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I-85 HOT lane price reaches all-time high

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The price to travel on the Interstate 85 HOT lane through Gwinnett County soared Wednesday morning to an all-time high of $7.

Rates on the roadway increase during high traffic times. For nearly a half hour Wednesday -- 7:18 a.m. to 7:46 a.m. -- the variable pricing jumped to travel 16 miles along I-85 from Old Peachtree Road to Chamblee-Tucker Road.

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"The rate reflected the high usage of the (southbound) Express Lane during the peak of this morning's rush hour commute," State Road and Tollway Authority spokesperson Adrian Carver said of the record-setting price. "With dynamically priced toll lanes such as the I-85 Express Lanes, toll rates rise as usage increases to promote a freer flow of traffic."

Man arrested for exposing himself to women

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga -- A man who police say was exposing himself to women outside their homes is behind bars after five women called police on the same day.

Ryan Alan, 20, is charged with four counts of Indecent Exposure after he was arrested by Gwinnett County Police. "We received four different calls within the same day of the same suspect in the same vehicle that was pulling up to females exposing himself and in some cases performing lewd acts," said Corporal Troy Tobler.

Because there were so many incidents in a short period of time police believe there may be more victims who have not reported it. "There may have been more people that had contact with this subject and we would be interested in hearing from them," Cpl. Tobler said.

Bulldog greats visit Children's Healthcare

ATLANTA -- With the annual Georgia Countdown To Kickoff Fan Festival less than a month away, today former Bulldog greats visited Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for Dawgs Day of Play.

Former Georgia stars, Matt Stinchcomb, Jon Stinchcomb and David Greene spent the morning visiting "The Zone" at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.  The visit allowed the children to forget about being in the hospital, while taking pictures and receiving autographs from the players and the Georgia cheerleaders.

"It's really something we should do more often," says Greene. "Our schedules are all so crazy, but being able to come down here and see the impact that we can have is awesome." 

Today's visit was done to help promote Countdown to Kickoff on Saturday July 13th at the UGA practice fields in Athens.  All proceeds benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

G-Braves edge Bisons, 4-3

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Braves (35-45) continued their recent strong play behind a solid performance by left-hander Yohan Flande (W, 4-7) on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. The left-hander tossed 6.2 innings of two-run baseball as the G-Braves squeaked by the Buffalo Bisons (39-38), 4-3. Gwinnett has won seven of their last eight games.

After watching their six-game winning streak come to an end with a loss in game two of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, the G-Braves used clutch hits to start a new streak on Tuesday. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Gwinnett scored two runs on four hits to take a 2-0 lead. Phil Gosselin led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on a single by Matt Pagnozzi. With runners on first and second and one out, Sean Kazmar drove in Gosselin with a single to make it 1-0. Jose Constanza extended the lead to 2-0, driving in Pagnozzi with an RBI double.

Pizza café damaged by fire

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Fire caused heavy damage to the kitchen of the Buna Pizza Café in Lawrenceville early Wednesday morning.

Just after midnight, a passerby spotted smoke coming from the business, which is located in a strip mall at 1190 Five Forks Trickum Road.

Firefighters found flames burning in the kitchen area near the back door. The fire was quickly extinguished and never spread beyond the pizza café.

All businesses in the mall, including the café, were closed at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.

The blaze caused heavy damage to the kitchen and sent smoke throughout the suite.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Gwinnett child molestation suspect arrested in Louisiana

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A man wanted for child molestation is back in Georgia.

Gwinnett Sheriff's Deputy Shannon Volkodav said the suspect, Ricardo Tirado-Pantoja was accused of child molestation on May 6, when he ran from authorities.  Gwinnett County Police issued a warrant for Tirado-Pantoja and passed it to the Sheriff's Fugitive Unit.

With the help of U.S. Marshals, the suspect was found in Louisiana on May 30. 

Tirado-Pantoja is being held in jail without bond. He faces charges of child molestation and battery, along with two counts of cruelty to children, which are from a separate incident, Volkodav said. 

Snellville company rolls wheelchair sports

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Without Barry Ewing, the AJC Peachtree Road Race would look very different.

In all probability, you have not heard of this Snellville entrepreneur. But chances are, if you can't walk or run, you know him.

If you've spent time in the Shepherd Center, you know of this self-described Southern gadget man and his genius.

"In my younger days, I could have been one of those guys going over the wall -- hammering on that car and in 15 or 20 seconds back out on the track," Ewing said.

But thousands and thousands are grateful he didn't go that NASCAR route.

"I put my energy into building these chairs," he said.

In a weather worn garage, in the shadow of Stone Mountain, 30 yards and 33 years behind his house, Barry Ewing toils for others.

"There is a lot of people in the world I build equipment for that would never see any type of sport if I didn't build their equipment," he explained.