Raisa Habersham

Raisa Habersham is the DeKalb County hyperlocal reporter for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

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Defense: Uber Eats driver accused of killing Morehouse grad shot in self-defense
 The attorney for an Uber Eats driver accused of killing a customer wants a judge to throw out the charges against his client.   Robert Bivines’ attorney filed a request for an immunity hearing, allowing a judge to decide if his client acted in self-defense when he allegedly killed one of his customers in February. If the judge...

Posted: 2 hours ago

The attorney for an Uber Eats driver accused of killing a customer wants a judge to throw out the charges against his client.   Robert Bivines’ attorney filed a request for an immunity hearing, allowing a judge to decide if his client acted in self-defense when he allegedly killed one of his customers in February. If the judge...
DeKalb gives 48 nonprofits more than $800K in grants
 Several metro area organizations are receiving gifts just in time for the holiday season. DeKalb County announced Friday it is giving $807,629 in grants to 48 nonprofits, including Atlanta Legal Aid, Mercy Housing, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  Grant awards range from $10,000 to $20,000, and at least half of the awarded...

Posted: 8 hours ago

Several metro area organizations are receiving gifts just in time for the holiday season. DeKalb County announced Friday it is giving $807,629 in grants to 48 nonprofits, including Atlanta Legal Aid, Mercy Housing, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  Grant awards range from $10,000 to $20,000, and at least half of the awarded...
DeKalb man stole his friend’s $1,500 then killed him, cops say 
 An officer found Francisco Dwayne Zapata hanging out of his car late last Monday night at a Weatherly Drive apartment complex. According to a police report, he had no pulse and a gunshot wound to his chest.  Twelve minutes after he was found Zapata, 19, was pronounced dead.  On Thursday authorities arrested Zapata’s friend...

Posted: 12 hours ago

An officer found Francisco Dwayne Zapata hanging out of his car late last Monday night at a Weatherly Drive apartment complex. According to a police report, he had no pulse and a gunshot wound to his chest.  Twelve minutes after he was found Zapata, 19, was pronounced dead.  On Thursday authorities arrested Zapata’s friend...
DeKalb extends hours Friday for voters to verify provisional ballots
 DeKalb County announced late Friday afternoon that they are extending the hours for residents to verify provisional ballots.  Voters have until 8 p.m. Friday to provide citizenship or ID verification in order for their votes to count, officials said.  Provisional ballot voters should bring the documention to the county&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

DeKalb County announced late Friday afternoon that they are extending the hours for residents to verify provisional ballots.  Voters have until 8 p.m. Friday to provide citizenship or ID verification in order for their votes to count, officials said.  Provisional ballot voters should bring the documention to the county&rsquo...
DeKalb will throw away your bulk items for free 
 Get ready to throw out your old mattress, DeKalb.  Every weekend for a month, beginning Nov. 30, sanitation workers will collect it and any bulk items you need to trash for free.  Residents can sit bulk items, such as furniture and large appliances, on the curb for collection. READ|Here’s where you can take photos with...

Posted: 3 days ago

Get ready to throw out your old mattress, DeKalb.  Every weekend for a month, beginning Nov. 30, sanitation workers will collect it and any bulk items you need to trash for free.  Residents can sit bulk items, such as furniture and large appliances, on the curb for collection. READ|Here’s where you can take photos with...
Here’s where you can take photos with Santa in DeKalb
 Kris Kringle is coming to town.  The jolly fellow will be at DeKalb malls ready to take pictures with your little one starting this month. Below are a list of malls, along with times, where you can take that first holiday photo or continue a time-honored tradition.  ALSO| Here’s where you can take photos with Santa in...

Posted: 3 days ago

Kris Kringle is coming to town.  The jolly fellow will be at DeKalb malls ready to take pictures with your little one starting this month. Below are a list of malls, along with times, where you can take that first holiday photo or continue a time-honored tradition.  ALSO| Here’s where you can take photos with Santa in...
Here's how children can have fun, donate at metro Atlanta Lego stores
 The LEGO Group is allowing children to give back with a creative twist.  The company announced this month it will donate a LEGO set for every LEGO brick ornament a child builds as part of its BuildtoGive initiative.   Children can build their ornaments at home using LEGO bricks or go to any metro Atlanta LEGO store. In turn...

Posted: 3 days ago

The LEGO Group is allowing children to give back with a creative twist.  The company announced this month it will donate a LEGO set for every LEGO brick ornament a child builds as part of its BuildtoGive initiative.   Children can build their ornaments at home using LEGO bricks or go to any metro Atlanta LEGO store. In turn...
Stacey Abrams won DeKalb, but how did your neighborhoods vote? 
 On Election Day, much of DeKalb County was seeing blue.  Stacey Abrams nabbed 258,706 votes Tuesday, with Brian Kemp receiving nearly 49,000 votes. Libertarian candidate Ted Metz received 2,755 votes.  A total of 310,112 people — including 150,814 early voters — voted in DeKalb this election season.  Provisional ballots...

Posted: 4 days ago

On Election Day, much of DeKalb County was seeing blue.  Stacey Abrams nabbed 258,706 votes Tuesday, with Brian Kemp receiving nearly 49,000 votes. Libertarian candidate Ted Metz received 2,755 votes.  A total of 310,112 people — including 150,814 early voters — voted in DeKalb this election season. Provisional ballots...
Help DeKalb give sleeping bags, clothes to 250 homeless residents
 DeKalb County is accepting donations for its “Bags of Love” drive this month with the hopes of providing goods to its homeless population.  The county, in partnership with Henry County-based event planning company Pinch of Excellence, hopes to give at least 250 residents sleeping bags, hats, gloves, heavy duty socks...

Posted: 4 days ago

DeKalb County is accepting donations for its “Bags of Love” drive this month with the hopes of providing goods to its homeless population.  The county, in partnership with Henry County-based event planning company Pinch of Excellence, hopes to give at least 250 residents sleeping bags, hats, gloves, heavy duty socks...
New Doraville ordinance targets discrimination by business owners
 Doraville became the second city in Georgia to approve an anti-discrimination ordinance preventing business owners from discriminating against customers.  The ordinance passed Monday with a 6-1 vote. Similar legislature was first approved in 2001 by the Atlanta City Council.  Doraville’s rules would allow people to file complaints...

Posted: 5 days ago

Doraville became the second city in Georgia to approve an anti-discrimination ordinance preventing business owners from discriminating against customers.  The ordinance passed Monday with a 6-1 vote. Similar legislature was first approved in 2001 by the Atlanta City Council.  Doraville’s rules would allow people to file complaints...
Cops: Man shot victim ‘several times,’ left him for dead in DeKalb road
 The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Decatur man Wednesday, two weeks after authorities allege he shot a man several times and left him for dead in the middle of a DeKalb County road.  Nathan Antonious Jones, 18, of Decatur, was booked in the DeKalb County jail on a murder charge, according to online jail records...

Posted: 5 days ago

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Decatur man Wednesday, two weeks after authorities allege he shot a man several times and left him for dead in the middle of a DeKalb County road.  Nathan Antonious Jones, 18, of Decatur, was booked in the DeKalb County jail on a murder charge, according to online jail records...