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Thieves swipe keys, cars from restaurant valet lot


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ATLANTA (WXIA) – Two cars and three sets of car keys were stolen from the parking lot of a popular midtown Atlanta restaurant Thursday night. But what makes it so unusual is that it happened after the diners gave their keys to the valet.

Every day we put our trust in others to do the right thing – including with our cars. We trust each other to be safe drivers on the road, we trust mechanics to take good care of our cars – and if you go to certain restaurants, you trust that when you give your car keys to the valet, they, and your car, will be safe.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

Atlanta Police: Dating site meetup leads to rape, arrest


ATLANTA -- Atlanta police arrested a man who used an alias and allegedly raped a woman he met through an online dating site.

A police report from June 21 includes the woman's story. She met a man using the name Zack Anderson on OkCupid. The two scheduled a date at TAP restaurant on Peachtree Road. She told police she drank six beers, and Anderson drove her back to her car. She told police six beers normally would not make her drunk, but she decided she should call a cab. The next thing she remembered is waking up on her doorstep in Brookhaven.

She told police she felt strange, wasn't wearing her panties, and was missing her cell phone and keys.

The woman went to Grady for an examination, and that's when police were called. Atlanta police say she did not test positive for any type of date rape drug.

Suspects sought after man killed in Midtown home invasion

Suspects sought after man killed in Midtown home invasion

ATLANTA – Police are searching for two suspects after one person was killed in a home invasion in Midtown Atlanta late Friday.

Police were called to the Prato apartments on Renaissance Way in Midtown around 11 p.m.

Once inside, they found a man shot several times. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died. He was identified as 39-year-old Kagan Williams.

Investigators said there were other people inside the home at the time.

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Safety is a top concern for people planning to relocate to a new city. Luckily, the national research firm ValuePenguin crunched the numbers in an attempt to determine which areas of Georgia are the safest and most dangerous.

The top 10 safest cities in Georgia:

1. Holly Springs
2. Johns Creek
3. Milton
4. Flowery Branch
5. Tyrone
6. Grovetown
7. Peachtree City
8. Folkston
9. Jefferson
10. Hampton

The top 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia:

1. College Park
2. East Point
3. Atlanta
4. Americus
5. Garden City
6. Union City
7. Albany
8. Brunswick
9. Hapeville
10. Eastman

Woman stabbed at Atlanta hotel

Woman stabbed at Atlanta hotel

ATLANTA -- A 46-year-old woman is in stable condition after being stabbed at an Atlanta extended stay hotel.

It happened at around 4 a.m. Thursday at Intown Suites in the 1900 block of Piedmont Circle.

The victim told police she was returning to her room when a man came up behind her and forced his way into the apartment. He then attacked the victim while demanding money.

According to Atlanta Police, the victim fought back, scratching the suspect's face. She told investigators she grabbed the suspect's knife and may have stabbed him.

The suspect stole the victim's laptop, tablet and cell phone before running away. He has not been identified or caught.

The victim suffered hand and neck injuries, and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.