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    Police in DeKalb County are canvassing a neighborhood near Redan High School after a young woman's body was found face-down in a creek. Investigators were called out to Fieldgreen Overlook around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday after a neighbor walking along a trail found the woman's body. Channel 2 Action News has a reporter and photographer at the scene talking with investigators for a live report on this developing story, for the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m. Detectives are calling the woman's death suspicious because they say it looks like the woman was shot. Officers said the woman appears to be in her late 20s to early 30s. The woman was fully clothed but had nothing on her to immediately identify her. Investigators said they are not sure how long the woman had been there, but they could say it was not longer than a couple of days. The medical examiner is working to identify the body and determine an official cause of death.
  • Metro Atlanta hospitals are bracing for more serious overdose patients now that a new strain of fentanyl surfaced in Georgia that's resistant to overdose reversal drugs. Channel 2's Tom Regan has been talking with doctors and nurses about the problem they see firsthand every day. The emergency department at Northside Hospital Forsyth is treating an average 50 overdose patients a month. They worry that will continue climbing as stronger strains of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl surface in the suburbs. Nurses are prepping one of the intensive care unit rooms where overdose patients are treated, some arriving close to death. RELATED STORIES: Urgent warning issued about deadly counterfeit drug Brothers accused of selling deadly Fentanyl online Deadly counterfeit drugs coming to Georgia from China Local deputies make one of the largest fentanyl busts in the country This deadly drug is on its way to metro Atlanta streets Local deputies make one of the largest fentanyl busts in the country GBI seeing first signs of new potent drug used with heroin 'Either they quit breathing and then that can lead to cardiac arrest, or they will come in and they will be unresponsive,' coordinator Kim McDuffie said. The overdoses caused by pain pills, heroin and fentanyl, and fentanyl, often mixed with heroin and made into counterfeit pills, are getting stronger and more resistant to overdose reversal drugs like Naloxone and Narcan. 'The problem is it requires much, much higher doses to reverse the effect of the new drugs,' Dr. Adam Friedlander said. 'It will work eventually, but if an ambulance were to be on the scene, this would probably outset the supply they have on the ambulance.' As Regan first reported Tuesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a new strain of fentanyl called acryl fentanyl was found in drug seizures made by the Forsyth Sheriff's Office in March. In early April, four people overdosed on fentanyl, two died. Friedlander said he doesn't know if any of his patients have overdosed on this latest strain of the illicit chemical, but it's cause for concern. 'This new danger is muddying the waters and definitely a problem we're going to see,' Friedlander said. 'We are seeing more overdose, by persons you would not expect to be a typical overdose.
  • There's a new push to connect the Atlanta Beltline to the Silver Comet Trail. The PATH Foundation is working alongside Connect the Comet to connect the heavily used Silver Comet Trail, which reaches from Cobb County to Alabama, with the hugely popular Beltline that will circle the metro. 'This would give us pedestrian transportation and recreation and tourism and higher property values. Everybody wins here,' said Roberta Cook, with Connect the Comet. There is a six-and-a-half mile stretch of out of service CSX Railroad line between the trails. The tracks are not officially abandoned, but part of them have already been paved over. 'You have to have a willing seller. CSX has been reluctant to abandon the line,' said Ed McBrayer, with the PATH Foundation. TRENDING STORIES: 'Cash me ousside' girl pleads guilty to charges Police: Father, son fight back after home invasion, suspect killed HUMAN PLAGUE: 7 things to know, symptoms, how to protect yourself Groups have lined the tracks with signs to build support for their cause. More than 4,000 signatures were delivered to Governor Nathan Deal on Wednesday in hopes that his influence can start a dialogue about connecting the trails, something Cook said she has been working on tirelessly for more than a decade. 'CSX, we just want to get them to the table to talk about how we can come to terms and if we need to buy it, how much does it cost?' Cook said. Channel 2's Wendy Corona contacted CSX, which sent a statement saying, 'CSX frequently works with public agencies and nonprofits on rails-to-trails projects across our network. We consider the trail proposals on a case-by-case basis.
  • Philips Arena, the home of the Atlanta Hawks, is undergoing a major $192 million renovation project.The Hawks made several big announcements about the transformation of Philips Arena on Wednesday.Channel 2's Justin Wilfon is getting a tour of the Atlanta Hawks' home. Watch The Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 for more.When the project is finished, the home of the Hawks will feature the NBA's first courtside bar with a view of the court. FIRST LOOK: Renovated @ATLHawks arena will have first NBA courtside bar with view of the court pic.twitter.com/FaHhEI9lKD-- Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 28, 2017 Hawks CEO Steve Koonin says the remodeled arena will also feature 'Swing Suites' with Topgolf simulators, a variety of new suites, a barbershop and several new clubs. The renovated @ATLHawks arena will have two 'Swing Suites' with @Topgolf simulators in them pic.twitter.com/r82VfKlaTX-- Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 28, 2017 TRENDING STORIES: 'Cash me ousside' girl pleads guilty to charges Police: Father, son fight back after home invasion, suspect killed HUMAN PLAGUE: 7 things to know, symptoms, how to protect yourself Atlanta-based artists Killer Mike of the hip-hop group Run the Jewels and Zac Brown Band are a part of the transformation.Killer Mike has partnered with the arena to open up The S.W.A.G shop, a four-chair barbershop with a view of the court. 'We will open a 4-chair barber shop overlooking the court.' - @SteveKoonin on new S.W.A.G. Shop partnership with @KillerMike-- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 28, 2017 The country group Zac Brown Band will have a social club in the new arena.[PHOTOS: Courtside bar, golf simulators part of major renovation at Philips Arena]'It is a great day in the city of Atlanta, and for the Hawks organization,' said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at the news conference. Mayor Reed speaking now at Hawks press conference. Says the renovation of Philips Arena is crucial to downtown. pic.twitter.com/Wq2cUoBXxL-- Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) June 28, 2017 Officials said the arena was in some ways built more for a hockey team. And now that they're gone, they'll focus on making Philips Arena a basketball venue.Work is expected to be complete in about 16 months.
  • A woman whose car was hit by a large rock while she was driving on the exit ramp of I-85 North during rush hour says she thought she was being shot at. DeKalb Police say large rocks were thrown at cars on the Clairmont Road exit ramp of I-85N on Monday. Authorities have also received reports about someone throwing rocks on Sunday. Witnesses say they saw what looked like teens throwing big rocks off the rocky cliff towards cars. Jane Yi, one of the victims, told Channel 2's Carol Sbarge the large rock smashed through her rear windshield on Monday. TRENDING STORIES: 'Cash me ousside' girl pleads guilty to charges Police: Father, son fight back after home invasion, suspect killed HUMAN PLAGUE: 7 things to know, symptoms, how to protect yourself 'I'm just so grateful I didn't get hit in the front because if my windshield shattered like my back (windshield) I would probably be blind. I could have swerved and hit another car and killed myself or someone else,' Yi said. Another driver who was hit, Janice Durant, says a rock smashed through her passenger window. Her daughter was crouched down in her seat because she wasn't feeling well and avoided getting hit. 'Her words to me were 'God was protecting me that night because thank goodness I was bent down,'' Durant said.
  • On Wednesday afternoon, military men and women got a special welcome at Atlanta's airport. Channel 2's Linda Stouffer was there as the United Service Organization celebrated its 40th anniversary at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.One family, the O'Neals had been traveling all night. The father is an on-duty army doctor and was glad for a little R&R at the USO.'It's such a huge blessing to have a place to come,' Mr. O'Neal, said. TRENDING STORIES: Dangerous fentanyl spills outside police department, creating hazmat situation Police investigating killing outside DeKalb County Mother of teen struck by baseball: 'God's got this' People like Major O'Neil tells his daughters it's an honor to help other people and volunteers of the USO at Hartsfield-Jackson are celebrating 40 years of service.In times of heavy deployment, volunteers led the warm welcome-homes at the top of the airport's escalator and more quietly, always provided an oasis on the upper floor.Mary Lou Austin told Stouffer that she's been on the front lines of the welcoming committee for every one of those 40 years.The USO began service at the airport July 1, 1977 and was the first ever facility built as a component of an American airport.Since then, the organization has provided support for more than 8 million active members of the military and their families as they traveled through Hartsfield-Jackson.'It's important because every day these young men and women leave their families to go protect our county,' Austin said. 