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Mother says teacher caused son's injuries


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Clayton County mother is upset after she says her son came home from school with bruises.

Sharunda Bell said she was concerned when her son Braydon, who is autistic, came home from Fountain Elementary Friday with scratch marks on his arm and neck.

"There were three deep cuts, three scratches on his arm," Bell said. "Everything was fresh."

Bell said Braydon is unable to tell her exactly how he got hurt, or who is responsible. She believes she didn't get the full story when she pressed the school system for answers,

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Vigil held for 8th grader who died after seizure in class


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Friends, family and classmates gathered Friday to remember a popular Clayton County eighth-grader who died suddenly this week.

Andrea Penson, a 13-year-old student at Pointe South Middle School, suffered a seizure while in class Thursday morning. She reportedly received immediate medical attention from a school resource officer, who was trained as first-responder, but passed away a short time later at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale.

A vigil was held for Penson Friday night.

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Tax preparer sent to prison for fraud

Tax preparer sent to prison for fraud

(WXIA) -- A Jonesboro woman was sentenced to prison for filing millions of dollars worth of fraudulent tax returns.

Anita Ford, who also goes by Anita Dixon, will spend four years and three months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release. She must also pay more than $5.7 million in restitution to the U.S. Treasury.

Ford, 50, owned and operated Georgia Peach Financial & Fast Tax Service. Between 2004 and 2012, she prepared and filed thousands of individual tax return forms, but manipulated her clients' income on the papers. Prosecutors said she did this to generate fraudulent refunds.

Ford also made up fake businesses and attached applicable forms to the clients' tax returns in order to offset their income tax liability from their actual salaries.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Clayton County's preliminary unemployment rate was 9.9 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

Woman faces charges in deadly Clayton County accident

Woman faces charges in deadly Clayton County accident

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Clayton County Police are investigating an accident that killed a man and seriously injured a woman.

It happened at around 11:30 p.m. Sunday on southbound Interstate 75 near the ramp to I-85. Clayton County Police Officer Ashanti Marbury said responding crews found a Ford Explorer that left the road, overturned and landed in a wooded area near the highway.

Two people were inside the car. Marbury said the male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver suffered extensive injuries to the lower part of her body and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Witnesses said the Explorer was weaving in and out of traffic shortly before the accident. They told police the driver tried to change lanes when she clipped a pickup truck and lost control of her vehicle.

Marbury said charges are pending against the Explorer's driver.

Teen attacked by 3 pit bulls in Jonesboro


JONESBORO, Ga. – A 14-year-old boy was transported to the hospital after being attacked by three pit bulls on Friday, according to the Clayton County Police Department.

Authorities said they responded to a call of a dog attack in the 8800 block of Jimmy Lee Circle in Jonesboro around 4:26 p.m. They found the teen with bite marks to his face, arms and legs.

Clayton County EMS brought the teen to a hospital for treatment.

Witnesses told police that the dogs weren't restrained in the front yard of a home. As the 14-year-old walked through a neighboring yard, the dogs attacked him.

The animals have been removed by Clayton County Animal Control, police said.


Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

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Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.