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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.

Guard injured in FedEx facility shooting in medically-induced coma

Guard injured in FedEx facility shooting in medically-induced coma

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The security guard injured in a shooting at a Kennesaw FedEx facility last April is in a medically-induced coma after emergency surgery, according to an online post from his wife.

On April 29, 2014, Christopher Sparkman was shot at point-blank range in the abdomen by a man identified by police as 19-year-old Geddy Kramer. Kramer went on to the shoot five other people before turning the gun on himself.

Sparkman was released from the hospital last August, but has continued to undergo medical procedures.

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.

Hit and run driver gets 30 years in fatal Kennesaw crash

Hit and run driver gets 30 years in fatal Kennesaw crash

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- An Atlanta man will spend time in prison after pleading guilty to causing a traffic accident that killed two teenage girls.

A Cobb County Superior Court judge sentenced 28-year-old Tansu Kanlica to 30 years, with 20 to serve in prison. He was convicted Wednesday on charges of vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, and hit and run.

The accident happened May 25, 2014, when Kanlica, a locksmith, was called to a Kennesaw Walmart to help a customer. The customer, Garrett Kyle Anderson, drove away without paying; Kanlica followed him, beginning a chase.

Prosecutors said Kanlica quickly lost control of his car and plowed into three girls who were walking down the sidewalk beside Barrett Lakes Boulevard on their way to see a movie.

Emily Bowman's parents file suit against bar that served driver

Emily Bowman's parents  file suit against bar that served driver

ATHENS, Ga. (WXIA) -- The parents of the former Kennesaw State University student who suffered lifelong injuries after a convicted drunk, hit-and-run driver struck her two years ago filed suit Friday against the Athens bar that served the driver.

The driver, William Wilson Heaton, pleaded guilty in December to DUI and other crimes, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Atlanta Attorney Richard Kopelman filed the lawsuit in Athens-Clarke County Superior Court on behalf of Emily Bowman and her parents.

They are suing the owners of the now-closed bar in Athens, Bar Code, seeking unspecified payment for her past and future medical expenses, as well as for pain and suffering and for punitive damages.

Named as defendants are the CEO of the company that owned the bar, Chadwick Fellows, and the co-owner and manager, Ryan Masters.

Missing 5-year-old boy found safe, father arrested


KENNESAW, Ga. -- The father accused of kidnapping his 5-year-old son after attacking the boy's mother made his first court appearance Friday night.

Joseph Davis, 35, is facing several charges, including assault with intent to kill. Police say he broke into a Kennesaw home and hid in a closet before stabbing the 4-year-old boy's mother seven seven times and then strangling her into unconsciousness. Davis is then accused of taking the child.

Davis and the boy, Ethan Peterman, were discovered at around 4 a.m. Friday at a house in the 400 block of Landover Drive in north Decatur.

DeKalb County Police Capt. Steven Fore said officers knocked on the house's door. The homeowner answered and said Davis was in an upstairs bedroom, while the little boy was asleep downstairs.

Woman pleads guilty in fatal road rage shooting

Woman pleads guilty in fatal road rage shooting

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting and killing a Kennesaw State University student during a road rage incident.

In October 2013, Sparkles Lindsey followed Kimberly Kilgore after a confrontation near the gate of the Shiloh Green Apartments and opened fire.

Investigators say the two women did not know each other.

A judge sentenced Lindsey to life in prison.