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Homes get burglarized through hole in wall


KENNESAW - Police are searching for a burglar who enters homes in a unique manner - burrowing through the walls of a house.

The method avoids setting off alarm systems, which typically are attached to windows or doors.

Someone burglarized a home Jan. 8 in a subdivision of Kennesaw after entering the house through a rear wall.

"That's the first type of entry that I've seen of that method in this area," Kennesaw Police Detective Rick Shumpert said in a message to a homeowners association. "It's typically a break in a window or door."

Police believe the burglar peels back siding and burrows through the sheetrock with a tool such as a screwdriver. About a dozen similar burglaries have happened in Cobb County and in nearby Acworth, police said.

Couple found guilty of kidnapping lawyer

STATESBORO - A couple who took a lawyer hostage in his office in an incident that closed the downtown area was found guilty of kidnapping and other charges.

Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge F. Gates Peed sentenced Robbie Eugene Brower, of Rincon, Ga., to 85 years in prison. Mr. Brower's wife, Connie Czako Brower, was sentenced to 65 years in prison.

It took a jury 3 hours and 20 minutes of deliberation to find the couple guilty of four counts of kidnapping, two counts of possession of a hoax device, two counts each of terroristic threats and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Before the sentencing, Mr. Brower asked the court for leniency in sentencing his wife.

He told the court his main goal was to have a 1995 hammer attack conviction overturned, saying that Mr. Hostilo misrepresented him, resulting in his pleading guilty for the offense when he was not guilty.

Homeless woman brings gun to court

ATHENS - A homeless woman tried to bring a handgun into the Clarke County Courthouse but was arrested after a deputy ran her bag through an X-ray machine and saw the weapon, according to the Clarke County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's officials didn't know if the woman had a reason to bring the .22-caliber pistol and a magazine loaded with 21 bullets to the East Washington Street courthouse Thursday.

When 41-year-old Wendy Elise Taylor arrived at the court at about 2 p.m., she told a deputy she was just there "to get some papers from Magistrate Court," a sheriff's incident report said.

Ms. Taylor, who first told the deputy her name was Angela Smith, was charged with carrying a deadly weapon at a public gathering and giving a false name, both misdemeanors.