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89-year-old man's identity stolen

89-year-old man's identity stolen

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Police in Johns Creek are working to find a suspect accused of stealing an elderly man's identity.

Personal checks were stolen from the 89-year-old victim's home in early February, according to Johns Creek spokeswoman Rosemary Taylor.

Those checks were used to make purchases at Walmart stores in Lilburn, Lithonia, Loganville and Rome.

Taylor said police believe the suspect worked as a health care provider to the victim.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477. Tipsters can also leave information at crimestoppersatlanta.org.

Woman arrested for setting fire to her house

Woman arrested for setting fire to her house

LITHONIA, Ga. -- A woman was taken into custody early Friday after reportedly setting fire to her DeKalb County home.

The suspect, whose name was not released, started the fire at the house on Kilkenny Circle in Lithonia after discovering her boyfriend was cheating on her, according to DeKalb County Police Lt. K.D. Johnson.

Johnson said officers visited the house at around 2:45 a.m. to perform a welfare check. When they arrived, they saw smoke coming from an upstairs bedroom.

Responding firefighters forced their way into the house, put out the fire and rescued two children, ages 3 and 4.

According to Johnson, the suspect began the fire after an argument with the children's father. She hurt her foot during the fight, but the extent of her injuries was not immediately known. Nobody else was injured.

The woman was taken to jail and charged with arson and cruelty to children. Her kids were released to relatives, Johnson said.

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."

Perimeter Mall solicitation suspect arrested

Perimeter Mall solicitation suspect arrested

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Police have arrested a man accused of soliciting a teenage boy at Perimeter Mall.

Ronald Cox was taken into custody early Wednesday. The 42-year-old Lithonia man faces a felony charge of attempted child molestation by solicitation, according to Dunwoody Police Sgt. Mike Carlson.

Cox is suspected of soliciting a teenager for oral sex in a bathroom at Perimeter Mall on Nov. 12.

He is now being held in the DeKalb County Jail.

Man gets life in prison for sex trafficking

Man gets life in prison for sex trafficking

ATLANTA -- A Stone Mountain man has been sentenced to life in prison for operating a trafficking ring and sexually abusing women.

Soloman Manasseh Mustafa, 38, was convicted in July of trafficking, kidnapping, prostituting women and enticing a minor. His sentence was handed down Wednesday, according to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

A co-defendant, 25-year-old Kalandra Wallace of Jonesboro, pleaded guilty last October and was sentenced to five years in prison.

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3 arrested in Peachtree City home invasion

3 arrested in Peachtree City home invasion

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City Police have arrested three people in connection with a recent home invasion and shooting.

The incident happened July 13, when a woman told police that two men burst into her home and demanded money, according to Peachtree City Police spokeswoman Capt. Rosanna Dove.

One of the suspects shot at the woman when she tried to run from the house, Dove said. The victim was grazed by a bullet, but managed to get to a neighbor's house and call for help.

Police announced Tuesday that three people had been arrested for the robbery and shooting. Gilbert and Ted Jefferson, both 27, were charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery and burglary. Neither man lives in Peachtree City; Gilbert lives in Lithonia, while Ted is from Snellville.

A third suspect, 28-year-old Christopher Falkner of Peachtree City, was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary.