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Atlanta Traffic from the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center

Updated: 7:08 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Major Interstate Incidents: Drive safely. Major Highway and Surface Street Incidents:  Listen to News 95-5/AM750 WSB for live updates around the clock. Ongoing Construction and Other Closures: Douglas Co.: Highway 92 relocation...Streets closed include Dorsett St., Green St., Cone St., the Brown St. railroad crossing, and Hospital Drive North. Fulton ...
Fayetteville duo found guilty of kidnapping, armed robbery in retrial

6:54 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Two men have been found guilty again of the 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery of an amusement games employee in Fayette County, police said Thursday. They had appealed their original convictions, and in 2013, the Georgia Court of Appeals ordered new trials for them and three other men convicted of ...
DeKalb prosecutor will review GBI report on sheriff’s recruit’s death
George Ward, a DeKalb County Sheriff’s recruit who died after rigorous training exercises in May 2013, is pictured with his fiance, Krystal Issac, and sons, A’Jahnye and Kriston Ward.

Updated: 6:41 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

The DeKalb District Attorney staff will review a GBI report and if necessary do more investigation to decide whether to pursue an indictment in the death of sheriff office recruit, Channel 2 Action News reported.George Ward, 29, was doing physical training as part of his preparation to become a detention ...
Braves take a step toward solving parking problems in Cobb

6:33 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

The Atlanta Braves have taken a major step toward solving a vexing question about their new Cobb County stadium: where fans will park.The team announced Thursday that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a 9.5-acre plot of land about a half mile from the SunTrust Park that will ...
GA Lottery

Updated: 6:28 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

These Georgia lotteries were drawn Thursday: All or Nothing Day 03-05-06-07-09-10-11-18-19-21-22-24 (three, five, six, seven, nine, ten, eleven, eighteen, nineteen, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-four) All or Nothing Evening 01-04-08-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-22-24 (one, four, eight, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty-two, twenty-four) All or Nothing Morning 01-03-05-06-08-09-12-13-15-20-22-23 (one, three, five, six, eight, ...
Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Evening' game

Updated: 6:28 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

The winning numbers in Thursday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Evening" game were: 01-04-08-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-22-24 (one, four, eight, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty-two, twenty-four)
Ga. official picked for president's task force

Updated: 6:26 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

President Barack Obama has appointed a metro Atlanta law enforcement official to a newly created task force on community policing. A statement from the White House Thursday said DeKalb County Chief Operating Officer for Public Safety Cedric Alexander has been chosen to serve on the Task Force on 21st Century ...
Leader of troubled VA division resigns
Philip Matkovsky, center, assistant deputy under secretary for health for administrative operations at the Department of Veterans Affairs, joined at right by Richard J. Griffin, acting inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs, testifies as the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs holds a hearing to examine why thousands of military veterans have been waiting for up to three months for medical appointments, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 9, 2014. Matkovsky announced his resignation Thursday. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE / AP PHOTO

6:19 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

A senior VA executive whose duties include overseeing the troubled national health enrollment office in Atlanta is leaving the agency in an abrupt announcement put out by his executive assistant Thursday. Philip Matkovsky, the Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations & Management, oversaw the national health enrollment system ...
Man sentenced in Home Depot ‘ticket-switching’ scheme

6:12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

The fourth man involved in a “ticket-switching” scam that defrauded Home Depot out of more than $600,000 was sentenced to prison Thursday. Arthur James Freeman, 54, of Atlanta, was ordered to serve six months in prison and to pay $113,527 in restitution. On Oct. 28, Robert Lee Hatcher III and ...
Ga. Guard troops home in time for holidays

Updated: 6:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Duane Sandbothe returned from a deployment to Afghanistan on Thursday with plans to keep his holiday homecoming a secret from his 8-year-old son for a full week. "He's supposed to ask Santa Claus to get me home for Christmas," said Sandbothe, 41, of Savannah, after ...
School bus driver to be cited in three-vehicle DeKalb crash

Updated: 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

The driver of a DeKalb school bus involved in a three-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon that injured four people will be cited in the incident, authorities said.The bus was on the way to DeKalb High School of Technology South when the crash occurred around 12:30 p.m., DeKalb Schools spokesman Quinn Hudson ...
Gwinnett girl, 13, saves siblings from house fire
Ania Polk, 13, poses with some of the Gwinnett County firefighters who doused a fire at her family’s home.

Updated: 5:06 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Gwinnett County firefighters are calling a 13-year-old middle school student a hero for putting a school lesson to work and getting her two younger brothers out of the family’s burning home.The fire broke out just before 7 a.m. Thursday at a home on Hall Garden Road near Snellville. The student ...
Two more Gwinnett judges step aside from Dragon Con founder’s case
Edward Kramer

4:56 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

A convicted child molester on Thursday again demanded all Gwinnett Superior Court judges be prohibited from deciding whether a fellow judge and the district attorney colluded against him. The fact that all the Gwinnett judges who have been assigned the case have quit it — the latest this week — ...
Ga. audit highlights questionable state spending

Updated: 4:04 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

An audit is raising questions on potentially frivolous spending in the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. WSB-TV reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1sEiWjV ) that a state audit of the division's Independent Living Program found that roughly $374,000 was spent on promotional items including umbrellas, t-shirts, fitness kits and tumblers. The ...
Grave of Confederate soldier dug up in Georgia

Updated: 3:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Authorities in Georgia say the grave of a Confederate soldier has been dug up and investigators are working to determine whether anything has been stolen. Crawford County Sheriff Lewis Walker on Thursday said a grave is at the Old Bethel Church Cemetery in Knoxville and belonged to James Nichols. WMAZ-TV ...
Atlanta businessman sued in connection to Mass. rape charges
John Michael Robison

Updated: 3:08 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

An Atlanta businessman indicted last month on rape charges in Massachusetts now faces a civil suit filed by the same woman.J. Michael Robison, a founder and former chairman of Lanier Parking Solutions, one of Atlanta’s largest parking companies, was arraigned Aug. 8 on three counts of rape in Nantucket District ...
Man killed by train in Atlanta

2:54 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

An man was killed Thursday when he was struck by a train at Wells Street east of Metropolitan Parkway, according to Atlanta police. Atlanta police are still investigating and the 1:45 p.m. incident. Preliminary reports said the train may have severed the victim’s legs. Please return to AJC.com for updates
Gwinnett school zone plan still not good enough, some parents say

2:53 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Some Gwinnett County parents made a last-ditch effort Thursday to persuade school board members to reject a plan that will send about 14,000 students — about 8 percent of the district’s enrollment — to new or different schools at the start of the 2015-16 school year.The five-member board was scheduled ...
Ga. entrepreneur convicted of hiding income abroad

Updated: 2:52 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Federal prosecutors say an Atlanta entrepreneur has been convicted of hiding his income and assets in foreign bank accounts. Authorities say 46-year-old Gregg Kaminsky pleaded guilty to willfully failing to file a foreign bank account report with the U.S. Department of Treasury. Prosecutors say Kaminsky was the CEO of an ...
As clock ticks, Reed insists Atlanta Streetcar will open by Dec. 31

2:25 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

With the clock ticking toward 2015, Mayor Kasim Reed repeated his pledge this week that the Atlanta Streetcar system will launch by year’s end. “It will be open by midnight, Dec. 31,” Reed said in an interview Thursday. “We want to make sure we fully comply with safety components. That ...
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