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3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Suspect eats chips while robbing Metro PCS

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police have issued warrants for a hungry suspect who robbed a store while eating a bag of chips.

Rondley Lemar Hamilton is a suspect in several robberies, including one on Mar. 30 at Metro PCS in the 4600 block of Jimmy Carter Boulevard in unincorporated Norcross.

A Metro PCS employee told police he was setting up a display outside the store when Hamilton approached and asked for help purchasing a power cord. Hamilton was holding a Food Depot shopping bag and eating from a pack of chips.

The employee said Hamilton selected a product, and the two of them walked to the register to complete the transaction. Hamilton them pulled a handgun out of his waistband, pointed it at the employee and demanded money.

Would-be Norcross bank robber sought

Would-be Norcross bank robber sought

NORCROSS, Ga. – Authorities are searching for a man they say tried to rob a bank in Norcross.

According to the Gwinnett County Police Department, the suspect walked into a SunTrust Bank at 5950 Jimmy Carter Blvd. just after 10 a.m. on March 28. He then passed a note to a clerk demanding money and raised his shirt to display a handgun. Police said that due the amount of time it was taking the teller to open the drawer, the suspect left the bank without getting any money.

The suspect was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. He was described as being in 30s and standing between 5'11" and 6'1" with a medium.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

Wrecked police car provides sobering reminder of Move Over Law

Wrecked police car provides sobering reminder of Move Over Law

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A totaled car is turning heads among visitors to Gwinnett County's Justice and Administration Center.

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway and the county's board of commissioners placed the car there for a very important reason -- to stress the importance of Georgia's Move Over Law.

The car belonged to Gwinnett County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Lunt. Last year, Lunt activated the car's lights and parked it alongside a roadway to provide visibility and protection for a work crew. The car was rear-ended by a driver who later told police he was changing music on his phone when the accident occurred.

Lunt was seriously injured in the crash and still has not returned to work. His wrecked car will be on display, along with a banner reinforcing the law's purpose, through the end of April.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Police ID robbery suspect who fired at cops

Police ID robbery suspect who fired at cops

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police have identified the robbery suspect accused of firing at responding officers.

Investigators believe 28-year-old Javon D. Jenkins is responsible for the crime. He has not yet been arrested.

The shooting happened Mar. 23 at the Ashford Jackson Creek Apartments in the 3200 block of Sunrise Village Lane.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said the suspect hid inside an apartment when he saw an officer approaching. The officer heard glass breaking and found the suspect attempting to run up a nearby hill.

The officer told the suspect to stop. In response, the suspect fired at least one shot at the officer. A Gwinnett County Police spokesperson said the officer did not return fire.

Investigators spoke with the robbery victim and a witness.