Zachary Hansen

Breaking News Reporter

Zach is a breaking news reporter for the AJC. He mostly works on crime, court, weather and traffic stories along with occasional features content. He is a graduate from the University of Georgia and has previously written for The Arizona Republic and Bloomberg. He was also a former AJC intern.

Latest from Zachary Hansen

Boston double murder suspect arrested in Clayton County
 A man wanted in connection with a fatal double shooting in Boston was arrested Friday in Clayton County, authorities said. Nicholas Antoine, 20, was wanted by Boston police for several charges, including two counts of murder, Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. He’s accused of shooting and killing two men on...

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A man wanted in connection with a fatal double shooting in Boston was arrested Friday in Clayton County, authorities said. Nicholas Antoine, 20, was wanted by Boston police for several charges, including two counts of murder, Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. He’s accused of shooting and killing two men on...
DeKalb teacher stole 9-year-old student’s violin to pay $700 ticket, police say
 A DeKalb County teacher allegedly admitted to stealing a 9-year-old student’s violin to pay for a $700 ticket, police said. Brockett Elementary School teacher Kalif Jones, 21, of Stone Mountain, stole the student’s violin, which is valued at $750, while the students were eating lunch in the cafeteria, according to an incident...

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A DeKalb County teacher allegedly admitted to stealing a 9-year-old student’s violin to pay for a $700 ticket, police said. Brockett Elementary School teacher Kalif Jones, 21, of Stone Mountain, stole the student’s violin, which is valued at $750, while the students were eating lunch in the cafeteria, according to an incident...
Funeral arrangements made for slain DeKalb officer
 Funeral arrangements have been made for the DeKalb County police officer who was shot and killed by a suspect after a traffic stop Thursday afternoon. RELATED: Slain DeKalb officer was engaged, days away from 25th birthday The family of Officer Edgar Isidro Flores, 24,  will hold a private visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday and...

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Funeral arrangements have been made for the DeKalb County police officer who was shot and killed by a suspect after a traffic stop Thursday afternoon. RELATED: Slain DeKalb officer was engaged, days away from 25th birthday The family of Officer Edgar Isidro Flores, 24, will hold a private visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday and...
DeKalb K-9 released from pet hospital after being shot in head, losing eye
 A DeKalb County police dog, who was shot in the head while hunting down a suspect accused of shooting and killing a DeKalb officer, has been released from a veterinary hospital, police said. K-9 Officer Indi, 7, lost his right eye after being shot above his right ear Thursday afternoon, DeKalb County police said in a news release Sunday....

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A DeKalb County police dog, who was shot in the head while hunting down a suspect accused of shooting and killing a DeKalb officer, has been released from a veterinary hospital, police said. K-9 Officer Indi, 7, lost his right eye after being shot above his right ear Thursday afternoon, DeKalb County police said in a news release Sunday....
I-75 wreck involving SUV towing boat kills woman, critically injures man
 A woman was killed, and a man was taken to a hospital in critical condition after a wreck that involved an SUV towing a boat shut down I-75 South on Saturday night, police said. The accident happened around 10:45 p.m. near the south Marietta Parkway loop, and the woman and man were in a silver mid-sized vehicle that had crashed with the SUV...

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A woman was killed, and a man was taken to a hospital in critical condition after a wreck that involved an SUV towing a boat shut down I-75 South on Saturday night, police said. The accident happened around 10:45 p.m. near the south Marietta Parkway loop, and the woman and man were in a silver mid-sized vehicle that had crashed with the SUV...
WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Skies to clear, drizzle to stop after cold front passes though
 Sunday: High: 53 Sunday night: Low: 42 Monday: High: 58 The fog and drizzle should clear — eventually. Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls said a cold front making its way through North Georgia is pushing these isolated patches of light rain with it, but the skies should clear up around 5 p.m. The chance...

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Sunday: High: 53 Sunday night: Low: 42 Monday: High: 58 The fog and drizzle should clear — eventually. Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls said a cold front making its way through North Georgia is pushing these isolated patches of light rain with it, but the skies should clear up around 5 p.m. The chance...
Rockdale deck collapses as 15 family members take photo; 2 flown to Grady
 Two people where airlifted to an Atlanta hospital Saturday after a deck collapsed at a home in Conyers, and several other people suffered injuries requiring transport to area medical centers, Rockdale County Fire-Rescue Chief Dan Morgan told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. About 4:30 p.m., the fire department received a call of a deck collapse...

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Two people where airlifted to an Atlanta hospital Saturday after a deck collapsed at a home in Conyers, and several other people suffered injuries requiring transport to area medical centers, Rockdale County Fire-Rescue Chief Dan Morgan told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. About 4:30 p.m., the fire department received a call of a deck collapse...
Man shot, killed outside home in Athens, police say
 A man was shot and killed outside a home in Athens Friday afternoon, police said. Rodriguez Rucker, 32, was found dead from a gunshot wound near a home on Royal Court around 3:20 p.m., Athens police said in a news release. Witnesses told police a 1990s-era Chevrolet pickup truck with silver or gray rims was seen leaving the scene around the...

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A man was shot and killed outside a home in Athens Friday afternoon, police said. Rodriguez Rucker, 32, was found dead from a gunshot wound near a home on Royal Court around 3:20 p.m., Athens police said in a news release. Witnesses told police a 1990s-era Chevrolet pickup truck with silver or gray rims was seen leaving the scene around the...
Police: 2 men use stolen car to rob people at gunpoint in NW Atlanta
 Two men accused of using a stolen vehicle to rob people at gunpoint in northwest Atlanta were arrested early Friday morning after a brief police chase, authorities said. Terrell Smith, 25, and Dashaun Williams, 20, are accused of pulling out a handgun and robbing two victims of their belongings in the 1100 block of Huff Road around 11:40...

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Two men accused of using a stolen vehicle to rob people at gunpoint in northwest Atlanta were arrested early Friday morning after a brief police chase, authorities said. Terrell Smith, 25, and Dashaun Williams, 20, are accused of pulling out a handgun and robbing two victims of their belongings in the 1100 block of Huff Road around 11:40...
WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Spotty showers likely; fog could return
 Saturday: High: 53 Saturday night: Low: 44 Sunday: High: 53 A dense fog advisory expired at 10 a.m. Saturday for metro Atlanta, but those conditions may return before the weekend is over. There could be “areas of fog for Sunday morning,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls said Saturday morning...

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Saturday: High: 53 Saturday night: Low: 44 Sunday: High: 53 A dense fog advisory expired at 10 a.m. Saturday for metro Atlanta, but those conditions may return before the weekend is over. There could be “areas of fog for Sunday morning,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls said Saturday morning...
Calhoun cop says faulty cellphone saved his life during shooting
 For the first time since being shot, a Calhoun police officer spoke to the media about how his faulty cellphone saved his life. Officer Joe Yother, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, spoke to the Dalton Daily Citizen-News on Wednesday about the cellphone that helped deflect a bullet from hitting him in the chest during an altercation...

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For the first time since being shot, a Calhoun police officer spoke to the media about how his faulty cellphone saved his life. Officer Joe Yother, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, spoke to the Dalton Daily Citizen-News on Wednesday about the cellphone that helped deflect a bullet from hitting him in the chest during an altercation...