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Midtown restaurant closed after fire scare

ATLANTA – A popular Midtown Atlanta restaurant closed on Sunday after a pizza oven sparked a fire scare.

A passerby saw smoke coming from the Varuni Napoli pizzeria Sunday morning and called the fire department.

Crews got there and hit it with water. The only problem was there was no fire.

The pizza ovens were heating up, which caused the smoke.

The owner said he was thankful for the fast response by Atlanta fire crews.

The restaurant will remain closed until cleanup is complete.

Fulton County Fire Rescue Department urges residents to protect against CO poisoning

Fulton County Fire Rescue Department urges residents to protect against CO poisoning

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department urges every resident to learn the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 150 people in the Unites States die every year from accidental non-fire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators and other products including faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.

“Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know that they are being exposed,” states Chief Larry Few, Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “Although the popularity of carbon monoxide alarms has been growing in recent years, it cannot be assumed that everyone is familiar with the hazards of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home.”

Mary Mac's security guard arrested after shooting

ATLANTA -- A security guard for Mary Mac's Tea Room was arrested after a shooting outside the iconic Atlanta restaurant.

It began Friday evening, when police received a shots fired call. Responding officers were flagged down by the security guard, 46-year-old Dexter Scott Washington, at the intersection of Myrtle Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue.

According to a police report, Washington told investigators he tried to prevent a car from driving the wrong way through the Mary Mac's parking lot. Washington claimed the car's driver ignored him, and the car hit him while leaving the lot.

Washington said he caught up to the car while it waited at a red light. He claimed the driver tried to run over him, prompting him to fire several shots into the car.

Police interviewed the driver, Dan De'Combes, who said he was waiting at a red light when he saw Washington, who was armed with a gun, approaching him.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Fulton County to sponsor free paper shredding events

Fulton County to sponsor free paper shredding events

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Celebrate Earth Day at two free paper shredding events sponsored by Commissioner Joan P. Garner, District 4, and Fulton County Water Resources.

Fulton County residents are encouraged to take advantage of these free events to have personal papers and documents securely shredded. Residents are urged to make sure that the materials they present for shredding do not include plastic, cardboard, or metal. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed. No businesses are permitted to participate.

The free secure shredding events will take place on Saturday, Apr. 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations:

Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture
75 Hilliard St. NE, Atlanta, 30312

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
677 Fairburn Rd. NW, Atlanta, 30331

Woman hit by car on Downtown Connector

ATLANTA -- A woman was hit and killed by a car while walking along the Downtown Connector Monday morning.

The victim was struck at 5:45 a.m. as she walked in the northbound HOV lane near the Spring Street exit. She has not yet been identified.

The scene has been cleared, but traffic on the Downtown Connector was jammed for much of the morning commute. The Georgia Department of Transportation said backups extended for about six miles.

Dog who escaped kennel reunited with owner

Dog who escaped kennel reunited with owner

ATLANTA -- The search for a missing German Shepherd is over.

After three days on the run, Coco has been reunited with her worried owner Haley Sorrow.

The white German Shepherd rescue went missing from a midtown kennel on Wednesday. It appeared Coco escaped through a broken fence at Puddle of Pooch.

More than 5,000 people shared 11Alive's Facebook post announcing the search for Coco.