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1 shot, 1 attacked outside Atlanta recording studio


ATLANTA -- One person was shot and another was pistol-whipped after leaving a northwest Atlanta recording studio Thursday morning.

The incident happened at around 4 a.m. near 800 Forrest Street.

Atlanta Police Capt. Jack Snowden said a group of four or five people had just left the studio when a white Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows pulled up alongside them. A suspect got out of the car, hit one of the victims in the face with a gun and took his wallet. The suspect then shot a second victim in the back.

All the victims ran from the scene. Snowden said the pistol-whipped man, identified as Ryan Smith, was discovered at Tallulah and Antone streets. The man who was shot, Rashad Kele, was found at nearby Holmes Street and Northside Drive; he was alert and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Atlanta Police spokesman Greg Lyon said Smith suffered a cut to the mouth.

Fulton County celebrates 100 years of Cooperative Extension

Fulton County celebrates 100 years of Cooperative Extension

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Tuesday, Apr. 29, residents can join Fulton County Cooperative Extension as they celebrate 100 years of life-long learning made possible by the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which established the national agency.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fulton County Government Center located at 141 Pryor Street, SE in Downtown Atlanta.

The public event at the Fulton County Government Center will feature special guest speakers, live music, the nationally recognized Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market and a “butterfly release” to signify 100 years of pollinating information into the lives of Fulton County residents.

Unemployment rate decreases in March

Unemployment rate decreases in March

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in March, down slightly from February's 6.9 percent. The rate was 8.0 percent in March 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 7.6 percent this March.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers. The number of new positions increased by 51,500 last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in March 2014 at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.

All Fulton voters to receive updated precinct cards

All Fulton voters to receive updated precinct cards

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Registered voters in Fulton County should look for new precinct cards to arrive in their mail boxes in the next several days. New cards will be mailed today to inform registered voters of their district and polling location in time for the May 20 primary election.

“As provided by state law, we are sending updated precinct cards to every registered voter in the County to reflect redistricting of Fulton County commission districts,” said Richard Barron, Director of Fulton County Registration & Elections. “Voters should look for their cards in the mail this week. If they do not receive them we ask them to contact our office.”

Residents are urged to pay close attention to the assigned district and polling location.

Northwest Atlanta SWAT situation ends peacefully

Northwest Atlanta SWAT situation ends peacefully


ATLANTA -- An overnight SWAT situation in northwest Atlanta ended with one man's arrest.

The incident began at around 11 p.m. Tuesday. Atlanta Police officers patrolling the area spotted a known convicted felon who was carrying a weapon.

When the man saw the officers, he dropped the gun and ran into a house, police said.

The man refused to leave the house, forcing police to call in a SWAT team. At around 2 a.m., SWAT officers finally persuaded the man to turn himself in.

No one was injured in the incident. The man's name was not released. Police said a second person was inside the house; there was no immediate word on whether that person will face charges.


County seeks proposals for Community Development Block Grants

County seeks proposals for Community Development Block Grants

The Fulton County Department of Housing and Human Services Department, Housing and Community Development Division is requesting project proposals for Fiscal Years 2015, 2016 and 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

Funding is available for projects and services that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents of Fulton County.  Applications and program manuals will be available as of Monday, April 14, 2014, for pick-up at the following location:

Fulton County Housing & Human Services Department
Office of Housing and Community Development
137 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA  30303
404-613-7944.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include: