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Relief coming for Friendship Towers residents

ATLANTA (WXIA) – After a contentious meeting Friday, relief is finally on the way for the elderly and disabled residents at a rundown high rise in the Castleberry Hill area of Atlanta, near downtown.


Residents said Friday night there was reason to be optimistic.

Georgia state Sen. Vincent Fort, along with a group of residents from the facility visited the local offices of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday afternoon, only to find HUD regional director Ed Jennings out to lunch.

Fallout over Friendship Towers rift intensifies

ATLANTA (WXIA) – In a problem we first told you about last week, residents and management at the Friendship Towers high rise for the elderly and disabled met Thursday evening to discuss the lack of air conditioning in the building.


The meeting between lawyers and residents was described as productive, but the rhetoric indicates just how deep the rift between the two sides is.

4 more Atlanta Watershed workers charged with theft

ATLANTA – Four more employees from the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management have been charged with theft by taking.

The employees – Aaron Avery, Kenneth Carson, Antonio Denson and Larry Tyler – are accused of exchanging water meters, copper and brass at recycling centers as far back as 2008.

Avery, Denson and Tyler are charged with felony theft by taking. Carson is charged with misdemeanor theft by taking.

Carson, Denson and Tyler were arrested on Monday. Avery did not report to work on Monday, but later turned himself in to Atlanta police.

Man shot in the shoulder by female suspect

ATLANTA -- The woman accused of shooting a man in Downtown Atlanta Tuesday morning may be a gang member.

The shooting happened at around 12:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard.

The victim, Alphonso Lowe, told police he and some friends were walking down the road when a white SUV pulled up alongside them. Three or four women inside the car called out to the victim and his friends, asking where they could buy marijuana.

When the men continued to walk, a woman got out of the SUV and fired a shot in their direction, according to Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones. Lowe was hit in the shoulder. The victim and his friends ran to the intersection of Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard and Venable Street.

Lowe was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition. Jones said he has an outstanding fraud warrant in DeKalb County.

Lawsuit filed over Friendship Towers living conditions

ATLANTA -- Friendship Baptist Church is now in legal trouble over conditions at its high rise apartment that houses low income elderly and disabled residents.

A lawsuit was filed on Monday after continuing problems with air conditioning.

Last week, managers said the air was flowing again -- but apparently not for everybody. The lawsuit says one resident had to go to the hospital for heat-related illness over the weekend.

Local activists are outraged that the air conditioning at Friendship Towers is still not fully functioning, which they say led to the collapse of 66-year-old Isaac Brooks over the weekend.

Family blames man's seizure on heat at Friendship Towers

ATLANTA -- Family members are claiming that an elderly man had a slight seizure because of a lack of air conditioning at a high rise for the elderly and disabled.

11Alive met up with State Sen. Vincent Fort outside Grady Memorial Hospital who said the man is being treated after he was found unresponsive by a maintenance man at Friendship Towers.

11Alive was told temporary air units were installed Thursday after residents had been days without cool air.

The victim's granddaughter said it has been an ongoing problem.

Centennial Park restoration underway

ATLANTA -- Officials with SweetWater say that an $11,000 project to restore the mud-covered grounds of Centennial Park is underway.

It has now been a month since the SweetWater 420 Fest was held in Centennial Park during which the rain turned everything into mud.

Organizers said they put down protective flooring to cover the grass. But that was before they realized how much rain they would be getting.

As part of their contract with the city, SweetWater promised to repair any and all damage.

Two weeks ago, SweetWater told 11Alive they were working out a repair plan with the city and they said the goal is to make the park even better than it did before the event.

Over $11,000 of work such as fertilization has been done so far and they said the plan is to let it regrow naturally.