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Inmates paid robbery victim not to show in court


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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga -- Gwinnett County Sheriff Deputies uncovered an elaborate plot by three inmates to prevent the victims of their crimes from testifying against them at trial.

Two of the inmates were co-defendants in the same armed robbery and the third, the mastermind behind the plot, was charged in a separate armed robbery.

Gwinnett County Sheriff Deputies said the common factor between all three inmates was they robbed the same victim.

Expect heavy spring break traffic this weekend

Expect heavy spring break traffic this weekend

(WXIA) -- Many colleges and universities will begin their spring breaks this weekend, which may contribute to heavier traffic than usual on metro Atlanta roads.

In addition to more people on the road, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be out and about, working on scheduled projects.

GDOT engineer Shun Pringle said the largest project will be sign installation on Georgia 400 south between Peachtree Road and Sidney Marcus Boulevard. One right lane will be closed daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Work will also continue on the Ga. 400/Interstate 85 Interchange project. Several roads will be affected all weekend, including Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.

From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, three lanes in both directions of I-285 will be closed for sign replacements between Riverside Drive and Peachtree Dunwoody Road.

Gwinnett Tech president Sharon Bartels to retire

Gwinnett Tech president Sharon Bartels to retire


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Sharon Bartels, who has served as president of Gwinnett Technical College since 1996, will retire May 1.

Bartels has led the school during significant growth. Gwinnett Tech now has nine buildings -- seven more than in 1996 -- and plans to open a satellite location in north Fulton County in early 2015.

A committee to find a new president will likely be announced in early April, according to Technical College System of Georgia spokesman Mike Light.

An interim president will be named at the appropriate time, Gwinnett Tech spokeswoman Dana Urrutia said.

Bartels, 59, told the Gwinnett Daily Post in a 2013 interview, "When you're my age, and you look at what's important about life, you see your family."


Dog shot 7 times and thrown in dumpster


UPDATE:Unfortunately, Catie's injuries were more severe than first thought. Her spinal cord was severed and they had to put her down.

According to the Society of Humane Friends of Georgia, a new set of x-rays were taken of Catie by a neurologist at the University of Georgia.

"These images revealed that Catie's spine is completely shattered, and her spinal cord is completely severed," the group wrote on Facebook. "What we did not know until now is that her neck is also shattered, and she has a piece of shrapnel lodged in her heart. In addition, she has a large contusion/hematoma on her lung, which is making each breath difficult for her."

The veterinarian made the decision that euthanasia was the kindest option for Catie.

An investigation continues into who was responsible for her injuries.

Gwinnett man convicted of child molestation

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A 38-year-old Lawrenceville man has been convicted in Cobb County of molesting a young girl.

Adrian "Shawn" Burney was found guilty Thursday on two counts of child molestation. He will be sentenced Mar. 28 and faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.

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Burney was previously jailed in Alabama after pleading guilty to raping two underage girls in that state. He was brought to Cobb County upon being paroled.

The Georgia victim, now 24, testified in court. She told jurors Burney lived with her family and began molesting her when she was 8 years old. The abuse continued for four years and consisted of Burney touching the victim inappropriately and exposing himself to her.

Chipotle may get rid of guacamole

DENVER -- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is cautioning that factors beyond the company's control -- the weather in particular -- may prompt the removal of guacamole from its menu.

Denver-based Chipotle uses 97,000 pounds of avocados daily to make its guacamole to serve at its locations, including 22 in metro Atlanta.

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The company noted higher prices of some ingredients could force the company to increase what it charges for its menu, or it could just do away with some portions of the menu.

"In the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients, we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients," the company says in its annual report.

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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