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Marietta Police looking for missing 15-year-old


MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) -- Marietta Police are looking for 15-year-old Camri Johnson, who they said was last seen at about 6 p.m. Friday at the Wood Pointe Apartments on Burnt Hickory Road. Police said they think she left on foot.

She's described as 4-feet-8-inches tall, 145 pounds, wearing a gold or tan puffy coat. Police said they are concerned for her well-being, given the colder weather on Friday evening.

Anyone with information about Camri's whereabouts is asked to call Marietta Police at 770-794-5300.

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Marietta Police looking for would-be kidnapper


MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) – A Cobb County teen is describing the scary moment when a man tried to abduct her as she was walking home with her dog.

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Police have stepped up patrols in the Marietta neighborhood to find the suspect. The incident has the area near Darnell and Barber roads on high alert.

"I was pretty frightened," said Sarah McKelvie, 15.

Sarah says she won't take the walk without her dog Sassy again. Not after what happened Thursday morning as she came back from taking her younger sisters a few blocks to school.

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Police: Dog saves girl from attempted abductor


MARIETTA, Ga. – Cobb County police say a man tried to abduct a young girl Thursday morning.

According to Cobb County Polcie Sgt. Dana Pierce, the girl was walking her dog on Darnell Road near Barber Road between 7 a.m. and 7:20 a.m. The girl said that a white, newer-model single cab truck drove by her and stopped. As she walked by, the man inside the truck got out and grabbed her by the wrist.

As he did, the dog bit the man's ankle, causing him to release her. The girl was able to flee. She told police that the truck drove northbound on Darnell Road.

The suspect is described as a middle aged black man, around 5'10" tall with a medium build. He was wearing a royal blue hoodie and a dark-colored ball cap with a green symbol on it. The truck he was driving had scratches on its right side and rear, the girl told police.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Cobb County's December unemployment rate was 5.9 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

Neighbors of slain couple left saddened, shocked


MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) – The neighbors who knew Bud and June Runion are shocked and saddened by their deaths in Telfair County.

11Alive's Jon Shirek spoke with their pastor at Mount Paran North Church of God in east Cobb County, who says the couple's funeral will be held there.

He says he expects the family will know in a couple of days when the services will be held.

Everyone is certain there won't be room even there for all the people who will want to attend, to mourn and to celebrate the lives of the Runions.

The iconic images of Bud and June Runion's lives are now on display in their front yard, a few minutes' drive from the church.

Cherokee court reporters convicted of racketeering

Cherokee court reporters convicted of racketeering

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Three former Cherokee County court reporters will spend time in jail after pleading guilty to stealing from the county.

All three women were convicted Tuesday of racketeering. They were sentenced in Cobb County Superior Court.

Betty Petersen, Kimberly Probst and Tammy Stine were arrested last September after an investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Police learned that since 2006, the three had billed the county for court transcripts that did not exist. They also expanded the spacing in their reports to increase the number of pages transcribed.