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Hall commissioners approve special needs development

GAINESVILLE, GA (WXIA) -- The Hall County Commission voted Thursday evening to approve a plan to build a special needs housing complex in the southern portion of the county. 

The vote passed four votes to one. 

11Alive's Jeremy Campbell says that 2nd District commissioner Billy Powell noted that the crowd attending the meeting was one of the largest ever to attend a meeting. He asked for those supporting, then those opposing the housing complex to stand, in order to gauge the room. The crowd appeared to have been evenly mixed in its support.

Commissioner Kathy Cooper made a motion to deny, but no other commissioner seconded the motion -- until the commission chair placed a second in order to engage discussion of the matter. However, the motion to deny did not survive the commission's vote. 

Dueling petitions on special needs housing vote


ATLANTA -- Dueling petitions try to influence a Hall County Commission vote Thursday night on a special needs housing complex.

Shoplifting suspect accused of biting pregnant clerk

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- A woman was jailed without bond after reportedly shoplifting, then attacking a pregnant woman who tried to stop her.

It happened Aug. 29 at the Dollar General in the 5600 block of Atlanta Highway in Hall County.

Hall County Sheriff's officials said Bridgette Hughes entered the store at around 11 a.m., took merchandise and left without paying for it. An employee followed Hughes and confronted her in the parking lot.

According to a police report, Hughes struck the employee, Michele Bagwell, in the face several times. She also bit Bagwell's hand. Hughes' two young children watched the altercation.

Witnesses called 911, and Hughes was arrested at the scene. Investigators determined she was also in possession of Adderall that was not prescribed to her.

Bagwell, who is pregnant, was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for observation.

Braselton police officer in custody after SWAT standoff

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- A Braselton police officer was taken into custody after a four hour stand-off with Hall County SWAT.

Lt. Robert Allen Holt was charged with battery and kidnapping of his wife. The SWAT incident took place at 6437 River Hill Drive in Flowery Branch around 9:11 p.m. Saturday night. Neighbors called police after hearing a woman screaming for help.

Suspect captured after officer-involved shooting

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A suspect in a recent officer-involved shooting in Gwinnett County has been arrested in Flowery Branch.

Marc Black, 26, was taken into custody at around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police said he was the passenger in a car that was pulled over after officers spotted him inside. He has been charged with aggravated assault upon a peace officer.

Black is accused of driving the car that tried to run down a Gwinnett County Sheriff's deputy Monday evening in the 4900 block of Braselton Highway in Hoschton, down the street from Mill Creek High School.


Opportunities keep coming for player who camped out

5/4/ 2015 UPDATE: The opportunities keep coming for Donte Rumph. After flying out to try out for the New York Jets last week, Rumph is getting another shot in the Big Apple.

Rumph tweeted on Monday that he got a call from the New York Giants.

But that's not all all. Later in the day, Rumph said that he'd also spoken with the Oakland Raiders.

Where will "Cupcake" end up? We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out the original story of his perseverance:


FLOWERY BRANCH, GA (WXIA) -- A football player let go from the Atlanta Falcons after training camp last fall is asking for a second chance.

Donte Rumph is camping by the training facility in Flowery Branch to show his commitment.

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.