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Athens Clarke Co. officer arrested for molesting a child

ATHENS, Ga. -- A senior officer within the Athens-Clarke County Police Department is facing a molestation charge. He was suspended on Tuesday with plans set in motion to terminate his job on May 14.


Kristin Matthew "Kris" Ward, 26, is accused of abusing a Civil Air Patrol cadet over the course of more than a year beginning in 2010. The alleged victim was 16 or younger.

PETA to award arrested vet for saving dog in car

ATHENS, Ga. -- An army veteran who broke a car window to save an animal – and is now facing charges – will soon be receiving an award as well.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced Wednesday that the organization will be awarding Michael Hammons the Compassionate Action Award for his actions.

After finding a small dog locked inside a rapidly heating car at an Athens area shopping center, Michael Hammons made an attempt to save it.

He broke the car's window to free the dog.

Twilight Criterium rolls through Athens

ATHENS, Ga. -- The streets of Athens turned into a race track last weekend for the annual Twilight Criterium bicycle race.

The event is in its 35th year and attracts professional cycling teams from all over the country.

A team of riders from the Downtown Academy also took part in this year's race. United Healthcare donated 38 bikes so every student could participate, and St. Mary's Health Care System provided helmets for each child in the school.

Arrest made in robbery near UGA campus

ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with a robbery that happened close to the University of Georgia's campus Tuesday night.

Athens-Clarke County Police say a 44-year-old woman was approached by two masked men, including one who was armed with "an AK-style rifle," as she returned to her home on Dement Street.

"She was pushed to the ground and cash was taken from her," said Athens-Clark County Police Major Mark Sizemore.

Police say the men took $375 from the woman.

On Wednesday, police arrested 23-year-old Anthony Holloway in connection with the robbery.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Stolen 10-foot tall metal rooster recovered

Stolen 10-foot tall metal rooster recovered

4/13/2015 UPDATE: The giant metal rooster has been recovered! Police found the 300 pound bird in Oglethorpe County. Store owner Bonnie Harris said she's excited to have the mascot back at home and in one piece!


ATHENS, GA (WXIA) – There is something visibly missing from a vintage shop in Athens – a ten-foot tall metal rooster.

Out front, Lexington Road is a busy Athens block. Out back, one business is facing a question that has perhaps never been uttered:

"How do you steal a ten-foot rooster?"

Lexington Vintage is the kind of place where a ten-foot metallic rooster wouldn't seem out of place.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.