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Teen basketball recruits say they were mistreated


STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Four foreign national teenagers say they were mistreated at a now-defunct private high school in Stockbridge, Ga.

The four teenagers, who are from Africa and Serbia, came to the U.S. on student visas to play basketball and attend high school at Faith Baptist Christian Academy North. They say they were promised room and board but they ended up cold and hungry.

Faith Baptist Christian Academy North operated for a short time out of rented space at New Hope Church of God in Stockbridge.

The four basketball players told authorities they were housed in a crowded, cold apartment with no heat and little food over the winter.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Henry County's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Stockbridge City Council votes to censure mayor


STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. – The Stockbridge City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to censure the city's mayor and launch an investigation of his conduct while in office that, if found to be in violation of the City Charter or Municipal Code, could lead to his removal from office.

The council called the special meeting Wednesday after an outburst by Mayor Tim Thompson during a private meeting with the council on March 5.

The mayor was heard on the council microphones shouting at council members during the meeting, which was just out of sight of the city hall camera.

Love springs anew for McDonough couple


MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Clarice Coggins was so in love with Ralph, her husband of 55 years, that she never thought much about life after love.

Until Ralph passed away five years ago.

"I was depressed and just unhappy…and lonely," she said. "It's a lonely life…long days, long nights."

Bob Presley spent 55 years with his wife, Ruby. He lost her three years ago.

"Her last year or two, she was wheelchair bound," Presley said. "I loved her so much. I fed her, did everything I could for her."

Life after love -- an emotional hole in one's later years.

"I was just so lonely until I met Clarice," Presley said.

Bob and Clarice, once longtime co-workers were set up last year on a blind date. Love sprung anew.

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Henry County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

Henry County Walmart groper arrested

Henry County Walmart groper arrested

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Police have arrested the man accused of sexually assaulting a woman inside a Stockbridge Walmart.

The suspect groped and rubbed up against a female customer at the store on Hudson Bridge Road, according to Henry County Police Lt. Joey Smith. He may have also approached at least one more woman.

Smith announced Tuesday that a tipster helped investigators identify and arrest the suspect, 28-year-old Roderick Steele Moreland of Stockbridge. Moreland was charged with sexual battery.

Investigators are asking any other potential victims to call 911 or Henry County Police at 770-288-8387.