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Mark Arum

Mark Arum

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Mark has been a member of Channel 2 Action News' Triple Team Traffic since August of 1997. In addition to anchoring Channel 2's traffic coverage, he also lends his voice to traffic reports on 95.5 FM/AM750 NewsTalk WSB. He also handles traffic reports during morning drive on B98.5 FM.

Mark writes a weekly traffic column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution every Monday in the Metro Section.

Mark formerly hosted both the pre and post game show on the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks Radio Networks.

Previously he worked as a sports writer in New York and Connecticut for eight years, covering professional and collegiate sports before moving to Atlanta.

Mark graduated from Marist College in New York with a degree in journalism and public relations in 1996 and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, ABC Nightly News and Inside Edition.

Mark is sports nut and enjoys playing poker, baseball and basketball. In his spare time he dabbles in improv and stand-up comedy.

He lives in Atlanta with his wife Lauren and their two dogs Boscoe and Deuce.

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  • The 58-year-old Uber driver who allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl while taking her home did not have any red flags in his background that would have disqualified him from the ride hailing service.  Abdoulie Jagne, of College Park, had been driving for the company for several months. He was permanently banned from Uber after his arrest Thursday morning, according to a statement released by Uber.  The only blemish on his record was for not having evidence of auto registration in 2015 when he was living in California, according to California court records obtained by the AJC. RELATED: Pregnant woman: “I kept bleeding” after being attacked by Uber driver RELATED:Jailed ex-Uber driver faces additional burglary, peeping Tom charges RELATED: Uber driver carjacked at Cascade Road gas station According to Uber’s policies, that would not have automatically disqualified him from being a driver.  Drivers for the ride hailing app are automatically barred if they have more than three minor traffic violations in the past three years. Minor violations include speeding tickets and non-fatal accidents, among others.  A driver also cannot have had their license suspended or revoked in the last three years, or have received a ticket for DUI, speeding over 100 mph, reckless driving, or have been in a hit-and-run in the past seven years. Any conviction of a felony, driving-related offense, violent crime, sexual offense, or child abuse or endangerment in the past seven years would also disqualify a driver.  The company uses a third party, Checkr, for background checks, according to Uber. The process screens national, state, and local databases including the National Sex Offender website and the PACER database of court records.  “What’s reported here is horrifying beyond words. Our thoughts are with the rider and her family during this time.'  Any behavior involving violence, sexual misconduct, harassment, discrimination, or illegal activity while using Uber can result in immediate deactivation, according to driver policies.  That includes physical contact, touching or flirting, or inappropriate and abusive language, among other offenses.  Early Monday morning, Gwinnett County officers were dispatched to an apartment complex off Old Norcross Tucker Road in unincorporated Tucker. There, they found the 16-year-old girl who said she was sexually assaulted by her Uber driver.  The girl, who officers said was intoxicated, said she was at a local bar drinking with friends, when one of them scheduled an Uber ride to get her home.  When officers arrived on the scene, the 16-year-old’s pants were around her ankles. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation.  With information obtained by Uber, investigators determined the rape probably occurred somewhere on South Norcross Tucker Road between Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Old Norcross Tucker Road.  The victim’s friend, also a minor, helped police identify Jagne as a suspect. According to Cpl. Michele Pihera, there is no bond for Jagne and he is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail. He made his first court appearance Saturday and has a hearing scheduled for Dec. 27, Channel 2 Action News reported. Detectives want to know if any other woman has been sexually assaulted by Jagne. They are asked to call 770-513-5338.
  • A man is in jail after he struck and killed a crossing guard near a Cobb County school, police say. Channel 2 Action News received the mugshot of Lamonte Whitaker, who has been charged with vehicular homicide.    Police said he hit Edna Umeh in late November by Lindley Middle School in Mableton. RELATED STORIES: Students witness deadly accident involving school crossing guard Family demands action after school crossing guard killed by 'aggressive' driver Family pushing for change after crossing guard killed by hit-and-run driver  
  • Democratic Sen.-elect Doug Jones of Alabama is insisting to both parties in politically divided Washington that he'll leave 'all the options on the table' when it comes to his votes next year on issues from immigration to infrastructure.Jones was the first Democrat elected to the Senate from strongly Republican Alabama in 25 years. The former federal prosecutor tells 'Fox News Sunday' that he'll 'consider anything' and won't necessarily be an automatic Democratic vote.In an early sign, Jones says Trump shouldn't resign over sexual misconduct claims, as some Democrats are calling for.Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore, by 20,000 votes, or 1.5 percent, last Tuesday. He was lifted by a wide coalition of African-American voters, independents and moderate Republicans.
  • Multiple passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson international Airport are reporting a complete loss of electricity on Sunday afternoon. Airport officials tweeted several areas in the airport are impacted and that they are working to remedy the situation. As of right now. pic.twitter.com/mCMg26NCeP — Jonathan Suro (@jonathansuro) December 17, 2017 The FlightAware site reports the airport is currently holding all inbound flights 2:15 p.m. due to an equipment outage. Channel 2 Action News has a crew headed to the scene and will bring you the latest updates on this story on wsbtv.com and Channel 2 Action News at 6. A power outage has impacted several areas in the airport. #ATL officials are working to remedy the situation. Additional updates to come— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) December 17, 2017 TRENDING STORIES: 2 kids killed, mother seriously injured in house fire Teen busted for allegedly selling pot brownies outside Walmart Mom accused of leaving son in car near drugs while breaking into house
