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Report: DeKalb sanitation director suspended

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DeKalb sanitation director Billy Malone has been suspended for three weeks after CBS46 uncovered what workers called a double standard in the department. More>>

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Indicted DeKalb Co. CEO Burrell Ellis addresses employees

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DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis held a meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Dr. in downtown Decatur. More>>

CEO Burrell Ellis bonds out of jail

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DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis has bonded out of jail, just hours after being indicted on 15 charges including attempted extortion, making false statements and theft by taking. More>>

Indicted DeKalb Co. CEO Burrell Ellis to address county employees

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DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is holding a meeting at 12:30 p.m., today in the Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive in downtown Decatur. Ellis calls it an "employee assembly" where he with address More>>

Testimony begins in Burrell Ellis corruption trial

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The prosecution began calling witnesses Tuesday afternoon in the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. More>>

Recorded phone conversation played in Burrell Ellis trial

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On the second day of testimony in the Burrell Ellis trial, jurors heard a secretly recorded phone conversation that suspended DeKalb CEO had with a contractor in 2012.
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Secretly recorded tape played in Burrell Ellis trial

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Day four of testimony in the Burrell Ellis corruption trial focused on a secretly recorded tape of a meeting the suspended DeKalb County CEO had with three other staff members in October of 2012. More>>

Third contractor testifies in Burrell Ellis corruption trial

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An employee of a technology firm testified Monday that suspended CEO Burrell Ellis threatened her company and claimed it would lose county work if it did not donate to his re-election campaign. More>>

Witness likens Burrell Ellis' tactics to that of a 'murderer'

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Testimony was halted and the defense asked for a mistrial after the prosecution's star witness likened suspended DeKalb CEO's alleged strong-arm tactics to that of a "murderer."  More>>

DeKalb County director testifies in Burrell Ellis trial

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The purchasing director for DeKalb County testified Tuesday that he lied under oath to a special grand jury in 2012. More>>

Defense questions star witness in Burrell Ellis trial

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Attorneys for Burrell Ellis began questioning the prosecution's star witness in the corruption trial of the suspended DeKalb County CEO.
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DeKalb workers testify Burrell Ellis demanded contractor lists

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Several DeKalb County employees testified Friday they spent extensive hours every month pulling together lists of county contractors for suspended CEO Burrell Ellis.  More>>

Testimony concludes in Burrell Ellis corruption trial

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Testimony in the Burrell Ellis corruption trial ended Friday and the jury was sent home for the weekend. More>>

Prosecution begins questioning Burrell Ellis

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Testimony wrapped up on Thursday with the prosecution beginning its cross examination of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. More>>

Closing arguments in Burrell Ellis corruption case, jury begins deliberation

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Attorneys for suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis spoke in front of a jury for nearly two hours Monday morning, trying to help their client avoid what could be up to 20 years in prison. More>>

Day 2 of deliberations in Burrell Ellis trial wraps up

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The jury in the Burrell Ellis corruption trial will return Wednesday to begin a third day of deliberations. More>>

Day 2 of deliberations in Burrell Ellis trial wraps up

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The jury in the Burrell Ellis corruption trial will return Wednesday to begin a third day of deliberations.  More>>

Jury in Burrell Ellis trial sent home early as tensions rise

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The judge in the Burrell Ellis corruption trial sent jurors home early on Thursday as tensions among them grew on their fourth day of deliberations. More>>

Jury in Burrell Ellis trial resumes deliberations next week

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Jurors in the Burrell Ellis corruption trial were sent home for the weekend after failing to reach a verdict on the fifth day of deliberations.  More>>

Jury in Burrell Ellis case unable to reach verdict

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The jury charged with reaching a verdict in the Burrell Ellis case is unable to reach verdict. More>>

Growing concern of hung jury in Burrell Ellis trial

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Jurors in the Burrell Ellis corruption trial resumed deliberations for a seventh day on Wednesday. More>>

Jurors in Burrell Ellis trial asked to leave early; Judge says no

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Jurors in the Burrell Ellis corruption trial failed to reach a verdict on the eighth day of deliberations. The suspended DeKalb County CEO is accused of shaking down vendors for campaign contributions. More>>

Still no verdict in Burrell Ellis trial despite judge's plea

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Despite the judge's plea to jurors in the Burrell Ellis corruption trial, they wrapped up a tenth day of deliberations Monday without reaching a verdict. More>>

DeKalb County CEO: Burrell Ellis' salary of $153,000 will remain after mistrial

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DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May spoke briefly after a mistrial was declared in the case of suspended CEO Burrell Ellis. More>>

Indicted DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis proclaims innocence

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A grand jury indicted DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis Tuesday, accusing him of attempting to extort campaign contributions from companies that do business with the county. More>>

Burrell Ellis takes the stand in his trial

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Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis testified in his own trial and the fight for his political future Friday. More>>

Verdict reached in Burrell Ellis trial

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Guilty on four counts.  That’s the verdict today from a DeKalb County jury who found suspended CEO Burrell Ellis guilty of criminal attempted theft by extortion and three counts of perjury. More>>

Retrial begins for DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis

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Testimony began Tuesday in the retrial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, who is accused of shaking down vendors who had contracts with the county. More>>

Judge declares mistrial in Burrell Ellis case

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The corruption trial for Burrell Ellis ended in a mistrial Tuesday afternoon. Judge Courtney L. Johnson made the ruling after the jury deadlocked and was unable to come to a unanimous decision on the 13 counts Ellis faced. More>>

Day 3 of Burrell Ellis' retrial features more samples of secret recordings

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Day three of testimony in the retrial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis featured more secretly-recorded audio clips, demonstrating Ellis' conduct in dealing with vendors and asking for campaign contributions. More>>

Burrell Ellis back on the stand in corruption trial

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Burrell Ellis was back in the hot seat Monday morning.   More>>

Burrell Ellis sentenced to serve 18 months in prison

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Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis has been sentenced to five years in prison, to serve 18 months.   More>>

Former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis released from prison

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The former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis was released from prison Tuesday after serving time for corruption. 

