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Man found shot to death at car wash

Man found shot to death at car wash

ATLANTA -- A young man was found shot to death at an abandoned car wash in southwest Atlanta.

The victim's body was discovered at around 11:30 p.m. Monday in the 1400 block of Venetian Drive, near Fort McPherson. He has not been identified, but police said he is a black man who appears to be in his early 20's.

Atlanta Police Capt. Paul Guerrucci said police believe the victim knew his killer. Several people were nearby when the shooting occurred; investigators are interviewing those witnesses and working to identify a suspect.

2 caught stealing copper from railroad tracks

2 caught stealing copper from railroad tracks

ATLANTA -- Two men were arrested after police caught them removing copper off railroad tracks.

The two were taken into custody Wednesday at around 1:15 a.m. They were spotted in the area of Fletcher Street and West Avenue in southwest Atlanta.

An Atlanta police officer said the pair took enough copper to fill half of a small trashcan.

The suspects' names were not immediately released.

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Computers stolen from Atlanta middle school

Computers stolen from Atlanta middle school

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police hope members of the public can help them identify the suspects accused of burglarizing a middle school.

Four people broke into Brown Middle School in southwest Atlanta on Aug. 17. They accessed the building by breaking the glass on a basement door, according to a police report.

A school security officer told police he was patrolling the building's third floor when he looked out a window and saw several computer carts on the sidewalk outside. He ran to the basement, where he discovered the theft.

Police did not immediately know how many computers were taken, but said the security guard reported about 100 empty slots where computers were once located, according to the police report.

Surveillance video taken inside the school showed four black men in their early to mid-20's running in and out of the school with computers several times.

Man gets life for New Year's Day murder

Man gets life for New Year's Day murder

ATLANTA -- A 39-year-old man was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison after being convicted of murder.

Jurors deliberated for less than 15 minutes Wednesday before finding Ronnie "Bo" Clay guilty of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and firearm possession.

Clay shot 18-year-old Jared Billings to death on Jan. 1, 2013. Witnesses said the two were arguing on the front porch of a home on Epworth Street in southwest Atlanta shortly before the shooting.

During the argument, Clay pulled out a gun and shot Billings once in the chest. He fired three more shots as he ran from the scene. Billings stumbled into the house, where he collapsed and died after saying, "Bo shot me."

The incident began the night before the shooting, when Clay arrived at the house and threatened Billings with a gun several times. Witnesses said Billings got a knife from the kitchen and asked Clay, who was drunk and high, to leave.

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

ATLANTA -- Jury selection began Monday for a dozen defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial.

The teachers and administrators have been indicted on mobster-like charges, including racketeering and theft by taking. Prosecutors say they cheated students and pocketed big bonuses.

Four hundred potential jurors have been called. Jury selection is expected to take two to three weeks. The trial itself could last as long as eight months and may be one of the most expensive in state history, with six prosecutors and 12 defense attorneys, hundreds of witnesses and a million documents.

WATCH | What to expect during the APS trial

Man shot, suspect claims self defense

Man shot, suspect claims self defense

ATLANTA -- One person was hospitalized and another was arrested after a shooting overnight.

It happened at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Inspiration Way in southwest Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Capt. Jonathan Durant said the victim was shot multiple times in the torso. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

One person was arrested at the scene. The suspect claimed self defense, according to Durant.

No names were released.

Man gets 50 years for burglarizing Hank Aaron's house

Man gets 50 years for burglarizing Hank Aaron's house

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to burglarizing baseball legend Hank Aaron's southwest Atlanta home.

A Fulton County Superior Court judge sentenced Isiah Slaton to eight years in prison and 42 on probation for the crime.

According to information presented in court, Slaton and two co-defendants burglarized the house on July 14, 2013, while Aaron and his wife Billye were out of town. The trio ransacked the home and stole jewelry, including several baseball rings Aaron intended to donate to the Hall of Fame. They got away in the victims' two BMWs, both of which were later recovered.

In his victim impact statement, Aaron said he felt "violated" by the burglary, and called the stolen items "priceless." He said he was made aware of the crime when he received a phone call from his alarm company.