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Decatur man charged in videotaped spring break sex assault

Decatur man charged in videotaped spring break sex assault

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – A Decatur man has been arrested in connection with a videotaped sexual assault that took place on a crowded Florida beach during spring break.

According to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, 21-year-old George Kennedy was arrested on Tuesday at LaVista Colony Court in Decatur.

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston will honor and remember local crime victims during Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Boston will hold a public event on Tuesday, Apr. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Square in Decatur. Two crime victims -- Charmagne Helton and Nichole Villafane -- will also be in attendance and will share their stories of survival.

For seven weeks, Helton and her two young children lived in a shelter after escaping their abusive husband and father.

"Being a victim of violence is a horrible thing, but it isn't the end of the story," Helton said. "With the right support, victims can become victors."

Villafane's 21-year-old son, Xavier "X" Arnold, was fatally shot during an attempted robbery. X, who attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, was taking photographs of graffiti on Kirkwood warehouses when he was killed. The suspect was only 14 years old.

Ex-DeKalb official pleads guilty to fraud

Ex-DeKalb official pleads guilty to fraud

ATLANTA -- A former janitorial services manager has pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting bribes in exchange for government contracts.

Patrick Jackson, 56, of Loganville was indicted last September. He was investigated by both the FBI and GBI.

Jackson worked simultaneously for two government entities -- DeKalb County and Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center -- between 2006 and 2012. Before then, he worked for a company referred to in the indictment as Company A.

According to information presented in court, Jackson used his position and influence to secure government contracts for Company A with both DeKalb County and the GWCC. He also lived in a luxury Atlanta apartment paid for and furnished by Company A. Jackson did not tell his employers about each other or about his ties to Company A.

Man seriously injured in DeKalb stabbing

Man seriously injured in DeKalb stabbing

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A 27-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries after being stabbed at a DeKalb County apartment complex.

It happened early Monday at the Peachcrest Gardens Apartments in the 4100 block of Glenwood Road.

The victim told police he was jumped by multiple people and stabbed several times. He entered an apartment and asked the resident to call 911.

Police said the victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. His name has not been released.

No one has been arrested, and investigators have not yet determined a motive for the stabbing.

Man imprisoned for $100M surety bond fraud

Man imprisoned for $100M surety bond fraud

ATLANTA -- An Orange Park, Fla., man was sentenced to time in federal prison for operating a multimillion dollar surety bond fraud scheme.

DeKalb County and the city of McDonough received some of Eric Campbell's false bonds for construction projects.

"Mr. Campbell orchestrated a scheme whereby he defrauded numerous individuals, businesses, and state and local government of money based on false representations and promises," Veronica Hyman-Pillot, Special Agent in Charge with IRS Criminal Investigation, said in a release.

From August 2012 to July 2013, Campbell used a number of corporations to sell the bonds. He convinced contractors and government agencies to work with him by saying he had the authority to execute or issue surety bonds on behalf of affiliates of insurance company Chubb. Prosecutors said Campbell embossed the fake bonds with counterfeit seals and forged Chubb officials' signatures on them.

Ga. men sentenced for stealing $4 million from bank

Ga. men sentenced for stealing $4 million from bank

ATLANTA -- Four Georgia men will spend time in federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $4 million from the Bank of New York Mellon.

The defendants include:

Harry Cobb, 48, Decatur
Pleaded guilty in September 2014
Sentenced to one year and eight months in prison, then five years of supervised release

William Leese, 33, Duluth
Pleaded guilty in December 2014
Sentenced to three years and one month in prison, then five years of supervised release

Derek Spinks, 35, Austell
Pleaded guilty in September 2014
Sentenced to two years and nine months in prison, then five years of supervised release

Zachary Vaughn, 35, Atlanta
Pleaded guilty in August 2014
Sentenced to five years and three months in prison, then five years of supervised release

Man gets life for killing pregnant girlfriend

Man gets life for killing pregnant girlfriend

DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County man was given two life prison sentences for gunning down his pregnant girlfriend.

Carlo Simpson was sentenced Monday in DeKalb County Superior Court. He was convicted last week of felony murder, feticide, aggravated assault, and firearm possession.

Prosecutors said Simpson, now 25, shot Shikhira Dunson to death in a driveway on Eagles Nest Circle on Feb. 18, 2013. The victim had just turned 20 and was about 22 weeks pregnant. She and Simpson also had a baby son.

Dunson's mother Johnnee addressed the court, saying, "There's not one single day that goes by that I don't have a thought of my daughter. What was once an amazing, beautiful, loving and gentle soul is now and forever more just ashes in the cold dark ground."

Johnnee Dunson is raising the child her daughter had with Simpson.