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Clayton County officer dies after shooting

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Clayton County police officer has died after a shootout at the Motel 6 in Stockbridge Monday. 

Officer Sean Callahan, 24, had only been on the job four months and is the first officer the department has lost in the line of duty.

He died just after 5:15 a.m. Tuesday at Grady Memorial Hospital.

"A police officer is a job that only a few people have the mental and physical ability to perform," Lt. Chris Windley said in a statement Tuesday. 

"For those few men and women that do have those abilities, it is an honor to be able to put on that uniform. Our job as police officers is to protect and serve. Our job requires us to run to face the danger, no matter what the circumstances. We don't do this job to be seen, we do this job to protect our nation. We do this job because it is something that we love to do."

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Altanta City Council gives holiday gifts to children of Sheltering Arms

ATLANTA -- On Thursday, some Atlanta City Council members and staff gave holiday gifts to the local early childhood program, Sheltering Arms.

According to Michael Tyler of city council, Sheltering Arms is the oldest nonprofit organizations for children in Georgia. They offer childcare, schooling and support to more than 3,600 local children. Across Atlanta, there are 16 Sheltering Arms locations.

Tyler said that a holiday luncheon and toy drive was held, and each district office, and communications and research workers came out. A space was donated for the event at 200 Peachtree, as well as food for those who attended.

Sheltering Arms employees came out to accept the toys and hand them out to children.

"I am pleased that the council members and the council staff came together to donate to such a worthy cause," said Council President Mitchell. "The toy donation captures the true meaning of the holiday season."

 

Victor Hill sworn in as Clayton County Sheriff

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- According to the Clayton County Board of Commissioners Victor Hill was officially sworn into his position on Thursday. 

RELATED | Victor Hill wins re-election as Clayton County Sheriff

Although Hill officially took an oath of office on Thursday he will not be able to take office until January 1. 

Hill won in a November run-off election against write-in candidate Clayton County Chief Deputy Garland Watkins. 

Hill faces a January trial date to answer 37 counts of corruption, which may prevent him from legally taking office. 

Child abuse suspect now charged with murder

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Clayton County man accused of abusing his girlfriend's kids was officially charged with murder at a court appearance Tuesday.

Two-year-old Jaiden Harvey and his three brothers were rushed to the hospital on July 11th. An 11Alive investigation revealed one of the brothers was suffering from internal bleeding after the mother's boyfriend punched him in the stomach. Now, that same man is charged with murder.

Kemra Mathew was already facing child abuse charges for that punch. Now, murder charges are added to the docket.

Job fair aimed at veterans Tuesday

JONESBORO, Ga. -- There's a big push this week to hire veterans and get them back into the workforce.

HELP DESK | Who's hiring

It's all part of NBC's "Hiring our Heroes" program, which has helped find jobs for 14,000 service members.

This week's "Hiring our Heroes" Fair will be on Tuesday at the American Legion Post 258 in Jonesboro from 9 a.m. until noon.

For more job fair details, click here.

Former federal corrections officer arraigned

ATLANTA -- Kenneth Holsey, a former corrections officer at Atlanta's United States Penitentiary was arraigned on Monday on multiple federal charges.

According to an official of United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates' office, Holsey, 45, allegedly gave cigarettes and a cell phone to a federal prison inmate in exchange for money, and made false statements to federal agents.

Holsey, of Riverdale, was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 27. He was released on bond.

United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, "Public officials who use their positions for their own financial benefit breach the public's trust. In this case, this corrections officer's duties were to maintain the safety, security, and good order of Atlanta's federal prison facility. Instead of fulfilling his duties, he allegedly abandoned his responsibilities in exchange for money, placing the safety of the prison staff, inmates, and the surrounding community at risk."