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  • A Huber Heights family with strong military ties will send two members into a combat zone Ellie Carr said Wednesday her husband and son, both members of the Ohio Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, are preparing to deploy Saturday to Afghanistan and Iraq.  >> Read more trending news Ellie Carr’s husband, 1st Sgt. Robert Carr — expected to be promoted to the rank of sergeant major this week — will head to Afghanistan, while her son, Pfc. Dustin McReynolds, will take off for Iraq. Both will be gone for a year. “We found out first my husband was deploying to Afghanistan,” Ellie Carr said. She said her son enlisted in 2016 and completed basic training in January -- this will be his first deployment. “It worried me a little bit at the time because I really didn’t want … my son being so new in the military, I was worried about him,” Ellie Carr said. Ellie Carr said some of that worry has since subsided after meeting her son’s chain of command. “They’re a great group of people; I’m thrilled he’s going with them,” she said. During the next year, Ellie Carr said she’ll be going through major life changes as well. She quit her job of 10 years working in logistics to enroll full-time in nursing school. She said it’s been a dream of hers. “This will definitely keep me busy,” Ellie Carr said. “It’s just going to be me and my dog,” Lexi, a miniature Australian Shepherd. Robert Carr, who previously deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, and McReynolds are just two of more than 2 million military service members who have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001. “It makes me proud,” Ellie Carr said. She said her family has a strong military history. Her father, who recently died, retired from the Army after 25 years, she said. “It was natural,” she said, of her son joining the military. “If you’ve never been around it, it’s different. Military families are unique.” Ellie Carr said holidays will be the toughest part of her husband and son deploying, especially because her immediate family is out of state. Come Saturday, “The emotions are going to be running crazy. I’ve been trying to be strong,” Ellie Carr said. The family plans to Skype and write letters to stay in contact. And Ellie Carr said her son will be getting plenty of deliveries of Airheads and Zebra Cakes.
  • Traffic lights were installed Wednesday at the intersection where a pregnant woman was killed last May. It has been almost a year since Angela Shields lost her daughter, Keanna Shields Bentley, and her unborn granddaughter at a southeast Atlanta bus stop. We're talking to the mother about the progress at the intersection, for the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11. Police say the driver who killed 21-year-old Bentley had a medical emergency that led to the crash. Another person was killed at the same intersection just months after Bentley was killed. Shields vowed to get traffic lights installed at the four-way stop. RELATED STORIES: Pregnant woman on way to get cap and gown hit, killed by driver Vigil held for pregnant woman hit, killed by driver at bus stop Pregnant woman hit, killed had just married her high school sweetheart Husband speaks out after pregnant wife is killed Councilwoman promises action to fix deadly bus stop 'Why did it take another person dead for y'all to see how dangerous that four-way stop sign is?' Shields asked. Bentley's mother says a traffic light is all that she wanted and hopes this prevents another family from suffering the loss of a loved one. New traffic lights installed at deadly SE Atlanta intersection. The family of a victim reacts tonight. https://t.co/cqSb0jWyGJ Live @ 11 pic.twitter.com/ddjdFwWp57-- Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) March 30, 2017
  • Holmes 11-16 2-2 25, Saric 5-18 3-4 15, McConnell 5-9 2-2 13, Anderson 4-9 1-1 10, Luwawu-Cabarrot 2-10 0-0 5, Long 4-5 0-0 10, Henderson 2-10 0-0 5, Stauskas 3-10 1-2 9. Totals 36-87 9-11 92. 3-Point Goals_Atlanta 9-18 (Bazemore 4-5, Ilyasova 2-4, Hardaway Jr. 2-6, Prince 1-3), Philadelphia 11-39 (Long 2-2, Stauskas 2-6, Saric 2-8, Holmes 1-3, McConnell 1-3, Anderson 1-4, Henderson 1-6, Luwawu-Cabarrot 1-7). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Atlanta 47 (Howard 20), Philadelphia 40 (Luwawu-Cabarrot 10). Assists_Atlanta 19 (Schroder 5), Philadelphia 30 (McConnell 8). Total Fouls_Atlanta 15, Philadelphia 19. Technicals_Long, Philadelphia coach Brett Brown.
