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1 dead in Southwest Atlanta hit and run


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- A woman was struck and killed by a car at the corner of Mendel Drive and Fulton Industrial Boulevard Thursday evening.

Fulton County Police Cpl. Kay Lester said it happened at about 8:15 p.m.

The victim was a 39-year-old Hispanic woman who was crossing the street to catch a MARTA bus. Police have not yet released her name.

Investigators are now searching for the vehicle that hit the woman.

Police: Gangs responsible for 15 Craigslist robberies


ATLANTA -- Police say two Atlanta street gangs used fake car ads to lure victims on Craigslist. Seven people have been arrested, including a mother and her two sons. Police are attributing the robberies to two street gangs.

Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Darryl Tolleson said more than $20,000 was stolen from the victims in 15 robberies. "We are fortunate that none of these robberies turned into something far worse," he said.

That sentiment is not lost on Janeailos Pachero, one of the victims.

"Oh man, I was thinking I was going to die," he said.

Pachero was lured to 1797 Hadlock Street in SW Atlanta on July 3, 2014. He saw an ad on Craigslist for a 2007 BMW. The alleged owners of the vehicle told Pachero they wanted to get rid of it because they were moving out of town and would sell it for $4,000.

Citizens’ University to kick off for 11th year

Citizens’ University to kick off for 11th year

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Citizens’ University begins April 2 for the 11th consecutive year.

The 12-week intensive training program provides citizens with a close-up view of how their local government works. Participants can gain a better understanding of County government, the available services and the role of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioner Joan Garner, District 4, has taken the lead in continuing Citizens’ University, which is an initiative originally led by former Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards.

Citizens’ University students learn how laws are proposed, passed and amended and they personally interact with key management personnel. Participants are urged to take what they learn back to their communities to strengthen ties between communities and their government and encourage more collaboration to enhance the quality of life in Fulton County.

2 men shot a block apart


ATLANTA -- Police believe two overnight shootings in southwest Atlanta are related.

The victims were found inside separate homes shortly after 10 p.m. Monday.

Atlanta Police originally responded to a call of a man shot near the intersection of Beryl and Rockwell streets. The discovered a 40-year-old victim who had been shot multiple times. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Witnesses informed police of the second shooting as they tended to the first victim. The other man was found in a house at the nearby intersection of Hobson and Rockwell streets.

Police said the second victim, a 35-year-old man, was shot in the leg and stomach. He was alert and breathing when officers arrived.

No one has been arrested. Both shootings are under investigation.

Water main break affects senior living facility

Water main break affects senior living facility

ATLANTA – A busted water main that caused water service to be cut off to a southwestern Atlanta senior living facility has been repaired.

The water main break happened Saturday night on Springdale Road.

The break cut off water service to the Trinity Towers senior living facility. About 250 residents there were relocated to the Windsor Hotel for the night.

While the repair has been completed, seniors were scheduled to spend another night Sunday at the hotel to ensure that the water and heating systems in the building are functioning properly.

This was the second time in a week that the 20-inch main was fixed. It initially broke Monday and was fixed Tuesday, but that repair did not hold.

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Defense rests case in APS cheating trial

Defense rests case in APS cheating trial

The defense rested its case in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal trial on Tuesday.

Judge Jerry Baxter announced closing arguments will begin on March 19.

Jurors have listened to testimony for six months now. The trial began back in August 2014.

Twelve former APS educators are accused of cheating on standardized tests in 2009.