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Rivers Alive Cleans Up Milton

MILTON, GA -- Milton's "Rivers Alive" waterway cleanup, education and protection program will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Milton Grows Green Committee (MGG) is co-sponsoring the event with Bailey Farm & Gardens, Inc., which has been involved with the project for 13 years.

Rivers Alive 2010 will kick off from its traditional location at Bailey Farm & Gardens (255 Hickory Flat Road, Milton, 30004), one mile west of the Birmingham Crossroads. Everyone, regardless of age, is welcome to help.

Depending on age and capabilities, volunteers will be assigned to predetermined local waterways to remove debris deposited from upstream and left by passers-by.

Alpharetta Police Need Your Help

ALPHARETTA, GA -- The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety is asking the public for assistance in locating a wanted suspect.

Jackson Douglas Sneed, 29, is wanted for numerous offenses of 1st and 2nd degree felony forgery.

Sneed recently sold dozens of counterfeit concert tickets to events at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta. He also sells counterfeit tickets under the name "Mary Sneed" in person-to-person transactions or on social network sites. The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety has active arrest warrants for Sneed.

Sneed is described as a white male, about six feet tall and 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

The Alpharetta DPS recommends that citizens purchase tickets through reputable retailers or known associates to prevent becoming crime victims.

Meet Scooter the Scarecrow

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Scooter, the friendly Kids Reading Dog at Alpharetta Elementary School, is now the proud recipient of a stuffed namesake for fall.

Georgia Lister's kindergarten class at Alpharetta Elementary created a scarecrow in honor of Scooter, who was trained by Canine Assistance to enhance the school's reading program.

Scooter the Scarecrow is currently on display at Alpharetta First United Methodist Church (69 North Main Street, Alpharetta, 30009).

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Mega Parenting Event This Weekend

ATLANTA -- One of America's leading parenting experts is coming to Atlanta this weekend for three days of events aimed at helping parents raise principled, purposeful kids in today's complex world.

John Rosemond, whose nationally-syndicated column appears weekly in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will join with Connect With Kids founder Stacey Dewitt for the program at South Forsyth High School on Saturday, October 2, Marist School on Sunday, October 3, and Mount Paran Christian School on Monday, October 4.

Rosemond has written 14 books on parenting.  DeWitt is an attorney, an award-winning journalist, and mom who regularly appears as a parenting expert on 11Alive News and on other news outlets nationwide.

The events at South Forsyth High and Marist School cost $20 per person or $35 per couple.  The Mount Paran event costs $12 per person.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

Manning Oaks Elementary to Host Bullying Workshop

ALPHARETTA, GA -- What should a student do when someone picks on him or her? Or starts rumors? Or never lets him/her join a group? Is it really bullying if there's no physical contact?

Bullying and Social Aggression will be the topic of a workshop presentation by Balance Educational Services, LLC on Monday, Oct. 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Manning Elementary School (405 Cumming Street, Alpharetta, 30004).

This workshop will help parents and other adults understand and reduce bullying, cyber bullying and social aggression.