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Gwinnett County Police Department to hold job fair

Gwinnett County Police Department to hold job fair

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Police Department will hire new officers during a job fair this weekend.

The department said it is looking for professional candidates who are interested in improving the quality of life in Gwinnett, and serving and protecting the county's 800,000 residents.

Gwinnett officers earn competitive salaries, tuition reimbursements, health and 401(k) benefits, and access to take-home cars.

The job fair will be Saturday, Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the county's Police Training Center, which is located at 854 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville.

Those who are interested in becoming police officers can pre-apply at gwinnettpolicejobs.com.

Plans revealed for GA movie studio -- with condos

Plans revealed for GA movie studio -- with condos

NORCROSS, Ga. -- A big movie-making project just reached blockbuster status.

The Los Angeles-based production company behind "Iron Man 2," "The Avengers" and the next three "Avatar" films has been chosen to manage the Atlanta Media Campus in Norcross. It's a 114-acre development.

The concept behind what's happening there is basically Atlantic Station meets a movie sound stage.

"With the scope and the scale of this project, I don't think there's a location like this in the country," explained developer Jim Jacoby.

In 2015, the Atlanta Media Campus located at I-85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard will also be home to a school and condos, all between the planned seven sound stages.

In true Hollywood style, it all has a façade. Your condo may look more like New York City than Norcross, and it all may end up as a movie backdrop.

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 7.1 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

ATLANTA -- Mellow Mushroom is celebrating its 40th birthday Wednesday by offering some items on its menu at 1974 prices.

The restaurant, which was founded in Atlanta by Georgia Tech students, says on its Facebook page that it is celebrating with a Way Out Wednesday Party.

As part of the celebration, one customer will win a trip to Amsterdam.

Special pricing is offered on these items:

  • Small cheese pizza: $2.50
  • Bud Light: 75 cents
  • Michelob: 75 cents
  • PBR: 75 cents
  • Coca-Cola products: 30 cents

The restaurant chain says prices are for one day only. The small cheese pizza offer has a limit of one per guest, dine-in only, with additional ingredients at current menu price.

Cab driver killed in Norcross, police look for suspects


NORCROSS, Ga. – A cab driver and new father was found shot to death at an apartment complex in Norcross, Saturday morning.

What's unusual about this murder investigation is that the cab driver was parked there for a few hours before anyone noticed. The cab wasn't parked in a parking spot it was in the middle of the drive.

"A couple of the residents did notice him," said Norcross Police Captain Bill Grogan, "they thought he was intoxicated or asleep."

It wasn't until a resident noticed him slumping over the wheel, not moving, that police were called.

The cab driver, 36-year-old Afolabi Odifa, was shot and killed.

One woman, too distraught to talk on camera, tells 11 Alive's Ryan Kruger, Odifa's wife gave birth to a son just six months ago.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

Phone scam reported in Gwinnett County

Phone scam reported in Gwinnett County

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- At least three Gwinnett County women have fallen victim to a recent phone scam, and now police are hoping to pass along information that could help prevent future cases.

Four people have come forward, saying they received calls from someone claiming to be Lt. Pierson with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office Warrants Division.

The suspect told the victims they had outstanding warrants for failure to appear for a jury summons. They were asked to use pre-paid debit cards to pay the associated fines and avoid arrest. All four victims told police the caller sounded professional and was very convincing.

Three victims purchased Green Dot MoneyPak cards over the phone in the amounts of $525, $810 and $962. The fourth victim did not make a purchase.