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Parents jump from balconies with children to escape fire


DECATUR -- Families are in the hospital after jumping from second story balconies to escape an apartment fire.

DeKalb Fire Department responded to a fire at the Hidden Villas Apartments on Panthersville Rd early Wednesday. When trucks arrived, they encountered heavy flames and smoke.

Assistant Chief Christopher Morrison said two adults and five children "self extricated" from a second story balcony.


Photos from the scene of the fire

DeKalb County offers solution to blighted properties


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- 11Alive is holding the powerful accountable as frustrations boil over that Dekalb County isn't acting faster to get rid of blighted properties.

A property on Old Hampton Way has become a sore subject with neighbors who don't understand why it's taking years to deal it.

Some residents own units in the Brannon Hills Condominiums, some rent, while others are vagrants.  That contrast of living arraignments is one of the many problems in cleaning it up.

Lance Thompson, a renter of four years, says residents have begged for help.

“People homeless, people coming in taking over apartments that are abandoned, unfit for people to live in -- so we're just asking for some type of assistance,” Thompson said.

Officer indicted in DeKalb County fatal shooting resigns


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Police officer indicted in the shooting death of Anthony Hill has resigned.

A grand jury indicted 53-year-old Officer Robert Olsen last Thursday on six charges, including two counts of felony murder, in the March 2015 shooting of Hill.

 

Hill, an Air Force Veteran who had served in Afghanistan, was naked and unarmed when he was shot and killed by Olsen in March 2015. His family said he was dealing with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Officials: Tree involved in fatal postal worker accident regularly checked


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Officials in DeKalb County say a tree that fell onto a mail truck and killed a postal worker had been checked within the last six months.

Officials said 36-year-old Decarlo Allen died Saturday when the tree hit his mail truck in Lithonia on Shadow Rock Drive. The Mystery Valley Golf Course had closed for the day. Allen was delivering the mail when he passed a grove of tall pine trees. One of the trees uprooted and fell toward the road on top of the mail truck, killing Allen instantly.

DeKalb County owns the Mystery Valley Golf Club.

Postal worker killed in 'freak accident' in DeKalb County


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities in DeKalb County say a postal worker was killed in a "freak accident" Saturday, after a falling tree smashed into the worker's truck.

Emergency officials responded to the address of the Mystery Valley Golf Club in the 6000 block of Shaddow Rock Dr. around 1 p.m. Saturday. 

Man found shot to death in middle of DeKalb Co. street


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Police said a man was found shot to death in the middle of a street in DeKalb County early Saturday.

According to police, a passerby found the man next to a car on Glenfair Road around 12:30 a.m. The door of the car was still open. The man had gunshot wounds to his chest.

Detectives aren't sure if the man was the driver or the passenger of the vehicle, or how the vehicle is connected to the scene.

Police aren't sure how long the man had been in street before he was found.


Stay with 11Alive.com for details on this developing story.

 


Grand Jury indicts Officer Robert Olsen for murder of Anthony Hill


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Grand Jury handed down a six-count indictment of Officer Robert Olsen in the shooting death of Anthony Hill.