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Rally to save Norcross retail landmark falls short


NORCROSS, GA (WXIA) -- A controversial vote Monday night will allow the demolition of a Gwinnett County community landmark that has been a popular market and gathering place for a generation.

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The Norcross City Council says the city needs the property, despite the protest of all of those who spoke Monday night.

Norcross residents know that part of what makes up the fabric of the city is the shopping plaza and gathering place known as Plaza Latina on Buford Highway.

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Ex-Hindu Temple leader sentenced for fraud

Ex-Hindu Temple leader sentenced for fraud

ATLANTA -- The former leader of the now defunct Hindu Temple of Georgia will spend 27 years and three months in prison after being convicted on a number of federal charges.

Annamalai Annamalai was found guilty last August of 34 counts, including bank fraud, tax fraud, bankruptcy fraud and obstruction. He is also now forbidden from offering spiritual services in exchange for money.

Prosecutors said Annamalai, a self-proclaimed "priest" and "child prodigy," convinced his victims they needed spiritual guidance and had to pay him in order to receive it. He then charged the victims' credit cards multiple times in excess of the agreed amounts.

When the victims disputed the extra charges, Annamalai provided the credit card companies with false documents that justified the purchases. He also manipulated audio recordings to make it sound like the victims agreed to pay the charges, according to information presented in court.

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.

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

(WXIA) -- There's nothing sweet about completing your taxes -- but Great American Cookies wants to change that.

On Wednesday, Apr. 15, all Atlanta-area Great American Cookies locations will offer each customer a free sugar cookie. It will be the third time the cookie chain has offered a little sweet relief on Tax Day.

"Only in the world of Great American Cookies is Tax Day this enjoyable," Great American Cookies Brand VP David Kaiser said in a release. "After all those tax forms and number crunching, we think everyone deserves a treat to savor."

No purchase or proof of completed taxes is necessary to take advantage of the free cookie promotion.

Participating locations in metro Atlanta include:

Atlanta
* Atlantic Station
* Centennial Olympic Park
* Greenbriar Mall
* Lenox Square
* Peachtree Center

Clarke County
* Georgia Square Mall

Clayton County
* Southlake Mall

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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.

Suspect eats chips while robbing Metro PCS


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police are looking for a hungry thief who robbed a Metro PCS store while eating a bag of chips.

The robbery happened Mar. 30 at the store in the 4600 block of Jimmy Carter Boulevard in unincorporated Norcross.

A Metro PCS employee told police he was setting up a display outside the store when the suspect approached and asked for help purchasing a power cord. The suspect was holding a Food Depot shopping bag and eating from a pack of chips.

The employee said the suspect selected a product, and the two of them walked to the register to complete the transaction. The suspect them pulled a handgun out of his waistband, pointed it at the employee and demanded money.

The suspect told the employee to empty all the store's registers and a nearby purse. He forced the victim into a back room and told him to stay there, then left the store.

Would-be Norcross bank robber sought

Would-be Norcross bank robber sought

NORCROSS, Ga. – Authorities are searching for a man they say tried to rob a bank in Norcross.

According to the Gwinnett County Police Department, the suspect walked into a SunTrust Bank at 5950 Jimmy Carter Blvd. just after 10 a.m. on March 28. He then passed a note to a clerk demanding money and raised his shirt to display a handgun. Police said that due the amount of time it was taking the teller to open the drawer, the suspect left the bank without getting any money.

The suspect was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. He was described as being in 30s and standing between 5'11" and 6'1" with a medium.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).