  • The Force was with theater box offices this weekend, as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” had the second-biggest opening weekend in North America’s history, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news The eighth installment of the “Star Wars” saga pulled in an estimated $220 million, according to Disney, which released the film. That is second only to the previous “Star Wars” movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which raked in $248 million in December 2015, CNN reported. The film has made $450 million worldwide since opening overseas Wednesday. It will premiere in China, the world’s second-biggest film market, on Jan. 5, CNN reported. Critics apparently like the film, too. The film scored 93 percent on the review site Rotten Tomatoes. The film, which opened in more than 4,200 theaters, starred Daisy Ridley as Rey, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa. Fisher filmed her scenes before she died last December.
  • An American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger with three comrades but recovered days later wasn't captured alive by the enemy or executed at close range, The Associated Press has learned, based on the conclusion of a military investigation. It found evidence he apparently fought to the end.Dispelling a swirl of rumors about how Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida, died, the report has determined that he was killed by enemy rifle and machine gun fire as he fled the attack by an offshoot of the Islamic State group about 120 miles (200 kilometers) north of Niamey, the capital of the African country. The attack took place Oct. 4; Johnson's body was recovered two days later.U.S. officials familiar with the findings spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to describe details of an investigation that has not been finalized or publicly released.A 12-member Army special forces unit was accompanying 30 Nigerien forces when they were attacked in a densely wooded area by as many as 50 militants traveling by vehicle and carrying small arms and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.The officials familiar with the investigation said Johnson was hit as many as 18 times from a distance by a volley of machine gun rounds, and that he was returning fire as he and two Nigerien soldiers tried to escape.All told, four U.S. soldiers and four Nigerien troops were killed in the ambush. Two U.S. and eight Nigerien troops were wounded.The bodies of three U.S. Green Berets were located on the day of the attack, but not Johnson's remains. The gap in time led to questions about whether Johnson was killed in the assault and not found, or if he was taken away by the enemy.According to the officials, a medical examination concluded that Johnson was hit by fire from M-4 rifles — probably stolen by the insurgents — and Soviet-made heavy machine guns. It is believed he died in the attack.The officials said Johnson was found under thick scrub brush where he tried to take cover. There were no indications he was shot at close range, or had been bound or taken prisoner, as several media reports have suggested.A U.S. Africa Command began its investigation with a team headed by Army Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier, the command's chief of staff. The team visited locations in Niger to collect evidence and information about the attack, and will soon submit a draft of Cloutier's report to Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of Africa Command. Waldhauser could ask for additional information. The final report is expected to be released next month.The officials familiar with the report's conclusions said that during the attack, Johnson and two Nigerien soldiers tried to get to a vehicle to escape, but were unable to do so, became separated from the others and were shot as they were running for safety.The report concluded that Johnson, who was athletic and a runner, was in the lead and got the farthest away, seeking cover in the brush. Officials said there were a number of enemy shells around Johnson, and evidence that he appeared to fight to the end. His boots and other equipment were later stolen, but he was still wearing his uniform.As news of the ambush came out, the U.S. military sent in rescue teams to search for Johnson, not making his status public in the hope he might have gotten away and was still alive and hiding. The Pentagon only acknowledged that he was missing after his body was located two days later by local forces.The Pentagon has declined to release details about the exact mission of the commando team. U.S. officials have previously said that the joint U.S.-Niger patrol had been asked to assist a second American commando team hunting for a senior Islamic State member, who also had former ties to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. The team had been asked to go to a location where the insurgent had last been seen, and collect intelligence.After completing that mission, the troops stopped in a village for a short time to get food and water, then left. The U.S. military believes someone in the village may have tipped off attackers to the presence of U.S. commandoes and Nigerien forces in the area, setting in motion the ambush.U.S. special operations forces have been routinely working with Niger's forces, helping them to improve their abilities to fight extremists in the region. That effort has increased in recent years, the Pentagon said.The three other Americans killed were Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia.Johnson's combat death led to a political squabble between President Donald Trump and a Democratic congresswoman from Florida after Trump told Johnson's pregnant widow in a phone call that her husband 'knew what he signed up for.' Rep. Frederica Wilson was riding with Johnson's family to meet the body and heard the call on speakerphone. The spat grew to include Trump's chief of staff, who called Wilson an 'empty barrel' making noise.