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    Crews with the Department of Natural Resources are searching Lake Allatoona for a woman who disappeared around 10 p.m. Friday. Search crews are using sonar to scan the lake near Park Marina for the woman. They are not sure if the woman is in the lake or not. DNR said the woman was last seen Friday night on a dock near the marina and has not been seen since.
  • The Hall County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating the discovery of a body floating in Lake Lanier just south of Don Carter State Park. Deputies say they body has likely been in the water for more than a day. The victim is that of a white man, possibly in his 30s. Authorities are working to ID the man. They said there is no obvious signs of trauma. We have a crew headed to the scene and will have the latest on this developing story on WSBTV.com and on Channel 2 Action News at 6:00.
  • Police say the drowning a 3-year-old in a swimming pool Saturday afternoon is likely a 'tragic accident.' Emergency responders were called out around 1 p.m. to a home along Waterford Drive in Cartersville where a child had been found unconscious, unresponsive and not breathing in the family's pool. Bartow County EMS says 3-year old child drowned at this home's private pool in Cartersville. pic.twitter.com/D4Amic1MzH-- Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) May 27, 2017 Family members were doing CPR on the little girl when emergency responders arrived at the home. They took over from there. TRENDING STORIES: Witness: Officer fatally shoots man breaking up fight at Sweet 16 party Georgia soldier killed in overseas crash Child killed, another injured in crash The child was taken to Cartersville Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. The Cartersville Police Department said the investigation is ongoing.
  • It was an emotional moment when special education teacher Kimberly Wimbish captured the moment one of her students, Jamias Howard, 19, graduated from high school.The Griffin High School student,wearing the cap and gown his teacher hand-delivered, proudly walked across the stage Saturday, surrounded by a whole crowd of people cheering him on from the stands.Channel 2's Kimberly Richardson first told you about the Georgia duo on Monday -- and since then, their amazing story has gone viral.In a touching Facebook video, the devoted teacher is shown surprising her student with his cap and gown.'Oh man, thank you,' Howard told Wimbish.'Congratulations,' she replied through the car window. RELATED STORIES: Ga. student didn't think he'd graduate, teacher proves him wrong Special needs teacher surprises student with cap and gown Student surprised with cap and gown thanks teacher who helped make it happen 'Appreciate it, ma'am. I love you so much,' an overwhelmed Howard said. 'Thank you so much for everything you do for me. Appreciate it.'After his devoted teacher reminded him about his graduation rehearsal at 8 a.m., Howard can be seen wiping away tears as he once again told her, 'I love you so much.'And it was just as emotional of a day Saturday as was Monday.The proud teacher and mother explains it was an incredible day for her. Not only did Howard graduate, but her own son did in the same ceremony.'I felt like I had two sons graduating,' she said.To top it off, Wimbish told Richardson that Howard already has a job interview lined up for Monday. Wimbish has set up a GoFundMe page to help Howard raise money to attend technical school. More than $17,813 has been raised in less than a week.
