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Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

CEO pitches moving DeKalb gov't offices out of Decatur


DECATUR, GA -- In DeKalb County, Memorial Drive has been a challenge for decades -- a busy corridor whose potential mostly exceeds the its scatter-shot commercial reality. But DeKalb interim CEO Lee May says he has a vision for Memorial Drive.

"It's my vision to turn it into our 'downtown DeKalb,'" May said during a speech to the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Thursday.

To anchor that development, May wants to move DeKalb County's government offices out of downtown Decatur to a mostly undeveloped plot of land DeKalb county owns off of Memorial Drive.

All this comes at a time when newly forming cities in DeKalb County are shrinking the footprint of the county government.

Ga. Supreme Court hears argument on new Hemy Neuman trial


ATLANTA, Ga. -- The man convicted of killing a Dunwoody dad after he dropped off his son at daycare is arguing for a new trial. Attorneys for Hemy Neuman appeared before the Georgia Supreme Court Tuesday, saying the conviction should be overturned since testimony from his lover, Andrea Sneiderman, was later convicted of perjury.

The Case

Neuman was found guilty of shooting Rusty Sniederman after he dropped off his 3-year-old son at the Dunwoody Prep Daycare on November 18, 2010. According to the state's case, investigators found evidence of an on-going affair between Neuman and Rusty's wife, Andrea Sneiderman.

Man fatally shoots robbery suspect at DeKalb Sonic

Man fatally shoots robbery suspect at DeKalb Sonic

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A 23-year-old National Guard member foiled an attempted robbery at a DeKalb County restaurant Sunday night.

It happened at the Sonic in the Belvedere Plaza shopping center near the intersection of Memorial and Columbia drives.

Investigators said the victim, Joseph Toombs, was waiting in line at the drive-thru when he saw three suspects approach him on foot. At least one suspect was armed with a gun.

Police said Toombs pulled out his own gun and shot at the suspects, striking 19-year-old Kenneth Brayboy. Brayboy was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition; he later died.

The other two suspects ran; one has since been caught. That suspect, 17-year-old Desmond McKnight, has been charged with murder, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and tampering with evidence.

The weekend roadwork is spreading

The weekend roadwork is spreading

(WXIA) -- As 2015 rolls on, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will roll too -- to sites across metro Atlanta, where they will work on weekend road projects. (At least it will be sunny!)

This weekend, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel on the west side of Interstate 20 and the east side of I-285, if possible. Delays and lane closures are expected in both areas. All work is weather permitting.

Some of the scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
* 2 eastbound lanes of I-285 will be closed at I-75 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for bridge joint repairs.

DeKalb/Fulton counties
* 3 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

2 charged with shooting Texaco clerk in the head

2 charged with shooting Texaco clerk in the head

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two suspects have been charged with robbing a DeKalb County Texaco gas station and shooting its clerk.

Andre Spriggs, 20, was taken into custody Jan. 7 in Lithonia. A second suspect, 26-year-old Amanda Nicole Spriggs, was arrested two days later after investigators determined she was also involved in the crime.

The robbery happened Sept. 2, 2014 at the Texaco at Flat Shoals and Warren roads. Surveillance video inside the store showed a suspect shooting the clerk, 28-year-old Rafi Makani, in the head at close range.

Nine years after her son's murder, mother finds peace

Nine years after her son's murder, mother finds peace

ATLANTA (WXIA) – It's been nine long years for one DeKalb County mother who still has no answers in her son's death.

Thursday marked the anniversary of Damon Bell's death.

There are many things Gwen Bell will forget about her son Damon. The way he loved her beef stew is just one of them.

"And it's just ironic that I fixed this today and had it today as my meal, because I know he loved it," she said.

Another thing she will never forget is the day the police told her he had been murdered.

"They sat right here in my living room and they told me that they had my son," she said. "He was shot; he was deceased. And of course, that was the hardest thing that I had ever experienced in my life."

It was nine years ago that someone shot Damon on Glen Echo Drive, not far from his home.