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Police to pay homeowner after raid at wrong house


ATLANTA -- Police have agreed to pay for damages to a northwest Atlanta home -- three months after officers knocked in 87-year-old Mattie Walker's door while serving a search warrant in May.

The Atlanta Police Department now readily admits that officers were at the wrong house. A police spokesperson says officers were investigating an alleged sexual assault. According to police, the victim told investigators she'd been attacked at Walker's home, but officers say they realized they were in the wrong place as soon as they knocked in the door.

Soft lockdown lifted at Atlanta's Washington High


ATLANTA -- Booker T. Washington High School in northwest Atlanta was on soft lockdown Wednesday morning.

Atlanta Public Schools spokesman James Malone said the lockdown was ordered after school resource officers spotted students behaving suspiciously. Those students are being searched for possible weapons and ammunition.

The lockdown was lifted at 11:42 a.m. Malone said students and staff were never in any danger.

"We want to assure parents and students that Atlanta Public Schools is taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of all students at Washington High School," Malone said in a statement.


Register early for November 4 general election

Register early for November 4 general election

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections encourages residents to register to vote or to update their information to ensure they will have a smooth voting experience. The voter registration deadline is Monday, October 6.

In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, and also at one of the three registration and elections offices or by mail.

Most food bank clients have jobs but still struggle

Most food bank clients have jobs but still struggle

ATLANTA -- More than half of the clients at the Atlanta Community Food Bank have jobs, but they don't earn enough to make ends meet, according to Bill Bolling, the founder and CEO.

"The greatest growth in poverty and the greatest growth in hunger is in the suburbs," Bolling said. "Look around. It's probably a neighbor. It's somebody we might worship with or someone in our social club."

3-year-old shoots self while playing with gun


ATLANTA – A mother has been charged after a 3-year-old child was shot in northwest Atlanta on Thursday night.

The shooting happened at the Allen Hills Apartments at 2973 Middleton Road NW. Police said the child was playing with a gun when it went off, striking the child in the face. The child was reported in stable condition late Thursday night.

The child was transported to the hospital in critical condition, according to Officer John Chafee of the Atlanta Police Department.

On Friday, authorities said that Angel Douglas, the boy's mother, was charged with second-degree child cruelty and reckless conduct. She was being held at Fulton County Jail.

Homeowner wants repayment after police raid wrong home


ATLANTA -- Police admit they broke down the door of the wrong house while trying to search for rape suspects. Months later, the 87-year-old homeowner says she still hasn't been paid for the damages.

Mattie Walker said she's lived in the home in a west Atlanta neighborhood for more than 50 years. She said she's always followed the law, and that's why she was surprised when police kicked in the door in late May to serve a search warrant.

"I've got nothing to hide," Walker said. "I'm a law-abiding citizen."

Walker wasn't home at the time.

Police say they were investigating an alleged sexual assault, which the victim told investigators that the assault happened at Walker's home.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.