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Ten-foot tall metal rooster stolen from Athens vintage shop

Ten-foot tall metal rooster stolen from Athens vintage shop

ATHENS, GA (WXIA) – There is something visibly missing from a vintage shop in Athens – a ten-foot tall metal rooster.

Out front, Lexington Road is a busy Athens block. Out back, one business is facing a question that has perhaps never been uttered:

"How do you steal a ten-foot rooster?"

Lexington Vintage is the kind of place where a ten-foot metallic rooster wouldn't seem out of place.

"We have people that make jewelry from reclaimed wine bottles," said owner Bonnie Harris. "Local artists and people who enjoy repurposing. My husband and I have been in the poultry business for many years, so that's kind of the origin of the rooster in my life."

Harris commissioned local artists to build the rooster for $3,000. She posted it by the road two weeks ago.

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Athens car break-in suspect strikes again

Athens car break-in suspect strikes again

ATHENS, Ga. -- Two people told Athens-Clarke County Police they had items stolen from their cars over the weekend.

The victims said someone broke into their cars while the vehicles were parked outside a home on South Peter Street. The crime happened Sunday between midnight and 3 a.m.

Missing items include a $500 iPad Air and a $300 Lenovo laptop.

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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.

Clarke County's unemployment rate was 6.0 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.

UGA professor robbed at gunpoint

UGA professor robbed at gunpoint

ATHENS, Ga. – A University of Georgia professor was robbed at gunpoint near downtown Athens Monday night, police said.

According to an Athens-Clarke County Police report, two women at the lobby of Hotel Indigo told authorities that they saw three men rob the female professor around 8 p.m. The witness told police that the professor was waving her hands in the air on North Jackson Street.

The victim told police that after she parked her car, she was approached by a man with a t-shirt covering his face. He told her to "Give me everything you got," and pulled a gun from his waistband. Two more suspects then also approached her.

The suspects stole the woman's purse, cell phone, and backpack. They were described as between 16 and 18 years old, and between 5-foot-11 and 6-foot-3.

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Ga. health rankings: Clarke County

Ga. health rankings: Clarke County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Clarke is Georgia's 22nd healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 37th for quality of life, 15th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 10th for clinical care, 53rd for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 113th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Clarke County:

Athens family welcomes quadruplets

Athens family welcomes quadruplets

ATHENS, Ga. – An Athens family welcomed four new additions on Saturday.

Julianne and Matthew Kirkland's quadruplets had been scheduled to be delivered on March 27, but they were apparently eager to see the world.

Matt was with his son Jack cheering on another son, Campbell, at his first baseball game in Athens Saturday when Julianne went into labor.

When Matt called Julianne around 5 p.m., she gave the news: she would be having the babies that night at Georgia Regents University Hospital in Augusta.

Matt packed up Campbell and Jack, called Julianne's mother, and headed to the hospital.

Police: UGA student died of alcohol poisoning

Police: UGA student died of alcohol poisoning

ATHENS, Ga. -- A 19-year-old University of Georgia student who passed away in January died of acute alcohol toxicity, UGA Police announced Monday.

Michael McClary, of DeKalb County, was found unresponsive in the back seat of a car Jan. 10, while returning to campus after a night out with friends. He was pronounced dead at an Athens-area hospital.

McClary's death has since been ruled accidental. His autopsy was performed at the GBI Crime Lab. His exact blood alcohol content has not been released.

During a January memorial service held at UGA's Reed Hall, where McClary lived, friends shared stories of "Big Mike" and remembered how he always made them laugh.