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Teacher accused of letting students have sex in classroom


COBB COUNTY, Ga. – A DeKalb County teacher is accused of allowing students to have sex in a classroom.

Quinten Wright, a coach and teacher at Champion Middle School, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to a DeKalb County Schools Public Safety incident report, police received a call from parents who alleged that Wright was sending inappropriate text messages to their 14-year-old son. Wright had made plans to meet the teen at the school on the morning of May 15. The parents said they looked through their son's phone and saw several inappropriate text messages from Wright.

The student told police of other alleged inappropriate contacts that Wright made with other male students involving female students at the school.

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TNT Academy urges parents not to complain to state


STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – There are more allegations against the Atlanta-area school that made headlines after a video of its principal making racial remarks at graduation went viral.

During the graduation ceremony for TNT Academy on May 8, Nancy Gordeuk, the founder and director of the school, said, "Look who's leaving, all the black people!"

Gordeuk was later dismissed.

Bloods member sentenced to life for 2 murders


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Bloods gang member from DeKalb County pleaded guilty this week to his part in two murders.

Oslushla Smith was convicted of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault, among other charges, in the deaths of Alexis Malone and Michael Phillips. He was sentenced to life plus 40 years in prison.

"This sentence sends a loud message that gangs are not welcome here in DeKalb County," District Attorney Robert James said in a statement.

Victim Malone was also a Bloods member, according to prosecutors. On May 3, 2014, she and another woman were involved in a fight during a party at a Stone Mountain apartment complex. Several more Bloods members arrived to help Malone and began shooting. Phillips, an innocent bystander, was killed in the gunfire.

Man charged with shooting at car on I-20


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Stone Mountain man was arrested last week and charged with aggravated assault in a recent shooting on Interstate 20.

Justin Savage is accused of shooting at a car May 13 on I-20 west near Candler Road. Two adults and two children were in the car. Window glass from one of the shots shattered and hurt a 2 year old.

Savage, 23, was arrested May 15 at his home. Police recovered a .40 caliber handgun in the house.

"This kind of reckless conduct put the lives of innocent people at risk and will not be tolerated here in DeKalb County," Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Public Safety Dr. Cedric Alexander said in a statement.

Police said the shooting was a road rage incident.

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Tree crashes through Lithonia home


LITHONIA, Ga.. -- A decades-old oak tree fell on a home along North Shore Drive in Lithonia on Monday.

"The last thing I thought I would hear is that a tree fell on my house," Tai Harmon explained.

Luckily she wasn't home at the time. No one was.

However, her neighbors couldn't miss the sound of the fall.

"I heard, you know when people cut trees and you hear that big whoosh, and then the earth shook," neighbor Tina Winters said.

The tree destroyed Harmon's bathroom and left cracks in the ceiling. The fire department ordered her to stay out of the home Monday night.

"They turned off the electricity, and they turned off the gas because the tree fell right here where the gas meter is," Harmon said.

The tree was about 90 feet long and was planted in the common area between property lines. Residents believe it is owned by the county.

Seven injured in overnight Lithonia deck collapse


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LITHONIA, Ga. -- A family in Lithonia is recovering Sunday morning after a deck collapse.

Seven were injured in the incident and were taken to area hospitals to receive further treatment.

Injuries ranged from minor to moderate, family members said.

Family that 11Alive reporter Christopher Hopper spoke to said they were standing on the deck when it started to sway and, all of the sudden, came crashing down.

DeKalb Fire and Rescue officials said the department was called to the Lithonia home at about 10 p.m.

School director fired after racial graduation comment


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STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- The private school principal who gained national attention for a racially charged comment she made during a graduation ceremony has been fired, but still owns the school and will likely reap any financial benefit from it.

Dr. Heidi Anderson, chair of the board of directors at TNT Academy, wrote in a letter sent to the Gwinnett County NAACP that the board voted to dismiss school director Nancy Gordeuk: