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DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston will honor and remember local crime victims during Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Boston will hold a public event on Tuesday, Apr. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Square in Decatur. Two crime victims -- Charmagne Helton and Nichole Villafane -- will also be in attendance and will share their stories of survival.

For seven weeks, Helton and her two young children lived in a shelter after escaping their abusive husband and father.

"Being a victim of violence is a horrible thing, but it isn't the end of the story," Helton said. "With the right support, victims can become victors."

Villafane's 21-year-old son, Xavier "X" Arnold, was fatally shot during an attempted robbery. X, who attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, was taking photographs of graffiti on Kirkwood warehouses when he was killed. The suspect was only 14 years old.

Ex-DeKalb official pleads guilty to fraud

Ex-DeKalb official pleads guilty to fraud

ATLANTA -- A former janitorial services manager has pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting bribes in exchange for government contracts.

Patrick Jackson, 56, of Loganville was indicted last September. He was investigated by both the FBI and GBI.

Jackson worked simultaneously for two government entities -- DeKalb County and Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center -- between 2006 and 2012. Before then, he worked for a company referred to in the indictment as Company A.

According to information presented in court, Jackson used his position and influence to secure government contracts for Company A with both DeKalb County and the GWCC. He also lived in a luxury Atlanta apartment paid for and furnished by Company A. Jackson did not tell his employers about each other or about his ties to Company A.

Man imprisoned for $100M surety bond fraud

Man imprisoned for $100M surety bond fraud

ATLANTA -- An Orange Park, Fla., man was sentenced to time in federal prison for operating a multimillion dollar surety bond fraud scheme.

DeKalb County and the city of McDonough received some of Eric Campbell's false bonds for construction projects.

"Mr. Campbell orchestrated a scheme whereby he defrauded numerous individuals, businesses, and state and local government of money based on false representations and promises," Veronica Hyman-Pillot, Special Agent in Charge with IRS Criminal Investigation, said in a release.

From August 2012 to July 2013, Campbell used a number of corporations to sell the bonds. He convinced contractors and government agencies to work with him by saying he had the authority to execute or issue surety bonds on behalf of affiliates of insurance company Chubb. Prosecutors said Campbell embossed the fake bonds with counterfeit seals and forged Chubb officials' signatures on them.

Person shot at Chamblee hotel

Person shot at Chamblee hotel

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Chamblee police are investigating a Monday morning shooting inside a hotel room.

It happened at around 4:40 a.m. at the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel in the 2000 block of Peachtree Industrial Court.

Chamblee Police Sgt. Chris Newberry said two men forced their way into a room at the hotel. They struggled with the victim and shot that person once in the hand.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made. Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Chamblee police at 470-395-2422 or 770-986-5000.

Man found shot outside Chamblee shoe store

Man found shot outside Chamblee shoe store

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- A man suffered a non-life-threatening shooting injury in DeKalb County Monday morning.

The victim, whose name was not released, was found shortly before 5 a.m. at the Payless ShoeSource at the corner of Buford Highway and Chamblee-Dunwoody Road.

Chamblee police said the man was grazed by a bullet somewhere along Pleasantdale Road in DeKalb County. He drove himself to the shoe store.

The victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

There was no immediate word about a possible suspect or motive.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Father, son targeted in home invasion

Father, son targeted in home invasion

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A man was hurt in a home invasion at his DeKalb County apartment Monday morning.

It happened at around 2:30 a.m. at the Park Pointe North Apartments in the 3300 block of Flowers Road South.

A DeKalb County Police spokesperson said the victim and his son were inside their unit when they heard a knock on the door. The father looked through the peephole and thought he recognized the person on the other side of the door, so he opened it.

When the victim opened the door, five men stormed into the unit, demanding money. Police said one of the suspects punched the victim in the eye.

The suspects only stayed in the apartment for about 30 seconds and left without taking anything, according to police.

The victim's son reportedly recognized two of the suspects. He was uninjured, while his father was not seriously hurt.

The home invasion is under investigation.