THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014 PAGE 3A
Teen sentenced in stabbing death of sister
by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comA 14-year-old girl received a 12-year sentence Dec. 30 or her role in the stabbing death o her younger sister, 2-year-old
was originally charged with two counts o elony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children and mak-ing a alse statement. However, the murder charges were reduced to voluntary manslaughter as the con-dition o a plea agreement reached during the pre-trial hearing. “Tis was an extremely diﬃcult case or our oﬃce,” District Attorney
said. “Tere are no winners in this case. We have a ami-ly that is broken emotionally beyond what many o us could comprehend. y’aisa and Sasha’s amily will orever be changed by this terrible situation.”According to the terms o the plea agreement, Jackson will spend eight years o her sentence behind bars then the remaining years o her 12-year sentence on probation. Jackson will begin her sentence in a juvenile acility and be transerred to an adult correctional acility when she turns 17. Te stabbing incident, police said, took place at the amily’s home in Decatur Nov. 19, 2012, while Jackson was babysitting her siblings. DeKalb County Police said the teen called her parents, saying her 2-year-old sister was missing. When the parents returned home they be-gan searching or the 2-year-old with the teen’s help.Sasha was ound by her ather,
, behind the home.According to police spokes-woman
, emergency dispatchers received a call rom Ray shortly beore 1 p.m. Nov. 19. Ray then put the phone down and was taking the child to the hospital him-sel when an emergency vehicle met him along the way. Sasha was later pronounced dead.Te teen is being charged with making alse statements or allegedly lying to detectives about “knowledge as to who killed [her sister] and by what means,” Parish said at the time. Afer the teen was taken to the police station or urther question, she called and conessed to her step-ather that she was Sasha’s killer, ac-cording to reports.
Atlanta Regional Commission to hold ‘pop-up’ community meeting
he Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is hosting a new style o inormational gathering on Saturday, Jan. 11, 3-5 p.m. that will transorm an empty storeront in downtown Decatur into a “pop-up” public meeting. he meeting is the result o an idea the ARC received rom the public during a community en-gagement survey last summer. In that survey, more than 2,000 participants said they wanted more local choices, dierent ways to engage and online options. he meeting is part o the latest update to the $61 billion Regional ransportation Plan, metro Atlanta’s ramework or mobility and prosperity. ARC invites residents to learn about transporta-tion choices, ask questions and give input about how to make meetings more inormative and engaging. he meeting will be held at 515 North Mc-Donough Street, Suite A, Decatur.
County sets jobs bus schedule for January
he DeKalb County Mobile Career Center, also known as the county’s “jobs bus,” will be sta-tioned at various locations throughout DeKalb County during January. he mobile unit provides residents with vari-ous services, including job search assistance, adult workshops and training, resume writing pointers and interviewing tips. Businesses are also able to use the mobile unit or recruiting, pre-employment screenings, interviewing and training.Since its launch in February 2012, more than 2,500 DeKalb residents have used the mobile career center which is unded through the Work-orce Investment Act grant.he mobile career center’s upcoming sched-uled stops will be:
• Jan. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wesley Chapel-William
C. Brown Library, 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur.
• Jan. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Clarkston Library, 951
N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston.
• Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Vincent De Paul So
-ciety, 4871 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain.
• Jan. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., DeKalb Access and Re
-source Center, 949 North Hairston Road, Stone Mountain.
• Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., North Lake-Barbara
Loar Library, 3772 Lavista Road, Decatur.
• Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Department of Family &
Children Services, 178 Sams Street, Decatur.
• Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Clarkston Library, 951
N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston.
• Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Covington Library, 3500
Covington Highway, Decatur.
• Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tucker-Reid H. Coffer
Library, 5234 LaVista Road, ucker.
• Jan. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., DeKalb Access and Re
-source Center, 949 North Hairston Road Stone Mountain.
• Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Stonecrest Library, 3123
Klondike Road, Lithonia.
DeKalb County interim CEO to deliver 2014 State of the County address
DeKalb County Interim CEO
will present to residents, businesses and other community stakeholders a review o 2013 and his outlook or 2014 during the State o the County Address. May will deliver his address the business com-munity during a noon luncheon hosted by the DeKalb Chamber o Commerce and the Council or Quality Growth. Registration is required and costs $40 per person. o register, visit www.coun-cilorqualitygrowth.org.he event will be held at the Emory Coner-ence Center, 1615 Cliton Road, Atlanta. Residents can hear May’s address at 7 p.m. at the Porter Sanord III Perorming Arts and Com-munity Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur.