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DeKalb County authorities are looking for a stolen school bus taken over the weekend


STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- DeKalb County authorities are looking for a stolen school bus taken over the weekend

Police believe whoever took the bus also caused an estimated tens of thousands of dollars in vandalism to 10 school buses.

The damaged buses have busted radiators, ripped bus stop arms and severely scraped sides.

The buses are useless until they are repaired and now sit in the DeKalb County Schools' bus yard near the Panthersville Road transportation center.

Authorities are still investigating how the thief (or thieves) gained access to the buses and when. There are cameras monitoring the front of the property, but not in the back where the buses were taken.

Schools, businesses donate to Fairington after fire


LITHONIA, Ga. -- Students and staff at Fairington Elementary School were treated to a special delivery of books and supplies to replace those destroyed in a fire two weeks ago.

Parents and students from Dunwoody Elementary School brought dozens of boxes filled crayons, paper, scissors, glue and notebooks.

Fairington's media center was filled with supplies from other donors, including Centennial Arts Academy in Gainesville, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and MasTec Network Solutions.

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work 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.

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.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Sale of dog over internet ends in fatal shooting

Sale of dog over internet ends in fatal shooting

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two men attempting to sell a dog over the internet were involved in a fatal shooting in DeKalb County overnight.

The shooting happened early Friday, when a breeder from Winder and his friend drove to 5044 Fairforest Drive with an English bulldog to sell to the man who answered their online ad.

Originally, police reported the ad was a Craigslist deal, then later said the sellers actually used the website Hoobly.com, another classifieds service.

According to DeKalb County Police Capt. Steve Fore, the 40-year-old buyer produced a gun, intending to rob the sellers. The breeder's friend pulled out a gun of his own and shot the buyer, killing him. The sellers called 911 after the shooting.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

DeKalb County's December unemployment rate was 6.7 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

Fairington Elementary School reopens

Fairington Elementary School reopens

LITHONIA, Ga. -- A DeKalb County elementary school damaged by fire will reopen Monday morning.

Fairington Elementary School has been closed since Jan. 17, when a fire broke out in a kindergarten classroom. Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set.

Students at the school had last week's classes at nearby Miller Grove High School. DeKalb County Schools spokesman Quinn Hudson said the students will begin returning to their usual classrooms at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.