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Safeguards against corruption proposed for DeKalb

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014

No one in DeKalb County’s government asked questions when commissioners used thousands of dollars of taxpayer money for meals, personal cellphones and speeding tickets.Fishy contracting practices weren’t stopped until a special grand jury investigated, resulting in extortion and bribery charges against DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.The agency tasked with enforcing honest ...
Witness: DeKalb hit-and-run driver was speeding when he hit 6-year-old

Updated: 8:39 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

Malachi watched as his 6-year-old friend turned his Christmas bike in the intersection of their Ellenwood subdivision to ride the 100 or so yards back to his house by the cul-de-sac. They had strayed against the instruction of his mother. Then tragedy struck. “The car came around and hit him,” ...
Region’s millennial voices growing

1:12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

Josiah Potter moved his young family to Peachtree City from Orlando two years ago to start a nondenominational church and to be near his parents. Orlando’s loss is Fayette County’s gain, and it’s a critical one, too. For years, Fayette has promoted its top-drawer schools and laid-back lifestyle as an ...
Saturday morning should be dry; rain moves in later in the day

Updated: 12:53 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

The Georgia Department of Transportation has canceled lane-closing construction projects for the weekend, and that’s a good thing, because the wet weather forecast for late Saturday into Sunday won’t be very conducive for road work. Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan is predicting a 40 percent chance of rain Saturday afternoon ...
PARKAtlanta offering free parking on Friday
PARKAtlanta won’t be writing tickets on Friday, but will resume on Saturday.

Updated: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

If you park in a PARKAtlanta space Friday, you can skip putting money in the meter. PARKAtlanta announced Wednesday that there would be no enforcement of metered parking on Dec. 26, “in the spirit of the Christmas holiday.” “PARKAtlanta would like all Atlanta residents and visitors to enjoy all the ...
‘The Interview’ movie opens in Atlanta to ‘God Bless America’

7:33 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

Many in the sold-out crowd sang along to Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America” shown before the initial screening of Sony Pictures’ “The Interview” at the Plaza Theatre Thursday. The movie, and the singing, served as a statement from many theatergoers that a foreign power would not dictate what ...
Two in Atlanta dead in apparent murder-suicide Christmas morning

2:54 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

Two people believed to be husband and wife were found dead of an apparent murder-suicide in an Atlanta home early Christmas morning. Investigators just before 4 a.m. were called out to a home in the 900 block of Mayson Turner Road, where they found one person dead from an apparent ...
Airport gun seizures down in Atlanta, up nationwide

1:36 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

While the number of firearms discovered at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport security checkpoints is down, the Transportation Security Administration has set a new record for catching people trying to bring firearms through airport security nationwide. So far this year, TSA discovered 2,120 firearms at checkpoints, according to Channel 2 Action News. ...
Big data yielding big results for Georgia State
December 12, 2014  Atlanta: Aundrea Nattiel, who has changed her major 5 times, credits  GSU advisement program for getting back on track.   BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

12:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

When Aundrea Nattiel goes in for a session with her college adviser at Georgia State University, there are no secrets. A detailed computer profile provides information about every class taken and every grade earned by Nattiel during her time at the school, as well as her academic history at the ...
Atlanta weather | Christmas Day to see sunnier skies
Traffic backs up along I-285 northbound, right, when a large puddle of water impeded motorists during the morning rush hour near Northlake Parkway after more than two inches of rain fell across the metro area Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. DAVID TULIS / AJC SPECIAL

Updated: 8:47 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

While there won’t be a white Christmas for those in metro Atlanta, Thursday morning’s temperatures may feel like Christmas. Residents can expect to wake up to temperatures in the upper 30s, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz said. As the day goes on, those temps will increase, eventually reaching ...
DeKalb police seeking man accused of killing ex-wife
Jake Jackson (Courtesy DeKalb County Police)

7:09 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

DeKalb County police are looking for a man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife on Christmas Eve. An arrest warrant has been issued charging Jake Jackson with murder in the death of Tiffanie Phillips, authorities said. She was killed Wednesday afternoon at her home on Terrace Trail near Decatur. Jackson, ...
Insurance company says it is not liable for acts of “serial pervert”

4:22 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

A major insurance company is contending in a lawsuit that dental offices who hired a man whom prosecutors called a “serial pervert” should be liable for his actions. Or at least some other insurance policy should be liable. Hartford Underwriters Insurance Co. says in a lawsuit filed Monday it should ...
Police: DeKalb woman sexually assaulted inside her home

