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Fulton County Fire Rescue advises residents to maintain smoke alarms

Fulton County Fire Rescue advises residents to maintain smoke alarms

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the first thing in a home that can alert families to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Whether you're awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke,” says Fire Chief Larry Few of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “As firefighters, we continually remind residents to check their smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly.”

The NFPA offers the following tips to help residents safeguard their homes from home fires:

Where do I put smoke alarms in my home?

Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

Additional early voting sites opening Monday

Additional early voting sites opening Monday

ATLANTA -- Early voting for the General Primary Runoff Election continues. Early voting began June 30 and continues until July 18 on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As of now, there are three early voting locations:

* North Fulton Service Center, Room 232, 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

* South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Rm. 108, College Park, GA 30349

* Fulton County Government Center, 130 Peachtree Street, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303

Beginning July 14, six more early voting locations will open in Fulton County:

* Adamsville Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

* Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell, GA 30075

* East Point Library, 2757 Main Street, East Point, GA 30344

* Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Johns Creek, GA 30005-4601

* Northside Library, 3295 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

Fulton County Sheriff swears in new K-9 deputy

Fulton County Sheriff swears in new K-9 deputy

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Sheriff's Office welcomed a new member of the team Wednesday morning.

Kojack, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was sworn in as a K-9 deputy by Sheriff Ted Jackson. He replaces Marco, who was euthanized in January after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Marco worked with Sgt. Corey Henry. The sheriff's office said Henry was very selective in choosing a replacement, but Kojack meets the criteria, including superior intelligence and all the positive qualities of his breed.

"He has an excellent temperament and very high drive to work," Henry said of Kojack.

Kojack will work as a multipurpose patrol canine in such areas as tracking, criminal apprehension and narcotic detection.

Apparent transgender attack in L5P caught on video


ATLANTA -- It was an apparent attack that was never reported to police, where the victim didn't come forward. It showed up instead on Vine, which is an internet video site – and it began spreading over the web Wednesday.

The videos is disturbing and unsettling.

It's set outside some popular retail shops in Little Five Points. The video appears to show a transgender female angrily shouting at some people outside a skateboard shop on Moreland Avenue. The video then shows a man knocking her to the ground, and stomping on or near her head with his foot.

"I hope they find the people that did it. I hope that she's okay," said Jo Wilson, a L5P visitor who'd seen the video on social media Wednesday.

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate the July 4 holiday by taking a break from all road projects.

The weekend construction that has plagued drivers for weeks will be temporarily halted at noon on Thursday.

However, GDOT expects considerable delays in certain areas, especially on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to run in or watch the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, which will close several roads in Buckhead and Midtown. Fireworks displays and other Independence Day celebrations will also affect commuters Friday night.

An international Jehovah's Witnesses convention will be held at the Georgia Dome this weekend; 34,000 people from 14 countries will attend. GDOT said this event may also have an impact on traffic in the area.

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

(WXIA) -- It will be another difficult weekend for drivers on Interstates 20 and 285.

Weather may provide a little relief, as road crews do not work during thunderstorms. See the weekend forecast.

But drivers should still use caution when traveling through these areas:

Clayton County
* One northbound right lane of I-675 will be closed between Highway 138 and I-285 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for sweeping.

Cobb County
* Two southbound right lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.
* One westbound right lane of I-285 will be closed at Rottenwood Creek from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday for concrete pouring.