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Ex-Grady Memorial Hospital payroll director convicted of embezzlement

Ex-Grady Memorial Hospital payroll director convicted of embezzlement

ATLANTA -- Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation's former payroll director has been found guilty of stealing nearly half a million dollars from the Atlanta hospital.

Donald Thomas, 55, was convicted of six counts each of theft and wire fraud, and two counts of bank fraud. He will be sentenced in February.

According to information presented in federal court, from January 2008 to June 2011, Thomas oversaw payroll for Grady's 5,500 employees. During that time, he made 134 fraudulent payments to himself by removing fired employees' bank account numbers from their payroll records and replacing them with his own.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Thomas added vacation and severance pay for the former Grady employees, which was deposited into his personal bank account. In at least two instances, he created paper checks for payments to terminated employees, forged their signatures and took the money.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Three injured in shooting near downtown Marriott

Three injured in shooting near downtown Marriott

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Multiple people were injured during a shooting near the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Peachtree Center Avenue NE in downtown Atlanta.

Three people were taken to the hospital.There has been no word on their injuries or their condition.

Atlanta police say six people in a white passenger van were driving along Edgewood Avenue near Ebenezer Baptist Church when someone shot at their van. Police don't know who shot at the van or why.

The driver of the van drove to the Marriott. Crews at the hotel counted multiple bullet holes on the exterior of the van.

Police are working two crime scenes. The van remains at the hotel where police are looking for evidence. There are also officers along Edgewood Ave. & Auburn Ave. where shell casings and shattered glass was found.

Home invasion suspects captured while trying to run

Home invasion suspects captured while trying to run

ATLANTA -- Police arrested two home invasion suspects in Downtown Atlanta Wednesday morning.

Officers were dispatched to the CityWalk Apartments at Auburn Avenue and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive at around 1 a.m., after witnesses said they saw two men force a victim into his unit at gunpoint.

Investigators arrived and spoke with the victim, who told them one of the suspects made him lie in the bathtub, while the other bagged some of his property.

Atlanta Police spokesman Greg Lyon said officers set up a perimeter in the area after learning the suspects escaped through the building's parking deck.

An off-duty officer spotted the suspects near Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding and called for assistance.

Suspect arrested in fatal Woodruff Park stabbing

Suspect arrested in fatal Woodruff Park stabbing

ATLANTA -- A 26-year-old man has been charged with stabbing another man to death near Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta.

It happened shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday at Park Place and Edgewood Avenue.

Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones said the suspect, Trent Anderson, got into an argument with the victim. The argument escalated into a physical fight that ended when Anderson stabbed the victim.

The victim was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Grady Memorial Hospital. His name was not released.

Anderson was arrested a few blocks away from the park.

Ex-DFCS counselor charged with child molestation

Ex-DFCS counselor charged with child molestation

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A former counselor for the Division of Family and Children Services is accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl in his home.

Earl Hopper, 39, has been charged with rape, child molestation and enticing a child. Jury selection is underway in Fulton County for his trial.

Hopper worked as a counselor to the victim's siblings and volunteered to counsel her as well. Prosecutors said that on Nov. 10, 2011, Hopper picked up the girl from her home and took her to his house, where he gave her alcohol and sexually assaulted her.

The victim immediately told her mother about the assault, according to prosecutors. Hopper was arrested the next day.

Opening statements in Hopper's trial are expected to begin Tuesday afternoon.

Gucci Mane pleads guilty to aggravated assault

Gucci Mane pleads guilty to aggravated assault

ATLANTA -- Gucci Mane pleaded guilty Monday to an aggravated assault charge stemming from an attack at a Downtown Atlanta nightclub.

The 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, was sentenced to three years in prison for hitting a fan over the head with a vodka bottle.

Monday's sentence will run concurrently with a three-year federal sentence Davis is already serving for firearm possession.

The assault happened March 16, 2013 at Harlem Nights Ultra Lounge. Prosecutors said the victim, an Army staff sergeant in town on a brief military leave, tried to ask Davis for a picture, but was attacked instead.

The incident left the victim with a deep forehead laceration that required 10 stitches, according to prosecutors.

Davis turned himself in to police after arrest warrants were issued.