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Fulton County seeks future leaders

Fulton County seeks future leaders

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Department of Aging and Youth Services Department, Office of Children and Youth is recruiting high school students with interest and/or future aspirations in the areas of community development, law, public policy, political office, debate and much more.

Selected students will be involved in planning the economic, legislative, and social future of youth. Program participants will work directly with local elected officials and state legislators to identify potential solutions for issues that affect the quality of life in Fulton County. 

Kennel loses dog, owner desperate to find her

Kennel loses dog, owner desperate to find her

ATLANTA -- Three months ago, Haley Sorrow rescued a beautiful while German Shepherd and named her Coco. Now, she's desperately hoping a second rescue is in the dog's future.

Sorrow checked Coco into a Midtown Kennel, Puddle of Pooch, Wednesday afternoon. She was nervous about leaving the dog at a new location, and had changed her mind about facilities at the last minute. She admits Coco is a high-anxiety dog, but was confident she found a good fit. By Thursday night, Coco was missing.

She apparently escaped through a broken fence. Sorrow canvased Mayson Street where the kennel is located and found witnesses who've spotted the dog at a nearby apartment complex. Those sightings continued through Friday afternoon. But as an afternoon storm rolled into the area, witnesses told Sorrow the dog appeared more and more anxious. While Coco is friendly, after her escape, she would not approach the strangers trying to help her.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Overturned tank backs up traffic on Buford Connector

Overturned tank backs up traffic on Buford Connector

ATLANTA – An overturned tank backed up traffic on the Buford-Spring Connector in Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators say a semi-truck hit an overpass just south of Monroe Drive causing the tank it was carrying to come loose. The tank wound up in the southbound lanes.

Georgia Department of Transportation workers say the bridge has been hit several times before by oversized loads. They say there doesn't appear to be any damage to the bridge, which supports two MARTA rail lines.

Natalie Dale of GDOT said that the driver of the tractor-trailer was off the approved route. Dale said that according to his permit, he was supposed to be on I-85 but mistakenly got off on the connector.

Man enters home to beg for money

Man enters home to beg for money

ATLANTA -- A 51-year-old man was charged with criminal trespass for entering a home through an unlocked door and asking the resident for money.

Andre Thomas was taken into custody Saturday night after walking into a house in the 380 block of 6th Street in Midtown Atlanta without permission.

The victim told police he was inside the house with six of his friends when Thomas entered. Thomas told the homeowner he was from Detroit and needed money for gas.

Thomas refused to leave the house, so the victim called 911 and chased him to the intersection of Penn and Ponce de Leon avenues, where he was taken into custody.

According to a police report, Thomas told investigators he thought the victim's home was a restaurant, and he entered because he was hungry.

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Police Chief Cassandra Jones has announced her retirement effective April 7, 2015. 

“Chief Jones will be greatly missed. Her work was a key part of our crime prevention efforts in this county,” says Chairman John H. Eaves.  “Due to her emphasis on community oriented policing, burglaries in our unincorporated area decreased by more than 22 percent during her tenure.”

Chief Jones has served with the Fulton County Police Department since December 17, 1979. She has served as Police Chief since October 9, 2007.  She is the only female to serve as Fulton County Police Chief.

“We thank Chief Jones for her 35 years of service to the citizens of Fulton County, and extend best wishes to her on her retirement,” said County Manager Dick Anderson.

Assistant Police Chief Gary D. Stiles will serve as Interim Chief until a permanent replacement is named.