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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.

3 teens arrested for Walmart hijacking

3 teens arrested for Walmart hijacking

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Three 16 year olds have been arrested and charged with stealing a car at gunpoint from the parking lot of the Peachtree City Walmart.

The robbery happened at around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, when one of the suspects pointed a gun at a woman and demanded her car.

Police tried to pull over the stolen car on Highway 74. When the suspect failed to stop, a high speed chase began. It ended when the suspect crashed the car while trying to exit Interstate 285 at Cascade Road, according to Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown.

The driver, who lives in southwest Atlanta, is being held on a number of charges, including armed robbery, hijacking, attempting to allude, drug possession and being a member of a street gang.

Man shot to death in southwest Atlanta

Man shot to death in southwest Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Two men were shot, one fatally, in a home in southwest Atlanta Friday morning.

The shooting happened at around 2 a.m. at a house on Harlan Road SW.

Atlanta Police Officer Kim Jones said one victim was dead when officers arrived. A second victim was taken to South Fulton Medical Center in critical condition, with gunshot wounds to his face and neck.

Jones said investigators found a third victim nearby. He was not hurt, but was arrested on a pending warrant out of South Carolina.

Police have not yet given a motive for the shooting. The victims' names have not been released.

Police investigate 2 overnight shootings

Police investigate 2 overnight shootings

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are investigation two separate shootings that happened overnight in different parts of the city.

Two people were shot around 11 p.m. Sunday in southwest Atlanta and one person was shot at around 1 a.m. Monday in Midtown.

The first shooting happened at 1700 Stanton Road SW. The victims' are being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital. Their wounds are not life-threatening.

In the second incident, a man told officers he was shot in front of an extended stay hotel on Pine Street in Midtown. He drove himself to the emergency room at Emory University Hospital Midtown on Peachtree Street. Police said he may have been shot in an attempted robbery.

No additional information is available in either incident.

2 arrested in Cooper Street shooting

2 arrested in Cooper Street shooting

ATLANTA -- Two people are behind bars in connection with a fatal shooting in southwest Atlanta last month.

The suspects -- 26-year-old Freedell Benton and 22-year-old Quantavious Guffie -- will have their first court appearance at 11 a.m. Thursday.

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Both men face murder and aggravated assault charges in the May 29 death of Drexel Berry, who was shot on Cooper Street. He managed to run to Pryor Street for help and was eventually taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon said Benton and Guffie were arrested Wednesday during a traffic stop.

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

ATLANTA (AP) - A former chief information officer for Atlanta's school system accused of accepting bribes in exchange for his influence in awarding a technology contract has pleaded not guilty.

Jerome Oberlton entered his plea in federal court in Atlanta Tuesday. A federal grand jury handed down a seven-count indictment last week naming Oberlton and another man, Mahendra Patel, in the bribery scheme. Patel also pleaded not guilty.

The indictment says the two accepted $60,000 in kickbacks from an information technology company that won a contract worth more than $700,000 from the school district.

Oberlton served as chief information officer for Atlanta schools from 2004 to 2007. Oberlton joined the Dallas school district in January and was working as chief of staff. He resigned last week after informing the superintendent of the investigation.

2 men shot in car in southwest Atlanta

2 men shot in car in southwest Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Two men driving down an Atlanta street were shot just before midnight Tuesday.

Atlanta Police Capt. Tim Peek said the two were fired upon by a person standing on the street near the intersection of Humphries and Rockwell streets.

Peek said the shooter may have been mistaken the men for someone else.

One victim was shot in the upper body and the other has a graze wound to the shoulder. Both are in stable condition at Grady Hospital.

No names were released.

Police were canvassing the neighborhood seeking witnesses.