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BREAKING: Missing Georgia girl found in Tennessee

A  Jason Arlis Johnson, who allegedly abducted her, is in custody, the station reported. Bob Stahlke, a spokesman for Sevierville police, confirmed that Johnson is in custody. An AMBER Alert had been issued in Georgia for Waskow.
Community Voices: Gwinnett library improvements worth a visit

Community Voices: Gwinnett library improvements worth a visit

The last time I walked into my local library branch was well over two years ago. I used to make regular weekly visits, but as my children grew and my needs changed, I wandered away and let this valuable resource fall by the wayside. With the recent passing of Gwinnett’s one percent special local option sales tax, local libraries are set to receive an estimated $22.4 million over the next six...
At Issue: Are Grinches afoot in Fayette County?

At Issue: Are Grinches afoot in Fayette County?

Stealing campaign signs from front yards. Breaking into cars overnight in driveways. Snatching Christmas decorations. Residents in various parts of Fayette County have reported these and other offenses to police and on social media in the past month, making it not-the-most-wonderful-time-of-the-year for some. Fayette’s crime statistics are low for metro Atlanta, and Peachtree City and Fayetteville...
73-year-old woman’s buried bones lead to 2 fraud arrests

73-year-old woman’s buried bones lead to 2 fraud arrests

Police are not sure how or when Connie Hodgson died. What they do know is that the 73-year-old was last seen alive five years ago. Her remains were found last month by a homeowner who’d moved into Hodgson’s East Point home, according to Channel 2 Action News. She had lived there for 20 years before she disappeared. Now, two women – mother Theresa Frawley and daughter Brandy Hodder...
Wanted man found hiding at girlfriend’s Decatur apartment

Wanted man found hiding at girlfriend’s Decatur apartment

A North Carolina man wanted on murder charges in Pennsylvania was captured at a Decatur apartment on Friday, a U.S. Marshals official said. Rodney Shelton, 37, of Elizabeth City, N.C., was arrested six months after murder warrants were obtained for his involvement in a June 2015 shooting, U.S. Marshals Inspector Frank Lempka said. Shelton allegedly shot and killed a delivery truck driver at an industrial...
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis may soon retake power

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis may soon retake power

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis may return to power as soon as Monday because the Georgia Supreme Court has  Ellis, who has been suspended from office since he was indicted in July 2013, will resume his elected position as the county’s chief executive when the case is officially sent back to the trial court, With three weeks left in his four-year term, Ellis could retake control of a county government...
Driver in Lil Wayne bus shooting sues music label, Young Thug, Birdman

Driver in Lil Wayne bus shooting sues music label, Young Thug, Birdman

A white Camaro pulls up on Lil Wayne's tour buses along a Cobb County section of I-285 before two handguns appear out of the car and start spraying bullets. It was a moment borne of a Bloods gang beef and complex contract disputes, and Alvin Lewis was in the middle of it all. Now, he's suing. Lewis filed a lawsuit in Cobb County Superior Court in early November against Jeffery Williams (Young Thug)...
Tennessee man sought in Gwinnett shooting death

Tennessee man sought in Gwinnett shooting death

Gwinnett County police say they have obtained several arrest warrants against a Tennessee man in connection with the  Deveric Hardy, 21, was charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and purchasing marijuana, Cpl. Deon Washington said Friday. “His whereabouts are unknown at this time and the investigation is ongoing,” Washington said. Further details were not available. Kyree...
New water main coming to Lawrenceville

New water main coming to Lawrenceville

The Lawrenceville City Council approved $813,425 recently for the replacement of the water main at South Clayton Street and South Perry Street. The project includes construction of approximately 5,200 feet of 12-inch ductile iron pipe water main with six interconnections to existing water mains, switch over connections of existing water services to new water main, erosion and sedimentation control...
Decatur work session to reveal school project recommendations

Decatur work session to reveal school project recommendations

Decatur’s school board will receive two recommendations from the Facilities Master Plan Advisory Committee during a work session 7 p.m. Monday at the Central Office/Beacon Municipal Center, 125 Electric Ave. Superintendent David Dude said he wasn’t sure what the committee would recommend, but that the work session would focus on discussing potential options for structures housing students...
Riverdale meets to award Taylor Road Sidewalk project contract

Riverdale meets to award Taylor Road Sidewalk project contract

The Riverdale City Council will hold a special called meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Riverdale City Hall, 7200 Church St. The council will discuss awarding a contract to complete the Taylor Road sidewalk along the west side of Taylor Road from Rountree Road to Highway 138. The purpose of the project is to install ADA compliant sidewalks, provide drainage improvements for the street and facilitate safety...
Austell agrees to contribute toward flood study

Austell agrees to contribute toward flood study

The Austell City Council voted Monday to contribute to Cobb County 5 percent or $120,000 - whichever amount is lower - for the Sweetwater Creek Basin Flood Risk Management Study and Watershed Management Plan. The cost is expected to be $2.4 million with the U.S. Corps of Engineers paying half and the county, Austell and possibly Powder Springs and the state paying $1.2 million. In March, the Cobb...
Forsyth commissioners talk about alcohol, golf carts

Forsyth commissioners talk about alcohol, golf carts

Forsyth County Commissioners tweaked the county’s alcohol ordinance to the benefit of wine and growler sellers but put off allowing personal transportation vehicle on some streets pending further study. Commissioners approved changes that remove the requirement that wine and beer tastings be segregated from parts of a business where package beer and wine are sold. They also eliminated a provision...
Roswell offers safe spaces to try out new toys

Roswell offers safe spaces to try out new toys

Roswell will again offer a safe place for children to try out their new toys this holiday season – specially barricaded areas in the parking lots of four city parks from Dec. 25 through Jan. 8. The Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department will set up Holiday Toy Safe-Play Areas at Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road, next to the football/multi-use fields; East...
Cherokee development to send kids to Ball Ground

Cherokee development to send kids to Ball Ground

The Cherokee County School Board has approved a boundary change that would move the expected student population from a 1,800-home development from the Free Home to Ball Ground elementary school attendance area. “Free Home ES is currently operating at 126 percent of the building’s capacity and does not have the additional capacity to contain the projected impact from this development,&rdquo...
Cherokee schools adopt strategic plan, goals

Cherokee schools adopt strategic plan, goals

The Cherokee County School Board has approved three measures it says are intended to improve teaching and learning: A newly formatted annual update of the district’s strategic plan; a new instructional framework, and newly formatted school improvement plans. The five-year strategic plan was realigned to AdvancED’s “Standards for Quality School Systems,” which the accreditation...
Weekend race traffic hitting Atlanta streets

Weekend race traffic hitting Atlanta streets

Midtown traffic will be congested in the mornings this weekend due to various races. At 8 a.m. Saturday runners participating in Barb’s 5K will cross Piedmont Road at The Prado. Piedmont will be closed there for about three minutes. Also on Saturday, the Inman Frosty 5K is set for 9 a.m. It begins and ends at Virginia Ave. and Ponce de Leon Place. On Sunday, Jeff Galloway’s 13.1 half Marathon...
‘Well-mannered’ boyfriend accused of strangling 19-year-old

‘Well-mannered’ boyfriend accused of strangling 19-year-old

The family of Alyssa Wright wants to know what led the teenager’s boyfriend to allegedly strangle her. “He was always a real well-mannered boy. I never had any problems with him, always been respectful,” mother Melinda Wright told Channel 2 Action News on Friday. Alyssa Wright was allegedly strangled Tuesday by Elijah William Ramoutar, 19, at his home on White Birch Drive in Covington...
DeKalb County District Attorney: Clear your record, but be polite

DeKalb County District Attorney: Clear your record, but be polite

The DeKalb District Attorney is offering people a chance Saturday to clear their misdemeanor arrest records. “Records Expungement Day” will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at DeKalb County Courthouse, 556 N. McDonough Street, Decatur. The DA’s office says people seeking this service should bring four things to assist in the process. No doubt some will come up short. The four things...
Fairburn looks to improve City Hall

Fairburn looks to improve City Hall

The Fairburn City Council will hear a request for approval of City Hall improvements during the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Fairburn City Hall, 56 Malone St. The improvements constitute Phase Two of the landscaping design and installation of new equipment for the City Hall building and are part of the city’s overall Economic Development Strategic Plan. The council will also consider...
Alpharetta police report roundup: Uber driver runs over caller’s foot

Alpharetta police report roundup: Uber driver runs over caller’s foot

A lot can happen in three days — as evidenced by the list of madness and mayhem in the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety daily reports.  Here's a glimpse into some of the incidents reported from Dec. 5 to Dec. 7. They consist of allegations only. At Walmart, an adult male struck a 14-year-old female stranger unprovoked. He struck her across the face with whipped cream...
AMBER Alert canceled in South Carolina for missing Georgia girl

AMBER Alert canceled in South Carolina for missing Georgia girl

An AMBER Alert has been canceled in South Carolina for a  Calah Noel Waskow was last seen in Evans, near Augusta, and is in extreme danger as her accused abductor is wanted on child molestation charges, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The...
“Different World” actress lends star power to “anonymous” Atlanta campaign

“Different World” actress lends star power to “anonymous” Atlanta campaign

The Atlanta Citizens Review Board is using some star power to let city residents know they can now report bad behavior by police officers confidentially. Broadway veteran Jasmine Guy, best known for her role on the late 80’s sitcom “A Different World,” has cut a public service announcement for the board’s recently launched “Nobody Needs to Know” campaign. &ldquo...
Police investigating attempted kidnapping at Athens parade

Police investigating attempted kidnapping at Athens parade

Athens-Clarke County police are looking for a man they say tried to kidnap a child at a holiday parade. The man attempted to pick up the child and walk away Dec. 1 during the Parade of Lights along North Hull Street and West Hancock Street in downtown Athens, police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said. A witness told the  “She confronted the suspect and had a brief conversation with him,...
Breakfast with Santa: 4 ways to have the best weekend in Gwinnett

Breakfast with Santa: 4 ways to have the best weekend in Gwinnett

Holiday happiness is yours, Gwinnett County, because you'll find  Shop 'Til You Drop for the Holidays. If you're not sure what to get those hard-to-shop-for relatives, try picking up a few unique treasures at the Shop 'Til You Drop for the Holidays event happening this Friday in Peachtree Corners. You'll find a wide range of gifts to suite any taste, including jewelry, clothing, handbags and...
Planned new homes on Cumberland Island rattle environmentalists

Planned new homes on Cumberland Island rattle environmentalists

By law, Cumberland Island — the former wintertime playground of the Carnegies and Candlers where wild horses gambol among sea oat-covered dunes — must revert to as pristine a natural state as possible. Most homeowners eventually relinquish their property to the National Park Service. Yet descendants and associates of the island’s wealthy owners want to build up to 10 homes on a beautiful...
Atlanta emergency overflow shelter opens amid frigid temperatures

Atlanta emergency overflow shelter opens amid frigid temperatures

The  Metro Atlanta felt  Old Adamsville Emergency Shelter is located at 3404 Delmar Lane. Capacity limitations allow for 100 individuals — including men, women and children — to occupy the facility. For more information, contact the Office of Constituent Services at 404-330-6023.  
Johns Creek reduces speed limits on 2 streets

Johns Creek reduces speed limits on 2 streets

After an initial move to reduce the speed limits on three local streets, followed by a traffic study to show if the lower speeds were justified, Johns Creek is revising its plans and will not call for as great a speed reduction as originally planned. This summer, the speed limits for Bell Road between Ga. 141 and Boles Road, Boles Road between Bell Road and Abbott Bridge Road and Sargent Road between...
Woodstock wants local court to hear Interstate 575 citations

Woodstock wants local court to hear Interstate 575 citations

Woodstock is asking the Cherokee County legislative delegation to revise state law so that the city’s municipal court can hear traffic cases resulting from Woodstock police writing tickets on Interstate 575. The current situation dates to April 2011, when the delegation granted an annexation request by Woodstock of the interstate from the Cobb County line to the northern city limits. House Bill...
Gwinnett County lifts burn ban, more rain expected next week

Gwinnett County lifts burn ban, more rain expected next week

Gwinnett County is still experiencing drought conditions, but residents will be free On Saturday, the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal will lift the suspension on bonfires and other outdoor burning, according to a news release from the Gwinnett County Fire Department. The ban was put in place Nov. 18 because of drought conditions across the state. Rain is expected in metro Atlanta  Without a permit...
Give Back Connection for Dec. 10

Give Back Connection for Dec. 10

Central Presbyterian Church, an historic church located in downtown Atlanta has reopened the Central Night Shelter for the winter. It is a seasonal shelter for homeless men in the downtown Atlanta area during the months of November through March. Together with the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the two churches can accommodate up to 100 guests with Central...
Dirty mouse trap, unclean hands reported at a busy Atlanta Starbucks

Dirty mouse trap, unclean hands reported at a busy Atlanta Starbucks

UPDATE: ORIGINAL STORY:  The  According to the recent report, an employee was also observed "plugging up (a) cell phone without washing hands before making customers drinks."  Officials reported "heavy food debris and cups under the cabinets, around and on mouse trap" and a "failure to provide proof/documentation of a certified food safety manager." Starbucks...
Pedestrian killed in Hall County after tractor-trailer separates

Pedestrian killed in Hall County after tractor-trailer separates

A pedestrian was killed Thursday in Hall County when a tractor-trailer became separated and the trailer overturned on him, authorities said. Kip Eugene Holland, 50, of Gainesville, was pronounced dead at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Georgia State Patrol spokesman Cpl. J.S. Munger said in a news release. The tractor-trailer driver, J.W. Harper, 80, of Section, Ala., was in stable condition at...
Race in 2016: Trying to open doors in a house divided

Race in 2016: Trying to open doors in a house divided

Shootings of black civilians by police seemed to move like a plague from city to city in 2016.  Atlanta, Charlotte, Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, Dallas, Tulsa … this somber and growing list reminds of us of how much race still divides America.   AJC 2016 Must Reads The killings themselves, and the massive demonstrations that often followed across the country, were a recurring theme...
Civil rights groups settle suit over Emanuel County school board maps

Civil rights groups settle suit over Emanuel County school board maps

Civil rights groups announced a settlement Friday with Emanuel County officials over allegations the county school board drew district maps that diluted the power of African American voters. Groups including the Georgia NAACP and the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sued the county in February over the maps, which took effect in 2012. The suit alleged the maps violated...
How a pedophile pediatrician changed the law in Delaware

