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Man arrested for shooting arrows at cops

Man arrested for shooting arrows at cops

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County man has been arrested for attacking his wife with a hatchet and then firing arrows at responding officers.

The incident happened shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday at a house on Laurel Tree Court in unincorporated Snellville.

Police responded to the house after a woman called 911 and said her husband, 28-year-old Thomas Burt, hit her in the hand with a hatchet and threatened to shoot her with his bow and arrows.

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Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said police arrived and tried to convince Burt to leave the house. He refused and then threatened the officers.

Shortly after midnight, Burt fired an arrow through the front door of his home, according to Smith. The arrow grazed one officer's face.

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in December, down from 7.0 percent in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new figures Thursday morning.

December's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in Gwinnett County.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate decreased because nearly 11,200 more Atlanta residents were employed in December, and the number of jobs in the area grew to 2,450,000 -- the most since May 2008.

December's unemployment rate was also down considerably from the December 2012 rate of 8.4 percent.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest jobless rate in December at 5.2 percent. The highest was 10.2 percent in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Is third attempted abduction attempt related to two others?

(WXIA) - Word of a third attempted abduction with descriptions of a similar vehicle to two other cases has law enforcement in two counties working to see if the cases are, in fact, related to each other.

The newest case comes from Walton County.

Sheriff's officials there said they have received a report of a man in a black truck following two girls. The girls were able to run away.

Two other attempted abductions have Gwinnett County on alert. The two incidents involve two boys at two separate locations, just five miles apart.

Now, officials are trying to determine if the two incidents are connected.

For families in the Fairmont subdivision, there is an undercurrent of concern and anxiety.

In the most recent incident, investigators said an 11 year-old boy described a man driving a black pick-up who he said tried to grab him as he walked home from a bus stop on Tuesday.

Weekend roadwork to affect many major highways

Weekend roadwork to affect many major highways

(WXIA) -- Sign work, bridge maintenance and lane closures are all on the Georgia Department of Transportation's weekend agenda.

Work will continue on the Buford-Spring Connector in Atlanta from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. One right southbound lane will be closed between Lindbergh and Monroe drives.

Pacing will occur on Interstate 20 in both directions between Highway 5 and Liberty Road, just west of Atlanta. Drivers can expect brief delays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

One new project this weekend involves I-285 east at I-75 in Cobb County. Two left lanes and the ramp to I-75 north will be closed overnight, and ramp traffic will be detoured to I-75 south, Cumberland Boulevard and then back to I-75 north. GDOT said the ramp will be open during the day.

As usual, drivers can expect single lane closures around the Ga. 400/I-85 Interchange, especially on Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA -- This week's installment of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Basketball Poll is here. There is movement in the updated list, but the top two spots remain unchanged.

McEachern and Southwest DeKalb ate 1 and 2 with Redan up to 3 this week. Parkview and Archer complete the top 5.Wesleyan , Hillgrove, Tucker, North Forsyth, and Buford round out the top 10. 

Columbia slides from 12 to 16 while Salem rises from 19 to 24.

Central Gwinnett check in this week at 24 while Duluth falls out of the Super 25.

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


USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll is here. Look for changes throughout this week's rundown, but the Spartans still lead the way.

 Greater Atlanta Christian and  Allatoona are 1 and 2 again this week, with Wheeler up to 3 followed by North Gwinnett and Tucker. Miller Grove is 6, with Norcross 7, Hillgrove returns at 8, Clarke Central and Berkmar complete the top 10. 

Along with Hillgrove, Fayette County, Sandy Creek, Alexander, and Morgan County are new faces this week.

Columbia, South Atlanta, Jonesboro, St. Pius and Dacula drop out of the poll.

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

GDOT launches Twitter feeds for specific highways

GDOT launches Twitter feeds for specific highways

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has created 16 new Twitter accounts for traffic alerts throughout the state.

Each feed is tailored to a specific highway or region, according to GDOT spokeswoman Chata Spikes.

Spikes said only serious accidents will be tweeted, as opposed to every single stall and fender bender on the highways.

The feed for traffic on I-85 north of Atlanta is @GDOT_I85_N_GA.