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1 hurt in officer-involved shooting

1 hurt in officer-involved shooting

ATLANTA -- One person was struck in an officer-involved shooting in Midtown Tuesday night.

Atlanta Police Officer John Chafee said the shooting happened at around 11 p.m. on West Peachtree Street near 17th Street.

An off-duty police officer who was working nearby heard gunshots and ran to the scene, where he saw a suspect firing into a group of people, Chafee said.

The officer confronted the suspect and began shooting. The suspect got into his car and drove away, according to Chafee.

About 30 minutes after the shooting, a man was dropped off at Grady Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg.

Chafee said investigators believe the man was injured in the Midtown shooting, but could not say whether he was shot by the officer. The victim's name was not released.

The investigation continues. Chafee said the officer who fired the shots was placed on routine leave.

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."

Ga. Tech police ID burglary suspects

Ga. Tech police ID burglary suspects

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech police have charged one man and are looking for another suspect in connection with a burglary inside a dorm.

The incident happened July 1, when two men broke into the North Avenue Apartments East, held up a student inside his dorm room and took the victim's laptop and cell phone.

MORE | Armed burglars assault, rob Ga. Tech student

On Thursday, Georgia Tech spokesman Matt Nagel announced that Steven "Turk" Terry has been charged with burglary, armed robbery and firearm possession in connection with the crime.

Terry has been in the Fulton County Jail since July 4 on several unrelated charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, battery, cruelty to children and robbery, according to jail records.

Atlanta Commission on Women to host free Women's Health & Safety Forum Wed. 8/22

Atlanta Commission on Women to host free Women's Health & Safety Forum Wed. 8/22

The Atlanta Commission on Women (ACW), in partnership with various organizations including self-defense/protection company Practical Combat Applications, Atlanta Police Dept., and Health, Fitness & Life Coaching--will host a free Women's Health and Safety Forum, Wed. Aug. 28, 12PM noon at Atlanta City Hall.

Focusing on the topics: self-defense, diabetes, heart disease, fitness/nutrition, HIV/AIDS, obesity and preventive care; the free forum will take place in the old city hall chambers (3rd floor, city hall tower) on 68 Mitchell St, Atlanta. The public is invited.

The event will also feature: the Atlanta Fire Dept, AID Atlanta, Cynthia Jameson, Independent agent for health insurance and durable medical equipment, Pulse by Kayt Wolfe, and Sonali Sadeqee Nutrition and Lifestyle consultant.

Robbery suspects arrested in Piedmont Park

Robbery suspects arrested in Piedmont Park

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police arrested two men suspected of robbing two juveniles at gunpoint in Piedmont Park Monday night.

Police first received the robbery call at around 11:45 p.m., according to Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones. They set up a canvass and quickly captured Dwight Young and Kristopher White, both 22.

Investigators also found the suspects' weapon and determined that it was a pellet gun made to look like a full-size semi-automatic 9mm pistol, Jones said.

Young and White were taken to the Fulton County Jail on armed robbery charges. Police learned that Young had a warrant from Lawrenceville Police for probation violation, according to Jones.

Nobody was injured in the robbery. Jones said a parent showed up at the park to take the two victims home.

Ex-Carter's Inc. exec indicted on 32 federal charges

Ex-Carter's Inc. exec indicted on 32 federal charges

ATLANTA -- Former Carter's Inc. executive vice president Joseph M. Elles was indicted Monday in federal court on 32 charges, including securities fraud, wire fraud, causing the filing of false financial statements and falsifying corporate books and records.

These charges relate to alleged accounting irregularities at the Midtown-based children's clothing maker.

In December 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Elles, a Las Vegas resident, with insider trading and securities fraud. Coinciding with that announcement, the SEC reached an agreement with Carter's -- in exchange for full cooperation with the investigation, the SEC would not file fraud charges against Carter's.

The deal is part of the SEC's push to persuade companies to cooperate with its investigators.

Elles was an executive at Carter's between 2004 and 2009.

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.