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DeKalb police: Suspect dead after standoff


DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say a suspect, who fired at civilians and officers in a southern DeKalb County standoff, has been killed.

Capt. Stephen Fore says DeKalb County police received a 911 call around 9 p.m. Sunday reporting an armed, suicidal male alone inside a home in a subdivision.

Fore says the man, identified as Austin Leake, 20, fired at responding officers and at neighbors who were being evacuated from their homes. No one was injured.

A SWAT team arrived and attempted negotiations. Fore says Leake fired on SWAT officers, who returned fire.

Interim Chief of Police James Conroy said officers believe Leake was struck by one of the SWAT members.

The SWAT team made entry around 1 a.m. and found the suspect dead.

The suspect wasn't immediately identified, pending notification of family.

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

DeKalb County Commissioners Christmas Program

DeKalb County Commissioners Christmas Program
Who: Atlanta Commissioner Larry Johnson What: Christmas Program (wsg MAKO GIRLS) When: Saturday, December 20th, 2014 Where: The Gallery South Dekalb Mall (2801 Candler

Mother defends daughter charged in fatal Decatur fire


DECATUR, Ga. -- The mother of a woman charged in the deaths of three of her children who died in a house fire is speaking out in defense of her daughter.

Rockell Coleman is charged with three counts of felony murder and five counts of cruelty to children after a fatal house fire on Friday night. Three of Coleman's children died in the fire, while two others were hurt.

Police said that the five children were left home alone. Coleman's mother, Lydia Pinckney, said that the 28-year-old was at a restaurant with friends, but she said that an adult friend of the family was supposed to have been there with the children.

Mother charged after 3 children killed in Decatur fire


DECATUR, GA – Police have charged a mother with felony murder after three of her children were killed and two others were injured in a house fire in Decatur on Friday night.

DeKalb Fire-Rescue crews arriving on the scene of the fire in the 3400 block of Misty Valley Road in Decatur late Friday night found two children-- a 9-year-old and a 4-year-old -- outside the home and three other children trapped inside.

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WATCH LIVE: 2 officers, 1 suspect shot in DeKalb; 2nd suspect caught


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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Police have caught a second suspect in an officer-involved shooting Friday morning. The 29-year-old man was arrested in Dawn Memorial Park, a cemetery less than a mile from the police command post.

Another suspect and two police officers were shot in the incident at the Colony Ridge Apartments in the 4300 block of Glenwood Road.

The shooting happened at around 6:45 a.m. The original 911 call reported a home invasion and armed robbery. DeKalb police and sheriff's officials responded to the scene, where they found the two suspects leaving the apartment.