4 Georgia Prisons on Lockdown

ATLANTA — Four Georgia prisons have been locked down for security reasons. “The Wardens at four state prisons in Georgia made the decision at a local level,” Department of Corrections spokeswoman Peggy Chapman said in a statement. “The duration of the lockdown has not been determined.” “Lockdown status consists of inmates being confined to their […]

Gwinnett High Schooler Killed In Hit-And-Run

Atlanta – GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Police were looking for a driver who struck and killed a Gwinnett County high school student near the Gwinnett Place Mall on Tuesday. Agustin Cortes, 17, of Lawrenceville, was a student at Berkmar High School in Lilburn.The incident happened on Pleasant Hill Road near Gwinnett Place Drive. Witnesses told […]

Secret Santa Drops $5,500 Into Kettle At Ga. Store

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Someone slipped a $5,500 donation into one of the Salvation Army’s red kettles in northwest Georgia, a Chattanooga spokeswoman for the charity said Wednesday. Salvation Army spokeswoman Kimberly George said the charity found 55 $100 bills in one of its donation kettles, making it the largest cash donation in the area.She said […]

House Catches Fire Twice In Less Than 10 Hrs

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A teen and his grandmother were displaced after a fire consumed their Riverdale home on Thursday. It was the second reported fire at the home on Soapstone Lane within 10 hours, firefighters said.Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh went to the destroyed home, where windows were already boarded up from Wednesday’s fire. Seventeen-year-old […]

Verizon store hit by smash-and-grab burglars

A Ponce de Leon Avenue cell phone store was targeted by smash-and-grab burglars early Tuesday. A rock was thrown through the glass front door of the Verizon Wireless store across Ponce from the old City Hall East building about 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones. Jones told the AJC that the […]

Top superintendents’ base pay blossoms with add-ons

Georgia’s highest-paid schools superintendent, J. Alvin Wilbanks in Gwinnett, had a base salary of $272,249 in 2009-2010. Wilbanks declined one salary adjustment he was entitled to this year based on a slight rise in teacher compensation. But after factoring in the rest of his contractual add-ons, his total topped out at $390,556. That includes payments […]

College Student Shot, Killed At Off-Campus Party

BARNESVILLE, Ga. — Three men are in custody following the brutal slaying of a Gordon College student. Barnesville police told Channel 2 Action News reporter Richard Elliot that the three men burst into a college house party Saturday night and tried to rob the 10 to 12 people there, but something went wrong.Danavan Bussey, 21, […]

Father Of Three Gunned Down Outside Home

ATLANTA — A father of three was shot to death just steps from his front door in northwest Atlanta, police said. The shooting happened on Griffin Street near Orr Street on Wednesday night.The victim’s mother told Channel 2 Action News that her son, Wayne Wright Jr., 29, had three children — the youngest being a […]

Man Gets 2 Years For Poisoning Dog

DECATUR, Ga. — A 36-year-old DeKalb County man has been sentenced to spend two years in prison for poisoning his neighbor’s dog with antifreeze. The DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office said Kenyata Mondrell Bryant was convicted Wednesday of aggravated cruelty to animals in the death of a 9-year-old Lab-dalmatian mix. Erik Burton, spokesman for District […]

Georgia Man Charged With Lottery Threat

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Police have arrested a man who claims he was robbed of a lottery prize worth $750,000. Jose Antonio Cua-Toc is in the Houston County Jail and faces charges of violating probation, terroristic threats and forgery. Authorities say Cua-Toc told police last weekend that the man who picked up the prize last […]