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Dawsonville man wins $7M in lottery scratch-off game


CUMMING, Ga. – A local man won $7 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket bought from a store in Cumming.

Gerard Kaizer, of Dawsonville, bought the winning Max The Money instant ticket from Leon's Food Mart, located at 5401 Matt Highway, according to Georgia Lottery officials.

Kaizer claimed his prize March 13.

Lottery officials say the odds of winning the $7 million prize are 1 in 2.4 million.

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Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Forsyth County's unemployment rate was 4.8 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Interstate 20 will bear the brunt of this weekend's roadwork, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Drivers are asked to avoid nonessential travel on I-20, as road projects will require lane closures that will likely result in delays.

A number of surface streets will also be impacted by construction crews.

As always, all work is weather permitting. Get this weekend's forecast.

Cobb/Fulton counties: I-285
2 northbound lanes will be closed between Bolton and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Coweta County: I-85
1 southbound lane will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

Man taken into custody after pointing weapon at deputies

Man taken into custody after pointing weapon at deputies

FORSYTH COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- Deputies with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office took a man into custody Thursday afternoon after he pointed a weapon at deputies.

According to DFC Robin Regan with the Sheriff's Office, after the suspect fired his weapon and pointed it at deputies, the SWAT team and negotiators were called. Deputies set up a large perimeter around the area.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Ex-CFO charged with stealing nearly $2 million

Ex-CFO charged with stealing nearly $2 million

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cumming man has been charged with stealing nearly $2 million from his former employer.

Steven E. Daniel is the ex-CFO of Nanoventions, a Roswell-based company that designs micro-optic solutions, according to its website. He has been charged with three counts each of felony theft and felony forgery, and two counts of financial identity fraud.

Daniel, 50, was arrested Feb. 14 after a six-month investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Deputy Robin Regan said the company reached out to detectives after discovering Daniel forged several checks worth more than $160,000.

Investigators worked with Nanoventions' president and CEO to examine the company's business and financial records. They learned that since 2010, Daniel stole more than $1,950,000 through about 290 fraudulent transactions, according to Regan.

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Icy roads cause Forsyth County wrecks


FORSYTH COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- Forsyth County Sheriff's Department officials were working on a one-vehicle wreck on Bannister Road during the early morning hours Saturday.

Officials said the vehicle ran off the road and overturned due to icy roads in the area.

Deputies on the scene said there were no injuries in the wreck.

The Bannister Road wreck was one of at least three accidents blamed on icy roads during the overnight hours. Officials said in the other two wrecks -- on Castleberry Road and on Dr Bramblett Road -- there were also no injuries reported.

Motorists are advised to take extra caution through the early morning hours.