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Milton and McEachern top the new Metro Atlanta Super 25

ATLANTA -- There is a change at the top of the USA Today-HighSchoolSports.net Super 25 polls for Metro Atlanta this week.

The Milton replaces Columbia at the top of the Boys poll. McEachern remains at the top of the Girls Poll.

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WEEKEND EVENTS: Picasso, Annie and an Art Stroll

WEEKEND EVENTS: Picasso, Annie and an Art Stroll

 

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

On Saturday, Milton High School will host a Run for Cover 5K which will begin at 3:00 p.m. Run organizers are asking participants to bring new or gently used articles of winter clothing or some type of non-perishable food item to be donated to North Fulton County charities. Registration for the run costs $25 and registration will be held on site. Milton High School is located at 13025 Birmingham Highway in Milton.

Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

ATLANTA -- Officials say wind gusts of up to 46 mph blew across parts of the state Thursday evening, toppling trees and causing up to 10,000 customers to lose electricity.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Lynn Wallace says most of the power outages happened in northeast Georgia, with 5,600 customers losing electricity near Athens, Toccoa and Gainesville.

She said another 3,400 customers lost electricity in the metro Atlanta area, including 1,600 customers in Smyrna and 875 near the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. Another 720 customers were without power in the Lawrenceville and Suwanee areas.

At 4 a.m., Georgia Power reported power restored to all but 84 customers in metro Atlanta. Some 311 customers in Cartersville were still without power.

Statewide, fewer than 1,000 customers are without power.

DEKALB | Grand jury returns indictment against gang

DEKALB | Grand jury returns indictment against gang

DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County grand jury has returned an indictment against eight members of a suspected gang.

The DeKalb County prosecutors' office said Thursday that 66 criminal charges were filed against Tiunta Battle, Diamond Brooks, Paul Cargile, Larry Little, Demario Middlebrooks, Eureon Phillips, Titus Seals and Monquavious Thomas.

Prosecutors said they were members of the "2100 Gang."

The charges include armed robbery, solicitation to commit murder, false imprisonment, cruelty to children and aggravated assault of elderly victims. Attorneys for the suspects could not immediately be located.

DeKalb District Attorney Robert James said the gang "terrorized the community at large with a malicious intent to rob, steal and kill in DeKalb County."

Fugitive of the Week: Alexsondria White

DECATUR, Ga. -- Alexsondria Perez White is 11Alive's Fugitive of the Week for Jan. 11, 2012.

The 27-year-old Decatur man is wanted by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Fugitive Squad on outstanding warrants for violating probation, giving police a false name and obstructing officers.

White's troubles started back on Feb. 22, 2008 when he walked into the Elegancer Barber Shop on Candler Road and shot two men. White was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault in the shooting and was sentenced to serve two years in jail and then eight years on probation.

On Nov. 22, 2011 White's girlfriend called police to report a domestic dispute. Akilah Ward told police she and White got into an argument and White bit her right pinky finger. She also had black eyes and swollen lips. A warrant for battery was issued for White. He was also wanted for violating his probation.

DECATUR | Fight breaks out at DeKalb County courthouse

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Seven people were arrested after a brawl outside a DeKalb County courtroom.

PHOTOS | Fight breaks out at DeKalb County courthouse

DeKalb County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Adrion Bell told Atlanta television stations that there were no major injuries and that more arrests are expected.

PHOTOS | Mug shots: See 'em to believe 'em

The fight broke out outside a hearing for a suspect accused in the killing of high school student Marcus Holloway in a drive-by shooting.

Bell said the fight involved about 20 people divided into three groups: A gang called "Hoe Haters," the gang's supporters and Holloway's family members.

The seven suspects are being held in DeKalb County Jail.

Proposals would require drug tests for welfare recipients

ATLANTA - A powerful Georgia lawmaker is backing a series of bills that would require anybody getting welfare in the state, even those drawing unemployment benefits, to pass a drug test to keep them.

State Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) has introduced three bills that would apply to anyone collecting food stamps, Medicaid and unemployment payments. He says people who get welfare money from the state should be subject to the same rules many private workers must meet to keep their jobs.

"If any of my employees fail a drug test, they're going to be fired," said Stephens, a Savannah pharmacy owner and Republican Chairman of the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee.

"It's leveling the playing field," Stephens insisted.

"It's making those recipients be subject to the very same regulations as those getting up going to work for a living," he added.