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Medication Disposal Day in Cobb County

Medication Disposal Day in Cobb County

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Cobb County residents who want to safely dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs can do so this weekend.

The county will host a Medication Disposal Day on Saturday, Apr. 26.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., anyone who wants to get rid of outdated or unused medications is asked to bring the drugs to Cobb County Super Station 8, which is located at 2380 Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw.

Only medications will be accepted -- no durable medical equipment, such as nebulizers and CPAP machines, will be taken. All drugs will be sealed in boxes and safely destroyed.

Call Keep Cobb Beautiful at 770-528-1135 for more information.

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Father gets 20 years for beating infant son

Father gets 20 years for beating infant son

AUSTELL, Ga. -- An Austell man has been sentenced to 30 years, with 20 to be served in prison, for severely beating his 8-week-old son.

Joseph Rucker McFall, 31, pleaded guilty last week to five counts of aggravated battery against a child. He admitted to battering his son in the head, breaking both his arms and fracturing one of his ribs in October 2012.

McFall's son, who is now 20 months old, suffered permanent damage from the abuse. He is legally blind and may never walk, talk or behave normally, according to information presented in court.

The boy's mother spoke during last week's hearing, saying she struggles every day to care for her child. She has filed for divorce from McFall.

The defendant also addressed the court, saying his child's injuries were accidental. But Cobb County Superior Court Judge James G. Bodiford disagreed.

Race this weekend: Run for the Ages

Race this weekend: Run for the Ages

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- The Powder Springs Women's Club will host a 5K fundraiser this weekend.

Run for the Ages will be held Saturday, Apr. 26 at the Powder Springs Library. A 1-mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m., and the 5K is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

All runners will receive T-shirts, while awards will be given to the oldest participant, the youngest participant, the overall winner and the top masters finisher.

Registration is $10 for elementary school-age children and $25 for everyone else. Proceeds will benefit the Powder Springs Senior Center and a scholarship sponsored by the women's club.

Visit pswc.net for more information and to sign up for the race.

The Powder Springs Library is located at 4181 Atlanta Street.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Gang members sentenced to prison

Gang members sentenced to prison

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two Cobb County teens will spend time in prison after being convicted of a gang-related burglary.

Tuesday, a Cobb County Superior Court Judge sentenced 18-year-old Jamal Akeem Lisbon of Smyrna to 10 years, with two to be served in custody. A co-defendant, 17-year-old Calvin "Roscoe" Jermaine McKinney of Austell, was sentenced to 11 years, with three to be served in prison.

Both men pleaded guilty to five counts of violating Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. They are members of the Triple G gang, described by prosecutors as a "hybrid gang," or one that can easily be absorbed by a larger, better known gang.

Lisbon and McKinney burglarized a Mableton home on Sept. 3, 2013, and were spotted by several witnesses walking through nearby woods with stolen televisions, according to prosecutors. They were arrested later that day. The burglary was reported staged to strengthen Triple G's criminal purposes.

Road work continues this weekend over parts of Metro Atlanta

Road work continues this weekend over parts of Metro Atlanta

(WXIA) – Motorists will face a number of lane closures this weekend around Metro Atlanta.

I-285 Northbound from Hollowell Parkway (US 78/278) in Atlanta to Paces Ferry Road in Vinings will have one left lane closed for sign replacement.

I-20 West and Eastbound will have two left lanes closed between Ga. 5 in Douglasville to Liberty Road in Carroll County for ongoing concrete construction.

Nightly lane closures will continue on the Downtown Connector, along with portions of I-75 and I-85 inside the Perimeter for overhead sign replacement.

Retaining wall construction continues on Techwood Drive between 16th Street and 18th Street in Midtown Atlanta.

Construction continues on I-75 Northbound between I-675 and Mount Zion Boulevard in Clayton County. Two right lanes are closed in that area.

Landscaping operations are continuing along I-285 Westbound near Bouldercrest Road in DeKalb County.


Man dies in 1-car accident in Austell

Man dies in 1-car accident in Austell

AUSTELL, Ga. – Cobb County Police said a man died when his truck overturned Thursday night.

The wreck happened on Old Alabama Road at the intersection with South Gordon Road in Austell at about 8:50 p.m.

In a statement, Cobb Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said 78-year-old Paul Osborne of Austell was traveling eastbound on Old Alabama Road when he lost control of his vehicle and overturned.

Osborne was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators said he may have experienced a medical emergency which contributed to the crash. The Cobb County Medical Office is working to determine an exact cause of Osborne’s death.