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Police investigating cigarette thefts in SE Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police were investigating the theft of cartons of cigarettes Thursday evening from the CVS store at Moreland Avenue and Custer Avenue in southeast Atlanta.

Police said a couple of guys jumped the counter, grabbed an undetermined amount of cigarette cartons and ran from the store.

Investigators said no weapons were displayed, and no injuries were reported.

Danger, death on the tracks on Georgia movie shoot

(WXIA) -- The train trestle in Jessup, Georgia, where Sarah Jones lost her life, is an ancient but solid span of iron that crosses the Altamaha River. It is a busy section of track, with an estimated ten trains using it every day.

Officials say the film crew she was with did not have permission to be on the tracks, just in the surrounding area.

Jones, a camera assistant, was a popular figure in the movie industry. Thousands took time to remember her on social media, and hundreds showed up for her memorial in Atlanta over the weekend.

"She was a one of a kind person," said one attendee. "She was full of a lot of life and laughter she made everything an adventure."

Hair stylist Joyce Gilliard also knew Jones. She was inches away from her when she was killed.

Gilliard suffered a compound fracture when the train that hit them broke her arm.

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

(WXIA) -- With a warm weekend on the horizon, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to perform some much-needed roadwork throughout north Georgia.

Closures and delays can be expected on a number of major roads and highways.

"Plan ahead -- I can't say it enough," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "If you plan ahead, you can avoid some potentially heavy delays."

Some notable roadwork includes:

Downtown Connector
Two right lanes of I-75/85 north near University Avenue will be closed for pavement work Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

I-285
Three lanes will be closed in both directions between West Paces Ferry and Roswell roads for sign replacements. All work will take place overnight -- from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Van hits house, knocks down power pole

ATLANTA -- No one was hurt when a van ran into a house in East Atlanta Thursday morning.

The driver of a white van drove his vehicle into a house on Van Epps Street SE at around 3 a.m.

After hitting the house, the driver then ran into a power pole, bringing it and some wires down.

Atlanta Police Capt. Jack Snowden said Georgia Power had to cut out power to some residents on the street as crews worked to fix and pole and lines.

The driver's name was not released, but Snowden said he had an active warrant for failure to appear. He may be charged with speeding and failure to maintain control of a vehicle in Thursday's incident.

Atlanta's 10 hottest coffee shops

ATLANTA -- Zagat is serving up a list of 10 coffee shops in Atlanta where the guide says you'll get "a can't-miss cup."

While the list is called "Atlanta's 10 Hottest Coffee Shops," some businesses on the list are restaurants.  Zagat says restaurants on the list deserve high marks for their coffee.

Zagat's top 10 list:
Hodgepodge Coffee
Octane Grant Park
Empire State South
Joe's East Atlanta Coffee Shop
Dancing Goats Coffee Bar @ Ponce City Market
The General Muir
Café Intermezzo
Rev Coffee
Condesa Coffee
Sugar Shack

We asked 11Alive Viewers to nominate their favorites on the 11Alive Facebook page and we would add the most popular suggestions to our map. 

Compromise coming over Uber versus taxi bill?

ATLANTA -- A compromise appears to be in the works in the turf war between taxis, limos and ride-share companies like "Uber" and "Lyft." 

Georgia House Bill 907 looks like it's headed to a possible floor vote. It would basically force those companies to follow many of the laws that taxi cabs and limos already have to. 

There are many components to the bill, but the big issues are these: 

-Just like cabs the ride-share companies would have to register with the state. 

-The cars would have to carry at least $300,000 in insurance and offer the option of credit card payments for passengers, not just cash. 

-Drivers will need background checks, fingerprints, and a chauffeur's endorsement added to their driver's licenses. But they'd get time to do all that without losing work. 

Vernon Jones wants to be DeKalb Sheriff, but won't disuss past

DECATUR, Ga. - After a six year absence from public office, former state representative and DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones made his bid for sheriff official Thursday.

 "We're going to be more efficient; we're going to be more effective and we're going to be tougher on crime," Jones told a crowd of supporters on the steps of DeKalb County's old courthouse.

When it came time for media questions, I asked Jones why he vetoed a 2008 pay raise for deputies, police officers and firefighters during his last year as CEO by claiming it would mean cuts in services to senior citizens and others.

"Paul, I'm not sure where you got your information from...but I've never, in my mind, to my knowledge, vetoed anything," he answered.