{VIDEO} First of its kind

Michelle Obama Walking Trail

  New Michelle Obama walking trail unveiled   DeKalb County residents and officials were all smiles during the unveiling ceremony for the first walking trail in the country named after former first lady Michelle Obama.  The Michelle Obama Walking Trail, located near Georgia State University Perimeter College, is approximately three miles long and connects to […]

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Decatur Police Department addresses officer shortage

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The Decatur Police Department is starting 2018 with fewer officers than they’d like, according to department officials.  According to DPD, the department is trying to fill six positions.  DPD Community Information and Education Officer Jennifer Ross said the department is working to fill the positions, but finding qualified applicants who want to be police officers […]

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County files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

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In 2017, approximately 86 people died of an overdose in DeKalb County. According to county officials, 44 of those deaths were attributed to opioids. Because of the cost of dealing with opioid addiction, the county has agreed to sue opioid manufacturers to recoup some of the financial losses associated with treating addiction. “This sends the […]

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Dogfighting ring busted

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Foster homes needed A DeKalb County husband and wife were recently charged with dogfighting after officials received complaints of suspicious activity at a residence at 421 Cedar Grove Place in Ellenwood. According to DeKalb County detective Jason Gagnon, two people were charged with dogfighting and police are searching for another. Chaketa Williams, 37, and her […]

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Community rallies for Avondale fire victims

Community rallies for Avondale fire victims

 Avondale Estates residents were awakened by the smell of smoke and helicopter choppers above.  Around 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 3, a fire spread at the Avondale Forest Apartments on Piney Tree Circle. According to DeKalb County Fire and Rescue officials, approximately 50 people were displaced by the fire.  Of the 50 people displaced, at least […]

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Local shelter experiencing higher intake

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Lifeline Animal Project, which manages animal shelters and services in DeKalb County and Fulton County, said their shelters are filling up—quickly. Lifeline has taken in approximately 450 more animals from July to November in 2017 than during the same time frame last year, according to statistics provided by Lifeline. “The intake has slowly been coming […]

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Warm H.O.M.E.

Nonprofit organization Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure held a coat drive Dec. 30 at the Redan Recreation Center in Lithonia. Photos provided

With weather dipping to single-digit wind chills to start 2018, DeKalb County children and adults received a gift thanks to a Lithonia-based nonprofit. Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure (H.O.M.E.), in partnership with Burlington Coat Factory, Delivering Good and Good Morning America, handed out approximately 850 coats and winter jackets Dec. 30 during the “Warm Coats and […]

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{VIDEO} DeKalb firefighters save dozens from apartment blaze

DeKalb County Fire and Rescue department put out flames on Pine Tree Circle Jan. 3 in Avondale Estates in the Avondale Forest Apartment Homes.

  As babies were dropped from balconies   On Jan. 3 at approximately 5 a.m., residents living in Avondale Forest Apartment Homes in Avondale Estates were awakened by police and firefighters banging on their door.  According to DeKalb County Fire and Rescue officials, a fire started at the apartment complex and was quickly spreading.  “You […]

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