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State Supreme Court to hear appeal of Burrell Ellis

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The Georgia Supreme Court will hear the appeal of DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, who was sentenced to prison after being found guilty on charges related to strong-arming a county contractor for a campaign contribution. 

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Prosecution finishes questioning Burrell Ellis

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Suspended CEO of DeKalb County, Burrell Ellis took the witness stand for the fourth time Tuesday. More>>

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GBI: No new criminal allegations due to DeKalb corruption report

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A letter from the GBI to Governor Nathan Deal said the agency will not seek criminal charges against anyone named in a report alleging widespread corruption among public officials in DeKalb County.

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DeKalb sanitation worker accused of lying on application reinstated

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A DeKalb County sanitation worker who claimed he was wrongfully terminated is back on the job. 

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Commissioner questions lack of strong discipline for sanitation director after incidents

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A county commissioner questioned the lack of strong discipline for DeKalb County's sanitation director after he was involved in multiple accidents. More>>

DeKalb County commissioner claims she was tossed out of meeting

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The bitter battle in DeKalb County taking a new twist. DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester is taking aim at interim CEO Lee May, saying he has "lost touch with reality." More>>

Governor supports idea of eliminating DeKalb Co. CEO position

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Big changes could be coming to the DeKalb County government in the near future. More>>

DeKalb Co. sanitation director's accident cost taxpayers thousands

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Problems continue to mount for DeKalb County Sanitation Director Billy Malone.  More>>

DeKalb Co. sanitation director's driving record exposed

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CBS46 uncovered more troubling information pertaining to DeKalb County’s sanitation director. More>>

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Union rep has concerns after sanitation director admits to wrecking county vehicles

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Disturbing details emerged Wednesday regarding the director of the DeKalb County Sanitation Department. More>>

Sanitation workers without proper driving credentials slowly return to work

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More than two dozen DeKalb County sanitation workers ran into trouble after a CBS46 investigation revealed that they were driving their garbage trucks without proper credentials. More>>

Embattled DeKalb Co. CEO cancels town hall meeting

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Several DeKalb County citizens showed up at a town hall meeting Thursday night hoping to hear directly from Interim County CEO Lee May, but May wasn't there. More>>

DeKalb County commissioners: 'We need ethics training'

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In the wake of a scathing report called most of them corrupt, DeKalb County commissioners acknowledged Tuesday that they need ethics training. More>>

DeKalb CEO a no show at county meeting

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DeKalb County commissioners tossed around a slew of ideas that they believe will address accusations of government corruption and ultimately restore public trust, but taxpayers weren’t buying it. More>>

DeKalb County CEO omits Brookhaven, Dunwoody from town hall meetings

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Some taxpayers in northwest DeKalb County said Monday they're convinced that the head of the county is avoiding a face-to-face meeting with them as he fends off accusations of corruption. More>>

DeKalb corruption report detailed 'questionable charges'

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The  following table provides information on the "questionable spending" from the report filed by Mike Bowers.  More>>

Corruption investigator: 'DeKalb County CEO is lying'

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Mike Bowers, the former Georgia Attorney General hired to root out corruption in the county, says the county's interim CEO Lee May is lying when he denies he took out a loan from a county employee. More>>

DeKalb CEO 'absolutely not' concerned about criminal investigation

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DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May addressed the corruption report written by former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers on the Ryan Cameron Morning Show on WVEE Thursday. More>>

DeKalb County commissioners called out in scathing report

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DeKalb County interim CEO Lee May is not alone in a scathing report against the county. More>>

DeKalb County sanitation worker fired for DUI then rehired

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CBS46 uncovered some questionable actions by the DeKalb County Sanitation Department following the release of a county corruption report. More>>

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DeKalb Co. spokesman: Interim CEO 'did nothing wrong'

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New details are emerging on the corruption investigation into DeKalb County’s interim CEO. More>>

Search warrant issued for DeKalb County CEO's emails

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A search warrant was issued for the emails of DeKalb County CEO Lee May. More>>

DeKalb chief fires back after investigators calls county 'rotten'

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County Chief Lee May spoke out in public for the first time after a special investigator called the DeKalb County government “rotten to the core.” More>>

Star prosecution witness testifies in corruption retrial of DeKalb County CEO

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Former DeKalb County purchasing director Kelvin Walton returned to the stand Tuesday in the corruption retrial of his former boss. More>>

FBI investigates controversy involving interim DeKalb County CEO

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The FBI is investigating a scandal involving interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May.  More>>

DeKalb County Commissioner to plead guilty of stealing county money

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DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer has been charged with wire fraud and mail fraud a day after she resigned from her seat. More>>

Former DeKalb Co. Schools superintendent testifies in corruption case

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Former DeKalb County Schools superintendent Crawford Lewis is expected to testify in a corruption case on Wednesday. More>>

School corruption trial begins in DeKalb County

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Opening statements are expected Thursday in the trial of a former DeKalb County school official accused of steering multimillion-dollar projects toward her architect husband. More>>

DeKalb County Commission concerned by alleged corruption

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DeKalb County commissioners held a news conference Thursday to react to a report by a special grand jury on alleged corruption in county government. More>>