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NEW DETAILS: MARTA plans commuter rail line for Clayton County

NEW DETAILS: MARTA plans commuter rail line for Clayton County

MARTA is close to approving a passenger rail line through Clayton County that supporters hope will transform commuting and economic development south of Atlanta. The 22-mile line would connect MARTA’s East Point station to Jonesboro and Lovejoy along the existing Norfolk Southern railroad right of way.
Already in prison, former tax preparer gets 10 years probation for other crimes

Already in prison, former tax preparer gets 10 years probation for other crimes

Already in prison on another conviction, a former tax preparer in south Fulton County was sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to several crimes. In 2017, state Department of Revenue agents raided Ruth Barr’s tax business, spokesman William Gaston said. The raid came after a lengthy investigation into her business.
Investigators probe DeKalb teacher’s relationships with other students

Investigators probe DeKalb teacher’s relationships with other students

Investigators are looking at whether a DeKalb teacher, found dead after being accused of having a sexual relationship with one of his students, had been inappropriate with  other students.  Zachary Meadors, 28, of Lawrenceville, was found dead Wednesday in a vehicle in the 1200 block of Scenic Highway in Gwinnett County late Wednesday afternoon.
Man ID’d who was carrying replica machine gun, fatally shot by police

Man ID’d who was carrying replica machine gun, fatally shot by police

A 63-year-old man was shot and killed Thursday in Monroe after police said he was carrying a firearm that turned out to be a replica Thompson submachine gun, the GBI said. The incident happened about 9 a.m. in the 400 block of East Marable Street in Walton County when police responded to a report of a man with a gun, Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass said in a statement.
DeKalb teacher accused of sexually abusing sixth-grader found dead

DeKalb teacher accused of sexually abusing sixth-grader found dead

A DeKalb County School District teacher accused of sexually abusing a middle-school student was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday afternoon, police said. Zachary Meadors, 28, of Lawrenceville, was found dead in a vehicle in the 1200 block of Scenic Highway about 5:15 p.m., Gwinnett County police said in a news release.
Atlanta police seeking to ID armed robbery suspects

Atlanta police seeking to ID armed robbery suspects

Atlanta police are seeking the public’s help in identifying armed robbery suspects. About 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, officers responded to a robbery call in the 300 block of Piedmont Avenue, spokesman John Chafee said in a statement.
Cops: Kennesaw DUI suspect who caused crash left nieces home alone

Cops: Kennesaw DUI suspect who caused crash left nieces home alone

Police thought they were dealing with a DUI suspect. As it turned out, the woman also had left two children home alone, Channel 2 Action News reported. It all began Friday night in Cobb County. "She seemed to have slurred speech,” Kennesaw police officer Scott Luther said of Kellie Hutcheson. “Her eyes were glassy. She was unstable on her feet.
About 30 displaced, 2 firefighters hurt in Buford Highway apartment complex blaze

About 30 displaced, 2 firefighters hurt in Buford Highway apartment complex blaze

Thick smoke overwhelmed Buford Highway on Wednesday afternoon as crews battled a large fire at an apartment complex that ended up displacing seven families. The fire broke out at about 1:30 p.m. at the Esquire Apartments in the 3100 block of Buford Highway in DeKalb County, according to Capt. Dion Bentley, a spokesman for DeKalb County Fire Rescue.
Georgia officer placed on leave after GBI searches residence

Georgia officer placed on leave after GBI searches residence

A northwest Georgia police officer has been put on leave after the GBI searched the officer’s residence, according to multiple reports. The GBI confirmed that its Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a warrant Tuesday at a residence in Rossville, about 110 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.
Rapper Machine Gun Kelly’s crew wanted after alleged attack in Buckhead

Rapper Machine Gun Kelly’s crew wanted after alleged attack in Buckhead

Three members of rapper Machine Gun Kelly’s crew are wanted by police in connection with an alleged attack on an actor in Buckhead last month. The Atlanta Police Department confirmed Wednesday that battery warrants were obtained for Brandon Allen, 28, John Cappellety, 24, and Lamar Reed, 42. The men allegedly beat up Gabriel “G-Rod” Rodriguez on Sept.
3 charged after babies found in house with pot smoke, cops say

