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Victim identified, reward offered in Applebee's shooting

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Police have identified the victim of a deadly Fayetteville shooting and the company he worked for plans to offer a reward to find his killer.

Police are investigating after a Applebee's manager Gregory Smith, 27, of College Park was found dead in his car outside the Fayetteville restaurant.

Police said that he was found by his girlfriend around 6:30 a.m. dead in his car with a gunshot wound.

Police said that she went to the restaurant at 792 North Glynn Street to find him when he didn't come home the night before.

Police confirmed that the man was shot and found the bullet entry-point in the driver's side window and shell casings nearby.

Police are now canvasing local businesses for surveillance video that may help the investigation.

Cinco de Mayo fun ends in fight, 3 arrests

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Three people were arrested after getting into a fight at a Mexican restaurant in Fayetteville on Cinco de Mayo.

The dispute broke out shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. An off-duty Fayetteville police officer working security at La Hacienda in the Fayette Place shopping center noticed three people fighting in an empty parking lot beside the restaurant.

Fayetteville police officers and Fayette County Sheriff's deputies arrived to break up the fight. Witnesses helped them identify the people involved -- 22-year-old Ariana Acree Blankenship of McDonough, 22-year-old Edward Cody Donaldson of Williamson, and 25-year-old Jarvis Louis Redding of Brooks.

All three suspects were charged with disorderly conduct; Blankenship and Donaldson were also charged with public drunkenness. They were taken to the Fayette County Jail.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Telephone scam hits Fayette County

Telephone scam hits Fayette County

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fayette County Sheriff's Office received two reports of phone scams over the weekend.

In both cases, the caller told the would-be victim that he worked for the sheriff's office. He said the victim had an active arrest warrant for missing jury duty; to avoid being arrested, the victim was asked to put $240 on a prepaid debit card.

The sheriff's office would like to remind Fayette County residents that this is a scam -- no respectable agency will ever ask for immediate payment via a prepaid card.

Anyone who receives a similar phone call is asked to hang up and dial 911.

Girl says man tried to lure her with puppy

Girl says man tried to lure her with puppy

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. – A 9-year-old girl told police a man tried to lure her outside of a Home Depot in Fayetteville by promising her a puppy.

The incident took place at the store located at 103 Pavilion Parkway. The girl ran away and the man left the store.

Fayetteville Police Lt. Mike Whitlow said investigators will review surveillance footage from the store.

On Monday, a 12-year-old girl in Woodstock, Ga., located about 50 miles north of Fayetteville, told authorities that two men approached her as she rode a scooter on the road and asked her if she wanted a puppy. She refused the offer and left without getting into the truck.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.