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Restaurant multiplies manager's act of kindness


CUMMING, Ga. -- A random act of kindness has multiplied in ways a local mom never could have imagined.

Allie Smith was on a road trip with her four kids when a manager at a California Pizza Kitchen went out of his way to accommodate her son, Barrett, who has autism.

The mother says Barrett, 13, goes everywhere his family goes and is usually fine, but on a long road trip this winter, she took one look at her son and knew he was about to have a meltdown.

"I immediately thought oh no, this isn't going to be good," Allie Smith said.

In a crowded California Pizza Kitchen -- on Valentine's Day no less -- Allie says she started looking around in a panic to get her son out of there. That's when the manager stepped in.

"He didn't ask any questions, he didn't judge me. He smiled, there was kindness in his eyes," said Allie Smith.

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Pike Nurseries to give away ladybugs

Pike Nurseries to give away ladybugs

(WXIA) -- Ladybugs offer a great form of organic pest control for gardeners. They prey on damaging bugs like aphids, thrips and spider mites.

Pike Nurseries is helping metro Atlantans keep their gardens pest-free by giving away 1 million ladybugs this weekend.

The nursery chain will hold a Ladybug Weekend celebration at all of its stores. Customers are invited to attend free ladybug information sessions on Saturday, Apr. 26 at 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Children will also receive ladybug coloring sheets, and every family in attendance will go home with a complimentary packet of ladybugs.

Learn more at pikenursery.com.

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:

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.

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.