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USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Lacrosse Poll

ATLANTA -- The USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Lacrosse Poll is ready for inspection. As the post season gets closer, the name at the top remains the same.

The Milton Eagles are still soaring high above this week's countdown. Centenniel is next, with Lassiter, Decatur, and Northview completing the Top 5.

Chattahoochee is sixth, followed by Lambert, Westminster, Lovett, and Walton rounding out the Top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 is computer generated and produced exclusively by USA Today High School Sports for 11Alive News

Help Desk: Local police departments looking to hire personnel

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Several counties surrounding Atlanta are looking to hire qualified officers to patrol the streets.  Many counties hire personnel on a revolving basis, while some departments are holding special recruiting events.  

The 11Alive Help Desk wants to make you aware of the  many available opportunities to join the ranks of local law enforcement.

The Atlanta Police Department is continually looking to add new officers to their department, and will be holding recruiting events on Saturday, April 27 and Monday, April 29 beginning at 8 a.m. sharp.  Before the event, applicants are expected to complete an online application.  The only document needed to attend the recruiting event is a valid state driver's license.

Cobb firefighters to hold boot drive

Cobb firefighters to hold boot drive

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County firefighters will hold their annual Give Burns the Boot fundraiser later this month.

The firefighters (and their boots) will be out in the community on three upcoming Fridays -- Apr. 26, May 3 and May 10.

Money raised by Give Burns the Boot goes to the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, which supports the M. Still Burn Center in Augusta and the burn unit at Grady Memorial Hospital. Some of the money also goes to Camp Oo-U-La, the state's camp for burn-injured children.

Major accident blocks all lanes of I-75 travel in Cobb Co.

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A major accident has blocked all lanes of travel on Interstate 75 southbound.

According to Georgia Department of Transportation, multiple vehicles were involved in a wreck on I-75 southbound at Delk Road (Exit 261).

All lanes are blocked. All motorists are advised to take alternate routes if traveling near the area, as heavy congestion is causing delays.

Workers expect the scene to be cleared around 5:00 p.m.


Waste Watchers: Tax dollars to charity

MARIETTA, Ga. - Close to a million dollars from Cobb County taxpayers will go to area non-profits this year, and a local watchdog group is outraged.

The head of the Cobb Taxpayers Association says he doesn't want the county deciding whether or not his money should go to charity.

"The very nature of a charity is voluntary non-profit association," says Lance Lamberton. "Taxpayers should be able to make that choice and not have the county make it for them. What is it about voluntary that Cobb County doesn't understand?"

Cobb County commissioners have given the okay for 27 charities to divide a total of $963,695 in taxpayer dollars. MUST ministries will receive $30,520. Big Brothers Big Sisters will get $35,300. Other charities receiving taxpayer dollars include Safepath Children's Advocacy Center, Sheltering Arms, and The Tommy Nobis Center.

Kennsaw State earns first ever lacrosse victory

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Kennesaw State lacrosse team made history Friday night at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

Behind the offensive firepower of junior Emily Collins and freshman Senneca Ward, and the stellar goalkeeping of freshman goalie Beth Cochran, the Owls defeated Atlantic Sun Conference rival Howard, 14-13, to record the program's first-ever win. Collins tallied a program-record seven goals and Ward equaled a career-best with six scores, while Cochran established a career-high with 14 saves.

Kennesaw State (1-7, 1-1) recorded several firsts in the game, including its first-ever halftime lead, largest lead and first come-from-behind victory.

The Owls withstood a late rally by the Bison (1-13, 0-2), who scored four straight goals to tie the score at 13:13 with 1:35 remaining before Collins scored the game-winner with 1:05 to play.

Man arrested for fatal hit and run with Marietta bicyclist

MARIETTA, Ga. -- According to all who knew him, 25-year-old Joseph Gathambiri was full of life and befriended all he met.

Despite his hearing impairment, "Deaf Joe", as his friends called him, enjoyed using sign language to make his own rap videos.

"Even with no voice, he still, you know, he did it every day in front of his computer and it's something he loved to do, especially in his free time," his brother, Steven, told 11 Alive News on Wednesday.

Joe worked as a cook at a Marietta Burger King and was riding his bicycle to work just before 5 Wednesday morning when a hit-and-run driver killed him on South Marietta Parkway near the Cobb Community Transit bus center.

"If you hit someone and you leave them, that's horrible, that's like, you know, that's the worst thing you can ever do," his brother added.

Joe's family, who moved here from Kenya 7 years ago, were supported in their grief by friends and church members.