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Deputy praised as hero for stopping courtroom assault


CUMMING, Ga. – A Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy is being praised as a hero for stopping a man who attacked a courthouse on Friday.

According to Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper, 48-year-old Dennis Marx drove towards the Forsyth County Courthouse and threw spike strips and explosives out of his vehicle's window.

Deputy James Daniel Rush, 46, was working the doorway of the court and approached Marx, who shot him through the windshield. Piper said the vehicle appeared to try to run over Rush.

Other officers responded and returned fire. After a three-minute gun battle, Marx was killed.

Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Portions of Interstates 20 and 285 will become proverbial parking lots this weekend as crews perform much-needed roadwork.

Some projects may be postponed by predicted thunderstorms, but drivers are still asked to plan ahead and find alternate routes where possible.

The I-20 roadwork that has plagued metro Atlanta for weeks will continue in these areas:

Atlanta
* Two lanes will close in both directions between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday for emergency bridge repairs on Westview Drive
* Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Boulevard and Gresham Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday for restriping

Douglas County
Two eastbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for work

Second teen charged in fatal Forsyth County crash


CUMMING, Ga. -- Police have made a second arrest involving a car crash that killed a 17-year-old in Forsyth County.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash after 1 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Kelly Mill Road and Rockingham Run in Cumming.

Deputies say 17-year-old Adam Dimillo was at the wheel of a 2011 Dodge Ram Truck with four teenaged friends inside when he lost control of the truck and hit a telephone pole.

Paul Castell Jr., 17, of Dawsonville, who goes by the name "Louie" was ejected from the truck and killed. Dimillo and the three other passengers all received injuries in the crash.

2 charged in Savannah brawl caught on camera


A metro Atlanta family says it will fight charges filed by the Savannah police over a brawl that happened Mother's Day weekend.

Last month, Rob Gray of Cumming, Ga., told 11Alive that he and his family were attacked on a weekend trip.

On Monday, Savannah police issued a misdemeanor arrest warrant for Gray and Richard Barnes, of Lawrenceville, who was captured on surveillance tape throwing the first punch on a crowded sidewalk.

Gray insists his family was attacked by several people and that his was not an altercation between two men. He's hired an attorney.

I-20 construction resumes this weekend

I-20 construction resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- The three Interstate 20 construction projects that have plagued drivers for several weekends will continue.

As long as the weather cooperates, crews will work on the following stretches of I-20 this weekend:

Atlanta
Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Windsor Street and Boulevard from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 am. Sunday.

Douglas County
Two lanes in both directions will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Newton County
Two eastbound left lanes will be closed between Almon and Alcovy roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has smaller projects scheduled in Cobb County:

I-285
Two northbound lanes will be intermittently closed at South Cobb Drive for overhead sign work; two lanes will always remain open.

Global Workforce Initiative trains students for future work

Global Workforce Initiative trains students for future work

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Georgia is suffering a skills-gap, or a lack of production workers, scientists, engineers and technology specialists.

But the Georgia Department of Education is trying to do something about it. The department created the Global Workforce Initiative, which brings private companies into classrooms to train workers of the future.

Shawn Kemner is only a sophomore in high school, but he's already gotten the opportunity to tour Siemens' Drive Technologies plant. He is one of the first students to go through the company's Manufacturing Pathways program, which brings work skills into schools.

"We want to make it real for the students. And if it's real, they get interested," said Denis Brosnan with the Global Workforce Initiative.

Kemner admitted the program further ignited his interest in school.

Memorial Day traffic to be busiest since recession

Memorial Day traffic to be busiest since recession

(WXIA) -- Travel experts predict a new post-recession high for Memorial Day Weekend.

Mark Jenkins, spokesman for the AAA pointed to the long winter as one reason: "A long and unusually harsh winter game many Americans the travel bug." He says the rising temperatures and an improving economy mean a projected 36.1 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles Memorial Day Weekend.

The Memorial Day travel period is measured from Thursday, May 22 to Monday, May 26th. More than 8 in 10 will drive to their destinations. But the biggest increases came in other modes. Cruise, trains, and buses will see an increase of 6.5%.

Even though the numbers are up, more than half of people in the Southeast (57%) haven't made plans yet. "Hotel and car rental reservations are filling up fast for Memorial Day," AAA spokesman Jessica Brady said. She said making plans now will ensure you find a good price.