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South Ga. man indicted in DeKalb Co. government conspiracy case


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Georgia man has been arraigned after being indicted for conspiring with a former county commissioner and others to steal thousands from local government.

Marion Rooks Boynton, 73, of St. Simons Island, Ga. was accused of conspiring with former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer and her husband John Boyer to steal over $85,000 from DeKalb County.

“Boynton allegedly conspired with Elaine and John Boyer to steal taxpayer money from DeKalb County,” said U.S. Attorney John Horn. “The trio diverted thousands of dollars in county funds to their own personal bank accounts by exploiting former DeKalb County Commissioner Boyer’s position.”

DeKalb Mobile Career Center releases August schedule


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County's Mobile Career Center will be back on the road this month, bringing job services directly to residents.

Lee May, DeKalb's interim CEO, said the career center provides job search assistance, resume writing pointers, interviewing tips, and workshops and training. Businesses can use the center for recruiting and pre-employment screening.

More than 3,000 DeKalb County residents have taken advantage of the center since 2012.

This month, the Mobile Career Center will visit 10 locations across DeKalb:

Thursday, Aug. 13

DeKalb Workforce Development, 774 Jordan Lane, Decatur
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 17

Covington Library, 3500 Covington Highway, Decatur
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DeKalb CEO fires back against 'rotten to the core' accusations


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – DeKalb County’s CEO is firing back against accusations that the county is “rotten to the core.”

May called the news conference to address the ethics investigation as well as criticism of the recently approved $12 million practice stadium to be built on a blighted section of Memorial Drive for Arthur Blank's new soccer team.

May apologized for not holding a public hearing before commissioners approved the deal, but also called out commissioners who voted against the deal -- two of whom were present at the news conference.

“If you’re really in support of seeing good development in central and south DeKalb County -- put your money where your mouth is,” May said.

Accused serial killer Aeman Presley appears in court


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Accused serial killer Aeman Presley appeared before a DeKalb County judge Tuesday afternoon as part of the first phases of his first trial.

Both Fulton and DeKalb county district attorneys have announced their intentions to seek the death penalty against Presley, accused of murdering four people within less than four months.

Responsibility for busted pipe in dispute


DECATUR, Ga. -- A Decatur woman says DeKalb County crews came out to fix a leak in her water pipe, but left before the job was done. It’s been more than two weeks, and she’s still waiting for them to return to finish the job.

It started at the end of May with raw sewage that Renee Jones said was bubbling up from the drain and toilet.

DeKalb County immediately took responsibility.  Crews dug deep to replace a sewage pipe that was improperly installed.  But in the process, Jones said they broke something else.

“They hit the water line,” Jones said.

Crews fixed it, but they say the repair came with a warning: the pipe was old -- and had even been recalled.  A class action settlement would have paid to replace it 12 year ago.

Grand jury hearing held in ex-DeKalb County judge ethics case


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A grand jury hearing was held Thursday in the case against a former DeKalb County Superior Court judge accused of lying during a state ethics investigation.

Cynthia Becker, who resigned in March, has been brought up on six counts of violating her code of judicial conduct.

The grand jury will determine whether she faces criminal charges.

Flowery Branch residents to DeKalb: Don't get your hopes up


DECATUR, GA (WXIA) -- Residents of DeKalb County have high hopes for a new taxpayer-backed soccer training facility, due to be built next year.

But the hopes may be too high, say some folks who live near another training facility that’s cited by the project’s backers.

A vacant juvenile court building on Memorial Drive in Decatur is where the new Atlanta United pro soccer team will have its headquarters and practice facilities. And, when backers talk about it revitalizing a dreary stretch of roadway, they have a very specific example in mind.

The Hall County town of Flowery Branch boasts openly of its ties to the Atlanta Falcons. When the Falcons’ training camp is open to spectators, the tiny town’s population spikes by 50 percent. Backers of the DeKalb County soccer project have similarly high hopes for a troubled stretch of Memorial Drive.