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LILBURN: 18 Waffle Houses robbed in two weeks

LILBURN: 18 Waffle Houses robbed in two weeks

LILBURN, Ga. -- Another Metro Atlanta Waffle House was robbed Friday, bringing the total to 18 in just two weeks.

The latest holdup happened early Friday morning at a Waffle House on U.S. 78 and Rockbridge Road in Lilburn.

A day earlier, another Waffle House was robbed on Powers Ferry and Delk roads in Marietta.

The robberies have been scattered across Cobb, Gwinnett, DeKalb, Clayton and Henry counties over the past two weeks. According to a Waffle House statement, the suspects usually hit between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Waffle House has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the robbers' arrests. Anyone with information is asked to call Norcross Police at 770-448-6457.

Missing Wis. teen found in DeKalb

Missing Wis. teen found in DeKalb

DECATUR, Ga. -- Investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found a missing Wisconsin teenager and her infant son in DeKalb County.

The 15-year-old girl vanished from her Fitchburg, Wis. home in May. The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation contacted the GBI on July 13 when they determined the girl and her child were in the Atlanta area.

The two juveniles were recovered from a hotel in DeKalb County on Friday, July 15. A laptop and cell phone were also seized for further investigation.

Police determined the girl was a commercially sexually exploited child. She was taken to DeKalb County juvenile intake, where she is awaiting transport back to Wisconsin.

Her son, who is less than a year old, was taken into the custody of DeKalb County DFCS.

Woman charged in boyfriend's stabbing death

Woman charged in boyfriend's stabbing death

NORCROSS, Ga. -- A Norcross woman has been charged with murder and aggravated assault after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend to death.

At approximately 3:50 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, Gwinnett County police were dispatched to a house on Beechwood Avenue in Doraville where they found the victim, who was still alive at the time.

The man was identified as 32-year-old Tyress Shebre Malcome of Norcross. He told officers that he got into an argument with his girlfriend at a house in Norcross and she stabbed him with a knife from the home's kitchen.

After the stabbing, a friend allegedly drove Malcome to the address in Doraville.

Malcome was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators subsequently arrested Tiquonda Ranell Campbell, 30, of Norcross and charged her with Malcome's death.

The investigation into this case is ongoing.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Speech pathologist indicted for Medicaid fraud

Speech pathologist indicted for Medicaid fraud

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County Grand Jury returned an indictment for Medicaid fraud against a local speech pathologist on Tuesday, Apr. 5.

Kenneth A. Thisdale was employed by a company that had a contract to provide speech therapy services to students in DeKalb County schools. Many of the students were Medicaid recipients.

The indictment alleges that Thisdale submitted false Medicaid claims for more speech therapy services than he actually provided. Additionally, he purportedly falsified patient charts to hide his fraudulent billing.

Thisdale was indicted for one count of Medicaid Fraud, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000 plus restitution.

Doraville woman sentenced for harboring illegal immigrants

Doraville woman sentenced for harboring illegal immigrants

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- A 44-year-old Doraville woman has been sentenced by a U.S. District Judge for conspiring to transport and harbor illegal aliens.

Chun Yan Lin was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised release. She was also ordered to forfeit $5,200.

"The recruitment, harboring and transportation of illegal aliens are very serious crimes," said Brock Nicholson, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in Atlanta. "Those who put our nation's security at risk to pocket a profit can expect to face similar serious consequences."

According to the investigation, from June 2009 to June 2010, Lin owned an employment agency called "Lucky" in Chamblee and conspired with others to transport and provide jobs to illegal aliens.

The agency primarily placed the illegal immigrants in restaurant jobs in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia.

Doraville Police Arrest Two Serial Burglary Suspects

Doraville Police Arrest Two Serial Burglary Suspects

DORAVILLE, GA -- On Wednesday, Feb. 16, the Doraville Police Department received a call of a burglary in process in the Oakcliff neighborhood.

As many as 12 officers arrived at the scene and immediately began to comb the area. One suspect was arrested quickly, while the second was tracked down and caught by a K-9 unit.

While interviewing the suspects, police gathered enough information to obtain a search warrant of one of the men's residences. When detectives and uniformed officers served the warrant, they discovered items that linked the suspect to at least seven other burglaries in Doraville.

"Our department will use every tool at our disposal to ensure the safety and protection of Doraville's citizens and their homes," said Doraville Police Chief John King.