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Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Interstate 20 will bear the brunt of this weekend's roadwork, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Drivers are asked to avoid nonessential travel on I-20, as road projects will require lane closures that will likely result in delays.

A number of surface streets will also be impacted by construction crews.

As always, all work is weather permitting. Get this weekend's forecast.

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

Coweta County: I-85
1 southbound lane will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

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4 charged in Mableton murder

4 charged in Mableton murder

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Police have charged four people in the death of a man whose body was found in a wooded area of Mableton last month.

The remains of 35-year-old Alexander Arcides Lara Ayala, of Smyrna, were discovered Feb. 25 near Ivey Road at Vinings Vintage Road.

Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said detectives conducted several interviews and identified four suspects. Two were taken into custody early Thursday; the other two were arrested Thursday evening.

Christopher Brewster, 25, of Austell; Jason Chester, 29, of Mableton; Kenneth Ransom; 39, of Austell; and Chelsea Walker, 21, of Marietta, have been charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, and violation of Georgia's Criminal Street Gang Act in Ayala's death. Brewster and Ransom were also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Cobb police warn parents about suspicious man


AUSTELL, Ga. -- Cobb County police are warning parents to be on the lookout for a suspicious man.

Police said a girl was approached while walking Wednesday morning on Landmark Way in Austell, which is not far from Riverside Primary School.

The girl ran off after the man rolled down his window and asked her to approach him.

The man was in a small gold SUV or hatchback with a white stripe near the bottom, according to the girl.

Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call (770) 801-3470.

Wear pajamas, get free ice cream

Wear pajamas, get free ice cream

(WXIA) -- With warmer weather right around the corner, Bruster's is offering free ice cream to anyone brave enough to leave the house in pajamas.

The ice cream shop chain will hold its PJ Day promotion all day on Saturday, Mar. 7. Customers who wear their pajamas to any Bruster's in metro Atlanta will receive a free small waffle cone.

Visit brusters.com for more information.

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Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

(WXIA) -- Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and all Atlanta-area IHOP locations are celebrating by offering free short stacks to customers who support Children's Miracle Network.

Every year, IHOP restaurants raise money for children's hospitals nationwide, including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on National Pancake Day. Diners have the option of making a donation in exchange for free buttermilk pancakes.

Reigning Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges stopped by the IHOP in Chamblee Tuesday morning, where she served breakfast and spoke with Children's Miracle Network Champion Sutton Burnett. Other local Miracle Children visited the IHOP restaurants in Peachtree City, Smyrna and Woodstock.

Visit ihoppancakeday.com to find a participating IHOP location near you.

Austell passes measure that pays employees to exercise

Austell passes measure that pays employees to exercise

AUSTELL, Ga. -- The Austell City Council decided Monday night to pay city employees $5 for each day they exercise one hour at the city's 24-hour-a-day gym.

Mayor Joe Jerkins said he proposed the plan due to the city's rising health insurance costs. Healthcare coverage for 100 employees will cost the Cobb County city about $1 million this year, he said. He expects that as employees get healthier, they will be filing fewer health insurance claims.

The measure passed 5-0.

Jerkins said he doesn't expect all 100 city employees to participate and estimates the city's cost at $50,000 each year.

Currently, he said, about 40 of the 100 employees are using the new, $100,000 city hall gym.

The cash bonuses begin immediately, and will be paid in December of each year.

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.