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Gang members sentenced to prison

Gang members sentenced to prison

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two Cobb County teens will spend time in prison after being convicted of a gang-related burglary.

Tuesday, a Cobb County Superior Court Judge sentenced 18-year-old Jamal Akeem Lisbon of Smyrna to 10 years, with two to be served in custody. A co-defendant, 17-year-old Calvin "Roscoe" Jermaine McKinney of Austell, was sentenced to 11 years, with three to be served in prison.

Both men pleaded guilty to five counts of violating Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. They are members of the Triple G gang, described by prosecutors as a "hybrid gang," or one that can easily be absorbed by a larger, better known gang.

Lisbon and McKinney burglarized a Mableton home on Sept. 3, 2013, and were spotted by several witnesses walking through nearby woods with stolen televisions, according to prosecutors. They were arrested later that day. The burglary was reported staged to strengthen Triple G's criminal purposes.

Road work continues this weekend over parts of Metro Atlanta

Road work continues this weekend over parts of Metro Atlanta

(WXIA) – Motorists will face a number of lane closures this weekend around Metro Atlanta.

I-285 Northbound from Hollowell Parkway (US 78/278) in Atlanta to Paces Ferry Road in Vinings will have one left lane closed for sign replacement.

I-20 West and Eastbound will have two left lanes closed between Ga. 5 in Douglasville to Liberty Road in Carroll County for ongoing concrete construction.

Nightly lane closures will continue on the Downtown Connector, along with portions of I-75 and I-85 inside the Perimeter for overhead sign replacement.

Retaining wall construction continues on Techwood Drive between 16th Street and 18th Street in Midtown Atlanta.

Construction continues on I-75 Northbound between I-675 and Mount Zion Boulevard in Clayton County. Two right lanes are closed in that area.

Landscaping operations are continuing along I-285 Westbound near Bouldercrest Road in DeKalb County.


7 home buying mistakes to avoid

7 home buying mistakes to avoid

When it comes time to buy a home, it is easy to get caught up in all the excitement and end up making some mistakes along the way. With such a major investment at stake, you really need to take time to make sure that everything is done properly, unless you want to be left regretting your purchase decision for years to come. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when buying a home:

1.      The real estate agent – The real estate world is one that is super competitive, with many agents chasing a limited number of clients. This is especially true in larger markets like Atlanta, where they will all promise you the world, but not all will be able to deliver. Do some proper due diligence and look for referrals before you sign on the dotted line with one real estate agent over the rest.

13 Cobb high schools among America's Most Challenging

13 Cobb high schools among America's Most Challenging

(WXIA) -- The Washington Post has unveiled its 2014 list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

The newspaper determines the annual rankings through a ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school gives each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Thirteen Cobb County schools made the list, which features more than 2,000 high schools across the country. The listed numbers are each school's national ranking.

183. Walton HS
495. Lassiter HS
755. Harrison HS
936. Pope HS
1082. Campbell HS
1133. Wheeler HS
1184. North Cobb HS
1206. Kell HS
1334. Sprayberry HS
1474. Hillgrove HS
1523. Kennesaw Mountain HS
1718. McEachern HS
2001. Pebblebrook HS

Additionally, Marietta High School, which is part of a charter system, is No. 1058 on the list.

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Missing Smyrna man found dead

SMYRNA, Ga. -- A Smyrna man who was reported missing last month has been found dead.

The body of 42-year-old Micah James LaBorde was found Saturday afternoon in a wooded area near Nickajack Creek and Fontaine Road. His remains were spotted by two men hunting for mushrooms.

A Mattie's Call for LaBorde was issued Mar. 10. Smyrna Police Officer C.D. Graeff said LaBorde threatened to commit suicide shortly before he vanished.

Graeff said no foul play is suspected, and LaBorde's death was ruled a suicide.

Class Act: Debra Kneubuhler

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Who doesn't love LEGOS?

With guidance from Debra Kneubuhler, a teacher at Russell Elementary School in Cobb County, the construction toys can be teaching tools. "Mrs. K" uses LEGOS for everything, from illustrating books like The Red Badge of Courage to teaching STEM subjects.

Kneubuhler teaches gifted students and works with the school robotics club. It wasn't enough, so she wrote a $22,000 grant for a LEGO lab -- and won.

"I thought we should be able to do something that all the other students could take advantage of," she said.

Now, every Russell Elementary student can take advantage of her LEGO-centric teaching methods.

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.