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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.

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.

Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Powder Springs

Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Powder Springs

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a suspect Monday afternoon in Powder Springs.

According to Cobb County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened at 4817 W. McEachern Woods Drive and involved the Cobb County Sheriff's Office, the Paulding County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshal's South East Regional Fugitive Task Force.

The suspect, identified as 36-year-old Michael Wayne Smashey, had warrants in Cobb and Paulding counties. He was wanted for an armed robbery and aggravated assault at a Subway in Hiram this past weekend, according to the Paulding County Sheriff Department, who was serving those warrants. Authorities said he was also wanted for armed robbery at a Waffle House in Cobb County.

U.S. Marshals were serving the arrest warrant for Paulding County and Cobb County authorities.

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will continue to perform sign structure work on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Most of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in lengthy delays. Drivers are asked to avoid the Perimeter in impacted areas if possible.

All work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
1 lane of I-75 in each direction will be closed between Delk Road and South Marietta Parkway from 7:30 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Coweta County
1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed from 2 miles north of Bullsboro Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for striping.

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.

Woman pleads guilty in fatal road rage shooting

Woman pleads guilty in fatal road rage shooting

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting and killing a Kennesaw State University student during a road rage incident.

In October 2013, Sparkles Lindsey followed Kimberly Kilgore after a confrontation near the gate of the Shiloh Green Apartments and opened fire.

Investigators say the two women did not know each other.

A judge sentenced Lindsey to life in prison.

Emory, WellStar in talks to create unified health system

Emory, WellStar in talks to create unified health system

ATLANTA -- WellStar Health System and Emory University have begun formal discussions about the possibility of creating a new, unified health system.

WellStar spokesperson Tyler Pearson said the new system would be formed by combining Emory Healthcare and WellStar Health System. Discussions will continue for next 45 days, with a goal of creating an environment with the best of both community-based care and academic medicine.

"Our shared vision is to design one of the best health systems in the nation to serve local communities, the state of Georgia and beyond," WellStar Health System CEO Reynold J. Jennings said in a release. "The new system will be one of the most innovative and transformational healthcare systems in the industry."

A multi-step design process for the new health system will take about a year to complete.