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Underaged sex trafficking victims rescued after SWAT standoff


STONE MOUNTAIN, GA (WXIA) -- A DeKalb County apartment became the site of a SWAT team standoff early Friday after a suspected sex trafficker pointed a gun at police.

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The result? The arrest of three adults, and the rescue of two underage victims – ages 12 and 14. Their rescue occurred at the end of a 3½ hour standoff with DeKalb Police.

"They had to go into an apartment, really not knowing what was inside that apartment other than there were children who needed to be rescued," said DeKalb County Police Chief, Dr. Cedric Alexander.

Enjoy a snow day at Stone Mountain Park


STONE MOUNTAIN, GA (WXIA) -- Most of snow has melted down since the snowfall earlier this week but the fun doesn't have to end for all the snow lovers out there.

Due to popular demand, Stone Mountain Park has extended their snow season an extra weekend through Sunday, March 1.

Stone Mountain's Laser Lawn features more than 20 tubing runs and snow activities for everyone to enjoy.

If you're brave enough, round up family and friends at Avalanche Alley and take a ride down the 400-foot tubing hill. The smaller ones under three can also join in on the adventure at the Bunny Slope and tube down a smaller hill.

To wind down the day, visitors can warm up and cuddle next to a toasty fire and make s'mores.

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

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

Scheduled projects include:

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

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will continue to perform sign structure work on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Most of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in lengthy delays. Drivers are asked to avoid the Perimeter in impacted areas if possible.

All work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
1 lane of I-75 in each direction will be closed between Delk Road and South Marietta Parkway from 7:30 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Coweta County
1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed from 2 miles north of Bullsboro Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for striping.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Car crashes into house in DeKalb

Car crashes into house in DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A child suffered minor injuries after a car crashed into the back of a DeKalb County house Thursday morning.

The accident happened at a home in the 5900 block of Crescent Ridge Court. The property backs up to DeKalb Medical Parkway.

DeKalb County Fire Capt. Eric Jackson said a car traveling down DeKalb Medical Parkway crashed through a privacy fence and into the rear of the house.

An adult and child were inside the car. Jackson said the adult refused medical treatment at the scene. The child suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. The homeowner was asleep in an upstairs bedroom and was not hurt.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

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

Teen indicted for killing woman at MARTA bus stop

Teen indicted for killing woman at MARTA bus stop

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- An 18-year-old man was indicted for shooting a woman to death at a MARTA bus stop in DeKalb County.

Christopher Merritt has been charged with malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault in the death of 19-year-old Marcaysia Dawkins.

The shooting happened Nov. 23, 2014, while Dawkins waited for the bus at the Fairington Road stop in Lithonia. Merritt approached and tried to steal her purse; when she fought back, he shot her twice and then ran off with her belongings.