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Drug cartel members sentenced to federal prison

Drug cartel members sentenced to federal prison

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Three members of a Mexican drug cartel have been sentenced for conspiring to deliver liquid methamphetamine to homes in Cobb County.

Gabriel "Negrito" Jimenez-Antunez, 39, pleaded guilty to acting as a distributor for the cartel. He lived in Mexico, but coordinated the delivery of shipments to Austell and Mableton.

DEA and IRS agents were already investigating Jimenez when in spring 2013, they learned he had recruited two people to carry out day-to-day activities of the drug trafficking, including receiving shipments and depositing the proceeds at banks. The other two defendants include Jimenez's brother-in-law, 38-year-old Pablo Saucedo-Aparicio of Mexico, and an associate, 49-year-old Martin Ascencio of Mableton.

2 suspects rob Mableton bakery

2 suspects rob Mableton bakery

MABLETON, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Mableton bakery.

It happened Saturday at around 9:30 p.m. at Panaderia y Pasteleria, at the corner of Veterans Memorial Highway and Powell Drive.

Police said two suspects entered the bakery and demanded money from the register. When employees hesitated, one of the suspects opened the register and began taking cash, while the other suspect stole wallets from two customers inside the store.

The suspects forced everyone inside the bakery to the floor, then ran from the building.

Witnesses described the suspects as Hispanic men wearing black clothing. They were both armed with handguns.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Cobb County Police at 770-499-3945.

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

(WXIA) -- The end of the holiday season means the start of another year of construction on metro Atlanta roads and highways.

Next week, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 north in Cobb County if possible. Projects and lane closures in the area are expected to cause delays.

As in 2014, all roadwork is weather permitting.

Here are some of the projects scheduled for the first weekend and full week of the new year.

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

Cobb County's November unemployment rate was 6.0 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.