DeKalb officer allegedly leaks nude photos

Nude photos

    A DeKalb County Police officer is accused of releasing nude photos of an acquaintance on social media platforms. Audrey Francisquini reportedly hacked into an acquaintance’s social media account and posted nude photos of the accuser and was charged by police in connection with the incident. On Dec. 30 last year, the accuser said […]

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Foundation gives back to the homeless

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DeKalb-based foundation provides for 250 homeless people in Atlanta Nearly 250 homeless people in the metro-Atlanta area received gifts thanks to volunteers and members of the Howey Hudson Lowe Foundation. On Jan. 14 in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the organization participated in its annual Operation Deep Freeze service project event. The event […]

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CEO releases proposed budget

DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond released a proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year. The budget will address funding for police and fire.

  DeKalb County residents and county officials got a first look at how DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond wants the county to move forward. Recently the newly sworn-in CEO released a proposed $1.3 billion operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year. “This budget provides a framework for strengthening the government’s fiscal condition, improving public safety, annualizing […]

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New presiding officer for DeKalb County commissioners

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DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted for a new presiding officer and deputy presiding officer in the Jan. 10 regular meeting. The presiding officer position formerly held by Commissioner Larry Johnson, will now be the responsibility of Commissioner Kathie Gannon after she was approved with a 5-2 vote. A day prior to the regular meeting, […]

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Decatur police making an impact via social media


With the advancement of technology and social media, the scope of policing has changed, according to police officials with the city of Decatur. From Twitter to Facebook and other social media platforms, police departments are stepping up their efforts to connect with the residents they serve. Recently, the city of Decatur Police Department joined social […]

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Firefighters fighting for higher wages


Low wages and a high work load have created a dangerous atmosphere in DeKalb County, according to a representative of professional firefighters in DeKalb County.From 2011 to 2014, the DeKalb County Fire and Rescue Department had a 9.3 percent attrition rate, according to a Matrix Operational Efficiency Study provided by the Archer Company. According to […]

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DeKalb Officials: Lessons learned after metro-Atlanta ‘snowpocalypse’

County officials held a winter weather press conference Jan. 5 to inform residents that a plan was in place in case of an emergency situation. Storm forecasts predicted some parts of DeKalb County could get up to four inches of snow.

Just two years ago, metro-Atlanta was hit with icy conditions and two inches of snow. The combination was enough to gridlock major interstates and secondary roads for hours and in some cases days. However, DeKalb County officials said the county learned a lesson from the snowy debacle in January of 2014. Ahead of the predicted […]

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Firefighters may sleep easier in DeKalb after donation

Beautyrest donated mattresses to first responders of the DeKalb Fire and Rescue Department. Over the past two years Beautyrest has donated 235 mattresses to the department.

According to the American Addiction Center, the average person needs 7.5 to 8.5 hours of sleep in a 24-hour cycle. However, for the county’s firefighters that average may be hard to reach. With sporadic work hours and the need to be ready at a moment’s notice, some firefighters may have trouble getting in a good […]

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