How a pedophile pediatrician changed the law in Delaware

Linda Ammons was a law school dean in Delaware when she was tapped by the governor to answer a disturbing question: Why didn’t someone stop a pedophile pediatrician before he had abused hundreds of kids?
Governor orders flags at half-staff for slain Americus officer

Governor orders flags at half-staff for slain Americus officer

Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered flags flown at half-staff at the Capitol building and grounds until sunset Sunday in honor of slain Americus police Officer Nicholas Smarr, according to a Twitter post. Deal also tweeted that he will issue a similar order when funeral arrangements are made for slain Georgia Southwestern State University Officer Jody Smith. Funeral services will be Sunday in Americus for...
Man arrested after Thanksgiving Day flag thefts

Man arrested after Thanksgiving Day flag thefts

A 19-year-old Hall County man has surrendered and returned  Bobby Ray Pendley of Gainesville turned himself in at the Hall jail after investigators obtained a warrant for his arrest, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said. Officials had been trying to identify the man since Nov. 29, when the sheriff’s office released photos of a man captured in the act on home video surveillance...
Slain officer’s girlfriend: 'We didn’t quite make it'

Slain officer’s girlfriend: 'We didn’t quite make it'

Rachel Harrod should have been making final plans for a trip to Disney World this week with her boyfriend, Nicholas Smarr. Instead, she was visiting an Americus funeral home preparing to bury him. Smarr was one of two officers killed in a shootout Wednesday with a gunman Smarr and Harrod were set to leave Sunday for Disney World, where  “I had a feeling about it,” she said. &ldquo...
Woman, 71, dies after being pulled from DeKalb house fire

Woman, 71, dies after being pulled from DeKalb house fire

Rosa Harrison lived in the 700 block of Hillmont Avenue near Decatur for more than 30 years. She took care of her husband for about 20 of those years before he died earlier this year, neighbor Joan Gage said. About 3:30 a.m. Friday, Harrison’s home caught fire. Crews rescued her from the burning home, but Harrison died at a local hospital, DeKalb County fire Capt. Eric Jackson said. She was...
Cops find driver who sped away after deadly hit-and-run

Cops find driver who sped away after deadly hit-and-run

Authorities in DeKalb County said they found a driver who sped away from the scene early Friday after a deadly hit-and-run. “He is being interviewed by detectives,” DeKalb police Maj. Stephen Fore said. He did not release details about the driver or where the person was located. The pedestrian, Hilaire Lupuku, 25, of Lithonia, died on the scene, Fore said. The investigation into the fatal...
Failed reservoirs leave taxpayers paying the bill

Failed reservoirs leave taxpayers paying the bill

A newly released audit of Newton County finances is The audit claims county officials “recklessly wasted” $25 million pursuing the Bear Creek Reservoir, a project the county has since abandoned. The auditor placed much of the blame on former county attorney Tommy Craig, who served the county in a dual role as water consultant. Craig has vigorously attacked the audit as “breathtakingly...
Deadly shooting under investigation in SE Atlanta

Deadly shooting under investigation in SE Atlanta

Police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead Thursday in southeast Atlanta. The shooting happened about 9:20 p.m. at the Golf Vista Apartments in the 400 block of Cleveland Avenue, Channel 2 Action News reported. Officers said when they arrived, they found Quintavious Finley, 21, of East Point shot at least once. The person accused of shooting him stayed on the scene, police said. &ldquo...
Flashback Photos: Atlanta's Midtown from 1970 to 1990

Flashback Photos: Atlanta's Midtown from 1970 to 1990

This entry in the MyAJC.com Flashback Photos series takes a look at Atlanta's Midtown neighborhood during a generation of change and growth from 1970-1990 as seen through the lenses of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's photographers.
Therapy dog in festive van delivers holiday cheer to hospital

Therapy dog in festive van delivers holiday cheer to hospital

He even has his own transportation, though Santo rides in a festive van, not a sleigh. This month, Santo is delivering holiday cheer to patients and staff at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center in California. 
Mystery Christmas tree reappears in Arizona

Mystery Christmas tree reappears in Arizona

The juniper tree along I-17, north of the Sunset Point rest stop, is anonymously decorated each year during the Christmas season. The
Deputies: Florida man claims he downed 18 beers, Xanax before setting house fire

Deputies: Florida man claims he downed 18 beers, Xanax before setting house fire

A Florida man was arrested Wednesday after police said he vandalized a vacant house during the summer while high on Xanax and drunk on 18 beers. Michael Lee, 31, faces charges of residential unoccupied burglary and arson to a home. He remained in the Palm Beach County Jail on Saturday morning with his bail set at $16,000. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Lee set multiple fires inside...
Obamas send last White House Christmas card

Obamas send last White House Christmas card

As Barack Obama's presidency comes to a close, the first family has sent out its last Christmas card from the White House. The president, along with first lady Michelle Obama and first daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, appear on the card in a photo originally taken in March at a state dinner honoring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, The card was signed by the entire family, including their...
‘Days of Our Lives’ actor Joseph Mascolo dead at 87

