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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.

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.

Sandy Springs' King and Queen towers to be sold

Sandy Springs' King and Queen towers to be sold

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The "King" and "Queen" buildings, the two iconic office towers looming over the Atlanta Perimeter and Georgia 400 for years, have found a new buyer in a deal that could range from $480 million to $500 million.

Stamford, Conn.-based Building and Land Technology has reached an agreement to buy the towers, which are part of the more than 2-million-square-foot Concourse Corporate Center development.

The deal would continue a resurgence of investment into Atlanta's office market, where job growth has returned, occupancy has recovered, and several high-profile developments have traded hands in the past year, including Northpark Town Center in Sandy Springs and the Pinnacle building in Buckhead.

Concourse Corporate Center is the latest example.

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.

N.Y. to file lawsuit against UPS for cigarette delivery

N.Y. to file lawsuit against UPS for cigarette delivery

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- New York officials plan to file a $180 million lawsuit on Wednesday against Atlanta-based United Parcel Service over what they say is the delivery of untaxed cigarettes.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City corporation counsel Zachary Carter allege UPS delivered nearly 700,000 cartons (more than 78,500 illegal shipments in all) in New York between 2010 and 2014.

The lawsuit, which will be filed in Manhattan federal court, claims UPS shipped cigarettes from unlicensed vendors on Indian reservations. In some cases, UPS appears to have handed over the deliveries to children at various residences across the state.

Sandy Springs man charged with killing mother

Sandy Springs man charged with killing mother

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A 24-year-old Sandy Springs man has been arrested for stabbing his mother to death in their home.

Patrick Wayne Tyson was charged with malice murder, aggravated assault with intent to commit murder, and possession of a knife in the commission of a felony in the death of 57-year-old Cathleen Tyson. He was denied bond Tuesday during his first court appearance.

The victim was found dead in her unit at the Dunwoody Ridge Apartments on Spalding Forest Court at around 7:20 a.m. Monday. Sandy Springs Police Sgt. Ron Momon said she suffered blunt force trauma to her head and several stab wounds to her face.

Patrick Tyson told responding officers he went for a jog, then returned home to find his mother bleeding on the floor and two men inside the apartment. He said the men ran when they saw him.

Man killed when vehicle slams into car wash

Man killed when vehicle slams into car wash

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A 41-year-old man was killed after being hit by a vehicle at a Sandy Springs car wash.

It happened Saturday at Mikael's Car Wash in the 6300 block of Roswell Road.

Sandy Springs Police said the victim, Malcolm C. Callender II of Jonesboro, was inside the car wash. A driver lost control of his car and slammed into the side of the building, striking Callender.

Callender was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver, Wilfredo Santo-Serrano, left the scene. He was arrested Sunday morning at an apartment complex near the car wash.

Santo-Serrano was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide and felony hit and run. He is being held in the Fulton County Jail.