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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.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 6.7 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.

Robber arrested 5 years after he was hit in the head


ACWORTH, Ga -- The arm of the law is long and never ending. Nearly six years after an Acworth convenience store was robbed, a suspect has been arrested. It was a robbery that garnered national attention after a loyal customer of the store hit the suspect over the head with a step stool.

The Conoco gas station on North Main Street in Acworth, where the robbery happened, is now a Valero gas station. To this day, customers and employees still remember the robbery and what a customer they knew as
"
Caveman
"
did.

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.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

SWAT team called to Cobb County home


COBB COUNTY, Ga. – Two Cobb County schools were on lockdown Thursday afternoon as a SWAT team attempted to make contact with an elderly man.

Police say an 86-year-old man got into an altercation with his wife and daughter and fired a gun once. Police were called to the home and after they couldn't make contact with the man, a SWAT team came out.

Eventually, the man answered the phone and told police that he had fallen and hurt his leg. He was transported to the hospital. Once he's released, police say he'll be taken to Cobb County Jail and charged with aggravated assault.

Suspect wears no pants at school bus stop


ACWORTH, Ga -- It has happened twice in the past two weeks. A suspicious man is greeting young girls at a school bus stop in Cherokee County and he's wearing no pants.

Thanks to one of the young girls who saw him, investigators have a detailed sketch of the suspect they hope will help them identify him. "Anyone who would so this to an adult or to a child is concerning to law enforcement," said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesperson for the Cherokee County Sheriff Office.

Investigators were impressed by the detailed description given to them by Jericka Kent, 12, who saw the suspect at her bus stop in the Cedar Mill Crossing subdivision in Acworth Tuesday morning.

With her father's approval, Jericka talked to 11 Alive News about her experience. "You know I was just walking down and as I got about 30 feet away I saw this guy standing there, totally pants less, no underwear, no nothing," she said.

Cold case unit receives federal grant

Cold case unit receives federal grant

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Cold Case Unit has been awarded a $246,814 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

District attorney Vic Reynolds applied for the grant in May, and will use the money to test DNA evidence and put part-time investigators to work on cold cases.

Cobb County has 400 unsolved murder and sexual assault cases dating back to 1985.

"We are firmly committed to achieving justice for these victims and holding accountable the criminals who preyed on them," Reynolds said in a statement. "That's why creating this unit has been among my priorities, and we are so thankful for this grant to help us."

Reynolds' office said a case grows "cold" when the investigation has stalled for at least 12 months.

Cobb County's cold case tip line number is 770-528-3032.