‘Days of Our Lives’ actor Joseph Mascolo dead at 87

Joseph Mascolo, the actor who famously played "Days of Our Lives" villain Stefano DiMera since 1982, died at 87, "It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend and beloved member of the 'Days of our Lives' family, Joseph Mascolo," "Days of Our Lives" executive producer Ken Corday Mascolo was Mascolo's portrayal as the iconic "...
Voluptuous squirrel rescued from German manhole

Voluptuous squirrel rescued from German manhole

A red squirrel is recovering after his voluptuous figure got him trapped last week in a manhole cover in Munich, according to multiple reports. The squirrel was spotted last Friday by a passerby, who alerted animal-rescue services, The Local reported. Rescuers tried to grease the animal with olive oil in hopes they could ease him free, but his plump posterior made any movement impossible. A veterinarian...
Amber Alert extended to South Carolina for missing Georgia girl

Amber Alert extended to South Carolina for missing Georgia girl

Calah Noel Waskow was last seen in Evans, Georgia, near Augusta, and is in extreme danger as her accused abductor is wanted on child molestation charges, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Jason Arlis Johnson, 37, was last seen in a tan 1998 Ford Crown Victoria with a South Carolina license tag number  The alert was Anyone with information is asked to call the Columbia...
Taylor Swift donates $100,000 to Dolly Parton telethon for Tennessee fire victims

Taylor Swift donates $100,000 to Dolly Parton telethon for Tennessee fire victims

Taylor Swift has joined the Academy of Country Music in donating to help the victims of the east Tennessee fires. Swift donated $100,000 to Dolly Parton’s “Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund," The fires took 14 lives and destroyed millions of dollars of property. Kenny Chesney, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, has teamed up with the Country Music Association...
Actor Judge Reinhold 'embarrassed' about arrest at Texas airport

Actor Judge Reinhold 'embarrassed' about arrest at Texas airport

Actor Judge Reinhold, who has starred in movies like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Beverly Hills Cop" and "The Santa Clause," was arrested at Dallas Love Field Airport after a confrontation with the Transportation Security Administration, The AP reported that Reinhold, 59, would not let agents inspect his backpack, which had DVDs and CDs inside, after it set off an...
'Today' co-host Savannah Guthrie welcomes baby boy

'Today' co-host Savannah Guthrie welcomes baby boy

Savannah Guthrie, co-host the "Today" show, welcomed a new son into the world Thursday morning, at 8:59 a.m., the show announced on social media. The infant, named Charles Max Feldman, weighed 9 lbs, 8 oz. He will join his sister, Vale Guthrie Feldman. Guthrie spoke about her pregnancy earlier this year, "I didn't have my act together," she told the entertainment site...
UPS driver helps free woman held captive after she writes 'contact 911' on box

UPS driver helps free woman held captive after she writes 'contact 911' on box

A UPS driver called police Tuesday after picking up a package with the words "contact 911" scrawled on the box, saving a woman who had been held captive and sexually assaulted for hours at a home in Missouri, deputies said. The driver, who was not identified, was making a scheduled pick-up at a home in Robertsville around 11 a.m. when a woman handed him the package. Franklin County Sheriff's...
Men named Robin Williams, Tupac arrested with 115 pounds of marijuana

Men named Robin Williams, Tupac arrested with 115 pounds of marijuana

Police in Arizona stumbled upon an oddly named trio of suspected marijuana dealers last weekend during a traffic stop.
Dylann Roof’s mother had heart attack during testimony in trial, lawyer says

Dylann Roof’s mother had heart attack during testimony in trial, lawyer says

The mother of accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof suffered a heart attack after hearing heart-wrenching testimony in his federal murder trial, a defense lawyer said. Roof's mother collapsed and said "I'm sorry" several times on Wednesday as family members and court officers rushed to help her, attorney David Bruck related in court records. Bruck cited emotional testimony by survivor...
Donald Trump will remain a producer on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Donald Trump will remain a producer on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

President-elect Donald Trump will remain a producer on the revamped NBC show "Celebrity Apprentice." Variety reported that Trump has an executive producer credit on the reality TV show, according to confirmation from MGM Television, which produces the show.
Police officer mans Salvation Army kettle, shows off dance moves

Police officer mans Salvation Army kettle, shows off dance moves

He's got the moves to serve and protect. But a police officer in Cleveland, Tennessee, used some other moves to  help raise money for the local chapter of the Salvation Army. Cleveland Police Department was having a battle with the Bradley County Sheriff's Office to see which department could stuff the kettle with the most donations, Sean Bulow with the CPD brought his "A" game, or...
Dylann Roof trial: Jury sees video of suspect entering, leaving church on night of shooting

Dylann Roof trial: Jury sees video of suspect entering, leaving church on night of shooting

