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Mega Millions jackpot rises to $363M for Tuesday's drawing

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Thanks to increased sales, the jackpot for Tuesday night's Mega Millions game has been increased to an estimated $363 million, after no one matched all the winning numbers from Friday night's drawing.

Georgia Lottery officials said Friday night, eight players won $10,000 in Kingsland, McDonough, Martinez, Albany, Glenville and Smyrna -- plus two winning tickets purchased in Decatur. Officials said one player in Martinez increase their $10,000 to $40,000 with the Megaplier option, and a player in Norcross landed a $250,000 second prize after matching the first five numbers drawn Friday night.

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Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

ATLANTA -- The winners of the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race participant lottery were announced Monday.

If you weren't chosen, you still have plenty of other opportunities to run, jog, walk and enjoy a race day in the next few months.

Man sentenced for locking dog in closet to die

DECATUR, Ga.- A DeKalb County man is in jail after a jury found him guilty of locking his pit bull in a closet and leaving her there to die. Evidence suggests he knew the animal would be there for a long time and tried to cover up the smell.

Aaron Laws was sentenced to one year in jail for two counts of animal cruelty. DeKalb County Solicitor General Sherry Boston said the dog's body was discovered during an eviction at a rental property in Clarkston where Laws had been living.

Hollywood comes to No. 246 in Decatur! Restaurant temporarily closed for filming 3/25-3/30

Hollywood comes to No. 246 in Decatur! Restaurant temporarily closed for filming 3/25-3/30


Big congratulations to our friends at No. 246 in Decatur

Do you know a community hero? Nominations end Friday, March 30th

Do you know a community hero?  Nominations end Friday, March 30th


DECATUR – The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2012 CEO’s Community Hero Awards is set for Friday, March 30. The event, presented by DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis and The Champion Newspaper, honors individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact in DeKalb County through volunteerism. Recipients will receive charitable contributions to help further their efforts in the county. Nomination forms are available online at www.dekalbcountyga.gov.

Nominations are being accepted for the following award categories: 

DeKalb teen shot to death by security guards

Decatur, GA -- DeKalb County Police are investigating the shooting death of an 18-year-old by two apartment security guards.

It happened at about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday at The Village at Wesley Chapel Apartments on Pleasant Wood Drive in Decatur.

Police responded to reports of a person shot and discovered the victim with a gunshot wound to the torso.

He was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said he was shot by security guards who were checking out a suspicious vehicle.

The investigation is on-going, and no charges have been filed.


DEKALB | Animal shelter has rats, bugs, high kill rate

DECATUR, Ga. -- A pet impounded at the DeKalb County Animal Shelter has a 30 percent chance of getting out alive. It's part of a report released by the DeKalb Animal Services Task Force.

FULL REPORT | DeKalb Animal Services Task Force

That same report details terrible conditions: rats eating through stage space, insects covering surfaces in black, and a ventilation system barely working. The report, discussed at a DeKalb County Commissioner's meeting this week, comes after years of frustration from DeKalb County animal lovers.

"I wouldn't bring my daughter inside this building. It's so depressing," Sonali Saindman said. "There's standing water everywhere. There are roaches. There are rats."