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Scammers target seniors with big prizes

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- A scam from offshore Jamaica is targeting seniors and costing them thousands of dollars.

Deanie Head thought it was a great moment. After buying everything from magazines to household appliances from the Publishers Clearing House, she answered her cell phone and heard the magic words that she had become an instant millionaire.

"You have just won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. You've won $5 million plus a Mercedes Benz," came the words from a caller from the island of Jamaica.

Couple accused of holding daughter in deplorable conditions

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County couple is facing felony charges after being accused of keeping their teenage daughter in deplorable conditions.

Jade Jacobs has been jailed after being charged with cruelty to children and false imprisonment. Police say last week she walked into a hospital with her daughter, who is believed to be autistic, and said, "I can't do it anymore." The teen weighed only 60 pounds and had bruises on her face and body.

Bakery employs adults with special 'kneads'

Bakery employs adults with special 'kneads'

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A bakery in downtown Lawrenceville has gained a cult following in the six months it's been open.

"The cupcakes are just fantastic. They're divine," one customer said.

But the little bakery is also getting noticed for what it's doing that is unlike any other similar business -- and a hint can be found in the name. Most of the employees at Special Kneads & Treats have special needs.

Owners Tempa and Mike Kohler opened the bakery for their son Bradley, who had aged out of the system and couldn't find anyone else to give him a chance to work.

Special Kneads is a non-profit. Tempa and Mike said their employees are not charity cases, but are a critical part of why the bakery is in the black only half a year after opening.

Lightning blamed for 2 Gwinnett house fires

Lightning blamed for 2 Gwinnett house fires

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Lightning strikes started at least two house fires in Gwinnett County Saturday night.

The first blaze broke out at around 9:40 p.m. in the 2700 block of Spanish Oak Drive SW in Lilburn.

Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said the fire started when lightning struck near the home; it traveled through an outside water line and into the two-story house's basement.

Although the fire did not spread beyond the basement, it caused extensive damage to that room, Rutledge said. It also sent smoke throughout the house.

Everyone inside the house managed to escape safely.

The second fire started about half an hour later in the 1600 block of Little Lisa Lane SW in Snellville.

Tides Score Early, Hold Off G-Braves 5-3

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Unlike Thursday night, the Gwinnett Braves (53-67) could not overcome an early deficit and fell 5-3 to the Norfolk Tides (55-65) in game two of the four-game series on Friday night.

Norfolk took the lead in the top of the second inning. Cord Phelps drew a four-pitch walk from starter Aaron Northcraft and scored on an RBI triple by Jimmy Paredes, making it 1-0. Julio Borbon singled in Paredes to make it 2-0.

The Tides weren't done there, scoring three runs on five hits in the third inning. The first run of the frame came on a bases-loaded double play groundout by Henry Urrutia, while Paredes and Ivan DeJesus connected for RBI singles to extend the lead to 5-0.

Gwinnett cut into the deficit with a run in the bottom of the third and two in the fifth.

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Last weekend, drivers got a bit of a reprieve when several major road projects were postponed. But all that work will resume this weekend.

Some of the problem areas include Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and I-285 in Cobb County.

As always, all roadwork is weather permitting. Rain could halt or postpone projects.

Weekend drivers should use caution and look for crews in these areas:

Bartow County
* One right southbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles before Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.
* One left northbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles after Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.

Liberians living in Georgia speak about Ebola outbreak

LAWRENCVILLE, Ga. - Liberians living in Georgia have been following the treatment of American Ebola patients Nancy Whitebol and Kent Brantly with unique perspective.

One group in Lawrenceville is rallying together to do two things.

First, to show support for their friends and relatives suffering overseas. Secondly, to support the treatment and research happening at Emory Hospital.

"I was born in Monrovia, Liberia in West Africa," explained Iris Wonleah.

Her younger brother is still there, and he is constantly in her thoughts.

"We're scared as soon as we get a call from Africa, you know, is somebody going to say somebody died? So it's tough," she said.