Atlanta traffic expected to worsen with road closures

ATLANTA - Transportation officials are urging drivers to avoid the so-called Downtown Connector this weekend.

As part of a major repaving project, six downtown ramps serving Interstates 75 and 85 will be closed until 5 a.m. Monday. Drivers will not be able to enter the southbound lanes of the interstates.

In addition, three southbound lanes will be closed.

Work on the repaving project began in April. The repaving, which will be done only on weekends, could take 30 weeks or more.

The roadway was last repaved in 1995 for the Olympics.

Police: Man killed his sleeping mother with crossbow

BETHLEHEM - A man is being held without bond on murder charges after police say he shot his mother in the back with a crossbow while she slept.

Barrow County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Murray Kogod said 63-year-old Majorie Lynch called 911 on Thursday morning to say she had been stabbed by her son, 39-year-old Rodney George Thompson.

Paramedics found Lynch on the floor of her Bethlehem home with an arrow in her back. She later died during surgery.

Authorities say the two had been arguing about money. Thompson has been charged with malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.

An official at the Barrow County jail told The Associated Press that Thompson had no attorney listed in his file and likely had not been assigned a public defender yet.

Teen dies in hiking fall

CLEVELAND - Officials say a teen died Saturday night after falling off a mountain while on a hiking trip with friends.

White County fire department spokeswoman Ana Newberry said the 18-year-old Elena Shaw was hiking at Yonah Mountain along with three or four teens, calling them 'avid hikers.'

Newberry said Shaw lost her footing and fell more than 600 feet. She said the teen had 'massive' internal injuries and experienced cardiac arrest before she died. The incident happened in White County 25 miles north of Gainesville.

Shaw recently graduated as salutatorian from a private school in Dahlonega.

Man charged with murdering his pregnant girlfriend

COLUMBUS - A man is being held without bond on charges he shot and killed his pregnant girlfriend during an argument.

Columbus police say 22-year-old Jovan Elshawn Thompson shot 22-year-old Sarahonica Thrasher in the head early Friday morning. Thompson drove Thrasher to the hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery to deliver the couple's baby.

Thrasher later died. Authorities say the baby is in good condition.