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DRUID HILLS | 5-car accident leaves 1 critical

ATLANTA -- A five-car accident in DeKalb County left one person in critical condition Thursday morning.

PHOTOS | 5-car wreck on Ponce de Leon
RAW VIDEO | Ponce de Leon wreck

The accident happened shortly after 7 a.m. on Ponce de Leon Avenue near Fernbank Museum.

Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones said the driver of a Nissan Altima lost control of his car, crossed the double yellow lines and slammed into a Dodge Caravan taxi.

The driver of the Altima was trapped inside the car; it took rescue crews nearly an hour to extract him. He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition, with injuries that included head trauma and internal injuries.

Georgia's HOPE scholarship program sinking fast

ATLANTA -- Georgia's HOPE scholarships are in more trouble than ever before.

New numbers from the state project a bleak future for students counting on HOPE to go to college.

And the Governor's budget released Wednesday only holds the line through the next school year.

Right now, for every nine dollars that HOPE pays toward college tuition in Georgia, the student pays one dollar.

If the state is not able to do anything to increase the lottery revenues that fund HOPE, or if the state does nothing to deal with the non-stop rising tuitions and rising enrollments of HOPE-qualified students, then by the time today's ninth graders are in college there will be only enough HOPE money to pay something less than half of their tuition.

The projections are from the state agency that manages HOPE scholarships, the Georgia Student Finance Commission.

DUNWOODY | Judge gives state access to Neuman's records

DUNWOODY | Judge gives state access to Neuman's records

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A judge has granted the state's request to access a mental health examination of a Georgia man who claims he was insane when prosecutors say he shot and killed a toddler's father outside a suburban Atlanta preschool.

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams said in a Wednesday order that psychologist Peter Thomas should transmit all records of his examination of Hemy Neuman to the court, which would then review them and turn them over to prosecutors.

Prosecutors made the request last week in hopes that it would undercut Neuman's argument that he was not guilty of the shooting by reason of insanity.

The Marietta man's trial is set to begin Feb. 13 after it was pushed back to give a court-appointed mental health expert time to examine the suspect.

BEST SPOTS: First Date Spots

BEST SPOTS: First Date Spots


ATLANTA – Tired of dinner and a movie? Looking to spice up your dating life in the New Year? Well, we’ve got some new ideas for you.  

Karaoke at Pal’s Lounge

Explore the Historic Sweet Auburn district of downtown Atlanta at Pal’s Lounge on Auburn Ave. According to some, the restaurant is the epitome of a “juke joint”; Pal’s is a dimly-lit, vintage storefront bar complete with “burglar bars”, a genuine spirit and a cute door lady. On Wednesday nights, the lounge hosts their popular, YO! Karaoke event which is well attended and a guaranteed good time. Pal’s boats a full bar and enough tunes to sing yourself into oblivion, take a date. They’re located at 254 Auburn Ave in O4W.  

Holeman and Finch Burger

Southwest DeKalb sweeps Region 6-AAAA games against Tucker

DECATUR, Ga. -- The No. 8 ranked Southwest DeKalb Panthers needed a late three-pointer and a pair of free throws from Justin Holliman to seal a 68-63 victory over the Tucker Tigers on Tuesday night at Southwest DeKalb.

The Panthers (8-7) had taken a 59-50 lead with 4:22 to play in the game on a drive and layup by William "Shaq" Goodwin.

The Tigers (10-5) would not quit and trailing 61-54 with 2:34 to play got a basket by Miles Harris to start a 6-0 run that would cut the Panthers' lead to 61-60 with 1:39 to play.

5 DeKalb Schools Marching Bands participate in honoring Dr. King’s legacy, Jan. 16

DeKalb County - Five DeKalb County School System high school marching bands will participate in the DeKalb NAACP’s 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Peace Rally on Monday, Jan. 16 at 12:30 p.m. Dr.

Cheryl Atkinson and Honorable Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson will serve as the Grand Marshals.

The parade will begin in the MARTA parking lot, on Fourth Street, in the downtown City of Stone Mountain. All participants must arrive before 11:30 a.m. The following DeKalb Schools high school bands are scheduled to participate:

  · Cedar Grove High School

  - Clarkston High School

  · Martin Luther King, Jr. High School

  - McNair High School

  · Stone Mountain  High School


DEKALB | Police release photos of BP shooting suspects

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A gas station clerk was killed in a possible robbery in southwest DeKalb County Monday night.

The incident happened shortly before midnight at the BP Food Mart on Cedar Grove Road near Ellenwood.

DeKalb Police spokesman Hilton Stafford said the clerk was shot in the chest in what appeared to be an attempted robbery. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A BP employee who was stocking the cooler during the shooting was questioned by police, according to Stafford.

Investigators said they are now looking for two suspects, both of whom are young black men. Images of the men were captured on security cameras inside the store.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call DeKalb County Police at 770-724-7850.