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Injured woman fights back against burglars


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A Forsyth County woman was hospitalized after being shot in her home during a burglary.

Police say the victim apparently got up Monday when she heard noises and surprised the burglars. They shot her three times, but police said she fought back.

The burglars – a man and a woman -- fled after the woman fired shots.

No names or ages have been released.

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Forsyth County's December unemployment rate was 4.9 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

Police hunting for shoplifting sisters

Police hunting for shoplifting sisters

CUMMING, GA (WXIA) – The hunt is on for two sisters accused of shoplifting at Target stores more than 30 times.

Police say Brittany Willis and her sister Sheneka were seen on surveillance video shoplifting from a Target store on Peachtree Parkway in Forsyth County in November. They are also connected to crimes from metro Atlanta all the way to Chattanooga.

Police say the two women have stolen more than $24,000 worth of items from Target stores over the last eight months.

Both suspects have active warrants, but police admit arresting them won't stop them for good.

"They will face charges in every jurisdiction they can," said Forsyth County Police Detective Kris Hall. "Whether or not they get significant jail time is yet to be seen. When they get out, they'll be back to doing the same thing."

Cumming man killed in head-on crash

Cumming man killed in head-on crash

CUMMING, Ga. -- A 54-year-old Cumming man was killed in a two-car accident Saturday night.

Kenneth Payne was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Old Atlanta Road near Daves Creek Drive in Forsyth County.

Investigators said Payne's Chevrolet Blazer was heading north on Old Atlanta Road when it crossed into the southbound lane and collided with an oncoming Nissan Leaf.

The 34-year-old Leaf driver did not have time to react and possibly avoid the crash, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. After the accident, she was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The wreck is under investigation.

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

The weekend roadwork is spreading

The weekend roadwork is spreading

(WXIA) -- As 2015 rolls on, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will roll too -- to sites across metro Atlanta, where they will work on weekend road projects. (At least it will be sunny!)

This weekend, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel on the west side of Interstate 20 and the east side of I-285, if possible. Delays and lane closures are expected in both areas. All work is weather permitting.

Some of the scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
* 2 eastbound lanes of I-285 will be closed at I-75 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for bridge joint repairs.

DeKalb/Fulton counties
* 3 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.