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Start of Burrell Ellis trial postponed


DECATUR, Ga. (WXIA) -- The beginning of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis's trial was briefly delayed Tuesday morning.

A witness, Nina Hall, filed a motion to quash her testimony, which led to the delay.

The defense claimed the district attorney's office sent Hall a list of its questions and proposed answers for them, and said it believes witnesses are being inappropriately coached by the prosecution.

The judge in the trial heard arguments on whether the district attorney's office acted out of turn, then ruled the prosecution did nothing wrong in preparing the witness.

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County ethics probe against Elaine Boyer will go on


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Despite the fact that she's facing prison time, Elaine Boyer also has to contend with a continuing ethics investigation in DeKalb County.

The DeKalb County Ethics Commission announced at its meeting Monday night that is is not dropping the case.

Attorney Anne Lewis appeared before the board representing Boyer and said that there is no legal ground to continue their probe.

"Your jurisdiction is to oversee employees, elected officials and appointed officials. [Boyer] isn't one of those people anymore," said Lewis.

DeKalb names early voting locations

DeKalb names early voting locations

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County residents have plenty of opportunities to vote ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

The county's Board of Registration & Elections has approved several early voting locations, three of which are open on Sunday, Oct. 26.

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They include:

Berean Community Center
2440 Young Road, Stone Mountain
Open Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Brookhaven City Hall
4362 Peachtree Road NE
Open Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Chamblee Civic Center
3540 Broad Street
Open Sunday, Oct. 26, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Open Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jury seated in Burrell Ellis corruption trial


DECATUR, Ga. -- It took an entire week, but there is now a jury in the trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. Opening statements are expected on Tuesday and jurors have already been warned the trial that could last up to six weeks.

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In January Ellis defended his innocence through a YouTube video, and now will do so in court.

Between the state and defense, there are more than 200 potential witnesses.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Flash flood warning issued for DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett

Flash flood warning issued for DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett

(WXIA) -- The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a flash flood warning for several metro Atlanta counties.

The warning includes northern DeKalb County, east central Fulton County and all of Gwinnett County.

It is in effect until 2 p.m. Friday.

The NWS said a thunderstorm that passed through the area caused creeks and streams to rise. Two bodies of water greatly affected by the flooding include Sweetwater Creek in Lilburn and Stone Mountain Creek in Stone Mountain.

Other locations included in the warning are Berkeley Lake, Dacula, Duluth, Dunwoody and Lawrenceville.

Residents are reminded not to drive their vehicles through areas where the water covers the road, as it may be too deep to allow cars to pass safely.

1 arrested, 1 sought in DeKalb murder


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Squad have made one arrest in a July 22 murder.

Jesse Lorenzo Rachell was taken into custody without incident on Aug. 28. Neighbors recognized him from wanted posters and led police to the Cleveland Avenue motel where he was staying.

Investigators said Rachell and another suspect, Dwayne Leon Cole, robbed Bacaseva Hill of his backpack in the 4300 block of Snapfinger Woods Drive. After stealing the backpack, the suspects shot Hill to death.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Squad is still looking for Cole, who faces murder and armed robbery charges. He is considered armed and dangerous; anyone who sees him is asked to call 911.

Rachell is being held in the DeKalb County Jail.