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State high court extends term for charter schools case

ATLANTA -- The charter schools case being heard by the Georgia Supreme Court (Gwinnett County School District, et. al. v. Kathy Cox, et. al.) was not decided on Wednesday and remains pending.

Wednesday was originally set as the end of the court term, but according to Jane Hansen with the Supreme Court, the court is extending their term to deal with this particular case.

There is no word on how soon the court will render a decision on the case.

'Like' 11Alive, win an iPad 2!

'Like' 11Alive, win an iPad 2!

ATLANTA -- 11Alive is giving away an iPad 2 to one of its biggest fans during the month of April.

To register to win, simply "like" 11Alive on Facebook and then click on the sweepstakes tab on the left-hand side of the page.

The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 27. Good luck!

GCPD Awarded “2010 Statewide DUI Agency of the Year” by Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers

GCPD Awarded “2010 Statewide DUI Agency of the Year” by Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers

Gwinnett County, Ga.--  (submitted by Gwinnett Police PIO)  Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers (M.A.D.D.) awarded the Gwinnett County Police Department DUI Task Force the “2010 Statewide DUI Agency of the Year” award. This award was presented to the DUI Task Force at the 7th Annual Golden Shield Banquet in Atlanta. This was achieved through dedication and hard work from the officers assigned to the task force and was selected over several other well respected agencies throughout the state.

M.A.D.D.

Last Chance to Receive Amnesty from Traffic Tickets, March 31st deadline

Gwinnett County--  Individuals with outstanding traffic citations in Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court have until the end of March to settle citations issued as far back as 1983 without additional penalty.

The Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court, located at 115 Stone Mountain Street in Lawrenceville, is offering an amnesty program that gives individuals an opportunity to resolve outstanding traffic citations without additional penalty through March 31, 2011. Bench warrants and the $25 bench warrant fee will also be recalled for those who resolve their cases during the amnesty period.

To find out the citation amount, the citation number and whether or not the citation requires a court appearance, call 770.822.8815.

For those who do not require a court appearance, individuals can pay their fines via mail with a money order or appear at the Recorder’s Court and pay by cash, money order, credit or debit card.

Overnight storm pounds Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A second round of severe weather rolled into Metro Atlanta early Sunday morning bringing lightning-related fires, flash flooding and power outages. An earlier storm system on Saturday brought large hail and heavy rain to Coweta, Fayette and Henry counties.

Metro Atlanta has received over 3 inches of rain since the recent system moved in and more is expected early Monday morning. Flash flooding caused large ponding on Interstate 20 and Interstate 75 Saturday night and into Sunday morning that led to a number of accidents and stranded vehicles.

According to Gwinett Fire spokesman Tommy Rutledge, lightning struck homes in Lilburn and Grayson, causing minor fires. Another home in Lilburn was damaged when a tree fell on a house on Johns Street. There were no injuries in any of the incidents.

Tornado Watch extended until 4 a.m. now includes metro area

ATLANTA - The tornado watch has been extended until 4am.  It now includes more metro counties.

Here are the counties added to the watch:

14-year-old arrested after joyride ends in home

LITHONIA, Ga. -- A 14-year-old boy has been arrested after police say he stole his mother's car and crashed into a house. 

The car plowed into a home on St. Thomas Drive and Singer Lane in Lithonia at around 1 a.m Friday.

The engine was still running with the music blaring when the family inside the home said several boys ran off. Only the 14-year-old has been arrested.

The teen will face charges for auto theft and leaving the scene of an accident.

Despite heavy damage to the house, no one inside was hurt.