Raisa Habersham

Raisa Habersham is the DeKalb County hyperlocal reporter for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

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Super Bowl logistics: Arriving, parking and tailgating for the game
 Super Bowl 53 is upon us. The game will be held on Sunday, Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. And while the teams for the game won’t be decided until Sunday, plan now for a little disruption around town. From road closures to parking, the game will cause a few inconveniences as hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on town. SUPER...

Posted: 18 hours ago

Super Bowl 53 is upon us. The game will be held on Sunday, Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. And while the teams for the game won’t be decided until Sunday, plan now for a little disruption around town. From road closures to parking, the game will cause a few inconveniences as hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on town. SUPER...
FBI searching for suspects in Midtown parking garage kidnappings, assault 
 The FBI is searching for multiple men who allegedly kidnapped two people and assaulted one of them at a Midtown parking garage last week.  According to officials, the men kidnapped a man and a woman at gunpoint just after 5 p.m. on Jan. 9. near  the Windsor at Midtown. The luxury apartments are located in the 220 block of 14th Street...

Posted: 22 hours ago

The FBI is searching for multiple men who allegedly kidnapped two people and assaulted one of them at a Midtown parking garage last week.  According to officials, the men kidnapped a man and a woman at gunpoint just after 5 p.m. on Jan. 9. near the Windsor at Midtown. The luxury apartments are located in the 220 block of 14th Street...
Former R. Kelly manager surrenders on terroristic threats charge
 A former manager of R&B singer R. Kelly surrendered Friday morning to Henry County authorities, eight months after police issued an arrest warrant against him, the sheriff’s office said. Henry James Mason was wanted on a charge of terroristic threats and acts after he allegedly threatened a Henry County family in May 2018, AJC.com previously...

Posted: a day ago

A former manager of R&B singer R. Kelly surrendered Friday morning to Henry County authorities, eight months after police issued an arrest warrant against him, the sheriff’s office said. Henry James Mason was wanted on a charge of terroristic threats and acts after he allegedly threatened a Henry County family in May 2018, AJC.com previously...
Man injured trying to save his dog from deadly house fire
 A man was injured  in a Gwinnett County house fire Friday after he went back inside the residence to save his dog from the blaze, fire officials said.  The dog did not survive the fire, which ripped through the home in the 1300 block of Ashbrook Drive in unincorporated Lawrenceville early Friday and killed another dog and a cat. ...

Posted: a day ago

A man was injured in a Gwinnett County house fire Friday after he went back inside the residence to save his dog from the blaze, fire officials said.  The dog did not survive the fire, which ripped through the home in the 1300 block of Ashbrook Drive in unincorporated Lawrenceville early Friday and killed another dog and a cat. ...
WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: I-85 in Gwinnett slow on ‘boring’ weather day ahead of wet Saturday
 Friday: High: 57 Friday night: Low: 46 Saturday: High: 62 Atlanta is hovering at its expected high temperature of 57 degrees, and traffic remains fairly mild aside from Gwinnett County during Friday’s evening commute. It’s an overall “boring” weather day, as Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian...

Posted: a day ago

Friday: High: 57 Friday night: Low: 46 Saturday: High: 62 Atlanta is hovering at its expected high temperature of 57 degrees, and traffic remains fairly mild aside from Gwinnett County during Friday’s evening commute. It’s an overall “boring” weather day, as Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian...
Teen shot, killed after ‘verbal altercation’ in Jonesboro
 A 17-year-old was shot and killed after a “verbal altercation” in Jonesboro on Thursday night, Clayton County police said in a news release. The teenager, identified to Channel 2 Action News as Michael Bardlett by his mother, was found unresponsive on a sidewalk in front of the Tara Woods Apartments in the 600 block...

Posted: a day ago

A 17-year-old was shot and killed after a “verbal altercation” in Jonesboro on Thursday night, Clayton County police said in a news release. The teenager, identified to Channel 2 Action News as Michael Bardlett by his mother, was found unresponsive on a sidewalk in front of the Tara Woods Apartments in the 600 block...
2-year-old girl killed in 8-car wreck in Clayton County 
 A 2-year-old girl was killed after she was ejected from a vehicle as it was hit by an “impatient driver” in Clayton County on Thursday night, police said.  The eight-car wreck near Jonesboro also sent three people to local hospitals, where two are listed in critical condition, police said in a news release. The third...

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A 2-year-old girl was killed after she was ejected from a vehicle as it was hit by an “impatient driver” in Clayton County on Thursday night, police said.  The eight-car wreck near Jonesboro also sent three people to local hospitals, where two are listed in critical condition, police said in a news release. The third...
Florida man charged in deadly crash that shut down I-20 for hours
 A Florida man has been arrested in connection with a deadly tractor-trailer crash that blocked  I-20 between I-285 and Fulton Industrial Boulevard for hours, Channel 2 Action News reported. Mario Vilan Polier, 53, of Hialeah, Fla., faces charges of improper lane change, following too closely and second-degree homicide by vehicle, according...

Posted: a day ago

A Florida man has been arrested in connection with a deadly tractor-trailer crash that blocked I-20 between I-285 and Fulton Industrial Boulevard for hours, Channel 2 Action News reported. Mario Vilan Polier, 53, of Hialeah, Fla., faces charges of improper lane change, following too closely and second-degree homicide by vehicle, according...
DeKalb police to get 50 patrol vehicles with $1.8M in SPLOST funds
 The DeKalb County police department is getting 50 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs thanks to $1.8 million in special purpose local option sales tax funds. The funds were approved at last week’s county commission meeting and could arrive as early as June. The decision comes four months after the county approved spending $8 million in SPLOST funds...

Posted: 2 days ago

The DeKalb County police department is getting 50 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs thanks to $1.8 million in special purpose local option sales tax funds. The funds were approved at last week’s county commission meeting and could arrive as early as June. The decision comes four months after the county approved spending $8 million in SPLOST funds...
DeKalb mail carrier’s detective work helps police nab ID fraud suspect
 For 15 years, Kevin Addison has delivered mail to residents on Wynterhall Lane in Dunwoody.   In that time, he’d gotten to know his customer’s routines. So, when a few of his residents placed holds on their mail, it struck him as odd.   Addison’s suspicions ultimately helped Dunwoody police nab an identity...

Posted: 3 days ago

For 15 years, Kevin Addison has delivered mail to residents on Wynterhall Lane in Dunwoody.   In that time, he’d gotten to know his customer’s routines. So, when a few of his residents placed holds on their mail, it struck him as odd.   Addison’s suspicions ultimately helped Dunwoody police nab an identity...
DeKalb trash pickup schedule adjusted for MLK Day holiday
 If you notice a lag in your trash pickup next week, it’s likely due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which is Monday.  DeKalb County will push back services by one day  in observance of the holiday.    Here is the revised collection schedule: Monday, Jan. 21 – Holiday observed. No sanitation collection service...

Posted: 4 days ago

If you notice a lag in your trash pickup next week, it’s likely due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which is Monday.  DeKalb County will push back services by one day in observance of the holiday.    Here is the revised collection schedule: Monday, Jan. 21 – Holiday observed. No sanitation collection service...