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Chamblee school bans backpacks after threats

CHAMBLEE, Ga. — A school in Chamblee is imposing a week-long ban on backpacks after anonymous threats were made toward the school, administration says.

Firefighters rescue elderly man from Chamblee house fire


Two others were also able to escape from the home and were waiting outside when officials arrived. They were also taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to the Assistant Fire Chief, all three victims are elderly and were likely living in the home together.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

This is a developing story. Please check back often for updates.

Man shot after being followed from Kroger, attacked

DUNWOODY, Ga — Authorities are asking the public to be on the lookout for two suspects they say shot a man after they followed the victim home and attacked him in the driveway.

Chamblee Police said the victim had been followed from the Georgetown Kroger in Dunwoody by a dark-colored truck to a residence in the 2000 block of Longview Way. Police said the victim tried to fight the two suspects off but was shot. Investigators responded to the residence where they found the victim injured from a bullet that went through both legs. The victim was transported to Grady Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.


Police search for man accused of killing stepson on Thanksgiving

CHAMBLEE, Ga. – Police are searching for a man accused of killing his stepson after a Thanksgiving Day argument.

Authorities say Cristino Ramos-Santos shot 16-year-old Andres Arias in an apartment complex parking lot Thursday night.

“My brother was just trying to protect my little brother. He was trying to save him because he was trying to take him away from us,” Arias said. “He tried to fight my mom too. My brother got in-between them, and he pushed him away. My brother -- he always tries to be the brave one -- and then my stepdad went and took the gun and shot him four times."

Massive fire at Bombay Grill in Chamblee


CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Investigators are working to determine what sparked a massive fire at a DeKalb County restaurant Sunday morning. 

An interstate driver saw smoke coming from the are around Savory Road and called 911. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from the Bombay Grill. According to DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, firefighters made an aggressive interior attack. Eventually, they backed out and allowed ladder trucks to pour water on the massive fire. 

Investigators tell 11Alive News there was a Bar Mitzvah at the location Saturday night, but no one was in the building when the fire broke out Sunday morning. No one was injured in the fire. 

Police find missing child with disability after Chamblee search

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Police have confirmed a child is safe at home with his mother, Wednesday, after he ran away from home.

Police said 12-year-old Jaher Mejia ran out of his home at about 3:30 p.m. and had not been seen since.

The announcement that he was found was released just before 11:30 p.m.

Woman roaming hallways prompts lockdown at Chamblee High

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – A woman was arrested after roaming the hallways of Chamblee High School on Wednesday.

The school was placed on lockdown after the woman was spotted on surveillance camera.

An official with the DeKalb County School District said no one knew who the woman was... but say she approached a teacher while holding handcuffs, and asked for a different teacher by name.

Finding her long, lost sister after more than 60 years

ATLANTA (WXIA) – Kareemah Rasheed of Chamblee searched and searched for her sister who was adopted 62 years ago. After searching online for years, Rasheed says it has finally happened – she found her.

Her sister, Jennifer Simmons, who lives in Cleveland, didn’t know she had any family. That changed on Friday when Simmons traveled to Atlanta to meet Rasheed face-to-face.

They began a new sisterhood at age 62 and 72.

“I just found out about a month ago," Simmons said.

She lived a life in Cleveland with a secret her adpotive family took to its grave.

“Everyone died the same year my mother my father my aunt my uncle everybody passed away in 1991," she explained.

She may have never known, if not for a mix up at the DMV.  A copy of her birth certificate was required, and the records didn’t at up. 

Man wanted for cooking meth at hotel room

CHAMBLEE, Ga. – Police in Chamblee are searching for a man they say started a fire while making methamphetamine in a hotel room.

Police said the incident happened at the Extended Stay Hotel on Clairmont Road. Authorities say Phillip Carmona, who they believe to be a construction worker from Florida, checked into the hotel on Monday night.

Early Tuesday, a fire alarm went off in Carmona's room.


Man accused of groping women on Chamblee trail

CHAMBLEE, Ga. – Police in Chamblee arrested a man accused of sexually assaulted two women as they walked on a trail.

According to Chamblee Police, a woman said she was groped while walking near the Walmart on Chamblee Tucker Road. As police were responding to that report, another woman called police from the trail and said that she too had been assault.

Both women were able to give police a description of the suspect, and he was arrested within minutes.

Police have charged 23-year-old Kelvin Whitenburg with two counts of sexual battery.