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Police: Missing mother, 5 children found


JONESBORO, Ga. -- Police say a mentally ill woman and her five young children have been found after going missing for two days.

Officials said Janee Dichier Ruffin-Cooper, who suffers from bipolar disorder, manic depression, paranoia and schizophrenia, walked away from her Clayton County home with her five children around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

A concerned family member said Ruffin-Cooper had not made contact with friends or relatives and were concerned because she allegedly becomes violent when she is without her medication.

The family was found at a homeless shelter on Monday afternoon, police said.


Stay with 11Alive.com for more details on this developing story.

 


Family, friends hold vigil for kids killed in car crash


RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A crowd of dozens came to a Clayton County street corner tonight to honor two children killed in a fatal car crash.

2 children killed in Clayton County wreck


The truck driver told police he could not avoid hitting the car.  Both he and Jasmine Hamrick were not injured.

Jasmine Hamrick  had just picked up her children from her mother's home.  She watches them after they finish school  at Church Street Elementary in Riverdale.

The children's grandmother, Dena Bennett, said her daughter is inconsolable and she too is heartbroken.

"Those babies were my life. They were just a joy," Bennett said.

Driver killed after striking I-285 median wall


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A driver died after his car struck a median wall on Interstate 285 Monday morning.

The accident happened at around 5:25 a.m. near the Airport Loop Road exit on eastbound I-285 in Clayton County.

Clayton County Police Officer Jamine Moton said the 34-year-old driver's Toyota Camry hit the wall on the left side of the road. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin.

The wreck is under investigation.

Man fatally shot in Clayton County


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Police are investigating after a man was shot to death in Clayton County on Thursday.

According to Clayton County Police Officer Shelton Brown, officers responding to a shooting call at 6726 Tara Blvd. found the 36-year-old victim around 5:30 p.m.

More details are expected to be released later. Refresh for the latest updates.

 


Clayton County hospital files for bankruptcy


RIVERDALE, Ga. (WXIA) -- After struggling financially for many years, the only major hospital in Clayton County has declared bankruptcy.

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But it plans to stay afloat.

Southern Regional Medical Center handles 60,000 emergency room visits a year, a quarter of which come from uninsured patients. It is that burden that left Southern Regional hanging on financially.

The only way to survive? Go bankrupt.

"This would be the biggest hospital to close in Georgia," said Andy Miller, editor and CEO of Georgia Health News.

Audit possible on Sheriff Victor Hill spending


JONESBORO, GA -- The chairman of the Clayton County commission says taxpayer spending by Sheriff Victor Hill could "raise eyebrows" and may require an audit. The spending was first disclosed by the 11Alive Investigators following a six-month investigation into Hill's spending.

The investigation showed that Hill has spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on travel and trinkets. The travel includes three separate visits to a gulf coast casino, and $4787 worth of shiny, custom-made Victor Hill trinkets.