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Crews work to repair days-old water main break


 

ATLANTA — Portions of Glenwood Avenue in southeast Atlanta will be closed to drivers all day as crews work to repair a water main break.

Lillian Govua, a spokesperson with Atlanta Watershed, confirmed the street is closed between Bill Kennedy Way and Brasfield Square but said no residents would experience interruptions because of the leak.

Officials say the leak started a few days before Friday, prompting crews to respond to try to turn off the valves. When that didn't work, crews barricaded the road to traffic.

Gouva said emergency crews expect the repairs to be finished Saturday night.

Woman killed in drive-by shooting in SE Atlanta


ATLANTA – A woman was killed in a drive-by shooting in southeast Atlanta early Saturday, police said. Two other passengers in the vehicle were believed to have been injured in an ensuing crash.

The incident happened on Milton Avenue at Hank Aaron Drive. Officers arrived to the scene of a flipped car and found the vehicle riddled with bullet holes. The driver of the vehicle – a woman in her late 20s – died at the scene after being shot once in the face with a .223 rifle.

Police say officers initially responded to what they thought was a traffic incident.

"The vehicle had been in a rollover accident subsequent to hitting a tree," said Captain Michael O'Connor with the Atlanta Police Department. "Further investigation of the incident revealed that the vehicle had been shot numerous times."

Bids to be sought for Turner Field development


ATLANTA -- Development of the Turner Field area will open to competitive bidding this fall.

The Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority will likely issue a formal request for proposals (RFP) at its next meeting, said AFCRA executive director Keisha Lance Bottoms.

It means that Georgia State University, which submitted a pitch for the property last year, will have competition from developers with different ideas of how to use the property once the Atlanta Braves vacate at the end of 2016.

Bottoms said the RFP will likely ask potential buyers to submit bids to purchase the property. However, she says the best financial package won't necessarily win approval of the AFCRA, which owns the property and is controlled by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Bottoms is also a member of the Atlanta city council and a possible candidate for mayor in 2017.

92-year-old stalwart of Atlanta politics continues fight to save home


ATLANTA -- To those not familiar with her, she’s just another sweet little old lady on Ormond Street.

But Mattie Jackson helped change the landscape on the south side of Atlanta.

South Fulton County Economic Development to host career expo

South Fulton County Economic Development to host career expo

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Job seekers, get ready! The Unincorporated South Fulton County Economic Development Initiative will host a Career and Resource Expo on Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Man gets life for killing disabled veteran


ATLANTA -- A 25-year-old man will spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering a veteran in northeast Atlanta.

Andre Juvell Byrd was convicted Friday on all counts, including murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery. A Fulton County Superior Court judge sentenced him to life plus five years in prison.

Byrd was one of three men who fatally shot 54-year-old David McReynolds on July 26, 2012. Prosecutors said McReynolds, a disabled veteran, was targeted after the killers noticed he was carrying a large amount of cash.

McReynolds was cornered in the 700 block of Hill Street after he left a neighborhood store. Byrd and two accomplices demanded McReynolds' cash and belongings. After a short struggle, the victim was shot in the chest.