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Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

(WXIA) -- Weekends in metro Atlanta guarantee one thing: construction projects on highways and major roads.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be hard at work on several streets, mostly in Fulton County.

Drivers are asked to be courteous and cautious when traveling through impacted areas. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

I-20
* Two westbound lanes will be closed between McDaniel and Langhorn streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.
* One eastbound lane will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

I-285
* Two northbound lanes will be closed between I-85 and Washington Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Cyclist dodges roofing nails on Silver Comet Trail

Cyclist dodges roofing nails on Silver Comet Trail

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- The accident could have been deadly.

Cyclist Michael Held spotted them out of the corner of his eye as he rode by -- a roll of roofing nails covering the Silver Comet Trail in Powder Springs.

"They were set up across the trail, on the right side where most cyclists would be, face up," he said.

Held said his tire missed the nails by just an inch, and hitting them could have been disastrous.

"You hit that at 25 miles per hour and your front tire is going to blow," he said. "You're immediately on the tarmac, and someone could've been seriously injured."

When Held returned to remove the nails, he said it was clear that whoever put them there wanted to hurt somebody.

"It certainly wasn't an accident," he said. "They were placed there for a reason."

Held called 911, but as no one saw anyone laying down the nails, there was not much police could do.

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

(WXIA) -- The end of the holiday season means the start of another year of construction on metro Atlanta roads and highways.

Next week, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 north in Cobb County if possible. Projects and lane closures in the area are expected to cause delays.

As in 2014, all roadwork is weather permitting.

Here are some of the projects scheduled for the first weekend and full week of the new year.

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

Cobb County's November unemployment rate was 6.0 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Levi's Call ends, 6-year-old Austell girl found safe


ATLANTA -- The 6-year-old girl who was the focus of a Levi's Call early Sunday has been found in good condition.

Cobb County Police said Alexandra DeLong was dropped off at the Austell home where she was taken on Saturday night.

Police said they are in contact with her biological father, who is suspected of kidnapping her. They did not indicate they've made an arrest but said the investigation continues.

A Levi's Call is Georgia's version of an Amber Alert.

Cobb County Police said they received a call from a home in the 4400 block of Chester Lane in Austell at about 8:45 Saturday night. Officers said they met with the girl's grandmother, who told them a suspect, identified as 27-year-old Robert Troy DeLong broke into the home, and after a brief struggle with people in the home, took his biological daughter and fled.

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

Man gets life for killing victim over parking space

Man gets life for killing victim over parking space

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Powder Springs resident will spend the rest of his life in prison after murdering a man during a dispute over a parking space.

Harold Antonio Parks, 42, was sentenced Friday to life without the possibility of parole.

He was convicted of killing 27-year-old Terrence Washington Jr. at the Riverside Apartment Townhomes on Twin Hill Road in Austell.

The shooting happened Sept. 16, 2013. According to information presented in court, Parks became irate when he saw that Washington's girlfriend parked her car overnight in a spot near his apartment. Parks had a history of fighting with others over parking spaces outside his building.

Prosecutors said Parks was arguing with the girlfriend when Washington came outside to intervene. Parks returned to his apartment, grabbed a handgun, went back outside and shot the victim 18 times.