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Sketch released of armed robbery suspect

Sketch released of armed robbery suspect

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police have released a sketch of a man they believe is responsible for an armed robbery last week.

The incident happened on Sept. 10 at Jackson and Irwin streets in northeast Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Officer John Chafee said the two victims were walking home from a concert at Centennial Olympic Park when two suspects ran up to them. One tried to snatch a purse from one of the victims, while the other pulled out a gun and demanded their valuables. The suspects took the purse, a wallet and a phone from the victims before running.

Chafee said the sketch is of the armed suspect.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS. Anonymous tips can be left at crimestoppersatlanta.org.

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

ATLANTA -- A Kennesaw man has pleaded guilty to being part of a kickback scheme involving Atlanta Public Schools.

Mahendra Patel admitted in federal court that he conspired with APS chief information officer Jerome Oberlton to benefit from a certain firm receiving a $780,000 computer project from the school district.

"Patel subverted the fairness of the contracting process for his own benefit and ultimately undermined the trust taxpayers place in APS to provide high-quality educational services," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement.

Oberlton pleaded not guilty in federal court in June. His trial date has not yet been set.

Seven men sought for Sweet Auburn Curb Market ATM robbery

Seven men sought for Sweet Auburn Curb Market ATM robbery

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police are looking for seven men captured by surveillance cameras as they used a Dodge minivan to pull off a bold smash and grab.

One of the suspects nearly foiled the getaway.

"They were amateurs," said Gerald Boyd, who works security for the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. "Looks like it was not professional, but it was effective."

At daylight, shop owners at the Sweet Auburn market arrived to find the minivan still lodged inside the building. Most were unrattled.

"I came in, saw the van was here, that nobody was hurt," said shop owner Dionne Gant. "I had to send a message that they didn't stop us."

Surveillance video captures the first of seven suspects arriving outside the market at 4:44 a.m., Tuesday. After casing the building, a white Dodge Caravan arrives. The driver parks and waits for two other vehicles that would serve as the getaway cars.

Thieves drive truck into hair weave shop

Thieves drive truck into hair weave shop

ATLANTA -- Smash-and-grab burglars did considerable damage to an Atlanta hair weave shop Tuesday morning.

Atlanta Police said the thieves struck Queen Virgin Remy on Edgewood Avenue at around 3:30 a.m. They backed a green or gray pickup truck into the front of the store and stole hair extensions.

Atlanta Police Capt. Tim Peek said investigators believe the burglary may be gang-related.

The owners said only hair extensions were taken.

Police plan to review surveillance video to see if it captured images of the suspects and their car.

Police investigate 2 overnight shootings

Police investigate 2 overnight shootings

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are investigation two separate shootings that happened overnight in different parts of the city.

Two people were shot around 11 p.m. Sunday in southwest Atlanta and one person was shot at around 1 a.m. Monday in Midtown.

The first shooting happened at 1700 Stanton Road SW. The victims' are being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital. Their wounds are not life-threatening.

In the second incident, a man told officers he was shot in front of an extended stay hotel on Pine Street in Midtown. He drove himself to the emergency room at Emory University Hospital Midtown on Peachtree Street. Police said he may have been shot in an attempted robbery.

No additional information is available in either incident.

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

ATLANTA (AP) - A former chief information officer for Atlanta's school system accused of accepting bribes in exchange for his influence in awarding a technology contract has pleaded not guilty.

Jerome Oberlton entered his plea in federal court in Atlanta Tuesday. A federal grand jury handed down a seven-count indictment last week naming Oberlton and another man, Mahendra Patel, in the bribery scheme. Patel also pleaded not guilty.

The indictment says the two accepted $60,000 in kickbacks from an information technology company that won a contract worth more than $700,000 from the school district.

Oberlton served as chief information officer for Atlanta schools from 2004 to 2007. Oberlton joined the Dallas school district in January and was working as chief of staff. He resigned last week after informing the superintendent of the investigation.

Man shot in leg in northeast Atlanta

Man shot in leg in northeast Atlanta

ATLANTA -- One man is in the hospital after being shot overnight in northeast Atlanta.

Police responded to a call at around 1 a.m. of a man in his late 20's being shot in the leg.

The shooting happened at the intersection of Boulevard and Boulevard Place.

The victim was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he is in stable condition. His name was not released.

Police are still investigating the shooting.