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GBI executes statewide child porn sweep; 18 arrested so far

Eighteen people have been arrested following a three-month operation by law enforcement authorities looking for evidence of distribution of child pornography using the Internet, and more arrests are expected in the coming days. Forty-four search warrants were executed in 31 counties Wednesday as part of a statewide endeavor known as ...

Maylon Benson, holding a spotlight, stands beside a sign he erected on his property on the outskirts of Poulan, Ga., to warn drivers about police in the town. The city of Poulan (pop. 833) ranked fourth in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s statewide analysis of jurisdictions with the highest traffic revenues per capita.

Some rural Georgia towns policing for profit

WARWICK — Stroll through the tranquil Southwest Georgia town of Warwick and you’ll notice a new police headquarters and two new Chevrolet Tahoe patrol vehicles. They’re renovating the community center, which doubles as a municipal court, and the town just bought two license plate readers for $25,000 apiece. So how ...

Georgia Civil War calendar of 150th events

A sampling of Civil War 150th anniversary events in the coming weeks. For more on the Civil War in Georgia, follow the AJC: http://www.ajc.com/s/opinion/ and http://www.myajc.com/s/battleofatlanta/SATURDAY, OCT. 25SANDERSVILLE: 150th anniversary of Sherman’s March through Washington County, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Motor tour sponsored by the Washington County Historical Society visits ...

Former APS Deerwood Academy asst principal Tabeeka Jordan sits with defense attorney Akil Secret as they listen to testimony Monday. Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Kent D. Johnson

APS witness: ‘I had a lot of problems sleeping’

A former Atlanta teacher said Monday that staff members at Deerwood Academy reassured her about changing students’ answers on state tests in 2008: people do this all the time, they said.Margaret Merkerson, a retired from Atlanta Public Schools teacher, said she changed students’ answers at the time and then did ...

The Doraville city limits sign Buford Highway warns of traffic enforcement. The city devotes almost half its annual budget to its police department. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Policing for profit? Atlanta’s leading ticket traps

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has created a database of traffic ticket income for every city and county in Georgia from 2008 through 2012.According to the AJC’s analysis of ticket revenue per capita, Doraville led the metro area with $847 collected for every man, woman and child living in the city. Rounding ...

Attorney Stacy Ehrisman-Mickle waits outside immigration court with her month-old daughter after being denied a continuance by Judge J. Dan Pelletier.

Judge castigates lawyer for taking baby to court

A local attorney who could not arrange child care for her newborn – she’d asked the court for a continuance and was turned down – decided to strap the baby to her chest and take her to court. “I had no idea what I was walking into; I was hoping ...

Man wounded in MARTA station shooting

One man was wounded and another in custody after a shooting inside MARTA’s Inman Park Station shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon. MARTA reported the man received a non-life threatening injury to his arm. The station was closed temporarily and the authority used bus bridges to ferry people between the ...

I 985 NB lanes remain closed after wreck just north of I 85 split

All northbound lanes of I 985 remained closed just north of the I 85 split, 90 minutes after a 2 p.m. Saturday wreck. At least two people have sustained critical injuries, said Gwinnett police Sgt. R.E. Long. Return to ajc.com for updates.

Gwinnett names transportation director

Gwinnett County has named an acting replacement for the county’s retiring transportation director.Alan Chapman, the current deputy transportation director, will replace Kim Conroy, who retires Oct. 24.Chapman came to the county’s Department of Transportation in 1997, and worked as a project manager for the road improvements capital program. In 2004, ...

Statewide push aims to get more jobs for developmentally disabled

At any given time, the Georgia Spice Co. has one to six people with developmental disabilities on its payroll.Here’s why. Not only are they eager to work, but they also are loyal and conscientious, according to Selma Shapiro, president of the 15-employee Atlanta manufacturing company.Shapiro said she made that realization ...

Police chief arrest on sex charges shocks officials in two cities

Officials in two Pike County cities will likely meet Thursday to discuss the future of the one man who holds leadership positions in each following news of his arrest on charges that he used one position to solicit sex from young men and provided one with county gasoline. The GBI ...

Bond for 1 student in toilet paper prank; immigration hold for 2nd

One Gwinnett County high school student is out of jail on bond but the other remains on an immigration hold after their misguided prank at Meadowcreek High School backfired at and got them charged with arson and committing a terroristic act. Carlos Medrano-Lendof, 18, made his $16,900 bond Tuesday after ...

Duluth police: pepper-spraying shoplifter may have fled state

Duluth detectives have broadened their search for a pepper-spraying shoplifter to Florida and other states.Tipsters have identified Kahala Johnson as the suspected shoplifter who made an escape from a Duluth Walmart last Thursday by pepper spraying a store employee.Johnson is from Jacksonville, Fla., and has trolled Gwinnett stores in the ...

Body of Decatur man, 60, pulled from Lake Lanier

Divers late Monday morning recovered the body of a 60-year-old Decatur man who apparently drowned in Lake Lanier Sunday night. Hall County sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Bailes said Earl Cosby was on a dock at Clarks Bridge Park just before 10 p.m. Sunday when his boat began to drift away. “The ...

Driver killed in crash with MARTA bus identified

The driver who was killed when his car collided with a MARTA bus has been identified as Ricky Kindrick, 49, of Union City.Kindrick died when his northbound car crashed head-on into a southbound bus on Roosevelt Highway near Global Gateway Connector at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, said Lyle Harris of MARTA.The ...

Motorist killed in crash with MARTA bus in College Park

A motorist was killed Sunday morning after a head-on collision with a MARTA bus in College Park.The collision occurred around 8:30 a.m., according to MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris. He said the MARTA bus was traveling southbound on Roosevelt Highway near Global Gateway Connector when it was struck head-on by a ...

Man arrested after jumping on tracks at Five Points MARTA station

Service was delayed on MARTA’s East-West line for about 20 minutes Saturday afternoon following the arrest of a man who allegedly jumped onto the tracks at the Five Points station. According to MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris, about 1:34 p.m. a 25-year-old man jumped from the center platform onto the tracks. ...

Rand Csehy, a former narcotics prosecutor, shown here following his 2012 arrest, is fighting disbarment regarding drug charges.

Former prosecutor in Fulton says he too is a victim of Brian Nichols

Infamous courthouse murderer Brian Nichols has claimed one more victim: the former top narcotics prosecutor in Fulton County. That is, according to the former narcotics prosecutor. “My days of practicing law are over,” Rand Csehy, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday. “I’m done with them and good riddance.” Csehy, the former ...

UPDATE: Brookhaven police think they might have ID of injured man

UPDATE:Brookhaven Police believe they have solved the mystery of the identity of a critically injured man shortly after putting out the man’s picture and description in local media.A man believes he recognized a picture of the man he saw on Mundo Hispanico’s web page is his brother, Maj. Brandon Gurley ...

Authorities need help in identifying this man with this sketch and tattoos

Fulton morgue asks for help in ID of man with distinctive tattoos

His sketch might be Everyman but the tattoos are distinctive and the authorities hope they will help in identifying a dead Hispanic man in the Fulton County morgue.The man was found on September 21 in a railroad yard near 1809 Perry Boulevard in Atlanta, according to officials at the Fulton ...

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