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10 killed in crashes over Labor Day weekend

10 killed in crashes over Labor Day weekend

(WXIA) -- Ten people died in road-related incidents throughout Georgia over Labor Day weekend.

The Georgia State Patrol said six of those crashes were investigated by its troopers, down from 10 in 2013. Two fatal accidents were reported in Rincon, and one wreck each occurred in Calhoun, Rome, Toccoa and Valdosta.

Four local agencies -- Atlanta, Cobb County, Columbus and Henry County -- also reported fatal crashes.

The Labor Day holiday period ran from 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday.

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

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Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Henry County's unemployment rate was 8.1 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

Sophisticated ring stealing ATM users accounts

Sophisticated ring stealing ATM users accounts

MCDONOUGH, Ga --A well organized, sophisticated fraud ring is committing a crime that is becoming harder and harder to detect because of the technology they are using, according to Henry County Police.

ATM skimmers have been around for a long time but they are getting very hard for bank customers to detect. At one ATM in McDonough, 225 customers had their bank account information stolen, according to police.

So far, police have received reports from about 20 people whose accounts were breached. That leaves about 200 more who don't even know they're information was stolen. Lt. Joey Smith said the suspects haven't used their information yet, but probably will.

Lt. Smith said the suspects are using skimmers, electronic devices that are placed over the card slot on an ATM and when you put your card in, it scans your account information.

Police: Dad behind wheel with whiskey, cocaine, and toddler


MCDONOUGH, Ga-- A father is in the Henry County jail after police say he put his whiskey bottle in the car seat instead of his son.

Henry County Police were responding to a 911 call about a man sitting slumped behind the wheel of his car along Jodeco Road at a traffic light. The light had changed several times, but the car hadn't moved. When another driver saw a man asleep behind the wheel and a little boy in the front seat, he called police.

According to the police report, the responding officer saw the man passed out with his foot on the brake. A two-year-old boy was in the front passenger seat without a seat belt or car seat.


CLICK HERE TO READ THE POLICE REPORT

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Last weekend, drivers got a bit of a reprieve when several major road projects were postponed. But all that work will resume this weekend.

Some of the problem areas include Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and I-285 in Cobb County.

As always, all roadwork is weather permitting. Rain could halt or postpone projects.

Weekend drivers should use caution and look for crews in these areas:

Bartow County
* One right southbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles before Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.
* One left northbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles after Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.