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Teen shot dead in Clayton County

Teen shot dead in Clayton County

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Clayton County Police are investigating a fatal shooting.

An 18-year-old man was shot in the chest in the 400 block of Clara Drive at around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Clayton County Police spokesperson Ashanti Marbury said the victim was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name was not released.

Police have not yet provided any information about a suspect or motive.

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Teen shot several times at Clayton County McDonald's

Teen shot several times at Clayton County McDonald's

MORROW, Ga. -- One man was shot Wednesday night during a fight at a Clayton County McDonald's.

The victim, 18-year-old Ziquay Willis, was shot five times at the restaurant at Mt. Zion Parkway and Mt. Zion Boulevard in Morrow.

Clayton County Police spokesperson JaQuitta Williams said the shooting stemmed from a fight between two groups of people. It began as an argument inside the restaurant and turned physical when the groups moved to the parking lot.

Willis was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he is in critical but stable condition. Police have not released any information about a suspect.

Investigators are working with McDonald's management to obtain possible surveillance video of the fight.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Clayton County Police at 770-477-3513.

Riverdale murder suspect captured

Riverdale murder suspect captured

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A man wanted for murder in Clayton County has been taken into custody.

Joseph Horace Stephens, 21, is accused of gunning down a man Tuesday evening at a house on Stark Court in Riverdale. The victim was identified as Goldy Lee Watkins Sr.

After shooting Watkins, Stephens drove away in a black 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck.

Thursday morning, Clayton County Sheriff's officials arrested Stephens. He has been charged with felony murder, theft by taking, aggravated assault and false imprisonment.

Suspect on the loose after police standoff in Riverdale

Suspect on the loose after police standoff in Riverdale

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Clayton County Police are searching for a wanted man who they believe is armed and dangerous.

Joseph Poke is wanted on a number of charges, mostly probation violations, in several jurisdictions. Police responded to a domestic violence call involving Poke at a house on Post Oak Road in Jonesboro Sunday afternoon; Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said investigators believed Poke barricaded himself in the house and refused to come out.

The entire neighborhood was locked down as police tried to persuade Poke to leave the house, Hill said. The lockdown has since been lifted.

After the SWAT situation, police said they weren't sure if Poke was even in the home when investigators arrived. He is still on the run Monday morning.

Anyone who sees Poke is asked to call 911.

Charges upgraded against Mookie Blaylock in deadly crash

Charges upgraded against Mookie Blaylock in deadly crash

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Charges have been upgraded against a former Atlanta Hawk who caused a deadly accident in Clayton County last year.

Mookie Blaylock has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, driving on a suspended license, improper lane change, divided highway restriction violation and driving on the wrong side of the road.

The accident happened last May on Tara Boulevard. Prosecutors said Blaylock's Cadillac Escalade slammed head-on into a van carrying 43-year-old Monica Murphy, a mother of five, and her husband Frank.

Monica Murphy was killed in the accident, while Frank suffered a broken leg.

Blaylock's attorney claims his client experienced a medical emergency and blacked out shortly before the crash.

During a court appearance last summer, it was revealed Blaylock had six DUI charges.

Woman gets 10 years for Medicaid fraud

Woman gets 10 years for Medicaid fraud

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Clayton County woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of Medicaid fraud and felony theft.

Catherine Pinkard was found guilty Friday in Clayton County Superior Court. She was the owner and operator of Metro Atlanta Counseling Services, which was enrolled in the Georgia Medicaid program as a provider of child, adolescent and mental health counseling.

According to information presented in court, Pinkard submitted claims to Medicaid for services that were not performed or authorized, and had the money deposited into a bank account she controlled. Prosecutors said she received nearly $215,000 from Georgia Medicaid through this scheme.

"Ms. Pinkard thought she could cheat Georgia Medicaid without getting caught. She was sorely mistaken, and her actions have earned her a substantial prison sentence," Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said in a release.

Metro PCS store robbery suspect arrested

Metro PCS store robbery suspect arrested

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Clayton County police have arrested a 22-year-old man accused of robbing a Jonesboro Metro PCS store.

Anthony Paul Smith was taken into custody Wednesday. He is accused of robbing the Metro PCS store on Tara Boulevard on Sunday evening.

Police believe Smith is also responsible for other robberies in Clayton and Henry counties. Henry County Police Sgt. Joey Smith said investigators have charged Smith in the Jan. 7 armed robbry of the Metro PCS store on Hudson Bridge Road in Stockbridge, as well as an additional robbery in the city of McDonough.

Smith has been charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery and firearm possession in Sunday's incident.