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Teenage girl shot, wounded in NW Atlanta


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- A 14-year-old girl was shot and wounded at a home in northwest Atlanta Friday evening.

It happened at a home in the 600 block of McAfee Street. Police said the girl was visiting a friend, and while there, someone upstairs in the home fired a single round which struck her in the shoulder.

She was transported to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston. Her mother told 11Alive that the bullet entered the girl's shoulder and caused her to have collapsed lungs. She was still hospitalized on Saturday.

Police said the person responsible for the shooting was cleaning a gun when the gun went off accidentally. That person was taken in by police for questioning.

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Police Chief Cassandra Jones has announced her retirement effective April 7, 2015. 

“Chief Jones will be greatly missed. Her work was a key part of our crime prevention efforts in this county,” says Chairman John H. Eaves.  “Due to her emphasis on community oriented policing, burglaries in our unincorporated area decreased by more than 22 percent during her tenure.”

Chief Jones has served with the Fulton County Police Department since December 17, 1979. She has served as Police Chief since October 9, 2007.  She is the only female to serve as Fulton County Police Chief.

“We thank Chief Jones for her 35 years of service to the citizens of Fulton County, and extend best wishes to her on her retirement,” said County Manager Dick Anderson.

Assistant Police Chief Gary D. Stiles will serve as Interim Chief until a permanent replacement is named.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

Atlanta middle school to test for possible TB exposure


ATLANTA – Some Atlanta middle school students will be tested for positive exposure to tuberculosis, officials said on Wednesday.

Fulton County Health Services said it was notified about a suspected case during the week of Feb. 23 at Bunche Middle School. Preliminary tests for active TB were negative. Still, a notice was sent out to parents on March 13 to let them know that a possible active case had been at the school.

A test result confirmed the case on March 20, and a plan to conduct testing at the school was developed. Parents were notified in a letter on March 24.

An information session will be held at the school 6 p.m. Thursday. That meeting is limited to parents, students and staff of the school.

Testing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The results will be read and reported on Thursday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board to meet Thursday

Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board to meet Thursday

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System – Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The meeting will be held  at the Adamsville Regional Health Center, 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta. 

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

WIA helps Georgia move toward a comprehensive, customer-focused workforce investment system where job seeker and employer customers alike can access a wide range of workforce-related tools and information needed to manage their work activities. Services are provided through a network of one-stop centers statewide.

Bobbi Kristina Brown's cousin arrested in Atlanta

Bobbi Kristina Brown's cousin arrested in Atlanta

ATLANTA – The cousin of Bobbi Kristina Brown was arrested after a traffic stop early Monday in Atlanta.

According to Atlanta Police, an officer pulled over Jerod Wallace Brown-Carter, 27, on Howell Mill Road around 2 a.m. after the officer said he detected "the odor of marijuana" emitting from the GMC Yukon Brown was driving.

When asked by the officer if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, the driver responded, "No, but we just came from the studio."

The driver told the officer that he had a Georgia license, but didn't have it on him. He said his name was Jahraim Wallace Reid. Officers later determined that his name was actually Jerod Wallace Brown-Carter, he was not licensed and had an outstanding warrant out of Gwinnett County.

Brown was arrested on charges of driving while unlicensed and false representations to police.

1 dead in 2-vehicle wreck on I-20 at I-285


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Authorities said one person was killed in a wreck on Interstate 20 at I-285 on Atlanta's west side late Friday evening.

Atlanta Police said the wreck was between a tractor-trailer and a Ford Mustang and that it happened after about 10:30 p.m.

The driver of the Mustang, 39-year-old Kevin Miller, of Snellville, died in the accident.