4:11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

DeKalb County police were investigating Wednesday a report that a woman was sexually assaulted inside her home. A 45-year-old woman was attempting to leave her home in the 3100 block of Evelyn Street in Tucker around noon. When she approached her garage, which was open at the time, a man ...
Police: Unclear how many minors smoked pot at Canton teacher’s home

Updated: 2:33 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

A Cherokee middle school teacher is facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly allowing minors to smoke marijuana at her house, but her biggest penalty may come from the school district, the commander of county narcotics investigations told The Atlanta Journal Constitution on Wednesday. “Obviously, the greater impact would be the adverse ...
In the (St.) Nick of time: Soldiers come home just before Christmas
Damion Roman, a sergeant in the Georgia Army National Guard, is home in time for Christmas. His deployment ended early. He rejoined his family on Tuesday at a ceremony in Toccoa. Now, back home, he was in the kitchen on this Christmas Eve, doing something dad has traditionally done: He’ll be making dumplings. He’s shown with his wife, Stacey, and their 9-year-old twins, Nathaniel and Anaya in their Stone Mountain home. KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

1:57 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

The finest present ever appeared on Stacey Roman’s plate, a golden, hot reminder that her husband is home — home! — from his duties as a soldier. And, according to Roman family tradition, dad cooks dumplings for breakfast. That’s where Damion Roman was Wednesday: at the stove, with wife and ...
Fulton dismisses malice murder charge, grants bond to man in gunfight
Leonard Knight/Fulton County Jail

1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

An Atlanta man was still in the Fulton County jail Wednesday despite a judge dismissing the main murder charge against him and setting a bond after an extensive hearing. Atlanta police charged Leonard Knight, 37, with murder following a gunfight in southeast Atlanta that left him wounded and another man ...
Hall County escapee recaptured in DeKalb County
Derrick Crawford (Courtesy Georgia Department of Corrections)

12:17 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

A state inmate who walked away from a prison work detail Monday afternoon has been recaptured in DeKalb County. Hall County Correctional Institute Warden Walt Davis told The Gainesville Times that Derrick Crawford, 35, was found about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. “He was apprehended last evening by the fugitive squad in ...
Year in Review | Top local stories of 2014
Abandoned cars sit idle along Northside Parkway in Atlanta Thursday morning. State agencies including Georgia State Patrol, National Guard and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) HEROs started using four-wheel-drive vehicles to transport motorists back to their vehicles from two metro Atlanta locations Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 to retrieve what the GSP numbered at nearly 2000 abandoned vehicles. As part of that effort, troopers and soldiers were refilling gas tanks and providing jumps to people with dead batteries so that stalled vehicles also could get moving. As the sun rose and the temperatures with it, interstate and state routes were passable everywhere around the city Thursday morning, according to Karlene Barron, spokeswoman for Georgia Department of Transportation. Nevertheless, state officials urged motorists around midday to stay off the road a little bit longer. Some people are still walking back to their cars on their own or backing up other vehicles to jump batteries, so drivers should slow down and watch for people out on foot. “We’re still seeing icy patches, if they have to go out just use extreme caution,” Barron said. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

11:52 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

For many metro Atlantans, 2014 will be remembered as the year that began by stopping us in our tracks. A late January snow storm looked pretty at first as it quickly moved across the metro area. But as we scrambled to get home, thousands got nowhere fast. Even by Atlanta ...
Teen charged in May wreck that killed Dutchtown High student
Alexis and John Poole, the parents of 16-year-old Jasmine Poole, are presented a tribute from cheerleaders to remember their daughter in the football stadium at Dutchtown High School on Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Hampton.  Jasmine Poole had been cheering since she was five-years-old and was a cheerleader at the school.  CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

9:29 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

The teenage driver of a car that overturned on a Henry County road in May, killing a Dutchtown High School student who was a passenger, has been charged with vehicular homicide. Dequarius Greene, 19, was arrested Monday and charged with first degree felony homicide by vehicle, serious injury by vehicle, ...
Police searching for gunman in Midtown theater shooting

9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Atlanta police Wednesday were searching for the shooter who fired a gun in a crowded Midtown theater Tuesday night and wounded two people. The shooting happened around 10 p.m. inside the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema on Monroe Drive. The incident reportedly occurred after the premiere showing of the comedy “Finesse.” ...
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