  • Music legend Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom and spawn Southern rock, died Saturday, a publicist said. He was 69. Allman died Saturday at his home in Savannah, Georgia, publicist Ken Weinstein said. Allman had cancelled some 2016 tour dates, announcing on Aug. 5 that he was 'under his doctor's care at the Mayo Clinic' due to 'serious health issues.' Later that year, he canceled more dates citing a throat injury. And in March 2017, he canceled performances for the rest of the year. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, the rock star known for his long blond hair was raised in Florida by a single mother after his father was shot to death. Allman idolized his older brother, Duane, eventually joining a series of bands with him. Together they formed the nucleus of The Allman Brothers Band. The original band featured extended jams, tight guitar harmonies by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, rhythms from a pair of drummers and the smoky blues inflected voice of Gregg Allman. Songs such as 'Whipping Post,' ''Ramblin' Man' and 'Midnight Rider,' helped define what came to be known as Southern rock and opened the doors for such stars as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band. TRENDING STORIES: Ga. student who didn't think he'd graduate, now has surprise for teacher Police: Teens die an hour apart from tainted drugs Watch your step! Snakebites on the rise In his 2012 memoir, 'My Cross to Bear,' Allman described how Duane was a central figure in his life in the years after their father was murdered by a man he met in a bar. The two boys endured a spell in a military school before being swept up in rock music in their teens. Although Gregg was the first to pick up a guitar, it was Duane who excelled at it. So Gregg later switched to the organ. They failed to crack success until they formed The Allman Brothers Band in 1969. Based in Macon, Georgia, the group featured Betts, drummers Jai Johanny 'Jaimoe' Johanson and Butch Trucks and bassist Berry Oakley. They partied to excess while defining a sound that still excites millions. Their self-titled debut album came out in 1969, but it was their seminal live album 'At Fillmore East' in 1971 that catapulted the band to stardom. Duane Allman had quickly ascended to the pantheon of guitar heroes, not just from his contributions to the Allman band, but from his session work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and with Eric Clapton on the classic 'Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs' album. But he was killed in a motorcycle accident in October 1971, just months after recording the Fillmore shows. Another motorcycle accident the following year claimed Oakley's life. In a 2012 interview with The Associated Press, Gregg Allman said Duane remained on his mind every day. Once in a while, he could even feel his presence. 'I can tell when he's there, man,' Allman said. 'I'm not going to get all cosmic on you. But listen, he's there.' The 1970s brought more highly publicized turmoil: Allman was compelled to testify in a drug case against a former road manager for the band and his marriage to the actress and singer Cher was short-lived even by show business standards. In 1975, Cher and Allman married three days after she divorced her husband and singing partner, Sonny Bono. Their marriage was tumultuous from the start; Cher requested a divorce just nine days after their Las Vegas wedding, although she dismissed the suit a month later. Together they released a widely panned duets album under the name 'Allman and Woman.' They had one child together, Elijah Blue, and Cher filed for legal separation in 1977. The Allman Brothers Band likewise split up in the 1980s and then re-formed several times over the years. A changing cast of players has included Derek Trucks, nephew of original drummer Butch Trucks, as well as guitarist Warren Haynes. Starting in 1990, more than 20 years after its founding, the reunited band began releasing new music and found a new audience. In 1995 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won a Grammy Award for best rock instrumental performance for 'Jessica' the following year. In 2000, Betts was ousted from the band via fax for alleged substance abuse and poor performance and he hasn't played with the band since. Butch Trucks died in January 2017. Authorities said he shot himself in front of his wife at their Florida home. In his memoir, Allman said he spent years overindulging in women, drugs and alcohol before getting sober in the mid-1990s. He said that after getting sober, he felt 'brand new' at the age of 50. 'I never believed in God until this,' he said in an interview with The Associated Press in 1998. 'I asked him to bring me out of this or let me die before all the innings have been played. Now I have started taking on some spiritualism.' However, after all the years of unhealthy living he ended up with hepatitis C which severely damaged his liver. He underwent a liver transplant in 2010. After the surgery, he turned music to help him recover and released his first solo album in 14 years 'Low Country Blues' in 2011. 'I think it's because you're doing something you love,' Allman said in a 2011 interview with The Associated Press. 'I think it just creates a diversion from the pain itself. You've been swallowed up by something you love, you know, and you're just totally engulfed.' The band was honored with a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2012.
