Portia Bruner, FOX 5 Atlanta

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Atlanta, GA, United States

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Past articles by Portia:

Metro Atlanta man credits quick-thinking waitress for saving his life

She has no medical training, but thought she had to do something to help the stranger. → Read More

Fulton deputy removes shirt, weapons to help woman on courthouse rooftop

Deputy Reynolds calmly stepped out onto the hot roof to help. → Read More

Church spring festival comes with COVID cash incentive

Salem Bible Church was one of the first churches in DeKalb County to distribute free COVID-19 tests to the public. → Read More

Atlanta Police Department unit targets repeat offenders

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens told reporters Tuesday, 30% of the suspects arrested by the Atlanta Police Department every week are men and women who have already been convicted of at least three felonies--repeat offenders who keep cycling through Atlanta's criminal justice system. → Read More

Teen from Georgia is finalist in 'stuck at prom' duct tape outfit contest

Zoe Tibbs could win a $10,000 scholarship for her colorful - and extra - peacock-inspired duct tape prom tuxedo. → Read More

Covington police offices saves choking toddler

HERO! A Covington police officer is being credited with saving the life of a 15-month-old boy who was choking. → Read More

Murder victim's mother, Atlanta businessman make plea for justice in salesman's shooting

NEW VIDEO RELEASED: The mother of murder victim DeAndre Houston made a direct appeal for help and a call for justice Monday. Someone fatally shot her son, a 29-year-old car salesman, as he left the Hookah Bar and Bistro on Luckie Street the night of January 7. → Read More

Clayton County deputy defends Sheriff, questions motives of federal indictment

Lt. Joshua Guthrie still can't believe his boss, Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, has been indicted on federal civil rights violations over the use of restraint chairs at the Clayton County Jail in 2020. The deputy said he thinks it's odd considering the many other violent encounters between law enforcement officers and civilians across the country. → Read More

Clergy members hold off on boycott following meeting with corporate executives

Black clergy members in Georgia met with several corporate executives Tuesday to discuss their concerns about the state's new election reform law. However, not every company invited to the discussion had a representative present, and faith leaders who oppose the law said everything is still on the table--including a boycott. → Read More

Law enforcement expert says Daunte Wright shooting puts added strain on civilian-police relations

Veteran Minnesota Police Officer Kim Potter and her police chief resigned Tuesday in the wake of protests over her deadly encounter with 20-year-old Daunte Wright on Sunday. According to her chief, Tim Gannon, Potter meant to grab her Taser--not her gun--as Wright reportedly resisted arrest during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. → Read More

Church offers different kind of service during COVID-19 pandemic

Reverend Eric Thomas of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church said he was grateful to be able to open the doors of his southwest Atlanta sanctuary for a different kind of church service during Holy Week. His church, along with St. Phillips AME and Jackson Memorial Baptist Church partnered with Walgreens to provide thousands of Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses. Rev. Thomas told FOX 5… → Read More

Organizers prepare 'Convoy of Care' to help Newnan tornado victims

Law enforcement officers are teaming up with trucking industry experts to help tornado victims in Coweta County. The organization "Convoy of Care" is collecting items to help men and women like Orlandis and Chloe Connally. Their home was one of many destroyed by the EF 4 tornado that ravaged Newnan last week. → Read More

DeKalb County parent expresses disappointment with in-person learning

Kristi Gage is frustrated with the method of in-person instruction at Henderson Middle School in DeKalb County. → Read More

New program helps shifts unemployed Georgians into allied health careers

Mylyn Ho, of Lawrenceville, is focused on her new career as an ophthalmic assistant and already has a full-time job lined up with an optometrist after she graduates in April from Ocuprep --an Allied Health training program that combines virtual and socially distant in-person instruction. → Read More

Activists demand documents, land donation from Norfolk Southern

Historians who've studied what happened on the grounds of the industrial site along Bolton Road and Interstate 285 said Black teenagers and young adult prison inmates were forced to build bricks for the Chattahoochee Brick Company a century ago. Thursday, community activists called the names of some of the teens in front of the midtown headquarters of Norfolk Southern Thursday--including males… → Read More

Freddie and Chelsea Freeman welcome sons born 6 weeks apart

Freddie and Chelsea Freeman's individual Instagram pages tell the story of a fun and eventful off-season for the young couple---one that came with the top honors for the Braves first baseman and the addition of two baby boys born six weeks apart in two different years. → Read More

Stonecrest mayor says power struggle is compromising his health

City of Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary offered an apology for speaking tersely to council members during an online virtual retreat during the last weekend of February. He was clearly irritated the five-member council had not yet selected one of the four people he nominated as Acting City Manager. When it became clear his pointed remarks offended some on the council Sunday, he offered this… → Read More

DeKalb County dentist hopes extended wait for second vaccine dose ends soon

As a dentist, Dr. Amanda Arriaran gets about as close to the potential sources of the COVID-19 virus as any health care professional on the frontline of this coronavirus pandemic--which is why the young health care provider made a point to get vaccinated. → Read More

Archaeologists validate deacon's claims that county paved over Black cemetery

The Kinnemore family of DeKalb County cherishes their gravesite that sits off Wilson Road not far from Lawrenceville Highway. It sits above a far more expansive piece of property now identified by archaeologists as an African-American cemetery paved over by the county and private developers in the late-1960s. → Read More

Ahmaud Arbery's mother reflects a year after her son was gunned down

There are many things Wanda Cooper Jones misses about her son, Ahmaud Arbery. → Read More