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Victor Hill's lawyer challenges Clayton prosecutor on charges

JONESBORO, Ga. -- How is Victor Hill going to defend himself? A picture is beginning to emerge.

Hill is the former Clayton County Sheriff who is running again for election to his old job. But as he campaigns, he is under indictment stemming crimes the state says he committed during his earlier term in office.

Hill was a no-show at his own motions hearing at the Clayton County Courthouse Monday afternoon. His absence was excused by the judge. Hill is accused of using the Clayton County Sheriff's Office during the four years he was Sheriff, from 2005 to 2009, as a corrupt, racketeering enterprise, using county employees and assets, and his own campaign funds, for his own, personal use.

At the hearing, Hill's attorney, Steve Frey, demanded that the prosecutor, Layla Zon, produce even a shred of evidence that the accusations are anything but unprovable attacks by political rivals.

Accident causes delays on I-285 WB at I-75

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- The accident on I-285 WB in Clayton County near I-75 has been relocated to the right shoulder. 

However Delays extend 3 to 5 miles behind the accident location.

Motorists are being urged to use "alternate routes".  The Georgia DOT estimated the accident should be clear by 5:45 p.m.

Bad hat bandit?

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Riverdale Police are hoping someone will see past the sunglasses and wide brimmed hat and recognize a man captured on surveillance footage during a bank robbery Friday. 

According to Riverdale Police, the man walked into the Bank of America on Church and Main streets at about 11:15 a.m. and demanded $50 and $100 bills. Someone managed to push a panic button but he still managed to get away. Police said the man calmly walked out. No one saw him getting into a vehicle.

The man is described as a black male in his early to mid 20s with a medium build. He appears to be between 5-feet-8-inches to 6-feet tall and to weigh about 145 pounds.

Anyone who recognizes him or has information on the robbery is asked to call Investigator R. Bailey with Riverdale Police at (770) 909-5427.

Police need help locating man who robbed Bank of America

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- The Riverdale Police Department is looking for a suspect who robbed a Bank of America in Riverdale on Friday morning at 11:30 a.m.

The suspect is a black male with a medium build, between 20 and 25-years-old, 5'08" to 6-feet-tall, weighing around 145 pounds.

Police said the man came into the Bank of America at 6656 Church St., and demanded 50 and 100-dollar bills.

He calmly walked out of the bank after the teller had pressed the panic button and gave up the money.  The suspect was not seen getting into any vehicle.

Anyone with information on the suspect, or comes in contact with him is asked to call Investigator R. Bailey at (770) 909-5437 or (770) 909-5427.

 

Ga. to cut archives access, lay off state workers

Ga. to cut archives access, lay off state workers

ATLANTA -- Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Thursday that his office will close the State Archives in Morrow and lay off employees because of budget cuts sought by Gov. Nathan Deal.

The closure takes effect Nov. 1. Thereafter, Kemp says, the archives will be open only by appointment. The facility houses a range of historical records used by amateur and professional historians, genealogy researchers, students, attorneys, instructors and others.

The secretary did not say how many state employees will be let go.

Kemp said he believes the move will make Georgia the only state in the country without an accessible archive that has regular hours.

A spokesman in the governor's office noted that every agency, including Deal's office, must cut spending by 3 percent.

Both Kemp and Deal are Republicans.

Game of Week 4 Results

Here's the game you chose as Game of the Week for Friday Night Alive's High School Football coverage for September 14.

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Peachtree Ridge at Duluth - 19,709 (49%)
Salem at Heritage - 16,317 (40%)
Kell at Lassiter - 2,571 (6%) 
Alpharetta at Lovejoy - 1,764 (4%) 

We'll highlight the schools on Friday Night Alive on WATL at 10:30p.m and on WXIA during 11Alive News at 11p.m.

Come back to see which schools are up for the Game of Week 5

TOP COLLEGES | Where do Georgia's schools stand?

ATLANTA -- U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of the top U.S. colleges and universities.

Emory, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia are at the head of the class, but several other local schools were featured on a variety of lists.

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