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Firefighters save trucker from burning big rig


PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City fire rescue crews saved a trucker whose big rig went up in flames early Friday.

Crews were able to put the fire out before it could spread to a building that the truck was docked against on Guthrie Way.

Rescuers say the driver managed to get out of the sleeper cab wearing only shorts.

Crews picked through all the burned debris and found his keys and wallet. Firefighters got him some shoes and a T-shirt and brought him to a hotel.

There is no word on what caused the fire.

Attempted kidnapper's sentence overturned by high court


FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- A man convicted of trying to kidnap two boys in Peachtree City had his charges and prison sentence overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court.

Andrew Magnuson was sentenced in 2002 to 40 years in prison and 25 on probation after pleading guilty to all counts against him.

But in an opinion published Monday, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh Thompson wrote the plea was invalid because Magnuson suffered from a mental disorder.

"Magnuson's mental health condition prevented him from understanding the consequences of his plea," the opinion says, siding with a defense attorney's argument that Magnuson should not have been allowed to enter a group plea, as he did after his arrest and indictment.

VIDEO: 'Walking Dead' star arrested in Georgia


PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – The arrest of a The Walking Dead star in Georgia was captured on police dashcam.

Peachtree City Police say they clocked Seth Gilliam going 107 mph in a 55 mph zone early Sunday morning.

Gilliam plays Reverend Gabriel Stokes on the hit AMC Show, which is filmed in Senoia, Ga.

Gilliam was taken to the Fayette County Jail and charged with reckless driving, DUI, drug possession and speeding. He posted a $9,818 bond and was released.

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Peachtree City's council votes against proposed water park


PEACHTREE CITY, GA (WXIA) – Hundreds of Peachtree City residents rallied to prevent a new water park, and it appears they may have gotten their way.

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So many people attended Thursday night's city council meeting, that dozens of them had to watch through the windows from outside of City Hall. The question the city council had to deal with is whether the proposed water park was "out of character" for one of metro Atlanta's most meticulously planned communities.

Peachtree City homeowners protest indoor water park


PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Homeowners in Peachtree City are rallying against a plan to build an indoor water park resort.

Great Wolf Lodge wants to redevelop a 38-acre tract of land that backs into a residential neighborhood to build the hotel and several restaurants.

Supporters say it will bring jobs and much needed tax revenue. Opponents say it will reduce their property values and cause traffic, water and noise pollution.

The planning commission voted unanimously against the rezoning request. The city council will make the final decision tonight, after giving both sides one hour to speak.


Watch 11Alive News tonight at 11 for more!

Former Peachtree City Police Chief released on bond


PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (WXIA) -- Former Police Chief William McCollom reported to the Fayette County Jail Thursday after being indicted for shooting his former wife. He was charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

McCollom arrived at the jail a few minutes after noon Thursday.

Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard announced in March he would seek the misdemeanor indictment against McCollom.

The indictment was returned by the grand jury after hearing from only one witness, a GBI agent who conducted the investigation into what happened in McCollum's bedroom on January 1.

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.