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Apartment fire displaces N. Druid Hills residents


DEKALB COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – Families were forced to watch helplessly as flames engulfed their homes in a North Druid Hills apartment complex Friday evening.

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In all, 24 units were involved in the blaze.

By late Friday evening, firefighters were still working to control a small flame from a gas line, with the intent of allowing it to burn itself out.

For the people living there, the evening was one of close calls and emotional reunions.

Brookhaven rape suspect could link to other cases


UPDATE: DNA from Brookhaven rape suspect no match to other cases (Original story below)

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (WXIA) -- Police say DNA should provide the link they need to connect three rapes in Metro Atlanta. They say the cases appear to be very similar.

With a suspect picture, name and warrants out, police are now searching for their rapist and providing new hope for investigators in Roswell and Norcross.

As Brookhaven Police circulate a photo and surveillance video of 38-year-old Roberto Gaona-Pina in connection with a rape last week, they are not realizing they may have a much bigger case on their hands.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Man slashed in face at Buford Hwy club

Man slashed in face at Buford Hwy club

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. – Brookhaven police are searching for a suspect after a man was slashed in the face during a fight at a bar early Sunday.

Police were called to the Cream Ultra Lounge on Buford Highway just before 2 a.m., according to Brookhaven Major Brandon Gurley.

The victim was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators are working to identify the suspect who fled the scene.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston will honor and remember local crime victims during Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Boston will hold a public event on Tuesday, Apr. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Square in Decatur. Two crime victims -- Charmagne Helton and Nichole Villafane -- will also be in attendance and will share their stories of survival.

For seven weeks, Helton and her two young children lived in a shelter after escaping their abusive husband and father.

"Being a victim of violence is a horrible thing, but it isn't the end of the story," Helton said. "With the right support, victims can become victors."

Villafane's 21-year-old son, Xavier "X" Arnold, was fatally shot during an attempted robbery. X, who attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, was taking photographs of graffiti on Kirkwood warehouses when he was killed. The suspect was only 14 years old.

Ex-DeKalb official pleads guilty to fraud

Ex-DeKalb official pleads guilty to fraud

ATLANTA -- A former janitorial services manager has pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting bribes in exchange for government contracts.

Patrick Jackson, 56, of Loganville was indicted last September. He was investigated by both the FBI and GBI.

Jackson worked simultaneously for two government entities -- DeKalb County and Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center -- between 2006 and 2012. Before then, he worked for a company referred to in the indictment as Company A.

According to information presented in court, Jackson used his position and influence to secure government contracts for Company A with both DeKalb County and the GWCC. He also lived in a luxury Atlanta apartment paid for and furnished by Company A. Jackson did not tell his employers about each other or about his ties to Company A.