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Investigation continues in Athens murder


ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County police have expanded their investigation into the death of a young woman whose burned body was found in a car last month.

Police said the victim, 23-year-old Darla Gibbons, most likely knew her killer. Her remains were found Oct. 23 in the 1300 block of Winterville Road.

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Athens-Clarke County police Lt. Christopher Nichols said the investigation has evolved into a multi-county probe. So far, police have interviewed one potential suspect. He was arrested on an unrelated firearms charge out of Greene County.

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Man charged in officer shooting says he has PTSD


ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A man charged with shooting an Athens police officer with his own gun says he's a former U.S. Marine who suffers from post-traumatic stress.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports an attorney for 28-year-old Michael Marcantonio is asking a judge to grant him bond so he can be treated at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility. Attorney Edward Tolley says the Clarke County jail, where Marcantonio has been held since Aug. 31, doesn't allow some medications used to treat PTSD.

Officer Michael Ward was shot outside an apartment where a woman reported her ex-boyfriend was trying to get inside. Police say Marcantonio struggled with officers and grabbed Ward's gun in its holster, firing a shot into his hip and thigh. Ward survived and his since returned to duty.

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Clarke County's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Burned car with human remains inside found in Athens


ATHENS, Ga. (WXIA) -- Authorities were investigating a burned vehicle with human remains inside, in the 1300 block of Winterville Road in Athens Wednesday afternoon.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were conducing a joint investigation into the incident.

After the scene has been processed, the remains will be taken to the office of the GBI's medical examiner for an autopsy and continued investigation.

Officials did not identify the victim by late Wednesday.

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Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

Fourth and fifth grade students from the Atlanta metropolitan area will learn about Georgia agriculture by making, and eating, pizza at the second annual Pizza Farm event.

County agents with the Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties will lead the event set for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. The students will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the pizza.  

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Reminder: Property taxes due Oct. 20

Reminder: Property taxes due Oct. 20

CLARKE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Athens-Clarke County Tax Commissioner has issued a friendly reminder to all county property owners -- property taxes are due next Monday, Oct. 20.

Property tax statements were mailed in August. Anyone who did not receive one should call the tax commissioner's office at 706-613-3120.

Bills can be paid online or in person. Visit athensclarkecounty.com to pay a property tax bill online; click PAY ONLINE at the bottom of the screen.

To pay a bill in person, visit the tax commissioner's office, which is located in Suite 250 of the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.