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Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Man arrested for third Peeping Tom offense


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Dunwoody police have arrested a man they say was caught watching a woman change in a fitting room at Perimeter Mall Friday night.

Police say a manager at Forever 21 became suspicious when 20-year-old Kareem Habbal walked into the store. The manger said when Habbal grabbed a jacket off of a rack and head into the fitting room, he followed the suspect.

"Shortly after, he saw (Habbal) get down on his hands and knees and look into the next stall where a female was occupying it," said Sgt. Mike Carlson with the Dunwoody Police Department.

Police say when the manager confronted Habbal, he took off, knocking down several racks of clothes. A Dunwoody police officer outside the mall was able to stop and arrest Habbal.

Habbal has been arrested twice in the past year in Roswell and Alpharetta for being a Peeping Tom, according to police.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Dunwoody cops get Cuffed for a Cause


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Members of the Dunwoody Police Department have been handcuffed in the name of charity.

The department is hosting Cuffed for a Cause, a 24-hour fundraising campaign for Special Olympics Georgia.

Police officers are handcuffed to treadmills at UFC Gym and must be "freed" through donations from the public.

The fundraiser will run through 6 p.m. Thursday.

The gym is located at 4745 Ashford Dunwoody Road. Visit dunwoodyga.gov for more information.

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

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.

29-year-old DeKalb County woman missing

29-year-old DeKalb County woman missing

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Chamblee police are asking the public for help finding a 29-year-old woman.

Brandi E. Smith was last seen Sept. 28 and was reported missing by her mother on Oct. 1. She was being treated at Peachford Hospital in DeKalb County when she disappeared.

Smith is white, 5 feet 3 inches tall and 90 pounds, with brown eyes and dark-colored hair. She has tattoos on the inside of one wrist and a floral tattoo on her back.

The missing woman takes medication for seizures and may also use heroin.

Chamblee police received an unconfirmed tip that Smith may be with two black men, and one of those men assaulted her in a liquor store's parking lot on Oct. 11.

Anyone who sees Brandi Smith or has information about his disappeared is asked to call Chamblee Police Capt. Ernesto Ford at 770-986-5008.