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911 calls released in Forsyth Co. courthouse shooting


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Forsyth County released the 911 calls from Friday's shooting incident outside the courthouse in downtown Cumming.

The 911 calls captured the chaos, the concern and the raw terror of the people caught in the middle of the shooting.

"A car ran into it. And shots are still being fired," one caller tells the operator.

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Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Man killed in violent assault on Forsyth Co. Courthouse


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- An armed man was shot and killed by officers outside the Forsyth County Courthouse Friday morning, authorities said. A sheriff's deputy was wounded in the gunfire.

Police identified the suspect as 48-year-old Dennis Ronald Marx, a gun trader. Investigators believe Marx had been planning the courthouse shooting for a long time.

Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper said the incident began at around 10 a.m., when Marx drove up onto the sidewalk in front of the courthouse and threw spike strips and explosives out the car window, then began shooting through the windshield with an assault rifle, striking a deputy below the right knee.

"It appeared that he was trying to actually drive through the front of the courthouse," Piper said.

Ex-lawyer: Shooting suspect angry with legal system


CUMMING, Ga. -- More details are emerging about the suspect in Friday's shooting outside of a Forsyth County courthouse.

Dennis Marx was shot and killed after deputies said he drove his car up onto the sidewalk, threw out explosives, and then began shooting through the windshield with an assault rifle.

Ann Shafer, a lawyer who had been representing Marx for the past six months on a drug charge, said her former client was angry with the legal system.

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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.

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.