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Man Shot After Answering Knock At Door

ATLANTA -- One man is in critical condition after someone shot him when he answered a knock at the door. The shooting happened at the Pavillion Place Apartments on Cleveland Avenue in southwest Atlanta just before 1 a.m. Wednesday. “He was shot in the doorway of the apartment from what we understand,” said Capt. Van Hobbs of the Atlanta Police Department. Police said someone knocked on the victim’s door and when he answered it, he was greeted with gunfire. “The girlfriend was in the apartment and she called 911,” said Hobbs. Detectives said multiple shots were fired at the victim. Witnesses were questioned, but police...

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1 Killed, 1 Injured In Apartment Shooting

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was killed and another injured in a double shooting at a Stone Mountain apartment complex. The shootings happened on Thicket Way in DeKalb County just after midnight Tuesday. Channel 2 Action News reporter Darryn Moore was at the scene and said detectives were not releasing information, but he did speak to a DeKalb County spokesperson on the phone. Officials confirmed one person was killed and another was injured in a shooting at the Covington Glen Apartments. The extent of the wounded person’s injuries is unknown. Police questioned a woman who appeared to have hurt her ankle or knee, Moore...

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Man Arrested On Child Sex Charges

BOAZ, Ala. -- Boaz Police Chief Terry Davis says a man wanted in Georgia on charges involving sex crimes against children was arrested and turned over to authorities in Polk County, Ga. Davis says 28-year-old Samuel Scott Haney of Aragon, Ga., was arrested at a restaurant on U.S. Highway 431 in Boaz on Saturday after officers received information about the charges and Haney's whereabouts. The chief says Haney had warrants in Georgia for child molestation, statutory rape, sodomy, enticing a child for indecent purposes and other charges. He says Haney was arrested without incident and signed a waiver of extradition. Authorities say Haney...

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Police: Man Beaten To Death With Toilet Seat

ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities say they have arrested a man accused of using a toilet seat lid to beat a man to death and then kidnapping and raping a woman who witnessed the attack. William Thomas Valentine Jr., 40, was arrested Monday afternoon at his brother's home in Oglethorpe County. Police say he is charged in the Sunday murder of 51-year-old Alfred Lorenzo Harris. Police say Valentine also is accused of kidnapping a woman who lived with Harris and taking her to Madison County, where authorities say he raped her. Authorities say Valentine has a long prison history: he's served five stints in...

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Cash-Strapped MARTA Spends $2,600 On Food For Meeting

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Channel 2 Action News has learned that MARTA spent more than $2,600 on food for an employee meeting and farewell party at a time when the agency was facing massive financial problems. Employees dined on shrimp, chicken, meatballs, spring rolls and more. The agency told Channel 2 Action News reporter Richard Belcher that senior managers approved it all. Belcher discovered the information in an audit of purchase-card spending in MARTA’s information technology department. The catering costs were a tiny sliver of MARTA’s annual budget, but it was done when the agency was publicly worried about a shortfall of...

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Gwinnett judge gets grand jury report

A Gwinnett County Superior Court judge Monday will receive the report of a special grand jury that spent nine months investigating questionable land purchases by the county commission. Commission Chairman Charles Bannister testified before the grand jury Friday, the investigative panel's final day, and then abruptly announced his resignation. Also testifying Friday was longtime County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly. The grand jury convened in January after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that several commissioners had championed land purchases from developers or others who had ties to those commissioners. Appraisals for the land appeared to have been inflated such that taxpayers paid more than they...

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Tax Evasion Trial for Former State Rep. Set

ATLANTA -- A former Georgia legislator is preparing for an April trial on tax evasion charges. Former state Rep. Jeanette Jamieson's trial was scheduled by Fulton Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson at a brief hearing on Friday. The Toccoa Democrat was charged in July 2009 with failing to file a state income tax return for calendar years 2006 and 2007 despite earning more than $127,000 in 2006 and more than $61,000 in 2007. Jamieson says she is not guilty and claims she's a victim of selective prosecution because of her politics....

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One dead in northwest Georgia home explosion

One person was killed Thursday morning when a house exploded in Gilmer County. Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the state Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s office, told the AJC at 10 a.m. that the explosion occurred “within the past hour” on Roy Road, off Ga. 52 east of Ellijay. Allen said his office was sending investigators to the scene....

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Burglar steals $10,000 in electronics from Paulding school

Paulding County sheriff's investigators are asking for the public's help in identifying a man wanted for burglarizing a middle school and taking more than $10,000 in electronics and other property. The burglary occurred Sept. 25 at Moses Middle School on Old County Farm Road in Dallas, according to Paulding sheriff's Cpl. Brandon Gurley. Gurley said the burglary was discovered by school administrators the following Monday morning. "Security tapes at the school showed the suspect moving throughout the school and removing various items," he said....

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Judge’s hometown, legal community stunned by arrest

MORELAND — To pass the time, firefighters at Coweta County Fire Station No. 4 spent Tuesday morning washing the firetrucks. There’s only so much television you can watch. One young firefighter figures he hasn’t been on a fire call in about a year. If you’ve got business with the people over at the town hall or want to visit the museums of Moreland’s favorite sons, novelist Erskine Caldwell and newspaper columnist Lewis Grizzard, it’s best to call ahead. They’re only open on certain days. The Southern-style siesta suits the 400 or so residents of this south Coweta County community just fine, and...

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