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House of hoarder in Douglasville


DOUGLASVILLE, Ga -- Douglas County Animal Control is investigating the owner of a home on Brown Street where they found nearly 50 pets living in deplorable conditions. They believe the home was being used solely as a shelter for the hoarded animals.

"We consider it to be a cruelty case just because of the conditions that the animals were having to live in," said Douglas County Animal Services Director Bill Peacock.

Peacock said investigators got a search warrant to go in the house because the odor was so strong when they knocked on the door. "There was feces and urine all over the floors and all throughout the house," he said. "The ammonia smell was horrendous."

An accident involving two tractor-trailers has shut down part of I-20 by Lee Rd.


DOUGLAS COUNTY, GA. -- A chain reaction crash involving four tractor-trailer trucks shut down eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 on Thursday afternoon. One truck driver was pulled from his burning vehicle by strangers and was transported to the hospital with burns.

The accident happened around 1 p.m. on I-20 between Lee and Thornton Road. The trucks were slowing down to stop at a weigh station when one struck slammed into another, and then two other trucks hit the backs of vehicles in front of them, witnesses said.

The second truck was fully engulfed in flames and the driver was unable to get out. Nine Good Samaritans stopped and were able to pull the driver to safety. The driver's clothing was on fire when he was pulled out of the truck, authorities said.

The injured truck driver was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital's burn unit for treatment. He was reportedly in serious but stable condition.

Students hide airsoft gun in Douglasville middle school bathroom ceiling


DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Two Yeager Middle School students were detained by police for bringing an Airsoft gun to school Tuesday.

Stan Copeland with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said a student saw the gun and reported it to school resource officers, who in turn called police.

Authorities placed the school on lockdown for about 40 minutes. The lockdown was lifted at around 9:30 a.m.The boys, who are 11 and 12 years old, were reported to resource officers by another student who saw them with the unloaded replica gun in a bathroom at the Douglasville school.

The two boys tried to hide the gun in the bathroom's ceiling, where sheriff's investigators found it, Copeland said.

Investigators said that it's unclear what the boys intended to do with the gun. The boys will face possession of a weapon on campus charge.

No one was hurt.

ALDI Brings New Jobs to the Atlanta Area

ATLANTA -- Known for offering wages significantly higher than the industry standard, ALDI, the nation's low-price grocery leader, will host a hiring event for its Atlanta-area stores on Thursday, March 6. Opportunities within ALDI include Store Associates and Shift Managers.

The hiring event is in support of the ongoing growth of ALDI in the area, expanding grocery retail options in the market with the ALDI brand promise of high-quality grocery items at unbeatable prices.

What: ALDI hiring event for College Park, Douglasville, Fayetteville, Hiram, Jonesboro, Lovejoy, McDonough, Norcross and Stockbridge, Ga., stores

Who: ALDI representatives
Local residents currently seeking employment opportunities

When: Thursday, March 6
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Hotel Indigo Atlanta Airport
1776 Harvard Ave.
College Park, GA 30337

Bond set at $50K for principal arrested in sex sting

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A judge set a $50,000 bond for the elementary school principal arrested during a child predator sting.

Dr. John McGill, the principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary in Douglasville, was one of 14 people arrested in DeKalb County over the weekend. He bonded out of jail Tuesday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations said those arrested traveled from all parts of Northern Georgia with the intent to meet a child for sex.

McGill didn't say a word as detectives led him into the courthouse. McGill's wife sat silently in the back row as the charges were read.

Principal arrested in GBI child sex sting

Principal arrested in GBI child sex sting

DECATUR, Ga. -- An elementary school principal is among 14 people the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested in a sting operation targeting suspected child predators.

Dr. John McGill, principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary in Douglasville, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail.  He has been suspended from his position. He is due in court for his first appearance Tuesday.

11Alive's Blayne Alexander reports that the Douglas County School System superintendent announced on Monday that Dr. Sandra Williams will serve as interim principal of the school effective March 10. Williams is a retired former principal of the school. The central office will handle administrative duties until Williams arrives.

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Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

(WXIA) -- With a warm weekend on the horizon, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to perform some much-needed roadwork throughout north Georgia.

Closures and delays can be expected on a number of major roads and highways.

"Plan ahead -- I can't say it enough," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "If you plan ahead, you can avoid some potentially heavy delays."

Some notable roadwork includes:

Downtown Connector
Two right lanes of I-75/85 north near University Avenue will be closed for pavement work Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

I-285
Three lanes will be closed in both directions between West Paces Ferry and Roswell roads for sign replacements. All work will take place overnight -- from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.