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Feds: Cartel takedown had key Gwinnett ties

Feds: Cartel takedown had key Gwinnett ties

Gwinnett County-  Mexican Cartel look to have a US drug hub here in Gwinnett County.

Roadside drug busts in Gwinnett proved key in building a case against a Mexican cartel acting as a cocaine and marijuana pipeline, federal officials said Wednesday.

A three-year investigation coined “Operation G-60” culminated with the arrests of 16 alleged drug traffickers and money launderers from inner city Atlanta to far-flung suburbs Wednesday.

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Another Code Orange Smog Alert

Another Code Orange Smog Alert

ATLANTA -- We've been hit with yet another Code Orange Air Quality Alert for Wednesday.

Under Code Orange conditions, being outside is considered unhealthy for children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart or lung disease. Those people are advised to limit or avoid outdoor exertion during the late afternoon hours when ozone concentration is at its highest.

RELATED: Hour-by-hour weather forecast

Highs are expected to remain in the mid 90s under hot, hazy skies through the remainder of the week. There's a chance of storms by Friday and through the weekend, but our heatwave is expected to continue into next week.

Gwinnett police headquarters to get $3.5M renovation

Gwinnett police headquarters to get $3.5M renovation

Gwinnett County-  Police officers in Gwinnett County should happym becuase soon they will be working in a newly renovated facilty.

Gwinnett County will soon begin renovations at the Gwinnett County Police Department’s headquarters to make better use of space that has been vacated in the building. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved the project during its meeting Tuesday. Nearly $3.5 million will be paid to low bidder Cooper and Company General Contractors for the construction.

GWINNETT: Fires displace men miles, minutes apart

GWINNETT: Fires displace men miles, minutes apart

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Two men were displaced by house fires within a dozen miles of each other early Tuesday morning in Gwinnett County. One man was hurt.  

Firefighters received the first call shortly before 3:30 a.m. from a two-story home on Valley Brook Road, near Bethany Church Road in Snellville.

According to Gwinnett Fire speokesman Eric Eberly, the homeowner said he woke up to flames coming from the kitchen. He suffered moderate burns and was taken to Eastside Medical Center for treatment. He said that his wife and kids were safely out of town. Firefighters rescued the family pets, two dogs and two puppies, from the burning home.

Temps above normal, rain below normal in May

Temps above normal, rain below normal in May

ATLANTA - Temperatures across the state of Georgia were above normal for the fourth straight month in May, according to the state climatologist's office.

In Atlanta, the average temperature was 1.1 degrees above normal, while elsewhere in the state, the difference was more pronounced with temperatures in Valdosta running has high as 2.7 degrees above normal. This made this spring the ninth warmest in Atlanta since 1878, when such records began being kept by officials.

Rain has been scarce across the state - so much so, that according to the state climatologist's office, a drought, which had been previously confined to the southernmost portions of the state, expanded northward. The south-central and southwestern portions of the state were the driest areas.

Much of the rain that did fall, came in the form of scattered thunderstorms, and the amounts that fell, were, much like the storms they came from, were varied and scattered.

Yet another Code Orange smog alert day on Sunday

Yet another Code Orange smog alert day on Sunday

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta is facing yet another day under a Code Orange smog alert on Sunday.

Under code orange conditions, the outdoor air is likely to be unhealthy for some people. Children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart or lung disease should limit prolonged exposure during late afternoon or early evening hours when ozone concentrations are at their highest.

Motorists are advised to fill their tanks up early in the day, as later in the day, fill-ups can contribute to the additional ozone in the air. If you can at all avoid driving, you're advised to take mass transit to get to where you need to go, which will also lessen the smog in the air.

Temperatures in Metro Atlanta are expected to remain in the mid to upper 90s, with heat index figures approaching 100. Those conditions will continue to promote smoggy skies across the area through the weekend.