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Wrong-way driver killed in Newton County crash


NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was killed in an accident on Interstate 20 in Newton County Tuesday night.

Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Felicia Jefferson confirmed the accident involved a wrong-way driver. It happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. on I-20 east near Exit 89.

The driver was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. That person's name has not been released.

Jefferson said the wrong-way driver may have hit another car. No other details were immediately available.

Father's quest creates new porn protection law


ATLANTA -- Randy Upton remembers the November 2010 phone call like it was yesterday. His then-15-year-old daughter Kelsey was at the other end of the line.

"She was very upset, crying," Upton said. "She didn't understand how this could have gotten on the website."

Kelsey was frantic. She had received a text message from an unfamiliar number, telling her someone had posted a pornographic picture online -- a picture attached to her.

"It displayed a very graphic image of a young female that was not Kelsey and had her personal information, telephone number and so forth," Upton said. "It was devastating to me ... she's an only child and (my wife and I) had done everything to protect her."

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.

Race this weekend: Cheerios Challenge

Race this weekend: Cheerios Challenge

COVINGTON, Ga. -- What started as a YMCA program to encourage healthy habits in children has grown to an annual event in Covington.

The 14th annual Cheerios Challenge will be held Saturday, Apr. 18 at the Covington Family YMCA.

Runners have the option of competing in a 10K or a 5K. There will also be a 1-mile fun run and a Trix Tot Trot for the kids.

Registration is $25 for the 5K and 10K, $17 for the 1-miler, $8 for the tot trot, or $70 for a family four-pack of race entries. Runners in the 10K, 5K and 1-miler will receive T-shirts, while tot trot runners will be given medals. All participants will also be treated to family-friendly activities at the finish line.

Cash prizes will be granted to any runners who can break the course records:

5K
Men: 14:48
Women: 17:15

10K
Men: 31:16
Women: 37:52

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.

Suspect shot to death in Newton County home invasion

Suspect shot to death in Newton County home invasion

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A 30-year-old man was shot to death during an attempted home invasion in Newton County Friday morning.

It happened at around 2:35 a.m. at the Salem Terrance Apartments in the 3400 block of Salem Road.

Witnesses told police that three men and three women were inside the affected apartment. One of the women left the unit and encountered Quintavious Reed in a breezeway. Reed forced the woman back inside the apartment.

Investigators said Reed got into a struggle with one of the men inside the unit. The victim, who had a gun, fatally shot Reed. A second man inside the apartment was grazed by a bullet. Two guns, including one Reed was carrying, were confiscated by investigators.

No one has been arrested. Police said they will complete their investigation and pass along their findings to the district attorney.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.