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DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

ATLANTA -- DeKalb and Fulton counties have been awarded grants for use by law enforcement agencies to combat child sexual abuse and exploitation.

The grants awarded Tuesday are administrated by the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Federal officials say DeKalb County will receive $496,793 and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office will receive $352,803. They say Atlanta continues to have a reputation as a center of child prostitution.

Twenty grants totaling $9.2 million are being awarded to agencies across the country.

Car Break-in Suspect Arrested

Inman Park --  This morning we received a letter from the Inman Park Neighborhood Association VP of Public Safety reporting that 2 men were caught breaking into cars.

Last night a concerned citizen flagged down Officer Claud in the Inman Park Patrol car to report that two men had been seen entering vehicles in the lower Austin area. Officer Claud of the IPSP was able to locate the individuals, take them into custody, and recover items (GPS, charger, change)stolen from a car on Austin Ave. The suspect who had the items on his person was arrested and taken to jail.

A huge thank you to the citizen who reported the suspicious activity and  an even bigger thank you to Officer Claud for a good catch! Remember, if you see suspicious activity call 911 immediately and then the Patrol at (404) 414-7802.

Be safe!

Greg Scott

IPNA VP for Public Safety

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

The City of Atlanta Office of Planning is preparing to launch Round 3 of community meetings for the 2011 Comphrehensive Development Plan (CDP).  Share your thoughts, your insight, your vision for Atlanta's future and your neighborhood. 

Atlanta non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses are invited to attend the various community meetings planned in locations throughout the city. 

All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Can't attend?  You can also email your comments to us at cdp2011comments@atlantaga.gov.

APD is holding a public meeting to discuss its beat redesign plan

Atlanta, GA--  The Atlanta Police Department announced a series of community meetings intended to inform city residents on changes to its six geographical patrol zones.  The APD embarked on a study a year ago, examining its police beats with the goal of ensuring that its resources and response times to calls for service were maximized.

The resulting plan retains the department’s six zones, though some geographical boundaries have shifted. Department leadership believes the plan will increase police visibility by boosting the number of beats throughout the city and balancing out workloads in each zone, allowing for improved response times.

Chief George Turner, along with commanders for each zone, will join other department leadership in presenting the plan – along with expected benefits – in a series of public forums beginning Feb.

Technology Expert’s Warning to Parents: Do You Know What Your Child is Doing Online?

Technology Expert’s Warning to Parents: Do You Know What Your Child is Doing Online?

TANKOH Launches Mommy & Me Computers

In today’s global and virtual world, the need for parents to have full control over their child’s online activity has become a high necessity as compared to previous decades. With children as young as three years of age being increasingly savvy with technology, parents need to protect their families from becoming a statistic of online predators.  According to reports, three in ten victims of online child predator cases appear to be aged 6 and under – with five percent apparently younger than two years of age which runs parallel to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) report, a division in charge of  closing illegal internet content. More than three quarters of these child victims are girls.

Neighborhood Crime Alert...Be on the Lookout for a Purple late-model Honda

Atlanta, GA--  The following post was from our Community Content Provider from the Old Fourth Ward/Inman Park neighborhood. They need your help in solving a home invasion crime. Please help if you can.

"Our neighbors' house was broken into and a roommate was shot today on Wylie.

The perps shot thru the door, broke in, took some computer equipment and left the person on the ground bleeding. He apparently was shot in the leg and is at Grady but not in critical condition. This is the house on Wylie next to the big granite church that is now the Magnetic Theatre.

The perps were spotted and described as 4 high school age black males. One with shoulder length dreads. They were driving a distinctive car-a custom paint PURPLE late model Honda. They have been seen previously in the neighborhood and possibly live here.