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Corvette found after 42 years, but reunion lost to red tape


DULUTH, Ga. -- If a car is stolen, police usually find it within six months, if they find it at all. So imagine Terry Dietrich's shock when police called to say her car had been found - after 42 years.

Dietrich always believed her car had been stripped for parts and dumped in the Chattahoochee River. Turns out it was hot rodding around Forest City, NC the past 40 years.

Dietrich has always loved Corvettes. The first one was made in 1953, the year she was born. In 1972, her father who worked for GM, used his employee discount to help her buy one. It was a 1972 blue T-top stingray.

Dietrich was in love.

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Bolton Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Mom begs you to share desperate plea for missing son


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DULUTH, Ga. -- For more than seven years, his parents have waited for information: What happened to Justin Gaines? His parents describe it all as "a bad video that goes over and over and you don't know what happened." Now, they're hoping someone takes a look at new evidence and come forward with the answer to a simple question: where is their son?

Gwinnett police release sketch of shooting suspect

Gwinnett police release sketch of shooting suspect

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County police have released a composite sketch of the robbery suspect accused of shooting a man almost a month ago.

It happened Jan. 6 near the Bridgewater Apartments in unincorporated Duluth.

The 24-year-old victim told police he was approached by the suspect near the apartment complex's West Liddell Road entrance. The suspect asked the victim for a cigarette, then pulled out a gun and demanded the victim's wallet.

Police said the victim struggled with the suspect, causing the suspect to shoot the victim in the right hand. The suspect ran off with the victim's wallet, while the victim returned to his apartment and called 911.

So far, police do not know of any witnesses to the shooting.

The victim described his attacker as a black man, about 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 200 pounds, with scruffy facial hair. He also had a deep voice.

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Gwinnett County's December unemployment rate was 5.7 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.