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24 residents displaced by Clarkston apartment fire


CLARKSTON, Ga. -- The Red Cross is working to provide food, clothing and shelter for 24 DeKalb County residents after an apartment fire – and that number is expected to grow.

Officials with the Red Cross confirmed the fire at Northern Pines Apartments Friday night.

The complex in the 700 block of Northern Avenue in Clarkston suffered damage to 12 units. Caseworkers are continuing to work with families, Red Cross officials said.

Driver rescued from swollen creek in Decatur



DECATUR, Ga. – Firefighters in DeKalb County rescued a woman after her car overturned in a swollen creek Wednesday morning.

According to DeKalb Fire Capt. Eric Jackson, crews responded to the intersection of Snapfinger Road and Snapfinger Circle in Decatur around 8 a.m. after reports that a car had entered a creek swollen from rain.

Property management threatens to evict condo owners over water bills


DEKALB COUNTY — Residents at a DeKalb County condo are facing possible eviction after the complex’s management company says it can’t afford overdue water bills.

Letters demanding residents to pay up appeared in the hallways of the Fontaine West Condo complex. The notice told people who live in the there their water bill was $130,000 overdue, and if they didn’t pay up, they’d be kicked out. 

But condo owners there are wondering why that’s the case, when they pay $220 every month to their property management company, who’s then supposed to pay the bills.

“It's not just frustrating. It's heartbreaking,” said Lynice Jackson. “There are so many people who live in this community.”

The notice told residents DeKalb County would condemn the entire complex if

Teen accidentally shot, killed by friend in DeKalb County


 

DEKALB COUNTY — A family is mourning the loss of a 15-year-old teen after they say he was accidentally shot and killed by a friend.

Parents jump from balconies with children to escape fire


DECATUR -- Families are in the hospital after jumping from second story balconies to escape an apartment fire.

DeKalb Fire Department responded to a fire at the Hidden Villas Apartments on Panthersville Rd early Wednesday. When trucks arrived, they encountered heavy flames and smoke.

Assistant Chief Christopher Morrison said two adults and five children "self extricated" from a second story balcony.


Photos from the scene of the fire

DeKalb County offers solution to blighted properties


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- 11Alive is holding the powerful accountable as frustrations boil over that Dekalb County isn't acting faster to get rid of blighted properties.

A property on Old Hampton Way has become a sore subject with neighbors who don't understand why it's taking years to deal it.

Some residents own units in the Brannon Hills Condominiums, some rent, while others are vagrants.  That contrast of living arraignments is one of the many problems in cleaning it up.

Lance Thompson, a renter of four years, says residents have begged for help.

“People homeless, people coming in taking over apartments that are abandoned, unfit for people to live in -- so we're just asking for some type of assistance,” Thompson said.

Officer indicted in DeKalb County fatal shooting resigns


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Police officer indicted in the shooting death of Anthony Hill has resigned.

A grand jury indicted 53-year-old Officer Robert Olsen last Thursday on six charges, including two counts of felony murder, in the March 2015 shooting of Hill.

 

Hill, an Air Force Veteran who had served in Afghanistan, was naked and unarmed when he was shot and killed by Olsen in March 2015. His family said he was dealing with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).