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    As the case of the accused NSA leaker in Augusta moves forward, WSB learns that in the interest of 'national security,' we may never know what Reality Winner saw.  Winner, a 25-year-old National Security Agency federal contractor with top secret security clearance and a specialty in linguistics, is facing a single charge in connection with mailing a news website (The Intercept) a classified document that details one of the ways Russia tried to hack the U. S. election systems in order to help Donald Trump win.  The cyberattack came just days before the November election day. The document says that Russian military intelligence (the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate) targeted a voting software manufacturer, then sent voter-registration-themed phishing e-mails to more than 100 elections officials.  Winner was in court for a status conference on Tuesday, June 27. Her parents, who live in Texas, were not at the hearing.   Government prosecutors say some of the evidence from Winner's home and office is so sensitive, the judge and Winner's lawyers will have to get security clearances just to be on the case to see the classified documents.  Atlanta criminal defense attorney Steve Sadow, not tied to this case, was granted such a security clearance years ago. He says the FBI screens the attorneys and the people working with them to make sure that they are not a risk of disclosure in terms of extortion or blackmail that a foreign power or other entity could use against them.  'Let's say the attorney has a history of drug use, or gambling problems, or things that have come up in the questions involving the Trump administration and Michael Flynn.  “Things that might give rise to a blackmailer in which the attorney is told, 'If you don't reveal information which is confidential to the government foreign entity, we will disclose information about your background or your activities, which may subject you to criminal prosecution or you may use the right to practice law,'' explains Sadow.  'The government doesn't want to take that chance.'  Sadow agrees that it is essentially putting your entire personal and professional life under a microscope.  'I can remember they asked some of my best friends – because they asked for information about people that they could contact – they wanted to know whether I was the kind of person that could be blackmailed, or extorted, or did I have anything in my history that would give rise to government concerns,' says Sadow. 'I'm assuming the same thing is taking place with the case in Augusta.'  Once the screenings are done and Winner's lawyers, Titus Nichols and John Bell, and federal judge Brian Epps, have clearances, Sadow says the defense cannot be afraid to step on toes.  “The defense attorney needs to be willing to put himself on the line and aggressively take on the government, because in a case of this nature, the government's goal here is to set an example so that other people don't do this,” says Sadow. 'The attorney has got to push the envelope. Sometimes that puts into play something called ‘graymail’.'  To listen to a clip from Veronica Waters’ interview with Steve Sadow, click HERE. Judge Brian Epps has installed a classified information security officer (CISO) in Winner's leak case who will help with any motions or orders connected to the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA).  The CISO is meant to help prevent “graymail”, in which a defendant tries to leverage a better position or get charges dropped by threatening to expose more confidential government information.  Sadow says that is why the CISO is a de-facto censor, essentially helping the prosecution.  “That person serves the role of making sure, to be perfectly candid, that nothing the government doesn’t like gets out into the public without the government having had the opportunity to go into court and - I say - ‘b**** about it’ before it gets released,” Sadow says.  Sadow adds that because the government wants to make an example of Winner, they will work to control what the public can see, and what the defense can say.  “No one is suggesting that the information that’s been disclosed isn’t something the public is interested in or should’ve known about,” Sadow explains. “What the government is saying is, ‘Wait. We didn’t make the decision to disclose it, and even though maybe the public should’ve known – that’s our call, not her call.’”  And with things being so secret, says Sadow, 'The public hasn't got a clue about what really is going on because it's been censored.'   The government has seized Winner's computers, mobile phones, and notebooks. There is also a note pad with handwriting in Farsi that they are translating, says the prosecution. Court papers also reveal that they have recovered more classified documents from Winner that are not tied to what she allegedly mailed. They have not said whether these are documents that she had access to in her job.  Sadow says a judge or a lawyer without a lot of experience in classified cases could find themselves being led along by what the government contends is 'standard' in these types of instances.  “The defense has to push that ‘graymail’,” Sadow says. “That may get him into an adversarial situation with the court, with the prosecution.  “The attorney has really got to stand his or her ground because if not, under CIPA, and the way these classified information cases are worked, the defendant and his lawyer wind up getting stampeded.”  Sadow adds, “They just become afraid to take on the government and whenever a defense attorney’s in that posture, they need to get out of the case.”  Winner has pleaded not guilty to a sole charge of 'willful retention and transmission of national defense information.' In a June 8 hearing, Judge Epps denied her bond.  In that hearing, a prosecutor said that during her time in the Air Force, Winner put a flash drive into a secure computer in what appeared to be a dry run of sorts, having searched the Internet for information on what happens when you put a flash drive into a classified computer system. The location of that flash drive, or whether anything is on it, is a mystery to prosecutors and a stated concern of Judge Epps' when denying her bail.  Attorneys agreed to have all of the evidence discovery filed by August 25. The court is also looking for a place to store the classified information securely.  Winner's tentative trial date is October 23.   If convicted, Winner faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines, plus up to three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.
