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Walmart in Marietta evacuated after bomb threat


MARIETTA, Ga. – Authorities evacuated a Walmart in Marietta after someone phoned a bomb threat in on Wednesday.

City officials said that the threat was made at the store on Cobb Parkway.

Police dogs were sent in, but nothing was found.

The incident is under investigation.

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Child struck by vehicle in Cobb Co.


COBB COUNTY, Ga. – A child was struck by a vehicle near a Cobb County middle school on Monday, police said.

According to Cobb County Police Officer Michael Bowman, the incident happened near Simpson Middle School, which is located on Trickum Road Northeast.

The child was taken to a hospital and said to be "alert, conscious and breathing."

Stay with 11Alive.com for more details.


Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Mom collects gift cards for widows and their families


MARIETTA, Ga. -- You know those unused gift cards, the ones you keep telling yourself you need to use before they expire? Mishael Porembski would love to have them, to give to widowed families this holiday season.

Porembski is a widowed mother to two girls, 10-year-old Arie and 7-year old-Sophia. Their father, Porembski's husband Jason, died almost eight years ago, when she was pregnant with Sophia.

She founded a group, called Team Lady 180, to help other widows deal with their grief.

Cobb inmate pleads guilty to causing Ebola scare

Cobb inmate pleads guilty to causing Ebola scare

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County Jail inmate pleaded guilty this week to causing an Ebola scare after being pulled over for driving drunk.

In addition to misdemeanor charges of DUI and failure to maintain lane, 35-year-old Harry Randall Withers Jr. was convicted of three felony counts of making false statements.

Withers, of Suffolk, Va., was arrested Oct. 3. Upon arriving at the Cobb County Jail, he told a paramedic he had recently traveled to Nigeria and Kenya, and was experiencing symptoms of Ebola. He was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where the emergency room staff enacted containment precautions.

Cell phone records later showed Withers was in the U.S. when he claimed he was in Africa. The defendant had not left the country since 2005 and did not even have an active U.S. passport.

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Man wanted for child abuse, trafficking marijuana

Man wanted for child abuse, trafficking marijuana

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Police are searching for a man accused of running a marijuana grow house in Marietta.

Jessie Lee Jr., 37, is also wanted for abusing a young child.

Marietta police and DFCS officers responded Nov. 18 to a house in the 1300 block of Banberry Road after receiving a tip about possible child abuse. When they arrived, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana and secured a search warrant for the property.

Marietta Police Officer David Auld said investigators recovered 300 marijuana plants and a handgun from the house.

Lee, who is originally from Mississippi, was not home when police arrived and is still on the run. He is described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 250 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He wears a patch over his left eye.

Lee may be driving a red 1990 Ford Mustang with Georgia license plate BVV 9630.