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Armed man at Forsyth County park concerns parents


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Parents are concerned about a man spotted at a Forsyth County park with a gun tucked in his waistband. Police say they've received dozens of 911 calls, but there's nothing they can do about the man.

The man was seen walking through Fowler Park a couple of nights this week with his pistol clearly visible in his waist band.

"He's got a gun tucked in his back, back of his jeans," a caller to 911 said. "He's around a bunch of kids and he's freaking all the parents out."

Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper noted that Georgia law allows someone with a weapons permit to carry a gun in a public park as long as he doesn't threaten anyone.

"The gentleman did nothing illegal," Piper said.

"We'll protect people's rights – we'll always protect people's rights, but we will not tolerate bad behavior."

Beautiful weekends and road projects go hand in hand

Beautiful weekends and road projects go hand in hand

(WXIA) -- It's going to be a perfect weekend, weather-wise -- 11s on the WIZometer on Saturday and Sunday.

However, pretty weekend weather in metro Atlanta comes with a slight drawback: nighttime traffic projects.

"We are doing our best to limit daytime lane closures if possible in order to minimize the inconvenience to motorists," Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Shun Pringle said. "However, some work just has to be done during the day."

One brief closure will be the loop ramp from Northside Drive north to Interstate 75 south in northwest Atlanta. It will be shut down Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. so crews can repair a guardrail. Drivers are asked to use Howell Mill Road to access I-75 south during that hour.

Unemployment rate decreases in March

Unemployment rate decreases in March

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in March, down slightly from February's 6.9 percent. The rate was 8.0 percent in March 2013.

Forsyth County's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent this March.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers. The number of new positions increased by 51,500 last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in March 2014 at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.

Restaurant multiplies manager's act of kindness


CUMMING, Ga. -- A random act of kindness has multiplied in ways a local mom never could have imagined.

Allie Smith was on a road trip with her four kids when a manager at a California Pizza Kitchen went out of his way to accommodate her son, Barrett, who has autism.

The mother says Barrett, 13, goes everywhere his family goes and is usually fine, but on a long road trip this winter, she took one look at her son and knew he was about to have a meltdown.

"I immediately thought oh no, this isn't going to be good," Allie Smith said.

In a crowded California Pizza Kitchen -- on Valentine's Day no less -- Allie says she started looking around in a panic to get her son out of there. That's when the manager stepped in.

"He didn't ask any questions, he didn't judge me. He smiled, there was kindness in his eyes," said Allie Smith.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Forsyth County Chase Bank robbery suspect arrested

Forsyth County Chase Bank robbery suspect arrested


CUMMING, Ga. -- A man accused of robbing a Forsyth County bank last week is now behind bars.

Stephen C. Plunkett was arrested at around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday on Ga. 400 in Forsyth County.

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Forsyth Co. police searching for bank robber


CUMMING, Ga. -- Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who robbed a bank Wednesday.

It happened at 11:19 a.m. at the Chase Bank located at 1710 Buford Highway.

According to Sheriff Duane K. Piper, the Chase Bank was robbed by a white male driving a black four-door 2012 or 2013 Hyundai Genesis. The robbery took place in the drive-thru lane. The man gave the teller a note saying an attached item was a bomb. He got away with money.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Bomb Disposal Unit arrived and detonated the device, which turned out to be a non-explosive item.