrested for UGA burglary fled Illinois

ATHENS, Ga. -- A woman accused of burglarizing offices at the University of Georgia had left her children and disappeared from her Illinois home about a month earlier. 

Family members of 33-year-old Linda Fellenbaum reported her missing Oct. 25 from Joliet, Ill. A police spokesman said they made exhaustive efforts to find her because there were concerned about the whereabouts of her three children. Two were found with relatives in Illinois and Wisconsin and the third had been put up for adoption.

Fellenbaum made her way to Georgia, where she took a job as a housekeeper. Then she was spotted entering offices and taking computer equipment from the Georgia's hotel and conference center on Nov. 27. University police say she was arrested at the Atlanta airport.

Man arrested on drug, weapons charges

Man arrested on drug, weapons charges

ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens man is behind bars on several charges related to guns and drugs found in his home.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department executed a search warrant at Reaveco Sheamar Woodall's home Tuesday, the department said in a statement.

Investigators confiscated several items from the Beaverdam Road house, including marijuana, oxycodone pills, handguns and an AR-15 rifle.

Woodall was booked into the Athens-Clarke County Jail and charged with drug possession and firearm possession.

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."