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Judge calls Friendship Towers emergency hearing

ATLANTA - Fulton County Superior Judge Jerry Baxter called an emergency hearing for the residents of Friendship Towers on Monday.

For months, tenants at the complex have been complaining about cooling issues.

A minister with Friendship Baptist Church, which owns the building, was supposed to pay a visit today to the apartments. Activist Derek Bozeman says the minister never came, at the advice of his attorney


In June, a judge gave the church 60 days to fix the issue. That time's not up yet.

Man wanted for exposing himself inside hotels

ATLANTA -- Police are looking for a man accused of flashing people inside several Downtown Atlanta hotels.

The suspect was recently spotted inside several hotels in the area of Peachtree and Baker streets. An Atlanta Police spokesman said the same person is also a suspect in an attempted sexual assault.

Police described the suspect as a black man in his early to mid 20's, and said he may be homeless. He has been seen wearing a lime green backpack and carrying a blue notebook.

Anyone who can help police identify the suspect is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.

Man killed in shooting at Atlanta restaurant

ATLANTA -- One person died in a shooting at Blue Ivory in Downtown Atlanta Wednesday morning.

Shots rang out at around 4 a.m. inside the 24-hour restaurant and lounge in the 500 block of Whitehall Street. Police said 25-year-old Clarence Carter of Fairburn was struck and killed.

Witnesses told 11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross an argument over a drink led to the shooting. They described the scene inside the restaurant as "chaos."

No one has been arrested. Atlanta Police believe the suspect may have been able to escape out the building's back door. Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage taken inside the restaurant.


Scaffolding falls on man at new Falcons stadium site

ATLANTA -- A man was hurt after metal scaffolding fell on him Wednesday morning.


It happened at the intersection of Mangum and Mitchell streets in downtown Atlanta -- the construction site for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

Officials said the man suffered a severe head injury. An Atlanta Fire spokesperson said the victim was not alert and may have been unconscious after being hit. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

A witness described the scene to 11Alive.

"And I just came over and I see the guy on the ground; I see the scaffold on him," Aashiq Bisnathsing said. "They moved it; put him in a stretcher and just took him away."

Two APD officers involved in shooting

ATLANTA – Authorities are investigating a police shooting involving two officers Wednesday afternoon.

According to Atlanta police, the incident happened on Thurmond Street in northwest Atlanta.

Police said they found a man sleeping inside a car parked between two vacant buildings. Further investigation found that the car was stolen. The officer called for back-up.

The driver allegedly drove off and rammed into an unmarked police car. At that point, two officers shot the man, who crashed the vehicle.

The person shot was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities said the man has several outstanding aggravated assault warrants and two stolen vehicle warrants.

Henry County man to sculpt MLK statue for Ga. Capitol

ATLANTA -- Henry County-based sculptor Andy Davis has been selected to create a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the Georgia Capitol grounds, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday.

Davis has worked as a full-time sculptor since 1999, and forms his creations at the Andy Davis Studio inside the Hood Street Art Center in McDonough. His works include the Georgia Police Memorial, a Ray Charles sculpture in the singer's hometown of Albany, Ga., and a life-size rendering of late Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy.

"I am confident that Andy Davis' past works ... have prepared him well for this historic project," Deal said in a statement.

Man arrested after stealing hearse with body inside

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Police have made an arrest after a man stole a hearse in Atlanta on Sunday.

Atlanta police say 34-year-old Henry Lyles took the vehicle by force and then crashed through a gate.

Apparently Lyles didn't realize that a hearse at the morgue would have a body inside it as he only went a few blocks, police said. The vehicle was deserted at the intersection of Auburn Avenue and Piedmont.