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Teen driver killed in DeKalb wreck identified.


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- An 18-year-old student at Martin Luther King Jr. High School was killed and two more teens were hurt in a single-car accident in DeKalb County Thursday morning.

School officials sent home a letter to students on Thursday confirming that Quaidera Woodson-Weeks had died in the 8 a.m. accident.

The wreck happened on Snapfinger Road near Browns Mill Road.

DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said the three victims were riding in a Pontiac G6 that left the road and struck a tree.

All three teens were taken to Atlanta Medical Center. The driver was pronounced dead at the hospital.

DeKalb County Schools spokesman Quinn Hudson confirmed she was a senior at MLK High School and was only a few weeks away from graduating. She had been accepted into Valdosta State.

Teen drowns in Stone Mountain Park lake


STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A 17-year-old boy drowned in a lake inside Stone Mountain Park Sunday afternoon.

The teen was swimming in the lake with family members, according to Stone Mountain Park Police spokesman John Bankhead. Another person began to struggle, and the teen swam out to help that person. Bankhead said the person in trouble managed to get out of the lake, but the teen went under the water and did not resurface.

Rescuers searched for the teen until about 4 a.m. Monday. Dive teams finally discovered the victim's body in the lake after the sun rose Monday morning. The body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for an autopsy.

The teen was identified as Nirmal Rai. Bankhead said he and his family were of Nepali descent and visiting from Nashville, Tenn.

Stone Mountain Park visitors are not supposed to swim in the lake.

Adorable puppy rescued from pipe


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A 4-year-old girl has been reunited with her best friend, thanks to the actions of some rescue workers.

Tadoshi, a 7-week-old Chihuahua, left her house early Tuesday morning to use the restroom. They thought she'd run off -- until they heard whimpering from a small PVC pipe. The pup had fallen about six feet into the narrow tube.

Animal control couldn't get the furry friend out, so they called firefighters. They originally used shovels, then had to call in a backhoe after hitting a water line.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

1 killed in DeKalb County shooting


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – One person was killed after gunfire erupted at the Stone Mountain Inn and Suites in DeKalb County on Wednesday.

The shooting happened off Mountain Industrial Boulevard near Highway 78.

Police said that surveillance footage showed a group of people having an argument in a parking lot. Someone took out a gun and shot a man, reportedly in his mid-20s.

Authorities said they are pursuing several leads, based on that video.


DeKalb Co. Police shoot carjacking suspect after chase


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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – DeKalb County police shot a carjacking suspect after a police chase on Monday afternoon.

DeKalb County Chief of Police Dr. Cedric Alexander said the incident began when a man, identified by police as Eric Butler, tried to test drive a used SUV at CarNections Auto Sales off of Mountain Industrial Boulevard.

The salesman, Anthony Butcher, said Butler asked him to drive an SUV to his hotel about a half-mile away, a Hampton Inn, to get his driver's license and cash.