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Stories for Thursday, December 31

Georgia Town Celebrates New Years With Possum Drop

Times Square in New York has the Waterford Crystal New Year's Eve Ball. Underground Atlanta plays host to the Peach Drop. Tallapoosa has a similar New Year's Eve tradition. Residents celebrated the arrival of 2010 with the Possum Drop.Tallapoosa is about an hour west of Atlanta just off I-20 near ...

SWAT Standoff Ends In DeKalb

DeKalb police responded to a SWAT situation at a house in the 2000 block of Corners Circle in Lithonia.Investigators said it started with a traffic stop by the DeKalb County Police Department and Strike Force team. Police said the man they pulled over ran off and barricaded himself inside a ...

Perdue To Pick State Rep. Jim Cole As Next Secretary of State

Gov. Sonny Perdue intends to name state Rep. Jim Cole as Georgia's next secretary of state, two officials with knowledge of the governor's plans said Thursday. Perdue will name Cole on Monday to serve the remaining year on Karen Handel's term. Cole, a Forsyth Republican, will run in 2010 for ...

Jail Inmates Take In Shelter Dogs

A local animal shelter and a jail is teaming up to help ease the problem of overcrowding at animal shelters and help keep more animals alive. Sheriff Wants To Put Animals In Jail Dennis Kronenfeld of the Society of Humane Friends, a no-kill, low-cost spay and neuter shelter in Gwinnett, ...

Man Accused Of Assaulting Women In Revolving Door

A man accused of assaulting women as they went through the revolving door of an Atlanta government building has been arrested.Police said Frank McMillan, 33, of Winston Salem, N.C., was arrested Wednesday after several women reported similar incidents at #2 Peachtree -- part of Georgia's Capitol Hill Complex.One woman told ...

New Program Turns Criminals To Ministers

Pomp and circumstance surrounds a group of 23 men who received their associate's degrees in Christian Ministry through New Orleans Theological Seminary. But what makes this ceremony different is that these men are convicted criminals at the Phillips State Prison in Buford. Prison Program Turns Criminals Into Ministers "I'm a ...

Georgia State Student Killed On Interstate

Students at Georgia State University are mourning a classmate.James Toles IV, 19, was heading home to Florida when the SUV he was riding in hit a concrete barrier on I-95, police said.Toles and others in the SUV got out.A car hit Toles as he exited the vehicle, officials said.Toles, who ...

Police: Fake Cop Stole Flat Screens

Canton police said a man dressed in what appears to be a security guard uniform stole two 19-inch flat screen televisions from Target in Canton.Investigators said the perpetrator then took off in an older-model silver or gold Toyota Corolla.The perpetrator is described as a heavyset white man, and police say ...

Atlanta Ready To Ring In New Year

The City of Atlanta will host a number of New Year's Eve events that will draw hundreds of thousands of people to the city. During this period, the Atlanta Police Department is anticipating a high volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and strongly encourages the use of MARTA. The scheduled ...

Road Closures: Thousands Expected Downtown

Thousands are expected at Underground Atlanta to watch the traditional Peach Drop Thursday night.The New Year’s celebrations got under way at 11:45 a.m. Thursday with entertainment throughout the day.Morris Day and the Time will headline the even just before the new year begins.The 21st Annual Peach Drop is the largest ...

Truck Driver Shot On I-75

Authorities in north Georgia are helping in the investigation of an interstate shooting.Police said the shooting happened near the Georgia/Tennessee state line on Tuesday.Catoosa County police said someone shot a truck driver as he traveled north on I-75. A bullet shattered the passenger's side window and struck him in the ...

Police: Drug Suspect Escaped Squad Car

Clayton County police arrested one man in a bizarre drug bust Wednesday night. Officials continued to look for two other men after one man helped another man escape from a police cruiser.Police were in a Jonesboro neighborhood, looking for suspected burglars, when they made a traffic stop in front of ...

2 Wounded In Shootout At Atlanta McDonald's

Charges are pending after a shootout at a McDonald's restaurant in southwest Atlanta.Police said a robber went to the McDonald's in the 1100 block of Ralph David Abernathy Wednesday night.Police said a security guard at the restaurant tried to convince the man not to rob the place.The robber and the ...

ATLANTA WEATHER: Snow Hits North Georgia

A wintry mix filled with snow came down on north Georgia Wednesday night and Thursday morning -- piling up on yards, cars and tree branches."It's really pretty," said Dahlonega resident Isthar Flowers. "I like it. We haven't had snow in awhile."The snow caught Flowers' little sister by surprise."I didn't know ...

Stories for Wednesday, December 30

Neighbors: Atlanta Man Beat, Chained Up Dogs

A Southeast Atlanta man is facing misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after neighbors recorded his confrontation with his own dogs.In the video, Leroy Teasley, comes outside with what looks like a bat, swings it, and a dog can be heard whimpering and whining. A stick is never seen striking the dog ...

Ga. Soldier Gets Special Trip Home From Iraq To See Newborn

Channel 2 Action News was there when a soldier saw his newborn son for the first time this afternoon. Soldier Father Sees Son For First Time Sean Dewberry Jr. was born two months early, and was immediately transported to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Gwinnett Medical Center."They had ...

Home Security Tips

Here are some tips to help keep your home secure when you are not there.--Put outdoor and indoor lights on timers so your house looks occupied. --Alarm company signs are good. Alarms are better. --Beware of dog signs are good. --Park a car in the driveway so a casual observer ...

Police: Stalker Killed Cobb Grocery Store Cashier

Cobb County Police Department officials said Wednesday that a 32-year-old grocery store cashier was killed by a stalker.Police said cashier Angelica Robledo De La Rosa, 32, of Marietta, was in a pickup truck with a male companion in front of the Brito grocery store where she worked on South Cobb ...

Gas Leak In Home Sends 4 To Hospital

A Lawrenceville family is recovering Wednesday after a natural gas leak in their house made them sick.Firefighters noticed a strong odor when they showed up to the duplex on Lancaster Close Tuesday evening.Officials found four adults inside the home complaining of a headache.Fire crews determined the gas vapors were coming ...

Body Found Near Creek In Hall County

Hall County investigators tentatively identified a man's body found near Lake Lanier.Teenagers riding 4-wheelers came across the man's body near a creek Tuesday off Browns Bridge Road near the Hall-Forsyth County line.The Hall County Sheriff's Office is in contact with the victim's family to see if the man had medical ...

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