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MARTA Police ready to patrol new Clayton County routes

JONESBORO, GA (WXIA) – Clayton County can expect to have MARTA buses rolling down the streets in about two weeks.


Both Clayton County and MARTA police gathered in Jonesboro on Thursday to discuss strategies to keep riders safe.

MARTA Police will have a visible presence around transit routes, and Clayton County chairman Jeff Turner says he is confident the new measures will deter criminals from causing trouble.

Person of interest sought after teen shot at Instagram party


RIVERDALE -- Police are searching for a person of interest in connection with a shooting at a party in Riverdale.

The incident happened on Sadddleview Trail in Riverdale early Sunday morning. Police tell 11Alive News the 18-year-old learned about the party on Instagram. The large group included teens from 13 to 18 years old.

When the teen arrived at the party, a fight was already happening on the front lawn of the house between two girls.

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Clayton County police officer involved in 7-car crash

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The suspects accused of robbing an Atlanta bank were involved in a multi-car accident in Clayton County Friday morning.

The incident began at the Wells Fargo in the 970 block of Virginia Avenue in northeast Atlanta. Three suspects robbed the bank at around 9:30 a.m.

Atlanta Police tracked a stolen money bag into Clayton County, according to Clayton County Police spokeswoman JaQuitta Williams. A Clayton County Police officer on his way to help Atlanta Police find the suspects was involved in an accident at the intersection of Highway 138 and Fielder Road.

A total of seven vehicles were involved in the 10 a.m. wreck. Nobody was seriously hurt, but a few people, including the police officer, were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

The Georgia State Patrol was called in to investigate the wreck.

MARTA to hold job fair in Clayton County

ATLANTA -- In just under a month, MARTA starts rapid transit bus service in Clayton County.

The new service will link the County to downtown Atlanta and the rest of the metro area, opening new job opportunities to thousands of county residents. But MARTA is also in the job market, looking to fill positions before it launches service March 21.

Despite having the world's busiest airport, the county also faces the highest level of unemployment in metro Atlanta.

Clayton County hopes that regional mass transit will help spur the unemployment spike and bring internal county economic growth.

MARTA is doing its part, holding another job fair Friday, Feb. 27, in Forest Park to fill 80 open positions that range from bus driver to computer technician.

The job fair's host, State Sen. Gail Davenport, says it's simple: "People just need jobs."

Police: Homeless man found dead in tent in Ellenwood

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. – Police found a man's body in a tent in Ellenwood on Tuesday.

Clayton County Police officers found the body in a tent at I-675 and Forest Parkway around 2:30 p.m. The man appeared to be homeless.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will continue to perform sign structure work on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Most of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in lengthy delays. Drivers are asked to avoid the Perimeter in impacted areas if possible.

All work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
1 lane of I-75 in each direction will be closed between Delk Road and South Marietta Parkway from 7:30 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Coweta County
1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed from 2 miles north of Bullsboro Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for striping.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.