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The Great DeKalb Cleanup

DECATURDeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis and Board of Commissioners officially launch the Great DeKalb Cleanup beginning this Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7a.m. at the DeKalb Community Achievement Center, 4522 Flat Shoals Pkwy in Decatur. The cleanups will be held every weekend through Oct. 31.

As part of a committed effort to stabilize property values throughout the county, the Great DeKalb Cleanup will address areas of unincorporated DeKalb County that have not been maintained. The clean up is designed to have the maximum level of impact on the worst affected areas by encouraging the involvement and investment of the community in policing and maintaining these areas in the future.

Grandfather Sacrifices Own Life to Save Family in Fire

DECATUR, Ga. -- An 80-year-old from DeKalb County became a hero for his family Sunday, but he made the ultimate sacrifice in the process.

Johnny Adams was a retired employee of MARTA and a Purple Heart recipient in Vietnam. On Sunday, he hosted a weekly Sunday barbecue for his family at his home on Bressler Circle.

Suddenly, a spark set off a fire in his home -- with his family inside.

Adams' son Rico says what his dad did next was simply heroic.

"He went room to room through the smoke," Rico said. "He helped my son; he helped my sister's kids; he got my sister. He actually lifted my mother out the front window. And he pushed my brother out the bathroom window.

"And that was the last time anybody saw him."

Adams went in for one final check, and the fire trapped him inside.

Dekalb Woman goes to Prison for Elder Abuse

Monique Windley, age 28, of DeKalb County will serve three years in prison after being found guilty of elder exploitation, theft by taking and identity fraud committed against two patients under her care. She will be on probation for 12 years after serving the three years.

One of the victims suffered from dementia and the other was sick with cancer. Windley, a certified nurse assistant, had worked in a private DeKalb County assisted living facility. Windley stole more than $10,000 from the cancer victim and she even paid her utility bills out of the victim’s checking account.  As a condition of her sentence she is prohibited from working in any elder care facility and has to pay $11,350 in restitution.

Jeanne Canavan, DeKalb County deputy chief assistant district attorney, was the prosecutor. Canavan heads the white collar crime/elder exploitation unit.   

During the sentencing on Oct.

What's Hot This Weekend

Any weekend with good food and music is pretty great, but this weekend is outstanding.

Atlanta Greek Festival 2010
Greek Orthodox Cathedral - 2500 Clairmont Road NE - Atlanta
October 1 : 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
October 2 : 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
October 3 : 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Enjoy an authentic taste of Greek cuisine and culture at this annual festival, which features an early bird drive-thru window serving gyros, souvlaki plates, spanakopita and more.

Glenwood Park Community HotOberfest, Saturday October 2nd


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Weekend Roadwork Picks Back Up

ATLANTA -- If it's a weekend, you can count on roadwork in Metro Atlanta, weather permitting. Here's how to avoid construction if it's in your neighborhood.

DeKalb Co.: I-20 Eastbound 

9 p.m. Friday - 5 a.m. Monday

Exit and entrance ramps at Panola Road (Exit 71), exit ramp to Evans Mill Road (Exit 74), and one right lane between Wesley Chapel Road and Evans Mill Road will be closed for construction.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.