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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.

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. 

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.

 

Ebola preparedness in Georgia -- Governor taps top team

Governor's Office press release

   Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that he will sign an executive order to create an Ebola response team, which will assess current state health and emergency management procedures and produce necessary recommendations to minimize any potential impact of the disease in Georgia.

    “Rest assured, Georgia is taking the threat of the Ebola virus seriously,” Deal said. “The creation of this team is an additional step in the state’s response to this disease and will further our efforts to ensure the safety and quality of life for our citizens. By combining the expertise of the health and research communities with our state agencies, Georgia will be uniquely positioned to combat the risks of Ebola should the need arise. Those that have been chosen to serve on the panel are leaders in their respective fields – specifically Emory University Hospital, which has remained at the forefront of our nation’s response to this infectious disease. We are taking every necessary precaution to alleviate fear within our communities and make certain Georgia stands prepared.”