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The weekend roadwork is spreading

The weekend roadwork is spreading

(WXIA) -- As 2015 rolls on, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will roll too -- to sites across metro Atlanta, where they will work on weekend road projects. (At least it will be sunny!)

This weekend, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel on the west side of Interstate 20 and the east side of I-285, if possible. Delays and lane closures are expected in both areas. All work is weather permitting.

Some of the scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
* 2 eastbound lanes of I-285 will be closed at I-75 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for bridge joint repairs.

DeKalb/Fulton counties
* 3 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Scam uses legitimate businesses to target elderly

Scam uses legitimate businesses to target elderly

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga -- There is a warning about another telephone scam that targets the elderly. But this one is different. The scam is using legitimate businesses to target its victims.

The scam came to light from a heating and air conditioning company in Lawrenceville who wants to protect its reputation.

Ace and A Heating and Air just finished a job in Lawrenceville Tuesday morning. George Davenport had a circuit board replaced on his furnace. About thirty minutes after Ace and A left his house he received a telephone call. The caller said he was from Ace and A. He told Davenport he was due for his furnace to be cleaned.

"And (he said) they had a man ready to come over here and he would be here shortly," Davenport said. "And I said no, he won't, because Ace and A just left here about thirty minutes ago."

Gwinnett police bust chop shop

Gwinnett police bust chop shop

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County police arrested a man accused of running a chop shop out of his Lawrenceville home.

Charles Wright, 40, was taken into custody after investigators found parts of a stolen car on his property.

Police drove past Wright's Shannon Way home Monday afternoon and spotted vehicle pieces stacked next to the detached garage. The officers stopped the car to speak with Wright.

The police officers noticed the parts belonged to a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe and had been cut up with a Sawzall-style tool. The VINs had also been scratched off the pieces.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Michele Pinera said police found the SUV's VIN and determined the vehicle had been reported stolen in Walton County.

Wright was charged with running a chop shop, theft by receiving, alerting a VIN and possession of a controlled substance. More warrants may be issued.

Several children hurt in Lawrenceville wreck

Several children hurt in Lawrenceville wreck

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Five children were hospitalized after being involved in a two-vehicle accident in Gwinnett County Monday afternoon.

The children were inside a Dodge Caravan that collided with an International truck at the intersection of Old Norcross Road and Riverside Parkway in Lawrenceville.

A preliminary investigation showed the International turned left into the intersection and into the path of the Dodge. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have yet been filed.

The Dodge driver, 64-year-old Priscilla Gidney, had to be extricated from her vehicle. She was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center.

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

(WXIA) -- Weekends in metro Atlanta guarantee one thing: construction projects on highways and major roads.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be hard at work on several streets, mostly in Fulton County.

Drivers are asked to be courteous and cautious when traveling through impacted areas. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

I-20
* Two westbound lanes will be closed between McDaniel and Langhorn streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.
* One eastbound lane will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

I-285
* Two northbound lanes will be closed between I-85 and Washington Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Gwinnett 911 center evacuated

Gwinnett 911 center evacuated

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County's 911 center was evacuated Monday morning. The evacuation was ordered just before 10 a.m., when material from a waterless fire suppression system was triggered. The cause of the system activation is under investigation.

A tile also reportedly fell out of the 911 center's ceiling and hit an employee on the head.

Five 911 center employees were taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated for respiratory issues, according to Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter. Those employees were released by Monday evening.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said 911 service continued with "little to no disruption." Operations were moved to police headquarters and the Mobile Operations Center.

Play therapy is helping four children deal with the trauma of losing parents when their father was arrested for killing their mother


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Next week marks a year since the day four DeKalb County children lost both of their parents: their mother was murdered and their father charged with killing her.

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The kids have suffered trauma that would be tough for any adult to endure, but they're getting help in a way that doesn't feel like therapy.

Naja Taylor, 10, received a dollhouse a few weeks ago, and she's fascinated with the stories of family life she can create with the furniture and the dolls.

Her four year old brother, Javad, 4, spends time drawing his feelings on paper with markers