  • Saturday may be off to a dry and beautiful start, but Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said that will likely change. Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking the timing of storms for your area on Channel 2 Action News at 6 p.m. Scattered storms are in the forecast Saturday afternoon north of I-20, with the best opportunity in the north Georgia mountains. [Download the Severe Weather Team 2 app for alerts in your area] Storms that develop in the mountains could be strong with gusty winds, lightning and large hail as the primary threats. Walls said Sunday also holds a chance for scattered rain. 'While I am not expecting a washout Saturday or Sunday, parts of the metro will be impacted and neighbors with outdoor activities planned should have an indoor contingency plan just in case,' Walls said. What viewers can only get on Channel 2 Action News: Updated hour-by-hour forecast showing rain moving in for the holiday weekend. Updated hour-by-hour temperature forecast showing temperatures warming to near 90 degrees for part of the holiday weekend. It is becoming more likely that Georgia will see widespread showers and storms on Memorial Day. At this time, Walls said there is a risk for strong and severe storms in the metro on Monday. The best chance for storms this afternoon/evening is in the mountains w/ a 30% chance along and North of I-20 #gawx pic.twitter.com/vZa3FqiccF-- Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) May 27, 2017
  • A Savannah woman died Friday after she fell while walking on rocks at a waterfall at a state park in Middle Georgia, an official said. Daniella Flanagan, 38, was walking at High Falls State Park in Monroe County when “she slipped and fell,” said Sgt. Lawson Bittick of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Flanagan’s husband called 911 about 5:45 p.m., the Telegraph of Macon reported. Responders got her out of the water, performed CPR and got her breathing again, Bittick said. Flanagan was taken to a local hospital and died within an hour, according to Bittick. The GBI will perform an autopsy. “There are signs posted by the state park that say ‘do not climb on rocks,’ “ Bittick told the Telegraph. Read more of the story here. In other news:
  • A soldier assigned to a base in Georgia has died in a rollover crash overseas. Spc. Etienne J. Murphy, 22, died as a result of a nontactical vehicle rollover in the vicinity of northern Syria. Murphy was an infantryman assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. He was on his first deployment. He was born May 17, 1995, in Boston and enlisted in the U.S. Army from his hometown of Snellville, Georgia, in June 2013. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, as an Infantryman. TRENDING STORIES: World falling in love with Georgia father's letter to Ariana Grande Police: Teens die an hour apart from tainted drugs Watch your step! Snakebites on the rise He was then assigned to 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York.Murphy volunteered to serve with the 75th Ranger Regiment in October 2015 and attended the Basic Airborne Course and Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1. Following graduation from these courses, Murphy was assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, where he served as an anti-tank gunner. His military education included the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1, Combat Life Savers Course and Combatives Levels 1 and 2. His awards and decorations include the Parachutist Badge, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with Campaign Star. Murphy has been posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
  • Computer problems are causing long lines and flight delays for British Airways passengers worldwide, the BBC reported Saturday.Airline officials apologized for the 'global system outage' and said they were 'working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.'Heathrow Airport said it was 'working closely' with British Airways to solve the issue.British Airways announced later Saturday that it had canceled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick until 5 p.m.It is not known how many flights were affected, but passengers have reported issues at a number of airports through social media. TRENDING STORIES: World falling in love with Georgia father's letter to Ariana Grande Police: Teens die an hour apart from tainted drugs Watch your step! Snakebites on the rise Journalist Martyn Kent told the BBC he was sitting on a plane for 90 minutes at Heathrow Airport. He said the airplane's captain told passengers the computer problems were 'catastrophic.'Philip Bloom said he had been waiting in Belfast on board a Heathrow-bound flight for two hours.'We haven't been told very much just that there is a worldwide computer system failure,' he told the BBC. 'We were told that we couldn't even get on other flights because they are unable to see what flights we can be moved to.'Bloom later said that his flight was able to take off and fly to London. Sat on tarmac @ #belfast as #britishairways computers r down worldwide. Have they tried turning them off& on again? pic.twitter.com/TbWlRX68jk-- Philip Bloom (@PhilipBloom) May 27, 2017
  • A man is back in Cobb County to face charges in a decades-old murder and sexual assault case. Investigators say Ronald Kyles killed Sharon Brady and her daughter, Samantha, inside their Marietta apartment in September 1986. Police used DNA technology to link Kyles to the crimes. On Friday night, Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez was in the courtroom as Kyles made his first appearance in front of a Cobb County judge. Before the judge could read off the charges against him, Kyles quickly interrupted him mid-sentence and said, 'I'm aware of the charges, your honor.' Kyles is accused of sexually assaulting and killing a mother and her 13-year-old daughter. TRENDING STORIES: World falling in love with Georgia father's letter to Ariana Grande Police: Teens die an hour apart from tainted drugs Watch your step! Snakebites on the rise In 2015, preserved evidence samples from the case were sent to a private lab for forensic DNA testing, which linked Kyles to the crimes. Between then and now, records show the suspect spent much of his life in jails and prisons. Kyles was indicted when the DNA linked him to the crimes, but at the time he was serving a sentence in Pennsylvania. Kyles was recently transferred after an agreement between the governors of Pennsylvania and Georgia. At his hearing, he made one final request to the judge before he walked out of the room in cuffs and was led to the jail. 'I can't get in touch with my family. Is there some way you can supply me with some envelopes?' Kyles asked the judge.

