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Gun found on Clayton County elementary student

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Pointe South Elementary student was taken into custody after a teacher found a small hand gun in the student's backpack on Monday afternoon. 

According to Clayton County Schools spokesperson David Waller, the teacher learned about the hand gun when another student reported it. 

The student was taken into custody and suspended pending a school tribunal. 

Parents of students at Pointe South should receive letters concerning this matter on Tuesday. 

 

Clayton sheriff race presents challenge for voters

JONESBORO, Ga. -- In terms of volunteer lung power, Garland Watkins owned the Clayton County sheriff's race Friday at the early voting site in downtown Jonesboro. 

Watkins volunteers waved placards and tried to speak with every voter approaching the old historic courthouse, where a line of voters snaked onto the front lawn.

Watkins is more than an underdog. As a write-in candidate, history suggests he has almost no chance of beating the only candidate on the ballot, former sheriff Victor Hill.

"It makes sense to re-elect Victor Hill," said Baniecea Ellerbe after voting Friday.

Hill has a loyal following in Clayton County, in spite of a multi-count felony indictment that would likely prevent him from taking office if he's re-elected. Hill says he's innocent.  Hill had zero volunteer presence outside the early voting site, yet plenty of support.

"I'm a Victor Hill die hard fan," said Baniecea Ellerbe after voting Friday.

Victor Hill still hopeful under indictment

Victor Hill still hopeful under indictment

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Victor Hill is poised to win the sheriff's election in Clayton County despite a felony indictment.

But the charges could ultimately lead to him being suspended or tossed from office.

Hill lost his bid to be re-elected as Clayton County's sheriff in 2008. But he ran again and defeated incumbent Kem Kimbrough in a runoff in August. Now he's the only candidate on the ballot. And his only opposition is the current chief deputy, Garland Watkins, who has mounted an aggressive write-in campaign.

Chick-fil-A to participate in Operation Christmas Child

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Local Chick-fil-A restaurants are participating in Operation Christmas Child beginning on Thursday. 

"We are thrilled to partner with Operation Christmas Child and our communities to bring a little joy to needy children around the world through the generosity of Clayton County," said Chick-fil-A Dwarf House General Manager Eric Stallings.

Operation Christmas Child is a charity which stuffs shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene products for children ages 5 to 9. 

For every one shoe box donated, Chick-fil-A will donates a coupon which can be redeemed for a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich. 

Instructions and ideas on how to stuff your box can be found at your local Clayton County Chick-fil-A, Dwarf House or Truett's Grill restaurants and the Samaritan's Purse website. 

Students stranded by Sandy come home

JONESBORO, Ga. -- The 40 metro Atlanta students who were stranded in New York by Hurricane Sandy arrived home safely Thursday.

The Jonesboro High School and Atlanta International School students weathered the storm in their Brooklyn hotel after a mock trial competition over the weekend. The Jonesboro team came in fourth in the world.

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"It was a little scary at times, but out coaches took care of us and we knew that they had everything under control," said Jonesboro High student Kiara Scott.

"I knew they were fine, I knew they were good," said her mother Luella Scott. "It's just for my child to go through a hurricane without me, it's just a little nerve-racking."

Used tire store destroyed by fire

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A used tire store on Riverdale Road was destroyed by a fire late Wednesday.

Clayton County Fire Capt. Walter Barber said flames were shooting through the roof of the building when firefighters arrived at around 11:30 p.m. After making sure no one was in the building, crews allowed the fire to take its course.

Barber said the fire did not appear to be suspicious, but arson investigators were called to the scene.

No injuries were reported.

Wear a Halloween costume to Krispy Kreme, get a free doughnut

ATLANTA -- Krispy Kreme locations in Atlanta, and nationwide, are offering free doughnuts to customers for wearing Halloween costumes into stores.

According to a Krispy Kreme spokesperson, doughnut fans of all ages are invited to wear costumes all day on Wednesday, October 31 for a free doughnut, while supplies last.

There are four flavors of doughnuts being offered, including Pumpkin, Halloween Sprinkle, Spider Wed and Pumpkin Spice Cake.

The spokesperson said the Krispy Kreme teams have fun on Halloween and like to offer the doughnuts on a friendly occasion.