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Posted: 9:11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

More Arrested in Teen's Sneakers Murder; Man Camps Out at JLo's House 


Paul Sampleton photo
Channel 2 Action News
Paul Sampleton, 14, was shot and killed in his home during a robbery attempt.
Cherokee Co. deputies arrest man with knives at school photo
Cherokee County Sheriff's Office
Deputies arrested Todd Christopher Grigg, 31.

By Veronica Waters

Two more people face murder charges in the killing of a Grayson High student--allegedly for his high-end sneakers. Paul Sampleton, Jr., was murdered at home last December after some fellow students allegedly plotted the crime on a bus. The 14-year-old was tied up and shot several times, and about eight pairs of sneakers, a tablet, some headphones, clothes, a camera and a gaming system were among the items stolen. Four people have since been arrested, and one of them, 15-year-old Larnell Sillah, is charged with murder. Now, a Gwinnett County grand jury has indicted Sillah's uncle, Andrew Murray, and Murray's roommate Tavaughn Saylor, on charges including murder and armed robbery.

DeKalb County Police are calling a school bookkeeper heroic for helping talk a school gunman into surrendering. The 911 tapes from Tuesday's frightening standoff at the elementary school show how calm Antoinette Tuff remained as she told 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill, "We're not gonna hate you, baby. It's a good thing that you're giving up." The standoff at McNair Discovery Learning Academy ended with no one getting hurt. Police say Hill walked in with an AK-47, and 500 rounds of ammunition.

More kids at McNair go back to classes today. About 170 of the 800 students were in class yesterday, and a grief counselor was on hand to help students handle whatever questions or emotions they might have had. Students who missed Wednesday will get excused absences.

Another school scare: Cherokee County sheriff's deputies arrest a man on the grounds of Cherokee Charter Academy. Wednesday morning, they spotted 31-year-old Todd Grigg, called out to him, and the man tried to walk--and then run--away. They chased and caught him, and when they searched him, found a pellet gun and several knives on him. His brother says Grigg has a brain tumor which affects his judgment, but would not harm anyone. He's facing obstruction and weapons counts.

The probe that led to the indictment of suspended Dekalb CEO Burrell Ellis also recommended criminal investigations against other officials. They include former CEO Vernon Jones, for bid rigging on contracts, and former public safety director Wiz Miller, for obstructing an investigation. Ellis, however, is the only one charged. He is accused of pressuring county contractors into making campaign donations.

President Obama is getting on the bus. He's heading off on a two-day bus tour today, unveiling a sweeping new plan to rate colleges based on affordability. The president wants the rating system in place by the 2015 school year, and for it to be linked to federal financial aid.

A day after he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, former Army soldier Bradley Manning says he wants to live as a woman, named Chelsea. His stuggle with gender identity was part of his defense; Manning says he's going to start hormone therapy. He's written President Obama, meanwhile, to explain his motives, apologize for hurting his country, and to ask for a pardon.

Andrea Sneiderman wants a new trial. Just convicted for perjury for lying about her relationship with her husband's killer, she has filed an appeal of that verdict and her five-year prison sentence. Her lawyer, Brian Steel, contends the verdict went against the evidence. Meanwhile, lawyers for Hemy Neuman, the shooter, are also asking for a new trial--since Sneiderman was convicted of lying on the stand at his murder trial. Rusty Sneiderman was shot outside his son's daycare in 2010.

The funeral is Saturday for De'Antre Turman, the Creekside High football player fatally injured in a scrimmage last Friday. The 16-year-old junior broke his neck making a tackle against Banneker High.

An unwanted guest has been living in the pool house at Jennifer Lopez's home in the Hamptons. Police say 49-year-old John Dubis was living there for a week while the performer was away. Newsday reports that workers found Dubis on the property and called police earlier this month. Police say Lopez has an order of protection against the man. He's due in court next week.

A broken jaw may bring Jason Heyward's baseball season to an end. The Braves' outfieler was beaned with a 90 MPH fastball Wednesday afternoon in New York. The ball broke Heyward's jaw in two places and he'll have surgery on Thursday in Atlanta. The Braves beat the Mets 4-1 in 10 innings.

The KISS 104 weather forecast: 30% chance of showers, humid high of 86.

Veronica Waters

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Veronica Waters is the morning news anchor on KISS 104.1 and B-98.5FM. She is also an anchor and reporter for News/Talk WSB.

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