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Peeping Tom arrested at Athens Technical College


ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County Police have arrested a suspected Peeping Tom at Athens Technical College.

Charles Tyron Hill, 24, was taken into custody Thursday morning.

Police said Hill is accused of looking at a victim over a stall wall in a bathroom at the college. The victim provided police with a description of the suspect.

Thursday, a security officer at the college spotted Hill on campus and called police, which led to the suspect's arrest.

Hill is being held without bond in the Athens-Clarke County Jail. In addition to the Peeping Tom count, he was also charged with violating his probation.


Unemployment rate decreases in March

Unemployment rate decreases in March

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in March, down slightly from February's 6.9 percent. The rate was 8.0 percent in March 2013.

Clarke County's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent this March.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers. The number of new positions increased by 51,500 last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in March 2014 at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Police seek Athens rape suspect


ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County police have released a sketch of a man wanted for allegedly raping a woman.

According to police, the woman reported that she was raped at her residence in the early morning hours of April 11. The victim said the man knocked on her door. When she opened it, the assailant forced his way inside.

The man is described as being 5'9" to 6' in his late 30s and "muscular but overweight."

CrimeStoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the suspect's arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 706-546-5900.


UGA student death due to drug overdose


ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia student found dead in a dorm room back in January died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, officials said.

David Braun, 21, of Marietta, ingested a lethal dose of the fetanyl, a narcotic pain reliever, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. It is said to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Braun was found dead on Jan. 14.


Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

(WXIA) -- The number of fatalities on Georgia's highways fell in 2013.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday that 1,186 people were killed in car crashes on state roads last year, 13 fewer than in 2012. It's the eighth year in a row the total number of deaths has fallen.

"The reduction in fatalities over eight years means that more than 500 additional persons will get to celebrate the life events that are special to us all," Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said in a release. "We must continue to work toward reducing injuries and death on Georgia roads."

Georgia's worst year on record for highway fatalities is 2005, when 1,748 people died.

Nation statistics are not yet available. In 2012, the number of fatalities increase about 5 percent to 36,200.