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Woman's body found at Roswell motel


ROSWELL, Ga. -- A woman's body was found in a breezeway at a Roswell hotel Thursday morning.

Guests at the Atlanta Hotel on Old Dogwood Road discovered the remains at around 6 a.m. None of them recognized the victim, according to investigators.

Police described the victim as a white woman in her 50's. The Fulton County Medical Examiner will identify her and determine the cause of death.

The victim's body was wrapped in a bloody sheet and left in a second-floor breezeway, according to police. Investigators searched the breezeway, Room 204 at the hotel and a dumpster behind the building in their search for crews.

Police said they see quite a bit of crime in the area, including drug use and prostitution, but rarely do they investigate something as serious as murder.

Suspects sought after Roswell officer attacked with knife


ROSWELL, Ga. – A Roswell police officer is recovering after being cut by two men on Wednesday.

According to Officer Lisa Holland of the Roswell Police Department, Officer John Lathem was patrolling the parking lot of Champions Green Apartments off of Holcomb Bridge Road when he saw two suspicious men near a building on Belmont Drive. Lathem left his car and tried to speak with the men and a struggle ensued. The officer was cut on his face and forearm with a knife. Lathem fired his weapon and both men fled.

Police searched the area but were unable to find the attackers.

The suspects are described as two black men wearing black hooded sweat shirts. One man had a question mark graphic on the front of his sweat shirt, while the other man was described as heavy-set with dreadlocks.

Lathem, a 15-year veteran, received stitches and is expected to make a full recovery.

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Woman raped in Roswell woods


ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell police are investigating a rape that happened in the woods near a busy intersection.

It happened Tuesday at around 6:15 a.m. in the 900 block of Holcomb Bridge Road, near Warsaw Road.

The victim, a 56-year-old Hispanic woman, said a man grabbed her as she was walking south on Warsaw Road. He forced her into the woods, threatened her with a gun and raped her.

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Fulton County offers 2 early voting weekends

Fulton County offers 2 early voting weekends

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County registered voters will have the opportunity to vote on Saturday and Sunday for the next two weekends.

During the weekend of Oct. 18 -19, seven Fulton County locations will be open for early voting.

During the weekend of Oct. 25 – 26, 19 Fulton County locations will be open for early voting.

Fulton County is offering more weekend voting opportunities than any other Georgia County. Residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the early voting period, including weekend voting.

“We hope that our expanded dates and locations for early voting will encourage more Fulton County registered voters to cast their ballots,” said Richard L. Barron, Director of the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections. "Voting early reduces lines on Election Day and is more convenient for voters."

Fulton County Early Voting Locations

Monday, October 13 - Friday, October 31

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include: