Chris Kelly and Chris Smith

CNN is reporting that Chris Kelly, left, of the rap duo Kris Kross has died at age 34 of a drug overdose.

Kelly was found unresponsive at his Atlanta home Wednesday. He was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. at Atlanta Medical Center. Kelly’s death is being investigated as a drug overdose, Fulton County police Cpl. Kay Lester told The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death on Thursday.

Kelly, also known as Mac Daddy, along with Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith, also 34, (pictured above right) formed the successful kiddie rap group Kris Kross in 1992 at age 13. The group rocketed to fame with hit records "Jump" and "Warm It Up", off their debut album, Totally Krossed Out.

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toddler mauled by family pet

A 2-year-old boy was mauled to death by a dog inside his home in south Fulton County, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The toddler was attacked around 1 p.m. inside his Sierra Trail townhome. The boy's mother was using the restroom when the attack occurred. “She advised it happened fast,” Fulton County Police Detective Melissa Parker told the AJC. “It was an obvious death once the mother came out of the restroom.”

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Almost 20 years after a fire killed 25 children in David Koresh's Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas, a fertilizer plant exploded near Waco, killing up to 15 people and injuring over 160. The plant, in operation since the 1950's, supplied fertilizer to farms.

A resident sitting in his pickup truck near the plant captured the fire and the horrific explosion on his cell phone. The man's daughter, who was also in the truck, can be heard screaming in terror.

The explosion occurred as firefighters battled a roaring fire at the plant for over 30 minutes. The blast leveled nearby homes and a school in West, TX, a small farming community with a population of 2,500. Elderly residents of a nearby retirement home were evacuated safely. The shock waves measured 2.1 on the Richter scale, a machine that measures the magnitude of earthquakes.

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OG Double D

A Miami rapper who was affiliated with Atlanta rapper Future is believed to be the man who was shot to death while driving a Maybach on I-20 during rush hour Thursday.

The drive-by shooting occurred around 5:15 p.m. as the victim was driving westbound on I-20 near Glenwood Avenue in southeast Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constition reports.

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Sherry West

Update: Police arrested two teens suspected of shooting and killing a 1-year-old toddler in his stroller in Brunswick (GA) Thursday morning.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that police arrested the 2 teens Friday afternoon, after scouring school absentee records for their names.

Seventeen-year-old De'Marquis Elkins is charged as an adult with first-degree murder, along with a 14-year-old who was not identified because he is a juvenile, Police Chief Tobe Green told the AJC.

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Renz

A NY man who was previously arrested for possession of child pornography was charged with abducting and murdering a school librarian and raping her 10-year-old daughter, The Associated Press reports.

Police say David J. Renz, 29, removed his ankle monitor, then drove to a mall near Syracuse, NY, where he abducted the woman and her daughter as they left a gymnastics class, around 9 p.m. Thursday.

Renz forced the woman and her daughter into their SUV, bound them both, fatally stabbed the woman and raped the girl.

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New details are emerging in the tragic case of Jonylah Watkins, the 6-month-old baby who was shot while her gang banging dad supposedly changed her diaper. The infant's wounded father, Jonathan Watkins, a street gang member who has been arrested 39 times, was released from the hospital yesterday.

Watkins stood before television cameras, portraying himself to be a distraught father who just lost his baby daughter.

But, according to loyal reader Trendsetter, who sent in the above photo, Watkins didn't appear distraught while in the hospital, where he was seen posing for photos and throwing up the peace sign (his hospital wristband is visible on his right wrist).

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Derrick Rose to Pay for Jonylah Watkins Funeral

Chicago Bulls superstar guard Derrick Rose will foot the bill for 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins' funeral, ABC News reports. Jonylah died a day after she was shot 5 times while her father changed her diaper in the front seat of a van parked on Chicago's south side on Monday.

Police say the father, who had known gang affiliations, told them the killer opened fire on him while he changed the baby's diaper. Police believe the drive-by may have been provoked by a Facebook post.

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Oscar Pistorius

A family friend describes Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius as a "broken man" who is on the verge of suicide.

"He has no confidence in his tone of voice and he is almost like someone that is walking around in circles and doesn't know where he is going," Mike Azzie told the BBC in an upcoming documentary.

"I would say that, just speaking to him, he is a broken man. I would go as far as to say that he could be on the verge of suicide. It really worries me," said Azzie in the upcoming BBC documentary, Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened?

Azzie said the double amputee has been forced to sell off his prized possessions to pay for his spiraling legal fees.

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Rachman and Raizel Glauber

The hit-and-run driver who killed an expectant mother, her husband and their newborn, served time in prison for the murder of rapper 50 Cent's namesake, Kelvin "50 Cent" Martin, (left) the NY Post reports.

Kelvin Martin Julio Acevedo 50 Cent

Police are hunting for Julio Macevedo, 44, (center) who fled the scene of the 2-car accident in Cobble Hill Brooklyn that left expectant parents, Rachman Glauber and his seven-months-pregnant wife, Raizel, dead. Glauber and Raizel, both 21-year-old Hasidic jews, were on their way to the hospital after Raizel complained of not feeling well.

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Sinkhole house demolished

Demolition experts completely demolished a Florida home where a man was swallowed alive by a sinkhole near Tampa last week.

The 30-foot-wide by 50-foot-deep sinkhole opened up under the bed of Jeff Bush, 37, while he slept on Thursday, taking his entire bedroom down with him.

Bush screamed for help as his brother, Jeremy Bush, dived into the crevice determined to help him. But one of the first responders on the scene had to rescue Jeremy from the hole.

