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On Dec. 1, 2019, Chief Deputy Melody Maddox will make history as the first female to assume the position of sheriff in DeKalb County, Georgia. She will replace Sheriff Jeff Mann, who retires Nov. 30. The Morris Brown College graduate began her career in law enforcement in 1988 with the Atlanta Police Department. She worked…

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While awaiting a pre-trial intervention hearing, an as of yet unidentified drug suspect killed himself in police custody in Atlanta. According to police, a janitor at a downtown Atlanta high-rise discovered a loaded .25 caliber handgun in a garbage can outside the court building. When the janitor summoned police to investigate, it was found that the…

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Atlanta Police Department Senior Officer Gail Thomas was killed late Tuesday evening, January 27, 2012. After coming to assist a fellow APD officer with a traffic accident on the Brookwood Interchange ramp, Thomas exited her patrol car and was struck by drunk driver Chasity Jones of Stone Mountain, Georgia. Refusing to consent for a blood…

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