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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.

Man shot in DeKalb County

Man shot in DeKalb County

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was reportedly shot in DeKalb County overnight.

The man was shot shortly after midnight at Idlewood Road and East Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Dispatchers said the victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

Police are investigating the shooting.

Victim shot outside DeKalb strip club

Victim shot outside DeKalb strip club

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- At least one victim was hit when two groups of people exchanged gunfire outside a DeKalb County strip club Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened at around 3:30 a.m. at Strokers on Brockett Road in Clarkston.

DeKalb County dispatchers said robbery may have been a motive for the shooting. The people involved have not been identified.

At least two people were taken into custody after the shooting.

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6 vehicles involved in deadly rush hour wreck

6 vehicles involved in deadly rush hour wreck

NORCROSS, Ga. -- One driver was killed and and two others were hurt in a six-vehicle accident at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Singleton Road Thursday morning.

Gwinnett County police said it appears 22-year-old Jacob Nicholson of Gainesville was driving his blue Honda Odyssey too fast and in the wrong lane when he crashed into several cars stopped at the light.

Witnesses told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie that the minivan went flying into the air and landed on a tan Honda Accord, killing its driver, 59-year-old Cynthia Thornton of Norcross.

"I think the little old lady, she didn't see it coming," said witness Mike Alvarado. "It was pretty bad."

Nicholson was ejected from his minivan. He is still in critical condition at Gwinnett Medical Center Friday morning.

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.

Body found in Gwinnett home

Body found in Gwinnett home

TUCKER, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police are investigating a suspicious death in unincorporated Tucker.

The body of 36-year-old Roberto Ortega Figueroa was found Friday evening at a house on Sevenoaks Drive.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said Figueroa's roommate returned home and found the victim dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

Investigators have not yet named a motive or any suspects.