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Cobb Parkway reopens after wreck


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb Parkway north of Canton Road has reopened after a serious accident Friday morning.

It happened at around 4:30 a.m. The road was completely shut down for at least an hour.

Cobb County police said a tow truck stopped to assist a driver. When the tow truck driver got out of his vehicle, he was hit by another car driven by an elderly man.

The tow truck driver was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The elderly driver was also injured.

Police said charges may be filed in the accident, which is under investigation.

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1 arrested, 1 sought after police chase on I-75


COBB COUNTY, Ga. – Police have arrested one person and are searching for another after a chase on Interstate 75 Thursday night.

The chase began in Butts County and spanned five counties. The chase ended in a crash on Highway 5 off of exit 267B in Cobb County. The driver of the offending vehicle -- a black Dodge Charger -- fled into the woods, while the passenger was arrested. It crashed into the rear of a second vehicle.

The Georgia State Patrol said the chase was started by the Butts County Sheriff's Office. The GSP joined the chase on I-75 northbound at Cleveland Avenue in Atlanta.

Graduation rates: Cobb County

Graduation rates: Cobb County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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Cobb County's 2014 graduation rate is 78.2 percent. At 96.2 percent, Harrison High School in Kennesaw has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Cobb County include:

Life University lockdown lifted


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Life University in Marietta was briefly on lockdown Wednesday morning.

University spokesperson Craig Dekshenieks said the school received an anonymous phone call that threatened the campus.

Police and school officials determined the threat was not credible, but the campus was locked down as a precaution.

Students who were already on campus were directed to shelters, while those who were still arriving were told to wait, according to Dekshenieks.

The campus received the all-clear alert at around 9:10 a.m.

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Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Marietta sailor dies in Qatar


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta sailor deployed overseas has died.

Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, was stationed in Qatar. The Navy reports he died in a non-combat related incident.

Kalafut leaves behind a wife and five children. He and his family routinely help out in their community.

When the community learned of the deployment, friends reached out to 11Alive for a Random Act of Kindness. Watch that segment here: http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/acworth/2014/08/05/random-act-kalafut-family/13581283/

Marietta shoplifting spree ends with 2 arrests

Marietta shoplifting spree ends with 2 arrests

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two men were arrested for participating in what Marietta police call "an organized shoplifting ring."

Christopher Higgins and John Stiltz, both 31, were taken into custody after reportedly shoplifting from the Walmart in the 1700 block of Cobb Parkway.

Stiltz was arrested Oct. 15 while driving the suspected getaway car, a green Volkswagen Jetta, according to Marietta police spokesman David Baldwin. Higgins was taken into custody Oct. 21 inside the Target in the 2200 block of Cobb Parkway.

Baldwin said the two suspects are accused of shoplifting from both the Walmart and Target several times between Oct. 11 and 15, and pawning the stolen items at area pawn shops.

Both suspects have been charged with shoplifting and theft by deception. Additional charges are possible.