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    All lanes of Buford Highway just south of Beverly Hills Drive in Chamblee are closed for emergency road repairs. Officials told Channel 2 Action News the closure is expected to last a minimum of 24 hours as crews make repairs. At some point, Buford Highway will be closed at Beverly Hills Drive and Shallowford Terrace. Drivers are encouraged to use I-85 and Shallowford Road as alternate routes.
  • We're finally starting to see cooler temperatures after a warm start to fall, so what does that mean for your winter? The winter outlook will be released on Thursday. One of the biggest factors in the forecast has to do with ocean water temperatures more than 2,000 miles away from north Georgia in the Pacific Ocean. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan says the Pacific Ocean plays a big role in the weather in the eastern half and actually the entire United States. This year, Pacific ocean water temperatures along the equator are crashing. That's a clear signal of a dawning La Nina event.  Stronger than normal winds cause upwelling, bringing cooler water from deep down below to the ocean's surface. TRENDING STORIES: Boy, 1, dies after getting struck by SUV; Family retaliates against driver Warrant: Mother accused of 'knowingly and intentionally' killing children Sleeping man killed over his marijuana-infused edibles, police say On Tuesday, Monahan spoke with Keith Stellman, the meteorologist-in-charge at Atlanta's local National Weather Service office. Stellman said La Nina is a big disruption to the normal winter time patterns in the United States. 'When you get a large pool of cool water over a basin the size of the Pacific. in the case of La Nina, you get high pressure and low pressure to develop in certain areas and want to just stay in that area. That has an impact on the jet stream.' In a La Nina winter, the polar branch of the jet stream generally stays farther to the north, keeping the northern part of the country cold. But in the southeast, we stay warmer than average. Precipitation, usually below average in a La Nina winter for us but there can be exceptions.  In fact, Stellman told Monahan some research shows that wedge ice events like one that hit Atlanta in 2015 are more likely during La Ninas. 'The pattern, the way that it sets up with the jet stream, it allows a lot more cold air damming to occur, down the eastern half of the Appalachians, and that is typically when we get our ice here in north Georgia,' he said.  Atlanta averages just under three inches of snow each winter.  
  • Delta Air Lines revealed its newest aircraft Tuesday, and it is something special.  Channel 2’s Rikki Klaus went to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to find out about Delta’s A-350 aircraft, which will replace the Boeing 747. The A-350 aircraft is the newest addition to Delta’s fleet. The aircraft is made by Airbus and seats more than 300 passengers.  “So this is Delta’s brand-new flagship international craft,” said Delta onboard project manager Robbie Schaefer. TRENDING STORIES: Man arrested in shooting at popular restaurant suspected in other high-end crimes Driver slams into store at busy Cobb County shopping center KSU mascot takes knee in support of cheerleaders The A-350 will take some of Delta’s longest trips. Its business-class seats transition into beds and have doors and its premium economy cabin includes wider chairs and more legroom in the main cabin, Delta said. “We have a brand new seat with foam memory,” Schaefer said. “Our largest in-flight entertainment system, so overall it’s really going to be an upgraded experience for all customers.” Linton Hopkins, chef and Delta culinary partner, owns several Atlanta-based restaurants, including Holeman and Finch. He said he's excited to plan menus and source local food for the A-350, starting in March. “I just toured the kitchen and we’re getting all that data right now,” Hopkins said. “It should be pretty fun.” Schaefer said he considers the customer first when designing the plane’s amenities. “Hopefully, it’s a sign of the things customers will expect going forward with Delta,” Schaefer said. The A-350’s first flight out of Detroit is in two weeks. Delta says it is working on plans for the new aircraft to fly out of Atlanta. No dates for that were announced at this time. 
  • A Henry County Schools bus was involved in a fatal accident Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened just before 5 p.m. on Hampton-Locust Grove Road and Wycliffe Drive in Locust Grove. The school district told Channel 2 Action News that there were four students from Luella High School on board the bus at the time. All students and the bus driver were examined at the scene and released. TRENDING STORIES: Popular Burger King fails 2nd-consecutive health inspection Supreme court ruling could change Georgia DUI cases forever 'Shark Tank' entrepreneur killed, body dumped in river The driver of the other vehicle died in the crash, according to the Henry County Police Department. Police told Channel 2 Action News that the victim is believed to be a female in her 70s. Investigators said the crash remains under investigation.  We're working to learn more about this breaking news story. WATCH Channel 2 Action News at 6 p.m. for updates.
