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Charges dropped against DeKalb Co. judge

HART COUNTY, Ga. -- Charges against a former DeKalb County judge have been dropped just days after they were filed.

Former Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker  was indicted on six felony counts and one misdemeanor charge on Thursday. On Monday, all those charges were dropped, according to Becker's attorney, Brian Steel.

Becker had been accused of making false statements, making a false writing and obstruction of an officer in a 2014 incident involving a bond request for DeKalb Superintendent Dr. Crawford Lewis.

Parents: Test schedule makes students choose between gifted program and religion

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A scheduling conflict has Jewish parents up in arms in DeKalb County.

Mattie's Call: DeKalb police seek missing elderly woman

Police in DeKalb County are asking for the public's help finding an elderly woman who has gone missing.

Faye McCorleley was last seen in the 3600 block of Waldrop Farms Drive in Decatur, Ga. 

McCorleley is described as a black woman who is about 5 feet 3 inches tall and weights 100 pounds. Here hair is said to be short and gray and her eyes are brown.

The 83-year-old was last seen wearing a white hat, a light blue sweater, khaki pants and black shoes.

Police are also concerned because she suffers from memory loss.

Anyone with information on her location is asked to call the DeKalb County Police Department at 770-724-7710 or to dial 911.


Dekalb protesters critical of police, dub recent tactics 'Operation Ghetto Storm'

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Bold accusations echoed through the crowd at a protest in DeKalb County on Friday.

Those comments were aimed at DeKalb Police accusing them of what the crowd dubbed “Operation Getto Storm”.

Protesters said that there have been too many of these rallies at the courthouse steps and that it’s time to show the police and local officials that “Black Lives Matter” is more than a hashtag on Twitter.

They say it’s a mandate – with consequences.

Activists of Troy Robinson’s death said it was part of what they call “Operation Ghetto Storm” - the militarization of police – officers they say are targeting blacks with the intent to harass and kill.

Robinson was tased while climbing over a wall as he ran away from police.  He died from injuries he sustained after falling to the ground.

Meanwhile, the rallies are escalating and energy and tenor.

Rally held in response to Taser-related death of DeKalb County man

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A rally was held Friday in protest of the death of a man who died after being Tased during a police chase.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, 32-year-old Troy Robinson suffered traumatic injuries to his head and neck when he fell from an 8-foot wall after being Tased by police on August 7. He died after being transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Police said Robinson was fleeing officers following a routine traffic stop in DeKalb County in the Highlands of East Atlanta neighborhood.


Thousands of vacant VA jobs costing taxpayers billions

DECATUR, Ga. -- The Veterans Health Administration says it has 41,500 vacant medical staff positions throughout its network of 139 hospitals and clinics.

Critics blame the complex hiring process, poor recruitment and low wages compared to the private sector.

But according an analysis by USA Today, even a 1% increase in job vacancies contributes to more appointments being pushed past a month-long wait.

According to data provided by the Veteran's Health Administration as part of an open records request, the Atlanta Medical Center was operating last month without nearly 25% of its staff, or 880 medical workers. It was the fourth highest number of staff vacancies in the country.

Former DeKalb judge indicted on felony, misdemeanor charges

DECATUR, Ga. -- A former DeKalb County Superior Court Judge was indicted on multiple charges by a grand jury, Thursday.

Cynthia Jeanne Becker faces four felony counts of making a false statement, two felony counts of making a false writing and one misdemeanor of obstruction of an officer in a 2014 incident.

The incident happened on Sept. 8, 2014 and involved the bond request for Dr. Crawford Lewis.

Lewis is the former DeKalb Superintendent.

During the corruption case lawyers complained that Becker refused to give Lewis bond.

Becker insisted she never got a bond request.