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DeKalb Police testing out body cameras


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- DeKalb County is one step closer to arming its officers with body cameras.

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Interest in the cameras has increased since the tensions in Ferguson, Missiouri over the police shooting of an unarmed teenager.

Sgt. Michael Freeman is DeKalb County's official body camera tester. He has been wearing a device for the past ten days.

"Basically this records any interaction I have with the general public," Freeman said. "It's a simple device. It's off now. To turn it on, I slide it down and once the lens is exposed I know its running."

Key witness in Burrell Ellis trial resigns


Decatur, GA. -- The prosecution's key witness in the trial of suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis resigned on Tuesday as the jury continued deliberations.

Jurors will begin Wednesday listening again to two audio recordings -- one of which Ellis is heard telling his purchasing director, Kelvin Walton, to dry up a vendors' contract.

"I've done a lot of thing wrong, and I take full responsibility for them," Walton testified. "I just caught up and when I look back on it I shouldn't have done it."

Walton is the state's key witness and ended up recording hundreds of conversations secretly for the state after he was caught lying to the grand jury. While not the on trial, Walton did admit to taking money and services from vendors. On Tuesday, he gave DeKalb County his resignation.

Man shot behind DeKalb QuikTrip


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A man is in critical condition after being shot behind a DeKalb County gas station Tuesday morning.

It happened shortly after midnight at the QuikTrip at the intersection of Wesley Chapel Road and Rainbow Drive.

Police said the victim, a man in his 30's, was taken to a nearby hospital. His name was not released.

Investigators have not identified a suspect or released a motive in this case.

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DeKalb to hold neighborhood summit next month

DeKalb to hold neighborhood summit next month

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County will hold its annual neighborhood summit on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Tucker High School.

The event gives DeKalb residents an opportunity to mingle with local government officials and discuss ways to improve the quality of life in the county.

This year's summit will feature Curbside Consulting, a rotating series of sessions where residents will be encouraged to sit down and ask questions about issues that matter to them.

Curbside Consulting will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will cover several topics:

* Community organizing/building
* Marketing/social media
* Fundraising/grant writing
* Meeting facilitation
* Volunteer/board management
* Program planning and development
* Neighborhood Nexus/community needs assessment

Closing arguments Monday in corruption trial of Burrell Ellis


DECATUR, Ga. -- After three days on the stand in his defense, lawyers have rested their cases in the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.

Closing arguments are set to begin Monday.

Wednesday, suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis took the stand in his own defense.

He started his testimony with a brief exchange with his lead attorney, Craig Gillen.

"It's your time now," Gillen said. "Yes, thank you sir," Ellis responded. "Are you ready?" Gillen asked. "I'm ready to go," he responded.

The suspended CEO has waited more than a year for this moment, the opportunity to defend his actions.

Burrell Ellis testimony continues in corruption trial


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – It was a tense day of testimony in the Burrell Ellis corruption trial on Thursday.

The suspended CEO took the stand for a second day to defend his actions, which at one point had him talking about terrorists.

It certainly was an unexpected statement, considering this is a trial about harassment and campaign contributions. And it's a statement that will likely stay with jurors, because it's written on a board they can refer to into the deliberation room.

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6,000 tires found dumped near Yellow River


LITHONIA, GA (WXIA) -- When deer season started in September, a state Department of Natural Resources ranger stopped at a wooded area near the Yellow River in DeKalb County. Instead of deer hunters, he saw thousands of discarded automobile tires.

Cpl. Eric Sanders had visited the same spot just eight months ago, when, he says there were no tires. But now, he says, "I am estimating over 6,000 tires."

State law requires the proper disposal of worn-out tires --giving rise to illegal tire dumps.

"Money is the economic driver for the illegal tire dumping," said Dewey Grantham Jr., regional vice president of Liberty Tire Recycling. Liberty Tire charges $1.25 to recycle a tire.

Tire haulers charge tire dealers to take away their old tires, adding a fee to pay for recycling. But if they dump the tires, they can pocket the fee they would have had to pay the recycler.