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Tameka Raymond and Kile Glover

A suspect has been arrested in the death of Kile Glover, the 11-year-old son of Tameka Raymond and her ex-husband Ryan Glover.

According to TMZ, a Grand Jury in Hall County indicted Jeffrey Simon Hubbard for operating a jet ski irresponsibly and causing the accident that left Kile brain dead and a 16-year-old girl injured on Lake Lanier in July 2012.

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Marco McMillian President Obama

A 22-year-old Mississippi man has been arrested and charged with the death of an openly gay mayoral candidate. Lawrence Reed of Shelby was charged with the murder of Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian, 34, on Thursday.

McMillian's body was found near the Mississippi River levee Wednesday morning, a day after Reed crashed McMillian's SUV into another vehicle on U.S. highway 49.

Reed was transported to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where he is listed in good condition. McMillian's relationship to Reed is not known.

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Arnell Starr Monica

The original honorary Mayor of Atlanta Arnell Star passed away of complications from a stroke on Tuesday.

Starr was a local video jock, best known for his popular video music show American Music Makers where he showcased up-and-coming Atlanta talent as well as nationally known artists in the 1990s.

Starr is credited with breaking local artists whose records weren't in heavy rotation on radio shows or music video channels.

Funeral services for Starr will be held this Saturday in Alabama.

Thanks to loyal reader Malcolm Lee for the tip.

Grady high school student

A Fulton County judge has set a bond for the 17-year-old Grady high school student who shot herself in the thigh yesterday.

Magistrate Judge Jessy Lall set bond at $41,000 for Morgan Tukes, who is being charged with a felony for possession of a gun by a minor.

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Bahsid McLean Tanya Byrd

A man who dismembered his mother and scattered her body parts around the Bronx, took pictures of himself holding her severed head before disposing of her body, the NY Post reports.

Bahsid McLean, 23, confessed to the gruesome murder of his own mother, Tanya Byrd, who was the only caretaker of her 6-year-old Down syndrome son.

Police say the grinning psycho used a power saw to cut up his mother, then posed with parts of her body in grisly photos that he wanted as keepsakes. McLean and a friend, William Harris, 26, then stuffed Byrd's body into several black garbage bags and a suitcase. They drove around the Bronx dumping Byrd's remains like trash.

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Joliet murder suspects

Four suspects who are charged with first degree murder in the deaths of two black men may have had sex on top of the corpses.

The four Joliet, Ill. suspects, Alisa Massaro (pictured top right), 18; Bethany McKee (pictured bottom left), 18; Adam Landerman (pictured top left), 19 (his mother is a Joliet police sergeant); and Joshua Miner (pictured bottom right), are charged with the strangulation deaths of two 22-year-old Black men, Eric Glover (below pictured left) and Terrence Rankin, who were allegedly robbed, and partially dismembered in January, News One reports.

Joliet murder victims

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Slim Dunkin

The man accused of shooting aspiring rapper Skim Dunkin to death in 2011, will spend the next 25 years in jail, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Vinson Hardimon, aka Young Vito, was found not guilty of Slim Dunkin's murder by a Fulton County jury on Monday.

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Kenny Clutch

An aspiring rapper was at the wheel of a Maserati that was involved in a rolling shootout in Las Vegas, police say.

Police are hunting the occupants of a black Range Rover who opened fire on the Maserati as it headed north on Las Vegas Boulevard.

The Maserati's driver, identified by family members as Kenneth Cherry Jr., died after his Maserati slammed into a taxi and burst into flames on the busy Las Vegas strip, 2 blocks from where rapper Tupac was shot.

The taxi driver, Michael Boldon, 62, and his passenger also died, CNN reports.

A passenger inside the Maserati survived the crash.

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Rickie Lamb pedestrian struck by car

A Clayton County mom is "furious" that police used a new feature on Facebook to contact her about her son's death.

Anna Lamb-Creasey searched for her son Rickie Lamb for weeks after he went missing on Jan. 25. Lamb-Creasy told WSB Channel 2's Tom Jones she called hospitals and checked jails for her missing son.

She even posted messages on the 30-year-old's Facebook page.

So when she found strange messages in a Facebook message folder that she didn't know existed called "other", she ignored them.

She said the messages were sent from a user named "Misty Hancock. And I'm like who is this Misty Hancock," Lamb-Creasey said. She was also thrown off by the profile picture of rapper T.I.

Lamb-Creasey told Channel 2's Tom Jones she had no idea if someone who is not a "friend" sends her a message it goes to a box called "other" in the message folder.

"I'm like, OK. I'm thinking it's just fake," she said.

Then, on Valentine's day, Lamb-Creasy's daughter finally called the number on the Misty Hancock page and an officer informed her that Rickie died when he was struck by a car as he crossed Tara Boulevard and Old Dixie road Jan. 24. The driver wasn't ticketed.

Lamb-Creasy was furious that police didn't use more conventional means to notify her until 20 days after her son's death.

Lamb-Creasey says they should have used a police department Facebook profile.

"People need to know that it's a police department trying to contact them. If you just have a picture of a rapper T.I. no one's gonna take that serious," said Melissa Wilson, a friend of Lamb-Creasy.

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Clayton County police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution they made every effort to contact the family in a more conventional way. They said they checked several addresses and never could reach anyone. They're still looking into why that Facebook account was used.

Lamb's funeral is set for Saturday.

If you'd like to help with funeral expenses, Lamb-Creasey's job has set up an account at any Chase Bank. Just refer to account number 183503217.

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