Decatur Police Department addresses officer shortage

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The Decatur Police Department is starting 2018 with fewer officers than they’d like, according to department officials.  According to DPD, the department is trying to fill six positions.  DPD Community Information and Education Officer Jennifer Ross said the department is working to fill the positions, but finding qualified applicants who want to be police officers […]

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County files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

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In 2017, approximately 86 people died of an overdose in DeKalb County. According to county officials, 44 of those deaths were attributed to opioids. Because of the cost of dealing with opioid addiction, the county has agreed to sue opioid manufacturers to recoup some of the financial losses associated with treating addiction. “This sends the […]

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Don’t lose focus

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DeKalb orders 200 ‘high-tech’ body cams Each officer and detective in the DeKalb County Police Department (DKPD) will be fitted with state-of-the-art equipment after DeKalb officials approved the purchase of approximately 200 body purchases. According to DKPD Police Chief James Conroy, the purchase will allow the department to provide all officers and detectives body cameras. […]

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Sheriff’s office searching for shooting suspect

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The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding a suspect connected to a deadly shooting in Tucker A warrant has been issued for 20-year-old Kaylon Janard “Hooty” Jiles, who is accused of fatally shooting Eric Fisher in the parking lot of the Motel 6 on Chamblee-Tucker Road on Nov. 5. According […]

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CHAMPION EXCLUSIVE: Mother of accused killer: ‘that’s not how I raised him’

On Nov. 27, Tyrika Terrell, 22, was allegedly shot and killed by her estranged boyfriend Quantez Tyre

Kicked son out of home prior to killing   For nearly two hours, the alleged killer of 22-year-old postal worker Tyrika Terrell barricaded himself inside a residence in Decatur, attempting to avoid arrest.  Decatur native Quantez Tyre, 22, was arrested Dec. 1 by DeKalb County Sheriff’s office S.W.A.T. and Fugitive Unit along with the U.S. […]

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Ex-commissioner pleads guilty

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Former DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson, who was arrested in June for misusing public funds, pleaded guilty to theft by conversion Oct. 25 in a pretrial hearing.The guilty plea was in connection with handling of funds totaling approximately $3,000.   According to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office, DeKalb Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson reduced the […]

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Future uncertain for DeKalb sheriff

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  It’s unclear what the next step will be for DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann. The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council voted to revoke his certification on Sept. 27. Mann, who was arrested May 5 after he exposed himself to an Atlanta police officer in Piedmont Park, will have time to appeal the […]

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Robber escape with $1.8 million in bank heist

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  A robber drove away with more than $1.8 million in the heist of a ATM courier cargo van robbery.  According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who said its agency is partnering with DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy, the robbery occurred Sept. 8 on South Hairston Road in Decatur.  At approximately 6:45 […]

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