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Mystery illness in Buckhead blamed on parasite

ATLANTA -- A Buckhead doctor is seeing case after case of a strange illness come into his office. All patients have the same symptoms -- a terrible stomach bug, debilitating them for weeks at a time.

The mystery sickness began spreading in June. In some cases, doctors have narrowed it down to a treatable parasite.

But one question remains -- where did it start?


That's what Ashley Gelber wants to know. She lives near Chastain Park, and she and two neighbors came down with the illness back in June. Gelber is still sick, and dozens in her community are dealing with the same symptoms.

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CHAT LIVE: Buckhead mystery illness

ATLANTA -- A Buckhead doctor is seeing case after case of a strange illness come into his office. All patients have the same symptoms -- a terrible stomach bug, debilitating them for weeks at a time.

11Alive medical correspondent Dr. Sujatha Reddy will join us from 5 p.m to 6 p.m. to answer your questions about the illness.

Click here to see the story, leave your questions in the chat below and check back at 5 to get the answers you need.

Mass same-sex wedding planned in Buckhead

CHICAGO (AP) - Celebrity chef Art Smith of Chicago was planning to throw a massive wedding ceremony Sunday in Atlanta. He says it will become a celebration of the Supreme Court's historic ruling.

Smith says the court's decision Friday means America "truly is the land of the free."

Smith's "101 Gay Weddings" event will be at the Intercontinental Hotel in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. He held a similar event in February in Miami Beach.

Smith married his husband, Jesus Salgueiro (Sahl-GAIR'-ee-oh), on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. A Chicago resident, Smith is known as Oprah Winfrey's chef and owner of the Chicago restaurant Table 52.

Fear and frustration in Buckhead after four home invasions

ATLANTA-- Katy Romano and her daughter Sophia know all about the recent home invasions in Buckhead. It has dominated many of the conversations of residents around the area, especially given that the suspects are still at large and increasingly brazen.

"There a mix of emotions. Fear. Frustration. Anger. Its frightening.", said Katy Romano.

Police admit the incidents are all similar: two armed men violently break into homes with entire families inside.


"To know they're willing to terrorize not just adults but children is really scary," said Sophia Romano.

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Atlanta police investigating latest Buckhead home invasion

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police are investigating the latest in a string of brazen home invasions. Early Sunday morning, two suspects robbed a couple at their home on Blackland Rd. in Buckhead.

According to police, one of the victims was in his garage when the criminals hit, forcing him inside at gunpoint and awakening his sleeping girlfriend.

"These two individuals snuck up on him, took him in the house, awakened his girlfriend, threw them in a closet, threatened their lives while they ransacked the house," said Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon.

Police said at least one of the victims was assaulted; both were left in the closet and told to count to 300 before coming out.

Are Buckhead, Roswell home invasions related?

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police say they're working with Roswell investigators to figure out if the same gunmen suspected in two Buckhead home invasions are also responsible for a strikingly similar incident in Roswell.

There are at least three cases now where the victims in upscale neighborhoods were robbed at gunpoint and forced to drive to an ATM. Atlanta police say the same brazen thieves may have started in Atlanta, then moved on to Roswell.

Tyler Perry's Atlanta mansion hits the market


ATLANTA -- Entertainment mogul Tyler Perry's home has officially hit the market.

The 34,688 square foot, 17 acre mansion comes with a price tag of a cool $25 million.

With access to the Chattahoochee River, the amenities of the home include a resort-style infinity swimming pool, lighted tennis court and an underground ballroom.

The mansion also includes seven bedrooms and 11.5 bathrooms

The estate includes its own generator, guard house and Presidential-level security to help the future owner's peace of mind owning such a gigantic property.