Tag: Georgia

NASCAR Tracks Open Camp Grounds To Irma Refugees

NASCAR Tracks Open Camp Grounds To Irma Refugees

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Wednesday both Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Talladega Super Speedway announced that they are opening their camp grounds to those seeking refuge from Hurricane Irma. At both locations they are offering hot showers, restrooms, and camp grounds suitable for RVs and tents.  Grass areas, and gravel areas are noted. Press Release from Talladega Super Speedway Press Release from Atlanta Motor Speedway https://youtu.be/mt6WlOMhwLA
Cobb County Officer Fired After Video Release

Cobb County Officer Fired After Video Release

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Greg Abbott, 20 year veteran of the Cobb County Police Department of the West Georgia region, was officially fired late Thursday afternoon due to a comment that he made during a routine traffic stop. Abbott asked a passenger of the vehicle to why they refused to lower their hands during the stop and was answered with, "...I've seen too many videos of people of people killing people." He answered, with, "but you're not black. Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right?" More details will be posted when they are available.
Fatal Plane Crash In Murray County, Georgia

Fatal Plane Crash In Murray County, Georgia

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Late Saturday evening, reports of a crash involving a small, twin-engine plane out of Tennessee crashed in Chatsworth, Georgia. Chatsworth is located in Murray County. Authorities have confirmed that there four on the aircraft and none of them survived. The Sheriff of Murray County says that there was heavy rain in the area prior to the crash, and he has contacted the Federal Aviation Administration. There is still a Flash Flood Watch in affect in the area until 10:00pm EST. Initial reports to authorities noted the plane was on fire before it came down.   Captured scanner feed below.   https://youtu.be/3DigMAnvWXc    
What Does Moveon Have Planned For The Summer in Atlanta?

What Does Moveon Have Planned For The Summer in Atlanta?

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Citizen journalist, William Bentley Blackburn, attended a Bar-B-Q organized by Moveon.Org June 25, 2017 at Piedmont Park of Atlanta, Georgia. In attendance was Defense Attorney Jerold Griggs, vice president of NAACP. Specifically, Blackburn was asking questions about planned protest, and platforms that they were in support of. Griggs wanted to specify some form of action would be encouraged if there there is no vote for recess in regards to health care which is scheduled to be voted upon before July 4th. "There is definetly going to be a protest around health care, if they do not get a vote for recess." says Griggs. The two interviewed went on to say that they were in support of platforms including criminal justice reform, decriminalization of marijuana, gender equality, and. mo...
US contractor charged with leaking classified report about Russia hacking voting machines

US contractor charged with leaking classified report about Russia hacking voting machines

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A government contractor in Georgia has been charged in federal court with leaking a classified report containing top-secret information to a news organization. The Department of Justice announced Monday prosecutors charged 25-year-old Reality Leigh (Sara) Winner of Augusta with mailing copies of classified documents to a reporter. Court records don't identify the agency Winner worked for or the news organization. Court records say the documents were produced on or about May 5 and contained "Top Secret level" information she obtained from her employer Pluribus Network. Pluribus Network is one of the number one government contracted network companies out of Augusta, Georgia. The website The Intercept reported Monday it obtained a top-secret National Security Agency report dated M...
Reports of Snake Bites On The Rise In The South

Reports of Snake Bites On The Rise In The South

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The Georgia Poison Control Center has seen 55 snake bites so far this year. In 2016, there were more than 500 snakebite calls. The center said the earliest snakebite on record in 2017 happened in the first few days of the year. Mitchell Jeffords, a native to Athens, Georgia, considers himself lucky despite spending three days in the hospital after a copperhead strike near a local lake. “It swelled up to almost foot long circumference,” Jefford said alluding to the area around the snake bite. Doctors monitored his swelling to see if he would need antivenin which patients receive after a snake digs its fangs into your skin. Doctors say Jeffords never needed it. “They give me fluids for dehydration (and) blood thinner; took (my) blood pressure; kept (an) eye on me,” Jefford
Counter NRA Rally At Woodruff Park Near NRAA2017 Confrence In Atlanta, Georgia

Counter NRA Rally At Woodruff Park Near NRAA2017 Confrence In Atlanta, Georgia

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Saturday morning, at Woodruff Park in Atlanta, Georgia.  A counter rally took place.  The event was organized by "Moms Demand Change", a group that openly participated in the Womens Marchs in Washington D.C. earlier this year. Many of the groups that marched on that day were part of the Action Network. Among others, Congressional Representative John Lewis spoke.   https://youtu.be/y7ytwQRIOu8
FBI agent shot while trying to take suspect into custody

FBI agent shot while trying to take suspect into custody

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Mid-Afternoon on Friday, April 28, 2017 An FBI agent shot a killed a wanted suspect, whom opened fire on him as he attempted to take the man into custody.  The agent was hit by the suspect, but had non life threatening injuries. A 32-year old woman, was also hit by agents during the exchange.  She was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect, Avery Richard, was wanted for allegedly shooting a Banks County Sheriff's Deputy The following is from a GBI Office Press Release https://gbi.georgia.gov/press-releases/2017-04-27/updatepolice-search-banks-county-deputy-shooter Commerce, GA – The GBI Forensic Artist has completed a sketch of the man wanted for shooting a Banks County Deputy Sheriff.  On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Inve
Update: I-20 Westbound in Atlanta Damaged Due To Pressure From Old Pipe During Maintenance

Update: I-20 Westbound in Atlanta Damaged Due To Pressure From Old Pipe During Maintenance

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Severe damage to Interstate 20 was caused by a crew from Atlanta Gas Light Company as they were doing maintenance on an older pipe that ran underneath the highway. Only one injury occurred due to this event, Witnesses say the motorcyclist was thrown 10 to 15 feet in the air when the pavement began to crack and buckle upwards. All lanes of I-20 westbound were shut down after the crash as crews investigated what caused the road to buckle. Crews quickly began repairs to the roadway. The Georgia Department of Transportation reopened two lanes Monday afternoon, but said all lanes will not be open until at least noon on Tuesday. GDOT crews worked overnight to repair the road and all four lanes are currently open several hours ahead of schedule.
BREAKING: 3 in custody in connection with I-85 fire, bridge collapse

BREAKING: 3 in custody in connection with I-85 fire, bridge collapse

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Source: BREAKING: 3 in custody in connection with I-85 fire, bridge collapse | AJC Latest News State investigators arrested three people Friday in connection with a fire that caused the collapse of a heavily traveled section of I-85. Jay Florence, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Insurance, which includes the fire marshal’s office, identified the three as: Basil Eleby, charged with criminal damage to property; Sophia Bruner, charged with criminal trespass; and Barry Thomas, charged with criminal trespass. “We believe they were together when the fire was set and Eleby is the one who set the fire,” Florence said. Authorities gave few details about how they identified the suspects. However, Florence and Glenn Allen, an insurance department spokesman, said investigato