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Poor water pressure hindered efforts at Saturday apartment fire, officials say


ATLANTA -- Fire officials believe an attempt to fight an apartment blaze on the east side of Atlanta was hindered by poor water pressure at a hydrant.

The fire happened at Highlands of East Atlanta Apartments on the 2000 block of Flat Shoals Road, Saturday, and 10 units were destroyed.

Driver killed after crashing into tree in East Atlanta


ATLANTA -- One person is dead after a police chase in Downtown Atlanta overnight.

It began when officers tried to pull over a Ford F-150 pickup truck near the Georgia State Capitol. The driver sped away and onto Interstate 20.

The truck later crashed into a tree near Moreland Avenue and Memorial Drive in East Atlanta. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the truck was reported stolen.

The driver has not been identified. Investigators said a man was driving the truck, but a witness who spotted the vehicle driving erratically and called 911 said a woman was behind the wheel.

Another break-in reported at Little Azio


ATLANTA -- For the second time in less than a month, police responded to a break-in at an East Atlanta Italian restaurant.

A witness watched a suspect break a window at Little Azio Pizza & Pasta in the 700 block of Moreland Avenue late Tuesday.

Two officers arrived and found the suspect, 25-year-old Alonzo Raymond, trying to steal food items. Raymond was arrested and charged with burglary and second-degree criminal property damage. He was taken to the Fulton County Jail.

Last month, someone broke into the same restaurant and stole four to six brownies. Police have not yet said whether they believe Raymond is responsible for that crime.

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.

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston will honor and remember local crime victims during Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Boston will hold a public event on Tuesday, Apr. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Square in Decatur. Two crime victims -- Charmagne Helton and Nichole Villafane -- will also be in attendance and will share their stories of survival.

For seven weeks, Helton and her two young children lived in a shelter after escaping their abusive husband and father.

"Being a victim of violence is a horrible thing, but it isn't the end of the story," Helton said. "With the right support, victims can become victors."

Villafane's 21-year-old son, Xavier "X" Arnold, was fatally shot during an attempted robbery. X, who attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, was taking photographs of graffiti on Kirkwood warehouses when he was killed. The suspect was only 14 years old.

Ex-DeKalb official pleads guilty to fraud

Ex-DeKalb official pleads guilty to fraud

ATLANTA -- A former janitorial services manager has pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting bribes in exchange for government contracts.

Patrick Jackson, 56, of Loganville was indicted last September. He was investigated by both the FBI and GBI.

Jackson worked simultaneously for two government entities -- DeKalb County and Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center -- between 2006 and 2012. Before then, he worked for a company referred to in the indictment as Company A.

According to information presented in court, Jackson used his position and influence to secure government contracts for Company A with both DeKalb County and the GWCC. He also lived in a luxury Atlanta apartment paid for and furnished by Company A. Jackson did not tell his employers about each other or about his ties to Company A.