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Forsyth County man charged with killing roommate


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cumming man was arrested for fatally stabbing another man during an argument.

Donald Clifford Griffin, 57, was taken into custody at the crime scene. He was charged with murder and is being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center.

Forsyth County Sheriff's investigators said Griffin and the victim, 48-year-old Truitt Cheeley, lived in a rented single-wide trailer off Karr Road. Just after midnight on May 17, the two got into an argument.

Detectives believe that during the fight, Griffin grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Cheeley several times. The victim suffered a number of lacerations and stab wounds. He was later pronounced dead at Northside Forsyth Hospital.

Second suspect arrested in Cumming home invasion


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Investigators have arrested the second suspect in a home invasion that landed a 70-year-old woman in the hospital.

Samira Young, 28, of Decatur may be behind multiple residential burglaries in Forsyth County. She is also wanted in Cobb County.

Investigators believe Young and 25-year-old Corey Waithe, also of Decatur, broke into a home on Pilgrim Mill Road on Feb. 2. When the victim confronted them, the suspects shot her several times, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. The victim survived her injuries.

Waithe was later shot during another home invasion in Fulton County. He was arrested and is being held in the Fulton County Jail, with charges pending in Cobb and Forsyth counties.

Fatal Forsyth County accident blamed on speed


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Investigators believe speed was a factor in an accident that killed a 26-year-old motorcyclist.

It happened shortly before 2:30 p.m. Sunday on Hickory Hills Road near Akins Way in Forsyth County.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, motorcyclist Brandon Egli was speeding around a curve in the road when he swerved into the opposing lane and collided head-on with a Chevrolet Impala.

Egli was thrown from his motorcycle. He was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

The Impala's driver and passenger were not hurt.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Forsyth County's unemployment rate was 4.7 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.