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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.

Wind force change at Stone Mountain Easter service

Wind force change at Stone Mountain Easter service

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – High winds forced a change to an Easter tradition.

The Easter sunrise service atop Stone Mountain is an annual tradition on Easter Sunday.

Park employees closed the Summit Skyride Sunday morning due to the weather, forcing many to celebrate sunrise service on the lawn at Stone Mountain.

Those who were up for a hike up Stone Mountain were able to continue the tradition.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Adults with special needs hospitalized after van rollover


LITHONIA, Ga. -- Seven adults with special needs and their driver were transported to the hospital after their van was hit by a car running a red light.

The van was traveling to the Dembure Personal Care Home in Decatur when the driver of a Chevy Malibu turned in front of the van, causing it to roll over.

It happened at Rogers Lake Road and Lithonia Industrial Boulevard just after 8:00 am.

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Heated towels to blame for Gwinnett hotel fire

Heated towels to blame for Gwinnett hotel fire

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- No one was hurt in a small fire at a Gwinnett County hotel Thursday morning.

The fire was contained to one room at the Country Inn and Suites in the 1800 block of Rockbridge Road.

Fire crews arrived at the hotel at around 1 a.m., after the fire had already been extinguished by bystanders. Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said investigators believe it was accidentally sparked by heated towels from the microwave that were placed under bed covers. The fire did not spread beyond a small area of the bed's mattress and sheets.

The person staying in the room was evaluated by paramedics for minor smoke exposure.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.