Jurors in the A security camera outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston captured the scene the evening of June 17, 2016, as each of the 11 other Bible study participants arrived. Also seen on the video was Roof, the man accused of firing upon the congregants as they closed their eyes in a final prayer that night. Two adults and a child in the room during the shooting survived. The remainder of...
‘Evil as can be’: Jurors hear emotional survivor testimony in Dylann Roof church shooting trial

‘Evil as can be’: Jurors hear emotional survivor testimony in Dylann Roof church shooting trial

The victims of a 2015 mass shooting at a historic South Carolina church had their eyes closed in prayer when they were shot, jurors learned Wednesday during an emotionally charged first day of testimony in the federal murder trial of Dylann Roof. Felicia Sanders was one of just three survivors of the June 17, 2015, shooting that killed nine members of Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. Sanders...
John Lennon: How we first heard about his death 36 years ago

John Lennon: How we first heard about his death 36 years ago

John Lennon,  who rose to unimaginable fame first as one of the Beatles, then as a songwriter and an activist, was shot and killed outside of his home in New York City 36 years ago today. His murderer, Mark David Chapman, who was described at the time as a “local screwball,” waited for Lennon to return from a recording studio session then shot him five times as his wife, Yoko Ono...
Royal family wears Christmas sweaters at Madame Tussauds for good cause

Royal family wears Christmas sweaters at Madame Tussauds for good cause

‘Tis the season for Christmas sweaters and a wonderful photo of the royal family. On Tuesday, Madame Tussauds London got permission from the royals to dress the wax figures of them in festive, stylish sweaters. People reported Queen Elizabeth donned a sparkly green sweater with a corgi wearing a crown on it, to commemorate the fact that the queen has four corgis, which came to the...
Woman accused of collecting $320K in benefits from 3 dead husbands

Woman accused of collecting $320K in benefits from 3 dead husbands

An Orlando, Florida, woman is accused of using her three dead husbands to illegally cash in on more than $320,000 in government benefits. Investigators said she collected Veterans Affairs, Medicare and Social Security benefits for each of the men even though she remarried. Cynthia Brunat, 74, was arrested on suspicion of what investigators said was an organized fraud scheme involving federal benefits...
Hollywood PR firm skips holiday parties, donates to charities instead

Hollywood PR firm skips holiday parties, donates to charities instead

Sunshine Sachs TheWrap reported that "We’ve been talking a lot about how to protect the things we care about, post-election," CEO Shawn Sachs told TheWrap. The company is using its budget for what would have been the Los Angeles and New York parties to go toward 16 organizations. The company declined to disclose the total donation amount and its party budget to TheWrap. Instead of...
Lady Gaga shares open letter about living with PTSD

Lady Gaga shares open letter about living with PTSD

After a "Today" show interview in which Lady Gaga >> Read more trending stories Gaga, who alluded to being sexually assaulted at the age of 19 "It is a daily effort for me ... to regulate my nervous system so that I don't panic over circumstances that to many would seem like normal life situations," she wrote. Gaga said that  The "Til It Happens to You" singer...
Mannequin challenge video lands two men in jail

Mannequin challenge video lands two men in jail

A video posted to social media in response to the recently popular mannequin challenge led to the arrest of two men in north Alabama, authorities said. Madison County sheriff's deputies opened an investigation into the video after it was posted to Facebook on Nov. 9. Several people can be seen in front of a home and in the street holding still poses and pointing guns at one another. "You have...
1 injured in officer-involved shooting at Reno high school, reports say

1 injured in officer-involved shooting at Reno high school, reports say

A shooting reported at a high school in Reno, Nevada, prompted a lock down on campus late Wednesday morning and left one person injured, according to multiple reports. Hug High School police confirmed that the shooting involved an officer, Reno police said around 11:40 a.m. local time that they were responding to reports of shots fired at the school. Authorities secured the scene by 12 p.m., although...
Someone put up a ‘satanic display’ in Boca Raton

Someone put up a ‘satanic display’ in Boca Raton

A “satanic display” of a pentagram with a nearby banner and sign were placed in Sanborn Square in Boca Raton, Florida, overnight and are causing a stir in the surrounding faith community, according to a local church. Not far from the display are a Biblical nativity scene, a Christmas tree and a menorah. The banner and sign, which appear to have been covered in spray paint overnight, once...
Remembering the notable figures lost in 2016

Remembering the notable figures lost in 2016

>>View the notable deaths of 2016 gallery John Glenn:      
Police: Girl, 11, sexually assaulted at children's museum

Police: Girl, 11, sexually assaulted at children's museum

Authorities are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl during a visit in October to the Children's Museum of Houston, according to multiple reports. Police on Monday issued warrants for the arrest of Joseph Anderson, 40, on two counts of indecency with a child. Anderson was a friend of the victim's mother and knew the girl, Houston police Officer Lee Donovan  Anderson...
Off-duty Muslim NYPD officer allegedly threatened by man

