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Interactive Defense Allows Communication Between Police and Residents

DUNWOODY, GA -- The City of Dunwoody is preparing to introduce a new system designed to help citizens stay alert and safe.

Interactive Defense is a Web-based program that will greatly improve communication between Dunwoody police and residents.

Popular Teams = Bad Traffic

ATLANTA -- It all comes down to the last game of the year for the Atlanta Braves. And if you want to witness history at Turner Field Sunday you better be ready to spend what may seem like extra innings on the highway.

It has been a busy event weekend in Atlanta and traffic downtown won't get any easier Sunday. Over 50,000 fans filled Turner Field for a baseball game to honor a legendary manager. As if that wasn't enough, the BET Hip Hop Awards are in Atlanta along with several festivals and a college football game.

At Turner Field fans tried to get to the game early for a tribute to Bobby Cox, but many missed it because of traffic. Fans were still entering the stadium an hour after the game got under way. "It was really bad, we've been circling for an hour and thirty five minutes," said Steve Hunt.

"It took us about 45 minutes to get through about five miles," said Theresa Zimmerman.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Early Retirement Saves Money, Creates Budget Crunch at Dekalb Jail

DEKALB, Co.-- An effort to save money in Dekalb County has put the Sheriff in a budget and manpower challenge at the jail.

Sheriff Thomas Brown lost 89 employees when early retirement was offered by Dekalb County as a cost saving measure. Most of those employees worked at the Dekalb County jail. The sheriff says as he has struggles to find qualified entry-level replacements, he's working his remaining detention officers overtime to maintain order at the jail.

"We have to have enough people at the jail to operate it safely," said Sheriff Brown. "We been having regularly work people overtime, and that's pushed against a depressed budget I have."

Sheriff Brown said he's already spent a million dollars beyond his overtime budget. He's been using money from other areas of his budget to keep the jail fully staffed.

$25K Reward Offered in Metro Area Bank Robberies

NORCROSS, GA -- The FBI is looking for the public's help in tracking down two armed robbers and a driver who held up a Chase Bank branch in Norcross Thursday afternoon.

According to an FBI release, the gunmen entered the Chase Bank branch at 1250 Tech Drive in Norcross at about 12:40 p.m., and forced customers to lie on the floor. The pair did not get any bank money according to the release. They fled in a gold Kia Spectra, which police found in an area behind the bank. The car had been reported stolen in DeKalb County on Wednesday.

The first robber was described as a black male, 20-to-30 years old, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 inches in height; the second was a black male, 20-to-25 years in age and 6 feet tall. The driver of the getaway car was also described as a black male.

FBI officilas said the robbery was similar to several other Metro Atlanta robberies, including:

Mega Parenting Event This Weekend

ATLANTA -- One of America's leading parenting experts is coming to Atlanta this weekend for three days of events aimed at helping parents raise principled, purposeful kids in today's complex world.

John Rosemond, whose nationally-syndicated column appears weekly in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will join with Connect With Kids founder Stacey Dewitt for the program at South Forsyth High School on Saturday, October 2, Marist School on Sunday, October 3, and Mount Paran Christian School on Monday, October 4.

Rosemond has written 14 books on parenting.  DeWitt is an attorney, an award-winning journalist, and mom who regularly appears as a parenting expert on 11Alive News and on other news outlets nationwide.

The events at South Forsyth High and Marist School cost $20 per person or $35 per couple.  The Mount Paran event costs $12 per person.

Water Main Break at Dunwoody High School

At approx. 10:30, this morning, Dunwoody High School was evacuated due to a water main break on Vermack Road.

Classes were, temporarily, suspended and students and faculty were transported to Peachtree Middle School.

According the Principal Rodney Swanson, the issue has since been repaired and at 1:30 p.m., students will be transported back to campus to complete the remainder of their instruction.

Classes will resume tomorrow.