  • Dwight Howard has Atlanta revved up for a playoff push. 'Our focus should be, we need to step on the floor from the tip,' he said. The Hawks also hope they're done with the detour through lengthy losing streaks that almost derailed their drive. Howard had 22 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Hawks to a 99-92 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. The Hawks have won two straight following a seven-game losing streak that stunted their push in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Atlanta is still in the fight for a fifth seed with Milwaukee, Indiana and Miami. The Hawks boosted their playoff hopes with a win a night earlier against Phoenix. 'We gave seven games away,' Howard said. 'We need these games going into the playoffs. I thought the level of play was pretty good over most of those games.' Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kent Bazemore each scored 19 points for the Hawks. Richaun Holmes led the Sixers with 25 points and Dario Saric had 15. Saric was only 5 of 18 from the floor, but remains the leading contender for NBA Rookie of the Year. The Hawks led by as many as 11 points, but struggled to put the Sixers away. Nicknamed 'Simba,' Justin Anderson had the Sixers fans roaring when his monster dunk cut it to 83-81. He converted a three-point play that pulled the Sixers within four and kept alive the hope they could knock off playoff-bound Atlanta. The short-handed Sixers (they had only eight players) had the verve but not the talented depth to do much more than keep it close down the stretch. Coach Brett Brown remained optimistic that better days are ahead for the Sixers and these are the type of games they win with a healthy core. 'I've got, like, nine or 10 guys that we can legitimately move forward,' he said. 'That wasn't that many (in prior years) when we were circling three or four, maybe five. This year is different. For that reason, you feel like the corporate knowledge and the purpose of what we're teaching and how we're growing these guys has a greater chance to be with us next year.' Howard, shooting 53 percent from the line, extended Atlanta's lead from the line and he grabbed his 20th rebound with about 48 seconds left to help seal the win. Howard actually shot 6 of 7 from the line and was 8 of 17 from the floor. Holmes was charged with stopping Howard and found the player called 'Superman' was out to dominate. 'I just tried to make him work as much as possible on the defensive end, and try to go at him; not just take my lumps on the defensive end but give him something, too,' he said. TIP-INS Hawks: The Hawks went 4-0 against the Sixers this season and have won seven straight against them overall. Atlanta swept the Sixers for the seventh time in franchise history. ... Howard has 10-plus rebounds in 17 straight games. Sixers: Missed 14 of 20 3s in the first half. ... Jahlil Okafor (right knee) and Robert Covington (right knee) sat out. ... Brown stormed out to midcourt to argue with the refs and was hit with a technical. GOOD EFFORT A season after the Sixers won 10 games, they've reached their highest win total in Brown's four seasons. Joel Embiid's rookie season was cut short with injuries and No. 1 overall draft pick Ben Simmons never played because of a broken foot. Brown said the Sixers have 'fought in a higher weight class all year,' and smart moves in the draft and free agency could raise expectations. 'There's not anybody that you say had a rough year this year. Not any of them,' he said. 'That collective stuff trumps individual stuff and we have exceeded expectations and have milked and squeezed everything possible out of this group. I'm enamored with these guys. I respect them. I enjoy coaching them.' He added: 'This group has exceeded expectations all over the place. We will reap the benefit of that spirit and attitude and that excitement with a very, very calculated disciplined summer.' UP NEXT Hawks: finish a three-game road trip Saturday at Chicago and Sunday at Brooklyn. Sixers: hit the road for two games, playing Friday at Cleveland and Sunday at Toronto. ___ For more AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
