Our network

News

Police investigating Floyd County Schools spending


FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. – Police have opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Floyd County Board of Education employees made questionable purchases.

According to Major Mark Wallace of the Floyd County Police Department, complaints made by Floyd County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaniel and other Board of Education employees led to the investigation.

Wallace said that the investigation is "labor intensive considering the volume of purchase information that has to be examined."

Woman accused of stealing pills from retirement home


FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. -- A Floyd County woman is charged with stealing pills from a retirement home.

Stacy Leanna Lowery is charged with four counts each of exploitation of the elderly and neglect to disabled persons.

The charges came after medications and pills were discovered missing from the Renaissance Marquis Retirement Village in Rome.

Floyd County Police say the investigation isn't over and more charges are pending.


Woman charged with stealing pills from retirement home

Woman charged with stealing pills from retirement home

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cave Spring woman faces eight felony charges after medications and pills were discovered missing from a retirement community.

Stacy Leanna Lowery, 38, has been charged with four counts each of exploitation of the elderly and neglect to disabled persons.

Floyd County Police opened an investigation after staff members at the Renaissance Marquis Retirement Village in Rome learned that several residents were missing their medications.

Renaissance Marquis helped Floyd County Police in the investigation, which is continuing. More charges are pending.

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.

Police: Serial rapist crime spree spans 7 years

Police: Serial rapist crime spree spans 7 years

CAVE SPRINGS, Ga. -- The Floyd County Police Department says a truck driver being held without bond is connected to at least four rapes, but could be responsible for more.

Lester Pauley, 58, was initially arrested after a fight in Rome on November 25, 2014. During that investigation, Floyd County Police uncovered a series of complaints by women who said they were raped and held against their will by him. Police say the fight happened after one of his victims escaped. According to police, the woman knew the man and had a relationship with him. When things turned ugly, she tried to leave. Eventually, she was able to escape, but he went after her.

Police: Remains found may be of missing Floyd Co. woman


FLOYD COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- The remains of a body found in Floyd County could be those of a missing mother of three.

ID=70627902

Family members of 24-year-old Ashley Jones say they have been looking for her since she went for a walk more than a month ago.

Jones was reported missing in early February. Police say a body was found Friday near where Jones was last seen – near a wooded area off of Kingston Road. A makeshift memorial was placed alongside the road of the five acre property where the remains of the body was found.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Floyd County's unemployment rate was 6.9 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.