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GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Last weekend, drivers got a bit of a reprieve when several major road projects were postponed. But all that work will resume this weekend.

Some of the problem areas include Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and I-285 in Cobb County.

As always, all roadwork is weather permitting. Rain could halt or postpone projects.

Weekend drivers should use caution and look for crews in these areas:

Bartow County
* One right southbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles before Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.
* One left northbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles after Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.

Man killed, child injured in Duluth home invasion


DULUTH, Ga. -- One person was killed and two more were hurt in a home invasion in Duluth Wednesday morning.

It happened at a house at 2926 Summercrest Lane in Duluth. According to Duluth Police Maj. Don Woodruff, two suspects forced their way into the home.

Police confirmed a man was killed, and a woman and 8-year-old child were shot. The woman was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. A 4-year-old child who was also home at the time was not hurt.

The 911 call came in around 6:20 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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2 hospitalized after shooting on Satellite Blvd.


DULUTH, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police Officers responded to a shots fired call in the area of the Gwinnett Square Apartments on Satellite Blvd. at approximately 8 p.m. on Friday, August 1.

An officer conducting an unrelated traffic stop on Satellite Blvd. reported what he believed to be several gunshots coming from the apartments. Responding officers located two persons, one male and one female in a vehicle at the Preston Park Apartments. Both of the subjects had sustained gunshot wounds to the legs.

Crime scenes were established at both locations and members of the Crime Scene Investigation and Homicide units were requested.Both subjects were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. Their current condition is not known.

Their identities are being withheld at this time. There have been no arrests made at this time. This remains an active and ongoing investigation.

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

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Gwinnett Police need help identifying man

Gwinnett Police need help identifying man

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police are asking the public for help identifying a man who was brought to Gwinnett Medical Center this week.

The man had a heart attack Tuesday on the side of South Old Peachtree Road near Lou Ivy Road. He was rushed to GMC - Duluth, where he is in grave condition.

Gwinnett Police said the man appears to be in his mid to late 50's. He is white, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 to 160 pounds, with a distinctive surgery scar on his left arm.

The man was wearing khaki cargo shorts, a white shirt, white Nike tennis shoes and a white University of North Carolina cap. He had no identification, but was carrying the keys to a 1998-2002 Toyota.

Anyone who can help investigators identify the man is asked to call Gwinnett County Police at 770-513-5300.

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.