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Sheriff's deputy fired for having relationship with inmate

Sheriff's deputy fired for having relationship with inmate

CONYERS, Ga. -- A female deputy with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has been fired for pursuing a relationship with an inmate in the county jail.

Anna Salva, 31, lost her job Wednesday after information about her contact with the inmate was revealed. She was hired by the sheriff's office in 2009 and began working at the jail in July 2011.

"This is a situation that we take very seriously," Rockdale County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Scott Freeman said. "These types of relationships are strictly prohibited and are detrimental to the safe and efficient operations of the Rockdale County Jail."

Robbers pepper-spray convenience store clerks

Robbers pepper-spray convenience store clerks

CONYERS, Ga. -- Rockdale County sheriff's officials are looking for two suspects accused of robbing at least two convenience stores.

In both incidents, the suspects sprayed some type of chemical on a store clerk before taking money.

The first robbery happened Saturday at a BP in the 2900 block of Highway 138.

Rockdale County Sheriff's Capt. Myra Pearrell said two masked men entered the store. One of them sprayed pepper spray in a store clerk's face before grabbing money out of the register.

The clerk described her attackers as white men. One wore a green camouflage jacket and a ski mask, while the other wore a dark blue hooded jacket, black hat and white bandana, and may have been armed with a machete.

The second robbery occurred Monday morning at a BP/Kangaroo Express in the 4600 block of Highway 155.

Conyers man gets 7 years in eBay fraud scheme

Conyers man gets 7 years in eBay fraud scheme

MOBILE, Ala. -- The leader of a multi-state operation selling stolen merchandise on the online auction site eBay has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to forfeit nearly $1.7 million.

U.S. District Judge William Steele imposed the sentence Monday on Jason Christopher Spellen of Conyers, Ga. The 28-year-old defendant pleaded guilty in March to Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors described him as a leader of what they called the "Spellen Enterprise." They said the group sold fraudulently obtained and stolen electronics on eBay and by other means. They said the operation spanned 26 states and involved 14,000 items.

A dozen others have pleaded guilty in the case and received up to 10 years in prison. Spellen's sentence was less because he cooperated with investigators.

Two gunmen smash into store and rob clerk

Two gunmen smash into store and rob clerk

CONYERS, Ga -- Police are searching for two suspects who broke through a glass door to rob a store clerk at gunpoint. The suspects used a rock to smash the glass then crawled in through the door.

Saiful Alam was closing the Chevron store at 1135 Sigman Road when the two suspects came in. "I closed the door and I turned off the light," he said. "I was about to do the final drop and final report and I was about to head home."

Alam is a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University where he majored in Criminal Justice. He said he is working three jobs because he wants to go to law school to become a prosecutor. He said the robbery hasn't changed his mind.

He said the two men were armed and pointed the guns at him as soon as the broke into the store. "That was the first time I ever had a gun pointed at me," he said. "Actually, it was the first time I had two guns pointed at me."

Carjacking suspect arrested

Carjacking suspect arrested

CONYERS, Ga. -- A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a recent robbery and carjacking in Conyers.

Marshall Martin Graham has been charged with armed robbery and is being held without bond in the Rockdale County Jail.

Rockdale County Sheriff's Inv. Michael Camp said the incident happened at around 2 a.m. Tuesday at the Salem Chase Apartments on Salem Road.

Police originally received a call about a suspicious person at the complex. It turned into an armed robbery call when two suspects pulled guns on two victims, stole a wallet and a Pontiac Aztek SUV, and drove off, Camp said.

The suspects crossed the border into DeKalb County before abandoning the car at a BP near the intersection of Turner Hill Road and Old Covington Highway in Lithonia.

Camp said the suspects tried to run. Graham was caught right away; the other person is still at large and is described as a black man wearing a red bandana over his face.

3 arrested for cruelty to children at their home

3 arrested for cruelty to children at their home

CONYERS, Ga. -- Three members of the same family were arrested Friday after DFACS performed a welfare check at their home.

Lev Dzyuba, 37; Alina Dzyuba, 20; and Natalia Mellon, 26, were charged with false imprisonment and cruelty to children.

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Rockdale County Sheriff's Capt. Myra Pearrell said the three were taken into custody when DFACS officials saw the condition of their home on Hull Road in Conyers.

Three children were inside the home when DFACS arrived.  Pearrell said the kids were placed in protective custody.

13 sentenced for trafficking oxycodone

13 sentenced for trafficking oxycodone

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Several metro Atlanta residents have been sentenced in federal court for planning to peddle prescription drugs.

Kristen Noelle Goduto and 12 co-defendants all pleaded guilty to the charges against them.

"These defendants exhibited total disregard for how their pill peddling could destroy lives," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. "This prescription drug can be deadly when not taken under proper medical oversight. Such brazen forging of prescriptions should serve as a reminder that some in our society will go to any length for illicit gain."

"We will continue in our commitment to prosecute law-breakers and keep the citizens of this district safe," Yates added.