First Slice 12-18-13: APD's Path Force Unit opens new Beltline precinct

Plus, a small plane bursts crashes in northwest Atlanta, bursts into flames, and kills two


Atlanta Police's Path Force Unit yesterday opened its Atlanta Beltline precinct at the Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing off of Memorial Drive.

Two people last night died in a northwest Atlanta plane crash. The aircraft, which ignited into flames, took off around 7 p.m. from Fulton County Airport and was headed to New Orleans. "It looked like it was coming straight for our house, and at the last minute, dipped its wings over and it banked really hard right," one nearby resident told the AJC. "It landed a couple hundred yards away from our house, and I thought it hit a neighbor's house."

Lawyers for Michael Brandon Hill, the 20-year-old gunman who fired shots at McNair Discovery Learning Academy, are claiming that he's not mentally competent enough to stand trial.

A forthcoming biopic on Gregg Allman's life, titled Midnight Rider, is scheduled to be filmed in Savannah, Ga., next February.

Georgia's Public Service Commission OK'd a $873 million Georgia Power rate increase for 2014. "We want a company that has the financial strength to make the necessary investments (to serve customers)," Georgia Power attorney Kevin Greene recently said about the rate hike. "Finding that balance is always difficult."

Three students at the New Schools at Carver have been charged with reckless conduct after knocking their French teacher unconscious.

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