Author: On Common Ground News

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – A mother accused of stabbing her 5-year-old son to death then setting their Peachtree Corners apartment on fire will serve a life sentence in prison plus five years.  Azaria Shante Burton, 23, pleaded guilty to malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault family violence, possession of a knife during the commission of a felony, first-degree arson, criminal attempt to commit a felony, and misdemeanor tampering with evidence in connection with the October 2023 death of 5-year-old Jayveon Pruitt.  “This is not motherhood as it should be,” Gwin County District Attorney Patsy Austin-Gatson said. “Mothers generally protect their young. This was…

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ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA –Walter Hester has been charged with the murder of his wife, Clordette Hester, in connection with a domestic dispute, the Rockdale Sheriff’s Office said today, July 15. On Sunday, July 14, at approximately 1:29 p.m., Rockdale deputies responded to a call of a woman screaming and gunshots fired on Griffin Mountain Tail. Deputies found a deceased woman lying in the driveway when they arrived. Hester was rrested and charged with Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of Firearm or Knife During Commission of or attempt to Commit Certain Felonies in connection with the murder of his wife. He…

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DECATUR, GA – The DeKalb County Board of Ethics will conduct its regular meeting on Thursday, July 18, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Maloof Auditorium, located at 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030.  Agenda Callto Order Adoptionof Agenda III. Administrative Items Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of June 18, 2024 Ethics Officer’s Monthly Report Preliminary Cases 2024-8: Monique N. v. DeKalb County Sanitation Department 2024-9: Gwendolyn Farris v. Alesia Brooks Public Comments Comments from the Board of Ethics VII. Executive Session to Discuss Pending Litigation and Personnel Issues Motion to Convene an Executive…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA—The DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) final job fair before the 2024-25 school year starts will be held on Tuesday, July 16, at Ronald E. McNair Middle School, 2190 Wallingford Drive, Decatur. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Certified and Classified opportunities are currently available. To attend the event, click HERE to pre-register, which is encouraged. For up-to-date listings of all opportunities available, Click  HERE, Most new hires and returning staff still receive sign-on bonuses and various incentives. Among them: New Hire Incentives (Teachers, Bus Drivers, School Resource Officers) Up to $4,000 Exemplary Teacher Transfer Incentives- Up…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA– In response to National Weather Service forecasts of heat indices exceeding 100 degrees, DeKalb County is opening cooling centers Tuesday, July 16. For a list of available cooling centers, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/weather. DeKalb County recreation centers and libraries will be available as cooling centers during the locations’ normal business hours. Water fountains will be accessible at recreation centers and libraries. A room in each available recreation center will be designated as a cooling center and water fountains will be accessible. During cooling center activations, recreation center pools will be free to the public from 2 to 6 p.m. The…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA–Softball players from across DeKalb County high schools recently had the opportunity to attend a girls softball clinic at Tucker’s Cofer Park to get instruction on the fundamentals of the game. Coach Gary Anderson, a local DeKalb County youth softball coach, provided instruction to the 32 attendees in various aspects of the game of softball. Players learned base running, pitching, fielding and batting techniques in the morning session. Attendees at the clinic represented Clarkston Columbia, Druid Hills, Lithonia, Southwest DeKalb, Stone Mountain and Tucker High Schools. Coaches from Druid Hills, Lithonia, Southwest DeKalb and Tucker aided Anderson in…

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA–  Gwinnett County Police Department (GCPD) detectives are investigating an overnight shooting that left one male deceased. On Sunday, July 14, just after 9 p.m., officers assigned to the West Precinct responded to a 911 call of a person shot near the area of 4840 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross.  When officers arrived on the scene, they encountered a male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted to render lifesaving first aid, but the victim died from his injuries. Detectives assigned to the Homicide Unit responded to the scene along with the Crime Scene Unit and officials from…

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DECATUR, GA – The DeKalb County Long Range Planning Division invites the McNair neighborhood to its inaugural “Community 101” public meeting on Thursday, July 18,  6 p.m., at the N.H. Scott Recreation Center, 2230 Tilson Road, Decatur.  The Planning & Sustainability department will discuss local planning needs custom to the McNair area and explore educational resources.  The community is invited to attend. The discussion will center on  the proper tools and resources needed to address planning-related matters from a community-led standpoint.  For more information, contact Aprell King, Planner, at470-898-2251 or alking@dekalbcountyga.gov or visit https://tinyurl.com/McNairCommunity101.  

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CONYERS, GA—Three retired city of Conyers employees who each served more than 40 years were honored at the unveiling of the Conyers Employee Wall of Fame outside of Conyers City Hall on July 11.  Former Public Works superintendent George Duren retired from the city in April 2018 with 42 years of service. He was the first city employee to reach the 40 years of service milestone. Also honored were Marvin Flanigan, former director of Planning and Inspection Services, who retired in April 2024 with 43 years of service, and former city manager and chief of police Tony Lucas, who retired…

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