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Driver arrested for hitting people outside bowling alley

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A man has been arrested for intentionally driving into a group of people outside a Clayton County bowling alley early Tuesday.

Clayton County police spokeswoman JaQuitta Williams said the incident started with a fight inside the Pin Strikes bowling alley on Mt. Zion Road in Stockbridge. A police officer saw the car hit the pedestrians, ordered the car to stop and when it didn't, fired one shot.

Investigators on the scene said the officer was also hit by the car. No one was seriously injured.

The suspect, 37-year-old Mark Anthony Pate, turned himself in to Clayton County police later Tuesday morning. He faces a number of charges, including aggravated assault, obstruction, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Video of car theft made easy

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga -- If you have ever left your car running while you run into a business or home for just a short minute or two, you could learn a lesson from this story before it happens to you.


David French told 11 Alive News he left his 1994 Honda Accord running outside the gas station while he ran inside to buy a soda. "I mean as soon as I hit the door he ran to the car," French said as he watched the video.

2 killed, 2 hospitalized in wrong-way I-75 crash

MORROW, Ga -- Police say two people were killed and two more injured after an alleged wrong-way driver crashed into another car on Interstate 75 early Friday.


According to Henry County police, 51-year-old Sherry Williams was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu north on I-75 in the left southbound lane when she collided head-on with a 2002 Mitsubishi Mirage at mile marker 219 in McDonough.

The 23-year-old driver of the Mirage, Christina Rearley, of Palmetto, Fla., was pronounced dead at the scene. Williams died after taken to Atlanta Medical Center.

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Is there a lion on the prowl in Henry Co.?

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) – Experts say the only kind of lion you're going to find in Henry County are lion statues, but suddenly, neighbors are not so sure.


"Oh, if it had still been here when I went to grab my gun? You would have seen it," said one neighbor.

It all began with separate sightings over two weeks – about a mile apart. A big cat was seen pounding the woods near Henry County High School.

Most folks thought it was a joke, until a photo of something big in John Ros' back yard showed up.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Henry County's preliminary unemployment rate was 7.8 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.