  • Mychael Knight, the engaging designer who appeared on Season 3 of Bravo’s reality TV competition series “Project Runway,” has died. Obviousmag.com first reported that Knight, 39, died Tuesday at his home in Atlanta surrounded by friends and family. No cause of death was given, but Knight had reportedly been hospitalized in September. “We are still processing the untimely death of our son, brother, friend, and uncle. Mychael meant everything to us and we loved him dearly. He was generous and so full of life. This is how we choose to remember his legacy,” the Knight family said in a statement to the publication. >> Read more trending news Knight, an Alabama native who was born in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1978, studied at Georgia Southern University and worked on the local fashion scene before trying out for “Project Runway.” He didn’t make it the first time, but in 2006, he was granted a slot on season 3 and quickly became a fan favorite. He took fourth place for the season and went on to launch several fashion collections, including Kitty & Dick, which he previewed in Atlanta at a 2008 runway show. He also appeared on BET’s “Rip the Runway” and worked on design projects with Starbucks. Most recently, he partnered with fellow “Project Runway” contestant Korto Momolu for the MKKM Experience on Sept. 8 during New York Fashion Week. Knight’s spring/aummer fashion collection, titled Mercy & Grace, featured colorful skirts, dresses and shorts that fans seemed to love. His designs have appeared on celebrities ranging from Sherri Shepherd to Iggy Azalea.
  • The mass shooting in Las Vegas has some metro area police departments and sheriff’s offices intensifying their training.   Channel 2’s Berndt Petersen learned authorities will now be able to get it at a new facility that has a specially-built sniper range. 'Unfortunately, in today's society, you never know what's going to happen next. Who would have thought in a million years that something like Las Vegas would have taken place?” Paulding County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ashley Henson said. TRENDING STORIES: Popular Burger King fails 2nd-consecutive health inspection Supreme court ruling could change Georgia DUI cases forever 'Shark Tank' entrepreneur killed, body dumped in river The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history has law enforcement agencies across the nation preparing for the worst.   The sheriff’s new sniper and rifle range at a new training facility in Dallas was on the drawing board long before the horrible events in Nevada.   It features a tower that allows officers to fire at targets 100 and 200 yards away. These are skills for sniper fire they may one day need. 'We have a facility where we can train for things like that. God forbid they happen again. So, having this is a huge asset to our county and our metro area. Because so many different agencies can come out here and use this,” Henson said.
  • A Gwinnett County fast food restaurant not only failed two consecutive health inspections, it did worse on the re-inspection.  The Burger King on Centerville Highway in Snellville got a score of 54 Thursday. The restaurant scored a 65 on Oct. 7.   One regular customer told Channel 2 Action News that the service used to be really good, but he noticed recently it had gone downhill.  In February, the Burger King got a 94 on a health inspection.  TRENDING STORIES: Supreme court ruling could change Georgia DUI cases forever 'Shark Tank' entrepreneur killed, body dumped in river 3-year-old girl drowns in grease pit at ice cream shop Violations in the latest inspection included a black mold-like substance in the top interior portion of the ice machine, Parmesan cheese and tomatoes kept too long on the prep line and the current inspection score not on display.  Learning of the two recent failures, customer Franklin Boulware returned his milk shake.  Boulware says he and his wife take health inspections very seriously.  No one with management at the Burger King restaurant would talk to Channel 2 about the recent inspections.  Channel 2’s Carol Sbarge reached out to the Burger King corporate offices and is waiting for a response.  One customer says he’s hoping thea eatery turns things around and gets back to scores in the 90s. He says he enjoys the convenience of this restaurant.
  • A student who serves as Kennesaw State University's mascot could be in trouble for taking a knee during a protest while in costume. Kenneth Sturkey, the student inside Scrappy, and others were protesting the school's decision to not allow five cheerleaders who kneeled during a football game to take the field during the national anthem. TRENDING STORIES: Boy, 1, dies after getting struck by SUV; Family retaliates against driver Warrant: Mother accused of 'knowingly and intentionally' killing children Sleeping man killed over his marijuana-infused edibles, police say The cheerleaders joined a national protest over inequality and police brutality. 'People kept pulling out there phones like hey that's Scrappy. Oh my God Scrappy is with the protest,' Sturkey said.  Sturkey says he saw nothing wrong with his activism. 'This is about first amendment rights. This is freedom of expression. And that's all this is. This is a peaceful protest,' he told Channel 2's Tom Jones. Some students felt Sturkey shouldn't have used the mascot to promote his own personal cause. 'I would say he wouldn't have the right to do that because it represents the school,' Others said it was no big deal. 'I mean if he wants to do that he can. If Kennesaw thinks something's wrong with it they act on it,' The school may punish Sturkey for taking a knee while dressed as Scrappy. Sturkey said that's their right but he said believes that would send the wrong message. 'If there''s a form of punishment coming from just standing out and giving the student's a voice at a peaceful protest then I feel like the problem doesn't lie with us. Sturkey said he felt compelled to use his voice and his position to speak up for what he believed in. Jones asked the school if he will be disciplined. A spokesperson told him she hoped to have that response by the end of the day Tuesday.  
