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Drowned swimmer pulled from Chattahoochee


COBB COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – Rescuers pulled the body of a missing swimmer from the Chattahoochee River Wednesday afternoon.

A desperate call for help came when a Tuesday afternoon of fun on the Chattahoochee River took a terrible turn.

The call came in just after 4 pm – 911 was alerted to people in the river that needed help and could not get out on their own. They were apparently trying to swim to a spot called Diving Rock, and got stuck.

Crews arrived from Cobb Police, Cobb Fire, the state Department of Natural Resources and from the Chattahoochee National Park. They got everyone out of the river, except for a lone male swimmer who had lost contact with his friend.

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3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

(WXIA) -- There's nothing sweet about completing your taxes -- but Great American Cookies wants to change that.

On Wednesday, Apr. 15, all Atlanta-area Great American Cookies locations will offer each customer a free sugar cookie. It will be the third time the cookie chain has offered a little sweet relief on Tax Day.

"Only in the world of Great American Cookies is Tax Day this enjoyable," Great American Cookies Brand VP David Kaiser said in a release. "After all those tax forms and number crunching, we think everyone deserves a treat to savor."

No purchase or proof of completed taxes is necessary to take advantage of the free cookie promotion.

Participating locations in metro Atlanta include:

Atlanta
* Atlantic Station
* Centennial Olympic Park
* Greenbriar Mall
* Lenox Square
* Peachtree Center

Clarke County
* Georgia Square Mall

Clayton County
* Southlake Mall

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

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Man who shot attempted carjacker won't be charged

Man who shot attempted carjacker won't be charged

SMYRNA, Ga. – The man who shot an attempted carjacker at a Smyrna car wash said he warned the suspect several times before firing his gun.

On April 3, police say a 15-year-old boy approached a woman washing her car at the Fast Track Car Wash at the corner of South Cobb Drive and Highlands Parkway. The boy then jumped in the woman's car, locked the doors and tried to drive off.

The woman jumped on the hood of the vehicle in an attempt to stop the suspect.

Seeing what happened, a Smyrna city employee pulled out his gun and shot the suspect in the shoulder.

The Good Samaritan told 11Alive's Valerie Hoff by phone on Monday that he repeatedly yelled for the carjacker to stop and he fired his gun because he thought the woman's life was in danger.

The man was back at work in the city of Smyrna's IT department on Monday, and is not facing any charges.

Krispy Kreme introduces camping-inspired donuts

Krispy Kreme introduces camping-inspired donuts

(WXIA) -- Whether you enjoy camping in the woods or on the couch, Krispy Kreme has the perfect new donut for you.

The chain recently launched three new "campfire" donuts. They are available now through Sunday, May 17, and include:

Oreo Dirt Cake: A yeast donut filled with a blend of Kreme filling and Oreo cookie crumbles, dipped in milk chocolate and topped with Oreo cookie crumbles and a gummy candy worm

S'mores: A yeast donut filled with marshmallow Kreme, dipped in milk chocolate and topped with a blend of graham cracker crumbles, chocolate chips and white icing drizzle

Honey Bee: A donut dipped in yellow icing with a candy sugar piece

Armed Smyrna employee stops carjacking by shooting suspect

Armed Smyrna employee stops carjacking by shooting suspect

SMYRNA, GA (WXIA) -- An attempted carjacking was thwarted by an armed Smyrna city employee Friday afternoon at a car wash at the corner of South Cobb Drive at Highlands Parkway.

Police said it happened at about 3:30 p.m. at the Fast Track Car Wash. Smyrna Police Officer C.D. Graeff says a juvenile male approached a woman washing her car at the car wash, jumping into the car and tried to drive off. The victim, Graeff said, jumped on the hood of the vehicle in an attempt to stop the suspect.

Graeff says that the city employee, seeing what was happening, pulled out his own gun and shot the suspect in the shoulder.

"She was on the hood. I saw the guy shoot the carjacker. Then I saw him fall out of the car and he was shaking, just holding his chest. Then he falls on the floor and that's when all the cops start pouring in," said Chris Roberts, an employee at the car wash.