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Principal arrested in GBI child sex sting

Principal arrested in GBI child sex sting

DECATUR, Ga. -- An elementary school principal is among 14 people the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested in a sting operation targeting suspected child predators.

Dr. John McGill, principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary in Douglasville, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail.  He has been suspended from his position. He is due in court for his first appearance Tuesday.

11Alive's Blayne Alexander reports that the Douglas County School System superintendent announced on Monday that Dr. Sandra Williams will serve as interim principal of the school effective March 10. Williams is a retired former principal of the school. The central office will handle administrative duties until Williams arrives.

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Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

(WXIA) -- With a warm weekend on the horizon, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to perform some much-needed roadwork throughout north Georgia.

Closures and delays can be expected on a number of major roads and highways.

"Plan ahead -- I can't say it enough," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "If you plan ahead, you can avoid some potentially heavy delays."

Some notable roadwork includes:

Downtown Connector
Two right lanes of I-75/85 north near University Avenue will be closed for pavement work Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

I-285
Three lanes will be closed in both directions between West Paces Ferry and Roswell roads for sign replacements. All work will take place overnight -- from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Would-be kidnapper at large in Snellville

Would-be kidnapper at large in Snellville

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Police are hunting for a man who reportedly tried to abduct a 13-year-old girl in Snellville Tuesday night.

The victim told Snellville Police the man approached her near Meadow Trace Drive and Bramble Way.

Police said the girl claimed the man told her he lost a puppy and tried to lure her into his car, but she ran off.

The teen described the man as white and clean-shaven. He had a Midwestern accent and wore a black sweatshirt with the hood pulled tight around his face.

The man was driving a red older model full-size pickup truck with some rust damage.

Officers are stepping up patrols in the area Wednesday morning. Authorities said they don't believe the incident is connected to other reported attempted abductions in Gwinnett County.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Snellville Police at 770-985-3555.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA -- As the GHSA state basketball tournament heads for the semifinal round, there is a new edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Basketball Poll. The GACS boys continue to lead the way. 

The Greater Atlanta Christian Boys are marching toward Macon and holding down the top spot, followed by Wheeler, Allatoona, North Gwinnett and Miller Grove.

Berkmar is 6, with Walton, Columbia, Pebblebrook, Stephenson, and Alexander completing the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is ready for inspection. The McEachern girls hang on to the top spot as the GHSA state tournament heads for semifinal weekend.

McEachern and Southwest DeKalb are 1 and 2 again this week with Redan, Parkview, and Archer in the top 5.

North Forsyth, Tucker, Hillgrove,Wesleyan and Norcross round out the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports

1 house destroyed, 3 damaged in fire

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- One house is a total loss and three others suffered damage after a large fire in Gwinnett County Wednesday morning.

The fire broke out at around 3:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of Morning Glory Lane in Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett County Fire Lt. Colin Rhoden said the fire was fully involved when crews arrived. Responding officials knocked out a smaller fire that had spread to a nearby house before tackling the main blaze. Rhoden said the fire burned all the way to the house's foundation.

Two houses to the left of the main house were damaged; the closer one had to be evacuated. The attic of the house to the right of the main one also suffered damage. Three cars in the driveway of the main house had various levels of damage.

Gwinnett schools add 30 minutes to day to make up for snow days

Gwinnett schools add 30 minutes to day to make up for snow days

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- To make up for days missed during recent storms, Gwinnett County Schools announced a plan Monday that includes extending the school day by 30 minutes.

The school system will use its three built-in make-up days: February 17, March 14, and May 22.

The remaining four days will be made up by extending the school day by 30 minutes for 48 days. 

All schools will dismiss a half-hour later than their regular time, from March 3 through May 14. The last day of school will be Thursday, May 22. 

The school will also make adjustments to the tentative graduation schedule. Those changes will be communicated to seniors and their families.

Teachers will work a required staff development day on Friday, May 23 and school leaders will work with teachers on making up the other two staff development days.