Our network

News

Cobb County jail inmate dies in custody


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- An inmate at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center was found dead in his cell early Friday, according to sheriff's officials.

George Gengarelly, 63, was found unresponsive at around 4 a.m. Jail officials did not immediately say how Gengarelly died, but sheriff's officials said it was "an apparent suicide."

He was arrested earlier this year in Florida and charged in the rape and murder of Yvonne Weems. The 37-year-old victim was found shot to death in a recreational area off Lake Acworth Drive on Jan. 12, 1991. Cobb County Police used DNA evidence to link Gengarelly to the crime.

Gengarelly faced charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, rape, aggravated sodomy and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

Car collides with bear in Cherokee County


CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- A black bear was killed after being hit by a car in Cherokee County Wednesday night.

It happened on Highway 92 near Settlement Road in Acworth.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said the driver who hit the bear was not hurt.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources was notified of the bear's death.

Reward offered for information about stolen guns


ACWORTH, Ga. -- A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the thieves who stole firearms from an Acworth gun store.

The burglary occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, Apr. 3. A spokesperson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said someone broke into Liberty Guns in the 2400 block of Cedarcrest Road and took dozens of firearms.

The ATF is offering $2,500 for information. That amount will be matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, for a total reward of up to $5,000.

"ATF takes this crime very seriously," ATF Special Agent in Charge Carl Walker said in a release. "There are 36 firearms on the street, with the strong potential of being sold to or used by other criminals to commit violent crimes."

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

RELATED | 15 things you didn't know about Tax Day 2015

Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

ATLANTA BRAVES | Your guide to the home opener

No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Cobb County hiring hundreds of teachers

Cobb County hiring hundreds of teachers

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District hopes to find hundreds of new teachers through a large job fair next month.

Certified teaching positions at all levels of instruction will be available at the event. It is the district's first major hiring event in eight years. Kevin Kiger, the district's executive director of employment, said representatives from every Cobb County school will attend the career fair.

With more than 13,500 employees, the district is Cobb County's largest employer.

The job fair will be Wednesday, Apr. 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at McEachern High School, which is located at 2400 New MacLand Road in Powder Springs. It was originally supposed to be at the Smyrna Community Center, but an overwhelming response forced the district to find a larger location.