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  • Great Britain lowered its security threat level from “critical” to “severe” on Saturday, Prime Minister Theresa May said. >> Read more trending news Earlier, police hunting a suspected network behind Salman Abedi, the bomber who killed 22 people on Monday night during a concert in Manchester, said they had made two further arrests overnight as they closed in on other possible cell members, Reuters reported.  As a result, soldiers who have been assisting police would be withdrawn from Britain's streets at midnight on Monday. 'A significant amount of police activity has taken place over the last 24 hours and there are now 11 suspects in custody,' May said. May cautioned, however, that the lesser threat is still a dangerous one. 'The public should be clear about what this means. A threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely,” she said. “The country should remain vigilant.' The threat assessment has returned to the level it was at prior to the Manchester attack. In Manchester, events planned around the spring bank holiday will go ahead with additional security, including a significant number of armed officers, police said. British officers do not usually carry guns, CNN reported. Events include the Manchester Games, the Great Manchester Run, and a stadium show by bands including The Courteeners, all of which are likely to attract big crowds. This weekend also marks the start of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim calendar, CNN reported.    
  • A Cobb County mother was jailed after her 5-year-old son said she beat him with a belt and a broom, hit him in the head and stomped on his stomach. Nakeisha Lashay Logan of Mableton faces first-degree child cruelty, battery and family violence charges in connection with an alleged May 17 attack. The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile victim, said during a forensic interview that he tried to hide under the bed to avoid the “terrible” beating but Logan beat him with a broom and threw a box of toys at him, a magistrate court warrant states. RELATED: ‘I’m going to rape you’ man allegedly tells mother in front of kid Mom, friend jailed after child suffers broken bones, electrical burns Babysitter charged after 5-month-old breaks 4 bones After the box of toys hit the child in the shoulder, Logan grabbed his head and smashed it repeatedly on the floor, according to the warrant.  The warrant adds that Logan stomped on the child's stomach, making him feel nauseous.  The warrant doesn’t state who called police, but by the time an officer arrived the boy’s bleeding cheek had scabbed. His face was still red and swollen, Officer Sydney Tschappat wrote. Police took the boy to a nearby hospital and arrested Logan. She was being held in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on a $50,000 bond. In other news:
  • Police say a metro Atlanta couple locked the woman's 86-year-old mother in her room and used furniture to block the door closed. Katie Son and her husband are both charged with cruelty to an elderly person. Officers say 86-year-old Bong Le managed to escape out a front window. She was found a couple of blocks away, wrapped in a blanket and sitting under a tree. Investigators say she smelled like urine and feces. Her daughter and son-in-law, who are now out on bond, told Channel 2's Tony Thomas that they were just trying to protect her from herself. 'Did you lock your mom up?' Thomas asked. 'No. No sir,' Son replied. Gwinnett police say they found tables, chairs and other items stacked high against the door of the downstairs bedroom in the home. 'It looked quite unusual,' Cpl. Michele Pihera said. But Son said it was all to keep her mother safe. She said when she and her husband went to work each day at a Hall County nail salon, her mother couldn't be trusted alone in the house. 'They told our officers that the reason they had stacked up the furniture was to prevent the mother from going into the kitchen to access the stove or access any kitchen utensils,' Pihera said. TRENDING STORIES: Police search for teens accused of setting off fireworks inside grocery store Watch your step! Snakebites on the rise World falling in love with Georgia father's letter to Ariana Grande Deputies still have questions. 'It's very possible they were trying to prevent her from getting into the food or any kind of items to eat,' Pihera said. She says the state of the room was disturbing. 'They found human feces and what looked like human urine that looked like it had been smeared into the carpet or never even cleaned up,' she said. She said that, combined with the furniture, led to the arrests. 'You combine the lack of access to food and water and the living conditions and that's what led our detectives to take out warrants for their arrests,' Pihera said. Neighbors didn't want to talk about what happened, but said they recognized Le as the woman who didn't really have a memory and would get lost easily. She's now in the hospital. Her daughter and son-in-law have been ordered not to go near her.
