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Dekalb Woman goes to Prison for Elder Abuse

Monique Windley, age 28, of DeKalb County will serve three years in prison after being found guilty of elder exploitation, theft by taking and identity fraud committed against two patients under her care. She will be on probation for 12 years after serving the three years.

One of the victims suffered from dementia and the other was sick with cancer. Windley, a certified nurse assistant, had worked in a private DeKalb County assisted living facility. Windley stole more than $10,000 from the cancer victim and she even paid her utility bills out of the victim’s checking account.  As a condition of her sentence she is prohibited from working in any elder care facility and has to pay $11,350 in restitution.

Jeanne Canavan, DeKalb County deputy chief assistant district attorney, was the prosecutor. Canavan heads the white collar crime/elder exploitation unit.   

During the sentencing on Oct.

Disney and Steve Harvey are Calling for 100 High School Students...Apply Now!!!

Atlanta, GA--  Steve Harvey is looking for 100 high school students to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will open their minds, change their lives and help them shine their brightest. There is only 30 more days to Apply!!! Atlanta is known for always being represented in the group of 100, so let's do it again and get our applications in!

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Early Retirement Saves Money, Creates Budget Crunch at Dekalb Jail

DEKALB, Co.-- An effort to save money in Dekalb County has put the Sheriff in a budget and manpower challenge at the jail.

Sheriff Thomas Brown lost 89 employees when early retirement was offered by Dekalb County as a cost saving measure. Most of those employees worked at the Dekalb County jail. The sheriff says as he has struggles to find qualified entry-level replacements, he's working his remaining detention officers overtime to maintain order at the jail.

"We have to have enough people at the jail to operate it safely," said Sheriff Brown. "We been having regularly work people overtime, and that's pushed against a depressed budget I have."

Sheriff Brown said he's already spent a million dollars beyond his overtime budget. He's been using money from other areas of his budget to keep the jail fully staffed.

Mega Family Project presents "LGBT Families ROCK!"

Atlanta,GA--  On Saturday from 9am -5pm, the MEGA Family Project will be holding a conference to highlight some of the larger, unique issues that LGBT families have to go through.

Whether you are a couple, a prospective parent, already a parent, or single wanting a family, this is your conference. The keynote speach will be given by Dr.

The 2010 Legislative Community Cabinet & Breakfast Meeting is Saturday.Roy Barnes & others to Attend

Atlanta, GA--  On Saturday October 2nd from 9am to 11am, the Dekalb Legislative COmmunity Cabinet is inviting all of the Georgia Statewide Democratic Candidates to its annual breakfast to meet the residents and answer questions.

The Guest speakers will be, Mike Thurmond (US Senator), Roy Barnes (Governor), Carol Porter (Lieutenant Gov.), Georganna Sinkfield (Sec. of State), and Daryl Hicks (Labor Commissioner).

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Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.