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$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.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

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.

Missing Douglasville girl found safe

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Douglasville police confirm they have found a missing 9-year-old girl.

Ariana Guerrero was last seen at around 9 p.m. Wednesday. Police say Ariana left her house wearing a black jacket, pink shirt and blue jeans.

Just before 5 a.m. Thursday, police said Guerrero returned home on her own. She apparently ran away from home after her mother disciplined her. Police said she most likely spent all night outside.

No details about her recovery were immediately available.


Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Douglas County's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.