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Dashcam video shows final moments of crashed plane


CHAMBLEE, GA (WXIA) – Dash cam video from a Chamblee Police cruiser was released late Friday which showed what are likely the final images of the plane that crashed on Interstate 285 at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard earlier this month.

In the video, the plane can be seen flying low across the view as the police cruiser is facing northward along Peachtree Industrial at a stop light. The plane disappears from view, followed by a plume of thick, black smoke as it crashes on the Perimeter.

The cruiser speeds toward the crash and up the wrong way on the cloverleaf off-ramp onto the interstate, where the flaming wreckage was.

Four people – Greg Byrd, his two sons, Phillip and Christopher, along with Christopher's fiancée Jackie Kulzer – perished when the single-engine Piper PA-32 aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from DeKalb-Peachtree Airport on May 8.

MOSAIC Group wins 2015 Chrysalis Award

MOSAIC Group wins 2015 Chrysalis Award

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta-based MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] won a Regional Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence in a Residential Bathroom Category. The entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

The same project also won first place in a Bathroom Category during the recent Contractor of the Year awards competition sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

The Chrysalis Awards program, begun in 1994, recognizes the nation's best work in 15 general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The competition is open to professional remodelers and design professionals in the United States.

Pilots saddened by crash, confident in investigation


ATLANTA -- After more than 20 years of flying, hearing about another pilot and his passengers losing their lives is tough for Jonathan Sweatman.

"It saddens us all. Flying is a close knit community and we are immediately concerned when something happens like this," he said.

Sweatman learned how to fly at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK). He calls it organized and supportive of pilots.

While the landscape has changed over the years - with more people and businesses surrounding the land - he said he and other pilots go through extensive training before taking to the skies.

He said they rely on that training and experience in unfamiliar surroundings or if they run into trouble.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston will honor and remember local crime victims during Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Boston will hold a public event on Tuesday, Apr. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Square in Decatur. Two crime victims -- Charmagne Helton and Nichole Villafane -- will also be in attendance and will share their stories of survival.

For seven weeks, Helton and her two young children lived in a shelter after escaping their abusive husband and father.

"Being a victim of violence is a horrible thing, but it isn't the end of the story," Helton said. "With the right support, victims can become victors."

Villafane's 21-year-old son, Xavier "X" Arnold, was fatally shot during an attempted robbery. X, who attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, was taking photographs of graffiti on Kirkwood warehouses when he was killed. The suspect was only 14 years old.

Ex-DeKalb official pleads guilty to fraud

Ex-DeKalb official pleads guilty to fraud

ATLANTA -- A former janitorial services manager has pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting bribes in exchange for government contracts.

Patrick Jackson, 56, of Loganville was indicted last September. He was investigated by both the FBI and GBI.

Jackson worked simultaneously for two government entities -- DeKalb County and Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center -- between 2006 and 2012. Before then, he worked for a company referred to in the indictment as Company A.

According to information presented in court, Jackson used his position and influence to secure government contracts for Company A with both DeKalb County and the GWCC. He also lived in a luxury Atlanta apartment paid for and furnished by Company A. Jackson did not tell his employers about each other or about his ties to Company A.