  • The legal team behind Hapeville City Council member and tax preparer Ruth Barr is speaking for the first time, accusing the state of a sloppy investigation and asking it to drop efforts to keep Barr out of business. The state launched its investigation into Barr after a Channel 2 Action News and Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation. It revealed a pattern of Barr allegedly preying on clients, either by prepping returns that led to audit and penalties by the IRS or by getting them to loan her money. Former clients have found themselves under widespread audit, as revenue investigators allege tax fraud, costing the state upwards $6 million. Clients are now being asked to repay the state if they can't come up with the receipts to back years of returns prepared by Barr. 'In my 30-some years of being a tax attorney in Georgia, I have not heard of the Georgia Department of Revenue trying to civilly shut down a tax preparer,' said Jeff Cohen, a tax attorney with Cohen, Cooper, Estep and Allen. The firm is representing Barr against the state. Earlier this month, a judge denied the state's request to prevent Barr from filing taxes amid the Department of Revenue's criminal investigation. He decided the state's lawyers did not meet the burden of proof to support assertions that clients could be at serious risk by using Barr's services. Barr's team argues the state alone is creating blanket trouble for former clients based on a small sampling of returns presented as evidence in the hearing. RELATED STORIES: Mar 17, 2017: Channel 2 confronts tax preparers accused of defrauding clients Mar 2, 2017: Judge says tax preparer accused of fraud, can keep doing taxes Jan 11, 2017: Councilwoman charged after Channel 2 investigation Dec 21, 2016: Georgia begins to recoup $6.4M after Channel 2 tax fraud investigation Sep 29, 2016: Hapeville councilwoman faces new allegations in credit loan scheme Aug 5, 2016: Special Treatment? City Official Dodges Arrest Warrant in City She Serves May 26, 2016: Firefighters, police, paramedics targeted in fraudulent tax refund scheme May 26, 2016: Residents call for councilwoman to resign amid Channel 2 tax fraud investigation May 11, 2016: Councilwoman under criminal investigation after we uncover trail of fraud 'They have only looked at 10 tax returns, and this lady's company prepares thousands of tax returns every year,' said Cohen. 'They're getting billed for assuming all of their deductions are denied, which may not be the case,' continued attorney Jefferson Allen. Cohen and Allen said it's not uncommon for $500 deductions to denote low-level contributions made in a single tax year. It's a pattern state investigators testified was unusual in their experience. Additionally, Barr's lawyers cited client responsibility in reviewing returns before they're electronically filed. They said Barr's work is only as good as the information she's provided. 'Every adult that has a tax return prepared by Ms. Barr's company is legally responsible for what's on it,' said Cohen. The state is flagging returns of clients who have remained with Barr and her newly formed tax business. Barr and her daughter declined to speak with Channel 2's Nicole Carr earlier this month when Carr visited her new business, seeking a response to former client complaints. Barr has continued to solicit their business, despite the ongoing audits they're subject to amid the state investigation. Her attorneys are seeking an end to civil action, or discovery and a trial, to sort out the state's allegations used to support efforts to keep Barr out of business. 'To this point I don't think they will establish their case in trial,' said Allen. Additionally, Barr's legal team said her January perjury arrest and charge were perceived as being tied to the tax fraud case. Barr was arrested earlier in the year, after a deposition tied to an unrelated case exposed her as citing enrolled agent status. The state then charged Barr, alleging she purposely mislead clients, exaggerating her qualifications. Her attorneys claim she'd essentially misspoken under oath during a period when her longtime certification had expired. 'The public might have perceived that she was being arrested for something to do with tax return preparation, and nothing could be further from the truth,' said Cohen. No matter what results from the state investigations, Barr's team said the damage has been done. 'Even if everything the Department of Revenue is doing stops today, there's a negative impact on this business that will take years to recover from,' said Allen. Citing the ongoing criminal investigation, the Department of Revenue declined to comment on Cohen's and Allen's assertions.
