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Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Police Department's Summer Crime Initiative appears to be paying off.

Monday morning, the department announced it has seen reductions in three crime categories. Residential burglaries are down 17 percent, pedestrian robberies are down 10 percent and entering auto cases are down nine percent this summer.

New strategies used to prevent and reduce crime in DeKalb County include 24-hour specialized operations, bike patrols and curfew enforcement.

"The reduction in crime statistics proves that the investments we are making in police and fire personnel pay dividends," DeKalb County interim CEO Lee May said in a release.

May said the police department plans to add 160 more sworn officers and 100 patrol cars by the end of 2014.

Emory Police working to thwart sexual assault suspect

Emory Police working to thwart sexual assault suspect

DECATUR, Ga. (WXIA) - DeKalb County Police and Emory University Police are working together to investigate a series of attempted sexual assaults near the school's campus.

There's no doubt, students on the campus of Emory University are on edge. But really the entire neighborhood should be on the lookout for this man, because if the four attacks are connected, the suspect as preyed on women within a two-mile radius, and his attacks are growing more violent.

Students on campus are walking in groups, and looking for a suspect seen in a police sketch.

Emory releases sketch of rape suspect

Emory releases sketch of rape suspect

ATLANTA -- Emory University's police department has released a composite sketch of the man who reportedly raped a student last week.

The rape happened Feb. 11 at around 11:15 p.m. in a wooded area of Emory's campus near the information booth on Dowman Drive.

The victim described her attacker as a white man in his mid to late 50's, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a reddish-brown beard. He was wearing a brown knit cap, a tan or brown jacket, dark blue jeans and brown boots.

After the attack, the suspect ran from campus toward the Emory Village, according to the victim.

"For me this is like, it is happening, so I need to be extra aware of my surroundings," said one female student.

The university says they are working to provide a safe campus environment.

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

ATLANTA -- Three members of the MS-13 gang have been sentenced to life in prison for committing murders in two counties.

Ernesto Escobar, 30, of Norcross was sentenced Thursday in federal court. He goes by the street names "Flaco" and "Pink Panther."

Two co-defendants -- 25-year-old Miguel "Joker" Alvarado-Linares of Norcross and 30-year-old Dimas "Toro" Alfaro-Granados of Duluth -- were sentenced in October.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the three men were charged with murder, attempted murder and armed robbery for several incidents in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

Evidence presented in court showed Alvarado-Linares and Alfaro-Granados killed a fellow MS-13 member in October 2006 because they believed the victim was cooperating with police.

Tutor to low-income kids charged with forgery

Tutor to low-income kids charged with forgery

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A tutor to low-income children has been charged with first-degree forgery and false statements by a Fulton County Grand Jury.

Domonique Scott was charged Nov. 26 with creating false assets and liabilities for her company, A Love of Learning Tutoring.

Court documents show Scott produced false balance sheets, statements of net income, a forged letter showing a non-existent cash line of credit and even a start date for her company.

The fake company was hired in January 2010 by the Georgia Department of Education's Supplemental Education Services program, which provides free tutoring and academic assistance to low-income families. A Love of Learning Tutoring helped children in Bibb, Clayton, DeKalb, Muscogee and Richmond counties, according to information presented in court.

Thieves drive truck into Urban Outfitters

Thieves drive truck into Urban Outfitters

ATLANTA -- Smash-and-grab burglars drove a truck into an Atlanta clothing store Tuesday morning.

The incident happened at around 4:30 a.m. at Urban Outfitters on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Atlanta police said the suspects backed a white Ford truck into the store, but did not gain entry. Police confiscated the truck, which was left at the scene.

Investigators did not immediately know if any merchandise was stolen.

Smash-and-grab burglars drove a truck into an Atlanta clothing store Tuesday morning.

Woman shot in the face through window

Woman shot in the face through window

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta woman is in stable condition after being shot through a window Wednesday morning.

Atlanta Police Capt. Tim Peek said the woman was sitting in her Clifton Road home, reading and working on a puzzle, when someone shot through the window at around 4:40 a.m.

The victim, who is in her 60's, was struck in the face, but is expected to make a full recovery.

One other person was home at the time of the shooting, according to Peek. That person was not injured.

Although police have not yet named any suspects, the victim's family had apparently been the target of recent threats, Peek said. Someone had made harassing phone calls to a person living in the home.

The investigation into the shooting continues.