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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:

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Forsyth County Chase Bank robbery suspect arrested

Forsyth County Chase Bank robbery suspect arrested


CUMMING, Ga. -- A man accused of robbing a Forsyth County bank last week is now behind bars.

Stephen C. Plunkett was arrested at around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday on Ga. 400 in Forsyth County.

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Forsyth Co. police searching for bank robber


CUMMING, Ga. -- Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who robbed a bank Wednesday.

It happened at 11:19 a.m. at the Chase Bank located at 1710 Buford Highway.

According to Sheriff Duane K. Piper, the Chase Bank was robbed by a white male driving a black four-door 2012 or 2013 Hyundai Genesis. The robbery took place in the drive-thru lane. The man gave the teller a note saying an attached item was a bomb. He got away with money.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Bomb Disposal Unit arrived and detonated the device, which turned out to be a non-explosive item.

5 Forsyth high schools among America's Most Challenging

5 Forsyth high schools among America's Most Challenging

(WXIA) -- The Washington Post has unveiled its 2014 list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

The newspaper determines the annual rankings through a ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school gives each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Five Forsyth County schools made the list, which features more than 2,000 high schools across the country. The listed numbers are each school's national ranking.

130. South Forsyth HS
351. Lambert HS
508. West Forsyth HS
1479. Forsyth Central HS
1549. North Forsyth HS

See the full list at washingtonpost.com.

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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.

Forsyth County Peeping Tom arrested

Forsyth County Peeping Tom arrested


CUMMING, Ga. -- The man accused of watching women undress in a Forsyth County Belk department store has been arrested.

Randy William Wilson, 38, was taken into custody Thursday at his Cleveland home.

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Forsyth County Sheriff's Deputy Douglas Rainwater said police visited Wilson's house after receiving a tip. When they arrived, Wilson tried to run, but was quickly captured.

Wilson is accused of looking under a dressing room door while a woman was trying on clothes at the Belk at Lakeland Plaza on Mar. 29.

2014 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2014 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

(WXIA) -- The nominees for this year's Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, known casually as the Shuler Hensley Awards, were revealed Wednesday.

The awards program celebrates some of the best high school musical theater productions in the state. The award is named for metro Atlanta native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who originated the role of the Monster in Young Frankenstein and won a Tony Award for playing Jud Fry in the revival of Oklahoma!

Sixty-one public and private high schools from 24 counties are vying for this year's awards. The winners will be announced on Thursday, Apr. 17 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $23 for the general public and can be purchased at shulerawards.org.

Some of this year's notable nominees include: