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Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

ATLANTA -- Jury selection began Monday for a dozen defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial.

The teachers and administrators have been indicted on mobster-like charges, including racketeering and theft by taking. Prosecutors say they cheated students and pocketed big bonuses.

Four hundred potential jurors have been called. Jury selection is expected to take two to three weeks. The trial itself could last as long as eight months and may be one of the most expensive in state history, with six prosecutors and 12 defense attorneys, hundreds of witnesses and a million documents.

WATCH | What to expect during the APS trial

Man gets life for double shooting

Man gets life for double shooting

ATLANTA -- A 24-year-old man was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole plus 25 years in prison for a shooting that killed one victim and seriously injured another.

Jonathan Nations was found guilty Monday of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, hijacking and weapons charges in the June 2012 incident.

According to information presented in court, the victims -- Kenyatta Moss and Bobby Swint, both 35 at the time -- were in Atlanta to pick up a friend and drive him back to their hometown of Macon.

Nations approached the victims and said that in exchange for a ride, he'd take them to a place where they could buy marijuana. The victims drove Nations to the 700 block of Reed Street in southeast Atlanta -- a dead end.

When the victims tried to leave, Nations fired four shots at them. Swint was fatally hit in the side of the face. Moss was struck in the leg and foot as he tried to run away. Surveillance cameras captured part of the shooting

Boy caught stealing iPads from D.H. Stanton Elementary

Boy caught stealing iPads from D.H. Stanton Elementary

ATLANTA -- A young man was taken into custody after Atlanta Police found him trying to burglarize D.H. Stanton Elementary School.

The suspect was arrested early Monday. Police said he hurt his hand and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The suspect is one of three young people who broke into the school Sunday night, according to Atlanta Police. The boy taken into custody was caught with a number of iPads belonging to the school. Police did not find the other two suspects.

Because the suspect in custody is underage, police will not release his name.

Investigators are now working to determine how the suspects got into the building.

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Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson.

“Vehicle arson is a very serious matter,” said Chief Larry Few, Director of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes. Fulton residents should learn ways they can prevent vehicle arson from happening to them.”

Motivations behind vehicle arson include, revenge, concealing another crime, excitement, insurance fraud/arson for profit and vandalism.

Tips to prevent vehicle arson

Man convicted of killing Black Gay Pride attendee

Man convicted of killing Black Gay Pride attendee

ATLANTA -- A Decatur man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of killing two people in 2010.

Derrick Burden, 24, was sentenced Friday to two life sentences without the possibility of parole.

He was found guilty of shooting 21-year-old Samuel Blizzard, Jr. and 26-year-old Calvin Streater to death inside a southeast Atlanta townhouse on Sept. 5, 2010.

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Police said the townhouse belonged to Blizzard's cousin. Blizzard's body was found slumped over the living room sofa; police said Burden forced the victim to kneel before shooting him in the back of the head. He also stole Blizzard's laptop.

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.

Armed robbery spree ends with teen's arrest

Armed robbery spree ends with teen's arrest

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have arrested a 15 year old accused of at least three armed robbery attempts in southeast Atlanta Monday evening.

The crime spree began at around 10 p.m., when two people robbed someone at gunpoint at the intersection of Woodland and Eden avenues, according to Atlanta Police Officer Kim Jones.

About 15 minutes later, a second armed robbery took place on nearly Memorial Drive.

The two suspects, who were riding a motorized scooter, attempted a third robbery on Kent Street when they were spotted by police, Jones said.

The suspects began a chase but quickly crashed the scooter, which was stolen, according to Jones. They ran, but cops managed to catch one of them. His name was not released because of his age.

Police found three cell phones and a revolver on the teen, Jones said. A second gun was found at the crash site.

No one was hurt in any of the robberies.