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DECATUR | Vandals target synagogue members

DECATUR | Vandals target synagogue members

DECATUR, Ga. -- DeKalb County police are keeping an eye on a synagogue where some members have been apparently targeted, mostly with mischief or vandalism.

Rabbi Ilan Feldman said incidents in the last three weeks included leaving bagels tied to trees and laying on people's lawns, but on Monday night, someone threw an egg at a man walking out of a building at Congregation Beth Jacob on Lavista Road.

Authorities are also investigating reports of car burglaries. Atlanta Police have recovered a vehicle stolen from the area of the synagogue.

Feldman said almost all of the incidents occurred on Friday nights, when the Jewish Sabbath begins.

US Rep. Wilson says she'll offer anti-hazing bill

US Rep. Wilson says she'll offer anti-hazing bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson says she
plans to introduce a federal anti-hazing bill as soon as Congress
returns from its holiday break next month.

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The Miami Democrat says her proposal is designed to ensure no
one endures a beating like one leading to the death of Florida A&M
drum major Robert Champion last month. She announced her plans
Tuesday.

Police say Champion was punched and paddled in a hazing ritual
during the school's Marching 100 band trip to the annual Florida
Classic in Orlando.

Wilson says hazing is demeaning, dangerous and deadly and needs
to be stopped.

Doctor indicted for Medicaid fraud

Doctor indicted for Medicaid fraud

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County Grand Jury has indicted a doctor and his former office manager on two counts of Medicaid fraud.

Officials said that Dr. Tyrone Malloy and CathyAnn Edwards Warner accepted Medicaid payments for ultrasounds and elective abortions, even when the services were never performed. Federal funds may only be used to pay for abortions in extreme cases, such as rape, incest and a pregnancy that would endanger the mother's life.

Malloy owns and operates Old National Gynecology in College Park, which provides "non-surgical abortions," according to its website.

A statement released Thursday by Thelma Wyatt Moore, Malloy's attorney, says that a judge ruled in August of 2010 that "Malloy has never billed Medicaid improperly or illegally" and that "Dr. Malloy expects to be fully vindicated" of the charges.

Medicaid fraud is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

DECATUR, Ga. -- A former Chamblee Police Department employee charged with fixing traffic tickets has pleaded not guilty in DeKalb County Superior Court.

Bobbi Jean Farrell was indicted in October on four counts of theft by taking. She's charged with arranging to have more than $3,000 in refunds from traffic arrest bonds sent to herself.

Traffic offenders arrested in Chamblee who put up bond and later are acquitted or have their cases dropped are subject to a refund.

According to earlier reports, prosecutors think that between April and June of this year, the Farrell funneled some of that money to herself by changing the citations of guilty offenders to show that prosecutors had dropped the charges.

Farrell was arrested on July 13 and subsequently fired.

 

Lauren Giddings' boyfriend describes last email before her murder

Lauren Giddings' boyfriend describes last email before her murder

MACON, Ga. -- The boyfriend of a Mercer University law student who was brutally killed says that his girlfriend wrote in an email that a friend was asking uncomfortable questions about their relationship before she died.

Lauren Giddings' torso was found June 30 in a trash cart outside her Macon apartment. No additional remains have been discovered. The 27-year-old graduated from Agnes Scott.

One her classmates and neighbors, 26-year-old Lilburn native Stephen McDaniel, has been charged with her murder.