County missing lifeguard certifications during near drowning

County missing lifeguard certifications during near drowning

When a boy nearly drowned at a county-owned pool in June, DeKalb County did not have certifications on hand for all of the contracted lifeguards working at the pool. The county’s contract required these to be kept onsite at all times. The Champion’s investigation revealed that the county did not have certifications on file for […]

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Sexual abuse survivor shares story to help others

Dave Moody’s construction company has been cited among the top 25 commercial contractors in Atlanta. Photo provided

  C. David Moody Jr.’s professional life has focused on building highly visible structures that endure the stresses and strains of time. However the man behind the award-winning Lithonia-based C.D. Moody Construction Company has kept a secret that has tormented him throughout most of his adult life. Now he’s taking every opportunity to turn his […]

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Woman sentenced to life in prison for killing granddaughter

Selena Rivera, 44, was sentenced to life in prison to serve 30 with the possibility of parole.

A DeKalb County woman was given a life sentence for beating her 3-year-old granddaughter to death. DeKalb Superior Court Judge Mark Scott sentenced 44-year-old Selena Rivera on Sept. 16 to life in prison with the possibility of parole after serving 30 years. Rivera was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, and two counts of […]

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Police looking for missing elderly man


The DeKalb County Police Special Victims Unit seeks the public’s assistance locating Eugene Krieger.  Krieger is an 80-year-old male who suffers from dementia. He was last seen Sept. 14 at approximately 11:30 a.m. when he left his residence on Carriage Lane in Stone Mountain to walk his dog. He was last seen wearing a dark […]

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Grand jury to review all officer-involved shootings

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James explains his new policy for reviewing officer-involved shootings. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Nearly six months after veteran Anthony Hill was fatally shot by a DeKalb County Police officer, a civil grand jury will review the case. Twenty-seven-year-old Hill, an Air Force veteran from Chamblee, was shot and killed by DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen, who responded to a call about a man acting “deranged,” police said […]

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County officials celebrate healthy donation

County officials and community leaders celebrate the completion of an outdoor fitness area at Gresham Park. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

An $8,000 donation will give Gresham Park users the opportunity to be little healthier.DeKalb County officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 27 for the installation of an outdoor fitness station in Gresham Park, 3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta. “I think it’s fantastic,” said Thomas Redmond, who lives on Meadowview Drive near the park. “I like it. […]

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ONE DeKalb’s Bettye Davis named director of Lou Walker center

Bettye Davis, right, and program coordinator Henry Rosenthal chat with members of the Lou Walker Senior Center.

DeKalb County has appointed Bettye Davis as the new director of the Lou Walker Senior Center. Davis has spent the last seven years as director of the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment (ONE) DeKalb, and is “excited” about transitioning into her new position. “I’m excited about the opportunity. I’m excited about just being here and working […]

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Faith leaders get taste of cops’ jobs

From left, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James and Christopher Madden, a minister at DeKalb United Pentecostal Church, respond to a simulation used to train police officers.

DeKalb County religious leaders got an inside look at the county’s criminal justice system Aug. 26 during the seventh Annual Faith Leaders Conference hosted by DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James and Sheriff Jeff Mann. Clergy members are “a pipeline to the community,” James said. “We’re still a nation where most people either go to […]

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