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Civil rights leaders to governor: No MLK presence on Stone Mountain

ATLANTA -- Civil Rights leaders met with Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday to say they’re adamantly against any plans to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Stone Mountain.
The presidents of the Atlanta and NAACP chapters and the head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) met with the Governor for about an hour, then spoke with the press.
The group asked for the meeting after reports earlier this week that the Stone Mountain Memorial Association wants to put a replica of the liberty bell atop Stone Mountain and call it the “Freedom Bell”.
The plan is to include the words from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech – “Let Freedom Ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia”.

Plans underway to place monument honoring MLK atop Stone Mountain

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Plans are in the works to erect a monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on top of Stone Mountain. 

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.

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.


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.