3 charged after babies found in house with pot smoke, cops say

Three parents from Coweta County have been charged with reckless conduct after two babies were found in a room filled with marijuana smoke, authorities said.   Newnan police officers found the 3-month-old children in a bedroom of a house on Spence Street where marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found, police said.
94-year-old Atlanta woman allegedly punched repeatedly in ‘brutal assault’

94-year-old Atlanta woman allegedly punched repeatedly in ‘brutal assault’

An Atlanta man is in jail on allegations he attacked a 94-year-old woman in her East Lake home, according to police records. Reginald Pass was charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to a person 65 years of age or older following the alleged Sept. 30 attack. Pass was held on $15,000 bond and has not been released from the DeKalb County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.
DeKalb teacher accused of having sex with middle-school student

DeKalb teacher accused of having sex with middle-school student

Police are looking for a DeKalb County School District teacher accused of having sex with a middle-school student. His parents filed a missing persons report with Gwinnett County police after Zachary Meadors left letters and an iPad at his parents front door.
Georgia woman charged in father’s shooting death

Georgia woman charged in father’s shooting death

A northwest Georgia woman has been charged with killing her father after investigators found him shot multiple times in their house, authorities said. About 1 a.m. Sunday, Whitfield County deputies found Hannah Henderson, 25, standing in the driveway of a home in the 4000 block of South Dixie Highway, the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office said in an incident report.
DeKalb school bus drivers’ cars broken into during their afternoon routes

DeKalb school bus drivers’ cars broken into during their afternoon routes

More than a dozen cars belonging to DeKalb County school bus drivers were broken into while the employees were out on their afternoon routes Monday. Thieves broke into about 16 cars at Buck Godfrey Stadium in Decatur, according to Channel 2 Action News. One of the vehicles belonged to Charles Lowe.
3 teens arrested in death of man found on Gwinnett walking trail

3 teens arrested in death of man found on Gwinnett walking trail

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the death of a Lawrenceville man whose body was found near a Gwinnett County walking trail, police said Tuesday. Children discovered the body of 21-year-old Willian Tunchez near the trail last Monday, hours after the man’s father reported him missing.
Cops: After killing girlfriend in front of son, man found at ex-girlfriend’s home

Cops: After killing girlfriend in front of son, man found at ex-girlfriend’s home

A Clayton County man who allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend in front of her son was denied bond Monday. Darius Deandre Evans was arrested Sunday morning, hours after Lake City police say he killed 27-year-old Iyonna Hodo at the Rainwood Apartments on Harper Road. Evans was taken to the Clayton County Jail and charged with malice murder, according to Channel 2 Action News.
UPDATE: Last runaway cow from interstate crash caught

UPDATE: Last runaway cow from interstate crash caught

Two weeks after a trailer hauling 89 cows tipped over on I-285 in Cobb County, the last runaway calf has been caught, the Georgia Department of Transportation said. GDOT crews had been working to get the cow “out of harms way” Monday morning, according to a tweet from the agency’s metro Atlanta district. The tweet showed the animal in a wooded area.
Ohio man sentenced to 30 years for attack on Kennesaw woman in front of son

Ohio man sentenced to 30 years for attack on Kennesaw woman in front of son

An Ohio man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for trying to kill a Kennesaw woman in front of their 5-year-old son in 2015, officials announced. Joseph Tarik Davis, now 38, previously pleaded guilty to a number of charges in connection with the Feb.
WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Atlanta reaches 83 degrees as traffic remains heavy

WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Atlanta reaches 83 degrees as traffic remains heavy

Monday: High: 83 Monday night: Low: 66 Tuesday: High: 78 The cloud cover meant it took awhile to get there, but Atlanta reached its expected high of 83 degrees this afternoon, Channel 2 Action News reported. The average high for this date is 73. At the same time, delays have continued to build during the evening commute.
No charges filed after man killed in SE Atlanta triple shooting

