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Community links: Former assistant DA says Ellis probe broke the law

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Community links: Former assistant DA says Ellis probe broke the law


DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis got an unlikely assist in his defense against charges that he used his position to convince county vendors to donate to his campaign.

According to 11 Alive, former assistant DeKalb County DA Don Geary testified Thursday that DeKalb County DA Robert James illegally recorded video of Ellis in the process of building a case against the CEO. Ellis is suspended until the charges are resolved.

For the full 11 Alive story, click here.

Other news of note:

– Champion Newspaper reports that on Wednesday and Thursday the movie “Lila and Eve”, staring Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis, filmed in downtown Decatur.

– The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the sixth annual Decatur Old House fair is Feb. 8. The event focuses on historic preservation of old homes.

– The Wylde Center is holding a “Seed and Scion Swap” on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. “We’ll be swapping all types of seeds and cuttings for fruit trees (scions), including heirloom seeds, seeds you save from your own plants, and extra seeds you may have purchased,” the Wylde Center website says. To learn more about the event, click here.

– Access Atlanta reports that Omar Dorsey, who is from Decatur and graduated from the DeKalb School of the Arts, is starring in the new Fox show “Rake.”

– The Emory University Board of Trustees recently elected two new members. According to the university, the new BOT members are Shantella “Shan” Carr Cooper, a Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company executive and Timothy C. Rollins, vice president of the Rollins Investment Company in Atlanta.

– According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control, 38 million Americans drink too much alcohol.