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Gwinnett Co. animal shelter on quarantine after mysterious illness

Gwinnett Co. animal shelter on quarantine after mysterious illness

LAWRENCE, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County animal shelter closed abruptly after several dogs came down with a mysterious illness.

Over the last two weeks, dogs at the shelter have been getting very ill, very rapidly. One dog died. They showed symptoms of coughing, sneezing, and runny noses. It's described as some kind of serious upper respiratory illness. Workers report the animals were happy and playful one day, and extremely sick the next.

The shelter is working with UGA's College of Veterinary Medicine to try to figure out what's causing the illness. Testing should take about four days.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Golf tournament to benefit sick child

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- We first met Alida, her family and her service dog Mr. Gibbs back in 2012.

Alida was diagnosed with a rare lung disease called Neuroendocrine Cell Hyperplasia (NEHI) when she was an infant and now requires oxygen to help her breathe all the time. That's where Mr. Gibbs comes in; he's in charge of carrying Alida's oxygen tanks when it's time to get out and play -- and boy does she like to get out and play. That's how life for Alida has been since she was an infant.

So what has Alida been up to these past three years? According to her father Aaron Knobloch, plenty, including cheerleading this past fall, preparing for a ballet recital in May and now attending kindergarten. She's staying as active as any child her age does; she just does it with a little help from her best friend and classmate, Mr. Gibbs.

Suspect stole donations from sick kids charity

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga -- Police are looking for a man who stole a canister full of money from a charity that helps sick children. The money was donated by generous shoppers at a Lawrenceville Walmart to the Children's Miracle Network. The charity raises money for children's hospitals across the country and in Canada.


Surveillance video from the Walmart on Lawrenceville Highway shows a suspect grabbing the canister and carrying it out of the store. Lawrenceville police said he carried it outside and smashed it on the ground to get at the coins.

Suspect arrested in Peachtree Corners bank robbery

Suspect arrested in Peachtree Corners bank robbery

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Police say a tip led them to a man they suspect robbed a bank in Peachtree Corners.

Police say the man walked into the Piedmont Bank just before noon on March 30. He handed the teller a note and demanded cash.

The suspect fled after getting an undisclosed amount of money.

Thanks to a tip, detectives were able to identify the suspect as 56-year-old Gary Early. Investigators found Early at a hotel. After executing a search warrant, police said they found clothing worn during the robbery, $200 in cash and journal stationary that allegedly matched the note handed to the teller.

Early was booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center and charged with robbery by intimidation.

Gwinnett jail dog on the run for 2 months

Gwinnett jail dog on the run for 2 months

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A little jail dog named Rogue is living up to her name -- she's been on the run for two months.

Rogue is part of Operation Second Chance, a program that partners dogs and cats with inmates in the Gwinnett County Jail. The inmates train the animals and prepare them to be adopted by local families.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department said on its Facebook page that Rogue ran away in early February, when a volunteer took her to Rhodes Jordan Park for a walk.

There's a big reason why Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement officers haven't been able to catch Rogue.

"They have tracked her movements and more than once have set out humane traps that resulted in Rogue's capture, but well-meaning citizens have set her free each time," the sheriff's department said on Facebook.

Wrecked police car provides sobering reminder of Move Over Law

Wrecked police car provides sobering reminder of Move Over Law

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A totaled car is turning heads among visitors to Gwinnett County's Justice and Administration Center.

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway and the county's board of commissioners placed the car there for a very important reason -- to stress the importance of Georgia's Move Over Law.

The car belonged to Gwinnett County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Lunt. Last year, Lunt activated the car's lights and parked it alongside a roadway to provide visibility and protection for a work crew. The car was rear-ended by a driver who later told police he was changing music on his phone when the accident occurred.

Lunt was seriously injured in the crash and still has not returned to work. His wrecked car will be on display, along with a banner reinforcing the law's purpose, through the end of April.