  • The World's Busiest Airport is nailing down plans to keep a record-breaking crowd moving swiftly and safely this Fourth of July holiday weekend.  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta is on track to break its own one-day record for passenger screenings, which was just set over the Memorial Day weekend.   'We're expecting June 30 to be our busiest travel day. Over 90,000 people will come through these passenger screening checkpoints just that day in itself,' says Richard Duncan, the airport's assistant general manager for public safety. 'This will set another record for us.'   And that's just through the TSA checkpoints. The rest of the airport will also be teeming with travelers.  'We expect to see a few million pass through the airport during the entire weekend,' says Andrew Gobeil, deputy director of policy and communications.  On a typical day, anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000 passengers go through security, says Gobeil.  Duncan says they have the ability to flex their operations so that Hartsfield-Jackson can open and staff more screening lanes during busy times. They expect three peaks throughout the day--one each in the morning, afternoon, and early evening. The goal is to move people through the checkpoints in 20 minutes or less. Duncan says the automated screening lanes that opened in May has helped speed the process.  'If someone is getting frustrated because it takes longer, I'd just ask them, have a little patience. We will get you through the process and onward to your destination.'  Duncan's primary focus is on the many layers of airport security. While some public safety directives take place proactively behind the scenes, he says fliers will see a larger number of armed law enforcement over the July 4th weekend.  'Just the presence of people in uniform makes people feel a little bit more comfortable about being here, and we also want to be able to respond to any types of emergencies,' says Duncan. 'We want to have the police officers present so that they will prevent some individual from trying to do something. It may be a deterrent to someone coming in if they see the law enforcement officers. So it serves as a deterrent and also a protective comfort for the people doing the traveling themselves.'   Duncan also reminds holiday fliers not to try to bring fireworks with them, whether in a carry-on or in checked baggage. 'It happens,' says Duncan, of travelers attempting to fly with fireworks, but they are viewed as a safety hazard by the Federal Aviation Administration and therefore are banned.  'Buy those at your destination,' says Duncan.
  • He has not been granted bond, but 74-year-old Tex McIver is settling into new digs after being moved from the Fulton County Jail over the weekend.  McIver’s attorney, William Hill, has worried jail would be hard on his client: “He’s got a rash on his back, can’t get to his doctor.”  McIver was moved to the low-to-medium security Alpharetta Annex not by court order, but because Fulton County needed the bed he was occupying in the medical wing.  Fulton County Jail Commander Colonel Mark Adger says a third of their inmates are re-classified every 30 days, and McIver met the criteria to be one of them. Medical staff worried about the 74-year-old's ability to 'thrive' in general population if he was relocated there. He says while it's unusual for a murder defendant to be moved, the attorney's age and physical condition contributed to his classification.   'Inmate McIver is a medium-security inmate and was never housed in maximum security,' says Adger.   The Fulton County District Attorney's Office filed an emergency motion to 'terminate special privileges' and return McIver to the jail on Rice Street, contending the move appears to be the result of him receiving preferential treatment.   The state contends that since the Alpharetta Annex cannot monitor visits and phone calls as thoroughly as the Fulton County facility, McIver might try to alter evidence or influence witnesses--a key concern raised by prosecutors in a previous hearing, in which they cited three jail phone calls of McIver's. In one, McIver discussed giving a Jaguar to a former employee who has previously testified in one of his bond hearings; in another, McIver talked about having a judge make a phone call that would allow him to 'be out of here the next day.'   Adger, the Chief Jailer, says calls McIver makes are, in fact, recorded, and the district attorney's office still has the ability to monitor them and be notified when he makes them.   The motion also says, however, that in a June 18 phone call, McIver 'states that staff permitted him to use a non-secure telephone to make local calls.' Adger never got reports of McIver having a hard time in jail. “What I have seen of him,” Adger tells WSB, “he spends most of his time reading his bible.  “He didn’t do much, didn’t talk much to anybody.”  At the Alpharetta Annex, McIver is able to watch TV, but no longer has Wi-Fi access to use a tablet.  Tex McIver was charged with malice murder and six other counts in the September 25, 2016 shooting death of his wife, Diane McIver. He insists a gun he was holding in his lap went off accidentally while both were riding in a family vehicle.  Prosecutors suggest McIver killed his wife intentionally over money.  McIver will stand trial for the murder of his wife on Oct. 30. An evidentiary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 25.
