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Another DeKalb official indicted for corruption

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A former janitorial services manager for DeKalb County and the Georgia World Congress Center has been indicted on public corruption charges.

Patrick Jackson, 55, is charged with bribery and mail fraud. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Jackson accepted bribes in exchange for helping his company net government contracts.

Prosecutors said that from 2006 to 2012, Jackson was simultaneously employed by DeKalb County and the GWCC, but was still in touch with his former employer, identified only as Company A. Company A provided janitorial services to Jackson's employers.

According to the indictment, Jackson used his position to benefit the interests of Company A in business dealings with his two employers. In exchange, Company A paid for and furnished Jackson's luxury apartment. Yates said Jackson did not tell DeKalb County or the GWCC that Company A provided him with an apartment.

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.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Civil rights group not able to meet with Hawks CEO

ATLANTA -- Civil rights leaders hoping to sit down with Hawks CEO Steve Koonin were unable to meet with him.

The group showed up at Philips Arena Wednesday morning but Rev. Markel Hutchins says Koonin did not meet and discuss the controversy surrounding co-owner Bruce Levenson's announcement he will sell the team.

Hutchins said Tuesday night the group received a call from the Hawks public relations office saying the scheduled meeting needed to be postponed. Hutchins told them since Koonin set up the meeting, he would have to call personally and cancel hit.

Hutchins said Koonin never called, so the group showed up, assuming they would meet.

Audit: Widespread theft at Atlanta watershed department

ATLANTA – Rampant theft problems exist within the Atlanta Watershed Management Department, a scathing audit shows.

The 40-page report was conducted by the city and released on Tuesday. The city says it cannot account for 10,000 water meters that were bought between 2006 and 2013.


Despite many warnings, the audit found the department failed to tighten security lapses at its warehouses.

The report goes on to say the problems are so widespread that it's impossible to know how much equipment is missing.

Commissioners pledge to fight hunger in Fulton County

Commissioners pledge to fight hunger in Fulton County

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commission Vice-Chair Emma I. Darnell, District 5, presented a resolution declaring support for Hunger Action Month during the Wednesday, September 3, 2014, Board of Commissioners meeting.  The resolution was approved by the board with District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner and District 7 Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards joining as co-sponsors.
The resolution emphasized Fulton County’s efforts to fight hunger through Meals on Wheels, Project Open Hand, WIC, Health and Wellness Department, Cooperative Extension’s Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market, Food and Nutrition Programs, Fulton County Office of Aging, Multipurpose Senior Facilities and Neighborhood Senior Centers. The resolution also expressed support for community and faith-based organizations that provide programs and services to fight hunger in Fulton County. The resolution affirmed Fulton County’s continuing commitment to fight hunger.