  • Toni Rosenberg has spent the past week chatting non-stop with her half-sister, Florence Serino, 82. After all, they have decades worth of memories to catch up on. The two met for the first time May 16 at a crowded airport gate in Fort Lauderdale. Rosenberg, a Boca Raton resident who was given away as a newborn in a secretive “black market” adoption, tracked down Serino just last year. “We both have big mouths,” Serino, who lives in Irvine, California, said with a laugh. The two have spent the past week shopping, eating and sharing memories, stories and photos of two families that, despite living on opposite sides of the country, are inextricably connected. Rosenberg even learned that she had biological cousins living just miles from her in Boca Raton, she said. Serino introduced them. “It’s crazy to think I had family right there,” said Rosenberg, the only child of her adoptive parents. >> Read more trending news The sisters have spent hours looking at old family photos, including ones of the pair’s biological mother Ilene Gallagher, which Serino brought with her from California. “If you saw my mother walking down the street, you’d say immediately, ‘She must be related to Toni,’ ” Rosenberg said of her resemblance to Gallagher. The union has brought immeasurable joy to Rosenberg and her family and friends, Rosenberg said. But a sadness still lingers. Serino plans to fly back to California on Tuesday. “All this time has gone by and we could’ve shared children and grandchildren,” Rosenberg said. “We could’ve had more years ahead of us.” The sisters aren’t sure if they’ll meet again in person. A 2,200-mile flight is a financial and health strain on most, let alone on two elderly retirees. “It’s kind of hard to think far ahead,” Rosenberg said, adding that they’re strategically packing half-a-century’s worth of conversations into a two-week visit. “How much time does God give us?”Read more about the sister's journeys to meet one another here.
  • The Hall County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating the discovery of a body floating in Lake Lanier just south of Don Carter State Park. Deputies say they body has likely been in the water for more than a day. The victim is that of a white man, possibly in his 30s. Authorities are working to ID the man. They said there is no obvious signs of trauma. We have a crew headed to the scene and will have the latest on this developing story on WSBTV.com and on Channel 2 Action News at 6:00.
  • Police say the drowning a 3-year-old in a swimming pool Saturday afternoon is likely a 'tragic accident.' Emergency responders were called out around 1 p.m. to a home along Waterford Drive in Cartersville where a child had been found unconscious, unresponsive and not breathing in the family's pool. Bartow County EMS says 3-year old child drowned at this home's private pool in Cartersville. pic.twitter.com/D4Amic1MzH-- Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) May 27, 2017 Family members were doing CPR on the little girl when emergency responders arrived at the home. They took over from there. TRENDING STORIES: Witness: Officer fatally shoots man breaking up fight at Sweet 16 party Georgia soldier killed in overseas crash Child killed, another injured in crash The child was taken to Cartersville Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. The Cartersville Police Department said the investigation is ongoing.