Off-duty Muslim NYPD officer allegedly threatened by man

An off-duty New York Police Department officer who is a Muslim was allegedly threatened by a man Saturday after dropping off her son. WABC reported CNN reported According to the NYPD, Elsokary,  an 11-year veteran of the department, was wearing her hijab at the time of the incident.   Christopher Nelson, 36, was arrested and charged with menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment...
Nordstrom selling $85 stone 'wrapped' in leather

Nordstrom selling $85 stone 'wrapped' in leather

It's not a lump of coal, but a new item for sale at department store chain Nordstrom could be pretty close, if not pricey. BuzzFeed News reported The shipping is free, but the purpose is unclear. "A paperweight? A conversation piece? A work of art? It's up to you, but this smooth Los Angeles-area stone—wrapped in rich, vegetable-tanned American leather secured by sturdy contrast whipstitching&mdash...
Joe McKnight shooting: Sheriff defends delayed arrest

Joe McKnight shooting: Sheriff defends delayed arrest

Deputies on Tuesday defended the widely-criticized decision to release the man who told deputies he shot and killed former NFL player Joe McKnight during a road-rage incident in Louisiana last week, saying the choice was key to their investigation. After speaking to more than 150 witnesses, authorities booked Ronald Gasser, 54, into jail Monday on one count of manslaughter. "Had we arrested him...
KFC releases restaurant-inspired candle

KFC releases restaurant-inspired candle

First, there was  Now, KFC is getting into the home décor business.   The chicken chain released a candle that smells like the foods it produces. "What better way to light up your nights than with a limited edition KFC Scented Candle?" the  While the candle isn't for sale, KFC gave customers a chance to win one through a contest that ended Dec. 5. " The post received...
Men beat up 12-year-old boy for sneakers, deputies say

Men beat up 12-year-old boy for sneakers, deputies say

Two men are being held in a Florida jail after they allegedly beat up a 12-year-old boy early Sunday to steal his sneakers, according to an arrest report. Nicolas Sanchez of Boynton Beach and Gonzalo Munoz of Lake Worth are facing charges of robbery after they and three juveniles attacked the boy in the Tavares Cove mobile-home community, just east of Palm Beach city limits, the report said. They...
Lady Gaga: 'I struggle with mental illness every day

Lady Gaga: 'I struggle with mental illness every day"

During a recent interview with the "Today" show, Lady Gaga revealed that she The 30-year-old "Just Dance" singer made the announcement during a visit to the  "I told the kids today, 'I suffer from PTSD.' I've never told anyone that before. So, here we are. But, the kindness that's been shown to me by doctors as well as my family and my friends -- it's really saved my...
Tom Brady takes Christmas 'to the next level' with giant tree

Tom Brady takes Christmas 'to the next level' with giant tree

People across the country are buying and decorating Christmas trees, and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is no different. Monday afternoon the all-time winningest NFL quarterback posted a picture on Facebook of himself holding a saw in front of a pine tree captioned “Taking the Christmas tree to the next level this year…” Comments on Brady’s post range from cheerful &ndash...
Disney reveals Death Star at Epcot

Disney reveals Death Star at Epcot

A Disney parks icon had a new look Monday night. Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida held a special event Monday night to celebrate Star Wars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the upcoming release of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." During the event, Epcot’s iconic Spaceship Earth was magically transformed into the Death Star, the devastating battle station...
Cat alerts owner to Tennessee wildfires

Cat alerts owner to Tennessee wildfires

The wildfires across Gatlinburg, Tennessee, have led to deaths and devastation in the state's Great Smoky Mountains region. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported "I never did get the evacuation alert and Monday the fire seemed far enough away from downtown and the condos on hillsides nearby that I thought it was likely it would be contained before it threatened the city," Burger said. Burger...
New bill would let you buy hearing aids over the counter

New bill would let you buy hearing aids over the counter

Millions of Americans who need hearing aids do not have them, and fewer than 20 percent of people with hearing loss are getting help. A new bill could be music to their ears.  The legislation, introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, would allow some hearing aids for people with mild and moderate hearing loss to be sold over the counter at local drugstores...
Chip Gaines of 'Fixer Upper' asks for 'respect' after report on church's anti-gay stance

Chip Gaines of 'Fixer Upper' asks for 'respect' after report on church's anti-gay stance

Nearly a week after BuzzFeed reported that Antioch Community Church, a Waco, Texas, The The church, the report said, "takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight." The Relevant Magazine reported "Regardless of our decision to make a statement about all this craziness or not, I ask that people please respect @KateAurthur &...
Shaq is now a sheriff’s deputy in Georgia

Shaq is now a sheriff’s deputy in Georgia

Shaquille O’Neal has been sworn in as a sheriff’s deputy in Jonesboro, Georgia. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill  "When Shaquille O’ Neal raised his hands to be sworn in by 'the crime figter,' he became the tallest deputy in the history of the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office!" Hill posted. "Welcome to the crime fighting family, Shaq!!" It&rsquo...
'Walking Dead' star Steven Yeun marries longtime girlfriend Joana Pak

