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Woman indicted in traffic death of cabbie

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — A Clayton County grand jury has indicted an Atlanta woman for allegedly causing the August crash that killed a Morrow cab driver.

Laronda C. "Sugar Mama" Robinson, 32, was indicted Wednesday for felony murder, aggravated assault and aggressive driving in connection with the death of Karl Green.

College Park police Officer David Crawford said Robinson was known to frequent the Exxon on Old National Highway, selling counterfeit DVD movies and pornography out of her silver 2003 Mercedes SUV.

Apparently, police said, Robinson and Green argued at the gas station the night of the crash. Witnesses told police that Green circled the pumps in his Day and Night taxi while Robinson chased him on foot, spitting and kicking his cab.

Crawford said when Robinson shouted at Green that she had a firearm and reached for her pocket, he left the store. Crawford said video surveillance and witness statements show that Robinson also left in her car, heading to I-85. At some point, Robinson passed Green and stopped suddenly in front, causing him to rear-end her SUV, said Crawford.

Green again got ahead of Robinson, who gave chase on the wet streets, said police. Crawford said Green was speeding away from Robinson in fear for his life, lost control and hit a tree. Green died from internal injuries, he said.

Robinson was taken to Atlanta Medical Center because she complained of injuries, and her SUV was impounded. Police reportedly found counterfeit copies of DVD movies and pornographic movies inside the Mercedes.

Based on those alleged findings, Robinson was also indicted for unauthorized distribution of recorded material and distribution of obscene materials.

Robinson has been unable to post her $15,000 bond and is being held in the Clayton County Jail.

A woman with pending charges in Clayton County courts was indicted for insurance fraud, making false statements and false report of a crime. Police said Geneva Ronda Stone, 31, falsely reported the theft of a 2008 Cadillac Escalade in July 2010. Warrants allege Stone created a clone vehicle by faking a vehicle registration and tried to get nearly $40,000 in insurance by reporting it stolen.

She was indicted in December for engaging in what the alleged victim described as a tactic to "prolong her eviction." Stone faces charges of deposit account fraud, forgery, perjury, theft by taking and criminal damage to property.

Clayton County Magistrate Court documents allege Stone bounced a $710 rent check to Nina Stafford in November 2009. In Jan. 2010, police said Stone presented a quit claim deed purporting to show that Nina Stafford sold Stone the rental house on Shelburn Drive.

Police said Stone lied during a May 13, 2010, hearing when she told Judge Steven Teske that she paid $45,000 for the house. In June 2010, police said Stone took the air conditioning unit, heater, water heater, refrigerator and carpet from the house. Stone is also accused of flooding the basement and destroying the walls.

Stone has several outstanding cases in Clayton County, according to court records.

She was arrested in 2002 for theft by receiving stolen property and was sentenced to five years under the First Offender Act. In January 2006, her probation was revoked and Stone was ordered to serve one year in jail over and above her probated sentence.

Stone is out on bond from an October arrest for theft by receiving stolen property, records show. She also has a case pending in State Court involving a charge of obstruction of an officer from a November incident.

In other indictments:

• Cynthia Ann Powell was indicted for false statements, false report of a crime and shoplifting. Police said she lied to Forest Park police about her purse being stolen Nov. 30. Police said the day before, Powell shoplifted clothes, food and personal items from a CVS store.

Powell also faces two counts of possession of drugs not in the original container Dec. 3.

• Nigel Williams Quartey and Naa Oday Oku, 29, of Atlanta were indicted on heroin charges. Quartey was indicted for trafficking illegal drugs, possession of more than 28 grams of heroin and two counts of Violation of Georgia's Controlled Substances Act.

Oku, who is being held in the Clayton County Jail, was indicted on three counts of VGCSA for possession of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

• Two men were indicted on 25 counts related to the Jan. 6, 2011, alleged shooting of a Ford Mustang occupied by two people. Tyreke Jamar Ryan, 21, and Markel Jerez Cobb, 21, were indicted on six counts of aggravated assault, four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, two counts of terroristic threats and 12 counts of aggravated battery. Cobb was also indicted for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police said the two fired into a car occupied by Reco Minniefield and Meshaun Humphrey, hitting Minniefield several times.

Georgia Department of Corrections records show Cobb spent nine months of a 1-year sentence for the sale or distribution of marijuana in Clayton County. He was released March 2012 after entering prison five months after the alleged shooting.

All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.