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Emails: LaVista Hills backers questioned city viability

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- It's one of two new cities proposed for DeKalb County – and new questions are emerging about the city of LaVista Hills. The questions are about the city's finances – and whether it can form without raising taxes, as its backers claim.

Man charged after possible squatter shot to death

ATLANTA -- Police have charged a man with murder after he allegedly shot a possible squatter inside a northeast Atlanta home Monday morning.


The shooting happened at around 8 a.m. in the 1700 block of South Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Atlanta Police said the home had been broken into in the past, and the homeowner boarded it up while out of the country. A neighbor called the homeowner to say someone was living in the home, and the homeowner sent a relative over to the house to investigate. Police said the relative shot and killed the person found inside the house.

Authorities have charged 39-year-old Terrance Medina with murder in the shooting.

Brothers sent to prison for roofing scam

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two brothers will spend time in prison after being convicted of running a roofing scam that targeted elderly homeowners.

Jeffrey and Keith Ogles were sentenced to 20 years, with 10 to serve, and must pay $100,000 in restitution. Prosecutors said the brothers victimized four people, grossly overcharging them for work that actually caused damage to their roofs.

"This pair deliberately preyed on elderly victims, who were all in their eighties, and demanded payments that reached over $130,000," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said. "The Ogles lined their pockets with the money many of our victims worked a lifetime to accumulate."

Investigations into Ashford-Druid Hills apartment fire continue


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- 11Alive has learned more about the Ashford-Druid Hills apartment fire that destroyed an entire building.

The Dekalb County investigation into what caused the fire is going to take at least another week because so many agencies are involved.

But on Wednesday, residents were allowed in to recover what they could from their charred homes.

They've felt very frustrated by the slow moving flow of information from apartment management.

"Not knowing and also we were not told when we would be allowed back into the apartments to salvage things," one resident said.

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.

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.