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19 teens arrested for underage drinking at house party


DOUGLAS COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- A Douglas County house party was busted with more than a dozen teens cited for underage drinking. Police say two parents were there the whole time. Now, they are under arrest.

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"I think they made a bad mistake and they learned from it," said Douglas County Sheriff's Department Lt. Glen Daniel.

It's the talk of Alexander High School – a January 18 house party that ended with the arrest of 19 teenagers and two adults.

Police said they responded to a loud music complaint at a home on Cool Springs Road and found a group of teens in the driveway.

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Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

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.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Douglas County's December unemployment rate was 6.8 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

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2 clerks shot at Douglasville gas station

2 clerks shot at Douglasville gas station

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Two clerks suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot by robbery suspects at a Douglas County gas station.

It happened Tuesday at around 12:15 a.m. at the RaceTrac in the 5800 block of Fairburn Road in Douglasville.

Douglasville Police Lt. Mark Edwards said several armed suspects are on the run after the shooting. Police did not immediately know how much money or merchandise they took, if any.

Edwards said the suspects shot one male and one female clerk. Several customers witnessed the shooting and were interviewed by responding officers.

The injured clerks were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Car break-ins under investigation at Sweetwater Park

Car break-ins under investigation at Sweetwater Park

LITHIA SPRINGS, Ga. -- Douglas County Sheriff's officials hope to talk to two persons in interest in a recent spate of car break-ins at Sweetwater Creek State Park.

Five cars were illegally entered at the Lithia Springs park on Thursday, Jan. 1. The thieves took credit cards, debit cards, checks and other miscellaneous items. Douglas County Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Daniel said it appears to be an isolated incident.

Two people were caught on camera at the park around the time the crimes occurred. Daniel said they may not have anything to do with the break-ins, but police still want to talk to them.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 770-920-4903.

Daniel reminded visitors to Sweetwater Park and any other park in the Atlanta area to lock their car doors, put valuables out of plain sight and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

The weekend roadwork is spreading

The weekend roadwork is spreading

(WXIA) -- As 2015 rolls on, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will roll too -- to sites across metro Atlanta, where they will work on weekend road projects. (At least it will be sunny!)

This weekend, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel on the west side of Interstate 20 and the east side of I-285, if possible. Delays and lane closures are expected in both areas. All work is weather permitting.

Some of the scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
* 2 eastbound lanes of I-285 will be closed at I-75 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for bridge joint repairs.

DeKalb/Fulton counties
* 3 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.