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DeKalb County, GA Newspaper Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
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We’re Social 
, 2014 VOL. 16, NO. 42 •
Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
Emory celebrates Bearden’s ‘Odyssey’ and his time in Atlanta
White-collar criminals prey on vulnerable and unsuspecting
See Criminals on page 15A
by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comDeputy Chief Assistant District Attorney
Jeanne Canavan
said white-collar criminals don’t act out of passion or because they need to feed and addiction—they are driven by greed. “They are preying on the vul-nerability of their targets. In the end, they don’t only take the vic-tim’s money and their possessions. They steal their self-respect, their sense of security; their trust in other people, and very often, their independence,” Canavan said. By the time authorities figured out
Leonard Stewart
 was the vic-tim of a conman, he had already turned over the deed to his house, car title and most of his other assets to a man and his alleged “niece.”
Nicholas Marks
was arrested after bank employees thought something about him was strange, Canavan said. Marks was at the bank to empty what remained in Stewart’s safe deposit box.According to Canavan, bank employees asked Marks who he was. He told them he was a lawyer but when the bank called the State Bar of Georgia, his name wasn’t registered. Police arrived and charged Marks with impersonating an attorney, a misdemeanor. While police were searching Marks’ car they found much of what he had stolen from Stewart. He was later charged and convicted of multiple crimes including theft, exploitation of an elderly person and abuse. Stewart died before Marks’ trial but Canavan was able to use his testimony from one of Marks’ bond hearings to try the case. Routinely, Canavan said, prosecutors in elder abuse or white-collar crime cases use depositions of witness testi-mony in case something happens
Emory University’s Carlos Museum is celebrating the life of artist Romare Bearden and the time he spent in Atlanta. The exhibit runs until March 9. Photos by Daniel Beauregard. See Story on page 15AAssistant Chief District Attorney Jeanne Canavan said white-collar criminals take advantage of the most trusting and kind members of society.
Business ........................17AClassified .......................16AEducation .....................18ASports ......................19-20A
by Carla Parkercarla@dekalbchamp.comhe DeKalb County Housing Au-thority will assist residents o obie Grant Manor apartments in relocating to another home beore the apartment complex is demolished or a mixed-use development.Approximately 600 residents will be relocated by the end o March so demolition can begin in late spring or a new $34 million development, according to the DeKalb Housing Authority. Construction o the new senior apartments and amily apart-ments, approximately 300 units, is ex-pected to begin in late summer. DeKalb Housing Authority spokes-woman
Paula Grant
 said the resi-dents can relocate anywhere Housing Choice vouchers are accepted.“hey are being given Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers in or-der to continue receiving housing assistance,” Grant said. “Right now, at obie Grant Manor, they receive public housing assistance. hey will continue to receive housing assistance, but under the Section 8 program and not public housing.”Grant said the Housing Authority has been meeting with residents about this since October 2012. he residents will begin receiving vouchers some-time in January or early February.“We are assisting the obie Grant Manor residents in their search or new housing, including inancial as-sistance or the actual move, lists o potential housing nearby and wher-ever their interested in, assistance with online search o places they are inter-ested in and rides to prospective loca-tions, i they need it,” Grant said.Residents can receive unding to help with moving expenses through HUD’s Uniorm Relocation Assis-tance Act. he Act allows the DeKalb Housing Authority to give residents anywhere between $100 and $2,325 to move, depending on the unit’s size and whether the residents choose to use the housing authority or a moving company to move their belonging new home.“I they choose a moving company, [and] i they live in a one bedroom apartment, they will receive $1,300 to move,” Grant said. For a two-bedroom apartment, residents will receive $1,600 to move. For a three-bedroom apartment, resi-dents will $1,875 to move, $2,125 or a our-bedroom home and $2,325 or a ive-bedroom home. Once a resident chooses a new home, an inspection will take place and i passed, the resident will be able to move. An inspection is required through the Housing Choice Voucher Program.“We are with [the residents] ev-ery step o this process,” Grant said. “hen, per HUD requirement, we will track and continue to work with our obie Grant Manor amilies with sup-portive social services and Housing Choice Voucher compliance or the next ive years.”All obie Grant Manor residents will be eligible to return to the new obie Grant Manor site or any other Rental Assistance Demonstration unit within DeKalb.“I instead they choose to perma-nently keep their Housing Choice Voucher and not return to the new community where obie Grant Manor used to be that will be perectly ine,Grant said. “he voucher is theirs orever as long as they ollow the pro-gram rules.”
Tobie Grant Manor residents to be relocated for demolition
Nearly 600 Tobie Grant Manor residents will relocate to another home so demolition can begin to make way for a new $34 million mixed-use development. Photo by Carla Parker
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
Sasha Ray 
Ty’aisa Jackson
 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
Robert James
 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 transerred 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,
Shelton Ray 
, behind the home.According to police spokes-woman
Mekka Parish
, emergency dispatchers received a call rom Ray shortly beore 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 conessed 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 inormational gathering on Saturday, Jan. 11, 3-5 p.m. that will transorm an empty storeront 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, dierent 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 inormative 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-cilorqualitygrowth.org.he event will be held at the Emory Coner-ence Center, 1615 Cliton Road, Atlanta. Residents can hear May’s address at 7 p.m. at the Porter Sanord III Perorming Arts and Com-munity Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur.

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