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Teacher allegedly drags kindergartner by his ankle

MARIETTA, Ga. (WXIA) – Cobb County police arrested a kindergarten teacher accused of dragging a child by the ankle.

This is the first year at Tritt Elementary School for the Wendell family. They said they chose the school because of its great reputation.


"It's a really well-known, well-taught school," said the father of one student. "We wanted to have our kids in a good environment, so hopefully, they'll work things out and take care of it."

1 struck by lightning as storms move through area

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Officials said a 19-year-old man was struck by lightning while pressure washing on a rooftop in Marietta Tuesday afternoon.

Officials said the man was a contractor working on the roof of Northern Tools And Equipment at the corner of Cobb Parkway and Gresham Road. The incident happened at 2:45 pm.

According to Officer David Baldwin with the Marietta Police Department, the man received an indirect strike when the bolt struck the building. Baldwin said the man collapsed on the roof. Two other workers were there, but Baldwin said they were not struck.

The man was transported to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta for treatment. His condition was not immediately available.

In Austell, the storms caused a tree to fall across power lines and onto Love Street. Luckily, no one was injured.

10 killed in crashes over Labor Day weekend

10 killed in crashes over Labor Day weekend

(WXIA) -- Ten people died in road-related incidents throughout Georgia over Labor Day weekend.

The Georgia State Patrol said six of those crashes were investigated by its troopers, down from 10 in 2013. Two fatal accidents were reported in Rincon, and one wreck each occurred in Calhoun, Rome, Toccoa and Valdosta.

Four local agencies -- Atlanta, Cobb County, Columbus and Henry County -- also reported fatal crashes.

The Labor Day holiday period ran from 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday.

Power restored in Marietta

Power restored in Marietta

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A power outage affected a number of Marietta homes and businesses, including WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Tuesday morning.

A Marietta Power and Water dispatcher said the lights went out at around 6 a.m.

Kennestone spokeswoman Sharon Woods said the hospital's generators kicked in when the power died. Kennestone remained on generator power until service was restored at around 8:45 a.m.

Outages were also reported in the areas around Atwood Drive, Beech Street, Campbell Hill Street, Church Street, James Street and Kennesaw Avenue.

The cause of the outage is under investigation.

Six Flags, White Water to debut new rides in 2015

Six Flags, White Water to debut new rides in 2015

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water will open three new attractions in 2015.

The Cobb County theme parks announced Thursday that Six Flags Over Georgia will add two rides to its Gotham City section.

One ride -- THE JOKER Chaos Coaster -- includes a seven-story ascent into a series of loops. Riders travel forward and backward through the loops and experience a suspended upside-down roll 72 feet in the air.

Gotham City will also add Harley Quinn Spinsanity, a classic spin ride with a Batman-inspired twist. Both attractions will debut in late spring.

Six Flags White Water will soon begin construction on its tallest-ever water slide. Dive Bomber will be 10 stories tall, standing more than 100 feet above the park's tree line.

Dive Bomber features a 90-degree drop, with riders plunging through a trap door and traveling down at speeds of more than 40 miles per hour.

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include: