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5 Sureños gang members sentenced for crime spree

5 Sureños gang members sentenced for crime spree

ATLANTA -- Five local members of the Sureños, or Sur 13, street gang were sentenced Tuesday on carjacking and firearms charges.

All five defendants pleaded guilty to the charges last December.

"Gang crime strikes a particular fear in communities because of its unpredictable and violent nature," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "These gang members went on a weekend-long armed robbery crime spree that spread across Metro Atlanta and included at least seven carjackings or attempted carjackings, the robbery of a small grocery store and several pedestrian robberies."

Each of the defendants will spend several years in prison.

* Pedro Barrera-Perez, 30, of Stone Mountain was sentenced to 24 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a payment of $19,272 in restitution.

Former Tech professor indicted on child porn charges

Former Tech professor indicted on child porn charges

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech professor, Faiz Al-Khayyal has been indicted in Fulton and Clayton counties for possessing images of child pornography.

The former Tech professor was first suspected of possessing images of child porn in 2009 after suspected pornography was found on computers in his office and on his work-issued laptop at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport. Authorities, then, raided his home and he was placed on administrative leave from Georgia Tech.  

According to the Georgia Department of Law,

A Fulton County Grand Jury returned a 172 count indictment against Al-Khayyal for Sexual Exploitation of Children (O.C.G.A. § 16-12-100) in Fulton County Superior Court on August 2, 2011. A Clayton County Grand Jury returned a 29 count indictment for Sexual Exploitation of Children (O.C.G.A. § 16-12-100) in Clayton County on August 3, 2011.

McDonough couple caught breaking into cars

McDonough couple caught breaking into cars

McDonough, GA --  A McDonough man suspected of breaking into cars was held captive by one of his alleged victims, long enough for Henry County police to arrest him and a Jonesboro woman for illegally entering four cars.

Police have charged Daniel Chase Manix and Amanda Lynn McIntyre with four counts of entering an automobile with the intent to commit theft or felony.

Read the Entire Article at the Henry Daily World

Suspect captured in Clayton deputy's death

Suspect captured in Clayton deputy's death

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- After a six hour manhunt, a 17-year-old has been arrested in the shooting death of a Clayton County Sheriff's Department Deputy.

Jonathan Bun was captured at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

Deputy Richard Joseph Daly was fatally shot hours earlier while trying to serve Bun a warrant for an unrelated aggravated assault charge near the intersection of East Fayetteville and Walker Roads in Riverdale. Investigators said Bun came out of a car shooting.

Several deputies chased Bun on foot. Daly was wounded during the chase and later died at Southern Regional Medical Center.

Human trafficking victim found in Clayton Co.

Human trafficking victim found in Clayton Co.

JONESBORO, Ga. -- A teenage girl who ran away from her Tennessee home has been found working as a prostitute in Clayton County.

Officers with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Human Trafficking Unit (HTU) received information from the Nashville Police Department, saying they had reason to believe the 16-year-old runaway was in the Atlanta area. The girl is a ward of the state of Tennessee.

HTU investigators worked with the GBI's Intelligence Unit to confirm that the girl was being prostituted from a motel in Clayton County. They recovered the juvenile last Thursday.

While police were in the hotel room, the victim's phone began to ring. They forbade her from answering it. A few minutes later, a man came to the room and was arrested; he was identified as 26-year-old Huie Herosheio Pollard of Jonesboro.

Pollard became combative while being taken into custody, which resulted in additional charges against him.

CLAYTON: Woman charged with DUI, blows a .392

CLAYTON: Woman charged with DUI, blows a .392

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A 28-year-old mother from Clayton County was arrested on charges of drunk driving and child endangerment after police said she hit a neighborhood picnic area while her children were in the car.

The mother, Cierra Nicole Baughcum, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Rex. Police said they measured her blood alcohol level at .392 - which is almost five times the legal limit.

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  • Police said Baughcum drove her Chevrolet Camaro through the picnic area of a mobile home park in Rex, wiping out two picnic tables. They said she then drove under a fence, through a ditch and the wrong way on Georgia Highway 42, before driving back into the mobile home park and coming into a stop, crashing into the steps of the leasing office.

    JONESBORO: 3 charged in toddler's death in hot daycare van

    JONESBORO: 3 charged in toddler's death in hot daycare van

    JONESBORO, Ga. -- Three people have been charged in connection with the death of a 2-year-old girl, who died after being left in a daycare van for hours Monday afternoon.

    Early Tuesday morning, Marlo Fallings, owner of Marlo's Magnificent Early Learning Center in Jonesboro, along with Fallings' daughter, Quantabia Hopkins and a juvenile, were each charged with second degree cruelty to children, involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.

    State records show it's not the first time Marlo's has failed to keep track of its kids.

    In a Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning licensing study dated March 1, 2011, evaluators noted: "591-1-1-.36(6)(d) requires that at the completion of every trip, a check must be made to assure that no child remains on the vehicle. The center staff did not initial or document the field trip form for children transported on October 26, 2010."