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House Catches Fire Twice In Less Than 10 Hrs

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A teen and his grandmother were displaced after a fire consumed their Riverdale home on Thursday. It was the second reported fire at the home on Soapstone Lane within 10 hours, firefighters said.Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh went to the destroyed home, where windows were already boarded up from Wednesday’s fire. Seventeen-year-old Timmy Doan lived at the home with his grandmother. He said he was home alone when the first fire started at about 7:30 p.m. He said he ran outside and called 911.Clayton County Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Thomas said...

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Verizon store hit by smash-and-grab burglars

A Ponce de Leon Avenue cell phone store was targeted by smash-and-grab burglars early Tuesday. A rock was thrown through the glass front door of the Verizon Wireless store across Ponce from the old City Hall East building about 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones. Jones told the AJC that the thieves took two Apple iPads, two HP netbook computers and four "smart" phones. An employee arriving for work at the nearby Whole Foods witnessed three males running from the stairwell leading to the Verizon store and getting into a red, late model...

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Top superintendents’ base pay blossoms with add-ons

Georgia's highest-paid schools superintendent, J. Alvin Wilbanks in Gwinnett, had a base salary of $272,249 in 2009-2010. Wilbanks declined one salary adjustment he was entitled to this year based on a slight rise in teacher compensation. But after factoring in the rest of his contractual add-ons, his total topped out at $390,556. That includes payments twice a year for unused leave time, a perk that's unusual among superintendents in metro Atlanta and unavailable to most teachers, at least until they retire. Cobb County Schools Superintendent Fred Sanderson's base salary was $210,596. Sanderson's contract does not entitle him to...

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College Student Shot, Killed At Off-Campus Party

BARNESVILLE, Ga. -- Three men are in custody following the brutal slaying of a Gordon College student. Barnesville police told Channel 2 Action News reporter Richard Elliot that the three men burst into a college house party Saturday night and tried to rob the 10 to 12 people there, but something went wrong.Danavan Bussey, 21, of Millegeville, lived at the house on Westchester Drive as he attended college. According to Barnesville Police Chief Chuck Keadle, one of the suspects shot Bussey in the face with a shotgun. Bussey was rushed to an area hospital,...

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Group Threatens Suit Over Graduation Location

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A graduation controversy in Cherokee County won’t be settled, at least for now.A group wants Cherokee County to stop holding graduations at a church.But the school system said it’s the only location large enough and that finding another venue would cost thousands of dollars. Channel 2 Action News reporter Tony Thomas attended a school board meeting Thursday night where both sides expressed opinions.“It’s more of a venue than it is a church,” said student Koby Smith.For the past several years, all Cherokee County high schools have held their graduations...

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Fake Cops Handcuff Residents During Home Invasion

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Fayette County sheriff’s deputies are at the scene of a home invasion in Fayetteville, the Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Channel 2 Action News reporter Mike Petchenik. Residents told investigators that four people came to the house sometime before 9:30 a.m. Friday and claimed to be law enforcement agents.Authorities said three adults inside the home were placed in handcuffs. The fake cops then stole items from the house, investigators said.Investigators are working to put together a description of the perpetrators....

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Father Of Three Gunned Down Outside Home

ATLANTA -- A father of three was shot to death just steps from his front door in northwest Atlanta, police said. The shooting happened on Griffin Street near Orr Street on Wednesday night.The victim’s mother told Channel 2 Action News that her son, Wayne Wright Jr., 29, had three children -- the youngest being a 9-month-old. “Wayne is my baby … he’s my baby boy. I went out the door and said, ‘Lord, no. Please no,’” said Barbara Banks, the victim's mother. Banks said her daughter-in-law broke the news to her by phone.Investigators...

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Man Gets 2 Years For Poisoning Dog

DECATUR, Ga. -- A 36-year-old DeKalb County man has been sentenced to spend two years in prison for poisoning his neighbor's dog with antifreeze. The DeKalb County District Attorney's Office said Kenyata Mondrell Bryant was convicted Wednesday of aggravated cruelty to animals in the death of a 9-year-old Lab-dalmatian mix. Erik Burton, spokesman for District Attorney Robert James, said Bryant was accused of enticing the dog last year with a bowl filled with chicken bones and cornbread that was laced with antifreeze. Burton said Bryant was sentenced to five years, two of which he...

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Georgia Man Charged With Lottery Threat

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Police have arrested a man who claims he was robbed of a lottery prize worth $750,000. Jose Antonio Cua-Toc is in the Houston County Jail and faces charges of violating probation, terroristic threats and forgery. Authorities say Cua-Toc told police last weekend that the man who picked up the prize last week, Erick Cervantes, took the lottery ticket from him. Warner Robins police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh said Cervantes claimed Cua-Toc called him 15 times asking for some of his lottery winnings and threated to kill Cervantes, his wife and their...

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Colossal $44 Million Meth Bust Made In Metro Atlanta

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A huge methamphetamine bust -- 933 pounds to be exact -- was made in metro Atlanta, Gwinnett County police said. Investigators said the confiscated methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $44,641,000, making it one of the largest methamphetamine confiscations in the United States.Channel 2 Action News reporter Kerry Kavanaugh was there as hazmat crews hauled off several large barrels. At the time, investigators remained tight-lipped about the contents, but a source close to the investigation told Kavanaugh that he believed it was “one of the biggest drug busts” ...

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