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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.

Burglar caught on camera. Recognize him?

Burglar caught on camera. Recognize him?

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are trying to track down a suspected burglar who escaped arrest, but was caught on camera.

Police say a young black male suspect with tattoos, short hair, and grey pants over red shorts was in the process of burglarizing a home on April 1. Police responded to the call in the 1700 block of Cecile Ave. SE, but he was able to escape.

If you have any information about the suspect, the Atlanta Police asks you to call the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or by text CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Persons do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000.

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.

Thief steals brownies from Atlanta restaurant

Thief steals brownies from Atlanta restaurant

ATLANTA -- A few small desserts were the only items reported missing after a restaurant break-in in northeast Atlanta Thursday morning.

Someone used a brick to smash a window at Little Azio Pizza & Pasta in the 740 block of Moreland Avenue.

Atlanta Police said the thief stole four to six brownies. Nothing else was taken.

It isn't the first time Little Azio has experienced a burglary. Police said the last culprit was a homeless person.

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Safety is a top concern for people planning to relocate to a new city. Luckily, the national research firm ValuePenguin crunched the numbers in an attempt to determine which areas of Georgia are the safest and most dangerous.

The top 10 safest cities in Georgia:

1. Holly Springs
2. Johns Creek
3. Milton
4. Flowery Branch
5. Tyrone
6. Grovetown
7. Peachtree City
8. Folkston
9. Jefferson
10. Hampton

The top 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia:

1. College Park
2. East Point
3. Atlanta
4. Americus
5. Garden City
6. Union City
7. Albany
8. Brunswick
9. Hapeville
10. Eastman

Boy found dead in 1999 still unidentified

Boy found dead in 1999 still unidentified

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Sixteen years after a young boy was found dead in DeKalb County, investigators still do not know his name.

The child's remains were discovered Feb. 26, 1999 in a wooded area behind a small church cemetery on Clifton Springs Road. Police believe he'd been dead several months before he was found.

Experts say the boy was between 5 and 7 years old, black, about 4 feet tall and 50 pounds. He was wearing a long-sleeve hooded pullover sweatshirt, a blue and white plaid sweater, blue jeans and brown suede Timberland boots, size 11.

An investigation determined the child likely came from the region that emcompasses metro Atlanta, south Georgia and parts of north Florida.

Anyone with information about the unidentified boy is asked to call the DeKalb County Medical Examiner at 404-508-3500 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.