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Mystery man who lost money at Chick-fil-A found

Mystery man who lost money at Chick-fil-A found

DECATUR, GA (WXIA) – Mystery solved – We now know who it was who accidentally left hundreds of dollars in cash at a Chick-fil-A in downtown Decatur.

The mystery about the unidentified man who had dropped the cash onto the floor of the restaurant -- and then walked out not realizing he'd dropped it -- was solved Friday when he came forward.

And he recovered his cash, with gratitude to the employee who'd found it.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you!" the man said.

The man's name is Victor Long, an Atlanta attorney who practices civil rights law. Long said Friday he thought he would never be able to figure out where he'd lost the money, and would never see it again.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Man leaves hundreds of dollars on the floor of a Chick-fil-A in Decatur


DECATUR, Ga. (WXIA) -- The search is on to identify a Chick-fil-A customer who certainly must want to be found, all because of what he lost at the restaurant.

The man dropped a wad of cash -- accidentally dropped hundreds of dollars in cash -- onto the dining room floor of a Chick-fil-A in Decatur.

Then he left.

Decatur VA still struggles with on-time performance


DECATUR, GA (WXIA) -- A national analysis shows no improvement over the last year at VA hospitals on average across the country. And that holds true at the VA's hospital in Decatur, according to hospital officials.

"It's mass confusion out there, and it's not getting any better," said Mark McKeller, a US Navy veteran who describes himself as a very frustrated patron of the Atlanta VA. His biggest complaint is service that is very unpredictable.

"You feel like sometimes they're not there to help you. You feel like you're just not getting the help that you need. And then sometimes you do," McKeller said.

Suspect shot by DeKalb Police has prior record


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – A man shot by DeKalb County officers has been in and out of jail since 2006, according to records.

Eric Jerome Butler, 28, was shot twice Monday by DeKalb County officers. He's currently in Gwinnett Medical Center.

Police say Butler took officers on a high speed chase after he put a knife to the throat of car salesman and then stole his SUV. Butler rammed at least four police cars before they fired, according to authorities.

Records show Butler had been incarcerated from 2006 to 2008 and then again from 2009 until November 2014.

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston will honor and remember local crime victims during Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Boston will hold a public event on Tuesday, Apr. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Square in Decatur. Two crime victims -- Charmagne Helton and Nichole Villafane -- will also be in attendance and will share their stories of survival.

For seven weeks, Helton and her two young children lived in a shelter after escaping their abusive husband and father.

"Being a victim of violence is a horrible thing, but it isn't the end of the story," Helton said. "With the right support, victims can become victors."

Villafane's 21-year-old son, Xavier "X" Arnold, was fatally shot during an attempted robbery. X, who attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, was taking photographs of graffiti on Kirkwood warehouses when he was killed. The suspect was only 14 years old.

Author T.C. Boyle to read at Decatur Library

Author T.C. Boyle to read at Decatur Library

DECATUR, Ga. -- Acclaimed novelist T.C. Boyle will read from his latest book this month at the Decatur Library.

Boyle has penned 24 novels and won several prizes, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and France's Prix Médicis Étranger. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Boyle's latest novel, The Harder They Come, is inspired by true events and explores the violence within a family.

He will visit the Decatur Library on Tuesday, Apr. 21 at 7:15 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public, and will also feature a book signing.

A Cappella Books will provide copies of The Harder They Come for purchase. The Inman Park bookstore, which will sponsor Boyle's visit, provided this synopsis of the novel: