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Rep. Johnson's wife took $73,800 in campaign funds


DECATUR, Ga. -- More than $70,000 in campaign money has gone from Congressman Hank Johnson's campaign into the pocket of the congressman's wife, Mereda Davis Johnson. Rep. Johnson says his wife has earned every penny.

Democrat Hank Johnson was first elected to Congress following a memorable primary runoff in 2006 over the fiery incumbent Cynthia McKinney. Two years later, Rep. Johnson put his wife Mereda on the campaign payroll-- even though Johnson was the only congressman in the state to run for re-election with no ballot opposition. Federal election records show Johnson's campaign paid Mereda Davis Johnson $8250 in 2006. Mrs. Johnson has remained a presence on the payroll ever since.

DeKalb career center closed after car crashes into building

DeKalb career center closed after car crashes into building

DECATUR, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Labor Career Center in Decatur will be closed temporarily for repairs after a car crashed into the building.

On Saturday, a car left Covington Highway flipped, and crashed into the building causing a gas leak.

It's not yet known how long those repairs will take.

Job seekers and other clients can visit the labor department's other career centers. For more info, visit: www.gdol.ga.gov.

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Ex-DeKalb Commissioner's husband pleads guilty to fraud charges


ATLANTA – The husband of former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer pleaded guilty to charges of stealing from county funds.

John Boyer, 62, was charged with conspiring to commit mail fraud. Elaine Boyer pleaded guilty to similar charges back in September 2014.

Prosecutors say false invoices were submitted to Elaine Boyer's officer for services done by a supposed political advisor. Those services were never done, according to prosecutors. Boyer used the invoices to authorize payments to the advisor, mailing about 35 checks for about $80,000 for the consulting services never performed.

John Boyer is accused of telling the advisor to deposit that money into a personal account of the Boyers.

A judge is scheduled to sentence John Boyer on May 6.


Student from DeKalb died of bacterial infection


DeKalb County, GA - Around a hundred friends and former teammates of a former standout athlete from Southwest DeKalb High School held a vigil Saturday night.

18-year-old Lauren Jones died of meningococcemia while attending the University of Oregon and Eugene, OR on a partial scholarship for acrobatic tumbling.

Those who cheerleaded and trained with Jones joined her former coaches met outside the Cheer Tyme All-Stars of Georgia Gym on Park Central Blvd. where Jones used to train.

Candles were lit around photos of Jones and the many trophies she helped win over her years of gymnastics.

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will continue to perform sign structure work on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Most of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in lengthy delays. Drivers are asked to avoid the Perimeter in impacted areas if possible.

All work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
1 lane of I-75 in each direction will be closed between Delk Road and South Marietta Parkway from 7:30 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Coweta County
1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed from 2 miles north of Bullsboro Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for striping.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

DeKalb Craigslist killers sentenced to life

DeKalb Craigslist killers sentenced to life

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A pair of convicted killers will spend the rest of their lives in prison for murdering a Florida man during a phony Craigslist transaction in 2013.

Malik Rice and Contevious Stepp-McCommons were sentenced Wednesday in DeKalb County Superior Court.

The two were convicted of gunning down 56-year-old Clarence Gardenhire after luring him to an abandoned house in southeast Atlanta so they could rob him. Gardenhire, who was visiting Atlanta from Tallahassee for the birth of his ninth grandchild, answered the defendants' fake Craigslist ad for an iPhone for sale.

"This was a calculated plot to lure innocent victims to a designated unsafe area with a goal to rob them upon arrival," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said. "However, in the course of their interaction, Stepp-McCommons fatally shot Mr. Gardenhire and fled the scene."