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Missing Atlanta teen JaDon Young found safe

Missing Atlanta teen JaDon Young found safe

ATLANTA -- A missing 16-year-old Atlanta girl has been found.

JaDon Young was supposed to return home from work on June 17, but never arrived. Her mother reported her missing at midnight. The teen works at Six Flags Over Georgia and usually takes a bus from the theme park to the Hamilton E. Holmes MARTA station in southwest Atlanta to get home.

Thursday morning, Atlanta Police reported that Young returned home safely.

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed eight-tenths of a point in one month.

May's rate was 7.3 percent, considerably higher than April's 6.5 percent.

In Cobb County, the rate was 6.8 percent in May.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the spike was mostly due to new graduates entering the workforce. The Atlanta area's labor force grew by about 24,400 in May.

Metro Athens had last month's lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region's was the highest at 9.8 percent.

9 people displaced by Cobb County house fire

9 people displaced by Cobb County house fire

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Nine people and a dog managed to safely escape a burning house Thursday morning.

The fire broke out at around 2:30 a.m. at a house in the 3400 block of Westview Cove in Powder Springs.

The homeowner said some of those displaced live in the house, while others were visiting. No one was hurt.

Cobb County officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

SPLOST meetings to be held throughout Cobb

SPLOST meetings to be held throughout Cobb

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County residents are invited to weigh in on the proposed 2016 Special Local Option Sales Tax.

The county will hold several SPLOST forums next month, including:

Wednesday, July 9
* 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
* East Cobb Senior Center (3332 Sandy Plains Road)

Thursday, July 10
* 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
* South Cobb Community Center (620 Lions Club Drive)

Monday, July 14
* 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
* East Cobb Library (4880 Lower Roswell Road)

Wednesday, July 16
* 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
* West Cobb Senior Center (4915 Dallas Highway)

Thursday, July 17
* 10 a.m. to noon
* BOC Room (100 Cherokee Street, Second Floor)

Learn more about the SPLOST at cobbsplost2016.org.

Man exposes himself to teen in Powder Springs Kroger parking lot

Man exposes himself to teen in Powder Springs Kroger parking lot

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are working to identify the man accused of exposing himself to a teenage girl in a grocery store parking lot.

The 16-year-old victim told police it happened June 18 while she sold books in front of the Kroger at Macland and Lost Mountain roads in Powder Springs.

Cobb County Police said the suspect motioned for the victim to approach his van. The victim was talking to the suspect when she noticed he was exposing himself.

The victim said that as she walked away, the suspect watched her while circling the parking lot in his vehicle.

Cobb County Police worked with the victim to produce a composite sketch of the suspect. The victim described him as a white man in his 30's or 40's, with a medium build and thinning brown hair that is going grey.

Interstate work continues through the weekend

Interstate work continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- that seems to be the summertime theme in metro Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said the roadwork that has plagued drivers for the past several weekends will continue through Monday morning.

Among the projects:

Cherokee County
* ROLLING CLOSURE: Nightly sweeping on I-575 in both directions

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for slab replacement.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between I-75 and New Northside Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign construction.

Man gets 15 years for armed robbery

Man gets 15 years for armed robbery

AUSTELL, Ga. -- A man has pleaded guilty to robbing a woman outside her Cobb County apartment.

Erico Alexander Williams' trial was scheduled to begin Monday. However, he confessed last week to the crime and was sentenced to 15 years, with 10 to serve in custody.

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According to information presented in court, on Nov. 10, 2012, Williams approached the victim as she talked on her cell phone while walking from her car to her apartment on Twin Hill Court in Austell.

"The victim feared for her life," Cobb County ADA Brendan F. Murphy said. "(Williams) told her, 'Hang up the phone and don't say anything if you want to live,' and later stated, 'This .45 is loaded.'"