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Cobb County builder wins monumental lottery prize

Cobb County builder wins monumental lottery prize

ATLANTA – A Cobb County monument builder has won a monumental Georgia Lottery prize. Richard Sailors Jr. of Marietta won a $1 million top prize playing the instant game Maximum Green.

Sailors, 52, claimed his prize Monday at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

He plans to purchase a new truck with his winnings.

Mitchell’s Grocery, 800 Old Alabama Road S.W. in Mableton, sold the winning ticket.

“I went back out to my truck and started screaming,” Sailors said. “Then, I went to see my brother. I’m very excited.”

The Georgia Lottery instant game Maximum Green is loaded with cash prizes and top prizes of $1 million and $5 million.Players can enter their non-winning tickets into the monthly Maximum Green Extra Chance Drawing to win one of 10 monthly prizes of $10,000. For more information, visit www.galottery.com.

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Cobb Co. baby born with rare skin blister disease


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Like all newborns, Reid Davis Underwood is fragile.

But from the moment he was born in late May, his parents realized he was far more fragile than most.

"The doctors knew something was wrong, but they didn't know what," said Reid's father Brian Underwood. "They were pulling out textbooks."

It wasn't until the next day that Reid diagnosed with epidermolysis bullosa, known as EB. It's a rare genetic skin disease that causes the outer layer of skin to break down and blister constantly.

PayPal to refund donors who gave to Ross Harris


ATLANTA -- The online payment site PayPal says it will give refunds to people who donated to a fundraising campaign for a Georgia family whose toddler died in a hot car.

PayPal spokeswoman Adriana Higuera tells The Associated Press the company will soon be issuing refunds to customers who used PayPal to donate to the campaign at YouCaring.com, where a total of more than $22,000 was given.

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Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

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* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

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Mother of child killed in hot car hires attorney


ATLANTA -- Leanna Harris, the mother of the 22-month boy killed after being left in a hot car for hours, has hired Lawrence Zimmerman to represent her and has left the state.

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Toxicology results released in death of Cooper Harris


COBB COUNTY, Ga. – Details of the toxicology report of the 22-month-old boy who died after his father left him in a hot car in Cobb County have been released.

Cooper Harris had no medications and no sedation agents given to him on the day of his death, according to the report.

The boy's father, Ross Harris, is charged with felony murder and cruelty to a child in the second-degree in the June 18 death.

Experts say the clean toxicology report doesn't help the prosecution because it reduces their ability to argue that the death was premeditated. However, the results are not pivotal in the case, according to experts.

Leanna Harris visits jail; Police recreate scene of hot car death


MARIETTA, Ga -- Leanna Harris attempted to visit her husband at the Cobb County Jail on Tuesday. Ross Harris was denied bond in a July 3rd hearing on charges of cruelty to children and murder. His son, 22-month-old Cooper Harris, died after he was left in a hot car for more than seven hours.

Leanna Harris arrived at the Cobb County Jail at 8:00 on Tuesday morning. She was accompanied by one other woman. Jail rules only permit two visitors per inmate for each visitation session. The video conferences are scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.