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Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Dunwoody armed robbery suspect arrested at Greenbriar Mall

Dunwoody armed robbery suspect arrested at Greenbriar Mall


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- A man accused of robbing at least two victims was arrested Monday at Greenbriar Mall.

Marquez Hodge, 21, was taken into custody by Atlanta Police.

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Dunwoody Police believe Hodge is one of three suspects accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint Sunday night at the Chateau at Dunwoody apartment complex on Tilly Mil Road. The victim's purse and car were taken, according to Dunwoody Police Officer Tim Fecht

Hodge is also accused of a Sunday evening carjacking in Sandy Springs. Fecht said police found two handguns and stolen items from both robberies in Hodge's possession when he was arrested.

Homeowners question proposed treatment center


Dunwoody, GA-- The Dunwoody Homeowners Association is now joining the growing number of those questioning a proposed treatment center for girls battling eating disorders.

Neighbors who live on and around Manget Way say there are plans to turn a recently sold $1.2 million home into a treatment center for girls battling eating disorders. They've hired an attorney, Linda Dunlavy, to look into the company behind the project and delve into zoning laws.

"Those children would be receiving medical and psychological treatment in this home. They would not be leaving for any of those services. That's way more than a treatment center, that's a medically facility. It has no business being in a neighborhood," said Dunlavy.

Dunwoody community fights million dollar treatment home


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The prospect of a treatment facility operating in a residential neighborhood has one Dunwoody Community up in arms. Neighbors near Manget Way plan to fight back on the proposed plan but wonder if it could be too late. The million dollar property was already sold to California based treatment company.

"It just stinks," said next door neighbor Jan Parfitt.

Parfitt claims the deal has been anything but transparent. In fact, she claims she only discovered the plans a few weeks ago when a maintenance man installing a sprinkler system at the home first told her that it would soon become a treatment center.

"We are in a zoning area that is not for businesses and this is big business," said Parfitt.

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

(WXIA) -- The number of fatalities on Georgia's highways fell in 2013.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday that 1,186 people were killed in car crashes on state roads last year, 13 fewer than in 2012. It's the eighth year in a row the total number of deaths has fallen.

"The reduction in fatalities over eight years means that more than 500 additional persons will get to celebrate the life events that are special to us all," Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said in a release. "We must continue to work toward reducing injuries and death on Georgia roads."

Georgia's worst year on record for highway fatalities is 2005, when 1,748 people died.

Nation statistics are not yet available. In 2012, the number of fatalities increase about 5 percent to 36,200.

Dunwoody car theft suspect arrested

Dunwoody car theft suspect arrested


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- A man accused of stealing a television and then a car in Dunwoody Monday morning has been arrested.

Steven Jerome Jackson, 51, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail on charges of theft by taking, shoplifting and hit and run.

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Police said the incident began when Jackson tried to shoplift a television from the Walmart on Ashford Dunwoody Road.

Jackson drove away from the store in a white Dodge Challenger. Police tried to pull over the car on Ashford Dunwoody Road near Perimeter Center North, but Jackson refused to stop, according to Dunwoody Police Ofc. Tim Fecht.