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GBI child porn operation leads to widespread arrests

“Operation MasqueRAID” Targets People Trading Child Pornography

 

Georgia Bureau of Investigation press release

Decatur, GA – As a result of a three month proactive investigation coordinated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC) and the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, 44 search warrants were executed in 31 counties today.  Law enforcement officers conducting the searches were looking for evidence of distribution of child pornography using the internet. 

 

This state-wide endeavor, known as Operation MasqueRAID, began in July 2014 and centered on GBI agents, along with local and federal Georgia ICAC Task Force affiliates, detecting child pornography images being shared using the internet.  The purpose of the operation was to arrest persons who possessed, produced, or distributed images of child pornography using the internet. The targets of Operation MasqueRAID were the most prolific offenders of child pornography laws.

Early voting this Saturday -- surprisingly high turnout thus far

See Sample local ballots.

Atlanta- Secretary of State Brian Kemp wants to remind Georgians they can vote early this Saturday (October 25th) across the state for the November 4th General Election. 

“Every Georgian should have the opportunity to vote in the November 4th General Election,” said Kemp.  “The good news is that it is easier than ever to vote early.  Georgians have the opportunity to vote early this Saturday at locations across Georgia.”

Regular early voting will continue till Friday, October 31st.

In Pickens County, early voting has seen a surprisingly high turnout with activity expected to pick up even more in the last week before the election.

Body found off Worley Crossroads

gbi at worley crossroads       

 

 Updated -- Sheriff office has identified the body, Billy D. Roberson, age 40, of Blue Ridge, Georgia.  

Mr. Roberson was reported missing from Fannin County on October 20.

 

The body of a middle-aged man was found in the edge of the woods near Worley Crossroads earlier this evening.

            Sheriff Donnie Craig said they have identified the man but are not releasing his name until family is notified. He said the man had been previously reported missing from another county.

            The body was found by friends who were searching the area where he was last reported seen.

Sheriff Craig said  they had no idea on the cause of death at this point. He said there was nothing apparent, such as a visible injury. The GBI crime scene unit was on the scene Tuesday night.

 

Little Shop of Horrors equals big theater of humor

Tater Patch's latest opens Oct. 24

 

Tater Patch Players

By Nan Nawrocki

Tater Patch Players

When the Tater Patch Players gave me the responsibility to direct the eccentric Little Shop of Horrors, I wasn’t sure what to expect. First, in spite of its title, be assured, there is NO HORROR in this musical. It’s a spoof of a show, meant to poke fun the awful “B” Science Fiction movies of the 1950s and ’60s.  In fact, it is based on a 1960 movie of the same name directed by Roger Corman. The show is very firmly tongue-in-cheek, meant to amuse and entertain, not to scare.

The music is a kaleidoscope of styles - Doo-wop to Blues to Calypso.

Hefty drop at the pump -- gas prices could go as low as 2010 levels

gaspumpGeorgia, October 20- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 10.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.06/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.12/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 20.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 23.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 22.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 23.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.