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DEA busts drug ring through 'Operation Freak Nasty'

ATLANTA -- On Wednesday, DEA officials delivered a major blow to a well-established Mexican cartel working out of the Atlanta Metro area. 

Operation Freak Nasty, which started as a street level drug case has, DEA officials said, expanded into Mexico and South America. 

According to the DEA, the operation netted 35 arrests and the seizure of approximately 66 kilos of cocaine, 6 pounds of methamphetamine, 1 pound of hashish, three firearms, and more than $3.2 million in cash and assets.

Offenders were arrested in Cobb, Douglas, DeKalb, Haralson and Fulton counties. 

Local organization offers free pet sterilization

DULUTH, Ga. -- Planned PEThood of Duluth is now offering free feral cat sterilizations for local pets.

The organization said they will give 1,000 sterilizations for cats in the 30096 area code. It receives grant funding and donations to offer pet sterilizations, either free or low-cost to community pet owners.

"We really want to see citizens caring for cats in zip code 30096 take advantage of these free spay/neuter surgeries to help reduce the free-roaming cat population in Duluth," Co-Director Lynette Purves said.

No appointments are necessary for free-roaming cats, and they can be brought to Planned PEThood Monday through Friday, at 8 a.m.

All cats will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated for rabies and receive an eartip.

Planned PEThood is located at 2860 Buford Highway. Residents can call (678) 561-3491 for more information.

Fulton County investigating voting problems

ATLANTA -- Fulton County's Election Board is launching an investigation into voting problems on Election Day.

The board met Monday to certify election results. Members acknowledged getting complaints from voters, and even the candidates themselves, about problems at the polls and concerns about how the votes were calculated.

One of the races in question the was the sheriff's race.  

Richard Lankford lost to Sheriff Ted Jackson in the Democratic Primary but was less than one percent away from a runoff.

Because of the slim margin, he was granted an automatic recount, which began Wednesday morning.

Park Place at Newton School to celebrate first anniversary

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. --Johns Creek active adult center, Park Place at Newton School will celebrate its first anniversary on Saturday, August 18. 

According to a City of Johns Creek spokesperson, there will be a picnic from 5 - 8 p.m. at Park Place, including food, live music and giveaways.

Park Place at Newton School is located as 3125 Old Alabama Road. For more information, or to RSVP, contact (770) 667-5030.

Park Place serves Johns Creek residents age 62 and older. It opened in July 2011 as a place for active adult programs and activities. New programs include a social club, bocce ball court, knitting classes and local day trips.

Fulton County School Board releases August meeting schedule

FULTON COUNTY -- The Fulton County School Board has rolled out its schedule of community meetings for August.

According to the Board of Education, each member sponsors a monthly meeting that is open to all community members.

They said each session offers community members and board members a chance to discuss local issues and concerns.

The Board of Education have set the following meeting dates for August 2012:

Linda Schultz, District 1
August 21, 9:30 a.m.
Mountain Park Elementary School

Katie Reeves, District 2
August 21, 9:30 a.m.
Hopewell Middle School

Gail Dean, District 3
No meeting in August

Linda Bryant, District 4
No meeting in August

Local high school PTSA wins 1st place in Athens

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The Johns Creek High School PTSA was awarded 1st Place for Outstanding Local Unit by the Georgia PTA at the Convention and Training event in Athens.

For the second year in a row, they took 1st place based on programs provided to their students, according to the North Fulton PTA.

The association said programs include Lunch & Learns, March Madness College Week, drug and alcohol awareness, Red Ribbon Week, Drive Smart Program and the National PTA Reflections.

Johns Creek man charged with Prince brothers' deaths

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Johns Creek hair salon owner has been charged with the boating deaths of Griffin and Jake Prince.

The young Buford brothers were killed in a boating accident on Lake Lanier on June 18. Nine-year-old Jake died right away. Divers combing the lake found 13-year-old Griffin's body nine days later.