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Ex-Habersham County deputy shot ex-wife, boyfriend

Ex-Habersham County deputy shot ex-wife, boyfriend

HABERSHAM COUNTY, Ga. -- More details have been released about the man accused of shooting the Habersham County sheriff and a deputy over the weekend.

In a Monday afternoon news conference, GBI Deputy of Investigations Rusty Andrews gave a timeline of what happened Sunday.

Sheriff Joey Terrell, Deputy William Zigan and another deputy responded to a domestic call in Clarkesville at around 7:30 p.m. The suspect's 16-year-old daughter called police from a nearby store. She told 911 operators that she escaped from the home.

As the sheriff officials drove to the residence, they saw a Ford Crown Victoria approaching them. The Crown Victoria turned into a yard and spun out. A man, believed to be former sheriff's office employee Anthony Giaquinta, got out of the vehicle.

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.

North Georgia braces for more freezing temps


GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Residents in northern Georgia are preparing for another blast of winter weather.

Gov. Nathan Deal extended the state of emergency by one day in Banks, Cherokee, Dawson, Habersham, Hall and Lumpkin counties.

On Wednesday, Hall County was still recovering from freezing rain earlier in the week. That storm brought down 1,000 trees and power lines, leaving more than 10,000 people in Hall County without power.

Student arrested for North Hall High School bomb threat

Student arrested for North Hall High School bomb threat

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- A North Hall High School senior was arrested for writing a bomb threat on a bathroom wall.

Emilio Junior Avalos, 18, faces a charge of making terroristic threats.

The bomb threat was discovered Tuesday afternoon, and the building was evacuated. According to Gordon Higgins of Hall County Schools, students and staff were taken to the school stadium.

Police conducted a sweep of the school campus, but nothing was found.

Parents were notified that they could pick their children up at the upper parking lot off of Mt. Vernon Road, Higgins said.

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Bolton Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

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.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Hall County's December unemployment rate was 5.2 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.