Sunday, April 25, 2010

Police: Robbery Near Georgia Tech Campus

Police are investigating another crime near Georgia Tech's campus. It's the fourth robbery near the campus in one week.

A woman told police a man robbed her at the Tavoli Tenside apartments on Northside Drive Sunday morning. She said the robber ambushed her from behind and grabbed her while she was walking from a parking garage. The robber took her valuables and ran off, police said.

Police said the victim was not injured. The incident remains under investigation.

UGA Police End Probe Into Alleged Music Download Scheme

University of Georgia police have ended their investigation into a former employee's alleged scheme to extort students.

Police arrested Internet security analyst Dorin Dehelean in February after he was accused of shaking down a student who used school computers to illegally download music.

UGA police Chief Jimmy Williamson told the Athens Banner-Herald in a Sunday story a woman reported that Dehelean asked her for $800 to make her computer policy violation "go away."

Williamson said police felt there were other victims and assured students they wouldn't face criminal charges or administrative sanctions if they had a similar story to tell police.

But no one else came forward. A Clarke County grand jury will now consider whether to indict Dehelean on a single count of theft by extortion, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Police: Wrong-Way Driver May Have Caused Fatal I-85 Crash

A fatal accident temporarily shut down southbound Interstate 85 between Chamblee Tucker and Shallowford roads Sunday morning.

Police said at about 5 a.m., a green BMW entered the interstate at Shallowford Road, heading north in the southbound lanes. Less than a quarter-mile later, the BMW collided with a gold Lexus driven by Steven Naraine, 26, of Atlanta.

Police said Naraine's car was then hit by two more vehicles before coming to rest in the right lane. Naraine was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police said the BMW driver was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in serious condition. The drivers of the other two cars were evaluated at local hospitals and released.

The driver of the BMW is suspected of being under the influence and charges are pending, police said.

Police: Man Killed Near Nightclub, Shooter Claims Self-Defense

Atlanta police said after an initial investigation, a man may have killed another man in self-defense.

It happened at 1790 Cheshire Bridge Road NE just after 3 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Dirty Laundry Boutique business near Club Life Nightclub.

Police said they were investigating the possibility that the dead man tried to rob the man who shot him. Police said the deceased man was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Wheelchair-Bound Man Killed In Fire

A Sunday morning lightning strike may have triggered a deadly house fire in Hall County, officials said. The body of a 62 year-old wheelchair-bound man was found inside the burned home located on Maiden Road in Lula.

The victim's wife said she heard a loud boom, and then smelled smoke around 3:30 a.m. The woman said she tried to remove her husband from the burning house, but was unable to do so and had to leave him inside, officials said.

Investigators said the home was a total loss.

3 Teens Accused In Gainesville Man's Death

A Hall County grand jury has indicted three Athens teens on charges they beat a man to death during a robbery in his home outside of Gainesville.

Authorities said 16-year-old Brian Martin Rivera, 17-year-old Nelson Vaca and 16-year-old Daniel Vilchis-Ayala are accused of killing Ramon Hernandez last month.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that an 11-count indictment was returned against the suspects.

Charges include murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, attempted armed robbery, burglary, kidnapping with bodily injury, and false imprisonment.

Officials said Vilchis-Ayala and Vaca remain jailed without bond, and there's a nationwide lookout for Rivera.

WSB-TV; WXIA-TV; Athen Banner-Herald; Georgia Radio Network; Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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