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Raisa Habersham

Raisa Habersham is a breaking news reporter for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

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Tractor-trailer carrying furniture hit, split in half by train in Gwinnett County
 A Norfolk Southern train hit a tractor-trailer that was stuck on railroad tracks in Norcross, Gwinnett County fire officials said.  The driver was out of the truck when the vehicle was hit Friday evening at the intersection of Thrasher Street and Holcomb Bridge Road.  Crews arrived to the scene and found the truck, which was carrying...

Posted: 8 hours ago

A Norfolk Southern train hit a tractor-trailer that was stuck on railroad tracks in Norcross, Gwinnett County fire officials said.  The driver was out of the truck when the vehicle was hit Friday evening at the intersection of Thrasher Street and Holcomb Bridge Road.  Crews arrived to the scene and found the truck, which was carrying...
Man found with cocaine charged with leaving friend pinned under car
 For 10 minutes, Samuel Lloyd was pinned under his car outside a Clayton County home just after midnight last week. But police don’t know how he got there.  “His injuries were consistent with being run over,” Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said, “but at the time, officers could (not) confirm who caused...

Posted: 9 hours ago

For 10 minutes, Samuel Lloyd was pinned under his car outside a Clayton County home just after midnight last week. But police don’t know how he got there.  “His injuries were consistent with being run over,” Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said, “but at the time, officers could (not) confirm who caused...
Friend, woman accused of fatally shooting 19-year-old
 Two people face murder charges after police say they shot and killed a 19-year-old outside his Forest Park home two weeks ago. Daillon Pattillo and another person were sitting his car when he was shot and killed Jan. 4, Channel 2 Action News reported. Forest Park police found him slumped behind the wheel.  Pattillo’s grandmother...

Posted: a day ago

Two people face murder charges after police say they shot and killed a 19-year-old outside his Forest Park home two weeks ago. Daillon Pattillo and another person were sitting his car when he was shot and killed Jan. 4, Channel 2 Action News reported. Forest Park police found him slumped behind the wheel.  Pattillo’s grandmother...
Victim shot, killed at DeKalb motel; suspects sought 
 Two days after a man was found dead at a Decatur motel, police have not made any arrests in the case.  Maurice Stargell, 19, was found with at least one gunshot wound to his back late Tuesday at the Candler Inn, according to a DeKalb County police report. A black handgun was lying next to him.  A witness told police he saw the 19-year-old...

Posted: a day ago

Two days after a man was found dead at a Decatur motel, police have not made any arrests in the case.  Maurice Stargell, 19, was found with at least one gunshot wound to his back late Tuesday at the Candler Inn, according to a DeKalb County police report. A black handgun was lying next to him.  A witness told police he saw the 19-year-old...
Cops arrest man, teen accused of killing 17-year-old 
 A  man and a teenager were arrested this week in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old at a Clayton County home, authorities said. Dantae Lamar Jones, 22, and an unidentified teen face murder charges after Jalen Camron was found face down next to a Gristmill Court home Saturday evening, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said. The...

Posted: a day ago

A man and a teenager were arrested this week in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old at a Clayton County home, authorities said. Dantae Lamar Jones, 22, and an unidentified teen face murder charges after Jalen Camron was found face down next to a Gristmill Court home Saturday evening, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said. The...
Suspect wanted in deadly Georgia home invasion
 Authorities are searching for a suspect they say tied up a man, duct-taped his mouth shut and fatally shot him when he tried to escape.  Antonio Dewayne Mitchell, also known as “Low” or “D.G.,” is the last suspect authorities are searching for in the deadly home invasion in Jackson, the Butts County Sheriff&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Authorities are searching for a suspect they say tied up a man, duct-taped his mouth shut and fatally shot him when he tried to escape.  Antonio Dewayne Mitchell, also known as “Low” or “D.G.,” is the last suspect authorities are searching for in the deadly home invasion in Jackson, the Butts County Sheriff&rsquo...
Escaped prisoner’s call to mom at Georgia gas station leads to recapture
 An escaped Connecticut prisoner’s phone call to his mother led to his arrest Wednesday at a Canton gas station.  Jerry Mercado, 25, had been on the run for two weeks before a Chevron clerk notified police of his whereabouts, Canton police spokesman Pacer Cordry said in a news release. He changed his  looks and planned to catch...

Posted: a day ago

An escaped Connecticut prisoner’s phone call to his mother led to his arrest Wednesday at a Canton gas station.  Jerry Mercado, 25, had been on the run for two weeks before a Chevron clerk notified police of his whereabouts, Canton police spokesman Pacer Cordry said in a news release. He changed his looks and planned to catch...
SUV thief dumped little girl, 1-month-old baby along freezing roads
 Authorities are searching for the person they say stole an SUV with two children inside from a gas station Wednesday before abandoning them in below freezing temperatures on major roadways. One-month-old Ava Wilmer and 4-year-old Arya Davenport were found  miles apart after mother Precious Wilmer’s 2009 Chevy Equinox was stolen about...

Posted: 2 days ago

Authorities are searching for the person they say stole an SUV with two children inside from a gas station Wednesday before abandoning them in below freezing temperatures on major roadways. One-month-old Ava Wilmer and 4-year-old Arya Davenport were found miles apart after mother Precious Wilmer’s 2009 Chevy Equinox was stolen about...
Metro Atlanta to wake up to frozen roads, frigid temps
 ROADS: Roads will refreeze tonight ATTRACTIONS: Museums, parks closed YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Atlanta | Clayton | Cobb | DeKalb | North Fulton | South Fulton | Gwinnett | Henry AIRPORT: Snow causes flight delays, cancellations at Hartsfield-Jackson TIPS: Winter weather...

Posted: 2 days ago

ROADS: Roads will refreeze tonight ATTRACTIONS: Museums, parks closed YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Atlanta | Clayton | Cobb | DeKalb | North Fulton | South Fulton | Gwinnett | Henry AIRPORT: Snow causes flight delays, cancellations at Hartsfield-Jackson TIPS: Winter weather...
State of emergency declared amid snow, frigid temps; schools canceled
 SCHOOLS: List of districts canceling after-school activities grows YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Atlanta | Cobb | North Fulton | Gwinnett | DeKalb TIPS: Winter weather in Atlanta: How to prepare your family, home and car for hazardous weather ADVISORIES, WATCHES AND WARNINGS: What do the designations mean?...

Posted: 3 days ago

SCHOOLS: List of districts canceling after-school activities grows YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Atlanta | Cobb | North Fulton | Gwinnett | DeKalb TIPS: Winter weather in Atlanta: How to prepare your family, home and car for hazardous weather ADVISORIES, WATCHES AND WARNINGS: What do the designations mean?...
Man walking on Atlanta interstate hit, killed by 3 cars 
 A homeless man walking on I-20 westbound Friday evening was hit by three cars before dying from his injuries, Atlanta police said.  The fatal crash happened about 7:30 p.m. near the McDaniel Street exit, Atlanta police Officer Stephanie Brown said.  “We are still gathering details on how he originally entered the roadway,&rdquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

A homeless man walking on I-20 westbound Friday evening was hit by three cars before dying from his injuries, Atlanta police said.  The fatal crash happened about 7:30 p.m. near the McDaniel Street exit, Atlanta police Officer Stephanie Brown said.  “We are still gathering details on how he originally entered the roadway,&rdquo...