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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.

Jurors in Burrell Ellis trial send another warning note


DECATUR, Ga. -- Another note, another sign the Burrell Ellis corruption trial may end with a hung jury.

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Within 30 minutes of arriving to court on Wednesday morning, jurors sent a note to the Judge Courtney Johnson.

"After thorough review of all evidence, having several talks, discussions and debates and trying a few different strategies, we the jury are unable to come to a unanimous conclusion in the matter of state versus W. Burrell Ellis Jr on all counts," said Johnson, reading the note to attorneys.

Jury tells judge no unanimous verdict in Ex-DeKalb CEO trial


DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County jury told a judge Wednesday that they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the trial of former CEO Burrell Ellis.

The note the jury gave the judge read: After thorough review of all evidence, having several talks, discussions and debates and trying a few different strategies, we the jury are unable to come to a unanimous conclusion in the matter of state versus W. Burrell Ellis Jr on all counts.

The judge told the jury to keep trying to reach a verdict.

Juror in Ellis trial apologizes to judge

Juror in Ellis trial apologizes to judge

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- There was no verdict reached, but yet another strange twist in the Burrell Ellis corruption trial on Friday.

After Thursday's deliberations were cut short due to a conflict among jury members, a juror apologized to the presiding judge.

WATCH | Attorney Tom Salata talks about Ellis jury drama

The juror wrote a handwritten letter to Judge Courtney Johnson, who read it aloud in court Friday morning. The letter claims the juror felt bullied and attacked, but is sincerely sorry:

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:

Officer shoots, kills carjacking suspect in DeKalb County


DECATUR, Ga. – A DeKalb County police officer shot and killed a carjacking suspect on Thursday.

The incident happened on Candler and Rainbow drives in Decatur around 8:30 p.m.

According to DeKalb County Police Capt. Stephen Fore, an off-duty officer heard a female screaming in a parking lot. The woman told the officer that she was being carjacked.

The officer saw that the alleged perpetrator had a gun. After several commands, the suspect refused to drop the weapon. The officer then shot the suspect.

Jury having issues in Burrell Ellis trial, sent home early


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- After four days of deliberations, there is still no verdict in the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.

Thursday morning, Judge Courtney L. Johnson met with both the prosecution and defense to discuss a "situation with the jury". When everyone returned to court, the judge noted the jury members were having issues and could not follow their foreman.

Johnson also noted stress appeared to be getting to the jurors, many who have not served before.

Once the jury was called back into the courtroom, the judge urged them to act as adults and cooperate saying, "I request and expect no less". She told them they can elect a new foreman if needed, and to continue to deliberate toward a unanimous verdict.