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Citizens’ University to kick off for 11th year

Citizens’ University to kick off for 11th year

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Citizens’ University begins April 2 for the 11th consecutive year.

The 12-week intensive training program provides citizens with a close-up view of how their local government works. Participants can gain a better understanding of County government, the available services and the role of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioner Joan Garner, District 4, has taken the lead in continuing Citizens’ University, which is an initiative originally led by former Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards.

Citizens’ University students learn how laws are proposed, passed and amended and they personally interact with key management personnel. Participants are urged to take what they learn back to their communities to strengthen ties between communities and their government and encourage more collaboration to enhance the quality of life in Fulton County.

Ex-CFO charged with stealing nearly $2 million

Ex-CFO charged with stealing nearly $2 million

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cumming man has been charged with stealing nearly $2 million from his former employer.

Steven E. Daniel is the ex-CFO of Nanoventions, a Roswell-based company that designs micro-optic solutions, according to its website. He has been charged with three counts each of felony theft and felony forgery, and two counts of financial identity fraud.

Daniel, 50, was arrested Feb. 14 after a six-month investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Deputy Robin Regan said the company reached out to detectives after discovering Daniel forged several checks worth more than $160,000.

Investigators worked with Nanoventions' president and CEO to examine the company's business and financial records. They learned that since 2010, Daniel stole more than $1,950,000 through about 290 fraudulent transactions, according to Regan.

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Body found in Roswell home destroyed by fire

Body found in Roswell home destroyed by fire

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell firefighters say a man's body was found in the rubble of a home that was destroyed by fire on Thursday.

Roswell Fire Deputy Chief Paul Piccirilli tells 11Alive News the 911 call came in around 4:00 am. When firefighters arrived at the home on Spring Drive in Roswell, the house was already engulfed by flames.

The burned home collapsed into the basement. Crews used a backhoe to clear the area.

Piccirilli confirmed that a body was discovered around 1:30 p.m. The body has been turned over to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.

Investigators said it will be difficult to determine the cause of the fire due to the damage of the home.

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will continue to perform sign structure work on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Most of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in lengthy delays. Drivers are asked to avoid the Perimeter in impacted areas if possible.

All work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
1 lane of I-75 in each direction will be closed between Delk Road and South Marietta Parkway from 7:30 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Coweta County
1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed from 2 miles north of Bullsboro Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for striping.

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.

Bobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend 'desperately' wants to see her

Bobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend 'desperately' wants to see her

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend Nick Gordon is hopeful that he'll be able to visit her in the hospital soon.

In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Gordon's attorney, Randall M. Kessler, said he isn't visiting her in the hospital to avoid confrontation with her family.

The statement said:

"Nick has been trying, privately, to do everything he can to see Bobbi Kristina cooperatively. He has respected the family's wishes and for that reason alone has not returned to the hospital and risked a public confrontation. But he desperately wants to be with the one he loves and continues to hope that his request will be granted."

'Bobbi Kristina' tattoo posted by Nick Gordon


With Bobbi Kristina Brown's perilous condition unchanged, her boyfriend Nick Gordon is holding out hope and tweeting a picture of her name tattooed on his arm.

For the first time since the 21-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub in their Georgia townhouse on Jan. 31, Gordon posted a hopeful message on Twitter.

"She is a strong person and will pull through this," his tweet read. "Continue to pray for her."

He also changed his avatar picture to one of his forearm with the name "Bobbi Kristina" tattooed in large and elaborate script. The header photo is of himself with Bobbi Kristina.