No charges filed after man killed in SE Atlanta triple shooting

Three people were shot and one of them was killed in a struggle over a gun in southeast Atlanta on Sunday afternoon, according to police. No charges will be filed in the case, Atlanta police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty said Tuesday afternoon. The incident has officially been classified as a “Felon Killed By A Private Citizen,” police said.
Small plane crashes while taking off at Gwinnett airport

Small plane crashes while taking off at Gwinnett airport

A small plane crashed while taking off at the Gwinnett County Airport on Sunday afternoon, officials said. The two occupants of the plane were able to exit safely before the plane caught fire at about 12:40 p.m., according to a statement from the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
Cops: Man forced McDonald’s employees into refrigerated area during alleged armed robbery

Cops: Man forced McDonald’s employees into refrigerated area during alleged armed robbery

A man has been arrested following an alleged armed robbery at a Forsyth County McDonald’s where police say he forced employees into a refrigerated area and stole money. Kaleem Tariq-Madyun, 35, of Lawrenceville faces one count of armed robbery and seven counts of aggravated assault, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The alleged incident happened just after 5 a.m.
Gwinnett man arrested during $105K drug bust, cops say

Gwinnett man arrested during $105K drug bust, cops say

A traffic stop led to $105,000 worth of drugs being seized and a Lawrenceville man being arrested Friday, Channel 2 Action News reported. Alex Avila faces charges of trafficking marijuana and THC oil, Channel 2 reported.
2 killed when motorcycle hits bicycle; person giving aid injured

2 killed when motorcycle hits bicycle; person giving aid injured

Two people were killed early Friday when a motorcycle hit a person on a bicycle, Henry County police said. A second motorcyclist was also seriously injured when hit by another vehicle after stopping to render aid, according to police. The collision happened about 2:15 a.m. at Ga. 155 and Lossie Lane in McDonough, police said. No identities were released.
Sudden fires: Center seeks recall of 2.9 million Kia, Hyundai vehicles

Sudden fires: Center seeks recall of 2.9 million Kia, Hyundai vehicles

A consumer watchdog group is calling for Kia and Hyundai to recall nearly three million vehicles, including some made in Georgia, over persistent concerns about sudden fires. The push Friday by the Center for Auto Safety goes beyond its earlier request for a broader federal investigation into the fires.
Passenger ejected, killed in Cherokee crash

Passenger ejected, killed in Cherokee crash

A 42-year-old man died after he was ejected from a car that crashed in Cherokee County, a sheriff’s spokesman said. Gary Bullard of Woodstock was the only passenger in a BMW that crashed just before 5 p.m. Thursday on Bells Ferry Road near Robin Road, spokesman Jay Baker said. No other vehicles were involved.
Senate confirms former Gwinnett judge Ray for federal bench

Senate confirms former Gwinnett judge Ray for federal bench

Billy Ray, a former state legislator and Gwinnett County judge, is the latest of President Donald Trump’s nominees to win confirmation to the federal bench in Atlanta. Late Thursday, Ray was approved by the U.S. Senate for a seat on the U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Since 2012, Ray has served as a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals.
Georgia mom accidentally smothers baby during fatal meth overdose, sheriff says

Georgia mom accidentally smothers baby during fatal meth overdose, sheriff says

A 31-year old woman who died from a methamphetamine overdose accidentally smothered her 8-month-old son, a Cherokee County sheriff’s spokesman said. The bodies were found July 17 in a home on Cedar Mill Crossing in Acworth, sheriff’s spokesman Jay Baker said Friday in a statement. The woman’s 2-year-old daughter was discovered in the home unharmed and is with family members.
Hurricane Michael: Power will be restored across Georgia next week

Hurricane Michael: Power will be restored across Georgia next week

Nearly 250,000 Georgians were still without power Friday morning, and many should expect power outages to persist through next week. But Georgia Power representatives estimated the company would be able to restore power in some areas earlier than originally anticipated. In Savannah and on the coast, power was expected to be back by on Friday.
GBI identifies man shot, killed by cops outside Cobb apartment complex

GBI identifies man shot, killed by cops outside Cobb apartment complex

A man who randomly fired several shots outside a Cobb County apartment complex was shot and killed by police Friday morning when he made “a deadly threat” to officers, police said. Several people called 911 before 6 a.m. to report the gunfire outside the Walton on the Chattahoochee apartments in the 6600 block of Akers Mill Road.
Hurricane Michael: Atlantans face a reckoning at the beach

Hurricane Michael: Atlantans face a reckoning at the beach

Metro Atlantans are only gradually digesting just how brutally Hurricane Michael treated the Gulf Coast region they have flocked to, invested in, vacationed at, partied with and cherished for generations. It wasn’t pleasant. Paradise took a beating.
Police: Man uses device to block Duluth cop’s radio signals during robbery

Police: Man uses device to block Duluth cop’s radio signals during robbery

A routine burglary arrest in Duluth became not-so routine when an officer tried to call for backup — and couldn’t. Duluth police said David Hannan, of Lithonia, had a device on his belt that was jamming radio signals, preventing the officer to use his radio, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Cyclist injured in Cobb hit-and-run crash; driver charged

Cyclist injured in Cobb hit-and-run crash; driver charged

A bicyclist said he has a fractured neck after a pickup truck driver allegedly caused a crash in Marietta and then left the scene. Cyclist Stewart Bryson had a GoPro camera attached to his bicycle Sunday when a truck stopped in front of him, knocking him off his bike, according to Channel 2 Action News. “There was no known ... reason for the truck to brake suddenly,” Marietta police said...
Ex-Atlanta cop indicted in alleged shooting of tourist near Georgia Dome

Ex-Atlanta cop indicted in alleged shooting of tourist near Georgia Dome

A former Atlanta police sergeant was indicted Wednesday on multiple charges in connection with the shooting of a tourist near the Georgia Dome in 2017. Mathieu Cadeau faces charges of aggravated assault and reckless conduct as well as two counts of violation of oath by a public officer, according to a statement from Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard’s office.
DeKalb crews pull submerged car out of lake

DeKalb crews pull submerged car out of lake

Crews in DeKalb County on Thursday pulled out a car that became submerged in a lake, possibly as a result of Michael-related weather. No one was in the car, DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department spokesman Shaun Kennedy said. Officials learned that the silver sedan was in Buena Vista Lake on McAfee Road on Wednesday night, but made the decision not to respond until about 7 a.m.
74-year-old faces murder charge in husband’s death

74-year-old faces murder charge in husband’s death

About six months after a 76-year-old Cherokee County man was found dead at home after what was thought to be a fall, his wife has been charged in connection with his death. Authorities on Tuesday arrested David Parton’s wife, 74-year-old Betty Sue Parton, at her Ball Ground home, sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said.
Torpy at Large: When bail reform means you bail on returning to court

Torpy at Large: When bail reform means you bail on returning to court

The city of Atlanta this year allowed a lot more low-level offenders to be released on their own signature rather than having to scrounge up cash for bail. But preliminary figures show many defendants aren’t worth their John Hancocks.
Cops: Man in 2 Gwinnett high-speed chases said he was pursued

Cops: Man in 2 Gwinnett high-speed chases said he was pursued

A man was allegedly involved in two high-speed chases in Gwinnett County recently, including one with police. And Michael Binette said he was the one being pursued, Channel 2 Action News reported. He thought he saw a car of teens casing his neighborhood, so he took after them, ramming their car, Lawrenceville police said.
Man shot after pointing gun at Gwinnett officers, police say

Man shot after pointing gun at Gwinnett officers, police say

A man shot by Gwinnett County police Tuesday night faces charges of burglary and aggravated assault on an officer, the GBI said Wednesday. Police opened fire after Andrew Joseph Allen, 27, pointed a handgun at officers, according to a statement from the GBI. Authorities were investigating possible gang activity in the 1900 block of Prospect Road in unincorporated Lawrenceville about 7 p.m.
2 brothers arrested after alleged attempted home invasion caught on camera

2 brothers arrested after alleged attempted home invasion caught on camera

Two brothers were arrested Monday for allegedly trying to break into a house in southeast Atlanta last week, police said. Demarcus Grier, 31, and Desmond Grier, 23, were taken into custody after Atlanta police heard gunshots near Oakland Drive and Campbellton Road on Monday night.
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