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No injuries in two-alarm restaurant fire in Midtown

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Atlanta Fire crews responded to a two-alarm blaze Tuesday afternoon at the Howell House Restaurant at 720 Peachtree Street, just north of the Fox Theatre.

According to Janet Ward with the Atlanta Fire Department, the blaze was called in shortly before 4 pm. When the first crews arrived, they called for a second alarm due to the heavy smoke they found.

However, they found that the heavy smoke was a result of the fire suppression system inside the restaurant, and that there was very little damage that resulted inside.

Crews checked out the area to make certain that the flames were completely extinguished. No injuries were reported.

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Germani struggles to recover, one year after hit-and-run

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- One year ago -- June 2014 – The story of Decatur cyclist Greg Germani became the lead story on the evening news.


Struck by a hit-and-run driver in town, Germani was in a coma near death at Grady Memorial Hospital while Atlanta Police searched for the driver who hit him.

Fifty-three weeks later, Germani struggles to reclaim pieces of his former life while accused driver Joseph Lewis sits in a jail cell waiting for trial on an attempted murder charge.

Kevin Hart runs impromptu 5K in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A world-renowned comedian took a break from stand-up to run in Atlanta – literally.

Kevin Hart announced on his Twitter feed Thursday evening that he is hosting a spontaneous 5K run at 8:15 a.m.

He asked runners to meet at Piedmont Park at the Charles Allen gate on 10th street between Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive.

A large crowd of runners showed up to participate. A handful of Atlanta Police officers were also on hand for crowd control.

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Firefighters describe rescue of men from manhole

ATLANTA – Two construction workers are still recovering a day after being rescued from a 14-foot hole on Georgia Tech's golf course.

Officials say they believe the contractors were tying into an existing sewer line when something went wrong Thursday. They were unconscious, trapped underground for close to 30 minutes before finally being pulled out by Atlanta firefighters.

"What made it tough was is that we had about 30 inches wide at the top," said Atlanta Fire Capt. Chip Newell." So on the bottom it flared out a little bit to maybe about four feet."

Being on the golf course presented another challenge.

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Suspect turns traffic violation into police chase, wreck


ATLANTA -- Police say a suspect's attempt to flee from police has likely turned a routine traffic violation into a long list of violations - both misdemeanor and felony.

A police spokesperson said Dimetrius Smith was initially being stopped for failing to use a turn signal.

But instead of pulling over for the blue lights in his mirror, police said the suspect fled from them in a high speed vehicle chase that ended abruptly at 1660 Peachtree Apartments where the suspect crashed before running away from the scene on foot.

Police said he left his vehicle in flames at the Midtown-Buckhead line and temporarily evaded arrest. But that didn't last long.

Midtown Alliance offers June "Try Transit" program

ATLANTA - When you finally get tired of fighting the Atlanta traffic and pulling your hair out over where to park, Midtown Alliance in offering you a chance to "Try Transit".

The program offers one round-trip passage for your commute into Midtown for work.

"I like MARTA, it gets me into Midtown easily," said commuter Kathy Simcoe. "You can do other things on the train that you can't do while you're driving. You can do e-mail, I can text. I can catch up with work, I can read."

A new position in Midtown led Simcoe to give the train a try again. Her job can at times require her to have a car close at hand, Kevin Green with the Midtown Alliance says checking out your transit options, even just for occasional use, is a start.

Early Voting Begins Tuesday, May 26th for State House District 55

Early Voting Begins Tuesday, May 26th for State House District 55

House District 55 voters are encouraged to cast their ballots early for the June 16, 2015 Special Election for State House District 55 to fill the unexpired term of Tyrone Brooks who resigned the seat. Residents can cast their ballots beginning Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, June 12 and on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Please note that on Saturday, June 6, 2015, residents can only vote at the Registration and Election Headquarters from 9:00am-4:00pm. Beginning Wednesday, June 10 through June 12, 2015, two (2) additional locations will be available for early voting.

Early Voting

May 26 - June 12, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 am

Registration and Elections Headquarters

130 Peachtree St, SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA


Saturday Voting - June 6, 2015