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Interstate work continues through the weekend

Interstate work continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- that seems to be the summertime theme in metro Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said the roadwork that has plagued drivers for the past several weekends will continue through Monday morning.

Among the projects:

Cherokee County
* ROLLING CLOSURE: Nightly sweeping on I-575 in both directions

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for slab replacement.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between I-75 and New Northside Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign construction.

Man accused of driving down street with dog tied to truck


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities arrested a man after he allegedly drove down the street with a dog tied to the back of his truck.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, a witness called 911 after seeing a German Shepherd tied to a pick-up truck driving down Ronald Reagan Blvd. near SR 41 around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

An investigator with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office saw the truck about two minutes after the 911 call. The investigator stopped the vehicle. Other deputies responded and took the dog to a veterinarian. The dog was treated for injuries to its front paws and bruising to its neck.

Ga. Supreme Court rules against fired sheriff's officials

Ga. Supreme Court rules against fired sheriff's officials

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled against 11 former sheriff's officials who claimed they were fired for political reasons.

In Monday's decision, Georgia's high court wrote that it dismissed the officers' appeal because they failed to ask permission to file it.

The two sergeants, four captains and five lieutenants worked for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. They were laid off in February 2013 during what Sheriff Duane Piper called a "reduction in force."

The officials appealed their firing, saying it was due to age discrimination and political retaliation. However, the Forsyth County Civil Service Handbook clearly states that county employees may be subject to reassignment, suspension and termination with no cause or right to appeal.

Weekend roadwork to affect I-20, I-285 drivers

Weekend roadwork to affect I-20, I-285 drivers

(WXIA) -- Road projects are scheduled to take place on Interstates 285 and 20 this weekend.

All work is weather permitting, but drivers should still look out for road crews and plan for possible delays.

Among the scheduled projects:

Cobb County
* Intermittent pacing will take place on I-285 at Atlanta Road from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Nightly sign construction will close two lanes in each direction of I-285 between I-75 and New Northside Drive

Douglas County
* Two westbound lanes of I-20 between Bill Arp and Liberty roads will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly

Fulton County
* Three eastbound lanes of I-285 between Riverside Drive and the Glenwood Connector will be closed nightly

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.

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.