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Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Motorcyclist dies after hitting mailbox


LILBURN, Ga. -- Lilburn Police are investigating a motorcycle accident that killed a 35-year-old man.

The wreck happened at around 11:40 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of Hood Road.

Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley said the motorcyclist was driving south when he lost control of his bike and crashed into a mailbox.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released, pending notification of next of kin.

Hedley said police are working to determine how the accident occurred.

One woman's fight against PTSD and military suicides


LILBURN, Ga. -- During Operation Iraqi Freedom about 7,000 US servicemen and women lost their lives.

If that is a sobering number, then the next one is downright terrifying. Deaths by suicide among US veterans from roughly that same time frame are ten times that, according to government figures.

It is a crisis that has become an epidemic.

The vets desperately need our help, and one woman in Lilburn is waging her own war to do just that. But she's already paid a terrible price with the suicide of her husband.

When he served in Iraq, Melvin Burgess Jr. was more than a soldier with a big gun. He was a soldier with a big heart. But after two tours of duty, something changed.

"Short fuse, irritable, not sleeping at all or hardly at all, and weight loss," recalled Burgess. "Any symptom you could think of for post traumatic stress disorder… it was very apparent."

Disciplinary hearing held in Parkview High locker room fight


LILBURN, Ga. -- A disciplinary hearing was held Monday for a student accused in a locker room fight at Parkview High School last month.

In an incident caught on camera, David Egan was punched in the face twice by a fellow student at Parkview High in Lilburn.

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The student who threw the punches faces a criminal charge of battery. Photos and cell phone video will play a key role in a school disciplinary hearing set for this afternoon.

Woman found dead after car swept away by swollen creek


LILBURN, Ga. -- One woman died after her car went into a creek and was swept away Monday.

Gwinnett County authorities say it happened on Dickens Road at the bridge over Jackson Creek. The woman was identified as Fawzia Jamshidi, 57, of Loganville.

A witness told authorities the car veered off the road right before a bridge and plunged into the water. It then headed downstream with the engine submerged.

Another witness told 11Alive's Duffie Dixon he tried to use his 4-wheel drive to get down the creek's bank and help, but got stuck.

Gwinnett County Fire Department and Police Department swift water rescue crews launched a raft, and used divers and long poles during the search. Fire spokesman Colin Rhoden says the car was found downstream with Jamshidi inside.

Body of missing Norcross woman found in Lilburn


LILBURN, Ga. -- The body of a missing Gwinnett County woman was found in a wooded area of Lilburn Thursday morning.

A city spokesperson said the remains were found near Lilburn Industrial Way around 10 a.m.

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.