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Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

2 arrested for selling drugs to undercover cops

2 arrested for selling drugs to undercover cops

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Fayette County Sheriff's investigators recently arrested two young people in separate incidents of trying to sell marijuana to undercover officers.

On Jan. 11, David Lopez was arrested at the Home Depot in Peachtree City for selling the drug to police. The 21-year-old Newnan man was charged with selling marijuana.

Nineteen-year-old Tremaine Williams of Riverdale was arrested Jan. 14 at the Citgo gas station on Highway 138 near the border of Clayton and Fayette counties. Fayette County Sheriff's Det. Josh Shelton said Williams tried to run when he discovered he was selling marijuana to cops, but was caught. He was charged with obstruction and selling marijuana.

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."

Man hides face under shirt during burglary

Man hides face under shirt during burglary

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Newnan Police are looking for a man suspected of burglarizing a local Montessori school.

The suspect is accused of taking a debit card from the Carolyn Barron Montessori School on July 18, according to Newnan Police spokesman Lt. Tate Washington.

Surveillance cameras at an ATM at the Bank of Coweta on Temple Avenue captured images of the suspect hiding his face under his shirt collar as he tries to use the stolen debit card. He is described as a black man wearing a green John Deere T-shirt.

Washington said the same suspect is also wanted for questioning in a July 17 burglary at the Coweta Samaritan Clinic.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Newnan Police at 770-254-2355 or the police tip line at 770-254-2350.

Court upholds murder conviction in toddler's death

Court upholds murder conviction in toddler's death

ATLANTA -- Georgia's top court has unanimously upheld the murder convictions and life prison sentences given to a Coweta County couple for strangling and beating to death the woman's young daughter.

The Georgia Supreme Court's decision on Monday involved the December 2008 death of Makayla Mack, who was two-and-a-half when she was taken to the hospital.

An autopsy revealed she had hair loss, bruises and other signs of abuse, and Coweta County prosecutors charged Thomasina Mack and DeMario Steven Smith with her death.

The two were tried jointly in April 2010; the jury found them guilty of murder and cruelty to children, sentencing them both to life in prison.

Both appealed, but the Georgia Supreme Court's opinion found the evidence was sufficient to find them "guilty beyond a reasonable doubt."

Reward offered in teen's death

Reward offered in teen's death

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Newnan Police are offering a $20,000 reward for information in the death of a teenager whose body was found last week.

Blake Chappell's partially clothed body was found in a creek near Summergrove Parkway on Dec. 19, more than two months after he was reported missing. An autopsy determined the 17-year-old Senoia resident died of a gunshot wound.

Investigators are currently looking for information that will lead to an arrest in Chappell's death.

Anyone who can help with this case is asked to call the Newnan Police Department tip line at 770-254-2350.

Luthersville man facing federal fraud charges

Luthersville man facing federal fraud charges

LUTHERSVILLE, Ga. -- A 62-year-old Luthersville man has been indicted on fraud charges involving federal contracts reserved for service-disabled veterans.

Arthur Wayne Singleton was arraigned in federal court on Wednesday. Prosecutors said he obtained the contracts under false pretenses.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Singleton approached a bedridden Vietnam War veteran and proposed a joint venture that would use the veteran's status as disabled to obtain federal contracts set aside for companies with majority ownership by disabled veterans.

The indictment said Singleton obtained $2.85 million worth of contracts using the veteran's status, although the veteran performed no work and did not have ownership stake in Singleton's companies.

Singleton has been charged with 14 counts of wire fraud and one count of major fraud against the United States.