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Man arrested for trying to meet underage girl at mall

Man arrested for trying to meet underage girl at mall

ROME, Ga. -- A man arrested at a north Georgia shopping mall allegedly went there to meet a young girl for sexual relations.

A report from the Floyd County Jail says 40-year-old Nathan Lee Claus of Cartersville is charged with child molestation and other sex-related counts.

Officers arrested Claus at the Mount Berry Square mall in Rome on Saturday.

Reports say he had gone there to meet a 14-year-old girl after sending her sexually explicit messages.

The jail report says the man had been communicating with the teenager since March 4.

89-year-old man's identity stolen

89-year-old man's identity stolen

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Police in Johns Creek are working to find a suspect accused of stealing an elderly man's identity.

Personal checks were stolen from the 89-year-old victim's home in early February, according to Johns Creek spokeswoman Rosemary Taylor.

Those checks were used to make purchases at Walmart stores in Lilburn, Lithonia, Loganville and Rome.

Taylor said police believe the suspect worked as a health care provider to the victim.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477. Tipsters can also leave information at crimestoppersatlanta.org.

Prison guards attacked by inmates

Prison guards attacked by inmates

TRION, Ga. -- Authorities are investigating attacks on two correctional officers at a prison in northwest Georgia.

State officials say the officers were assaulted by inmates early Sunday morning at Hays State Prison in Trion.

Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said both officers received minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital.

The attacks come after the deaths of three inmates at the Chattooga County facility during the last month and a half.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Man arrested for multiple burglaries

Man arrested for multiple burglaries

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Police have arrested a man suspected of burglarizing multiple Peachtree City businesses.

Christopher Lee Lucas faces seven counts of burglary for stealing from businesses on Highway 54 between December 2010 and January 2012.

The 38-year-old Lindale man has also been connected to a number of other crimes at businesses stretching from Rome to Columbus.

The Rome Police Department assisted Peachtree City Police with this case.

Rome man sentenced for child porn

Rome man sentenced for child porn

ROME, Ga. -- A 28-year-old Rome man was sentenced to 12 years in prison on child porn charges.

Michael Zachary Allmon was sentenced on Thursday. After his prison term, Allmon will be on supervised release for the rest of his life.

Allmon pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography in January.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates says a law enforcement agent working undercover downloaded images of child pornography from Allmon whose collection of such images was available to others through a public file sharing software.

Yates says Allmon also posed as a teenage boy and engaged in sexually explicit online communications with a minor residing in another state. Allmon sent that minor pornographic images and the boy sent Allmon pornographic images of himself.

Aviation consultant indicted for wire fraud

Aviation consultant indicted for wire fraud

ROME, Ga. -- A Cartersville man has been indicted for nine counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy for issuing false FAA certificates.

Andrew Kent Anderson was arraigned in federal court in Rome on Tuesday. He was indicted for the charges in December.

According to information presented in court, the 57-year-old aviation consultant was hired to assist the Dubai Air Wing (DAW) obtain FAA approval for modifications they wanted to make to several planes. Anderson reportedly took $630,000 from the DAW, but never submitted the changes for approval; instead, he presented the DAW with fake certificates.

Anderson is also charged with conspiring with 54-year-old Tod Anderson of Portage, Mich.; Tod Anderson pleaded guilty in December to helping Andrew Anderson commit wire fraud.

Each charge against Anderson carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.