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Deputy praised as hero for stopping courtroom assault


CUMMING, Ga. – A Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy is being praised as a hero for stopping a man who attacked a courthouse on Friday.

According to Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper, 48-year-old Dennis Marx drove towards the Forsyth County Courthouse and threw spike strips and explosives out of his vehicle's window.

Deputy James Daniel Rush, 46, was working the doorway of the court and approached Marx, who shot him through the windshield. Piper said the vehicle appeared to try to run over Rush.

Other officers responded and returned fire. After a three-minute gun battle, Marx was killed.

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Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Portions of Interstates 20 and 285 will become proverbial parking lots this weekend as crews perform much-needed roadwork.

Some projects may be postponed by predicted thunderstorms, but drivers are still asked to plan ahead and find alternate routes where possible.

The I-20 roadwork that has plagued metro Atlanta for weeks will continue in these areas:

Atlanta
* Two lanes will close in both directions between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday for emergency bridge repairs on Westview Drive
* Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Boulevard and Gresham Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday for restriping

Douglas County
Two eastbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for work

Pike to hold butterfly, hummingbird classes

Pike to hold butterfly, hummingbird classes

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta residents who are interested in having more butterflies and hummingbirds in their gardens are invited to attend a free workshop at Pike Nurseries.

The Atlanta-based nursery chain will offer two Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Garden classes.

An adult-centered class will be held Saturday, June 7 at 9 a.m. at all Pike locations. A second session designed especially for kids will take place Wednesday, June 11 at 1 p.m. Both events are free.

Attendees will learn planting techniques and the types of flowering plants they should include in their gardens to bring in some new feathered and fluttering friends. Children in the Wednesday class will also make butterfly crafts.

Visit pikenursery.com for more information and to find your nearest location.

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy recently held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2014.

Many classmates met for the very first time during the event at the Gwinnett Center.

"We are very proud of our graduates," GCA lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. Altogether, the Class of 2014 secured $1.33 million in college scholarship offers.

Emily McClure of Columbus is GCA's valedictorian. She will attend Georgia College and State University on the Zell Miller Scholarship in the fall.

Learn more about Georgia Connections Academy, the state's free virtual charter school for students in grades K-12, at georgiaconnectionsacademy.com.

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Panera swears off artificial ingredients

Panera swears off artificial ingredients

NEW YORK -- Panera says it will remove artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives from its food by 2016, a reflection of the growing distaste people are showing for such ingredients.

The chain of bakery cafes, which has about 1,800 U.S. locations, is making the pledge as part of a "Food Policy" it is unveiling Tuesday that outlines its commitment to "clean" and "simple" ingredients.

The announcement comes at a time when Panera Bread Co. is facing slowing sales growth and working to jumpstart its business.

It also underscores how positioning foods as natural has become a marketing advantage, regardless of whether it brings any nutritional benefits.

Second teen charged in fatal Forsyth County crash


CUMMING, Ga. -- Police have made a second arrest involving a car crash that killed a 17-year-old in Forsyth County.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash after 1 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Kelly Mill Road and Rockingham Run in Cumming.

Deputies say 17-year-old Adam Dimillo was at the wheel of a 2011 Dodge Ram Truck with four teenaged friends inside when he lost control of the truck and hit a telephone pole.

Paul Castell Jr., 17, of Dawsonville, who goes by the name "Louie" was ejected from the truck and killed. Dimillo and the three other passengers all received injuries in the crash.

2 charged in Savannah brawl caught on camera


A metro Atlanta family says it will fight charges filed by the Savannah police over a brawl that happened Mother's Day weekend.

Last month, Rob Gray of Cumming, Ga., told 11Alive that he and his family were attacked on a weekend trip.

On Monday, Savannah police issued a misdemeanor arrest warrant for Gray and Richard Barnes, of Lawrenceville, who was captured on surveillance tape throwing the first punch on a crowded sidewalk.

Gray insists his family was attacked by several people and that his was not an altercation between two men. He's hired an attorney.