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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.

HAPEVILLE: Officer, child hurt in bizarre chase

HAPEVILLE: Officer, child hurt in bizarre chase

ATLANTA -- A 12-year-old boy and an Atlanta police officer were injured in an early morning chase involving a tow truck.

A wrecker with an unsecured pickup truck on its flatbed was weaving on I-285 and caught a police officer's attention early Wednesday morning.

The wrecker driver refused to stop for the officer, which began a low-speed chase.

The wrecker exited at Jonesboro Road and lost the pickup truck at the intersection of Browns Mill Road SE and Crown Road SE. A second Atlanta police officer who had joined the chase swerved to avoid the runaway pickup and crashed into a fence. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with injuries to his arm.

The chase continued to Renault Road SE and Cologne Drive SE, where the wrecker driver jumped out and ran, leaving the wrecker rolling. The vehicle clipped one house and slammed into the side of another.

COLLEGE PARK: Ala. woman convicted in husband's death

COLLEGE PARK: Ala. woman convicted in husband's death

ATLANTA -- An Alabama woman has been convicted in Atlanta of murder and other charges in her husband's death.

The Fulton County District Attorney's office said 38-year-old Constance Clark of Birmingham has been convicted by a Superior Court jury in the 2005 contract killing of 35-year-old William Eric Clark.

Prosecutors said the woman took out a $500,000 life insurance policy on her husband and renewed a previous $100,000 policy before arranging with her cousin, Jean Pierre Devaughn, to kill William.

Constance Clark was sentenced to life plus five years in prison.

Devaughn was convicted in April and sentenced to life in prison on the same counts. Prosecutors said he lured William Clark to a partly completed subdivision in College Park, where he shot him multiple times.

Former Tech professor indicted on child porn charges

Former Tech professor indicted on child porn charges

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech professor, Faiz Al-Khayyal has been indicted in Fulton and Clayton counties for possessing images of child pornography.

The former Tech professor was first suspected of possessing images of child porn in 2009 after suspected pornography was found on computers in his office and on his work-issued laptop at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport. Authorities, then, raided his home and he was placed on administrative leave from Georgia Tech.  

According to the Georgia Department of Law,

A Fulton County Grand Jury returned a 172 count indictment against Al-Khayyal for Sexual Exploitation of Children (O.C.G.A. § 16-12-100) in Fulton County Superior Court on August 2, 2011. A Clayton County Grand Jury returned a 29 count indictment for Sexual Exploitation of Children (O.C.G.A. § 16-12-100) in Clayton County on August 3, 2011.

Man killed in overnight hit-and-run

Man killed in overnight hit-and-run

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- College Park police are looking for suspects in a fatal hit-and-run.

It happened shortly after midnight Friday on West Fayetteville Road, just south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Police say the victim, a black man, was dead when they arrived. They have not yet released his name, pending notification of his family.

One witness to the incident has already come forward. Anyone else with information in this case is asked to call Officer K. Stanley at 404-761-3131.

 

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.