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High court upholds Cobb murder conviction

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MDJ  Script/ Top Stories for Sept 8

Publish Date:  Sept8


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

   Today is Friday Sept 8th and happy 29th birthday to baseball player Nick Williams


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

  1. High court upholds Cobb murder conviction
  2. Protesters of Atlanta’s ‘Cop City’ training center indicted on RICO charges
  3. Man dies in Cobb County jail

All of this and more is coming up on the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast, and if you are looking for community news, we encourage you to listen and subcribe!

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STORY 1 Murder


The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of Kaylynn Shiquez Ruthenberg, a Crips gang associate who shot and killed a college student in 2015. Ruthenberg had appealed the conviction, arguing that the court erred in admitting evidence of his prior misdemeanor convictions for simple battery. The court found that Ruthenberg failed to prove the court's error. Ruthenberg and his associates lured a college student, James E. Jones, to a residence in Marietta through a Craigslist ad with the intention of robbing him. Ruthenberg shot Jones during the attempted robbery, and he later died from his injuries. Ruthenberg was convicted based on DNA evidence, fingerprints, and shell casings found in Jones' car........................……... read more about this at mdjonline.com


Story 2: ‘Cop City’


Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has announced the indictment of 61 activists on racketeering charges for their involvement in violent protests against the construction of a police training center in Atlanta. The defendants are accused of violating the state's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and some face additional charges of domestic terrorism, attempted arson, and money laundering. The indictment cites nine incidents of violence at the construction site and other locations, resulting in injuries to law enforcement officers and damage to property. The opposition to the training center, known as "Cop City," has also organized a voter referendum to defeat the project. Critics of the indictment argue that it infringes on the right to protest and freedom of speech.


Story 3: Death in Cobb Jail


The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an inmate, Raymond Marti, who died while in custody in the county jail. Marti, 60, appeared to have suffered a medical seizure, and jail and medical staff provided immediate care before transporting him to Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center. Marti had been arrested on charges of possession of cocaine and impersonating a police officer. He was found wearing clothing with "police" printed on it and carrying fake law enforcement equipment. The sheriff's office extended condolences to Marti's family. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations will investigate the death, and an autopsy will determine the cause........…..(pause)


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STORY 4: Medical Cannabis


Jennifer Conforti, whose daughter has autism and a congenital brain defect, was among those celebrating the opening of a medical cannabis dispensary in Marietta, Georgia. She had previously purchased marijuana illegally to help her daughter, who was biting her own arm for nine months. After researching the benefits of medical cannabis, she gave her daughter cannabis oil, which helped her stop self-harming. Botanical Sciences, the company behind the dispensary, aims to provide high-quality medical cannabis therapy. Former Congressman and Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price was among those attending the event. The company will soon open dispensaries in Chamblee and Stockbridge.


STORY 5: Man Arrested


Conrad Carrington Clark, a 30-year-old man from Marietta, Georgia, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after a one-year-old child, Royal Clark, accidentally shot himself to death. The incident occurred when the child got hold of a loaded firearm left in the open by Conrad Clark at apartment 6327 of the Walton Ridge Apartment Homes in Marietta. Despite attempts at life-saving measures by Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services and the police, the child succumbed to his injuries. Conrad Clark is currently held at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center without bond, and the incident remains under investigation.

Story 6:  Planning Commission

The Cobb Planning Commission has expressed support for a senior housing community known as Spring Lake Village in southwest Cobb. The developer, Grace of Georgia Properties, originally sought approval for 110 homes on approximately 41 acres on Morris Road. However, the commission recommended a limit of 62 homes by a unanimous 5-0 vote. The proposed community is designed for residents aged 55 and older, addressing the growing need for senior housing options in the county, in line with projected population growth among those aged 55 and over. The development emphasizes single-story homes with smaller footprints for easier maintenance, along with amenities and green space. The commission's recommendation aims for a lower density zoning category.


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Story 7:  Local Theater


CenterStage North, a volunteer-run community theater in Cobb County, Georgia, faces the risk of closing its doors for the 2024 season due to issues related to staffing and scheduling at the Art Place venue. The theater relies on the Art Place for its productions and Sunday programming, which includes performances and crucial preparation time for volunteers. The venue has informed CenterStage North that it will no longer host Sunday shows due to staffing shortages. This decision threatens the theater's ability to operate effectively and generate critical revenue. CenterStage North plays a significant role in Cobb County's arts scene and local businesses, and its potential closure could have broader economic consequences. Theater officials are working with Cobb Parks officials to find a solution to keep the venue open on Sundays.


Story 8: Ribbon Cutting


Marietta city leaders celebrated the completion of renovation projects for two elementary schools, West Side Elementary and Hickory Hills Elementary, with ribbon-cutting ceremonies. West Side Elementary, established in 1949, underwent a $13.3 million renovation, including updates to the cafeteria, instructional spaces, and the front office. Hickory Hills Elementary received a $7.5 million renovation that improved areas such as the kitchen, cafeteria, windows, and front office. These renovations aim to provide state-of-the-art facilities for students while preserving the schools' historical legacies. Superintendent Grant Rivera highlighted the importance of fostering holistic learning in these updated environments.

Story 8: KSU Women’s Basketball Schedule


The Kennesaw State women's basketball team's 2023-24 schedule includes 14 home games and notable nonconference matchups against teams like Georgetown, Florida Atlantic, Chattanooga, and Belmont. On the road, the Owls will face tough opponents like Vanderbilt and Mississippi State from the SEC, as well as in-state rivals Georgia Tech, Mercer, and Georgia State. Head Coach Octavia Blue expressed excitement about the challenging nonconference schedule, emphasizing the team's determination to improve and compete with the best. The season kicks off with a game against Vanderbilt on November 6, followed by a home opener against Cobb County rival Life on November 10, and in-state matchups with Georgia State and Georgia Tech in mid-November.


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