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Fire destroys DeKalb County home

DECATUR, Ga. -- A house in the 3,000 block of Wesley Chapel Road was engulfed in flames early Monday morning.

DeKalb County firefighters reported the two-story home appeared to be a total loss. There were no reports of injuries.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire.  

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

ATLANTA -- All of the Chick-fil-A restaurants in metro Atlanta will host a special mother-son Date Knight on Saturday, Apr. 28.

The Date Knight format will be similar to that of the franchise's massively popular Daddy-Daughter Date Nights. It will give mothers and sons a special chance to enjoy some quality time together.

The event will have a medieval theme, hence the "Knight" part of its title.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director, said in a statement. "We understand the importance of mother-son relationships and want to encourage local moms to come to Chick-fil-A, enjoy their sons' company over a meal and have fun."

"One DeKalb Works" gives residents an advantage

Decatur, GA -- There were long lines outside the DeKalb County Jobs Fair in Decatur on Saturday, but the real story was inside.

"A young lady just told me they're interviewing on the spot," said job-seeker Hilton Crenshaw. "Some people have gotten hired, so it's encouraging."

Officials with the DeKalb Workforce Development division said the 60 employers represented at the job fair had a total of 1600 open positions.

They were so surprised, they went back to double-check the numbers to make sure it wasn't a mistake.

"I think the economy is staging a turnaround," said DeKalb County Communications Director Burke Brennan. "We see private employers hiring again. We see governments hiring. Contractors working for governments are hiring."

DeKalb County has a new program in place to give local companies and workers a real advantage.

3 injured in DeKalb apartment fire

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Three people, including a child, were injured in an apartment fire in southwest DeKalb County Friday morning.

The fire was first reported at around 4:45 a.m. DeKalb Fire officials said heavy fire consumed one corner of the second floor of an eight-unit building at the Tamarac Apartments on Blazing Pine Knoll.

At one point, the roof of the building collapsed, making it impossible for fire crews to search the apartments.

At least three people were injured in the blaze. DeKalb County Fire Chief Edward O'Brien said at least one of those victims jumped from the second floor of the building to escape the fire.

A 24-year-old woman suffered cuts and smoke inhalation, while a nine-year-old had minor burns. O'Brien said a man was also injured. All three victims were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

As of 5:45 a.m., the fire was mostly contained.

Threat of wildfires soars in Ga.

Threat of wildfires soars in Ga.

ATLANTA -- Forecasters warn the threat of wildfires is high across much of Georgia, and any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for high fire danger from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The warning covers north and central Georgia, where winds are expected to gust up to 25 mph. Forecasters say humidity will be low, helping to create potentially dangerous fire conditions.

In metro Atlanta, brush fires poured smoke on interstates on Tuesday, causing poor visibility. Firefighters in DeKalb County battled blazes along I-20 and I-285.

Teen indicted in Atlanta police officer shooting

DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County grand jury has indicted a 19-year-old man accused of shooting an Atlanta police officer last month.

Authorities say Cameron Christian Maddox was formally charged Tuesday with multiple offenses, including aggravated assault and attempted murder. He is accused of shooting Officer Dexter Toomer on March 22 from a rooftop in Atlanta's Little Five Points neighborhood.

Toomer was shot in his leg. He was released from the hospital the next day.

Police searched for a day before they arrested Maddox. He remains in jail without bond.

It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.


High-Demand BROADWAY Choreographer to Teach Community Dance Class in East Atlanta

High-Demand BROADWAY Choreographer to Teach Community Dance Class in East Atlanta
Atlanta’s Award-Winning ‘Best Local International World Music Act’ GIWAYEN MATA continues their ‘DanceAfrica Atlanta’ Community Dance Series

Renowned for his choreography in some of Broadway’s most popular productions and on internationally acclaimed dance companies, New York-based choreographer Ronald K. Brown, Artistic Director and Choreographer of EVIDENCE: A Dance Company lands his dancing feet in East Atlanta for a ONE DAY ONLY. Learn to dance from him in one of the "DanceAfrica 2013" Community Dance Classes presented by GIWAYEN MATA, Atlanta’s award-winning all-sistah dance, percussion, and vocal ensemble on Sunday, April 15 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m, Dance 411 Studios 475 Moreland AVE Atlanta, GA 30316.