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Marietta shootout knocks out power to subdivision


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A spokesman for the Marietta Police Department confirms there was a shootout between two groups of people on Westland Way in Marietta Sunday afternoon. Police say a passenger in a white SUV opened fire - targeting a group of people standing on the street. Those people returned fire.

Dozens of shots were fired, cars and homes were hit, but there were no injuries.

Marietta Police spokesman David Baldwin tells 11Alive News a car fleeing the shooting struck a utility pole and knocked out power to a subdivision off Manning Road.

Police have not released any information on suspects.


Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

Man arrested after allegedly trying to shoot Marietta cop


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marietta police say a fugitive who tried to fire his gun at an officer has been apprehended.

The incident began early in the morning on Jan. 16, when the Marietta police officer was dispatched to a domestic dispute call in the 1000 block of Franklin Road.

According to police, the officer spotted Keyandre Funches in the parking lot and chased him. Funches ducked behind a tree, then "raised his firearm in a threatening manner," according to Marietta police spokesman David Baldwin. Evidence shows Funches tried to fire at the officer, but his gun malfunctioned or misfired.

Funches, 25, was taken into custody in Mississippi on Friday, according to Baldwin.

SPLOST funds help firefighters buy new thermal imaging cameras

SPLOST funds help firefighters buy new thermal imaging cameras

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services recently purchased 60 new thermal imaging cameras. The cameras will replace 42 old ones.

Firefighter Denell Boyd said the cameras help fire crews find victims in smoky structures with little to no visibility. They also allow firefighters to discover hot spots and hidden fires behind walls and ceilings.

The new cameras use advanced technology to produce sharper and brighter images than the old ones, according to Boyd.

The fire department used 2011 SPLOST funds to pay for the cameras.

Man ticketed for eating cheeseburger while driving

Man ticketed for eating cheeseburger while driving

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County officer ticketed a man for eating a cheeseburger while driving.

Madison Turner was chomping down on his quarter-pounder with cheese when a police officer ticketed him for eating while driving.

"The officer said to me that I wasn't speeding or driving erratically," Turner said.

Attorney Tom Salata said he's never seen anything like it. He says there's usually a driving offense involved.

The law is fairly broad. It's illegal to do anything that would distract "from the safe operation of such vehicle."

"I have pulled someone over before for failing to maintain their lane, it was a female who was eating a bowl of cereal heading to work," said Sgt. Stephanie Stallings of the Georgia State Patrol.

Drivers we talked to seemed to understand the danger, but not the ticket. Turner wants to hear what a judge has to say.

The weekend roadwork is spreading

The weekend roadwork is spreading

(WXIA) -- As 2015 rolls on, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will roll too -- to sites across metro Atlanta, where they will work on weekend road projects. (At least it will be sunny!)

This weekend, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel on the west side of Interstate 20 and the east side of I-285, if possible. Delays and lane closures are expected in both areas. All work is weather permitting.

Some of the scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
* 2 eastbound lanes of I-285 will be closed at I-75 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for bridge joint repairs.

DeKalb/Fulton counties
* 3 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Trolley system proposed for Marietta

Trolley system proposed for Marietta

MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) – Another city in metro Atlanta is looking to bring a trolley system to its streets. Marietta's mayor is hoping to capitalize on the new Braves stadium, now under construction in Cobb County.

Mayor Steve Tumlin is proposing the new new trolley-on-wheels system, which will circle the downtown Marietta Square area, and eventually make its way to the new Braves stadium.

As the largest city in Cobb county, Tumlin says Marietta attracts visitors from all over, and a trolley system would be the best way for people to get around.

"We would promote that we are a town with interesting stops and arts and we have a trolley to get back and forth," Tumlin said.

Tumlin says he is hoping to reinvent the idea of trolleys for downtown Marietta. He says he came up with the idea after the announcement of the Braves move to Cobb County.