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Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Police Department's Summer Crime Initiative appears to be paying off.

Monday morning, the department announced it has seen reductions in three crime categories. Residential burglaries are down 17 percent, pedestrian robberies are down 10 percent and entering auto cases are down nine percent this summer.

New strategies used to prevent and reduce crime in DeKalb County include 24-hour specialized operations, bike patrols and curfew enforcement.

"The reduction in crime statistics proves that the investments we are making in police and fire personnel pay dividends," DeKalb County interim CEO Lee May said in a release.

May said the police department plans to add 160 more sworn officers and 100 patrol cars by the end of 2014.

Man shot during pool party at hotel

Man shot during pool party at hotel

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- A 20-year-old man was shot in the parking lot of a Chamblee hotel Tuesday morning.

The victim, Derrick Dijon White, told police he was shot at around 1 a.m. when he arrived at the Marriott Residence Inn on Savoy Drive near Chamblee Dunwoody Road.

White told Chamblee Police that he, his 16-year-old brother and a friend went to the hotel to attend a graduation/pool party they learned about on Twitter. As they got out of the car, they heard gunshots, and White was struck in the upper left thigh.

The victim and his two companions drove to a nearby QuikTrip for help, according to police.

Investigators have not yet identified a suspect in the shooting.

2 suspects rob DeKalb apartment

2 suspects rob DeKalb apartment

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two suspects are on the run after robbing a DeKalb County apartment overnight.

The robbery happened at around 1:45 a.m. DeKalb County Police said the men broke into a unit at the Park Pointe North Apartments on Flowers Road South near Mercer University's Atlanta campus.

Two people were inside the apartment. They told police one of the suspects had a gun, but no shots were fired and no one was hurt in the robbery.

The suspects are described as black men dressed in black. DeKalb County Police are searching for them.

2 shot outside DeKalb lounge

2 shot outside DeKalb lounge

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two people were shot outside a hookah lounge in northeast Atlanta Sunday night.

The shooting happened at around 11:20 p.m. at Mint Ultra Lounge in the 3000 block of Briarcliff Road.

Dispatchers had few details about the shooting, but said it was not fatal. The victims' names and conditions have not been released.

DeKalb County Police do not believe the lounge was connected to the shooting.

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'Maintenance Man' rape suspect's trial begins

'Maintenance Man' rape suspect's trial begins

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Jury selection begins Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of committing at least five rapes in the 1980s.

Daniel Wade, 63, is believed to be the Maintenance Man rapist, a nickname derived from the fact that he posed as a maintenance worker and attacked his victims in their apartments.

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Police say Wade committed the rapes between January 1986 and January 1987. His victims ranged in age from 10 to 65. They were sexually assaulted in various apartment complexes along northeast Atlanta's I-85 corridor.

The rapes went unsolved until April 2011, when police used DNA to link Wade to the five attacks, as well as three more in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. The suspect was indicted last September.

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

ATLANTA -- Three members of the MS-13 gang have been sentenced to life in prison for committing murders in two counties.

Ernesto Escobar, 30, of Norcross was sentenced Thursday in federal court. He goes by the street names "Flaco" and "Pink Panther."

Two co-defendants -- 25-year-old Miguel "Joker" Alvarado-Linares of Norcross and 30-year-old Dimas "Toro" Alfaro-Granados of Duluth -- were sentenced in October.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the three men were charged with murder, attempted murder and armed robbery for several incidents in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

Evidence presented in court showed Alvarado-Linares and Alfaro-Granados killed a fellow MS-13 member in October 2006 because they believed the victim was cooperating with police.

Tutor to low-income kids charged with forgery

Tutor to low-income kids charged with forgery

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A tutor to low-income children has been charged with first-degree forgery and false statements by a Fulton County Grand Jury.

Domonique Scott was charged Nov. 26 with creating false assets and liabilities for her company, A Love of Learning Tutoring.

Court documents show Scott produced false balance sheets, statements of net income, a forged letter showing a non-existent cash line of credit and even a start date for her company.

The fake company was hired in January 2010 by the Georgia Department of Education's Supplemental Education Services program, which provides free tutoring and academic assistance to low-income families. A Love of Learning Tutoring helped children in Bibb, Clayton, DeKalb, Muscogee and Richmond counties, according to information presented in court.