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Blind Boston Terrier found after being stolen from home


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – A family is ecstatic after learning that their stolen blind Boston Terrier has been found.

Thieves broke into Ashley Curlette's DeKalb County home on Friday and stole a number of high end electronics -- and they stole her beloved dog of 11 years, Boomer.

Curlette said she has no idea why anyone would steal Boomer, who is blind and deaf, but she desperately wanted him back.

"He's been in our family since he was a puppy," Curlette said. "He has a very bad case of cataracts. He's completely blind, he's starting to go deaf. He can be disoriented at times. He spends most of his days sitting on the couch next to me."

Right after the story aired at 10 p.m. Curlette said that someone called her and told her that they had Boomer. That person told Curlette that someone had given them the dog on Friday. Curlette said she is making arrangements to be reunited with Boomer.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

DeKalb County's preliminary unemployment rate was 8.4 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

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Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

DeKalb names early voting locations

DeKalb names early voting locations

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County residents have plenty of opportunities to vote ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

The county's Board of Registration & Elections has approved several early voting locations, three of which are open on Sunday, Oct. 26.

RELATED | Exclusive 11Alive poll shows Democrats gaining on Republicans in upcoming election

They include:

Berean Community Center
2440 Young Road, Stone Mountain
Open Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Brookhaven City Hall
4362 Peachtree Road NE
Open Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Chamblee Civic Center
3540 Broad Street
Open Sunday, Oct. 26, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Open Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Taxi driver shot to death trying to break up fight


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A taxi driver was shot to death in a condominium complex in Lilburn Sunday morning while trying to break up a fight between a customer and her boyfriend.

It happened at around 6:15 a.m. in the Springs Condominiums at 1300 Branch Drive near South Norcross Tucker Road.

Monday morning, investigators identified the victim as 53-year-old Aidarous Abdella of Lilburn. Abdella has been driving a cab for eight years according to a friend. "He's a nice guy, a family man, he supported his family," said Khalid Yonis.

Yonis said he has known Abdella for 15 years. Yonis talked to 11Alive News in front of his friends house where he was consoling family members. He said Abdella supported a sister who is handicapped and a son who recently moved to his home from Ethiopia.

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

(WXIA) -- Last week's break from interstate roadwork was short-lived. The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews will be back on the roads this weekend.

Interstate 285, especially the portion above I-20, will be GDOT's main focus, as several projects are scheduled for that corridor.

As always, all work is weather-permitting.

Clayton/Fulton counties
* 1 Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed at I-75 south from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for resurfacing
* 1 outside lane of I-285 will be closed at I-85 north from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge repairs

Cobb County
* 2 northbound and 2 southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement
* Pacing will occur at the I-285 Kennedy Interchange with I-75 overnight Saturday