'Walking Dead' star Steven Yeun marries longtime girlfriend Joana Pak

Actor Steven Yeun, best known as fan-favorite Glen Rhee on "The Walking Dead," tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Saturday in an intimate ceremony in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports. Yeun married photographer Joana Pak on Saturday at the Paramour Estate in LA's Silver Lake area, "Getting to celebrate the love between these two, last night, along with all their friends...
Family honors Prince with 10,000 holiday lights

Family honors Prince with 10,000 holiday lights

A Chaska, Minnesota, family is honoring the late singer Prince with their house holiday display. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported The family has created its "Lights on Pascolo" light display each year for three years, but the addition this year hit a chord with them since Prince died at age 57 in April. "We've always been casual Prince fans, but his passing really hit us,"...
Former heavyweight champion surprises family in need

Former heavyweight champion surprises family in need

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield surprised a family in need at Salvation Army Fuqua Boys & Girls Club on Sunday afternoon. The family was nominated by club staff as part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's 12 Days of Giving effort. During the exciting reveal event, Holyfield presented the deserving family with items from their holiday wish list. The event is one of 12 celebrity...
'Evil stepmother' photobombs couple's romantic kiss at Disney World

'Evil stepmother' photobombs couple's romantic kiss at Disney World

A photo has started making the rounds online after a couple enjoying a kiss in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World in Orlando was photobombed by a woman, apparently looking on in horror. A user named HotCamAndCheese posted the photo on Imgur Sunday with the headline, “My brother and his girlfriend at Disney! But…” followed by the caption, “That random lady.&rdquo...
University of Central Florida fraternity member arrested on child porn charges, investigators say

University of Central Florida fraternity member arrested on child porn charges, investigators say

A two-month investigation has landed a University of Central Florida student in jail on child pornography-related charges, according to investigators at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Kevin Estrada, 20, faces 10 counts of possessing child pornography. Agents with FDLE arrested him Thursday night at Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house. The investigation began in September, according to the FDLE...
Police: Woman arrested after tossing hot grease on officers

Police: Woman arrested after tossing hot grease on officers

A California woman was arrested Monday after police said she threw hot grease on them. The incident began with a report that someone was trying to set the kitchen in a house on fire. Police said when they arrived at the house, they found the suspect, Elsarie Deloney, 46, in the kitchen holding a smoking pot of grease. Officers said they tried to talk to the suspect, but Deloney threw the contents...
College student high on drugs after wisdom teeth surgery accidentally emails TA

College student high on drugs after wisdom teeth surgery accidentally emails TA

One college student did something she can't remember, but it's not what it sounds like. BuzzFeed News reported Hamele, who was recovering with “a lot of hydrocodone," after her surgery, sent an email to Kevin Patton, her teaching assistant for her Philosophy 101 class, asking for an extension on a paper. The email could have been embarrassing, but Patton took it all in stride, Patton,...
Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick are back together

Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick are back together

Kourtney Kardashian has reunited with Scott Disick. According to E! News Even when they were not together, Kardashian and Disick were seen together at family outings with their children and the Kardashian family. The  couple reportedly broke up over Disick's heavy partying and Kardashian never seemed to rule out getting back together with Disick.
Man, feathered friend pose for epic mug shot

Man, feathered friend pose for epic mug shot

A man in Portland is taking the term “jailbird” to a whole new level with an unusual mug shot that is quickly going viral. Craig Buckner, 38, had a court appearance involving a drug and theft case Thursday afternoon in Washington County, Oregon. Believing that he would not be arrested, Buckner left his macaw, Bird, in a tree outside the courthouse, according to Buckner fell asleep while...
Man suspected of killing ex-NFL player Joe McKnight released without charges

Man suspected of killing ex-NFL player Joe McKnight released without charges

The man suspected of shooting and killing former NFL player Joe McKnight on Thursday afternoon was released overnight without being charged, authorities in Louisiana said on Friday. Ronald Gasser, 54, is accused of killing the former NFL running back in what authorities characterized as a possible road rage incident in Terrytown. "Gasser was released overnight and has not been charged as of yet...
Police: Florida woman throws squid at boyfriend outside bagel shop

Police: Florida woman throws squid at boyfriend outside bagel shop

A 61-year-0ld Florida woman walked up to her boyfriend, who was eating squid outside a restaurant, and slapped him in the face Monday evening, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report said. Joanne Accetturo took the squid and threw it at her longtime boyfriend, covering him with it, according to the report. Accetturo also threw the man’s wallet and fled in a four-door Buick LeSabre...
Artists revamp 'Baby it's Cold Outside' lyrics 'to be not creepy'

Artists revamp 'Baby it's Cold Outside' lyrics 'to be not creepy'

A pair of Minnesota musicians have put their twist on a catchy but not so up-to-date holiday classic, humorously changing the lyrics of "Baby it's Cold Outside" to emphasize consent. The original duet was written in 1944. To summarize the lyrics, a woman sings about wanting to go home after a date with a man, who insists that she stay with him. The song has been controversial in recent years...
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