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Stockbridge identity thief spotted in Hapeville

Stockbridge identity thief spotted in Hapeville

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Someone who is trying to steal a Henry County resident's identity may have been spotted in Hapeville.

On Aug. 29, a victim reported a stolen driver's license and Social Security card, both of which were taken from the person's car at Gardner Park in Stockbridge.

Later, a white woman driving a red sedan tried to use the identification at the Regions Bank on South Central Avenue in Hapeville.

Anyone who can identify the woman in these pictures or who has any information about the case is asked to call Det. Sgt. McGlamery with Henry County Police at 770-288-8136.

Reward Increases in Animal Cruelty Case

Norred & Associates, an Atlanta-based security firm, will contribute $5,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) who shot a mixed breed pit bull in the head with an arrow with a metal tip. The dog was found wandering the streets in Southwest Atlanta Tuesday evening, Sept. 13. The dog, aptly named "Arrow," is expected to recover from its injuries.

To anonymously submit information related to the dog's injury, call the Help Stop Dog Fighting hotline at 877.215.2250 or submit information at www.helpstopdogfighting.com.

"We need to apprehend this person before another animal or person is injured," said CEO Greg Norred, of Norred & Associates.

The tip line was established as part of the company's overall pro-bono campaign to stop dog fighting.

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.

HAPEVILLE: Officer, child hurt in bizarre chase

HAPEVILLE: Officer, child hurt in bizarre chase

ATLANTA -- A 12-year-old boy and an Atlanta police officer were injured in an early morning chase involving a tow truck.

A wrecker with an unsecured pickup truck on its flatbed was weaving on I-285 and caught a police officer's attention early Wednesday morning.

The wrecker driver refused to stop for the officer, which began a low-speed chase.

The wrecker exited at Jonesboro Road and lost the pickup truck at the intersection of Browns Mill Road SE and Crown Road SE. A second Atlanta police officer who had joined the chase swerved to avoid the runaway pickup and crashed into a fence. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with injuries to his arm.

The chase continued to Renault Road SE and Cologne Drive SE, where the wrecker driver jumped out and ran, leaving the wrecker rolling. The vehicle clipped one house and slammed into the side of another.

Bullet fired into car injures passenger

Bullet fired into car injures passenger

ATLANTA -- A couple leaving a Waffle House on Northside Drive early Tuesday said someone fired a bullet, shattering the side window of their car and injuring the male passenger.

The flying glass struck the man in the face. The man was bleeding so badly, police at first thought he might have been struck by the bullet. He was transported to Grady Hospital where his condition is not available.

Atlanta police were canvassing the area where the shooting happened, looking for evidence.

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.

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

The City of Atlanta Office of Planning is preparing to launch Round 3 of community meetings for the 2011 Comphrehensive Development Plan (CDP).  Share your thoughts, your insight, your vision for Atlanta's future and your neighborhood. 

Atlanta non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses are invited to attend the various community meetings planned in locations throughout the city. 

All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Can't attend?  You can also email your comments to us at cdp2011comments@atlantaga.gov.