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MARIETTA: 67-year-old arrested for hit-and-run

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A bicyclist is in critical condition and a 67-year-old woman is behind bars after an overnight hit-and-run accident in Marietta.

The crash happened shortly before 12:30 a.m. on Roswell Street at Aviation Street.

Marietta Police Officer Justin Rutland said the impact threw a male bicyclist to the pavement. He was taken to Kennestone Hospital; his identity has not been released. 

Rutland said after the crash, the driver who hit the bicyclist continued down Roswell Street. 

Hours later, Marietta and Alpharetta Police officers located the suspected vehicle, a 2005 Lexus ES380, and its driver at a Milton address.

Marietta Police spokesman Michael Gardner said 67-year-old Judy Mae Petrovsky was arrested on DUI and felony hit and run charges. She is being held at the Cobb County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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McDonald's manager punches customer

McDonald's manager punches customer

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Authorities say the manager of a Marietta McDonald's is accused of punching a mother after she brought her autistic children and a service dog inside the restaurant.

Cobb County officials issued a warrant charging Tiffany Denise Allen with simple battery and disorderly conduct.

The warrant states that Jennifer Schwenker entered the McDonald's with her twins and service dog last week, and that Allen, who was off-duty at the time, became irate the dog was inside.

Police said Allen followed the mother around the restaurant, then punched her in the face in the parking lot.

McDonald's franchisees J.M. and Jan Owens released a statement on Friday:

At our McDonald's restaurant, we respect and value our customers.

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DISNEY CHANNEL'S FIRST NATIONAL DANCE TALENT SEARCH

DISNEY CHANNEL'S FIRST NATIONAL DANCE TALENT SEARCH

DISNEY CHANNEL'S FIRST NATIONAL DANCE TALENT SEARCH COMES TO MALL OF GEORGIA SAT JULY 23

Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – 'Shake It Up' edition," Disney Channel's first national dance talent search just for kids, hosted by AT&T U-verse, will make its mark at Mall of Georgia in Buford, Georgia. Kids ages 8-16, with the consent of a parent, will have the opportunity to show off their dance skills and record a dance video onsite for online submission for a chance to compete in a dance off to air on Disney Channel in October 2011. The grand prize includes a special guest dance spot on "Shake It Up" plus the chance to meet the cast. Fans and dance enthusiasts are invited to come down and participate in a Q&A with Roshon Fegan.

READ THE FULL DETAILS AT http://www.thebluebirdpatch.com/2011/07/disney-channels-first-national-dance.html

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COBB: Olens seeks to halt videotaping of execution

JACKSON, Ga. -- Attorney General Sam Olens moved Thursday to stop the videotaping of a death row inmate's execution, set for just hours away.

Andrew Grant DeYoung was convicted of killing his parents and sister in their Cobb County home in 1993, while he was a student at Kennesaw State University.

He was supposed to be put to death Wednesday night, but it was pushed back to 7 p.m Thursday.

In the lead-up to DeYoung's execution, a fellow Georgia death row inmate had requested that the lethal injection be videotaped as part of his own challenge to the state's execution procedure.

A state court judge in Butts County approved the inmate's request.

Jobless rate rises in June

Jobless rate rises in June

ATLANTA -- Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in June.

That's up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in May, according to state labor commissioner Mark Butler.

"The unemployment rate inched up slightly because of normal seasonal factors, primarily involving the end of the school year," Butler said. "Non-contract school workers such as bus drivers, lunchroom and janitorial workers are usually laid off during the summer school break."

The loss of 12,400 seasonal jobs in state and local public school systems accounted for the bulk of the 14,600 payroll jobs lost throughout the state.

"Also, new graduates began searching for jobs and are counted as unemployed while doing so," Butler said.

System to improve Marietta City Hall parking coming

System to improve Marietta City Hall parking coming

Marietta--  Marietta is installing a system at its City Hall parking deck to make it easier for visitors to the building to find a place to park while deterring free parking by people visiting the new Cobb County Superior Court across the street. People conducting business at City Hall will be able to park for free, while others will be charged.

Visitors will receive a ticket to enter the upper level of the parking deck. When they finish their business inside City Hall, an employee will validate the ticket, allowing visitors to leave for free. Visitors dropping off others, unable to find a parking space and those making utility payments outside will be able to leave the deck without charge within 15 minutes of entering.

Parking is also being created on the deck for motorcycles and potential bicycle racks. The lower level of the deck will continue to be reserved for city employee parking.