Around the Region: Couple Found Guilty of Abusing Elderly Woman, Man Commits Suicide During SWAT Standoff and Two Robbed on Georgia Tech Campus

A look at top stories from Patch sites across Georgia.

- Cartersville Patch

A Cartersville man and woman accused of abusing and sexually assaulting an elderly woman were deemed guilty Monday in Bartow County Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Mickey Thacker said.

A jury found Mark Steven Kent, 52, guilty of aggravated sodomy and sexual battery after his co-defendant, Thelma Helen Riddle, 59, pleaded guilty to abusing an elderly person and testified against Kent in a deal with prosecuting attorneys.

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Winder Resident Dead After Standoff With SWAT Team - Barrow Patch

A Winder man is dead following an 11-hour standoff Monday with a SWAT team.

According to the Barrow County Sheriff's Office, 32-year-old Jesse Plunkett died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Rosebud Lane residence. 

According to a news release posted to the agency's Facebook page, a woman called 911 and said the man she lived with had a gun and had made threats toward her and himself. When the man refused to surrender to deputies who arrived on scene, the incident was treated as a barricaded gunman and SWAT personnel were dispatched. 



Police Investigating Two Robberies on Georgia Tech Campus - Midtown Patch

The Georgia Tech Police Department is investigating a pair of armed robberies that occurred minutes apart on campus early Tuesday morning.

According to the GTPD, at approximately 1:30 a.m., a male student reported that as he was walking south on Brittain Drive towards Bobby Dodd Way, he noticed a man walking closely behind him.

The suspect approached the victim, displayed a handgun, and demanded the victim's belongings. 

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