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Football, baseball, races and DragonCon highlight weekend events

10:56 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

If you can’t find anything to do in Atlanta this Labor Day weekend, you’re just not trying. From football, baseball and racing to parading stormtroopers and a big book festival, there’s something for everyone on a weekend chock full of major events. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy ...

Family files lawsuit against East Point in Taser death

Updated: 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

The family of a 24-year-old man who died after two former East Point police officers tased him multiple times have filed a lawsuit against the city. The suit filed Thursday in Fulton County State Court said former Cpt. Howard Weems and former Sgt. Marcus Eberhart ignored the department’s policies and ...

Atlanta cop wanted on murder charge arrested
Tahreem Zeus Rana is the chief suspect in Friday’s death of Vernicia Woodard, according to Channel 2.

Updated: 11:04 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

An Atlanta police officer wanted by Hapeville police on a murder charge in connection with the death last week of a 26-year-old woman has been arrested.According to Channel 2 Action News, Officer Tahreem Zeus Rana is the chief suspect in Friday’s death of Vernicia Woodard.Rana was in custody Thursday morning, ...

No charges for Vietnam vet in DeKalb SWAT standoff
A DeKalb SWAT standoff ended peacefully just before 7 a.m. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Updated: 7:58 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

A Vietnam veteran will not face charges stemming from a predawn SWAT standoff in a DeKalb County neighborhood, police said. Officers were called to a home on Black Oak Drive off Bouldercrest Road before daybreak Thursday on reports of shots being fired. “They found a gentleman in the backyard, randomly ...

Atlanta sports TV listings

Updated: 6:01 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

TV THURSDAY Baseball 12:30 p.m.    WGN    Cubs at Reds 1:08 p.m.    MLB    Yankees at Tigers 7:10 p.m.    SPSO    Braves at Mets 10 p.m.    MLB    Athletics at Angels Football 6 p.m.    WUPA    Falcons at Jaguars (exhibition) 6 p.m.    SEC Network    Texas A&M at South Carolina 7 p.m.    ESPN    Wake Forest at ...

Community rallies in support of slain Carrollton boy’s family
Nizzear Rodriguez was in the 7th grade at Carrollton Junior High School. (Family photo)

10:58 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

For a fourth night Wednesday, a crowd gathered in a Carrollton neighborhood where a 13-year-old boy was shot to death in his bed. There were hugs, tears and songs in memory of Nizzear Rodriguez. But above all, there was a renewed sense of hope. “We’ve never had people stand up ...

Sensational Simmons helps Braves hang on for 3-2 win over Mets
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27:  Julio Teheran #49 of the Atlanta Braves pitches in the second inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 27, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

10:03 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

NEW YORK – Julio Teheran got the decision Wednesday, but Braves shortstop supreme Andrelton Simmons won the game. Simmons made an extraordinary play to end the eighth inning and prevent the tying run from scoring in a 3-2 Braves win against the Mets at Citi Field. With a runner at ...

Reed says perk payouts were legal, clashes with councilwoman

Updated: 9:34 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed defended on Wednesday payments his administration gave to select employees under a little known “hardship” program. And during a heated meeting, Reed clashed with a councilwoman who says the payouts are illegal. Speaking to the council’s finance committee, Reed insisted the payouts — some as high ...

Missing Michigan girl, 14, found at Norcross motel
Victor Alfonso Martinez. Gwinnett County Jail photo.

Updated: 9:04 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

A Gwinnett County man is facing child molestation charges after being found at a Norcross-area motel with a 14-year-old Michigan girl reported missing over the weekend.Victor Alfonso Martinez, 28, was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail just after 8 p.m. Tuesday on charges of aggravated child molestation and interference with ...

Police: Henry sheriff’s captain arrested for arranging tryst with child
Capt. David McCart of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office

8:42 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

A Henry County sheriff’s deputy was arrested in DeKalb County and stands accused of attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old. Capt. David McCart of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Tuesday after a two-month investigation, according to Channel 2 Action News. DeKalb investigators told Channel 2 ...

Braves like results with Heyward leading off
Braves outfielder Jason Heyward trots back to dugout after leading off Wednesday's game against the Mets with a home run in New York. It was Heyward’s 11th homer and fourth leadoff homer this season.

8:24 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

NEW YORK – When Jason Heyward started Wednesday night’s game against the Mets with a home run, it was a reminder of why Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez likes the big right fielder at the top of the batting order for a team lacking prototypical No. 1 hitter. It was Heyward’s ...

La Stella still hitting balls hard, but teams have adjusted
Braves rookie Tommy La Stella hit .411 (23-for-56) in his first 16 games, then went 3-for-41 (.073) in his next 11 games.

8:12 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

NEW YORK — Tommy La Stella has surpassed most expectations since arrived from Triple-A in May, but the Braves’ rookie second baseman has also endured a couple of slumps and experienced firsthand the differences in scouting and defensive positioning at the big-league level. Since hitting his first major league homer ...

Judge orders records in bribery case

7:44 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

A Clayton County judge ordered the state Department of Corrections Wednesday to turn over records tied to the probation sentence of a former Clayton County schools security chief who pleaded guilty to bribery.Superior Court Judge Matthew O. Simmons told assistant attorney General Mindy Park, who represents the corrections department, he ...

Atlanta police shoot man after GSU officer stabbed near Woodruff Park
Atlanta police and fire personnel responded to a scene in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta where an officer was injured on August 27, 2014.

Updated: 7:19 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Atlanta police shot a man after he allegedly stabbed a Georgia State University officer Wednesday afternoon near Woodruff Park.The wounded suspect was wielding an 8-inch butcher knife, which was recovered at the scene, Atlanta police homicide unit commander Capt. Paul Guerrucci said.According to messages on the GSU website, the officer ...

Freeman intends to play every game: ‘That’s my job’
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has started all of the team’s 133 games this season.

7:18 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

NEW YORK – The way that Freddie Freeman sees it, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be in the lineup every game at this stage of his career if he’s fortunate enough to stay healthy. And so he has. The Braves first baseman has not only started all of the team’s ...

DeKalb Commissioner Sutton paid $34K to boyfriend
Warren Mosby, downloaded from his Facebook page

Updated: 6:42 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Elaine Boyer, now facing federal prison for fraud, wasn’t the only DeKalb elected official who tapped taxpayer money for questionable expenses.An Atlanta Journal-Constitution examination of expense accounts identified another relationship between a commissioner and a vendor that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.It involves Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton.During her first two ...

Growers necessary if medical marijuana becomes law, study panel told

6:26 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

State Rep. Allen Peake’s medical marijuana push began last spring with a simple plan to legalize a cannabis oil derivative for use by children diagnosed with often-fatal seizure disorders. But Peake’s plan became more complicated Wednesday, when a national policy expert said the state would have to go much further ...

Witnesses to testify about stepfather allegedly starving autistic girl
William Anthony Brown is in custody on a child cruelty case

Updated: 6:17 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

A Gwinnett County magistrate on Wednesday set a preliminary hearing date for a man accused of malicious child cruelty involving charges of imprisoning his autistic stepdaughter in a closet.William Anthony Brown, 40, will have the opportunity to hear the evidence against him when witnesses are called to testify about his ...

Woman gives birth inside Roswell Walmart

5:51 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Attention, Walmart shoppers. One Roswell store should consider changing its name to the Walmart Birthing Center after a mother delivered a baby there Tuesday morning. The woman, whose name was not released, was in the Mansell Road store shortly after 5 a.m. when her baby made its arrival. Before paramedics ...

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