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Loophole lets thousands do the crime, but pay no fine


CUMMING, GA (WXIA) -- A recent Georgia Supreme Court ruling has left a legal loophole that's allowed tens of thousands of people to commit a crime, but not pay the fine. In Forsyth County alone, more than 821 people are now off the hook, including another ten released from jail.

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"Most of these misdemeanor warrants that were invalidated are of people who no longer live in this area. They've moved on, moved to a different state," said Deputy Doug Rainwater.

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas has become the first theater chain to decide not to show the upcoming Sony film "The Interview", according to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday evening.

Carmike operates 2,917 screens in 278 theaters over 41 states, including nine theaters in metro Atlanta -- Athens, Cartersville, Canton, Conyers, Newnan, Snellville, Cumming, Hiram and southwest Atlanta.

Sony said earlier in the day Tuesday that they were moving ahead with plans to distribute the controversial comedy on Christmas Day, despite messages from hackers that appeared to threaten violence at theaters showing the film. The threats evoked the memory of 9/11, and suggested that violence of that sort would come to theaters and theater goers as a result of the film's going into wide release on Christmas weekend.

Thieves in Forsyth Co. stealing packages delivered to front doors of homes


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- Some people in Forsyth County, expecting packages to be delivered to their homes, never received them. They've reported the packages stolen from their front doorsteps.

Investigators say thieves have run off with thousands of dollars worth of computers and toys -- just picking up the packages from the front doorsteps in broad daylight, minutes after the packages were delivered.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, in just two days last week, December 9 and 10, thieves stole packages from nine homes -- seven of them in the Olde Atlanta Club subdivision, off of Old Atlanta Road, in south Forsyth County.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Forsyth County's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Forsyth County man charged with making explosive device


CUMMING, Ga. -- A Forsyth County man has been charged with possession of a destructive device after suspicious materials were found in his home.

Jeremy Ives, 24, was taken into custody Sunday at a house in Hall County.

Family members of the suspect called police after finding the explosive materials in their home, according to Forsyth County Sheriff's spokesperson Robin Regan.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded to the south Forsyth County home to identify and remove the hazardous devices.

Regan said investigators do not believe Ives had any immediate plans to use the devices, which he made.

The suspect is being held without bond in the Forsyth County Detention Center.