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31 arrested in “Operation Rake Eagle”

31 arrested in “Operation Rake Eagle”


DECATUR – DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announces that “Operation Rake Eagle” was an outstanding success.  On Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, the DeKalb County Police Department made a substantial, concerted “sweep” effort in an attempt to find, arrest and incarcerate individuals who did not meet their obligations in DeKalb County Recorders Court.

Thirty-eight officers from Special Operations and Uniform Division conducted the sweep which included 462 outstanding warrants.  The officers made 31 arrests and $40,687 was collected as a result of those arrests.

Convicted pimp sentenced to 60 years

Convicted pimp sentenced to 60 years

DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County Superior Court judge has sentenced a convicted pimp to 60 years in prison.

The jury returned its verdict Friday, finding Erik Djon Ferguson guilty on 16 counts, including pimping and conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children.

"Today, the jury and the judge sent a loud and resounding message that human trafficking has become a big issue and will not be tolerated here in DeKalb County," District Attorney Robert James said. "We see many children exploited at an early age and enticed into a reckless and dangerous lifestyle of prostitution. Our goal is to protect young people from being exploited by these predators and to prosecute those individuals to the fullest extent of the law."

Ferguson was allowed to make a statement in court.

Doctor indicted for Medicaid fraud

Doctor indicted for Medicaid fraud

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County Grand Jury has indicted a doctor and his former office manager on two counts of Medicaid fraud.

Officials said that Dr. Tyrone Malloy and CathyAnn Edwards Warner accepted Medicaid payments for ultrasounds and elective abortions, even when the services were never performed. Federal funds may only be used to pay for abortions in extreme cases, such as rape, incest and a pregnancy that would endanger the mother's life.

Malloy owns and operates Old National Gynecology in College Park, which provides "non-surgical abortions," according to its website.

A statement released Thursday by Thelma Wyatt Moore, Malloy's attorney, says that a judge ruled in August of 2010 that "Malloy has never billed Medicaid improperly or illegally" and that "Dr. Malloy expects to be fully vindicated" of the charges.

Medicaid fraud is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

DECATUR, Ga. -- A former Chamblee Police Department employee charged with fixing traffic tickets has pleaded not guilty in DeKalb County Superior Court.

Bobbi Jean Farrell was indicted in October on four counts of theft by taking. She's charged with arranging to have more than $3,000 in refunds from traffic arrest bonds sent to herself.

Traffic offenders arrested in Chamblee who put up bond and later are acquitted or have their cases dropped are subject to a refund.

According to earlier reports, prosecutors think that between April and June of this year, the Farrell funneled some of that money to herself by changing the citations of guilty offenders to show that prosecutors had dropped the charges.

Farrell was arrested on July 13 and subsequently fired.


DEKALB: Court upholds conviction in 2006 killing

DEKALB: Court upholds conviction in 2006 killing

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a murder conviction and life prison sentence for the man authorities say gunned down a liquor store owner in DeKalb County.

Rodney Ennis Battles was convicted of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault after a trial in the 2006 killing of Sashamer "Rocky" Tucker.

The trial court denied Battles' motion for a new trial. He then appealed to the state Supreme Court, claiming that four errors were made during the trial.

In its decision released Monday, the court rejected all four claims and found that evidence was sufficient to find Battles guilty.

Police said Tucker was shot after driving to his Stone Mountain subdivision with his wife around 1 a.m. on a Sunday after closing Rocky's Package Store near Emory University's campus.

EMORY: NY Senate to investigate SAT cheating

EMORY: NY Senate to investigate SAT cheating

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- The chairman of the New York State Senate's Higher Education Committee is planning a hearing on the SAT cheating scandal involving an Emory University student.

Sen. Kenneth LaValle plans to hold a hearing on Oct. 25 at Farmingdale State College in Farmingdale, N.Y. A list of those testifying has yet to be finalized.

LaValle's announcement follows last month's arrest of seven current or former students at Great Neck North High School.

Six are accused of paying 19-year-old Sam Eshaghoff up to $2,500 to take the SAT exams for them. Eshaghoff attended the University of Michigan before transferring to Emory.

All of the accused students have pleaded not guilty.

DeKalb man convicted of killing 2-year-old

DeKalb man convicted of killing 2-year-old

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County jury has found a 30-year-old man guilty of beating a toddler to death.

Robert Alexander was convicted of felony murder, cruelty to children and aggravated battery on Monday.

The two-year-old victim, Diamone Wilson, suffered a lethal head injury while in Alexander's care in July of 2010. She died after three days in the hospital. The medical examiner determined that she also sustained trauma to her arms, liver and pelvis.

"This was a brutal and senseless act by a very violent and dangerous individual," said DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James. "It is extremely disheartening to know that this young girl lost her life at the hands of a reckless and irresponsible adult."

Alexander is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday afternoon.