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8-Year-Old Burn Victim Out of Hospital and Back Home

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA -- After nearly eight months in the burn unit of a Cincinnati hospital, Alfred Real is finally back home in Georgia.

For the 8-year-old, walking down a flight of stairs is a struggle, and that's the easy part of his day. Before he can go outside for a walk, the third grader has to get dressed and endure therapy, a process that can take up to four painful hours.

"He had to learn to walk again, and get out of the bed and learn to go to the bathroom again," said Alfred's father Zac Real. "He had to relearn everything from scratch, like a baby almost."

On June 7, Alfred was rushed from his Gwinnett County home to Grady Hospital, then to Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati. Doctors weren't sure if he would survive. Most of his tiny body was covered with third degree burns. Alfred had to endure more than a dozen rounds of surgery.

Construction Begins on I-85 HOT Lanes

Construction has begun on the controversial high occupancy toll lanes along Interstate 85. The variable toll lanes will replace the HOV lanes on the 15-mile stretch between Chamblee Tucker Road and Old Peachtree Road. GDOT estimates tolls could range from ten cents to $1 per mile depending on congestion and time of day.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

$25K Reward Offered in Metro Area Bank Robberies

NORCROSS, GA -- The FBI is looking for the public's help in tracking down two armed robbers and a driver who held up a Chase Bank branch in Norcross Thursday afternoon.

According to an FBI release, the gunmen entered the Chase Bank branch at 1250 Tech Drive in Norcross at about 12:40 p.m., and forced customers to lie on the floor. The pair did not get any bank money according to the release. They fled in a gold Kia Spectra, which police found in an area behind the bank. The car had been reported stolen in DeKalb County on Wednesday.

The first robber was described as a black male, 20-to-30 years old, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 inches in height; the second was a black male, 20-to-25 years in age and 6 feet tall. The driver of the getaway car was also described as a black male.

FBI officilas said the robbery was similar to several other Metro Atlanta robberies, including:

14-Year-Old Remembered For Smiles And Courage

LILBURN, Ga -- The mother of 14-year-old Daniela Joel hopes her daughter's life will stand tall as an example of hope and courage.

At her Lilburn home, Bernadine Joel proudly watches the home video of her teenager performing at the piano. It reveals a talent that led Daniela's instructor to call her a prodigy, a one in a million. Long before she revealed her musical prowess, Daniela Joel was a winner on the tennis court. Her first swing of the racket came when she was 2-years-old.

It was the biggest challenge of her life that revealed her greatest talent-- courage.

"This disease robbed her from everything, and she could always smile and find some joke to make me laugh," said Bernadine Joel.

Daniela was 12 when doctors discovered an inoperable brain tumor. Her ability to play the piano, to sing, to swing a tennis racket slipped away. Eventually she could no longer walk or talk, but her ability to smile and love remained until the end.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

Suspicious Device Forces Closure of US 78 in Lilburn

LILBURN, GA -- Parts of Stone Mountain Highway were closed briefly in Lilburn Tuesday afternoon after a suspicious device was found at the Yellow River Game Ranch.

Gwinnett County Sgt. Brian Kelly told 11Alive's Jerry Carnes that an employee found a device embedded in the ground that had the words "Danger Explosive Device" printed on it. Kelly said the device may have been there a while.

Authorities later said the device was a commercial blasting cap. After examining it, it was taken away, where officials said they would most likely destroy it.