  • Alpharetta police say they arrested a mother after they found her driving drunk with a toddler in the car. Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik obtained dash cam video of Alpharetta police conducting a field sobriety test on 45-year-old Stacy Clubb. Police said this started after an officer wrapped up a traffic stop and looked out his window to find a woman parked on the side of the road with flat tires. TRENDING STORIES: Popular Burger King fails 2nd-consecutive health inspection Supreme court ruling could change Georgia DUI cases forever 'Shark Tank' entrepreneur killed, body dumped in river Police spokesman Jason Muenzer said Clubb also appeared very drunk. “How much alcohol did you have to drink today?” the officer asked Clubb in dashcam video. At one point during the traffic stop, she was heard on video telling police she had to go home to let her dog out. “Who is going to have to go potty?,” the officer asked Clubb. 'My dog,” Clubb replied. 'Well, he's going to have to wait because I need to make sure you are safe to drive,” the officer said. Making matters worse, police said Clubb's 4-year-old foster son was in the car with her. She told police she picked him up after attending a work party. 'I can't believe you're doing this with my son in the car,” Clubb said to the officer. Police charged Clubb with DUI and child endangerment. Attorney George Stein is representing Clubb. 'It's safe to say she's accused and perhaps falsely accused,” Stein said. Stein said state child welfare workers took the child from her in light of the arrest. 'She believes she was not impaired to drive,” Stein said. “It's obviously a high-stakes case for her because she's a foster mom and there's huge issues that come along with that and responsibilities as well.”

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  • The organ transplant of a 2-year-old boy who was born without a kidney will likely be stalled for months. The reason? His father’s latest arrest. Anthony Dickerson, 26, is no stranger to the criminal justice system. He has been in and out of jail on misdemeanor theft charges and a first-degree forgery charge since 2011, according to Gwinnett County jail records. Just this month, he was released on a $2,600 bond on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of attempted felonies. But Dickerson promised that his son would be the one thing he did right in his life, the child’s mother, Carmellia Burgess, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. So when he found out he was a match to donate his kidney to Anthony Jr., he jumped at the chance to help. The family was “hysterical” when they found out the day of the planned surgery Oct. 3 that Emory University Hospital had changed the plan. “They’re making this about dad,” Burgess said. “It’s not about dad. It’s about our son.” In a letter The AJC obtained from Burgess, a hospital official said the surgery would be pushed back until Dickerson could provide evidence he has complied with his parole officer for three months. “We will re-evaluate Mr. Dickerson in January 2018 after receipt of this completed documentation,” the hospital representative said in the letter. Emory officials refused to answer The AJC’s questions about the decision or its policies, and Gwinnett law enforcement agencies have not responded to requests for comment. Janet Christenbury, an Emory spokeswoman, said in a statement the hospital is committed to the highest quality of care for its patients.  “Guidelines for organ transplantation are designed to maximize the chance of success for organ recipients and minimize risk for living donors,” Christenbury said. “Because of privacy regulations and respect for patient confidentiality, we cannot share specific information about our patients.” Burgess said news of the hospital’s decision caught her by surprise because Emory had earlier been supportive of the dad being the donor. The hospital even requested Dickerson’s temporary release from jail, according to a letter from Emory’s Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program to the Gwinnett County jail where Dickerson was being held. “If Mr. Dickerson could be escorted to Emory for blood work and a pre-operative appointment tomorrow, September 29, we will be able to continue with the scheduled surgery,” an Emory official said in the letter dated Sept. 28. Even though jail records show Dickerson was released Oct. 2, the child’s surgery has not been rescheduled for this year. Burgess created a web petition to urge the hospital to allow the surgery sooner. It has garnered more than 18,400 signatures, but Burgess said she doubts the petition will make a difference. A GoFundMe page also was set up with a $1,000 goal. “I’m just taking it day by day,” she said. “That’s all we can do.” In other news:
  • British police are investigating three new allegations of sexual assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein, all made by the same woman. In another blow to the Hollywood titan after he was ejected from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, France's president said Sunday he was working to rescind Weinstein's prestigious Legion of Honor award. In the new British allegations, London's Metropolitan Police force said Sunday that the woman reported being assaulted in London in 2010, 2011 and 2015. The force said officers from its Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Command are investigating. The woman's name has not been made public. The force also did not name Weinstein, in keeping with its policy of not identifying suspects who have not been charged. But it said the allegations involve a man against whom another accusation was made Wednesday. That alleged assault — reported to have taken place in west London during the late 1980s — also is being investigated. British actress Lysette Anthony says she reported to police on Wednesday that Weinstein raped her in her west London home in the late 1980s. Anthony, 54, who appears on the British soap opera 'Hollyoaks,' told the Sunday Times newspaper that Weinstein raped her in the late 1980s after showing up at her London home. She said she was left feeling 'disgusted and embarrassed' after the attack. 