J.D. Capelouto

Breaking News Reporter

J.D. writes breaking news stories for the AJC, focusing mostly on topics of crime, law, public safety and other miscellaneous news. He is a graduate of Boston University and has previously written for The Boston Globe, Boston.com and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He is also a former AJC intern.

Latest from J.D. Capelouto

Commissioner encourages DeKalb residents to own their own businesses
 DeKalb County’s newest commissioner hopes to change what she considers a lack of economic development in southern and unincorporated portions of the county.  Lorraine Cochran-Johnson, who represents District 7, made development one of her campaign platforms when she ran against incumbent Gregory Adams in the Democratic primary...

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DeKalb County’s newest commissioner hopes to change what she considers a lack of economic development in southern and unincorporated portions of the county.  Lorraine Cochran-Johnson, who represents District 7, made development one of her campaign platforms when she ran against incumbent Gregory Adams in the Democratic primary...
Dunwoody set to begin $3.2M road paving project
 Dunwoody is set to begin a $3.2 million project aimed at repaving nearly 50 streets this year. The City Council approved to pay contractor Blount Construction Company more than $3,235,000 for the work, which is an extension of a bid from 2018, according to a statement from the city. Dunwoody has paved 158 miles of lanes since becoming a city...

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Dunwoody is set to begin a $3.2 million project aimed at repaving nearly 50 streets this year. The City Council approved to pay contractor Blount Construction Company more than $3,235,000 for the work, which is an extension of a bid from 2018, according to a statement from the city. Dunwoody has paved 158 miles of lanes since becoming a city...
Group worked together to steal $60K from customers of Gwinnett bank, police say
 Lawrenceville police said as many as 10 people may have worked together to steal $60,000 from bank customers whose credit card information was stolen last year. The fraud ring started around Sept. 30, when two people internally installed a card skimmer device in an ATM at the Peach State Federal Credit Union on North Clayton Street...

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Lawrenceville police said as many as 10 people may have worked together to steal $60,000 from bank customers whose credit card information was stolen last year. The fraud ring started around Sept. 30, when two people internally installed a card skimmer device in an ATM at the Peach State Federal Credit Union on North Clayton Street...
Shots fired outside Cascade Skating Rink
 A woman’s car was damaged after shots were fired outside the iconic Cascade Skating Rink early Monday morning, police said. The woman, Shenika Brown, told AJC.com that she was leaving the roller rink about 12:15 a.m. when she heard the gunfire. “My friend is telling me to ‘Duck, duck, run, please run,’”...

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A woman’s car was damaged after shots were fired outside the iconic Cascade Skating Rink early Monday morning, police said. The woman, Shenika Brown, told AJC.com that she was leaving the roller rink about 12:15 a.m. when she heard the gunfire. “My friend is telling me to ‘Duck, duck, run, please run,’”...
Prospective buyer takes dirt bike on test drive — and never returns
 A couple who drove from northeast Georgia to metro Atlanta with the intention of selling a dirt bike said the prospective buyer took off after asking to take a test drive. David and Karen Flores had posted on Facebook Marketplace asking for $2,100 in exchange for their son’s dirt bike, Channel 2 Action News reported. An interested buyer...

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A couple who drove from northeast Georgia to metro Atlanta with the intention of selling a dirt bike said the prospective buyer took off after asking to take a test drive. David and Karen Flores had posted on Facebook Marketplace asking for $2,100 in exchange for their son’s dirt bike, Channel 2 Action News reported. An interested buyer...
NEW DETAILS: Buckhead jeweler tied up in Cobb home; store burglarized
 An Atlanta jewelry store known for its celebrity clientele was burglarized while the owner and his wife were tied up in their Cobb County home, police said. Two armed, masked gunmen followed the owner of Icebox Diamonds & Watches  home on Friday, forced him and his wife inside and took the keys and codes to the jewelry store, Cobb County...

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An Atlanta jewelry store known for its celebrity clientele was burglarized while the owner and his wife were tied up in their Cobb County home, police said. Two armed, masked gunmen followed the owner of Icebox Diamonds & Watches home on Friday, forced him and his wife inside and took the keys and codes to the jewelry store, Cobb County...
Off-duty ICE officer ID’d by police as gunman in fatal Walmart parking lot shooting
 An off-duty U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer has been identified as the gunman in Sunday’s deadly shooting outside a Douglasville Walmart,  police said. Officers found 45-year-old Johnathan Liddell of Austell shot in the parking lot on Thornton Road about 12:50 p.m. Sunday, police said in a statement. No charges have...

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An off-duty U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer has been identified as the gunman in Sunday’s deadly shooting outside a Douglasville Walmart, police said. Officers found 45-year-old Johnathan Liddell of Austell shot in the parking lot on Thornton Road about 12:50 p.m. Sunday, police said in a statement. No charges have...
Atlanta groups plan Monday protest against Trump’s emergency declaration over wall
 Local groups are planning to take to the streets to protest President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration aimed at securing funds for a wall along the  border with Mexico. On Monday — Presidents Day — protesters will stage a demonstration outside the Atlanta field office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

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Local groups are planning to take to the streets to protest President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration aimed at securing funds for a wall along the border with Mexico. On Monday — Presidents Day — protesters will stage a demonstration outside the Atlanta field office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...
Charred confidential patient records found in the parking lot of a local clinic
 A local clinic is investigating how hundreds of patient records were left partially burned in a parking lot, where anyone could have taken them. Some of the Southside Medical Center records were burned, but others contained visible confidential information such as Social Security numbers and medications, Channel 2 Action News reported...

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A local clinic is investigating how hundreds of patient records were left partially burned in a parking lot, where anyone could have taken them. Some of the Southside Medical Center records were burned, but others contained visible confidential information such as Social Security numbers and medications, Channel 2 Action News reported...
SUNDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Afternoon showers to set tone for rest of week
 Saturday: High: 59 Saturday night: Low: 50 Sunday: High: 59 Sunday afternoon showers are expected to set the tone for a soggy week across North Georgia. Sunday’s forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of rain with a high near 60 degrees and a low of 50, said  Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon. After...

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Saturday: High: 59 Saturday night: Low: 50 Sunday: High: 59 Sunday afternoon showers are expected to set the tone for a soggy week across North Georgia. Sunday’s forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of rain with a high near 60 degrees and a low of 50, said Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon. After...
UPDATE: Metro Atlanta could see half a foot of rain by the end of the week
 Enjoy the sun on Monday while you have the chance. After a picturesque Saturday, wet weather is forecast across North Georgia over the next several days, with experts warning of possible flooding in some areas. Showers Sunday evening are expected to kick off a string of rainy days that could continue through February. Some parts of North...

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Enjoy the sun on Monday while you have the chance. After a picturesque Saturday, wet weather is forecast across North Georgia over the next several days, with experts warning of possible flooding in some areas. Showers Sunday evening are expected to kick off a string of rainy days that could continue through February. Some parts of North...