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Volunteers work through the night to prepare Thanksgiving meals

Volunteers are getting ready to serve a Thanksgiving feast for thousands of people in need.

We'll have LIVE coverage from inside the Georgia World Congress Center, on Channel 2 Action News at Noon.       Channel 2 Action News went to the DeKalb County Jail Wednesday as they prepared the annual Hosea Helps Thanksgiving dinner.

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Volunteers will dish up the meals to thousands of people at the Georgia World Congress Center.      The festivities start at 10 a.m.

Woman missing after traveling to daughter's home before Thanksgiving

The Dunwoody Police Department needs help finding an 80-year-old woman. 

Channel 2's Audrey Washington is talking with family members to find any clues, on Channel 2 Action News at Noon. 

The department told Channel 2 Action News Velma Harrison, 80, left her home on Village Oaks Drive to go to her daughter's home in Norcross Wednesday evening and never made it. 

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Police said Harrison is driving a white four-door Acura 3.2TL with Georgia tag PCX1377.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Dunwoody Police Department at  678-382-6919. 

 

Woman missing after traveling to daughter's home before Thanksgiving

The Dunwoody Police Department needs help finding an 80-year-old woman. 

Channel 2's Audrey Washington is talking with family members to find any clues, on Channel 2 Action News at Noon. 

The department told Channel 2 Action News Velma Harrison, 80, left her home on Village Oaks Drive to go to her daughter's home in Norcross Wednesday evening and never made it. 

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Police said Harrison is driving a white four-door Acura 3.2TL with Georgia tag PCX1377.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Dunwoody Police Department at  678-382-6919. 

 

Traffic alert: Thanksgiving half marathon to close roads in Atlanta

Battling Thanksgiving traffic is mainly a concern for travelers, but Atlanta residents should also be aware of potential congestion in the city. 

Count on Triple Team Traffic to guide you around the closures, on Channel 2 Action News This Morning. 

One event that will cause temporary street closures is the Atlanta Track Club’s Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K, which takes participants on a 13.1 mile tour through the heart of Atlanta. It runs from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The half marathon begins near the Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field) and passes by attractions such as Atlantic Station, Piedmont Park and Oakland Cemetery. 

The race will close lanes on busy roads such Juniper, Marietta and 14th streets. See the course map below, and you can check out a complete list of impacted roads here.

Traffic around Georgia State Stadium may also be increased on Saturday, as the university’s team plays Appalachian State there at 2 p.m.

Traffic alert: Thanksgiving half marathon to close roads in Atlanta

Battling Thanksgiving traffic is mainly a concern for travelers, but Atlanta residents should also be aware of potential congestion in the city. 

Count on Triple Team Traffic to guide you around the closures, on Channel 2 Action News This Morning. 

One event that will cause temporary street closures is the Atlanta Track Club’s Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K, which takes participants on a 13.1 mile tour through the heart of Atlanta. It runs from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

RELATED STORIES:

The half marathon begins near the Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field) and passes by attractions such as Atlantic Station, Piedmont Park and Oakland Cemetery. 

The race will close lanes on busy roads such Juniper, Marietta and 14th streets. See the course map below, and you can check out a complete list of impacted roads here.

Traffic around Georgia State Stadium may also be increased on Saturday, as the university’s team plays Appalachian State there at 2 p.m.

Police warn of car break-ins ahead of holiday season

Police are warning people in one North Fulton County neighborhood about criminals on the prowl.

Video obtained by Channel 2 Action News shows a would-be thief trying car doors. The video shows a thief stalking a quiet Alpharetta neighborhood, looking for valuables left in cars. He appears armed and tries door after door until he finds what he's looking for -- one that's unlocked, giving him easy access to what's inside.

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"It's eerie knowing that somebody's been in there and invaded your privacy a little bit," said Emily Downs, who told Willis her car was invaded. "You open the car door and immediately everything is strewn across the seats."

Police said it was one of at least 20 vehicles hit overnight Tuesday .

"They just tugged on the door handle. When that handle opens up, they were able to take those items. And and nobody knows that they're there because they're in bed sleeping," said Jason Muenzer with the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety.

Muenzer spoke to Channel 2's Carl Willis because he wanted people to remember this is the time of the year when this type of crime increases. He said everyone needs to lock up.

"We live in a great city. We're very fortunate to have many patrolmen patrolling these neighborhoods on a regular basis, but we can't be everywhere at one time," he said.

Muenzer said crooks found car keys, purses and electronics in the cars and only smashed into one locked vehicle because they could see hunting rifles on the seats.

"We've got a Black Friday. We've got Christmas, New Year's. We're just trying to get out in front of this. We want to make sure that all residents know that when you're coming home, you're taking your items inside," he said.

Downs said neighbors are already making changes to make sure thieves like this guy walk away empty handed.

"It definitely didn't sit well with the neighborhood so it will definitely be a little tighter around here."

 

 

Group handing out food to homeless receives ticket for not having permit

Atlanta police have been handing out the flyers across the city telling people that a permit is needed to give food to the homeless.

The fliers are being used as a warning to those trying to help the homeless. Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon found one group who received more than a warning.

Instead of getting praise for helping Atlanta’s homeless, Adele Maclean and Marlon Kautz say they’re getting punished for it.

“We’re looking at a citation,” Maclean said.

Channel 2 Action News’ cameras were there when police wrote the pair a ticket for handing out food to the homeless without a permit.

“I mean outrageous, right? Of all the things to be punished for, giving free food to people who are hungry?” Maclean told Wilfon.

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The pair said they give food to the homeless every Sunday in Atlanta’s Woodruff Park, and have never heard of needing a permit.

“It seems ridiculous to me that they would be spending their time and resources on stopping people from feeding the homeless,” said Maclean said.

Wilfon contacted the city to find out what was going on. A city representative said the Fulton and DeKalb County boards of health both require permits to give food to the homeless and the city of Atlanta enforces those requirements.

While the requirements aren’t new, Atlanta police told Wilfon they recently started more strictly enforcing them for several reasons.

The city believes there are better ways to help the homeless, like getting them into programs and shelters. They are also taking issue with the litter the food distributions leave behind.

Ben Parks, who runs a nonprofit for the homeless, told Wilfon he can see the argument from both sides.

“I understand where the city’s coming from. I understand when they see groups come in and leave a bunch of trash behind," Parks said.

While this ordinance is also on the books in DeKalb County, DeKalb police told Wilfon Wednesday that they are not using police to enforce it. They’re leaving that up to the health department.

City cracking down on feeding homeless without permit

Atlanta police have been handing out the flyers across the city telling people that a permit is needed to give food to the homeless.

The fliers are being used as a warning to those trying to help the homeless.

Why the city says this rule is now being strictly enforced, on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m.

Channel 2 Action News’ cameras were there when police wrote a ticket to a man and woman for handing out food to the homeless without a permit.

The pair said they give food to the homeless every Sunday in Atlanta’s Woodruff Park, and have never heard of needing a permit.

We took the issue to the city. They say the ordinance is nothing new. 

City cracking down on feeding homeless without permit

Atlanta police have been handing out the flyers across the city telling people that a permit is needed to give food to the homeless.

The fliers are being used as a warning to those trying to help the homeless.

Why the city says this rule is now being strictly enforced, on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m.

Channel 2 Action News’ cameras were there when police wrote a ticket to a man and woman for handing out food to the homeless without a permit.

The pair said they give food to the homeless every Sunday in Atlanta’s Woodruff Park, and have never heard of needing a permit.

We took the issue to the city. They say the ordinance is nothing new. 

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