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  • A mother wanted on child cruelty charges out of Snellville has been arrested in Tennessee.  Savion Piotter already had DFCS cases pending against her in New York and DeKalb County. Snellville Police Det. Deann Green took out arrest warrants against her last week for drugging her four kids with Benadryl in an effort to control them, keeping them out of school for the last year and refusing to seek medical care for them.  When an officer showed up at her Snellville duplex with a caseworker, a 3-year-old answered the door and an 8-year-old subsequently shut and locked it in the officer’s face. Piotter skipped town with the kids before police could return with the warrant.  “I was able to ping her cell phone… and located it in Tennessee. I coordinated with Knoxville Police Department and they were able to locate her in the hotel in that area and make an arrest,” Green tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.  The four children were placed in DFCS custody and will be brought back to Georgia along with Piotter who Green plans to extradite.  Asked why Green was able to locate Piotter when others haven’t been able to, “My big thing is to keep track of kids and make sure they’re safe and in good condition. So, I wanted to make sure they didn’t slip through the cracks,” she says.
  • The Flint, Michigan, airport officer stabbed in the neck during what authorities are investigating as a terrorist act is recovering well from a 12-inch 'slash' that caused significant bleeding but spared major arteries and a nerve by 'millimeters,' one of his doctors said Friday. Hurley Medical Center doctors said during a news conference that Bishop International Airport police Lt. Jeff Neville could be released from the hospital within a couple days. Dr. Donald Scholten said he is making good progress after being stabbed from 'by his Adam's apple' up 'to the angle of his jaw.' 'This was a matter of millimeters,' Scholten said. 'The slash was probably very, very close to severing his major arteries and nerve — perhaps even his windpipe and digestive systems ... This was not a shaving nick, if you will. This was significant force.' Neville was stabbed Wednesday at the airport in Flint, about 50 miles (80.46 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. Amor Ftouhi, 49, a Canadian from Tunisia, is charged in the attack. Detroit FBI head David Gelios said Ftouhi unsuccessfully tried to buy a gun once he arrived in the U.S. but instead managed to buy a large knife. Authorities say Ftouhi stabbed Neville with a large knife after yelling 'Allahu akbar,' the Arabic phrase for 'God is great.' According to the FBI, Ftouhi said something similar to 'you have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.' Ftouhi was immediately taken into custody and was charged in a criminal complaint with committing violence at an airport. Acting U.S. Attorney Dan Lemisch said more charges are coming in the days ahead. Ftouhi is in custody and has a bond hearing scheduled for Wednesday. Neville 'fought him to the end,' managing to stop the stabbing and bring Ftouhi to the ground as other officers arrived to help, according to Chris Miller, the airport police chief. Scholten also credits first responders, saying their efforts to control Neville's bleeding were 'absolutely life-saving.' Investigators are working to learn more about Ftouhi, whom they describe as a lone-wolf attacker who made his way to the seemingly random destination of Flint, a struggling city once known for its sprawling General Motors factories but now better known for lead-tainted water. He was a part-time caretaker at the Montreal apartment building where he lived and had once studied to sell insurance, a landlord and an insurance company spokesman said. The suspect indicated to court officials that he has lived in Canada for 10 years and has three children. A pretrial services officer told a judge that he had worked on and off as a truck driver. He indicated 'no mental or physical health problems and no drug or alcohol use,' the officer, Linsey Carson, said. Police in Canada were searching a Montreal apartment. Montreal police spokesman Benoit Boiselle said officers were assisting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the search on behalf of an FBI request. Three people staying at the residence had been taken in for questioning, Boiselle said. He legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, New York, on June 16 and was in Michigan by at least June 18, said Gellios, who would not say whether Ftouhi entered the U.S. under a so-called trusted traveler program. He spent some time in public, unsecured areas of the airport before going to a restroom where he dropped two bags before attacking the officer with a 12-inch knife that had an 8-inch serrated blade, Gelios said. Ftouhi asked an officer who subdued him why he did not kill him, according to the criminal complaint. Police described him as 'cooperative' and said he was talking to investigators.
  • A group of gunmen opened fire on a southwest Atlanta house and shot 7 people. One of those victims died from his injuries. The homicide commander said there's been an ongoing a feud between two groups and they decided to settle their differences with guns. A family member who lives at the home targeted said the shooters got the wrong house. Police were on Osborne Street around midnight after getting a call of shots fired. 'They encountered multiple people shot at this location and actually one person deceased,' said Atlanta Lt. Ricardo Vazquez. Investigators found a total of 7 people shot inside a house, six men and one woman. 'We believe it's a retaliatory shooting,' Vazquez said. We're working to learn of any arrests in the shooting for Channel 2 Action News at 4. Investigators said last night someone fired shots at the group of people a block away on Birch Street. That's when several gunman decided to retaliate. TRENDING STORIES: Agents raid East Cobb home in deadly drug investigation Sheriff reduces jail time for Georgia inmates who saved officer Registered sex offender moves in next door to victim - legally 'The suspects came from Birch Street and at that point in time, it was kind of an ongoing dispute, it appears,' Vazquez said. The victim's cousin said he was outside playing dominoes when shots came out of no where. He ducked for cover, not getting a good look at the shooters, who he said shot up the wrong house. The six survivors suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police have not released the name of the person who died. Family members said the victim is a man in his mid-50s. Authorities have not yet identified the shooters.