  • A Fulton County judge rules that a governor-appointed committee set up to investigate the indecency arrest of DeKalb County's sheriff can move forward.  Attorney Noah Pines filed a lawsuit on behalf of Sheriff Jeffrey Mann for a writ of prohibition to block the committee, arguing that the panel is exceeding its lawful authority. Pines insists that the statute used to set up the committee doesn't apply to Mann's case, because he was charged with ordinance violations in Atlanta, and not crimes as defined by state law.  Mann was charged with indecency and obstruction on May 6, after police say he exposed himself to a policeman in Piedmont Park, then ran from the arresting officer.  'The committee can't investigate Sheriff Mann for that. They don't have the authority,' argued Pines. 'If he was charged with a misdemeanor, I wouldn't be here. But he wasn't charged with a misdemeanor, he was charged with an ordinance violation.'   Georgia Assistant Attorney General Rebecca Dobras disagreed, saying the accusations are 'concerning' for DeKalb County's highest law enforcement officer.  'He was arrested for exposing himself and masturbating in public, and then fleeing another police officer when he was told to stop,' Dobras countered. 'These are criminal in nature. He could face imprisonment with these charges.'  Pines also contended that the committee is 'quasi-judicial' and has too much power in its ability to interview people and make a recommendation on suspension to Governor Nathan Deal. Pines argued over the statute's reference to misconduct in office and incapacity to function in office.  'It would make sense that misconduct in office means something you've done in your office,' said Pines. 'I don't mean literally in your office, but in your official capacity as sheriff. He's letting people out of jail, he's charging more money for bond, he's charging them for food--something that violates his duties in office, not something that happened outside his office not in his official capacity.'  Dobras argued that the committee's recommendation to the governor on whether or not Mann should be suspended is not binding, and that the only thing required to allow the investigation are allegations--not actual criminal charges--yet certainly the accusations he's facing amount to something 'alleged' in Mann's case.  'This is just an investigation,' Dobras said. 'It's to find out more. What's going on with Sheriff Mann? Can he perform his duties as a sheriff?'   Fulton County Superior Court Judge Eric Dunaway ruled that a writ of prohibition is not appropriate. Dunaway agreed that the committee is only investigative in nature, and pointed out that any recommendation to Gov. Deal is non-binding.  The committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 1, and to make a recommendation to the governor by June 16.   Esther Panitch, Channel 2 Action News legal analyst, tells WSB Radio that depending on the result of the investigation, Mann may have looked a gift horse in the mouth.  'All of this would've been avoided had the City of Atlanta sent this prosecution of this case to State Court of Fulton County,' says Panitch. 'At that point, it would have been charged as a crime--as it usually is--and not as an ordinance violation. We didn't have to be here.  'It seems like the City of Atlanta was trying to do as little damage to Sheriff Mann as possible by issuing an ordinance violation to begin with,' Panitch continues. 'The problem is, he didn't take it as a gift. He took it as an opportunity to fight back.'  Mann sent his staff a memo last week telling them that he was suspending himself for conduct unbecoming for one week ending June 4, and donating a week's salary to charity.   'I will continue to vigorously defend myself as it relates to the charges,' Mann's memo read in part. 'However, the mere fact of placing myself in a position to be arrested is sufficient reason for this self-imposed discipline. I cannot, in good faith, fail to take responsibility for the negative and unwanted criticism brought to this great agency and the County, and I apologize to each of you. You deserve a leader who takes responsibility for his actions.'  Court records indicate Mann's case is set to be handled in Atlanta Municipal Court on Friday, June 2.
