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Animal shelter to serve Thanksgiving dinner to pets

Animal shelter to serve Thanksgiving dinner to pets

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- People aren't the only ones who will enjoy Thanksgiving dinner this week.

The Hall County Animal Shelter will serve a special meal to its pets. The animals will eat chicken and rice on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

"(The pets) usually only get dry kibble, and we thought they'd really enjoy something special," shelter volunteer coordinator Susan Allen said.

Members of the community are invited to help too.

"If you can donate $5 or if you can cook up a pot of chicken and rice yourself and deliver it to the shelter, we can make this happen," shelter program coordinator Cindy Langman said.

The Hall County Animal Shelter is located at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville.

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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.

Suspect surrenders after standoff in Hall County


GAINESVILLE, Ga. – A SWAT standoff at a Hall County park Thursday morning ended with one arrest.

It began at around 9 a.m. at Laurel Park, on the shore of Lake Lanier. A suspect, 36-year-old Samuel Lamar Peppers, arrived at the park with the intention of having sex with a young girl. An investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl had sexually explicit conversations with Peppers over the internet for two weeks before arranging the meeting.

Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Nicole Bailes said police tried to conduct a traffic stop on Peppers inside the park. The suspect drove away; when police blocked him in near the park's entrance, he jumped out of his car and pointed a gun at investigators.

A negotiator and a SWAT team were called to the scene. Bailes said the negotiator spoke with Peppers for about an hour and a half before the suspect surrendered to police.

Rescuing Grace


HALL COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- This is the story of a dog named Grace – and the reason her rescuers named her Grace. She is a dog that was neglected, and near death because of her collar.

Grace was rescued just in time.

The vet who operated on Grace said what happened to her is all too common – owners put collars on puppies, then neglect the animals, and never remove the collars even while the puppies are outgrowing the collars.

Grace's collar had embedded into her neck.

Then, on Sunday, in Hall County, "We were driving to go meet my mother," said Shasta Matthews.

Shasta and her husband Rick just happened to drive by the dog they would later name Grace -- a one-year-old pit bull that was bleeding from her neck, because her collar was so small and tight it was cutting into her.

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From heartbreak to honor: new names on Vietnam wall


GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Of all of Tuesday's Veterans Day ceremonies, perhaps the most touching came in the city of Gainesville -- with two veterans who, at long last, got to come home.

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Pfc. Kenneth "Butch" Gibbs and Lance Cpl. Fred Buffington both served during the Vietnam War. But neither had his name on the Gainesville Vietnam War memorial ... until this Veterans Day.

Butch Gibbs was the lone boy of six children. He fell in love with a girl named Brenda, and the two got married just before he left for Vietnam.

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.

Man charged in kidnapping, sexual assault of teen


HALL COUNTY, Ga. – A 27-year-old Gainesville, Ga. man has been charged in the kidnapping of a 17-year-old girl.

According to Hall County police, the teenager told deputies she was abducted on Sunday morning while jogging in the area of Barrett Road and Truelove Road.

According to investigators, the woman was physically put inside the suspects' vehicle and taken to a home in the area of Truelove Road and Wood Creek Place, where she was sexually assaulted.

The victim was able to escape. She ran to her home and called 911.

After an investigation, police arrested Brandon Nix, of Gainesville, Ga. He is charged with kidnapping, sexual battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, attempted rape, aggravated sodomy as well as a Superior Court Probation violation.