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Several brush fires shut down part of I-85 in Gwinnett

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Brush fires shut down I-85 in Gwinnett County for several hours Wednesday afternoon.

Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said his office received reports of several fires near I-85 south between Old Winder Highway and Spout Springs Road -- a six to seven mile stretch of the interstate.


Gwinnett man charged with making fake 911 calls

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A 33-year-old man has been charged with making multiple phony and sometimes threatening calls to the Gwinnett County Police Department 911 Center.

About 14 such calls, all made by the same person, were placed between Apr. 17 and 25. They included three fake requests for an ambulance, a bomb report, and a claim that an apartment building was on fire.

On Monday, Gwinnett County Police arrested the man they believe made the calls, Aaron Tyler Norman, of Buford.

They said it was Norman who stated, for example, in one of the calls, "I got a (expletive) gun" and, in another call, "Mother (expletive), better get over to Marquis at Sugarloaf because somebody's about to get shot."

"He threatened that he had a bomb" in at least one of the calls, said Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Deon Washington. "He threatened to blow up locations."

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

TV show: Kelly Nash had gunshot wound

TV show: Kelly Nash had gunshot wound

HALL COUNTY, Ga. – An Investigation Discovery documentary alleges that a Buford man found in Lake Lanier died from a gunshot wound.

Kelly Nash, 25, went missing in the early morning hours of Jan. 5. He left behind his wallet, phone, ID and truck.

Family and friends launched an extensive search for Nash, offering a reward that grew to more than $50,000.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Wrecked police car provides sobering reminder of Move Over Law

Wrecked police car provides sobering reminder of Move Over Law

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A totaled car is turning heads among visitors to Gwinnett County's Justice and Administration Center.

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway and the county's board of commissioners placed the car there for a very important reason -- to stress the importance of Georgia's Move Over Law.

The car belonged to Gwinnett County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Lunt. Last year, Lunt activated the car's lights and parked it alongside a roadway to provide visibility and protection for a work crew. The car was rear-ended by a driver who later told police he was changing music on his phone when the accident occurred.

Lunt was seriously injured in the crash and still has not returned to work. His wrecked car will be on display, along with a banner reinforcing the law's purpose, through the end of April.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.