'They remember that love and support.'Maj. Gen. Joe Jarrard, Adjutant General and member of Georgia National Guard said 'A lot of times, these are 18 to 19-year-old's away from home for the first time. It proves to them somebody cares about them and appreciates what they're doing serving our country.'Hartsfield-Jackson is the world's most traveled and most efficient airport, serving more than 101 million passengers annually with nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations and nearly 70 international destinations in more than 45 countries.The airport's direct economic impact on metro Atlanta's economy contributes $34.8 billion with a total direct impact of $70.9 billion for the overall state of Georgia.The airport is also the largest employer in Georgia with more than 63,000 employees.Travelers are urged to arrive at least two hours before their scheduled domestic flight approaching the busy holiday weekend. ATL ready for July 4th travelers. @ATLairport: goal is 20 mins through security, but arrive 2 hrs early. @wsbtv @WSBTraffic @MarkArum 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/PWwHlt6ZzD-- Linda Stouffer (@LindaWSB) June 28, 2017
  • One of the biggest complaints in metro Atlanta is traffic. Over the next month, Channel 2 Action News will take an in-depth look at solutions to our traffic problems across the metro. Channel 2 consumer investigator Jim Strickland shows us how one local city installed a new bridge in just one weekend, TOMORROW on Channel 2 Action News at 6 p.m. We'll be taking a hard look at the projects, plans and proposals aimed at making your commute faster and easier. The Interstate 85 bridge collapse doubled commute times and exposed just how dependent metro Atlantans are on our interstates and roads. 'Atlanta traffic is just bad all around the board,' driver Jae Gresham said. The Georgia Department of Transportation told Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant it is all in on several major projects it believes could alleviate the problem. [READ: Atlanta traffic among worst in the world, study finds ] GDOT's Jay Roberts told Diamant its research shows new truck-only lanes on Interstate 75 between McDonough and Macon will help. 'After looking at it they come back and they said this project will relieve congestion by 40 percent,' Roberts said. Peachtree Road is a major artery through the city of Atlanta, and GDOT hopes removing one northbound lane to create a continuous left turn lane will reduce back-ups. But some drivers are skeptical. 'I also drive this road often, almost every day, and three lanes each side doesn't seem like enough,' driver Taryn Kirbo said. [STUDY: Atlanta drivers waste 52 hours in traffic a year ] Over the next month, Channel 2 Action News will also show you innovative approaches other cities are taking, such as an aerial tram in Portland, Oregon, and the role self-driving cars could play. 'Your vehicle will be talking to the traffic signals. It will be talking to the roadways,' GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said. We'll also explore the role of public transportation and break down the cost and challenges to extending MARTA rail service, to get more cars off the street. McMurray believes ultimately it will take a combination of projects and cooperation with partners such as MARTA to ease often crippling congestion. [READ: 3 Atlanta roads make list of worst bottlenecks in the country ] 'There's really no one solution for transportation improvement as it relates to congestion and improve mobility. It's all the things that have to come together,' McMurry told Diamant. Our series begins Thursday on Channel 2 Action News at 6 p.m. with an exclusive look at some innovative new ways the state builds bridges faster, keeping lanes open longer and reducing headaches for drivers during construction.
  • Much of Wednesday was another day of quiet weather, but Severe Weather Team 2 says don't get too comfortable.Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz says you'll need the rain gear by Thursday.[DOWNLOAD: WSB-TV's weather app for the latest on Georgia's changing weather]Precipitation chances are expected to increase by 60 percent Thursday, Friday and Saturday. At this time severe weather is not forecast but few strong storms should not be ruled out. WHAT VIEWERS CAN ONLY GET ON TV: Updated hour-by-hour cloud & rain forecast showing when the chance for showers and storms return to north Georgia Updated humidity forecast showing moisture surging back into the Metro Updated forecast model timing when our next cold front moves through Cold front moves through Sunday, lowering rain chances to 20 percent. Isolated rain on July 4 could be possible.Count on Severe Weather Team 2 for the very latest to see if the weather might impact your holiday weekend plans.
  • Crews worked to clean a dangerous drug from a police department headquarters after someone spilled it Wednesday. Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes was the first to report that Duluth police were transporting fentanyl from the GBI when someone spilled it inside and outside the building. Two Duluth police officers were in an SUV transporting evidence back from the GBI, where it was being tested, to the City of Duluth Public Safety Center when they realized some of the fentanyl had spilled out of an evidence bag. The officers called for help, knowing how dangerous the substance can be. Officials quarantined everything around the vehicle. Hazmat crews tested materials and worked to clean everything up. 'It was pretty scary being so close to, you know, to something that can kill you with the smallest grain,' Duluth police Officer Ted Sadowski said. TRENDING STORIES: 'Cash me ousside' girl pleads guilty to charges Police: Father, son fight back after home invasion, suspect killed HUMAN PLAGUE: 7 things to know, symptoms, how to protect yourself One of the officers was exposed to the drug. Fire crews decontaminated him and he and the other officer are both OK. 'It was very dangerous for our officers to be put in that situation,' Sadowski said. The GBI has halted all evidence from leaving its facility while it investigates the spill. Investigators are working to figure if someone made a mistake. 'I don't know who packaged it, if it was GBI, us or what-not. We're just trying to figure that out,' Sadowski said. GBI officials said they are reviewing their policies and procedures when it comes to packaging evidence.
  • Channel 2 Action News has learned police have arrested the suspected gunman in a shooting that left a laundromat worker dead. They have warrants out for the suspect's father, who police think helped commit the crime. Channel 2's Liz Artz was the first to report that Kevin Clark Jr., 19, was arrested and that authorities are searching for his father, Kevin Clark Sr., 38. ARRESTED: police say a 19yoa is in custody accused of killing laundromat worker His father Is wanted. Police: DUO committed crime together pic.twitter.com/BHZ2CBxUJ4-- Liz Artz (@LizArtzWSB) June 28, 2017 Police believe Clark Jr. pulled the trigger in late April, killing 26-year-old Carlos Lemons during a robbery attempt. It happened at the laundromat off Memorial Drive. Clark Jr. has been charged with murder. Detectives are searching for his father, Kevin Clark Sr., they have warrants out for his arrest and said the father/son duo was trying to rob Lemons. Investigators gave Channel 2 Action News surveillance video from the night of the shooting and said there is third person involved, who they have identified and want to talk with him. We're working to learn about a third person authorities are searching for, on Channel 2 Action News starting at 5. 'It is very unusual to see that there is a father and son involved in this incident not something you see every day,' said DeKalb County police official Shiera Campbell Police said they believe the father and son did not know Lemons, they believe he was randomly targeted. Lemons' family said he worked two jobs to support his two children.

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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
  • 1. AUSTRALIA MOST SENIOR CATHOLIC CHARGED Police say they are charging a top Vatican cardinal with historical sexual assault offenses. Cardinal George Pell now becomes the highest-ranking Vatican official ever to be charged in the church's long-running sexual abuse scandal. 2. OBAMACARE REPEAL IS ON THE BRINK Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is exploring options for salvaging the battered Republican health care bill. But he's confronting a growing chorus of GOP detractors. 3. WHAT PEOPLE FLYING TO THE US FACE The Homeland Security Department is demanding that airlines around the world step up security measures for international flights bound for the U.S. or face the possibility of a total electronics ban for planes. 4. US OFFICIALS FINALIZING DETAILS OF TRUMP'S REVIVED TRAVEL BAN They are deciding which residents of six mostly Muslim nations will be allowed to travel to the United States under a scaled-back travel ban set to take effect Thursday. 5. VENEZUELA'S POLITICAL CRISIS DEEPENS OVER MYSTERIOUS ATTACK A police detective who's also a pilot, movie star and dog trainer is now a fugitive, accused of leading a quixotic attempt to set off a revolt against President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela with a largely ineffective helicopter attack on the Supreme Court and Interior Ministry. 6. WHO CHINA RELEASED Three Chinese investigators who went undercover at a factory that made Ivanka Trump shoes walked out of a police station after a month behind bars, and still might face charges. 7. WHY STOPPING RANSOMWARE IS SO DIFFICULT Artificial intelligence is taking on ransomware, but getting protections onto computers presents its own challenges. 8. HOW LONG A TEN COMMANDMENTS MOMUMENT LASTED IN ARKANSAS The privately funded monument had been in place outside the state Capitol in Little Rock for less than 24 hours when a man yelling 'Freedom!' crashed his vehicle into it. 9. PHIL JACKSON LEAVES KNICKS The basketball legend's days as New York Knicks president are over, after presiding over one of the worst eras in team history and feuding with star Carmelo Anthony. 10. WHAT INSPIRED THE CREATION OF PADDINGTON BEAR Michael Bond, who died at age 91, was inspired to create the beloved character by a teddy bear he bought for his wife one Christmas Eve and named him after the station he used for daily commutes.