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Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Special needs student at center of Mattie's Call found safe

JONESBORO, Ga. – Twenty-year-old special needs student Jaquan Dontavious Freeling has been found and returned home in good health.

A Mattie's Call had been issued for Freeling late Wednesday afternoon. Police described him as a 20-year-old special needs student who needs to take daily medication for mood swings.

Freeling had been missing since Sunday morning.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

3 shot at Clayton County apartment complex

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Three people were found shot at a Clayton County apartment complex Monday morning.

The victims were reportedly shot just after midnight. They were discovered at the Marquis Grande Apartments in the 6700 block of Tara Boulevard.

Clayton County Police spokesperson Phong Nguyen said all three victims were alert and conscious. They were transported to a nearby hospital.

Investigators have not yet determined a motive for the shooting.

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,


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.


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.