'It was pathetic, revolting,' she was quoted as saying in a Thursday interview. 'I remember lying in the bath later and crying.' Dozens of women have made allegations of sexual harassment and assault against the movie mogul in recent days, some dating back decades. Weinstein denies non-consensual sexual activity. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences took the almost unprecedented step Saturday of revoking Weinstein's membership. It said it did so 'to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.' Weinstein, who backed many British movies including 'Shakespeare in Love' and 'The King's Speech,' also has been suspended by the British film academy. The fallout from the multiplying accusations against Weinstein also reverberated in France on Sunday. French President Emmanuel Macron said he had 'started the procedures' to revoke Weinstein's Legion of Honor award. Rescinding the honor is rare, although it also happened to another American: disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. Weinstein was given the prestigious French award in 2012 by then-President Nicolas Sarkozy after the French film 'The Artist' won multiple Oscars. Weinstein's company produced the film, and he predicted in an interview with The Associated Press at the time that it would augur a new 'golden age' of French cinema. French actresses are among those who have accused Weinstein of sexual wrongdoing, notably during his multiple appearances at the Cannes Film Festival. Macron said he wants to speed up procedures for investigating and prosecuting sexual harassment in France to encourage more women to come forward. ___ Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.
  • The Latest on the explosion in Somalia's capital (all times local): 7:30 a.m. Qatar's foreign minister says his country's diplomatic mission in Somalia was hit by the massive truck bombing in Mogadishu. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said on Twitter early Monday morning: 'The attack on (hashtag)Qatar diplomatic mission in Mogadishu will not deter our support for (hashtag)Somalia's democracy, security and stability.' He did not elaborate. It was unclear if any Qataris were hurt in the blast. Officials in Doha did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Somalia has found itself torn by the boycott by four Arab nations of Qatar. Saudi Arabia is the Somali government's biggest benefactor, while the United Arab Emirates has trained the country's military and launched a high-profile aid appeal this year. Somalia has meanwhile allowed Qatari aircraft to increasingly fly through its airspace as Arab nations have closed theirs off. A Somali state in September broke with Somalia's central government in Mogadishu, saying it backed the boycotting nations. ___ Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ___ 12:45 a.m. Somalia's information minister Abdirahman Osman says the death toll from Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu has risen to 276, with about 300 people injured. It is the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history. The toll is expected to rise. Somalia's government has blamed the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not yet commented. ___ 12:40 a.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is 'sickened' by the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history. Guterres in a tweet Sunday night urged 'unity in the face of terrorism.' Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu killed at least 231 people. Another 275 are hurt. Somalia's government has blamed the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not yet commented. Officials fear the death toll will rise. ___ 10:05 p.m. The United States is condemning 'in the strongest terms' the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history. The State Department statement expresses condolences to victims and wishes a quick recovery for the injured. Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu killed at least 231 people. Another 275 are hurt. The U.S. calls the attack 'senseless and cowardly' and says it will stand with Somalia in its fight against extremism. ___ 6:35 p.m. Qatar says its embassy was 'severely damaged' in the deadly truck bombing in Somalia's capital. A foreign ministry statement Sunday says the embassy's charge d'affaires was 'slightly injured in the explosion but he is now in a good health, and the rest of staff are fine.' Saturday's blast killed at least 231 people. It is the deadliest ever attack in the Horn of Africa nation. ___ 5:50 p.m. The United Nations special envoy to Somalia calls the deadly truck bombing in the capital 'revolting' and says an unprecedented number of civilians have been killed. A statement from Michael Keating says: 'I am shocked and appalled by the number of lives that were lost in the bombings and the scale of destruction they caused.' Saturday's blast struck a densely populated neighborhood of Mogadishu. The death toll has risen to 231. It is the deadliest ever attack in the Horn of Africa nation. Keating says the U.N. and African Union are supporting the Somali government's response with 'logistical support, medical supplies and expertise.' ___ 5:45 p.m. The U.S. Africa Command says U.S. forces have not been asked to provide aid following Saturday's deadly attack in Somalia's capital. A U.S. Africa Command spokesman tells The Associated Press that first responders and local enforcement would handle the response and 'the U.S. would offer assistance if and when a request was made.' A Somali senator says the death toll from the massive truck bomb blast in Mogadishu has risen to 231, with 275 people injured. It is the deadliest ever attack in the Horn of Africa nation. ___ 5:35 p.m. Angry protesters have taken to the streets in Somalia's capital a day after a massive truck bomb killed at least 231 people. The protesters who gathered at the scene of the blast are chanting against the attack, the deadliest ever in the Horn of Africa nation. The government has blamed the Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group for what it calls a 'national disaster.' Al-Shabab has not commented but often targets Mogadishu with bombings. ___ 5:20 p.m. A senator says the death toll from a massive truck bomb blast in Somalia's capital has risen to 231. Abshir Abdi Ahmed says 275 others were injured. He cites doctors at hospitals he has visited in Mogadishu. Saturday's blast is the single deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation. Many of the bodies in hospital mortuaries are yet to be identified. ___ 3:05 p.m. Local journalists say one freelance journalist was killed in Saturday's massive bombing in Somalia's capital and several were injured. Voice of America says one of its reporters, Abdulkaidr Mohamed Abdulle, is among the injured. Police and hospital sources say the death toll from the truck bomb in Mogadishu has risen to 189 in what is the single deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation. — Abdi Guled in Mogadishu. ___ 2:35 p.m. The death toll from a massive explosion in Somalia's capital has risen to 189 with over 200 others injured, police and hospital sources say, making it the single deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation. Doctors are struggling to assist hundreds of horrifically wounded victims, with many burnt beyond recognition. Somalia's government has blamed Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu on the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not commented. — Abdi Guled in Mogadishu. ___ 1:25 p.m. The United States is joining the condemnation of Saturday's massive truck bombing in Somalia's capital that left scores dead. A statement by the U.S. mission to Somalia says that 'such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism.' The U.S. military this year has stepped up drone strikes and other efforts this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, which is based in Somalia and often targets Mogadishu. ___ 1:20 p.m. The International Committee of the Red Cross says four volunteers with the Somali Red Crescent Society are among the dead after a huge truck bombing in Somalia's capital. A statement Sunday says 'this figure may rise as there are a number of volunteers still missing.' Security and medical sources say at least 53 people are dead after what Mogadishu residents call the largest explosion they've ever witnessed. Officials have pleaded for blood donations. More than 60 people are injured. Somalia's government has blamed the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not commented. ___ 10:45 a.m. Security and medical sources say the death toll from Saturday's truck bomb blast in Somalia's capital has risen to 53 as hospitals struggle to cope with the high number of casualties. More than 60 others are injured. Police Capt. Mohamed Hussein says many victims died at hospitals from their wounds. Somalia's government has yet to release the exact death toll from an explosion many called the most powerful they had ever witnessed in Mogadishu. Ambulance sirens still echo across the city as bewildered families wander in the rubble of buildings. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has joined thousands of people who responded to a desperate plea by hospitals to donate blood for the wounded victims. The al-Shabab extremist group often targets high-profile areas in the capital with bombings.
  • The Latest on President Donald Trump's speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation (all times EDT): 7:40 p.m. President Donald Trump is using his appearance in front of a conservative think tank to argue the U.S. should celebrate and preserve its history, 'not tear it down.' Trump is pointing to a movement to take down Confederate status as well as other symbols of the country's difficult past. He says, 'Now they're even trying' to take down statues of Christopher Columbus. He asks, 'What's next?' Trump also says young Americans should be taught to honor the flag and national anthem and proudly recite the Pledge of Allegiance. He tells the group, 'You understand that our glorious heritage is the foundation of everything we hope to achieve.' __ 7:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is taking his tax plan sales pitch to the conservative Heritage Foundation. Trump is expected to tell the group's President's Club on Tuesday evening that his plan will be a boon to the economy, resulting in a $4,000 pay raise for the average American. That claim has been met with skepticism from tax experts and Democratic lawmakers who say the administration's math is flawed. Trump is also expected to talk about other issues important to the group, including the Constitution, his appointment of conservative judges, border security and his 'peace through strength' foreign policy approach. That's according to a senior administration official who previewed the speech earlier Tuesday on condition that he not be named.
