Monday, April 15, 2013
Police are still trying to piece together what prompted James Allen Woods Jr., 30, of Toccoa to fatally shoot himself Sunday morning.
The man who fatally shot himself along Interstate 575 Sunday morning has been identified as James Allen Woods, Jr., 30, of Toccoa. Holly Springs Police said they were able to locate Wood's family to notify them of his fate, which unfolded early Sunday morning on the southbound side of the interstate. "Detectives are still working to try to piece together what prompted Mr. Woods to take his life Sunday morning," said Holly Springs Police Spokesperson Lt. Tanya Smith. Woods was travelling on the southbound side of the interstate when he abruptly pulled over, cross two lanes of traffic, walked to the wood line and held a gun to his head. Woods, who was seen wearing some form of body armor, talked with negotiators from the Cherokee Sheriff's…
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The standoff that started early this morning has ended with the man dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
UPDATE AT 12:03 p.m.: According to WSB, the incident started around 7:30 a.m. Sunday as the man wearing a bulletproof vest pulled over onto the side of the interstate, got out of his car and walked across two lanes to the wood line and put the gun to his head. The man remained calm and talked to negotiators for nearly an hour before taking his own life. The news outlet reports the man had a long criminal history and is not from the area. Holly Springs Police Lt. Tanya Smith told Patch the man's identity will not be released until his family is notified. UPDATE at 9:30 a.m.: the man whose actions shut down Interstate 575 early Sunday morning has taken his own life. Holly Springs Police Spokeswoman Lt. Tanya Smith confirmed with Patch that …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation believe the new Ridgewalk Parkway interchange could open to traffic next Friday.
UPDATE 9:58 a.m. – the city issues the following statement on the status of the interchange: Well you may have already heard or read the good news, but I thought this update should be sent out just in case you haven’t. The Interchange contractor has provided GDOT and the City of Woodstock with a hard date of Friday, November 16, 2012 as the opening of all four of the ramps to and from I-575, and full use of the new bridge at Ridgewalk Parkway and I-575. Everyone has been very patient and cooperative during the past 21 months, and the city appreciates how well things have gone with this project despite the inconveniences it has presented residents and visitors to the area at times. In some ways it is hard to believe that construction …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Construction crew are in the final stages of the new Interstate 575 interchange between Towne Lake Parkway and Sixes Road.
The long-awaited Ridgewalk interchange could be open as early as Thanksgiving. The Georgia Department of Transporation’s project manager updated city officials on the project earlier this week and outlined the next phase of the project. “Based on our current schedule, our goal is to be completed and have the new ramps open by Thanksgiving,” Marietta-based C.W. Matthews Project Manager Tony Bradley said. Crews are finalizing work to tie in the southern part of the new bridge over I-575. The remaining portion of concrete paving for the entrance and exit ramps are slated to be completed today. Bradley added the final topping on the interstate was finished late Wednesday and the intermediate paving on Ridgewalk Parkway will occur during the …
Monday, October 8, 2012
The tractor trailer was hauling garbage when it overturned.
Update: (3:00 p.m.): Detective Candy Worthy of the Canton Police Department says the wreck and debris has been cleared and 140 is back to full operation. There are no further updates on the condition of the driver of the tractor trailer, but authorities are hopeful they will have more infotmation soon. Update (11:20 a.m.): Canton Police Chief Robert Merchant says that the tractor trailer was traveling southbound on 140 down a hill when the driver lost control at the railroad tracks. When the truck overturned, garbage was spilled on to the highway. Merchant says the driver has been transported to a hospital, though his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. The identity of the driver is unknown at this time. Drivers on westbound 140…
Saturday, October 6, 2012
One lane will be blocked until Monday morning.
Highways across the metro Atlanta area are undergoing weekend construction projects, and Cherokee County isn't exempt from the proceedings. The right lane of Insterstate 575 is closed at Sixes Road until 5 a.m. Monday. The construction began at 7 p.m. on Friday. If you have to take 575 in the Sixes Road area this weekend and want to make sure traffic is acceptable, check out Canton-Sixes Patch's real time traffic map.