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Mistrial declared in Burrell Ellis trial

After 11 days of deliberations in the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, during which the jury on four occasions told Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson that they were deadlocked, the judge took them at their word and declared a mistrial shortly after 4 p.m. today.

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Ellis jury deadlocked but still deliberating

On its tenth day of deliberations, the jury in the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has told Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson for a third time that they are deadlocked and cannot reach a verdict.

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These elections demand large voter turnout

The 2014 elections are almost here, and the focus is whether the Republicans can gain control of the U.S. Senate, which would be a first since 2006.

Watershed official to talk business

MaLika Hakeem of the DeKalb Department of Watershed Management will be the special guest at the DeKalb Chamber’s Coffee & Conversation on Oct. 24 at the Cornerstone Bank Building in Decatur.

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Volunteers bag Turner Hill trash

About two dozen members of the Stonecrest Business Alliance and the Parks of Stonecrest picked up and removed more than 35 bags of trash from Turner Hill Road on Oct. 11.

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Historian to dish on two American music trailblazers

Historian and author Ben Wynne will discuss seminal American musicians Charley Patton and Jimmie Rodgers on Oct. 20 at the Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

100 Black Women’s Pink & Black Gala honors cancer survivors

Fifteen cancer survivors will be honored at the DeKalb 100 Black Women’s ninth annual Pink & Black Ball fundraiser on Nov. 1 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Decatur.

Students from Ebola hot spots need CDC approval for school

DeKalb Schools will not enroll students from Ebola hot spots in West Africa or the United States without proper documentation from the CDC that they’re unaffected by the virus.

Jail automates information system

The DeKalb Jail now has an automated information system to guide the general public.

Wells Fargo seeks student leaders

Residents with water and wastewater system issues can call the Watershed Management Emergency Dispatch Office at its new telephone number – 770-270-6243.

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Summit promotes neighborly competition, connections

Neighborhood, civic and homeowners associations can compete for a $1,000 “Most Connected” award at DeKalb’s sixth annual Neighborhood Summit on Nov. 1 at Tucker High School.

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Early voting off to a brisk start in DeKalb

In the first three days of early voting, 5,319 DeKalb voters cast ballots.

Board of Health hosts forum on deadly disease to fight fear with facts

DeKalb Board of Health officials hoping to calm the community’s growing jitters about the Ebola virus hosted a question-and-answer forum about the deadly disease on Oct. 14

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Deputies after drivers who pass stopped school buses

Motorists who pass a stopped school bus in DeKalb County can get arrested.

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Boyer starts getting county pension in November

Disgraced former DeKalb Commissioner Elaine Boyer will begin receiving a county pension in November.

Dallas nurse becomes Emory’s fourth Ebola patient

A nurse who cared for an Ebola patient at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas is now Emory University Hospital’s fourth Ebola patient.

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Johnson’s bill to demilitarize police departments getting attention

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s bill to “demilitarize police departments” and keep civil disorders from escalating is getting a lot of attention in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., after the fatal police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

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Feds investigating botched drug raid that injured toddler

U.S. Attorney Sally Yates is disappointed that a Habersham County grand jury refused to indict law officers involved in a botched May drug raid that left 19-month-old Bounkham “Baby Bou-Bou” Phonesavanh’s face severely disfigured by a flash grenade explosion.

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Charter schools often focused on profit, not students

The concept of charter schools has been around for a number of years.

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Jurors struggling to reach a verdict in Ellis trial

After telling DeKalb Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson that they were deadlocked, jurors deliberating the fate of suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis took her advice and went back to work.

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