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Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will continue to perform sign structure work on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Most of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in lengthy delays. Drivers are asked to avoid the Perimeter in impacted areas if possible.

All work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
1 lane of I-75 in each direction will be closed between Delk Road and South Marietta Parkway from 7:30 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Coweta County
1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed from 2 miles north of Bullsboro Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for striping.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

UGA student dies after undisclosed illness

UGA student dies after undisclosed illness

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia officials have not released what caused a student's recent death.

Athens Regional Medical Center confirms that Tanzila Alam passed away on Monday. Her roommate says she went to the student health center last week after developing a fever and becoming ill.

After several days of not feeling well, her roommate says Alam's uncle took her to the hospital, where she had a seizure and became unresponsive. She passed away the next morning.

UGA confirms Alam did not die of bacterial meningitis, despite many rumors. In a statement released Wednesday, University president Jere Morehead discounted those rumors and media reports from other outlets (this does not reference an 11Alive report):

Police: Woman stole 9-year-old girl's phone, money

Police: Woman stole 9-year-old girl's phone, money

ATHENS, Ga. – An Athens woman is charged with stealing money and a phone from a 9-year-old girl.

According to an Athens-Clarke County Police Department report, the girl had left her purse on a door in bathroom stall at the Georgia Square Mall in Athens on Friday.

When she went back into the bathroom with her sister to get the purse, they saw a woman walking out with what appeared to be the girl's phone in her pocket. The girl said her phone and cash were missing from her purse.

The girls told their father about the missing items and the woman. The father then confronted the woman, identified as 25-year-old Tamaranesha Burden, who went into another store. The girl's father then contacted the store's manager.

The store manager found the girl's phone in the jean pockets that were on display. Police were called.

Burden was arrested on a theft by taking charge.

Shots fired in UGA frat spat

Shots fired in UGA frat spat

ATHENS -- UGA Police tell 11Alive News the gun fired on campus early Sunday morning belonged to a member of a fraternity.

There was a fight between members of the Pi Kappa Alpha and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternities on Greek Park Circle leading up to the shooting. UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said Gregory John O'Brien, a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon, was arrested Monday morning. Williamson said, at this time, they believe he only fired the gun once.

According Williamson, O'Brien was standing on a balcony of his fraternity house when he fired the shot.

O'Brien is charged with one count of reckless conduct, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of possession of a gun on school grounds.

Emily Bowman's parents file suit against bar that served driver

Emily Bowman's parents  file suit against bar that served driver

ATHENS, Ga. (WXIA) -- The parents of the former Kennesaw State University student who suffered lifelong injuries after a convicted drunk, hit-and-run driver struck her two years ago filed suit Friday against the Athens bar that served the driver.

The driver, William Wilson Heaton, pleaded guilty in December to DUI and other crimes, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Atlanta Attorney Richard Kopelman filed the lawsuit in Athens-Clarke County Superior Court on behalf of Emily Bowman and her parents.

They are suing the owners of the now-closed bar in Athens, Bar Code, seeking unspecified payment for her past and future medical expenses, as well as for pain and suffering and for punitive damages.

Named as defendants are the CEO of the company that owned the bar, Chadwick Fellows, and the co-owner and manager, Ryan Masters.

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Bolton Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.