  • A community group has $30,000 ready to buy back unwanted guns in Atlanta.   The effort is being led by Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church in west Atlanta, the Atlanta Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, and the group Stop Atlanta Violence Effectively (SAVE).  The church’s pastor, Rev. Dr. R. L. White, says the group bought 900 guns in its first buyback effort two years ago.   White says they have no problem with gun ownership by responsible owners who know how to carry, secure, and handle weapons safely.  'We're not about confiscating guns,' says Dr. White. He notes, though, that too often, young people are killed by gunfire in accidents at homes or by stray bullets on the streets.  'I'm the one that has to look in the face of mothers and families, try to give them some words of comfort, in what you know is an impossible task when they see their children lying before the altar,' says White.  White says they want to be a medium for people who no longer want their guns, for any reason.  'Anonymity will be there,' he says, 'because there are some in the criminal element who have those guns and they want to get rid of them. Ours is only to help lessen the number of guns in the streets.'   Cpt. Dan Cochran, with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, says they will pay $50 for working handguns and $100 for working long guns. On-site firearms instructors will check the weapons for functionality, and they will not buy BB or pellet guns.  White and Cochran emphasize that the buyback is a 'no questions asked' event.  'We are offering amnesty,' says Cpt. Cochran. 'We will not ask the names of those who bring their weapons, nor will we create a database with any of their information. We do not intend to have photographers on site.   'We will be checking the weapons in GCIC (Georgia Crime Information Center) to see if there is an owner somewhere of those weapons, but it is in no way to bring any action against the person who surrenders the weapon.'  Cochran says the weapons bought, like the ones received in 2015, will be melted. In the previous gun buyback, he says the weapons were tested to see if they were tied to crimes, but they were true to their word and never tried to contact anyone who had sold a weapon to them.   SAVE volunteer Delabia Cameron (top picture, third from right) is the mother of a high school sophomore who was killed Oct. 4, 2015, by a stray bullet nearly two years ago in Union City. Amira Cameron, 15, was outside with her 13-year-old brother and some friends and listening to music in her headphones when a drive-by battle rolled through their neighborhood. She didn't hear it and was struck in the head by a bullet.   'We're not trying to take guns away from licensed owners,' said Mrs. Cameron. 'What happened to my daughter? She was 15 years of age and killed in Union City. The guns that were involved have never been found. So hopefully, someone would come forward with those guns. If we could save one other life, that's what I'm a part of.'  Cameron says she, her husband, and their son--who saw his sister's murder--are all still in therapy.   Dr. White knows that the gun buyback isn't exactly 'justice' for survivors of gun violence.  'We know that there is not justice for them,' White says. 'The only satisfaction we have is, that gun that has killed somebody or robbed somebody--that gun will never be used again.'   White says it took 18 months to raise $30,000. Their goal was $100,000, he says. Even though many business people told him they supported the idea of what the group is trying to do, they declined to give donations to help.  He says some feared that they would alienate customers who might somehow be offended by a gun buyback event.  Most of the donations came church members and other from neighborhood churches.  White notes that he has seen some other city governments in states including Texas and California that have funded gun buybacks, but he says Atlanta lawmakers were not on board with the idea.  The gun buyback will be June 15, 2017, at the Atlanta Civic Center.
  • Is the I-85 collapse making you sick? Possibly. That's why the bridge reopening as soon as possible is just what the doctor ordered.  Dr. Melinda Paige, clinical mental health counseling professor at Argosy University in Atlanta, says the increased commute time increases the stress levels of many drivers--and in turn, the brain interprets that as a threat, causing emotional distress or physical symptoms.  Paige says it's classic fight-or-flight mode--all caused by being stuck in a traffic jam.   'Eighty-five percent of our brains are actually the same that we share with other animals and primates,' says Dr. Paige. 'So that part of the animal brain...doesn't have the ability to tell the difference between traffic and something coming to eat me alive. Our brains are the same as they were when we were Neanderthal.'   The perceived 'threat' leads to anxiety which can manifest itself physically for some drivers.  'Their stomach starts to hurt, or they get chest pains, or they start to breathe quickly or get clammy,' says Paige.    Paige says the other 15% of the brain is where we're 'smart.' Humans then worry that the boss will be mad and fire them if they're late, or their child will be upset if Mom or Dad isn't in the carpool line as early as usual.  She says when the body reacts stressfully to the stories our minds tell, it's important to tell yourself that those thoughts are irrational.  Paige recommends a strategy with the acronym 'SNAG:' Stop and Notice what's going on in the body; Appreciate the fact that your biology is working for your protection, knowledge which should reassure you; and Ground yourself by actively calming the mind and body.  When your heart's racing, Dr. Paige explains, practice mindfulness and being in the moment.  'Get in touch with something in the here and now, like our breath. Take 10 deep breaths. Something soothing on the car radio. A book on tape. Maybe a nice smell that you enjoy. Anything that you can use to get you present again and grounded calms the mind and body,' says Paige.
