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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.

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

ATLANTA -- A Kennesaw man has pleaded guilty to being part of a kickback scheme involving Atlanta Public Schools.

Mahendra Patel admitted in federal court that he conspired with APS chief information officer Jerome Oberlton to benefit from a certain firm receiving a $780,000 computer project from the school district.

"Patel subverted the fairness of the contracting process for his own benefit and ultimately undermined the trust taxpayers place in APS to provide high-quality educational services," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement.

Oberlton pleaded not guilty in federal court in June. His trial date has not yet been set.

Atlanta Police to host crime awareness program

Atlanta Police to host crime awareness program

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department's COPS unit will hold a crime awareness program at the East Atlanta Library next week.

COPS stands for Community-Oriented Policing Section. Its goal is to educate citizens to help them be more aware of their surroundings and prevent as many crimes as possible.

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The program, called Street Smarts, will be Monday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. in the library's meeting room.

It is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call the library at 404-730-5438 to reserve a spot in the class.

Stolen car involved in Atlanta police chase

Stolen car involved in Atlanta police chase

ATLANTA -- A stolen car was recovered after it was involved in a police chase in southeast Atlanta Thursday morning.

The car was taken Wednesday evening. Atlanta Police Capt. Scott Kreher said a suspect dragged the car's owner from the vehicle and then drove it away.

A few hours later, the car became involved in a chase with a Georgia State Patrol trooper's vehicle.

Kreher said the chase began in southwest Atlanta, crossed the Downtown Connector and ultimately ended shortly before 2 a.m. near the intersection of Moreland and Ormewood avenues in East Atlanta, when police executed a PIT maneuver.

The suspect inside the stolen car was taken into custody. Kreher said police are working to determine if he was the one who stole the car.

No one was injured in the police chase.

Armed robbery spree ends with teen's arrest

Armed robbery spree ends with teen's arrest

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have arrested a 15 year old accused of at least three armed robbery attempts in southeast Atlanta Monday evening.

The crime spree began at around 10 p.m., when two people robbed someone at gunpoint at the intersection of Woodland and Eden avenues, according to Atlanta Police Officer Kim Jones.

About 15 minutes later, a second armed robbery took place on nearly Memorial Drive.

The two suspects, who were riding a motorized scooter, attempted a third robbery on Kent Street when they were spotted by police, Jones said.

The suspects began a chase but quickly crashed the scooter, which was stolen, according to Jones. They ran, but cops managed to catch one of them. His name was not released because of his age.

Police found three cell phones and a revolver on the teen, Jones said. A second gun was found at the crash site.

No one was hurt in any of the robberies.

Woman shot and killed in apparent home invasion

Woman shot and killed in apparent home invasion

ATLANTA -- Police say a woman in her 30's was shot and killed just before midnight Tuesday at a home on Van Vleck Avenue SE.

Lt. Paul Guerrucci, the Atlanta Police Department's Homicide Unit Commander, said a man also in the home at the time was slightly injured but did not required hospitalization. Guerrucci said the man is cooperating with police. The woman was shot at least one time.

Police are in the early stages of their investigation, but Guerrucci said it appears the woman was killed in a home invasion. Officers have not determine what if anything was taken. Police did not release any information about possible suspects.

The woman's name has not been released.