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Murder, Arson Were Captor's Likely Goals in Taking Firefighters Hostage; Rapper Killed in Dekalb

Check out these top stories from Patch sites around the Atlanta metro area and north Georgia.

- Suwanee Patch

Lauren Brown made several demands during the recent Suwanee SWAT standoff with Gwinnett Police, but his desired outcome was obvious to one of his hostages.

"My personal opinion," Tim Hollingsworth said Tuesday, "was that he wanted to board up the house, kill us, set the house on fire, and then let the fire department come in and put out the fire.

"He wanted so bad to see it on TV." .


Kennesaw Woman Indicted on Theft Charges
- Kennesaw Patch

Two women have been indicted on charges of taking tens of thousands of dollars from their employers, and one of them is from Kennesaw.

The cases of 55-year-old Annette Evans of Kennesaw and 48-year-old Patty Holmes of Mableton are not related, Kim Isaza, the spokeswoman for Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds, said this afternoon. Visit Kennesaw Patch for more on this story.

- East Atlanta Patch

The DeKalb County Medical Examiner's Office said the man shot multiple times last week on I-20 West near the Glenwood Avenue exit is 42-year-old James D. Lewiel.

As East Atlanta Patch first reported, the victim, whose stage name was OG Double Dee, was part of a well known hip-hop team named Freebandz. The rap artist, Future, is the most famous artist from the team and is currently in radio rotation. East Atlanta Patch has more on this story.


Former Ft. Stewart Soldier Convicted of Attempted Espionage
- Ft. Stewart Patch

A former Fort Stewart soldier has been convicted of attempted espionage, according to The Coastal Source.

Spc. William Colton Millay pleaded guilty to the charge last month. He was sentenced Monday to 16 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge, according to the report. Millay, an Owensboro, Ky., native, is currently based in Alaska. Ft. Stewart Patch has more on this story.

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