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DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

ATLANTA -- DeKalb and Fulton counties have been awarded grants for use by law enforcement agencies to combat child sexual abuse and exploitation.

The grants awarded Tuesday are administrated by the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Federal officials say DeKalb County will receive $496,793 and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office will receive $352,803. They say Atlanta continues to have a reputation as a center of child prostitution.

Twenty grants totaling $9.2 million are being awarded to agencies across the country.

TUCKER: Father, son indicted in teen's murder

TUCKER: Father, son indicted in teen's murder

DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County father and son have been indicted on charges linked to the murder of the son's Tucker High School classmate.

Andrea Nassos' burned body was found in the trunk of her smoldering car at Lucky Shoals Park in Gwinnett County in May.

Eighteen-year-old Boris Mejia is charged with her murder and
trying to hide her death. 

His father, Ignacio Mejia, is charged with tampering with evidence and trying to hinder his son's arrest. Investigators said the dad drove his son to Houston, Texas to help him get away.

RELATED: Suspect's brother says 'He choked her'

Public defender Courtney O'Donnell did not immediately return a telephone call.

TUCKER: Trial set for man charged with killing wife

TUCKER: Trial set for man charged with killing wife

TUCKER, Ga. -- The trial of a 47-year-old Tucker man charged with killing his wife is set to begin.

The murder trial of Dennis Allaben will begin in the DeKalb County Superior Court on Monday. He is charged with killing his wife Maureen, a former set decorator for "The Mo'Nique Show."

Prosecutors say Allaben turned himself in to police in January 2010, four days after the death of his wife.

He is also accused of driving his two young children and his wife's body from the couple's home to Virginia. Prosecutors say he then dropped his children off with relatives and returned to Georgia with his wife's body in the bed of their truck.

Authorites have not released a possible motive.

Missing Wis. teen found in DeKalb

Missing Wis. teen found in DeKalb

DECATUR, Ga. -- Investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found a missing Wisconsin teenager and her infant son in DeKalb County.

The 15-year-old girl vanished from her Fitchburg, Wis. home in May. The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation contacted the GBI on July 13 when they determined the girl and her child were in the Atlanta area.

The two juveniles were recovered from a hotel in DeKalb County on Friday, July 15. A laptop and cell phone were also seized for further investigation.

Police determined the girl was a commercially sexually exploited child. She was taken to DeKalb County juvenile intake, where she is awaiting transport back to Wisconsin.

Her son, who is less than a year old, was taken into the custody of DeKalb County DFCS.

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Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

During month of April, be prepared to see more DeKalb Police activity

During month of April, be prepared to see more DeKalb Police activity

Tucker, GA-- (submitted by the DeKalb PIO)  Throughout the Month of April, the DeKalb County Police Department will engage in special enforcement measures.  In years past, during this time period the County experiences an increase in social activities.  Historically these events have impacted traffic, safety and the quality of life for residents.

To that end, the Department has planned for these activities with a zero tolerance approach to enforcing all laws (criminal and traffic) as well as County Ordinances.  Additionally, preparations have been made to account for any increases in traffic.  This will ensure there will be minimal impact to residents and businesses located in the vicinity of any given event.