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Severe storms possible Thursday

Severe storms possible Thursday

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Thunderstorms expected across north and central Georgia Thursday could turn severe.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City says the main threats from the storms on Thursday and Thursday night will be large hail, potentially damaging wind and lightning.

A hazardous weather outlook from the weather service indicates the storms are part of an upper-level pressure system moving southeast toward Georgia.

Homeless Army veteran spared pauper's burial

CANTON, Ga. (WXIA) -- An Army veteran who died without a home or family has been spared a pauper's funeral.

Former Army medic Wendell Doughty, who passed away surrounded by strangers, will receive a full military service thanks to an organization that cares for homeless veterans.

"It does make you sad," said Greg Free, a Marietta funeral home director. "You never want to believe anybody feels like they've been forgotten. That's what this man must have felt, like he was forgotten."

Doughty was one of the 150,000 military veterans nationwide who end up living on the streets. He had no wife or children. Those who got to know him as he neared death could find no next-of-kin, not even a photograph of the 50-year-old in his military uniform. He lived his last days in hospice care.

"He was facing being buried in a pauper's grave or a city grave," said Free. "With him being a vet, we wanted to make sure that didn't happen."

CANTON | Homeless veteran to be given military funeral

CANTON, Ga. -- A homeless College Park veteran will receive a proper military burial despite dying without a home, money or any known family members. 

Wendell Doughty, who died, recently, at the age of 50, served in the military for three years as a medical specialist for the US Army. 

On behalf of The Dignity Memorial Homelss Veterans Burial Program, Doughty will receive a graveside service, complete with military funeral honors "including the folding and presentation of the American flag and the playing of Taps." 

According to Greg Free of the Dignity Memorial Veterans Burial Program, "We're honored to be able to give Mr. Doughty the dignified military service he deserves."

WEEKEND EVENTS | BaconFest, Open House and the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Fest

WEEKEND EVENTS | BaconFest, Open House and the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Fest

ATLANTA - It's spring break and most of the city has run from the beach or the mountains. The weekend forecast calls for bright skies and everyone left in the city will be soaking up the sun. Check out some of the events being held around the city.

Come out to Dad's Garage for live music, games and BACON! The 12th Annual BaconFest will be held on Saturday, March 31 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Inman Park theatre. BaconFest! is a celebration chock-ful-of bacon, PBR and Ale Yeah! beer; the event, also, features a silent auction, a wheelchair obstacle course and performances by Darling Norman. Tickets to BaconFest start out at $25 and are on sale to all Atlantans who are 21 and older. BaconFest will be held outside in the parking lots of Dad's Garage Theatre in Inman Park at 280 Elizabeth Street, Suite C- 101. Attendees are encouraged to take MARTA. 

Truck Plunges Into Motel Pool in Canton

Canton, Ga. - Canton Police were quick to respond about 9:00 p.m. Friday night when a truck plunged into a motel pool at 101 Juniper St.  The truck carrying a man and a 12 year old girl, left the road, went through a fence, and into the Days Inn pool.

Canton Police Spokewoman Sergeant Stacy Bailey says the water in the truck was up to the necks of the two victims when four Canton officers jumped in and helped pull them from the vehicle.

She says the girl suffered a small cut and the driver will be okay.

Bailey says the driver of the vehicle reportedly had a history of seizures and she says he suffered a seizure at the time of the accident. There were no other injuries.  

CANTON | 2 more arrested in beating of Ala. man

CANTON, Ga. -- Cherokee County Police say two additional arrests have been made in a recent case involving a man who was beaten and stuffed into the trunk of a car.

U.S. Marshals arrested 24-year-old Will Cortez Robinson and 22-year-old Robert Silva Jr., both of Atlanta, on Thursday.

The two suspects have been charged with battery, assault and kidnapping in the beating of Alabama resident Lyndon Baines Smith.

Smith was recovered from the trunk of 22-year-old Melvin Floyd's car earlier this month. The Cleburne County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office contacted the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office to say that Floyd had been pulled over while driving through the county.

The victim was taken to an Alabama hospital with multiple facial and rib fractures.

Atlanta breaks another pollen count record

ATLANTA -- Friday marks the 15th consecutive day Atlanta's pollen count has topped 1000, a new record. Friday's figure is 1275, high for mulberry, oak, pine and sycamore trees.