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Juveniles suspected in several burglaries

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Four juveniles face felony charges, and are suspects in a string of burglaries in College Park, Clayton County police said Wednesday.

The investigation was ongoing Wednesday afternoon, but police spokeswoman, Lt. Tina Daniel, said the four juveniles, ages 15 and 16, were taken to the Regional Youth Detention Center on burglary charges.

One of the 16-year-olds also faces charges of aggravated assault, obstruction of an officer and criminal damage to property, when he allegedly fled from police in a black Ford Expedition.

Daniel said investigators were working to identify the Ford's owner so they can execute search warrants on the vehicle.

The arrests were made because someone was concerned about suspicious activity in the neighborhood, said Daniel.

"We highly encourage people to call about suspicious people," she said. "This is exactly how this is supposed to work. Residents are the eyes and ears of the county, and we rely on calls like this."

In response to the call, police found a home with an open door, and were able to find the juveniles in the area, all of whom matched the description given by the caller.

The juveniles initially fled from police, but were all captured and arrested. Daniel said she has not yet confirmed which school the juveniles attend.

Two face multiple charges in traffic stop

Members of the Special Operations Unit of the Clayton County Police Department arrested two people during a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon that netted illegal drugs, a loaded weapon and alcohol.

Police spokesman, Officer John Schneller, said Ryan Calhoun, 18, of Rex, is charged with Violation of Georgia's Controlled Substances Act, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and by a convicted felon, possession of alcohol by a minor, and forgery. A 15-year-old juvenile, also from Rex, was charged with possession of a concealed weapon, and possession of alcohol and a firearm by a minor.

Schneller said the two were stopped in a burgundy Cadillac. When officers noted the smell of marijuana, the car was searched, he said. They found a loaded, concealed weapon, marijuana, forged prescriptions, and alcohol.

According to Clayton County court records, Calhoun was cited last month for driving without his license in his possession and failure to yield the right of way. He was also cited in March for failing to stop for a traffic sign.

Jonesboro man shot dead inside home

Clayton County police are investigation the apparent shooting death of a Jonesboro man inside his home on Tuesday.

Police spokeswoman, Lt. Tina Daniel, said a co-worker of Juhahn Belcher, 33, went to his house, at 7411 Battle Creek Lane, about 10:20 a.m., Tuesday, when Belcher failed to show up for work.

The co-worker, and a neighbor, found Belcher dead inside his home of an apparent gunshot to his head. They contacted police.

Daniel said the death appears to be a homicide, and not a suicide. Investigators are working leads, but have not identified a suspect.

Police officers delayed releasing Belcher's name, while they tried to make a death notification to his mother, who lives out of state, said Daniel.

-- Kathy Jefcoats