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Local Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor makes bobsled history

(WXIA) -- It's an enormous accomplishment for a woman who came to the sport so late.

Georgia's own Elana Meyers Taylor is among the first two women to medal in an international four-man bobsled competition.

Meyers Taylor, of Douglasville, and Canadian Kaillie Humphries earned medals at the North American Cup in Calgary. Meyers Taylor teamed with fellow Americans Adrian Adams, Dustin Greenwood and Carlo Valdes to receive silver and bronze in the double four-man bobsled races.

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Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Arrest made in death of Douglasville grandmother

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. – The man arrested in the death of a 75-year-old woman who died after being bound and gagged appeared before a Superior Court judge Wednesday.

Odes Dupree, 53, was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony murder in the death of Florene Duke, according to Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack.


$1M of crystal meth seized in Douglas Co.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. – Douglas County deputies seized crystal methamphetamine with a street value of more than $1 million after a traffic stop on Sunday.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Deputy David Gray stopped a van driven by 64-year-old Jose Garcia-Contreras from Eagle Pass, Texas for a traffic violation on Sunday night.

A search of the vehicle uncovered 38 packages of suspected crystal meth in a hidden compartment in the vehicle.

Authorities detained Garcia-Contreras and his vehicle. Tests later confirmed the substance was crystal meth, according to the sheriff's office.

A total of 65 pounds of the meth was seized.

Garcia-Contreras was arrested and is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail charged with trafficking methamphetamine and false compartment in a motor vehicle with no bond.

Autopsy: Grandmother died of asphyxiation


DOUGLASVILLE, Ga -- A Douglasville grandmother died of asphyxiation after being bound and gagged, according to autopsy results.

"Most of us couldn't imagine doing this to an animal, much less a person," Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack said Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Womack made a passionate plea, hoping to catch the person or people responsible for the death of 75-year old Florene Duke. He announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Police set up a special tip line to take reports, asking anyone with information to call (678) 486-1253.

Thousands pay tribute to veterans

ATLANTA -- Thousands of people in the metro Atlanta paid tribute Tuesday to the men and women who served in the Armed Forces. Veterans Day ceremonies took place at various places across the area.

In Gwinnett County, there was a special tribute at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial in Lawrenceville. The observance is held every year to remember those who have served in the military and memorialize the fallen heroes.

The city of Sandy Springs held its fifth annual Veterans Day Tribute. It included featured speakers, music and a presentation by the North Springs Charter High School Junior ROTC.

Over in Douglasville, the 15th annual Lighted Veterans Day Parade kicked off at Douglas High School Tuesday night.

Elderly woman found hog-tied, dead in Douglasville apartment

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (WXIA) – A 75-year-old woman was found hog-tied and dead in a Douglasville apartment on Monday.


The woman, identified by family members as Florene Duke, was found inside her Countryside Manor apartment on Selman Drive.

Douglasville Police were looking for clues in their investigation Monday evening. Investigators were not saying yet, just how Duke was killed, just that her body was hog-tied and that some items were stolen from her apartment.