  • A teen faces carjacking and aggravated assault charges after allegedly targeting an Uber driver in Dunwoody.  The 911 call came in around 9:20 Monday morning from the 5000 block of Winters Chapel Road.   'An Uber driver...said that she was just carjacked at knifepoint by a fare that she had picked up,' says Dunwoody Police Sgt. Aaron Belt.   He describes the weapon as a typical steak or utility knife from a household kitchen.  But it was a short-lived getaway for the suspect, a 16-year-old boy whose identity is withheld because he is a juvenile. Belt says a responding officer didn't have to look far at all to spot him in the stolen Toyota Scion.   'Within a couple minutes of the call coming in to the 911 center, the officer found the suspect driving the carjacked vehicle away from the scene and was able to quickly take him into custody,' says Belt. 'He located the vehicle--passed him on a side street.'   Belt says the teen didn't specify where he was going--and gave the barest hint into why.   'He was upset with some things going on in his personal life, but he wasn't too forthcoming into his motives or his reasoning behind it,' says Belt.   The driver was unhurt, and the teenager's motive remains a mystery. He was charged with three felonies – Hijacking of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Knife During the Commission of a Crime – and booked into the DeKalb County Youth Detention Center.   'It's really kind of an odd crime, especially given the kind of nonchalant response from the suspect involved in such a violent crime,' says Belt.   If you have any additional information regarding this incident, please contact Detective R. Ehlbeck at 678.382.6925 or at robert.ehlbeck@dunwoodyga.gov. ANONYMOUS TIPS may be submitted via the SUBMIT A CRIME TIP tab at www.dunwoodypolice.com, or by texting C-R-I-M-E-S (274-637).
  • The lawyer for a man dragged off of a United Airlines flight says they accept the CEO's apology – but that doesn't mean they aren't going to sue.  Attorney Thomas Demetrio says Dr. David Dao suffered a concussion, broken nose, injured sinuses and the loss of two front teeth when police in Chicago hauled the 69-year-old off of a full United Express flight. Dao was one of four people chosen by computer, the airline says, to lose his seat to make room for four United crew members traveling to Louisville.   Video of the Kentucky physician being pulled from his seat after he refused to leave the plane at O'Hare Airport went viral, showing Dao with a bloodied face after police dragged him down the aisle and off of the jet.  'I would defy anyone to suggest that there was not unreasonable force and violence used to help Dr. Dao disembark that plane,' said Demetrio in a press conference Thursday.  Demetrio and another lawyer said neither they nor Dao's daughter, Crystal, had yet gotten any communication from United. Demetrio said he thinks the apology that United CEO Oscar Munoz issued two days after first blaming Dao, was 'staged' and done because the airline was taking a public relations 'beating.' The lawyer says the airlines have bullied people for too long.   'Rudeness, bullying customers has gone the next step now, to physical injury,' said Demetrio. He says a lawsuit will 'probably' be filed but for now, they are doing due diligence. A hearing to preserve the evidence is set for Monday morning in Chicago.  WSB legal analyst Phil Holloway says if Dao sues, he'll likely be successful because Munoz's apology amounted to 'an admission against interests.'   'The CEO has expressly stated that they mistreated Dr. Dao,' notes Holloway. 'That admission alone probably will derail the airline's chance of successfully defending any lawsuit.”
  • He may be homeless, but the accused I-85 arsonist has retained an impressive legal defense team. Court documents show that as many as five attorneys have signed on to help represent Basil Eleby, 39. Eleby is charged with arson and criminal damage to property after a fire ignited a portion of Interstate 85. leading to the collapse of a portion of the bridge near Piedmont Avenue. Atlanta Police indicated in an arrest warrant that Eleby and two other people went under the bridge to smoke crack. One of the witnesses said that Eleby set a fire to a chair in a shopping cart, near some fiber optic wiring in PVC piping that the Georgia Department of Transportation routinely stored under the bridge. The DOT said that area is its right-of-way.  Repairs to the bridge are expected to be complete by mid-June. Several of the attorneys are known for handling high-profile cases and clients. They include Lawrence Zimmerman, Mawuli Davis, Tiffany Williams Roberts, and Gary Spencer. Documents show another lawyer, Gerald Griggs, is also listed as one of the retained legal counselors.  'The entry into the case of a crack legal team tells us that all legal defenses will be raised to rebut the charges against Basil Eleby,' says WSB senior legal analyst Ron Carlson. 'The defense which may come into play is a potential mental incapacity plea, after reports have surfaced that Eleby had the mental capacity of a 15-year-old.' Carlson says first-degree arson carries a sentence of 20 years in prison, but that a conviction won't be a guarantee. . 'Prosecutors will have to establish that Eleby set fire to the chair in the shopping cart, and that it was foreseeable that people might be endangered by the fire,' says Carlson.  He notes that the fact that no one was injured is also a plus for the accused man's case. 'In this regard, Basil Eleby is very lucky,' says Carlson. 'If a motorist or somebody under the bridge had been killed, Basil Eleby would've been looking at a felony murder charge, and life in prison.' Eleby has a court appearance slated for Tuesday, April 18. He is jailed on $200,000 bond. Two other people, Sophia Brauer and Barry Andrew Thomas, have been charged with criminal trespass. Thomas is the witness in the police report who pointed the finger at Eleby as having set the fire.
  • A tech company ranks Georgia drivers as the seventh most-distracted in the U.S.  According to family networking app company Life360, Georgians behind the wheel use their cell phones 20 percent more often than the typical national driver.  Launched in 2008, Life360 is an app that allows family members to share their location with each other and communicate. Online sources say the app has more than 50 million registered families.  Looking at cities for a six-week period ending in mid-March, Life360 found Atlanta drivers' cell phones were used an average of 2.73 times per trip.  Police in Cobb County are taking action to expose and punish distracted drivers.  Channel 2 reports officers dressed as construction workers set up near the Big Chicken in Marietta to spot drivers who were texting while driving.  The law says that even while stopped at a light, you are not allowed to text.  Police made 15 citations in two hours. The violation comes with a $150 ticket.  Georgia roadway deaths hit a 10-year high in 2016 and the state DOT said distracted driving definitely a factor.
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    Veronica Waters is an anchor and reporter for News/Talk WSB. She is also the staff expert on legal affairs and the courts. In 2007, the Radio-Television News Directors Association named Waters' series on "Snaring Internet Predators" best in the region with an Edward R. Murrow award for Investigative Reporting.She has been honored by several professional organizations for news and sports feature reporting, and was named in 2003 as the Atlanta Press Club's Radio Journalist of the Year. Waters has covered an assortment of high-profile cases from Mayor Bill Campbell's corruption trial to the murder trials of activist-turned imam Jamil Al-Amin and of former DeKalb County, GA Sheriff Sidney Dorsey.She served as the station's correspondent for the murder trial of accused "Black Widow" Lynn Turner, and the death penalty case of double murderer Stacey Humphreys. One of the biggest legal cases in Atlanta history involved the notorious Gold Club racketeering trial. Waters covered this unfolding drama not only for WSB Radio and radio stations throughout America, but also for a worldwide audience on BBC Radio. Waters joined WSB in 1997 as an anchor and reporter. She began her journalism career at the Southern Urban Network and Mississippi Network in Jackson, MS. Waters attended Alcorn State University and Mississippi State University, and enjoys cheering for the NFL's Tennessee Titans.

