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Police: Driver rear-ends vehicle, runs over grandmother

Police: Driver rear-ends vehicle, runs over grandmother

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- A judge denied bond on Friday for an Alabama man accused of using his vehicle as a weapon and running over a Douglas County woman right in front of her family.

Police say 23-year-old Dewey Calhoun Green rammed his pickup truck into the back of a car driven by 53-year-old Janice Pitts Wednesday morning while she was at a stop light. When Pitts got out of the car to check the damage, witnesses say Green drove into Pitts, pinning her between both vehicles. Police say he ran over her again while trying to get away.

According to Pitts' daughter, the 53-year-old woman moved from Los Angeles to Douglasville two years ago for a better and safer life for her family. Now she is gone and they are grieving over her senseless death.

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

(WXIA) -- It will be another difficult weekend for drivers on Interstates 20 and 285.

Weather may provide a little relief, as road crews do not work during thunderstorms. See the weekend forecast.

But drivers should still use caution when traveling through these areas:

Clayton County
* One northbound right lane of I-675 will be closed between Highway 138 and I-285 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for sweeping.

Cobb County
* Two southbound right lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.
* One westbound right lane of I-285 will be closed at Rottenwood Creek from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday for concrete pouring.

Buzz Lightyear toy leads police to theft suspect

Buzz Lightyear toy leads police to theft suspect

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!

Police are crediting an action figure of the Toy Story character with helping them catch a theft suspect in Douglas County. Or rather, the GPS tracker inside of the toy.

For the last two years, Mid-Atlantic Clothing (MAC) Recycling, a Maryland-based organization that collects and sells used clothes for people in need, has noticed an increasing amount of thefts in the Atlanta area.

The company places donation bins in parking lots of shopping centers, churches and other areas around the city. Left unattended for much of the day and night, territory manager Tim Peck quickly realized their goods were being stolen.

"Our donations were down, and down a lot, as much as 35 percent," Peck told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander. "It's tens of thousands of dollars if not more. It's a lot of money."

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed eight-tenths of a point in one month.

May's rate was 7.3 percent, considerably higher than April's 6.5 percent.

In Douglas County, the rate was 7.6 percent in May.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the spike was mostly due to new graduates entering the workforce. The Atlanta area's labor force grew by about 24,400 in May.

Metro Athens had last month's lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region's was the highest at 9.8 percent.

Two teens left in holding cell over weekend with no food


DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- Courthouse security didn't do its job. That's what Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller said during a press conference Tuesday, after two teens were left in a holding cell over the weekend with no food or toilet paper.

Miller says the two teens were put in the courthouse holding cells around 1:30 Friday afternoon, after being transferred from the Marietta Youth Dentention Center for court hearings. They were discovered in the cells Monday morning.

Miller says they were left there with no supervision or food all weekend. "Thank God they were physically okay, just hungry," Miller said.

The Sheriff Department's Internal Affairs unit is conducting an investigation. but the Sheriff said deputies did not follow procedure.

Interstate work continues through the weekend

Interstate work continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- that seems to be the summertime theme in metro Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said the roadwork that has plagued drivers for the past several weekends will continue through Monday morning.

Among the projects:

Cherokee County
* ROLLING CLOSURE: Nightly sweeping on I-575 in both directions

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for slab replacement.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between I-75 and New Northside Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign construction.

Keurig bringing 550 jobs to Douglas County

Keurig bringing 550 jobs to Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- Coffee manufacturer Keurig Green Mountain announced plans to open a facility in Douglas County, bringing 550 jobs and $337 million to the area.

The company will begin accepting applications this fall for jobs in several areas, including production, maintenance, engineering, safety and IT.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that Keurig has also partnered with Atlanta-based Coca-Cola to develop Keurig Cold, an in-home cold beverage system to complement its hot drink brewers.

The new 585,000-square-foot Douglasville center will support production of pods for the new Keurig Cold platform.

For more information about job opportunities with Keurig, visit keuriggreenmountain.com or email jobs@gmcr.com.