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Atlanta Rollergirls to host All Star Showdown

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Rollergirls will host a grudge match this weekend, where teams captained by two of the league's superstars will go head to head for bragging rights.

The All Stars Red vs. Blue match-up will be half of Saturday's doubleheader. The evening will begin at 5 p.m., when the undefeated Sake Tuyas take on the Denim Demons.


The all star match is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., with the participating teams led by Creative Loafing Readers' Choice Favorite Local Athletes Queen Loseyateefa (2014) and Wild Cherri (2013).

iPhones stolen from Midtown Atlanta AT&T store

ATLANTA -- Several iPhones and a fake tablet were stolen from a Midtown Atlanta AT&T store Thursday morning.

The items were taken during a burglary at AT&T's Ansley Mall location in the 1500 block of Piedmont Avenue. Atlanta Police said the suspects threw a rock through the store's front window to get inside.

The suspects' car, a white Dodge Charger, was reported stolen in College Park. It was later found at the Etheridge Court Apartments in northwest Atlanta. Police said the fake tablet was left inside the car, but the iPhones were missing.

The burglary is under investigation.

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.

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.

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.