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DeKalb Co. firefighter, ex-MARTA officer accused of arson

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.-- Authorities have charged a DeKalb County firefighter with arson, and his alleged accomplice is a former MARTA police officer.

According to DeKalb County Fire Captain Eric Jackson, Jairius Hardaway is charged with arson in the first degree in connection with a Jan. 6 car fire in the area of Lithonia. Authorities believe the fire is connected to an insurance scam.

The former officer's name is Malasta Hill. According to a MARTA spokesperson, Hill was a MARTA officer until January. That is the same month as the fire. and 11Alive has learned that he was a MARTA police officer until January, the same month as the incident.

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Schools evacuated after water main break


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two southeast DeKalb County schools were evacuated Monday after a water main break left them dry. 

Car crash starts house fire

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A house caught fire Monday morning after a car crashed into it.

According to DeKalb Co. Fire, the accident occurred when a teen driver ran off the road and hit a house located on Allgood Circle in Stone Mountain. The car hit the house right at the gas meter, which started a gas fire.

Both the car and house caught fire. The teen as well as the lone female resident were able to get out of the car and house, respectively, without any injuries.

The driver, 19-year-old Keoin Porter, was charged with Failure to Maintain Land and Expired Registration. 

MARTA officers facing charges after Lithonia

ATLANTA -- Two MARTA policemen are on administrative leave and facing charges after an incident in Lithonia Thursday night.

Malcolm Nicholas and Cedrone Hodges are both facing charges of disorderly conduct.

Nicholas is also charged with public intoxication.

Both men were booked into the DeKalb County Jail before bonding out.

Officials confirmed Sunday that the two are on leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation.


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One dead, two injured after 3-car crash involving Lamborghini

LITHONIA, Ga. -- A deadly three-car crash involving a Lamborghini has been confirmed off of Panola Road.

DeKalb County Fire said a man's body was found inside the luxury sports car.

Fund created to raise money for reward in fatal hit-and-run

LITHONIA, Ga. -- The family of a 20-year-old man stuck and killed by a hit-and-run driver is hoping that a reward will help solve the crime.

Jonathan Walton was hit by a vehicle early Sept. 7 as he rode his skateboard. He later died at the hospital. 

Police still have no leads in the case. A witness described the vehicle that struck Walton as a white or light-colored mid-size sedan. The vehicle will likely have had front end damage on Sept. 7.

Skateboarder struck by hit-and-run driver dies

LITHONIA, Ga. – The family of 20-year-old Jonathan Walton is begging the driver that hit and killed him to come forward. Walton was declared brain dead at 4:26 Tuesday afternoon. Police are still looking for the driver responsible for his death.