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Burglary results in southwest Atlanta police chase

Burglary results in southwest Atlanta police chase

ATLANTA -- Multiple suspects are on the run after a police chase in southwest Atlanta Wednesday morning.

It began with a home burglary in the 4400 block of Celebration Drive.

Atlanta Police spokesman Greg Lyon said police followed the suspects' vehicle to Landrum Drive, where the four suspects jumped out of the car and ran.

No other information was immediately available.

Suspect stabs 2 young men inside apartment

Suspect stabs 2 young men inside apartment

ATLANTA -- Two victims, including a teenager, were stabbed in southwest Atlanta Wednesday morning.

It happened shortly before 4 a.m. at the Ashley Cascade Apartments in the 1300 block of Kimberly Way SW.

A witness told police that she and her two nephews, ages 17 and 25, were inside her unit at the apartment complex when they heard a knock on the door. The woman opened the door and the suspect, 39-year-old Eric Oliver, forced his way into the apartment, saying he was looking for his girlfriend.

Police said the woman's nephews confronted Oliver. The suspect stabbed both men with either a razor or box cutter, then ran from the apartment.

The 17-year-old victim suffered a laceration to his torso, while the 25 year old received a puncture wound to the lower back. Neither injury is considered life-threatening. Both victims were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.

South Fulton Career Center to host Manpower recruitment

South Fulton Career Center to host Manpower recruitment

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s South Fulton Career Center will host an onsite recruitment in partnership with Manpower on Friday, April 10, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Manpower is seeking experienced forklift operators and truck loaders/unloaders. Recruiters will take applications and screen applicants. The positions are located in the Fulton Industrial Boulevard area.

Recruiters are seeking experienced candidates for the first shift (5:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and the second shift (3 p.m. to 12 a.m.). Salaries will depend on the level of experience of those who qualify for the positions. The positions pay $10.50 to $10.75 an hour depending on the position and applicant experience.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Spelman College names new president

Spelman College names new president

ATLANTA -- Spelman College will have a new president this summer.

The Board of Trustees announced Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell will take over the reins as the college's 10th's president on August 1.

Campbell has served as dean emerita of Tisch School of the Arts and university professor at New York University.

Current Spelman President Dr. Beverly Tatum will step down at the end of this school year.

Mt. Vernon Baptist church begins new chapter

Mt. Vernon Baptist church begins new chapter

ATLANTA -- Palm Sunday marked a new beginning for a historic Atlanta church.

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church was one of two churches purchased by the city and then demolished to make way for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

The old church stood at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Northside Drives for more than 50 years before being sold for $14 million.

Since moving, they had been in a temporary site on Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta. On Sunday, they held their final service there. Afterwards, the congregation went in a caravan for the ribbon-cutting at the new church home in the Vine City community.

The new church was in an existing church building, but it has completely been renovated inside.

Sunday's event attracted parishioners from other churches who wanted to come out and help celebrate the congregations new home.

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.