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Gwinnett woman charged with shooting husband to death


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A 36-year-old woman is accused of shooting her estranged husband to death inside his Gwinnett County apartment.

Olivia Annette Smith has been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in the death of 34-year-old Cory Smith.

Investigators responded to a domestic dispute call at around 9:15 p.m. Thursday at the Preston Hills at Mill Creek Apartments in the 2900 block of Buford Drive. They found Cory Smith inside his apartment. He was pronounced dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Annette Smith was taken to Gwinnett County Police headquarters for questioning before her arrest. An investigation revealed the suspect and victim were arguing when Annette Smith produced a gun and shot Cory Smith.

Suspect arrested in luxury car thefts

Suspect arrested in luxury car thefts

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Police in Gwinnett County believe they've caught a man behind a string of luxury car thefts.

Investigators believe Deshun Williams masterminded a key-swapping theft ring where the criminals take fake key fobs to a dealership, then secretly switch them out for real ones.

Officers say Williams stole a $250,000worth of high-end vehicles, scratched out the VIN numbers, and resold them.

Police are also investigating Williams in connection with another string of stolen cars.

Williams is facing several charges, including theft by taking and theft by deception.

Man killed in single-car crash in Buford

Man killed in single-car crash in Buford

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was killed in a single-car crash in Gwinnett County Wednesday morning.

The accident happened at around 2 a.m. at Buford Dam and Shadburn Ferry roads near Buford.

Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said responding crews found the male driver dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported. The victim's name has not been released.

The accident investigation was turned over to Gwinnett County Police.

Suspect sought in Buford smash-and-grab

Suspect sought in Buford smash-and-grab

BUFORD, Ga. -- Police are asking for help in identifying a suspect involved in a smash-and-grab at a Verizon Wireless store in Buford.

The burglary took place March 16 at a store located at 5965 Cumming Highway. The suspect is seen on surveillance footage smashing a front window with a sledgehammer and entering the store.

Police say he them stole some 15 items valued at more than $5,000.

Authorities believe the individual is possibly tied to similar crimes in DeKalb and Cobb counties.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.