Suspect stabs himself in neck during SWAT standoff

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A man was in critical condition at a local hospital after stabbing himself during a SWAT standoff.  Korrie Thomas, 36, is facing charges of false imprisonment and obstruction.  On Jan. 5, just after 2 a.m. DeKalb County Police responded to a domestic assault at the Rite For Us Hotel located at 4300 Snapfinger Woods Drive […]

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New approach to sale of preowned cars popular in DeKalb

Customers have the option of having their cars delivered to Carvana’s “vending machine.”  The Atlanta facility has offices and a three-car garage.

Some people looking to buy a car dread the prospect of the spending hours at a dealership or haggling with a salesman over price and features. Carvana, a company launched in Atlanta in 2013, offers an alternative way to shop for an automobile. Carvana customers browse an inventory of certified pre-owned vehicles, select personalized financing […]

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Redan alum working to become a MMA fighter

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During the day, Derek Wilson Jr. works as a security specialist at the Fulton County Courthouse and attends Gwinnett Technical College, studying to be a nurse. In the evenings, the Redan High School alum heads to X3 Sports gym for his mixed martial art (MMA) training—training to become a professional MMA fighter. How does a […]

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Biking promoted in Clarkston

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Communicycle, a program initiated in Clarkston through a bike safety and education effort, works to promote cycling as a sustainable form of transportation and a good source of exercise. Communicycle Clarkston was inspired by a group in Chamblee who originally formed the organization. According to Clarkston Community Center Executive Director McKenzie Wren, in 2013 the […]

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School cafeteria worker gives back to students in need

Canby Lane food service assistant Linda Harris (right) gives directions to family members as they assist with the Christmas give away.

Every school morning Linda Harris sees the reality of child hunger. Harris, who had been a food service assistant at Canby Lane Elementary School in unincorporated Decatur for three months, serves food to children whose only meals of the day may be school breakfast and lunch. “Children who stay in the extended stay hotels don’t […]

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Residents protest neighborhood hookah bars

Briarcliff area residents say a group of hookah bars are causing havoc in the community. They are protesting the renewal of a special land use permit by one of the establishments. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Some residents of the Briarcliff community are protesting what they call the proliferation of late-night establishments in their neighborhood. Margaret Comb, a Sagamore Hills resident for more than 20 years, said she has been “very dismayed at the changes that have come to her community as a result of the opening of “so many late-night establishments.”   “These are […]

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$5K reward offered for info on shooting at deputy’s home

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The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the recent shooting at a deputy’s Lithonia home. On Dec. 15, a sheriff’s deputy and his wife were the victims of a shooting at their home of “14 peace-filled years,” said DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey […]

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Former county CEOs’ aide dies after illness

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Donna Morgan Mahaffey, a former assistant county administrator under three DeKalb County CEOs, passed away Dec. 28 at Kindred Hospital in Atlanta after a long illness. She was 66. A native of Atlanta, Mahaffey was a public servant for more than 40 years, working on many major projects in metro Atlanta. She did the demographic […]

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