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Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Police Department's Summer Crime Initiative appears to be paying off.

Monday morning, the department announced it has seen reductions in three crime categories. Residential burglaries are down 17 percent, pedestrian robberies are down 10 percent and entering auto cases are down nine percent this summer.

New strategies used to prevent and reduce crime in DeKalb County include 24-hour specialized operations, bike patrols and curfew enforcement.

"The reduction in crime statistics proves that the investments we are making in police and fire personnel pay dividends," DeKalb County interim CEO Lee May said in a release.

May said the police department plans to add 160 more sworn officers and 100 patrol cars by the end of 2014.

Emory Police working to thwart sexual assault suspect

Emory Police working to thwart sexual assault suspect

DECATUR, Ga. (WXIA) - DeKalb County Police and Emory University Police are working together to investigate a series of attempted sexual assaults near the school's campus.

There's no doubt, students on the campus of Emory University are on edge. But really the entire neighborhood should be on the lookout for this man, because if the four attacks are connected, the suspect as preyed on women within a two-mile radius, and his attacks are growing more violent.

Students on campus are walking in groups, and looking for a suspect seen in a police sketch.

Emory releases sketch of rape suspect

Emory releases sketch of rape suspect

ATLANTA -- Emory University's police department has released a composite sketch of the man who reportedly raped a student last week.

The rape happened Feb. 11 at around 11:15 p.m. in a wooded area of Emory's campus near the information booth on Dowman Drive.

The victim described her attacker as a white man in his mid to late 50's, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a reddish-brown beard. He was wearing a brown knit cap, a tan or brown jacket, dark blue jeans and brown boots.

After the attack, the suspect ran from campus toward the Emory Village, according to the victim.

"For me this is like, it is happening, so I need to be extra aware of my surroundings," said one female student.

The university says they are working to provide a safe campus environment.

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

ATLANTA -- Three members of the MS-13 gang have been sentenced to life in prison for committing murders in two counties.

Ernesto Escobar, 30, of Norcross was sentenced Thursday in federal court. He goes by the street names "Flaco" and "Pink Panther."

Two co-defendants -- 25-year-old Miguel "Joker" Alvarado-Linares of Norcross and 30-year-old Dimas "Toro" Alfaro-Granados of Duluth -- were sentenced in October.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the three men were charged with murder, attempted murder and armed robbery for several incidents in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

Evidence presented in court showed Alvarado-Linares and Alfaro-Granados killed a fellow MS-13 member in October 2006 because they believed the victim was cooperating with police.

Tutor to low-income kids charged with forgery

Tutor to low-income kids charged with forgery

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A tutor to low-income children has been charged with first-degree forgery and false statements by a Fulton County Grand Jury.

Domonique Scott was charged Nov. 26 with creating false assets and liabilities for her company, A Love of Learning Tutoring.

Court documents show Scott produced false balance sheets, statements of net income, a forged letter showing a non-existent cash line of credit and even a start date for her company.

The fake company was hired in January 2010 by the Georgia Department of Education's Supplemental Education Services program, which provides free tutoring and academic assistance to low-income families. A Love of Learning Tutoring helped children in Bibb, Clayton, DeKalb, Muscogee and Richmond counties, according to information presented in court.

Atlanta Police solve 5 'Maintenance Man' rape cases

Atlanta Police solve 5 'Maintenance Man' rape cases

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Cold Case Squad has charged one man with five rapes that took place in 1986 and 1987.

Daniel Wade, 61, was indicted on May 10.  Investigators believe he could have committed as many as 29 rapes in DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties nearly 30 years ago.

The assaults became known as the Maintenance Man rapes, as they all occurred in apartments. Police said Wade would gain entry to some of his victim's apartments by posing as a repair man. They don't think he worked for any of the apartment complexes.

Wade became a suspect when his DNA was placed into a national index system and was matched to the five rapes, Atlanta Police said. He is currently in federal prison in Kentucky on unrelated robbery charges.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Wade was convicted of racketeering and isn't expected to be released until March 2021. He started serving the federal sentence in 2004.

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."