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Elils Trial: State matching accusations with phone records

DECATUR, Ga. (WXIA) -- For the past two weeks we've heard from employees at various companies accusing former DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis of harassing them for campaign contributions.


On Monday, the state went through the tedious process of trying to match those accusations with phone records, vendor lists, and statements heard on secret recordings.

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Double murder suspect was out on parole for murder

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Police have arrested one person and are on the search for another in the kidnapping and murder case of a DeKalb County couple.

Atlanta Police spokesperson Kim Jones said Andre Cleveland Gay was arrested early Friday morning. Police say they are searching for his accomplice, Richard Wilson.

Gay is charged with killing Jeronta Brown and his girlfriend, Briana Brooks.

Brown, 24, and Brooks, 21, were kidnapped on August 30 outside Brown's mother's home on Colleen Court in DeKalb County.

Several hours later, a driver found them 17 miles away on Ridge Ave. in Atlanta. Brooks and Brown were on the ground, handcuffed.They had both been shot in the head.

Dekalb County overcharging water customers

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- As many as 1,000 homes in DeKalb County have been overcharged on their water bill.

It's a problem the county describes as "systematic," and believes is happening in various clusters around the county.

Gwyn Gordon's water bill was usually about $70 a month. Then came a $160 bill, so she cut back on her usage. However instead of saving money her next bill was more than $400.

"My bill was $438," she explained.

It left her boiling mad, enough to sound off on a Decatur neighborhood blog.

"My original post was did any one else get a high water bill?" she said.

Gordon discovered she's not alone in her water woes. Ninety-nine others posted they were also overcharged including Sarah Duwell. She received a $700 bill.

"I was astonished. I had no reason why," Duwell said.

Brian Frank among 'Best of Best' at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

Brian Frank among 'Best of Best' at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

ATLANTA -- Brian Frank, Managing Director, was one of several hundred financial advisors who were selected by their firms to attend the 10th annual Barron’s Top Financial Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron’s magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public.

The invitation-only conference was held at the Waldorf-Astoria, September 8-10, in Orlando, Fla.

This exclusive conference is designed to promote best practices and generate new ideas across the industry.  Participants attended workshops, led by the Top 100 Financial Advisors that explored current issues ranging from business development ideas through managing high-net-worth accounts and family relationships to portfolio management and retirement planning.

Ellis Trial: Focus shifts to the list of vendors

DECATUR, Ga. (WXIA) -- For the past two weeks, the state has focused on what Burrell Ellis did with the list of vendors he received. But on Friday, the focus shifted to how the list was made.


It is a list of county vendors, made by employees in the county's purchasing department.

"It was more important than anything I had to do," said Imani Marley-Husband while on the stand.

It was done on county time – two or three hours for each list, nearly 100 of them in all.

Testy and tense testimony in the Burrell Ellis trial

DECATUR, Ga. -- On Thursday, the testimony in the Burrell Ellis corruption trial was tense and testy as the defense tried to attack the credibility of the state's key witness - Kelvin Walton.


"You were under oath. You swore to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Didn't you?" said defense attorney Craig Gillen. "I did," responded Walton. "And of course you lied, didn't you?" continued Gillen. "I did," Walton said.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

DeKalb County's preliminary unemployment rate was 8.4 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.