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2015 AJC Decatur Book Festival

Every Labor Day weekend, the AJC Decatur Book Festival draws tens of thousands of book lovers to the historic Decatur Square. This year's event will feature new tracks, world-class authors and illustrators, and family-friendly festivities, all with the goal of giving attendees an unparalleled experience.

"In our 10th year, the DBF once again features some of the best and brightest writers of the day," AJC DBF Programming Director Philip Rafshoon said. "This year, we have an unbelievable array of rising literary stars, festival favorites, heroes and literary icons."

Family mourns dog killed in police shooting

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Residents of a home mistakenly entered by police are speaking out about the incident that left a homeowner and a police officer injured.

On Monday, DeKalb County Police Officer Travis Jones and homeowner Chris McKinley were hurt in the incident at a home on Boulderwoods Drive. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Jones was shot by a fellow officer's gun. The shooting also left McKinley's dog dead.

Police were responding to a 911 call about a suspicious person in the neighborhood.

Lottery winner cashes in $1 million old ticket


ATLANTA -- Sixty-five-year-old Robert Pitchford woke up and went to work every weekday this summer not knowing he was a millionaire. 

Pitchford lives in Birmingham, Alabama, but frequently plays the Powerball. He bought a ticket June 24th from the QuickTrip on Lawrenceville Highway, and promptly forgot about it. 

"I said,'Oh really! What?!" 


Officers involved in shooting at DeKalb home identified

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – Authorities have identified three DeKalb County Police officers involved in a shooting Monday night.

Officer Travis Jones was injured by a fellow officer’s gunfire, according to a preliminary finding by the Georgia Bureau Investigation

The other officers involved in the confusing scene Monday night were identified as Quhanna Lloyd and Timothy Harden, the GBI said.

GBI, DA will probe why DeKalb cops opened fire in home

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- Investigators from the DeKalb County District Attorney's office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will probe why two DeKalb police officers entered a home and opened fire on the homeowner Monday night.

Police were responding to a 911 call about a suspicious person in the neighborhood. A GBI statement said the DeKalb officers entered the home at 1500 Boulderwoods Drive and shot the homeowner in the leg. They also shot and killed his dog

Neighbors identify the homeowners as Chris and Leah McKinley, the parents of a 1-year-old boy. Mr. McKinley was shot in the leg, treated at a local hospital and released. He was not charged.

Investigators search emails of DeKalb CEO Lee May, others


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – A DeKalb County court issued search warrants for emails of interim CEO Lee May and other county leaders.

According to documents filed in DeKalb County Superior Court indicate that investigators are seeking emails sent between May and former DeKalb County Government Chief of Staff Morris Williams and former Chief Procurement Officer Kelvin Walton from December 13, 2010 and December 31, 2011.


The emails could be “in violation of conspiracy to defraud state or political subdivision” and “false statements,” according to court documents.

May issued a statement about the search, saying:

New DeKalb grand jury reviews officer-involved shootings

DECATUR, Ga. -- DeKalb County's newly-impaneled civil grand jury is meeting again Thursday morning to review cases of officer-involved shootings.

The civil grand jury, which was created in May, is a group of 23 civilians who first receive use-of-force training to gain a proper understanding of the law and the challenges officers face.

After that, the grand jury will look at all the evidence in the case and present their opinions to the DA's office. While not binding, the grand jury's opinion will be publicly available.

"It's not normal. It's not something most DAs' offices do," said District Attorney Robert James.

"That recommendation is a public recommendation, it's not something that's private that I can squirrel away in a file."