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Derek Lowe's World Series ring stolen

Derek Lowe's World Series ring stolen

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Authorities in southwest Florida say somebody stole a World Series ring and trophy belonging to major league pitcher Derek Lowe.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office said Monday that Lowe's 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series ring was taken from his Fort Myers home.

A housekeeper told investigators that a gold trophy, necklaces, and women's shoes and purses were also stolen sometime between Apr. 16 and Apr. 18. The total value of the items taken was about $90,000.

An incident report said the ring is 18-karat white gold with rubies and diamonds, and is inscribed with Lowe's name and jersey number, 32.

Lowe, who also used to play for the Atlanta Braves, currently pitches for the Cleveland Indians.

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.

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.

City sends cease-and-desist letter to Freaknik organizer

by: Doug Richards | Reporter, 11Alive News

ATLANTA -- On April 16, Grant Park would be the site of an apparently illegal party associated with an event called Freaknic. The organizer, J.K. Jones, has circulated numerous images on email and social media promoting a Greek picnic -- despite the fact that he has no permit nor has he asked the city for one.

That absence of a permit prompted city attorney Cathy Hampton to send a letter to Jones, saying "you are now willfully creating an event that is in direct violation of City law. You must immediately cease and desist your organization of the Greek Picnic and the advertisement of the event." The letter goes on to threaten Jones with prosecution and demands reimbursement for city costs. The city's concern about costs stems from its memory of Freaknik events in the 90s -- which clogged traffic and strained city law enforcement resources.

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

The City of Atlanta Office of Planning is preparing to launch Round 3 of community meetings for the 2011 Comphrehensive Development Plan (CDP).  Share your thoughts, your insight, your vision for Atlanta's future and your neighborhood. 

Atlanta non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses are invited to attend the various community meetings planned in locations throughout the city. 

All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Can't attend?  You can also email your comments to us at cdp2011comments@atlantaga.gov.

Be My Neighbor! Effective Neighborhood Watch Programs

Be My Neighbor!  Effective Neighborhood Watch Programs

ATLANTA – (submitted by Fourth Ward Alliance) Neighborhood watch groups are effective because they decrease opportunities for criminals to commit crime.  The added bonus is the cohesiveness it provides between members of your community. 

This workshop will educate you on the most effective ways of identifying and reporting suspicious activity and mobilizing your neighborhood watch program:

  • Why is there a need for a neighborhood watch program?
  • What is needed to start a neighborhood watch program?
  • A perspective on the neighborhood watch program.
  • How to get your program started.
  • Resources to keep you informed.
  • Ways to stay connected - ideas, technology and the internet.

This meeting will be held on Saturday March 12th from 9AM to 12PM at the Clark Harrison Building (Conference Room A) 330 West Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur.

East Atlanta Security Patrol Offer Residents A Deal

ATLANTA – The East Atlanta Security Patrol is offering all patrol members who sign-up for, at least, six months will receive the remainder of March for free.

According to the patrol, for the week of February 27th, Beat 610 (EAV) now has the most crime in Zone 6.   

To learn more about the East Atlanta Security Patrol, view updated news and notes or to enroll, visit the EASP website. There is a 50% discount for longtime residents, those having lived at the same address for 20 years and residents over 65.

If you have additional questions, please direct them to easp610@gmail.com, or call EACA Public Safety Chair Myron Polster at 404-954-1568.