Burglary Suspect Found Hanging From Razor Wire

ATLANTA — Police found a burglary suspect dangling from razor wire atop a northwest Atlanta fence Monday.Officers told Channel 2 Action News two men broke into a home on Peachtree Battle Avenue in Buckhead, raced from the scene and wrecked their car a…

Neighbors Worry They’re Next After AC Robberies

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Residents in one Clayton County neighborhood are dealing with a string of air conditioning thefts.A viewer emailed Channel 2 Action News about the thefts, but when Channel 2’s Tony Thomas went to the neighborhood, he said it was…

Church Moves Forward After Vandalism

DECATUR, Ga. — A Decatur church held service Sunday despite broken glass in the parking lot, boarded up windows and other remnants of vandalism.Someone broke into Increasing Faith International Ministries in Decatur Friday morning.A member guarding th…

4 Injured By Falling Branch At Rome River Jam

ROME, Ga. — Strong storms rolled through Saturday evening, leaving downed trees and producing strong wind and hail across north Georgia.Floyd County Emergency Management said four people were injured at the Rome River Jam concert in Rome when part of …

Construction Causing Headaches Throughout Metro

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Transportation says construction throughout the weekend will be the busiest schedule they’ve had to date so far this year in the Atlanta metro area.Back-ups could be seen as early as late Friday night along Interst…

Lenders Meet People Struggling To Pay Mortgage

ATLANTA — The public can still meet with lending institutions to discuss their mortgage and foreclosure problems at the Georgia International Convention Center.Saturday is the last day of a two-day program. About 21 lenders representing 80 percent of …

Historic 4th Ward Park Offers Sustainable Fun

ATLANTA — Guests are invited to enjoy food, music and children’s activities during the opening of the Historic Fourth Ward Park.The 17-acre park stretches from City Hall East to Freedom Parkway and includes lawns, a playground, a splashpad, an outdoor…

Family’s Purchase of ‘Snake House’ Leads to Foreclosure, Bankruptcy and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

And now for a story that nearly caused my snake-hating wife to have a breakdown. The Associated Press reported earlier this week on the plight of the Sessions family, who in 2009 purchased a five-bedroom house in the Idaho countryside for about $180,000. They were required to sign a document at closing acknowledging that the house had a snake infestation, but were "assured by their real estate agent that the snakes were just a story invented by the previous owners to leave their mortgage behind." Wrong! It turns out that the house is, as advertised, infested with hundreds of garter snakes. How bad could it be, you ask? Here are some of the slithery details from the AP article: The ground surrounding the home was so thick with snakes it "appeared to move at times." Many snakes lived beneath the home’s siding, and at night the family could hear the snakes slithering inside the walls. The house’s well water had a foul musk smell caused by the chemical that snakes release as a warning to predators. To protect his pregnant wife and two small boys, Mr. Sessions conducted a "morning sweep" each day inside the house to make sure none…

Greenpeace Breaks Up Ken and Barbie, Rappels Down Side of Mattel HQ to Save Indonesian Rainforests

I have no idea if they are correct or not, but I am definitely impressed with the creativity, animation, directing skills and rappelling ability of the people from Greenpeace who are protesting toy maker Mattel Inc.’s use of wood products obtained from Asia Pulp & Paper, a Singapore company. Greenpeace says that AP&P clear-cuts Indonesian rainforests and destroys endangered tiger habitats. Greenpeace launched its campaign against Mattel last week with this video featuring Ken, from Ken and Barbie. Check it out: But that was hardly the end of Greenpeace’s efforts. Last week, things got even crazier at Mattel headquarters, when Greenpeace activists somehow managed to rappel down the side of Mattel’s own headquarters building to hang a massive banner announcing that Ken was breaking up with Barbie due to her deforestation habits. An actress playing Deforestation Barbie then rolled up in a pink "Dream Dozer," and was promptly arrested. Watch last week’s craziness at Mattel headquarters here: Consumerist reports that Mattel’s initial response was to attack Greenpeace’s actions as "inflammatory," disable comments on Barbie’s Facebook wall, and attempt to shut down on trademark grounds Greenpeace’s Facebook ad campaign about the breakup. But the next day, the Los Angeles Times reports,…

Police: Man Flees To Fla. After Assaulting Woman

WOODSTOCK, Ga. — Police have arrested a Woodstock man after they said he beat a woman and then fled to Florida.Investigators said they were called out to a home on Skyridge Drive just before 1 p.m. May 11 for a reported fight in progress.The victim to…