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  • Authorities are calling a woman’s death suspicious after she was found fully-clothed and faced down in a DeKalb County creek. She had also been shot, DeKalb County police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. A man walking on a trail saw the woman’s body in a creek on Fieldgreen Drive in Stone Mountain, Campbell said. The creek is near Redan High School.  The woman’s identity has not been released, but she is believed to be in her late 20s to early 30s, Campbell said.  No other details were released.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: [Summary]
  • Channel 2 Action News is learning more about an incident involving an Atlanta police officer. APD is investigating claims of excessive force after someone posted video on social media showing an officer punching a man while holding him down. The incident happened in downtown last Thursday. APD sent us the mugshot of Rickey Williams, the man who was getting arrested. Chief Erika Shields with the Atlanta Police Department said Tuesday, the officer seen punching the man, Identified as Officer Quinton Green, has been relieved of duty and is currently on administrative leave. Shields said she will review the evidence to determine the appropriate disciplinary action, if any. 'Chief Shields has always held professionalism and honesty in high regard and will continue to hold her officers to the highest standard,' the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement Wednesday. Check back with WSBTV.com and tune into Channel 2 Action News for updates on this story.
  • A woman carrying her two young sons arrived home from work around 3 a.m., May 12 to find two men had broken into her apartment.  The men shocked her with tasers, threw boiling water on her and raped her while her older son watched, a police report said. Police have arrested 17-year-old Francisco Palencia, 19-year-old Josue Ramirez and an unnamed 15-year-old female in connection with the assault. All three suspects have been charged with home invasion, rape, aggravated sodomy, kidnapping, aggravated battery and cruelty to children. More arrests are possible, a Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman said.  WATCH: Gwinnett police chase ends in 14 traffic, drug charges Gwinnett mom accused of drugging kids arrested in Tennessee Palencia and the 15-year-old were arrested Tuesday. Jail logs show Ramirez was booked on June 15. Palencia and Ramirez are being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Detention Center. Because the 15-year-old’s identity has not been disclosed, her bond status was not immediately clear. The men were wearing dark clothes and ski masks when the victim found them in the kitchen of her apartment in unincorporated Tucker. She tried to get away from them and protect her children, but one of the men threw two pots of boiling water on her, severely burning her shoulder, a police report said. The men shocked the victim with tasers and pushed her towards the bedroom. They forced her to perform oral sex before raping her on her bed, the police report said. The victim’s older son, who had followed her and the men into the bedroom, sat on the bed as his mother was raped, the report said. Police have not disclosed the age of the victim’s children. The 15-year-old suspect was not in the apartment during the assault, according to the police report. She is believed to have driven Palencia and Ramirez to the apartment, a police spokesman said.  When the men left the apartment, the victim found that the men cut a screen on her back porch and got into the home through an unlocked sliding glass door, according to police. The victim’s jewelry box, school ID and German shepherd puppy were missing from the apartment, the police report said.  The dog had been on the screened-in porch when the victim was at work. Police don’t know if it’s been found.  Like Gwinnett County News on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter and Instagram
  • An inmate was shot and killed Wednesday after authorities said he grabbed a deputy's gun and fired it at Nashville's 100 Oaks Mall, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news In a tweet around 2 p.m. local time, Vanderbilt University officials wrote that a shooting was reported at the 100 Oaks Mall campus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • ___ KERSHAW DAY The Los Angeles Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw to the mound for the finale of their four-game Freeway Series against the rival Angels. Kershaw is 7-0 with a 2.38 ERA in his last 10 starts. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner is 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA in nine career starts against the Angels. He will be opposed by JC Ramirez, who pitched six effective innings in a win at Boston in his previous start on Saturday. SLIDING ROCKIES The Colorado Rockies get a sorely needed day off before beginning a weekend series at surging Arizona. Colorado has dropped a season-high eight in a row, falling off the pace in the loaded NL West. The Rockies have been outscored 66-23 during the skid. Right-hander Jon Gray, who started on opening day for Colorado, is set to come off the disabled list and start the series opener against the Diamondbacks. He has been out since April with a stress fracture on his left foot. HERE COMES KLUBER Corey Kluber looks to continue his roll when he pitches for Cleveland in the finale of a four-game set against Texas. The 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner is 3-0 with a sparkling 1.29 ERA in his last five starts. The right-hander has struck out at least 10 batters in four of his five June outings. Andrew Cashner is expected to come off the disabled list to start for the Rangers. He has been sidelined by a strained left oblique. FENWAY FUN Kyle Gibson is hoping to add to a successful June when Minnesota closes out a four-game series at Boston on the anniversary of his major league debut in 2013. The 29-year-old right-hander is 3-1 with a 4.13 ERA in five starts so far this month. He has allowed only one run in 15 innings in two career starts at Fenway Park. David Price gets the ball for the Red Sox. Price has won his last five decisions against the Twins. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
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