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NEW DETAILS: SWAT standoff forces evacuations at DeKalb County motel

NEW DETAILS: SWAT standoff forces evacuations at DeKalb County motel

An ongoing SWAT standoff inside a Lawrenceville Highway motel began with an attempted robbery at a Waffle House across the street, police said. The standoff is approaching its fifth hour at the Knights Inn in the 2900 block of Lawrenceville Highway, where police have evacuated motel guests and closed a major artery to I-285. DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said officers first responded to the Waffle House on the corner of Montreal Road just before 3 a.m. “The suspect allegedly ran across the street to the Knights Inn, where he is now barricaded in one of the rooms,” Campbell said.  Officers are now working to establish communication with the man, who may be armed, Campbell said. They do not believe anyone inside the motel is in danger, and no shots have been fired. “We believe this is a room that the suspect has rented, so right now we don’t believe that anyone else is in the room with the suspect,” Campbell said. Most of the road is blocked outside I-285 while police activity continues. The WSB 24-Hour Traffic Center suggests drivers take Lavista Road as an alternate route. Police have another man in custody and are speaking with a woman who may be associated with them. The motel was evacuated and families were escorted from their rooms. Some didn’t have the chance to grab their belongings before rushing out the door and across the street, Channel 2 Action News reported. One guest, Sherica Williams, told the news station she and her children awoke to police officers in tactical gear knocking on their door.  “My kids are out here with towels and stuff on,” Williams said. “I'm just in shock right now.” —Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: 

Teen hurt in double-shooting at troubled DeKalb County gas station

Teen hurt in double-shooting at troubled DeKalb County gas station

Customers were forced to duck for cover during a shooting at a DeKalb County gas station on Sunday afternoon. Police say a teenager and a young man were hurt when at least one person opened fire outside of the Texaco gas station on Snapfinger Woods Drive. Several stray bullets went inside an attached cellphone store and a barber shop next door during the afternoon shooting. Channel 2's Matt Johnson spoke with investigators who said the glass hit customers. DeKalb County police said they are very familiar with the store because they've responded to homicides, SWAT standoffs and drug deals there. Neighbors told Johnson they're tired of it. 'I come to this store. I don't want to get shot,' a customer told Johnson. TRENDING STORIES: Truck hits, kills 2 children at mudding event, GSP says Bernice King responds to Steve Bannon's claim MLK would be 'proud' of Donald Trump 16-year-old at cookout killed in drive-by shooting It was around 4 p.m. when police showed up but they found the 26-year-old and 15-year-old victims somewhere else. 'A bystander transported the two victims to an area hotel to seek medical aid,' said Lieutenant Shane Smith with the DeKalb County police department. The two victims are expected to survive and no arrests have been made. 'We haven't been able to determine a motive yet,' Smith said. In 2016, a shooting in front of the same Metro PCS store ended with bullets hitting two bystanders. This is at least the fourth shooting at the gas station in a year and a half. Some neighbors said less crime could could start with fewer people using the place as a hangout. 'Just standing around, you know? They could be finding something positive to do,' a customer said. Police said they're trying to make contact with the gas station manager who will be able to access surveillance video from the latest shooting.

Hall County couple says naked thief stole their car with dog inside

Hall County couple says naked thief stole their car with dog inside

A man brought to tears after he says a thief stole his car with his beloved dog inside.  He told Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez he wasn’t just shocked that it happened in the driveway of his home, he said the female suspect was naked. “It’s Father’s Day. (This) is like a son to me. Now he’s gone. I just want him back,” said Matt Sanders. It happened around 8:30 Sunday morning outside of his home along Union Place.  Sanders describes the alleged thief as a woman in her 40's or 50's wearing only a yellow colored towel. “I see this naked person sitting there. I started panicking,” he said.  Sanders said he was packing up his car, a 2012 silver Hyundai, so he could visit his dad on Father’s Day when he realized he forgot his cellphone inside the house. TRENDING STORIES: Truck hits, kills 2 children at mudding event, GSP says Bernice King responds to Steve Bannon's claim MLK would be 'proud' of Donald Trump 16-year-old at cookout killed in drive-by shooting He said he left Bear in the car with the air conditioner running. “When I come back out, I go to open the door and it’s locked. I said take the car, I just want my dog,' Sanders said. “Then she steps on the gas. And you see the tire marks. She starts spinning around here. The car's around and off down the road.” Sanders never got the chance to see his father.  Instead he and his girlfriend spent seven hours searching the area for their car and shelters looking for little Bear. “I just put my other dog to sleep on Friday, and then this. It’s just been too much. I just want my dog back,' he said. The thief got away in Sanders' 2012 silver Hyundai with Georgia license plate TMP-688. The four-door car has body damage to the bumper. Deputies are combing the area for any witnesses and possible video of this woman in action.   

For the first time in 2 years, Jamie Dupree will be back on the radio starting Monday, June 18th. 
For the first time in 2 years, Jamie Dupree will be back on the radio starting Monday, June 18th. 
For the first time in 2 years, Jamie Dupree will be back on the radio starting Monday, June 18th. 
For the first time in 2 years, Jamie Dupree will be back on the radio starting Monday, June 18th. 
Pulling back the curtain on Jamie Dupree 2.0

Monday marks the start of a new effort to get my voice back on the radio for the first time in two years, by using a high tech solution, a computer generated voice, drawn from recordings of my old stories, as medical efforts to bring my voice back – to anything close to normal – have not been successful.

It was April 2016 when my voice began to falter, after I got sick on a family vacation; since then, my doctors have determined that I have a rare neurological disorder, in which the signals from the brain are getting mixed up [More]