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Burglar Stymies Students Studies

DALLAS, GA -- Anyone with children in school knows how important fund raisers are to their child's education. At Moses Middle School in Dallas, the children worked hard to be able to afford some new learning tools only to have them stolen by a thief.

On Saturday, September 25th, a man broke into the school at around 11:50PM according to the Paulding County Sheriff Office. They say he spent about two and a half hours inside the school walking through the halls where children learn, looking for things to steal.

When teachers arrived the following Monday, they found about $13,000 worth of computers and technology equipment missing. "What's particularly disheartening in this case is these were materials that were used by teachers and students every day in classrooms," said Brian Otott, Assistant Superintendent of Paulding County Schools.

Paulding County Middle School Burglarized

DALLAS, GA -- The Paulding County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the subject in a burglary that occurred at Moses Middle School (1066 Old County Farm Road, Dallas, 30132) on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The suspect could possibly be Hispanic, a dark complexion white male or a light complexion black male. Over $10,000 worth of electronics and other property was stolen from inside the school.

The Paulding County Sheriff's Office responded to the school on Monday, Sept. 27 after school administrators found signs of the burglary. Security tapes showed the suspect moving throughout the school and removing various items.

Anyone with information is asked to either email or call the Paulding County Sheriff's Office (770-443-3015).

Handgun Found at East Paulding Middle School

DALLAS, GA -- The Paulding County Sheriff's Office has charged an 11-year-old male with being in possession of a weapon on school grounds at East Paulding Middle School.

According to the sheriff's office, school administrators alerted them that a student was in possession of a handgun. A deputy with the sheriff's school resource office responded to the school and found the .40 caliber handgun in the student's backpack.

The school administrators were alerted by other students that the juvenile had a handgun in his possession. The weapon was removed from the student by a deputy without incident.

The student was transported to the Paulding County Sheriff's Office and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds. Per a juvenile judge, the student was released to the custody of his mother.

Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced

PAULDING COUNTY, GA -- On Sept. 27, Tommy Lee Strozier, 53, was convicted in a Paulding County courtroom for rape, sexual battery, aggravated sodomy, two counts of aggravated child molestation and incest involving his biological daughter.

Strozier was sentenced on Sept. 28 to life plus 20 years in prison for his conviction on all of these charges.

In March 2009, a family member of Strozier made contact with Det. Lynn Deaver of the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children (CAC) unit and advised her of allegations made by Strozier's daughter. The victim was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center and examined.

The case was investigated by the CAC unit. It was determined that the abuse began when the victim was five years old and had been going on for nine years.

"Being assigned to this unit can become emotionally draining because of the types of cases that we are constantly facing," said Lt.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

How to Save on Internet, Cable and Telephone

11Alive viewer Bobbie Teske had this question: How can I save on phone, cable and internet service? Teske said her bill was close to $400.00  per month!

Cable, Internet and bills can be huge expenses but the Collins family in Dallas has found ways to avoid those huge bills. They pay about $30.00 a month.

"I'm just really thrifty and I want to pinch every penny and save money," said Crystal Collins. Collins is the creator TheThriftymama.com, a blog about living a frugal lifestyle. "We were paying 60 or 70 dollars per month. We started asking ourselves,  what shows are we watching and do we really need a DVR?" said Crystal's husband Bobby.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Successful in Paulding County

PAULDING COUNTY, GA -- The Paulding County Sheriff's Office and the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force participated in the first-ever nationwide prescription drug take-back initiative on Saturday, Sept. 25 and collected 48 pounds of prescription pills. Many of the pills collected were various pain medications that are highly susceptible to abuse.

This initiative was designed to help prevent increased pill abuse and theft while allowing the public an environmentally safe way to dispose of their unused prescription medication.

Most people are not aware that medicines found in their home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. The rates of prescription drug abuse, alcohol poisonings and overdoses are increasing throughout the United States at an alarming rate. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner's Office, there were a total of 670 drug overdose deaths in 2009.