  • Emory University paid an undisclosed amount of money to someone it thought was the booking company for the rap group Migos. The school wanted the group to perform for its 'Dooley's Week' celebration. The person it paid turned out to be a con artist who was only pretending to work for Migos. Emory filed a police report and is now scrambling to find someone to perform at the concert. We're getting reaction from students, for the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11. Emory University fell victim to a fraud scheme. How the school ended up handing over money to a con artist, at 11. pic.twitter.com/sT5AmV3iLE-- Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) March 29, 2017 Emory won't tell me how much it accidentally paid a con artist. Working to get police report. Should be in there. pic.twitter.com/Gyx9gykP34-- Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) March 30, 2017
  • Rottenwood Creek flows under Windy Hill Road about a mile from the Chattahoochee River. It was two weeks ago that route water sampling raised a huge red flag about the health of the creek. Dangerously high bacteria levels were found. High levels of bacteria, usually E. coli, are common in metro Atlanta's rivers, creeks and streams after heavy rain; water runs off paved surfaces into the waterways, carrying with it pollution and debris. The high levels of E. coli found in the creek this time, though, have nothing to do with rain. 'The E. coli right now in this water is through the roof,' said Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth. It took more than a week to find the source of the contamination. Water looks clear... it isn't though! Headed to apartment complex now to ask... why hasn't sewage spill been fixed? pic.twitter.com/F8xPATBJ87-- Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) March 29, 2017 'When we find problems, we have trained pollution trackers that actually jump into these streams,' Ulseth said. More than a week ago, the Riverkeeper found a broken pipe spilling sewage from the Arlington Park at Wildwood apartment complex into the creek. Eight days later, Ulseth is frustrated the spill continues, dirtying the water of the creek and threatening the Chattahoochee River downstream. 'We're not seeing any evidence of any work that's being done here yet. We've notified the county, we've notified the state, and we've notified emergency-response officials,' Ulseth said. The Cobb County Water Department told us that since the broken pipe is on private property, it's the responsibility of the apartment complex to fix the pipe and stop the flow of sewage. TRENDING STORIES: Thousands of Georgians could lose food stamps next week 16-year-old in custody after hoax call about school gunman Food prices at SunTrust Park vs. Mercedes-Benz Stadium: What's the difference? Management at Arlington Park declined an on-camera interview, but told us in a statement that the pipe was bent and broken when a tree fell on it and they plan to have repairs complete by the end of Thursday. While we saw some trash in the creek and even some toilet paper floating downstream Wednesday, Ulseth worries that you really can't see the danger in the water. 'You don't look at it and say, 'Holy cow, this is a dangerous and polluted creek.' But when we test it, when we run it, this creek has E. coli levels that are through the roof,' Ulseth said. Channel 2 Action News will follow up Thursday to see if the repairs have been completed. Just finishing up going through interview with @CRKeeper on Rottenwood Creek bacteria... sewage pipe continues to flow unchecked now-- Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) March 29, 2017 Working on getting a statement from this Cobb County apartment complex on sewage spill into Rottenwood Creek pic.twitter.com/xwiAhkXleH-- Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) March 29, 2017
  • One of the Lost Boys of Sudan turned Atlanta police officer spent part of his Wednesday inspiring students at Woodward Academy.Channel 2 Action News was there as he shared his incredible story about how he got to where he is today, and what students can learn from his experience.Jacob Mach is one of 20,000 Lost Boys of Sudan who came to the United States 16 years ago. He came with a dream of becoming an Atlanta police officer.Last month that dream came ture. When he's not keeping us safe, Mach is inspiring the next generation.We met him at Woodward Academy's lower school.'Some of the Lost Boys who could not swim were eaten by crocodiles, and some were carried away by a strong wave of current,' Mach said.Stories like that quickly grabbed the attention of fourth, fifth and sixth-grade students.Mach was displaced during the Sudanese Civil War, which lasted from 1983 to 2005.'A lot of my colleagues died of starvation with no food or water,' Mach said. TRENDING STORIES: Thousands of Georgians could lose food stamps next week 16-year-old in custody after hoax call about school gunman Food prices at SunTrust Park vs. Mercedes-Benz Stadium: What's the difference? This school visit is special for Mach because his son goes to Woodward, so his teachers and peers could hear how his father overcame so much to be standing where he is today.'If I have an obstacle, I don't want to stop and give up. I want to keep going and be optimistic and persevere through it,' said sixth-grade student Rhian Richardson.A Woodward Academy teacher told us she was impressed and moved my Mach's story.'It was sense of positivity and optimism and relentless belief that life would get better for him,' Julia Duke said.In one conversation with Atlanta Police Officer Jacob Mach, you can learn a lot about life.'You need to do the right things for the right reasons,' Mach said.Mach's first day on the job as and Atlanta police officer was on Feb. 15. He's one of thousands of Lost Boys of Sudan who have made the United States home, and he plans to visit as many schools as he can with his inspirational message.