  • A 19-year-old man from Kerrville, Texas, who is a relative of the boy and was visiting family in Lynnwood, Washington, has been booked into the Snohomish County Jail for first-degree murder of 6-year-old Dayvid Pakko. >> Read more trending news A police statement alleges the 19-year-old admitted to filling a bathtub with water with the intention of drowning Dayvid, then called the boy to the bathroom, picked him up and placed him face-down in the water, and held his head underneath for approximately 30 seconds before Dayvid became still. The statement from police then alleges the 19-year-old left the boy face down in the water for approximately six minutes before he wrapped the boy's body in a blanket and placed him in a cardboard box, which he used to dispose of the body in the nearest garbage dumpster.  'It's a tragic ending to a long search operation,' said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton. Authorities said the body was found about 2 a.m. Tuesday in a dumpster at the Bristol Square Apartment complex on 44th Avenue West. The body was found by officers with the Violent Offenders Task Force. In cases of missing children, the officers, who represent several law enforcement agencies, are deployed to check on registered sex offenders in the area. That's when they found the child's body. Detectives are working on getting a search warrant and are processing the crime scene, where they're expected to be working for several hours.  Once a search warrant is obtained, detectives will go through the apartment building and dumpster for evidence. The boy was reported missing about 5 p.m. Monday. Crews, including 100 volunteers, searched the area of 44th Avenue West between 156th Street and State Route 99, just outside the Lynnwood city limits. According to the Sheriff’s Office and relatives, Dayvid stayed home sick from school Monday.  The boy lives with his mother, who was at work when he disappeared. He was last seen about 2:30 p.m. The Sheriff's Office said Dayvid was under adult supervision while he was at home, but did not say who he was with. The Snohomish County medical examiner will determine the boy's cause of death.
  • Northern California homeowners allege in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. failed to adequately protect its power lines before the region's deadly wildfires, a theory that state investigators are considering as they try to determine the cause. The lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of Santa Rosa homeowners Wayne and Jennifer Harvell says drought-like conditions over the summer put fire dangers 'at an extraordinarily high level,' particularly after heavy winter rains increased vegetation. It says PG&E failed to trim and remove vegetation as it should have. PG&E Corp., the utility's parent company, said Friday that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection was investigating its power lines and equipment as a possible cause of the fires that have killed at least 41 people and destroyed 6,000 homes. The California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates PG&E, would investigate only if state fire investigators determine that that the utility's equipment is suspected as a cause. That could lead to significant fines and penalties. The San Francisco-based utility said it would not speculate on causes of the fire and that it was cooperating with investigators. PG&E says it has told state regulators of seven incidents of damage to its equipment, including downed power lines and broken poles. It did not say whether they may have caused or contributed to the fire. Gerald Singleton, an attorney representing other homeowners and renters, said winds were strong but PG&E should have anticipated them. 'We can't get rid of all possible risks,' he said. 'It really is based on reasonableness — and that is what their duty is.' PG&E shares jumped 7.5 percent, or $4.01, to close at $57.44 on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Still, the shares are down 17 percent since Wednesday. Earlier this year, the utility commission fined PG&E $8.3 million for failing to maintain a power line that sparked a massive blaze in Northern California that destroyed 549 homes and killed two people. A state fire investigation found the utility and its contractors failed to maintain a gray pine tree that slumped into a power line igniting the September 2015 fire in Amador County. Previously, California regulators fined PG&E $1.6 billion for 2010 natural gas explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area city of San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. Also Tuesday, U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris of California wrote the Federal Communications Commission to express concern that the federal government has yet to adopt rules that would require wireless carriers to more precisely target neighborhoods with orders to evacuate. As fires rapidly spread Oct. 8, authorities sought to avoid alarming unaffected residents. 'These emergency services are caught in a bind between notifying individuals in imminent danger and risking mass panic. As a result, these services are compelled to rely on emergency messaging systems with far less reach and far less capacity,' they wrote.