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Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

Public help sought in Fairburn cold case murder

Public help sought in Fairburn cold case murder

FAIRBURN, GA (WXIA) -- Police are asking for the public's help with an unsolved murder in Fayette County.

A Fairburn woman with cerebral palsy was shot and killed during a burglary more than two years ago.

Betty Brown is still grieving two years and seven months after she lost her granddaughter Denice Roberts in a senseless act of violence.

The two had been inseparable for 44 years, since Denice was born with cerebral palsy.

In August 2012, they came home from running errands and surprised an unknown number of burglars.

As the intruders drove off in a white vehicle, they fired at the two, who were cowering on the front

porch.

"She was shot in the left side of the face," Betty said.

Denise died instantly but her memory lives on throughout the house -- her photos, her doll collections, equestrian awards.

Suspect arrested in fatal Union City shooting

Suspect arrested in fatal Union City shooting

UNION CITY, Ga. -- Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a Union City man Sunday afternoon.

According to Union City Police Detective Gloria Hodgson, Michael Shane Black is being charged with felony murder and and other charges in the death of 43-year-old Benjamin Netherland.

Police say Netherland was shot multiple times at his home on Raymond Terrace at around 4:35 p.m. Sunday.

Black, who authorities say was identified by family members and witnesses as the shooter, was taken into custody at his grandmother's Fairburn home.

Authorities said the motive appears to be an ongoing dispute between Black, who turns 39 on Monday, and Netherland.

Family of man accused in Fulton detective shooting speaks out

Family of man accused in Fulton detective shooting speaks out

UNION CITY, Ga. --The family of the man accused of killing a Fulton County police officer is speaking out. Amanuel Menghesha's brothers say everything the community has heard about Detective Terence Green is true. They know first hand how caring and generous he could be.

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Interstate 20 will bear the brunt of this weekend's roadwork, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Drivers are asked to avoid nonessential travel on I-20, as road projects will require lane closures that will likely result in delays.

A number of surface streets will also be impacted by construction crews.

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

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

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

Lifelong Friend Says Fallen Officer Planned to Retire Soon


FULTON COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- Those closest to Detective Terence Green knew him as a dad first and as an detective so kind he had the nickname "Officer Friendly."

That career may have been near an end. One of his lifelong friends says at a holiday party he told her he may be retiring soon.

Green, a veteran Fulton County police detective, died after being shot in the head by a 32-year-old suspect with a history of run-ins with police.

"We didn't know that was going to be our last time seeing him," explained Wanda Cox.

She remembers the happy night last December with Terance Green. They gathered with other classmates from Woodland High in East Point, an annual tradition.

Cox says Green always kept in touch. He would serve and protect on the job and among friends.

Fallen Fulton County detective remembered


FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – Friends, family and colleagues are remembering a Fulton County Police detective killed in the line of duty early Wednesday.

Terence Avery Green, 48, died after being shot in the head while responding to a call in a subdivision near Fairburn. Neighbors said the suspect was going door to door firing a long barrel gun before he began shooting at officers.