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Fulton County Police Partners with Federal DEA to kick off Prescription Drug Take Back

The Fulton County Police Department has partnered with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other government, community, public health and law enforcement partners to announce a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative.  The initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds - 121 tons - of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners, including the Fulton County Police Department.

The Fulton County Police Department will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused,

and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, October 29, 2011  from

10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CASCADE: Parents charged in malnourished infant's death

CASCADE: Parents charged in malnourished infant's death

ATLANTA -- Two Southwest Atlanta residents were arrested Thursday in the death of their five-month-old child.

Tina Hanna, 25, and Lefty Hodge, 42, have been charged with murder and cruelty to children. They are being held in the Fulton County Jail.

The couple's infant was found unresponsive by Grady EMS in an apartment on M. L. King Jr. Drive on Sept. 3, according to Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones.

The child was later pronounced dead at Hughes Spalding Hospital. Police have not said whether the baby was a boy or a girl.

After the infant's death, DFACS took custody of two other small children living in the same apartment, Jones said. Hanna was also arrested that day on an outstanding warrant from Conyers Police; she was later released.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner has determined the child died from dehydration and severe malnutrition.

Reward Increases in Animal Cruelty Case

Norred & Associates, an Atlanta-based security firm, will contribute $5,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) who shot a mixed breed pit bull in the head with an arrow with a metal tip. The dog was found wandering the streets in Southwest Atlanta Tuesday evening, Sept. 13. The dog, aptly named "Arrow," is expected to recover from its injuries.

To anonymously submit information related to the dog's injury, call the Help Stop Dog Fighting hotline at 877.215.2250 or submit information at www.helpstopdogfighting.com.

"We need to apprehend this person before another animal or person is injured," said CEO Greg Norred, of Norred & Associates.

The tip line was established as part of the company's overall pro-bono campaign to stop dog fighting.

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.

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.

New lead in Pastor's murder

New lead in Pastor's murder

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police homicide detectives may have the lead they have been looking for that helps them solve the murder of a Baptist Minister. Associate Pastor Derek Moses was shot and killed at his private business on March 26th.

Police are looking for help to identify a person they want to talk to about the murder. They have pictures of a man who was making a purchase at a convenience store off of Sylvan Road. Case Investigator Summer Benton would not disclose how police were led to the store. "He's not a suspect at this time, he's just a person of interest, so we just need to talk to him and hopefully information that he can give us can lead us to a suspect," she said.