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More Than 1,000 Tires Dumped Near Creek

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Douglasville police are trying to find someone who dumped at least 1,000 tires near a scenic recreational creek. “Well, we got a mess out there,” Douglasville police Chief Chris Womack told Channel 2’s Jeff Dore. The jaw-dropping pile of worn-out tires sits between Blairs Bridge Road and Interstate 20 on the banks of Sweetwater Creek. The pile is at least six feet high and 30 feet wide. “This is upward of over 1,000 tires. This is going to be very costly on somebody,” Douglasville police Chief Chris Womack told Channel 2’s Jeff Dore. Womack said he thinks the person responsible for...

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Feds settle case of woman fired over Facebook site

WASHINGTON — Employers should think twice before trying to restrict workers from talking about their jobs on Facebook or other social media. That's the message the government sent on Monday as it settled a closely watched lawsuit against a Connecticut ambulance company that fired an employee after she went on Facebook to criticize her boss. The National Labor Relations Board sued the company last year, arguing the worker's negative comments were protected speech under federal labor laws. The company claimed it fired the emergency medical technician because of complaints about her work. Under the...

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DEA: More Than $8M In Drug Money Seized

ATLANTA -- Drug Enforcement Administration Atlanta recently seized more than $8 million in drug money, DEA Atlanta Special Agent Chuvalo Truesdell said. Channel 2’s Jeff Dore attended a meeting where several law enforcement agency heads discussed the significance of the seizure in downtown Atlanta on Thursday morning. Truesdell said it was a lump sum seizure from a violent Atlanta-based Mexican drug trafficking organization. He said millions of dollars were seized from an “unlikely conveyance.” The money came out of forfeiture and has been shared with five local agencies, Truesdell said. The investigation also yielded more than 1,200 pounds of cocaine, Truesdell said....

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Officer Hailed As Hero On Verge Of Losing Home

SUGAR HILL, Ga. -- A former police officer injured in the line of duty says he has lost his career and he is about to lose his Sugar Hill home. Three years ago, Paul Philips was helping a woman under attack when he was shot by a drunken police officer. Channel 2 Action News reporter Manuel Bojorquez covered the trial surrounding the Feb. 1, 2008, shooting. Then-Duluth police officer Jay Dailey got drunk after work and attacked a woman driving by. Philips was on his way home when he stopped to intervene and got involved in a shooting with Dailey. Due to injuries from...

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Merchandise Worth More Than $20K Stolen From Apple Store

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- More than $20,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from an Apple Computer store, Peachtree City police said.Thieves stole the items from the PeachMac store at The Avenues Shopping Center in Peachtree City around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Peachtree City police representative Michelle Ward said in a news release. Ward said thieves crashed through the front door and stole numerous computers and computer parts. Surveillance video showed three men in the store. Ward said a nearby officer on patrol spotted the group as they were leaving the shopping center in two...

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Woman Accused Of Kidnapping, Killing Georgia Mother

ATLANTA -- A Macon woman accused of abducting and killing a 38-year-old mother in an apparently random carjacking confessed to the shooting and led police to the woman's body, an investigator said Monday. Alexandria Renee Scott, 19, and Justin Terrell Grable, 21, were charged Sunday with felony murder in the death of Kimberly McKenzie. Her body was discovered that afternoon in Bibb County after a carjacking Wednesday in nearby Warner Robins. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the McKenzie family," said Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig in a...

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Escaped Inmate Was Working For Public Works Dept.

ATLANTA -- A city of Atlanta Public Works employee will soon be trading his work uniform for a jail suit.Atlanta police arrested Claude Brooks on charges of public urination last Friday. When police ran Brooks’ fingerprints, they matched those of a man already in the database under the name of Edward Nathan. Nathan had escaped from a Tampa work release detail in 1983 and hadn’t been seen since.Police in Florida said the fingerprints have solved the 27-year-old mystery.Brooks was released from jail in Atlanta before his fingerprints had been submitted to the national database...

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Children Playing Near Woods Find Man’s Body

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The body of an unidentified man was discovered by a 4- and 6-year-old while riding their bicycles near a wooded area. DeKalb County police spokesman Jason Gagnon said the discovery was made Wednesday afternoon in the 4600 block of Wildginger Run in Lithonia.Channel 2 Action News reporter Erica Byfield spoke with the mother of one of the children.“I was in the house on the couch and my daughter and niece ran in and told me there is a man in the woods,” said the woman who only wanted to be...

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Investigators: Ga. Man Killed Ex-Wife, Then Died

MONROE, Ga. -- Investigators in Walton and Greene counties said they believe a Loganville man killed his ex-wife, then died at a relative's home. Walton County authorities said 52-year-old Robert Cook was staying with his ex-wife, 60-year-old Judy Clay, when Cook strangled her with an electrical cord. Greene County sheriff's deputies found Cook's remains Jan. 9 and asked Walton County deputies to notify his ex-wife. Authorities said that when deputies arrived at Clay's Walton County home, they found her body inside. Walton County Capt. Chris Cannon said both deaths were under investigation and investigators don't know whether Cook took his own life or died...

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Woman Rescued From Under MARTA Train

ATLANTA -- A woman hit by a MARTA train Tuesday morning has been rescued, Atlanta firefighters said. The woman entered the trackway at the Five Points station in downtown Atlanta around 8 a.m., MARTA spokeswoman Cara Hodgson said. An Atlanta Fire representative said she fell in between the tracks. Atlanta firefighters said the victim was trapped under a northbound train. She was extricated shortly after and transported to Grady Hospital. “She is conscious and alert, with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries,” Hodgson said. MARTA’s northbound and southbound trains were stopped at the Five Points Station as crews worked the scene. Firefighters said...

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