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Teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with student


A Clayton County teacher was arrested after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

According to Clayton County Police Schools Police Chief Clarence Cox, Roderick Arrington, 30, is charged with a count of sexual assault, sexual exploitation of a child and having a weapon on school ground.

Officials say Arrington is no longer employed at Charles Drew High School. It's not known if the teenager is a student at that school.


3-year-old Clayton County girl found


JONESBORO, Ga. -- Clayton County Police found 3-year-old London Noel Pryor unharmed after she was missing overnight.

The little girl was last seen at around 11 p.m. at a house in the 1800 block of Deer Crossing Circle in Jonesboro. Clayton County Police said she was taken from the home by her cousin, 28-year-old Dasha Nash.

Clayton County Police Officer Coloma said Dash was reportedly drunk when she took the little girl. Family members tell 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie the cousin and girl had a good relationship. They don't consider it a kidnapping, but were concerned because she was intoxicated and never came home.

Police found the car off the road along Wolsey Road in Hampton. They were led to the area after tracing Nash's cell phone. The cousin and little girl were both inside the car asleep when police found it Monday morning.

Daycare owner, daughter acquitted of murder charges


JONESBORO, Ga. -- Friday afternoon, a jury found a daycare owner and her daughter not guilty of felony murder charges but convicted the two on other charges in the death of a 2-year-old girl left in their care.

Marlo Fallings, 44, and her daughter Quantabia Hopkins, 26, were facing multiple charges in the death of Jazmin Green, who died after being left outside a Jonesboro daycare while strapped to a car seat on June 20, 2011.

After nearly three hours outside in hot summer temperatures, Green was retrieved and rushed to the hospital. She did not survive.

After deliberating for more than 3 hours, a jury found Fallings and Hopkins not guilty of felony murder charges. Fallings was found guilty of reckless conduct. Hopkins was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and contributing to the deprivation of a minor. She was found not guilty of another count of cruelty to children.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Man found tied up, dead in brush fire


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Clayton County Police are investigating a man they found dead after a brush fire this past weekend.

According to a police spokesperson, around 7:45 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to the Walden Landing Apartments on Tara Blvd. in reference to a brush fire.

Crews found the fire within the wood line directly behind the apartment complex. They also found the body of a black male in his twenties lying on the ground with his hands bound and extensively burned.

The victim has not been identified yet.

Anyone with information should contact the Clayton County Tip Line at 770-477-3513.


Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

(WXIA) -- The number of fatalities on Georgia's highways fell in 2013.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday that 1,186 people were killed in car crashes on state roads last year, 13 fewer than in 2012. It's the eighth year in a row the total number of deaths has fallen.

"The reduction in fatalities over eight years means that more than 500 additional persons will get to celebrate the life events that are special to us all," Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said in a release. "We must continue to work toward reducing injuries and death on Georgia roads."

Georgia's worst year on record for highway fatalities is 2005, when 1,748 people died.

Nation statistics are not yet available. In 2012, the number of fatalities increase about 5 percent to 36,200.