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  • Pickens County deputies are searching for an armed fugitive.  Authorities are looking for Nicholas Bishop in the area of Priest Circle in Talking Rock.  Bishop is believed to be armed with a handgun and on foot after he abandoned a stolen vehicle around 2 p.m.  If you see him, call 911 immediately. Officials say do not attempt to approach him. - Please return for updates.
  • One more time, Doris Payne, the 86-year-old infamous international jewel thief, has pleaded guilty to the usual crime. She admitted Wednesday to stealing a necklace from Von Maur at Perimeter Mall last year, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office said. Payne, who recently said she’s been dealing with a possibly cancerous tumor, was sentenced to 120 days of house arrest and three years of probation.  She was also banned from all Von Maur locations and every mall in DeKalb County. Payne, who’d been free on bond, was arrested last month for missing a court date. Shortly after the would-be appearance, she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she wasn’t medically able to attend. “I ain’t runnin’,” she said in a phone interview. “I’ve never in my life been late for court. Last month, Payne was deemed too ill to stand trial by the judge presiding over a Fulton County case stemming from a missing set of earrings at Phipps Plaza. Payne has been open about her habits of theft, which she detailed in a documentary called, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.” RELATED: Huge DeKalb center with (at least) 8 popular chains is opening soon RELATED: Cop helps elderly woman who got kicked out of dentist office in DeKalb RELATED: A DeKalb family’s tale of two dead bodies and a crying baby girl Like DeKalb County News Now on Facebook | Follow on Twitter and Instagram
  • A drunken driver destroyed a row of headstones at a historic Carrollton cemetery, causing tens of thousands of dollars' worth of damage, police said. According to police, the driver was coming down Martin Luther King Street on March 19, ran a stop sign, jumped a curb and crashed into the city-owned cemetery. The broken headstones range in date from the late 1800s to 1950. 'And what we discussed is, if one is damaged beyond repair, we'll put something back that's respectful. It's hard to replace it with the exact same item. The families aren't around anymore, so the city will take on the responsibility,' city manager Tim Grizzard said. TRENDING STORIES: Thousands of Georgians could lose food stamps next week 16-year-old in custody after hoax call about school gunman Food prices at SunTrust Park vs. Mercedes-Benz Stadium: What's the difference? The 35-year-old driver, Ray Antonio Baker, was arrested and charged with DUI. City officials said they will ask his insurance carrier to pay for the damage. 'Our plan is to go after the individual's insurance to pay for repairs. If that doesn't pay for everything, the city will certainly pick up the tab,' Grizzard said. Officials said this isn't the first time a driver has damaged headstones, but it's not a big enough problem to put up a wall. 'It's not something that has happened often enough that we need to put up a barrier. If it was a recurrent spot, we would do something,' Grizzard said. City officials said it could take weeks to repair the damage.
  • George Clooney made the rounds at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday to promote his upcoming movie, “Suburbicon.” A lot of red carpet chatter led him to use that time to share some details about his wife, lawyer Amal Clooney’s, pregnancy. She is reportedly expecting twins. >> Read more trending news Clooney joked with Entertainment Tonight about the two names he has picked out for his kids. “My wife says I can’t name them Casa and Amigos. That’s the one thing I’m not allowed to do,” he said, joking that he considered naming the twins after his tequila company, Casamigos. “It was just a thought. I mean, you know, it’s a family business,” he joked. Clooney told E News the parents-to-be have not picked out names yet. “I've had friends pick out names around their parents and then it becomes...whatever name you pick they're like, ‘Oh, I don't like that. That guy's a prime minister… Can't name her Susan. You remember your Aunt Susan?’” “I didn't know that we'd have kids,” he told E News. “I was very happy that we were going to get married, and then (a pregnancy) seemed like the next step.' Clooney said Amal Clooney is “doing really great.” “She is amazing,” he told Extra. “I don’t have anything to do. There is nothing I can do to help but make tea and stuff.” The Clooneys are expecting their twins, a boy and a girl, in June. Shortly after the pregnancy news broke, Clooney’s mom, Nina Clooney, shared details about the twins to Vogue. “It will be one of each! Yes, a boy and a girl. That’s what I’ve been told,” Nina Clooney said. “How marvelous! My husband and I are extremely excited.” The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.