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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.

Gucci Mane arrested, again

Gucci Mane arrested, again

ATLANTA -- Rapper Radric Davis, better known as Gucci Mane, has been arrested again.

Davis was booked into the Fulton County Jail Tuesday night and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon.

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A warrant was issued for Davis after he allegedly hit a soldier from Ft. Hood with a champagne bottle at the Harlem Nights Ultra Lounge in Downtown Atlanta on Mar. 16.

Davis was in the VIP section of the club, which was holding a mix tape release party.

The victim, James Lettley, said he tried to start a conversation and wanted a picture with Davis, but was hit on the head with a bottle instead. He said a member of Davis' entourage then hit him in the face.

Lettley was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

Disability advocates call for change to Ga. death penalty law

Disability advocates call for change to Ga. death penalty law

Proposed Changes Would Bar Executions for People with Intellectual Disabilities

When: 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Where: Capitol Exterior - Washington Street

What:  A coalition of disability organizations will hold a press conference detailing their efforts to change the death penalty law in Georgia to prevent the execution of people with intellectual disabilities.

Why: Georgia requires a defendant to prove mental retardation (intellectual disability) beyond a reasonable doubt.  This is the heaviest burden of proof in the law and Georgia is the only state in the nation that requires it at this level. 

Arrest made in tattoo parlor shooting

Arrest made in tattoo parlor shooting

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting death at a West End tattoo parlor.

Clifford Harris, 22, was taken into custody Sunday night on charges of murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon said Harris is accused of shooting two people at Celebrity Status Tattoo on Jan. 16.

One of the victims, Anton Johnson, died at the scene. The other victim was shot in the chest and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition; his name was not released.

Lyon said investigators believe both victims worked at the tattoo parlor. The motive for the shooting is still unclear.

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."

Wrongfully convicted: Growing evidence of police misconduct in 1996 murder case, Scott Davis appeals

Wrongfully convicted: Growing evidence of police misconduct in 1996 murder case, Scott Davis appeals

 

Contacts:

Mitch Leff, Leff & Associates, (404) 861-4769, mitch@leffassociates.com

Marcia Shein, esq., Shein and Brandenberg Attorneys, (404) 633-3797, marcia@msheinlaw.com

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