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Suspect arrested in fatal Woodruff Park stabbing

Suspect arrested in fatal Woodruff Park stabbing

ATLANTA -- A 26-year-old man has been charged with stabbing another man to death near Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta.

It happened shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday at Park Place and Edgewood Avenue.

Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones said the suspect, Trent Anderson, got into an argument with the victim. The argument escalated into a physical fight that ended when Anderson stabbed the victim.

The victim was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Grady Memorial Hospital. His name was not released.

Anderson was arrested a few blocks away from the park.

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Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

Plant pansies for fall curb appeal

Plant pansies for fall curb appeal

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension is a helpful source of information for residents wanting to improve their curb appeal during the fall. With their colorful faces and cold-weather tolerance, pansies are an easy landscape addition if they are installed correctly. Experts from the University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension provide tips to help the “do-it-yourself” gardener.

“Our relationship with the UGA is a true benefit for our residents,” said Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Because of this relationship, we are able to provide research based proven methods to help residents with gardening as well as many other topics that assist in helping to live improved, healthier lives.”

A few pansy-planting pointers:

Don’t plant more than you can maintain. Annual flowers are high maintenance and require a lot of care to keep them looking their best.

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Sept. 23, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November. Fulton County Registration and Elections encourages residents to join others across the nation who will be registering to vote.

The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election is Monday, Oct. 6. Online voter registration is available, which allows new voters to complete the entire process online at www.fultonelections.com. In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, at one of the three registration and elections offices or by mail.

Residents can also obtain a voter registration form at one of three County offices:

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Free MARTA Breeze Cards for Falcons fans

Free MARTA Breeze Cards for Falcons fans

ATLANTA -- Miller Lite's Free Rides program will visit Atlanta this week to help Falcons fans get home safely from Thursday's game.

Representatives from Miller Lite and the Falcons will distribute 15,000 MARTA Breeze Cards at the College Park, H.E. Holmes, Indian Creek and Lindbergh Center stations.

The cards will be given away Sept. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

MillerCoors Responsibility Commerce Manager Diane Wagner said the Breeze Card giveaway is Miller Lite's way of ensuring football fans do the responsible thing and not drive home after drinking at the game.

Visit millerlitefreerides.com for more information.

Another DeKalb official indicted for corruption


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A former janitorial services manager for DeKalb County and the Georgia World Congress Center has been indicted on public corruption charges.

Patrick Jackson, 55, is charged with bribery and mail fraud. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Jackson accepted bribes in exchange for helping his company net government contracts.

Prosecutors said that from 2006 to 2012, Jackson was simultaneously employed by DeKalb County and the GWCC, but was still in touch with his former employer, identified only as Company A. Company A provided janitorial services to Jackson's employers.

According to the indictment, Jackson used his position to benefit the interests of Company A in business dealings with his two employers. In exchange, Company A paid for and furnished Jackson's luxury apartment. Yates said Jackson did not tell DeKalb County or the GWCC that Company A provided him with an apartment.

Ex-DFCS counselor charged with child molestation

Ex-DFCS counselor charged with child molestation

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A former counselor for the Division of Family and Children Services is accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl in his home.

Earl Hopper, 39, has been charged with rape, child molestation and enticing a child. Jury selection is underway in Fulton County for his trial.

Hopper worked as a counselor to the victim's siblings and volunteered to counsel her as well. Prosecutors said that on Nov. 10, 2011, Hopper picked up the girl from her home and took her to his house, where he gave her alcohol and sexually assaulted her.

The victim immediately told her mother about the assault, according to prosecutors. Hopper was arrested the next day.

Opening statements in Hopper's trial are expected to begin Tuesday afternoon.