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Mother gets life for suffocating 3-year-old daughter

Mother gets life for suffocating 3-year-old daughter

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A DeKalb County woman was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for murdering her young daughter.

Meriel Bemis pleaded guilty to suffocating 3-year-old Lela Bemis on Feb. 23 inside their Stone Mountain apartment.

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"As a mother, I could not begin to understand how and why (Meriel Bemis) would take the life of her innocent child in such a vicious way," DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Dalia Racine said. "This sentence will never bring Lela back. However, there is justice in the fact that Meriel has assumed some level of responsibility and will serve a life sentence for her malicious acts."

Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Police Department's Summer Crime Initiative appears to be paying off.

Monday morning, the department announced it has seen reductions in three crime categories. Residential burglaries are down 17 percent, pedestrian robberies are down 10 percent and entering auto cases are down nine percent this summer.

New strategies used to prevent and reduce crime in DeKalb County include 24-hour specialized operations, bike patrols and curfew enforcement.

"The reduction in crime statistics proves that the investments we are making in police and fire personnel pay dividends," DeKalb County interim CEO Lee May said in a release.

May said the police department plans to add 160 more sworn officers and 100 patrol cars by the end of 2014.

2 arrested in Dunwoody home burglary

2 arrested in Dunwoody home burglary

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Dunwoody Police have arrested two people for a home burglary this week.

It happened at around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 2700 block of Fontainebleau Drive.

The homeowner discovered the burglary in progress while checking his home security system, according to police. He called 911 and officers were dispatched to the house, where they found a silver Chevrolet Tahoe parked outside.

When the car's driver, 34-year-old Chantel Dione Fontaine of Stone Mountain, spotted police, she drove away. Investigators chased the car until it crashed into a fence in the 2300 block of Spalding Drive. Fontaine was arrested at the scene.

A second suspect, 23-year-old Christopher Rashad Thomas of Doraville, was discovered inside the house. He tried to run from police, but was captured and taken into custody.

2 shot in DeKalb County

2 shot in DeKalb County

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two young men were wounded in a shooting in DeKalb County Monday morning.

It happened shortly after midnight in the 2000 block of East Scarbrough Trail, a cul-de-sac near Covington Highway.

DeKalb County Police Sgt. Steven Dean said one victim, believed to be in his late teens, was found at Covington Highway and Scarbrough Drive. He had been shot more than once and was taken to a nearby hospital.

The second victim was dropped off at the hospital by friends, according to Dean. That victim appears to be in his early 20's. No names were released.

Police are investigating the shooting.

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Man beaten in DeKalb home invasion

Man beaten in DeKalb home invasion

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Police are looking for at least three suspects in an overnight home invasion that put a man in the hospital.

It happened at around 1 a.m. Wednesday at a house in the 5200 block of Mainstreet Park Drive near Martin Road.

Police said a man and woman were home when they heard three men yell, "Police!" at the back door. The suspects shot through the door to get inside the house. They beat up the male victim, ransacked the couple's bedroom and left.

The male victim drove himself to DeKalb Medical Center, where he was treated for an injury to his left eye, according to police.

No suspects have been named in this case.

Man arrested in DeKalb triple shooting

Man arrested in DeKalb triple shooting

LITHONIA, Ga. -- DeKalb County Police have arrested a man in connection with a triple shooting last week.

Johnie Oliver, 21, was charged with murder and aggravated assault in the incident, which killed one man and injured a woman and another man.

It happened June 27 on Swift Creek Drive near South Deshon Road in Lithonia. Police were made aware of the shooting when the victims showed up outside the emergency room at DeKalb Medical Hillandale.

Investigators said Oliver approached the victims' car and got into an argument with one of the occupants. He then shot into the car. Two windows were shattered by gunfire.

A 21-year-old female victim was struck in the leg. She was able to drive the other two to DeKalb Medical.

Man shot during home invasion in DeKalb

Man shot during home invasion in DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A man was shot during a home invasion in the 3200 block of Panola Road Tuesday night.

DeKalb County Police said the 25-year-old victim was shot multiple times and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he is in stable condition Wednesday afternoon. His name was not released.

Investigators have not yet identified a suspect or made any arrests.

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