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New sketch released of East Atlanta murder suspect

New sketch released of East Atlanta murder suspect

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have released a new sketch of the suspect in two recent robberies along Kirkwood Avenue.

The sketch was made public Monday.

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Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon said the unidentified man may have committed two robberies, 10 minutes apart, on May 25.

The same man is also accused of fatally shooting 33-year-old Patrick Cotrona on May Avenue on the same night.

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Anyone with information in any of these cases is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

ATLANTA (AP) - A former chief information officer for Atlanta's school system accused of accepting bribes in exchange for his influence in awarding a technology contract has pleaded not guilty.

Jerome Oberlton entered his plea in federal court in Atlanta Tuesday. A federal grand jury handed down a seven-count indictment last week naming Oberlton and another man, Mahendra Patel, in the bribery scheme. Patel also pleaded not guilty.

The indictment says the two accepted $60,000 in kickbacks from an information technology company that won a contract worth more than $700,000 from the school district.

Oberlton served as chief information officer for Atlanta schools from 2004 to 2007. Oberlton joined the Dallas school district in January and was working as chief of staff. He resigned last week after informing the superintendent of the investigation.

3 pedestrians hit outside East Atlanta nightclub

3 pedestrians hit outside East Atlanta nightclub

ATLANTA -- Three pedestrians are recovering after being hit by a car outside of an East Atlanta club.

The incident happened just after 2 a.m. outside of Asylum nightclub on Flat Shoals Avenue. Police said all three pedestrians sustained non-life threatening injuries. Two were transported to Grady to be treated for leg injuries; a third was treated on the scene and released.

Atlanta Police Sgt. Brian Wilkins told 11Alive News the driver, Robby Manley, was spinning his wheels and doing tricks in the street when he lost control and sped onto the sidewalk. Sgt. Wilkins said after the driver hit the pedestrians, pinning one against a glass window, he got out of the car and ran away. Another officer caught him around the corner and arrested him.

DeKalb man found guilty of trafficking children

DeKalb man found guilty of trafficking children

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County man faces more than 200 years in prison after being found guilty of human trafficking.

Darryl Curry will be sentenced Mar. 26. A DeKalb County jury found him guilty Monday of 13 felony counts, including trafficking, pimping and sexual exploitation of children.

"(Curry) is a monster who preyed upon young and impressionable girls for his own personal and financial gain," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said in a statement.

Police began investigating Curry in October 2011, when one of his victims called them. Investigators eventually found a second victim and uncovered evidence against Curry, including videos of him instructing others on how to become pimps and get rich by exploiting women.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Teen sentenced in toe typing robbery

Teen sentenced in toe typing robbery

ATLANTA -- A teen has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for an armed robbery in which the victim used her toes to type messages for help.

A Fulton County judge Tuesday sentenced 19-year-old Dontavius Jackson in the 2010 attack. He was found guilty of armed robbery, aggravated battery and other charges.

Authorities say Jackson broke into Amy Windom's home, beat her and forced her from room to room as he stole electronics, money and her ATM card. Authorities say he tied her to her bed, stole her car and fled.