Our network

Crime

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

DECATUR, Ga. -- A former Chamblee Police Department employee charged with fixing traffic tickets has pleaded not guilty in DeKalb County Superior Court.

Bobbi Jean Farrell was indicted in October on four counts of theft by taking. She's charged with arranging to have more than $3,000 in refunds from traffic arrest bonds sent to herself.

Traffic offenders arrested in Chamblee who put up bond and later are acquitted or have their cases dropped are subject to a refund.

According to earlier reports, prosecutors think that between April and June of this year, the Farrell funneled some of that money to herself by changing the citations of guilty offenders to show that prosecutors had dropped the charges.

Farrell was arrested on July 13 and subsequently fired.

 

DECATUR: 11-year-old arrested for stealing championship ring

DECATUR - (AP) - Police have arrested an 11-year-old boy and say more juveniles could be arrested in connection with a DeKalb County burglary where four college football championship rings belonging to a former Florida State University player were stolen.

The rings belong to Jeff Womble, who played at FSU from 1999 to 2003. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Womble's mother, Avis Williams, returned home Saturday afternoon after visiting relatives for Thanksgiving to find her home ransacked. Her son's name and No.

DeKalb man convicted of killing 2-year-old

DeKalb man convicted of killing 2-year-old

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County jury has found a 30-year-old man guilty of beating a toddler to death.

Robert Alexander was convicted of felony murder, cruelty to children and aggravated battery on Monday.

The two-year-old victim, Diamone Wilson, suffered a lethal head injury while in Alexander's care in July of 2010. She died after three days in the hospital. The medical examiner determined that she also sustained trauma to her arms, liver and pelvis.

"This was a brutal and senseless act by a very violent and dangerous individual," said DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James. "It is extremely disheartening to know that this young girl lost her life at the hands of a reckless and irresponsible adult."

Alexander is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday afternoon.

DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

ATLANTA -- DeKalb and Fulton counties have been awarded grants for use by law enforcement agencies to combat child sexual abuse and exploitation.

The grants awarded Tuesday are administrated by the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Federal officials say DeKalb County will receive $496,793 and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office will receive $352,803. They say Atlanta continues to have a reputation as a center of child prostitution.

Twenty grants totaling $9.2 million are being awarded to agencies across the country.

Missing Wis. teen found in DeKalb

Missing Wis. teen found in DeKalb

DECATUR, Ga. -- Investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found a missing Wisconsin teenager and her infant son in DeKalb County.

The 15-year-old girl vanished from her Fitchburg, Wis. home in May. The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation contacted the GBI on July 13 when they determined the girl and her child were in the Atlanta area.

The two juveniles were recovered from a hotel in DeKalb County on Friday, July 15. A laptop and cell phone were also seized for further investigation.

Police determined the girl was a commercially sexually exploited child. She was taken to DeKalb County juvenile intake, where she is awaiting transport back to Wisconsin.

Her son, who is less than a year old, was taken into the custody of DeKalb County DFCS.

Mugshot Mondays

Mugshot Mondays

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.