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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.

 

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.

Reward Increases in Animal Cruelty Case

Norred & Associates, an Atlanta-based security firm, will contribute $5,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) who shot a mixed breed pit bull in the head with an arrow with a metal tip. The dog was found wandering the streets in Southwest Atlanta Tuesday evening, Sept. 13. The dog, aptly named "Arrow," is expected to recover from its injuries.

To anonymously submit information related to the dog's injury, call the Help Stop Dog Fighting hotline at 877.215.2250 or submit information at www.helpstopdogfighting.com.

"We need to apprehend this person before another animal or person is injured," said CEO Greg Norred, of Norred & Associates.

The tip line was established as part of the company's overall pro-bono campaign to stop dog fighting.

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.

3 arrested for stealing Jeep

3 arrested for stealing Jeep

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell police have arrested three Metro Atlanta men for trying to steal a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a local car dealership.

A employee of Palmer Dodge on Alpharetta Highway told police that he was approached by a young black man on Wednesday. The man offered the employee $2,000 to leave a key in the car so it could be stolen.

The suspect told the employee that he planned to send the Jeep to New York and then out of the country, according to investigators.

Roswell police set up a sting operation in the parking lot. Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect returned to Palmer Dodge with two accomplices.

When the suspect got into the $47,000 Jeep and started it, police moved in and arrested him. He was identified as 36-year-old Kevin Johnson of Dallas.

Johnson's accomplices -- Walter Ray Hamilton, 30, of Chamblee and Michael Robert Thimas, 25, of Marietta -- were also arrested.

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.

Chamblee police investigate shooting death

Chamblee police investigate shooting death

UPDATE: The victim in this case has been identified as Ramon Rojas.

Investigators are currently working to enhance the surveillance video that captured the shooting so they can use it to help them identify a suspect.

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Chamblee police are investigating a suspicious shooting death.

Officers were called to El Taco Veloz at 3245 Chamblee Dunwoody Road around 5:40 this morning, where they found a Hispanic man dead of a single gunshot wound to the head.

According to investigators, a woman called 911 after witnessing the shooting.