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DeKalb cases show child sex trafficking in the suburbs

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Two busts in two weeks are shedding new light on the problem of child sex trafficking in the suburbs.

In Brookhaven, James Clay Webb, 51, was arrested Monday and charged with human sex trafficking, interfering with child custody and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Brookhaven Police would not release details but said Webb's arrest stemmed from a complaint from Bartow County DFCS about the possible sexual exploitation of a juvenile..

In Dunwoody, a police sting on June 25 led to the rescue of a 16-year-old victim of child sex trafficking.

Dunwoody Police bust prostitution ring

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Two women were rescued and 12 people were arrested when Dunwoody Police busted a prostitution operation at an area hotel.

Police investigated after receiving several tips about prostitution within Dunwoody city limits. Dunwoody Police spokesman Tim Fecht said the department worked with the FBI to execute an undercover sting at the hotel, which was not named.

During the bust, police found a missing 16-year-old girl who was working as a prostitute. They also recovered a 26-year-old woman who had been placed into sexual servitude, according to Fecht.

Three people were arrested and charged with pimping; nine more were charged with prostitution.

Friday storms cause damage in Dunwoody


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The latest round of storms to roll through the metro Atlanta area caused major damage for some homes in Dunwoody, Friday afternoon.

Extensive tree damage was reported in various parts of DeKalb County but Dunwoody seems to have taken the brunt of the storm with trees on homes, blocked roads, downed power lines and traffic signals out.

On Leisure lane a hug tree was uprooted onto a home but no one was hurt.

A surveillance camera also caught a tree falling on a home.

A Father and son said they were inside when the tree fell around 4 p.m.

Then the weather got even worse.

Ga. Supreme Court reverses Hemy Neuman conviction

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia announced Monday it has reversed Hemy Neuman's conviction.

In a 6-to-1 decision, the high court ruled the trial judge erred by allowing the notes and records of two mental health experts who examined Neuman before his trial to be entered as evidence.

"Because the trial court erred in admitting evidence, which was protected by the attorney-client privilege, we now reverse," the opinion says.

Neuman was found guilty but mentally ill of gunning down Rusty Sneiderman outside a Dunwoody daycare center in November 2010. The State now has the option to retry Neuman, who is housed at Augusta State Medical Prison.

Suspicious person sought in Dunwoody

DUNWOODY, Ga. – Authorities are seeking a suspicious person in Dunwoody.

According to Dunwoody Police Department officials, a man called police about a man seen walking through his neighbor's yard and hiding in the bushes in the area of Leisure Lane and Leisure Drive around 3:45 p.m. on May 22.

After being noticed, the suspect walked out from the bushes and fled in a silver sedan, possibly a newer-model Mazda 626.

The suspect was between 25 and 35 years old, had reddish-brown short hair, stood between 6'2" and 6'4" and weighed between 190 and 210 pounds. He was wearing a blue t-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-57-TIPS (8477).

Georgia teen makes it to final 49 in national spelling bee

ATLANTA (WXIA) – A Woodward Academy 8th grader is in the national spotlight as one of the top 49 students at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The competition began 285 contestants.

Mona Mahadevan lives in Dunwoody, but attends Woodward Academy in College Park.

Students help Dunwoody Nature Center save butterflies

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Small hands are playing a big role in a new, local push to save monarch butterflies.

The Dunwoody Nature Center is leading the effort and working with six of elementary schools to plant butterfly gardens filled with milkweed plants.

The gardens are designed to attract monarchs as they migrate from Mexico to Canada and back.

Pesticides have posed a real threat to the monarchs, according to DNC Executive Director Alan Mothner.

Their population has dropped as much as 96 percent in 20 years, and that's a problem since monarchs are major pollinators in fields, farms and gardens.

The Dunwoody Nature Center plans to become a monarch waystation, with milkweed plants scattered throughout the city in parks, community gardens, schools and apartment complexes.