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Former pastor living in Cobb charged with 1975 murder of 8-year-old girl

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MDJ  Script/ Top Stories for July27th Thursday

Publish Date: July 26 Wednesday


Commercial:  Henssler :15


From the Henssler Financial Studio, Welcome to the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast

   Today is Thursday July 27th and happy 48th birthday to slugger Alex Rodriguez


I’m Dan Radcliffe and here are the stories Cobb is talking about, presented by Credit Union of Georgia

  1. Former pastor living in Cobb charged with 1975 murder of 8-year-old girl
  2. Acworth man arrested for shooting cousin at Cobb senior living apartments
  3. And a Kennesaw SWAT standoff ends in suicide

Plus, Leah McGrath of Ingles Markets talks with Bruce Jenkins about sugar free items and we have our weekly visit with Matt DeBusschere, the Marietta Food guy.


All of this and more is coming up on the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast.

Commercial : CU of GA


STORY 1: murder


 David George Zandstra, an 83-year-old former minister now residing in Cobb County, has been charged with the kidnapping and murder of eight-year-old Gretchen Harrington in Pennsylvania in 1975. The charges were brought after Zandstra admitted to the crime when confronted with evidence of sexual misconduct. He allegedly abducted and killed Harrington after offering her a ride and attempting to sexually assault her. When she resisted, he struck her, believing she was dead. Zandstra was implicated in the abuse of other young girls, prompting authorities to investigate further. He is now in custody at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center without bond.....................……... Read more about this at mdjonline.com



Story 2: Sentenced


Arthur Lee Milsap, a 48-year-old man from Acworth, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for shooting his cousin at a senior living complex in Cobb County. The incident occurred at the Peachstone Independent Senior Living Apartments, where Milsap shot his cousin in both legs after an argument earlier that day. Witnesses saw a man driving away in a white truck, which was identified as Milsap's using FLOCK license plate readers. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Milsap will serve 12 years in prison without parole eligibility.


Story 3: swat


A SWAT standoff took place at a Kennesaw house after a man called 911 and threatened suicide while being armed and with multiple children present. The police were able to get the children out safely, and the man was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The incident prompted the involvement of the Cobb County Police Department SWAT team, and the man was identified as the father of the children. No other injuries were reported, and the children have been reunited with their family. Authorities encourage people facing difficulties to reach out to the suicide and crisis hotline at 988.


we’ll be right back


Break:   ESOG - Dayco – Ingles 4


STORY 4: 130s


Lockheed Martin has sold 20 C-130J Hercules aircraft assembled at its Marietta plant to the Australian government for almost $10 billion. The planes will be delivered starting in late 2027 and will replace and expand the Royal Australian Air Force's existing fleet of 12 Hercules aircraft. The C-130J Hercules is an important capability for the Australian Defence Force, used for various missions, including deployments, search and rescue, disaster relief, and medical evacuation. The purchase will create more opportunities for local industry and jobs in Australia. The C-130J Super Hercules is the flagship program of Lockheed's Marietta plant, employing nearly 5,000 people and being an essential asset for the country's defense.


STORY 5: tax


The Democratic majority on the Cobb Board of Commissioners rejected a proposal by the board's two Republicans to roll back the millage rate, opting to keep it steady at 8.46 mills. The roll-back was seen as providing tax relief by the Republicans, but the Democrats saw it as a reduction in county revenue. The commission's decision means the county will collect more revenue than the previous year, making it a tax increase under state law. The county would need to roll back its general fund millage rate to 7.168 and fire fund millage rate to 2.643 mills to be revenue-neutral. Many residents expressed opposition to keeping the rate the same due to concerns about inflation and rising costs. The Cobb Board of Education sets its own millage rate separately, which was ratified by the commission.


Story 6: brown


The Boston Celtics and Jaylen Brown have agreed to a five-year, up to $304 million supermax extension, making it the richest deal in NBA history. Brown's excellent performance last season, including being named to the All-Star team and All-NBA Second Team, made him eligible for this extension. Despite some struggles in the playoffs, the Celtics' president, Brad Stevens, remained committed to Brown as a core part of the team. With the extension, Brown will be with the Celtics for the foreseeable future, providing them with a valuable building block. However, it may present roster-building challenges for the front office in the coming years.


We’ll be back in a moment


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Story 7: LEAH-Food Guy


And now, Leah McGrath of Ingles Markets joins our Bruce Jenkins to talk about sugar free items




***Food Guy***


We’re back with final thoughts after this



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