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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  
  • A sudden power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday grounded scores of flights and stranded thousands of passengers during one of the busiest travel times of the year.Passengers were left in the dark when the lights suddenly went out in the early afternoon. Airport spokesman Reese McCranie said all airport operations were affected, and outgoing flights were halted. Additionally, the Federal Aviation Administration implemented a 'ground stop' for flights headed to the airport. That means flights heading to Atlanta were held on the ground at their departure airport.Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft said the utility was working to find out the cause and restore electricity. He could not estimate when the power might be restored.The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service said on Twitter that due to the power outage, international flights were being diverted to other airports.The Hartsfield-Jackson airport - serving 104 million passengers a year - is the world's busiest, a distinction it has held since 1998. The airport serves an average of 275,000 passengers daily, according to its website. Nearly 2,500 planes arrive and depart each day.
  • He may have been an unknown soldier in life, but Glenn McCoy Shelton’s death brought hundreds of strangers together to honor the former Marine with a dignified sendoff. >> Read more trending news Shelton, 68, a Vietnam veteran and a Purple Heart recipient, died Nov. 26, WXIN reported. Indiana Funeral Care organized Saturday’s gathering by spreading the word on social media. According to his obituary, his “family information is unknown.” 'He fought for us so we could stand here today and so I thought, he was abandoned in life at some point but we don't want him to be abandoned in death,' Sara Thompson, general manager for Indiana Funeral Care, told WTHR. “Essentially, we have date of birth and his last known address and that is essentially it. We were able to find out he is a veteran and that he is a Marine, served in Vietnam and during that time was awarded a Purple Heart,' Thompson told WTHR. Birth indexes in Kentucky list a Glenn McCoy Shelton, an African-American born April 16, 1949, in Louisville. Reached by telephone Sunday afternoon by Cox Media Group, Thompson confirmed this was the same person. According to a Virginia marriage certificate, Shelton was the son of Alvin John Shelton and Christine Elizabeth Bright. His first marriage, on June 5, 1981 in Roanoke, Virginia, was to a divorcee, Selma Jean Chilous Davis. Shelton’s mother died in 2001. Because Shelton had no direct relatives who contacted the funeral home, Indiana Funeral Care arranged the ceremony. It had to move the site of the service to the Allison Christian Church in Indianapolis “due to overwhelming support by the community,” the funeral home noted in a Facebook post. “It’s just absolutely wonderful,” Russell Pryor, commander for the VFW District 11, told WXIN. “It shows me that no matter when you served, who you served with or where you served, we’re here to support you.” Shelton was buried at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Because Shelton was one of 361,794 veterans to receive a Purple Heart, his funeral services were paid for, WTHR reported. People who attended Saturday’s event received a dog tag with Shelton’s name engraved, WXIN reported.
  • 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
  • It would be nice to play well the next three games, but Jameis Winston knows there's only one way to stop the not-so-quiet chatter about him and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking a step backward this year.'You win,' said the young quarterback, dogged by lingering questions about his relationship with coach Dirk Koetter and what's gone wrong in a season that will end with the Bucs (4-9) missing the playoffs again.'The only way that you can stop all the stuff that is coming is you win. Winning takes all of us coming together as a team, and just applying it on the field and going out there and executing to get a win.'That means starting Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons (8-5) — not waiting until next season.The Bucs close with three consecutive games against NFC South rivals chasing playoff berths. Finishing strong not only would impact a tight division race, but also send a message to the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.'It's not over yet. Everyone else can look at the win-loss column. As a team, we have to come together and keep playing,' Winston said.'We control our destiny right now,' the 23-year-old added, 'and it'll be better with just nine in the loss column than 12.'With Winston throwing for more than 4,000 yards for the second straight season, the Bucs heightened expectations for 2017 by going 9-7 — the club's first winning record since 2010 — a year ago. Injuries, including a shoulder sprain that kept Winston out of three games and most of a fourth, contributed to a slow start this season.An even bigger issue has been inconsistency on offense and defense.Turnovers and poor decision making continue to hinder Winston's progress. And now there's speculation about his relationship with Koetter being strained. Player and coach deny there's a problem.Winston said speculation is rooted in the team's record.'It does concern me that something like that would come out. But, am I surprised? Of course not. I'm not surprised because when you lose, people always try to find something to nitpick and nag at,' Winston said.'Attacking the relationship of a head coach and a quarterback is definitely a way to get this locker room kind of in a panic, but we don't condone that at all,' Winston added. 'Every one of our players stand firmly behind coach Koetter.'Koetter was promoted from offensive coordinator to coach after Winston's rookie year, in part because of the budding relationship between the two.NFL Network was the first to report a possible rift, saying it stemmed from Winston feeling Koetter didn't have his back while he was injured, and that the quarterback also was frustrated about the predictability of Tampa Bay's offense.'I think our relationship has been real consistent. ... But can there be stress? Is it possible? Sure,' Koetter said.'We spend a lot of time together, players and coaches. So, coach to coach, coach to player, player to player when you spend as much time together as we do, of course there can be,' the coach added. 'In specific, as far as my relationship with Jameis, it's been really consistent throughout for the last three years.'Winston agrees.The No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft said at times he also had disagreements with his college coach, Jimbo Fisher, at Florida State, where Winston won the Heisman Trophy and led the Seminoles to a national championship.'I wouldn't use friction as a term. I believe when you are communicating with any player, you're going to have some disagreements,' Winston said. 'At the end of the day, as long as we come to a solid agreement and we are out there to win football games ... it really doesn't matter.'The way the Bucs finish the season, however, could determine whether Koetter gets to continue working with Winston. Tampa Bay has made four coaching changes since last making the playoffs in 2007.Raheem Morris was given three years to try to get the franchise back on track. The last two hires before Koetter, Greg Schiano and Lovie Smith, were fired after two seasons.Tumbling back into the NFC South cellar doesn't necessarily mean the Bucs can't change their fortunes quickly. Every season since the 12-team playoff format commenced in 1990, at least four teams have earned postseason berths after missing out the season before.And with Philadelphia winning the NFC East this year, 14 times in the past 15 seasons a team has won its division after finishing in last place the previous year.Koetter said Winston continues to 'grow and get experience' necessary to develop into a top-notch pro.'It's a team game, so as our team has not done as well as we hoped to do this year, there is a lot on the quarterback when things aren't going well,' Koetter said.'It just takes some time,' the coach added. 'I think Jameis is doing some things very well, and he is also some making some mistakes, as we all are, that we need to improve on.'___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL.