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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.

Residents encouraged to include fire safety in spring cleaning efforts

Residents encouraged to include fire safety in spring cleaning efforts

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- While you are working hard to clean your home this spring, the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department wants you to remember to check your home’s smoke alarms to make sure they are working and to review fire safety with the entire family.

“Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility,” said Chief Larry Few of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “As you are spring cleaning, why not make sure to review your fire protection plan with your family and, please test your smoke alarm batteries.”

According to the United States Fire Safety Administration (UFSA), in less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. The following tips will help you have a fire safe spring:

• Test your smoke alarms, and replace any alarms that are 10 years old or older.

• Test your carbon monoxide alarms, and replace any alarms that are 7 years old or older.

• Check your dryer vents and clean the hosing.

Dog catches ambulance thief

Dog catches ambulance thief

ATLANTA -- The search for a stolen American Medical Response ambulance ended with a crash in southeast Atlanta. The driver ran off in to the early morning darkness to hide in the bushes, until a police dog sniffed him out.

The ambulance, which operates out of DeKalb County, was parked at Grady Memorial Hospital when it was taken just before 3 a.m. Tuesday. Police said an EMS driver was cleaning the rear of the running vehicle when a suspect, 38-year-old Jermaine McCommons, jumped inside and drove away.

Grady Memorial Hospital officials used a GPS device inside the ambulance to track it and relay its location to police. Atlanta Police Capt. Terrell Griffin said McCommons drove the ambulance from Atlanta to Cobb County. Investigators followed, but canceled the chase when the speed became excessive.

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.

2 charged in armed robbery at Grant Park bar


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Warrants have been issued for two suspects in an armed robbery at a Grant Park bar.

Elijah Jackson, 19, and Shawn Smith, 25, will be charged in the Apr. 1 incident at Augustine's. Both are in the DeKalb County Jail on unrelated charges.

Security footage inside the bar showed the suspects storming the venue. One robbed the bartender while the other stole from customers. It happened so fast, they barely had a chance to react.

"I came in slightly before the incident," Joe Licata said. He is a regular at Augustine's, and like many of the regulars there, he's shaken, but not shocked.

"What I saw was a very strong police response and basically people being a little bit shaken up after what had happened, and everybody pretty much cooperating with police, trying to figure out what had happened," he said.

Blimpie offering 51¢ subs on Apr. 2

Blimpie offering 51¢ subs on Apr. 2

(WXIA) -- To celebrate its 51st birthday, Blimpie is offering 51¢ sandwiches this week.

The first 100 customers to visit any Blimpie location nationwide on Thursday, Apr. 2 will be able to order a regular-sized Blimpie Best sub for only 51¢. The promotion is limited to one sandwich per person.

Blimpie also plans to bring back its Hoboken Hero, an Italian sub created especially for last year's 50th anniversary celebration, in May.

Visit blimpie.com to find your nearest location.

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Police Chief Cassandra Jones has announced her retirement effective April 7, 2015. 

“Chief Jones will be greatly missed. Her work was a key part of our crime prevention efforts in this county,” says Chairman John H. Eaves.  “Due to her emphasis on community oriented policing, burglaries in our unincorporated area decreased by more than 22 percent during her tenure.”

Chief Jones has served with the Fulton County Police Department since December 17, 1979. She has served as Police Chief since October 9, 2007.  She is the only female to serve as Fulton County Police Chief.

“We thank Chief Jones for her 35 years of service to the citizens of Fulton County, and extend best wishes to her on her retirement,” said County Manager Dick Anderson.

Assistant Police Chief Gary D. Stiles will serve as Interim Chief until a permanent replacement is named.