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Police warn about car fix-it scam in Midtown

Police warn about car fix-it scam in Midtown

ATLANTA, Ga. -- A scam in Midtown Atlanta is nearly impossible to protect yourself from and getting dangerous.

Police say Pedro Soto is allegedly disabling cars when their owners are away, and then offering to fix them. But now, police say, he's getting violent.

The scam starts as soon as someone leaves their car and goes inside.

"I had to go deliver a wedding cake," said baker Tom Rhodes.

Within seconds, he's at your car and underneath it.

Fulton County Sheriff swears in new K-9 deputy

Fulton County Sheriff swears in new K-9 deputy

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Sheriff's Office welcomed a new member of the team Wednesday morning.

Kojack, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was sworn in as a K-9 deputy by Sheriff Ted Jackson. He replaces Marco, who was euthanized in January after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Marco worked with Sgt. Corey Henry. The sheriff's office said Henry was very selective in choosing a replacement, but Kojack meets the criteria, including superior intelligence and all the positive qualities of his breed.

"He has an excellent temperament and very high drive to work," Henry said of Kojack.

Kojack will work as a multipurpose patrol canine in such areas as tracking, criminal apprehension and narcotic detection.

Mellow Mushroom launches spicy Up in Smoke menu

Mellow Mushroom launches spicy Up in Smoke menu

(WXIA) -- Mellow Mushroom is celebrating summer with a "hot" new menu. The Up in Smoke offerings are inspired by the spicy flavors of chipotle and poblano peppers.

The pizza chain's restaurants will serve Up in Smoke items through Sunday, July 27.

The menu includes a vegetarian tortilla soup, the Holy Mole Hoagie (a sandwich featuring chicken, poblano peppers and Mexican mole sauce), a shrimp calzone and salad, and Mel's Fattie, which is a giant flour tortilla filled with chicken, cheese and caramelized onions.

Mellow Mushroom's Up in Smoke featured pizza is the Fully Blazed Chicken Mole Pie, which has a mole sauce base and is topped with grilled chicken, caramelized onions, the chain's signature mushroom trio, and mozzarella and feta cheeses.

There is also a dessert offering -- the Psychadelic Cookie Sundae, which is a giant cookie served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate the July 4 holiday by taking a break from all road projects.

The weekend construction that has plagued drivers for weeks will be temporarily halted at noon on Thursday.

However, GDOT expects considerable delays in certain areas, especially on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to run in or watch the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, which will close several roads in Buckhead and Midtown. Fireworks displays and other Independence Day celebrations will also affect commuters Friday night.

An international Jehovah's Witnesses convention will be held at the Georgia Dome this weekend; 34,000 people from 14 countries will attend. GDOT said this event may also have an impact on traffic in the area.

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Preparations underway for AJC Peachtree Road Race


ATLANTA, Ga. -- In two days, 60,000 racers, 200,000 spectators and 3,400 volunteers will descend onto the streets of Atlanta for the world's largest 10K.

The AJC Peachtree Road Race takes place Friday morning, July 4th.

Crews were already setting up for the race. If you're driving through midtown between now and Friday, you'll see barriers are already lining the sidewalks.

Starting Friday morning at 5:30 several roads will be closed. Peachtree Road From Lenox to Peachtree Dunwoody, along with the Buckhead Loop Lenox Road and some of the smaller side streets surrounding the starting line will be closed.

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Georgia parents are buying sparklers for their children this Fourth of July, thinking they are a safe way to celebrate. But, as a Georgia eye expert warns, sparklers heat up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit -- hot enough to melt some metals -- and are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.

Members of the Georgia Optometric Association are urging parents to leave all the fireworks to the professionals and avoid fireworks that may cause serious eye injuries when used inappropriately. Some of the most common fireworks injuries are eye abrasions, lacerations, contusions and foreign matter in the eye. The majority of these cases are related to the use of sparklers.

AJC Peachtree Road Race: 30 years of water and T-shirts


ATLANTA -- At Mile 5 of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, Tricia and Rick Stoeckig are there for you.

"When you get so close to the finish line, you're thirsty," Tricia said.

The couple has kept their post for 30 years with two of the most important elements of the Peachtree: water and T-shirts.

"We tie a line to the ginkgo tree that's right in front of the High Museum, and we string the shirts up every year," Rick said.

It's 30 years on cotton, each shirt representing a different memory. But they aren't the shirts most people associate with the world's largest 10K.

"When you first see the shirt, you think you're looking at race shirts, because everyone collects those, and then it takes a second, people realize those are the volunteer shirts," Tricia said.