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DEKALB | Public Works officials indicted for extortion, bribery

DECATUR, Ga. -- Two DeKalb Public Works officials are accused of forcing a private contractor to "pay to play" on a county project.

Fidelis Ogbu and Neacacha Joyner were indicted Tuesday on federal charges of bribery and extortion. The 59-year-old engineering supervisor and 40-year-old construction inspector are accused of exploiting their positions to extort money from a contractor hired for a sidewalk project. Federal prosecutors say the two made the contractor pay them off to avoid delays on the project and gain future projects.

"The actions of the defendants, as alleged in this indictment, serve as the core definition of public corruption," FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian Lamkin said in a statement.

Gingrich wins Ga., Romney takes 6, Santorum lands 3

ATLANTA -- With a big win in his home state of Georgia, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich picks up at least 23 delegates. The remainder of Georgia's 76 delegates will be divided up under state party rules.

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Shortly after the announcement, Gingrich tweeted, "Thank you Georgia! It is gratifying to win my home state so decisively to launch our March Momentum. #MarchMo #250gas #SuperTuesday"

Top teams remain as the Final Four begins

ATLANTA -- The Milton boys and the McEachern girls remain the top teams in the latest Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 poll for metro Atlanta, as the state basketball tournament heads for the Final Four.

Defending state champions Columbia and Miller Grove are 2 and 3 this week, with Westlake and Shiloh completing the boys top 5.

In the girls poll, defending state champions Wesleyan and Norcross are 2 and 3, with North Gwinnett and Hillgrove rounding out the top 5.

The Super25 polls for metro Atlanta are computer generated and produced by USA Today exclusively for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net and 11Alive.com.

DeKalb County Mobile Career Center schedule

DeKalb County Mobile Career Center schedule

 

DECATUR – DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announces the March schedule for DeKalb’s Mobile Career Center.  The center, which is also known as the county’s “jobs bus,” will be stationed at various locations throughout DeKalb County. The mobile unit supports the ONE DeKalb Works initiative by providing work readiness services and putting DeKalb County citizens back to work.

The mobile unit also provides residents with essential services, including job search assistance, adult workshops and training, resume writing, and interviewing tips. Businesses are also able to use the mobile unit for recruiting, pre-employment screenings, interviewing, and training.  

Below are the Mobile Career Center’s scheduled locations for the month of March.

Today, March 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wesley Chapel Library

2861 Wesley Chapel Road

Decatur, GA 30034

 

Georgia voters head to the polls for Super Tuesday

Georgia voters head to the polls for Super Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Polls are now open across the Peach State for the Super Tuesday primary.

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There's a lot on the line for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is looking to regain momentum in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Gingrich represented Georgia for 20 years and has been leading in state polls over Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. Georgia has the most delegates up for grabs on Super Tuesday. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Gingrich has focused extensively on Georgia, spending much of last week here rather than campaigning in the other Super Tuesday states. Rivals Romney and Santorum have also dedicated time and resources in the state.

MARTA to put security cameras on buses, trains

ATLANTA -- MARTA is installing security cameras on its buses and trains.

The board of directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority on Monday approved the awarding of a contract for the installation of the cameras.

The transit authority says the camera system is designed to enhance safety and security for customers and employees. They are meant to deter criminal activity and to serve as an investigative tool for the system's police force.

MARTA plans to conduct a comprehensive public outreach campaign to educate customers about the camera program.

Camera installation will begin on MARTA's buses. All vehicles are expected to be outfitted by 2014. The $17 million camera installation project is being funded through MARTA's capital budget.

 

Where to vote on Super Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide on a Republican candidate for president, among other municipal elections.

Polls are open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on March 6. Voters must show a valid photo ID to cast a vote. 

To find out where to vote, visit sos.georgia.gov/mvp and fill out the "My Voter Page" information. That link will also allow you to track an absentee ballot.