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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.

CLAYTON: Cross-dressing serial thief hits gas station

CLAYTON: Cross-dressing serial thief hits gas station

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- The last two weeks have not been good for the BP gas station in the 5100 block of State Highway 85 in Clayton County.

According to store personnel, nine customers had their wallets, handbags and other possessions stolen from their cars over a 10-day period. At one point, there were eight robberies in eight straight days, all at pump six.

FAIRBURN: Gunshot victim drove to store for help

FAIRBURN: Gunshot victim drove to store for help

FAIRBURN. Ga. -- Fairburn Police say a woman who had been shot multiple times drove herself to a convenience store on Senoia Road late Thursday night. 

She told a store customer she had been shot.

The unidentified woman died at an Atlanta Hospital early Friday morning.

Police said they do not know where she was shot and under what circumstances.

A night of deadly gunfire in Metro Atlanta

A night of deadly gunfire in Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Police investigators have their hands full following a night of violence.

Shortly after midnight, an unidentified man was shot in the head at the intersection of Weyman Avenue SW and Ridge Avenue SW in South Atlanta.

Police Captain Van Hobbs said the man was leaning against a car, talking to the people inside, when another car crashed into the car's rear. Several men in the second car jumped out, shouting "Those are the guys we're looking for."

The men chased the victim into the woods, beat him and shot him in the head. Police are looking for the gunmen.

Hobbs said the victim was in serious but stable condition at a local  hospital. 

A while later, Atlanta Police were called to another shooting about a mile away on Cooper Street SW near Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard downtown. A 17-year-old boy said he was standing on the street when a gunman walked up and shot him in the buttocks. 

South Fulton man pleads guilty to tax fraud

South Fulton man pleads guilty to tax fraud

UNION CITY, Ga. -- A Union City man has pleaded guilty to using fraudulent information while preparing tax returns.

Michael Thornton, 41, will be sentenced in September. If convicted, he could face three years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

According to information presented in court, Thornton prepared and filed fraudulent tax returns for numerous co-workers and associates while he worked at a collection agency. He allegedly inflated his clients' incomes and invented deductions so they could receive larger refunds.

Thornton also filed a fraudulent personal return for himself in 2005.

"Tax fraud doesn't just cheat the government but steals money from millions of honest, hardworking Americans who pay their fair share," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

Man sentenced to life in prison for murder

Man sentenced to life in prison for murder

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- A South Fulton man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing another man.

Kealy Williams, 26, of Palmetto pleaded guilty May 23 to charges of murder, hijacking a car, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm.

He admitted to killing Terrence Harris, a 41-year-old Ohio resident who was in Georgia for his father's funeral, during a botched carjacking.

The incident happened on November 13, 2008 at the Golden Shine Car Wash in Fairburn. The victim and his cousin were cleaning Harris's father's car so relatives could use it during the funeral service.

Williams approached the two men and demanded the keys to the car.

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.