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Parents concerned after 4-year-old molested at Milton daycare


MILTON, Ga. — Concerned parents met at a Fulton County daycare on Monday after a teacher’s assistant was arrested for allegedly molesting a child.  Milton Police say Bernard Benta touched a four year old inappropriately earlier this month at Bright Horizons Child Care Center.

“The bottom line is there is a lot of trust that has been breached and a lot of concerns and feelings of how do they go about earning that back,” explained parent Jonathon Ginn.

11Alive contacted Scott Bergman, the attorney representing the family of the child.

Milton daycare worker accused of molesting child

MILTON, Ga. -- A Milton daycare worker was arrested and charged with molestation, police said.

According to Milton Police Lt. Charles Bartow, 46-year-old Bernard Benta, of Sandy Springs, is accused of inappropriately touching a juvenile male in his care.

Benta was a teacher's assistant at Bright Horizons Child Care Center, police said.

He is charged with child molestation and sexual assault by a school administrator. He's being held at Fulton County Jail.

The mother and stepfather of the victim filed a report on the alleged incident on Feb. 11.

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5 adults, 6 children displaced due to large fire in Milton

MILTON, GA (WXIA) -- Fire and rescue crews responded to a large structure fire in the 3200 block Highway 9 in Milton Thursday evening. 

The Red Cross said they were working to assist five adults and six children who were displaced as a result of the blaze. 

Officials said traffic along Highway 9 was blocked near Bethany Bend as a result of the fire and subsequent investigation, and that it would be for a significant part of the overnight hours.

Police apologize after patrol car nearly strikes bicyclists

MILTON, Ga. – The Milton Police Department is apologizing to a group of cyclists after one of its officers nearly hit one of the riders last weekend.

Last Saturday, cyclists with the Giovanni Tile and Design bike team in Roswell were training in north Fulton County a patrol car came too close for comfort. The incident was captured on video and posted to YouTube.

While online reaction to the near-miss was swift and at times harsh, the team says they are not angry at the police, especially after the chief personally promised to retrain his officers on bike safety. That includes the 3-foot rule and knowing exactly when it's safe to pass.


South Fulton County Economic Development to host career expo

South Fulton County Economic Development to host career expo

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Job seekers, get ready! The Unincorporated South Fulton County Economic Development Initiative will host a Career and Resource Expo on Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Fulton County BOC approves funding to improve efficiency of the elections process

Fulton County BOC approves funding to improve efficiency of the elections process

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- At the Aug. 5 board meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the purchase of an election/asset management system and Poll Worker on-line training software system recommended by the county’s Department of Registration and Elections. Both systems will align the department to continue resolving issues that arose during the general election and general election runoff of 2008 as well as the primary and general elections of 2012.

“The approval to implement these two systems should improve our department’s ability to conduct elections more efficiently,” states Rick Barron, Director of the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections. “The 2016 Election Year is fast approaching and having these two systems in place will enable us to be better prepared for the expected increase in turn-out due to it being a Presidential Election year.”

Assault suspect wanted in Milton

MILTON, Ga. -- Milton Police have arrested two of the three men accused of a recent assault.

The third suspect, Clint Remington Winter, is at large.

The assault happened during the early morning hours of Aug. 1 at a house in the 440 block of Powers Court Avenue. The victim suffered serious injuries and had to be hospitalized, according to a Facebook post from the Milton Police Department.

Winters may be driving a silver 2005 Mercedes 500 series.

Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call Milton Police at 678-242-2613.

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Dai-Jon Parker, Milton High School graduate: life tragically cut short

MILTON, Ga. (WXIA) -- A huge, extended family of loved ones across the country is mourning the loss of a star student-athlete from Milton High School.

Dai-Jon Parker, Milton High School Class of 2011, drowned Thursday in an accident on a lake near his college, in Indiana.

Such promise, cut so short, say all those who knew him.

In the four years since Dai-Jon graduated from Milton High School -- he was part of Milton HS's state championship basketball team of 2010, his Senior year -- he's worked hard to conquer the world and live his dreams.

Prostitute may face charges in death of Milton man following guilty plea in California death

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. / MILTON, Ga. (AP / WXIA) -- A prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs.

A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge sentenced defendant Alix Tichelman to six years in prison on Tuesday.

Authorities say Tichelman injected Forrest Timothy Hayes with heroin in November 2013 then left without seeking help when he passed out on the yacht.

Authorities said Hayes hired Tichelman several times before and they were doing drugs and having sex the night he died.

Tichelman's attorney Larry Biggam says his client was relieved to have the court proceedings behind her and she is expected to serve only three years. She will be credited for nearly a year already served.

Tichelman went to school in Metro Atlanta.

Early Voting Begins Tuesday, May 26th for State House District 55

Early Voting Begins Tuesday, May 26th for State House District 55

House District 55 voters are encouraged to cast their ballots early for the June 16, 2015 Special Election for State House District 55 to fill the unexpired term of Tyrone Brooks who resigned the seat. Residents can cast their ballots beginning Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, June 12 and on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Please note that on Saturday, June 6, 2015, residents can only vote at the Registration and Election Headquarters from 9:00am-4:00pm. Beginning Wednesday, June 10 through June 12, 2015, two (2) additional locations will be available for early voting.

Early Voting

May 26 - June 12, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 am

Registration and Elections Headquarters

130 Peachtree St, SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA


Saturday Voting - June 6, 2015