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Tennessee officials: Bounty hunters not hired to apprehend suspect


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A Tennessee Bail Bonding Agency chief says the two men arrested in Gwinnett County Sunday for forcibly entering a home and handcuffing a mother of seven during a search for her husband were not authorized to do anything but locate the man.

Tennessee Association of Professional Bail Agents President Charles White said in a telephone interview Kahlil Abdullah and Kevin Roberson were hired by a Nashville Bail Bonding company but only to track the man's location.

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"They were trained better and they knew better," he said.

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Bounty hunters charged with home invasion, kidnapping


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Two bail bondsmen from Tennessee were arrested in Gwinnett County after forcing their way into a home to take a man into custody.

It happened Sunday evening at a house in the 600 block of Castlebrooke Way in unincorporated Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett County police said the two men, Abdullah Khalil and Kevin Roberson, broke into the home and pointed guns at the people inside, including seven children. The bondsmen said they were looking for a man wanted in Ashland City, Tenn., for failing to appear on a traffic charge. Police said that man was home at the time; he jumped out of a window when the bail bondsmen arrived and is still at large.

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

(WXIA) -- J. Christopher's announced Monday it has "adopted" 16 families to give them the holiday of their dreams.

Every year, the restaurant chain helps the communities it serves by providing families in need with household goods, toys, books and school supplies. Customers have the option of giving gifts and donations to the cause.

This season's Adopt-a-Family campaign began Friday, Nov. 21. Participating locations and the schools their adopted families' children attend include:

4-month-old found dead, twin injured


SNELLVILLE, Ga -- Police charged a mother of six children with felony child cruelty after they found one of her four-month old twin's dead and another with life-threatening injuries.

Teila Williams, 24, of Snellville called 911 Sunday night and said her infant son was unresponsive. When police and emergency crews got to her home on Classic Drive they couldn't revive the boy.

A relative of Williams who came to the home pointed out to police that the boys twin sister didn't look right. Police said she appeared malnourished and pale.

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Murder-kidnap suspect on suicide watch


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Attorneys for a Georgia man and his daughter charged in the starvation death of an infant say they haven't been able to prepare for a court hearing because their clients are under suicide watch.

Police have said the 44-year-old Calvin McIntosh brought his 15-month-old daughter to a hospital on Nov. 11 but she was already dead. Police found the infant's 21-year-old mother and three children severely malnourished at a hotel. They say the man fathered two of the children with his 23-year-old daughter.

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Mother accused of burning 6-year-old son as punishment


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – A mother in Gwinnett County is charged with first-degree cruelty to children after allegedly burning her 6-year-old son as punishment.

According to the report from the Gwinnett County Police Department, a teacher at Jackson Elementary School saw marks on the boy's arm on Nov. 11 and contacted administrators. The boy initially told investigators that his mother accidentally touched him with an iron three times. He then said that he had been in trouble from school, and that his teacher called his mother because he was talking in class. He stated that his mother told him that if he told anyone about being burned with an iron, she would "cut him from his lips to his ears."