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Gwinnett Medical Center responds to HAZMAT situation

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett Medical Center instituted their hazardous materials procedures Wednesday afternoon in response to a patient's arrival at the emergency room.

Beth Hardy Okun of GMC said the Gwinnett County Fire and Police departments responded and treated the event as a HAZMAT incident.

Traffic was rerouted around the emergency department at Gwinnett Medical while the incident was handled.

After about an hour, the situation was cleared and activities returned to normal.

Subtle symptoms can signal heart trouble in women

ATLANTA -- Denise Widzgowski, 55, is one of the newest members of the Piedmont Atlanta Heart Support Group.

"I had my heart transplant on June 6, and today is 13 weeks," Widzgwoski of Lawrenceville told the group during a meeting last week.

At 55, she had no idea she had heart trouble until her first symptom surfaced last September at the end of a long work day.

"I walked up the stairs and literally got so short of breath that I fell on my bed, just collapsed and couldn't breathe," Widzgowski said.

Weeks later, she was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, or weakening of the heart.

Months later, she qualified for the heart transplant list.

GA DOT to mow around roadways until Friday

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The Georgia DOT will be mowing grass alongside the expressway and on median lanes, around the metro area, beginning on Monday.

According to the Department of Transportation, personnel will only be mowing grass if weather permits. And the schedule is only tentative, at this time and will change if emergency response is needed. 

Crews are assigned to work from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. until Friday. 

Motorists are being asked to reduce their speed around the mow zones. 

Forsyth - crews will mow SR 9, SR 306 and SR 369

Gwinnett - a crew will mow SR 13, SR 124 and SR 141

DeKalb Co. officer arrested for selling methamphetamine

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities have arrested a DeKalb County police officer on charges he was involved with the distribution of methamphetamine across the metro Atlanta area. 

DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander confirmed that 11-year-veteran William Miguel was arrested by the DEA and Gwinnett County officials on Friday morning. 

According to Alexander, "whenever we find these types of things happening in the department we take immediate action to have the perpetrator removed." 

"We will work to continue to vie and work hard for the trust of the community," Alexander said. 

Miguel was arrested at the DeKalb County Police Headquarters, without incident. An investigation is ongoing. 

Gwinnett police find man shot while responding to burglary

NORCROSS, Ga. -- Officers of the Gwinnett County Police Department found a man shot dead when they responded to a burglary report on Monday, September 2. 

According to the caller, the burglary was happening at a home in the 900 block of Falling Water Lane in unincorporated Norcross. 

Officers arrived to the home around 5:15 a.m. to find a man had been shot and killed, Cpl. Jake Smith said. The victim was identified Friday as 27-year-old Bryan Ritzert of Lawrenceville. 

Smith said Ritzer's roommates told officers that they heard a commotion overnight before the shooting took place, but they did not discover the burglary or homicide until later. 

Officers determined that someone forced his way into the home, possibly to commit a robbery. 

Detectives will continue to investigate.

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

ATLANTA -- The wave of couponers' cries heard in the Midwest and Texas has finally hit the Southeast!

For years, we have enjoyed the everyday doubling of coupons $0.50 and less. We got FREE items because of this great policy and it made handling an almost impossible budget easier for us couponers and savvy shoppers.

While I am not saying that this will hurt us (I will be posting some other things Kroger is doing), it does have me wondering -- in this competitive Atlanta market, where we use more coupons per capita then ANYWHERE in the US -- how will this fare? Will Publix jump on the bandwagon?

The end of double coupons becomes effective September 21, 2013. For this couponer, I will be having to double check my shopping list with this new rule. It's not fun, but a lot of new things are coming from Kroger, and I think this is why the program of double couponing is ending.

Ga. movie theater ads target drugs, underage drinking

Ga. movie theater ads target drugs, underage drinking

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Public service announcements provided by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities that target underage drinking, drugs and alcohol abuse are being shown in AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas across Georgia and in Screenvision Theaters in Columbus.

The ads, which are scheduled to run through June 30, 2014, are part of an initiative led by the department's Division of Addictive Diseases to reduce underage drinking and alcohol-related deaths, according to a statement released by the Georgia agency.

The campaign, referred to as the Alcohol Prevention Project (APP), is funded by a Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment block grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.