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Arrest Made in July Hit-and-Run

SMYRNA, GA -- Members of the Smryna Police Department's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P) have identified and charged the driver in the July 17 Cobb Parkway hit-and-run that put a Smyrna teenager in the hospital.

On Oct. 5, after a three month investigation, traffic homicide investigators took charges against Damon Dye, 44, of Marietta for hit and run, serious injury by a vehicle and duty to report an accident. Investigators used cell phone location data to triangulate Dye's movements prior to, at the time of and after the incident. This data placed Dye at the scene of the incident and also showed where Dye disposed of the vehicle in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Dye was previously arrested on July 23 for obstruction in connection to the case. He hindered the investigation by lying to investigators and providing multiple false accounts of where his vehicle was located.

The victim in this case sustained a severe head injury and fractured hip.

GDOT: Two New Reversible Lanes on I-75, I-575

ATLANTA--  The Georgia Department of Transportation is ready to hear what the public thinks of it's plans for the crowded Northwest corridor.

11Alive News was shown a draft video that will be used at upcoming public hearings.  It illustrates two new lanes that run the length of I-75 and 575.  They sit side by side and are reversible--inbound in the morning, outbound in the evening

GDOT Spokesperson Vicki Gavalas explained that the new lanes won't encroach on any existing roadway.  Beginning at I-285, the lanes would be built west of I-75.  At the split the lanes continue up the middle of both I-75 and I-575 respectively.

"what we're trying to do is manage congestion. We're trying to make what we have out there as efficient and effective as possible," Gavalas said.

Holiday Help for Cobb County Families in Need

MARIETTA, GA -- Hundreds of Cobb County families live near, at or below the poverty line. They could use a boost, especially during the holidays.

This year, the Center for Family Resources, in partnership with the Department of Family and Children Services, will register 1,500 Cobb families for the 2010 Thanks for Giving campaign. It is estimated that this year will mark the largest Thanksgiving food distribution in the organization's history; it will take nearly 70,000 food items to ensure that every family in need receives the essentials for Thanksgiving.

Registration for Thanks for Giving 2010 will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 6 and Thursday, Oct. 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cobb County Civic Center (548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, 30060). At this time, families can also sign up for the Cobb Christmas program.

Distribution of food boxes to registered families will be on Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20 at Jim R.

Cobb Police Search for Kidnapped Mableton Man

SMYRNA, GA -- The Cobb County Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Unit continues to investigate a kidnapping that occured near El Patron Mexican Restaurant (2074 South Cobb Drive SE, Smyrna, 30060).

On Sunday, Oct. 3, 35-year-old Rafael Ortega Duarte of Mableton and a female companion were kidnapped by a group of males in a parking lot adjacent to the restaurant, according to investigators. Duarte's black 2004 Cadillac Escalade was also taken. The female companion was dropped off in the City of Marietta and located in good health by officers.

Later that afternoon, Duarte's vehicle was located in Cherokee County with signs of violence in the vehicle. Duarte has not been located; it is believed that he met with foul play.

Duarte is described as 5'5" and 200 pounds.

Marietta Native to Star in Starr's Mill Play

Professional actress and Marietta native, Kayce Grogan-Wallace, who teaches theatre at Marietta Middle School, is going back to high school this fall—Starr’s Mill High School, to be exact—as a cast member in the Fayette County school’s production of the wildly popular Broadway musical “Hairspray.”

Set in 1962, “Hairspray,” which won eight Tony Awards in 2003, tells the story of the pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad, whose greatest desire is to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, but she must use her newfound power to vanquish the reigning teen queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network—all without denting her hairdo.

New West Marietta Medical Office Open to Patients

MARIETTA, GA -- Kaiser Permanente members who live or work in West Marietta now have a more convenient location to receive health care.

Kaiser Permanente's new West Marietta Medical Office (2505 Dallas Highway, Marietta, 30064) opened to patients this month.

The 7,400 square foot facility is a part of Kaiser Permanente's ongoing initiative to improve access to health care for its 230,000 members in Georgia. Staffed by physicians of the Southeast Permanente Medical Group, the West Marietta Medical Office offers adult medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, radiology and lab services. It also has an on-site pharmacy.

Physicians on staff include Kristin Foster, M.D. (internal medicine), Benjamin Roberts, M.D. (pediatrics) and Susan Dyar, M.D. (pediatrics). OB/GYN services will be provided by Tracy Dubose, M.D., Hima Bareddy, M.D.

Cobb & Douglas Public Health Officials Encourage Vigilance in Rabies Prevention

MARIETTA, GA -- In light of a recent confirmed case of rabies in the City of Marietta, Cobb & Douglas Public Health officials are encouraging individuals to take immediate steps to reduce contact with infected animals.

The case involved a stray kitten that came in contact with humans. The individuals who were exposed received medical attention.