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Overturned tank backs up traffic on Buford Connector

Overturned tank backs up traffic on Buford Connector

ATLANTA – An overturned tank backed up traffic on the Buford-Spring Connector in Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators say a semi-truck hit an overpass just south of Monroe Drive causing the tank it was carrying to come loose. The tank wound up in the southbound lanes.

Georgia Department of Transportation workers say the bridge has been hit several times before by oversized loads. They say there doesn't appear to be any damage to the bridge, which supports two MARTA rail lines.

Natalie Dale of GDOT said that the driver of the tractor-trailer was off the approved route. Dale said that according to his permit, he was supposed to be on I-85 but mistakenly got off on the connector.

Man enters home to beg for money

Man enters home to beg for money

ATLANTA -- A 51-year-old man was charged with criminal trespass for entering a home through an unlocked door and asking the resident for money.

Andre Thomas was taken into custody Saturday night after walking into a house in the 380 block of 6th Street in Midtown Atlanta without permission.

The victim told police he was inside the house with six of his friends when Thomas entered. Thomas told the homeowner he was from Detroit and needed money for gas.

Thomas refused to leave the house, so the victim called 911 and chased him to the intersection of Penn and Ponce de Leon avenues, where he was taken into custody.

According to a police report, Thomas told investigators he thought the victim's home was a restaurant, and he entered because he was hungry.

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Police Chief Cassandra Jones has announced her retirement effective April 7, 2015. 

“Chief Jones will be greatly missed. Her work was a key part of our crime prevention efforts in this county,” says Chairman John H. Eaves.  “Due to her emphasis on community oriented policing, burglaries in our unincorporated area decreased by more than 22 percent during her tenure.”

Chief Jones has served with the Fulton County Police Department since December 17, 1979. She has served as Police Chief since October 9, 2007.  She is the only female to serve as Fulton County Police Chief.

“We thank Chief Jones for her 35 years of service to the citizens of Fulton County, and extend best wishes to her on her retirement,” said County Manager Dick Anderson.

Assistant Police Chief Gary D. Stiles will serve as Interim Chief until a permanent replacement is named.

Thieves swipe keys, cars from restaurant valet lot

Thieves swipe keys, cars from restaurant valet lot

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.

You certainly do not expect what happened Thursday night.

Midtown restaurant Ecco is a trendy spot for dining and occasional celebrity spotting. But Thursday night, Ecco played host to grand theft auto.

"The first thing was the key was missing," said Prineet Ramakur, one of the victims.

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 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.