  • Markelle Fultz already has his first turnover as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. It came in an Instagram post sponsored by a watch company. 'Excited to head to (City) and join the (team name). @Tissot.us is helping me get started with my (team name) watch,' Fultz posted, not bothering to actually fill in the blanks. Ah, it's a process. Or rather, The Process. And the Sixers have plenty of blanks to fill in on their roster before becoming a playoff contender. The No. 1 overall pick in this NBA draft has become an instant fan favorite before signing his rookie contract. The 6-foot-4 guard out of Washington has gone on late-night TV and boasted of his love of Philly cheesesteaks, made a social media connection with franchise player Joel Embiid and dazzled on draft night with a pair of orange sneakers made of the same leather used to make NBA game balls. If that wasn't enough, Philly fans found an open love letter from Fultz to the city on The Players' Tribune. 'What's up, Philly? You good? I'm pretty good,' Fultz wrote . 'Today is a good day. Today we take The Process to another level.' Long the league laughingstock, it's the Sixers' turn to clap back, with Embiid and Ben Simmons poking fun on Twitter at Lonzo Ball and his father, LaVar. Moments after LaVar Ball went on TV and declared of his son, 'From the words of Zeus, Jesus, everybody said he gonna be a Laker,' Simmons simply tweeted, 'Crazy pills .' Embiid quickly chimed in with, 'Please dunk on him so hard that his daddy runs on the court to save him.' But the Sixers aren't counting on the Fultz-Simmons-Embiid core to simply entertain in 140-character bursts. They expect the trio to help lead the franchise to their first playoff appearance since 2012 and first championship since 1983. 'It's been a while,' team president Bryan Colangelo said, pointing toward championship banners hanging in the team's New Jersey complex. Here's a look at how they might get to 35-50 wins over the next two seasons: _____ STEP ON THE GAS First, Simmons and Embiid need to be healthy. Embiid, who missed his first two seasons with foot injuries, was placed on minutes restrictions in 2016-17 and was banned from playing both games of back-to-back contests. Despite the precautionary steps, Embiid played in only 31 games and needed surgery on his left knee in March. Simmons missed his rookie season with a broken right foot. 'I think both Ben and Joel are on course for recovery,' Colangelo said Friday. 'We anticipate a full, healthy roster.' Colangelo said Embiid would have no minutes' restrictions this season, provided he stays healthy. 'He plays with reckless abandon and some of that has got to be controlled,' Colangelo said. _____ IT TAKES TWO Coach Brett Brown had said all year that Simmons would open next season as the point guard. Simmons seemed excited at his shot to run the show until a confluence of events and a trade with Boston for the No. 1 pick that netted Fultz. No worries, for now. Brown said Simmons and Fultz, who will play in the summer league, could work well together in the backcourt, no matter which player is the ballhandler. 'It's a really exciting challenge to have where you try to grow those two players and let them coexist and learn more about each other,' Brown said. 'The start of the season and training camp and the month of September are really going to be important for us to allow those guys to feel each other and the coaching staff to be able to truly see it on the court.' _____ TOUCH OF GREY So who shall lead the talented trio of Embiid-Fultz-Simmons, a trifecta of first- and second-year players. The Sixers have long needed a veteran both in the locker room and to help lead on the court. 'Those young guys need nurturing and they need veteran leadership. To think that you're going to go into a season with a 19-year-old, a 20-year-old and Joel Embiid, as much as we love him and see how special he is, the reality is those three players have played a cumulative 31 NBA games,' Brown said. 'And holding a locker room, growing those guys, helping them navigate NBA life and NBA games is a very powerful message when it comes from a player. And trying to identify veterans that have the ability to nurture and help those three, especially, is one of the main priorities.' ___ WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART Sixers fans have been very patient, and they may have stay that way. They waited two years for Dario Saric to come from his overseas commitments. They waited two years for Embiid to recover from injuries. They may have to wait two more years for Latvian center, and first-round pick, Anzejs Pasecniks. Pasecniks, who most recently played with Gran Canaria, a Spanish basketball club, has two more years left on his deal and may not immediately join the Sixers. Second-round picks Jonah Bolden and power forward Mathias Lessort out of France also won't join the team next season. But when they do, they could be the final pieces for a contender. 'Everything is designed with a championship in mind,' Colangelo said. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
  • Two senior U.S. senators are asking Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to investigate reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. Sen. John McCain, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the ranking Democrat, Jack Reed, called the reports 'deeply disturbing.' The reports were revealed in an investigation by The Associated Press published Thursday. That same day, McCain and Reed wrote a letter to the defense secretary asking him to conduct an immediate review of the reported abuse and what U.S. forces knew. 'Even the suggestion that the United States tolerates torture by our foreign partners compromises our national security mission by undermining the moral principles that distinguishes us from our enemies— our belief that all people possess basic human rights,' the senators wrote Mattis. 'We are confident that you find these allegations as extremely troubling as we do.' The AP's report detailed a network of secret prisons across southern Yemen where hundreds are detained in the hunt for al-Qaida militants and held without charges. American defense officials confirmed to the AP that U.S. forces have interrogated some detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in, or knowledge of, human rights abuses. Defense officials told the AP that the department had looked into reports of torture and concluded that its personnel were not involved. The American officials confirmed that the U.S. provides questions to the Emiratis and receives transcripts of their interrogations. The 18 lock-ups are run by the UAE and by Yemeni forces it created, according to accounts from former detainees, families of prisoners, civil rights lawyers and Yemeni military officials. At the Riyan airport in the southern Yemeni city of Mukalla, former inmates described shipping containers smeared with feces and crammed with blindfolded detainees. They said they were beaten, roasted alive on a spit and sexually assaulted, among other abuse. One witness, who is a member of a Yemeni security force, said American forces were at times only yards (meters) away. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Friday that the allegations are 'completely untrue' and a 'political game' by Yemeni militias to discredit a Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE. It says it does not run or oversee any prisons in Yemen, and that any such facilities are under 'the jurisdiction of the Yemeni legitimate authorities.' Most of the clandestine sites are run by either the Hadramawt Elite or Security Belt, Yemeni forces that were created, trained and financed by the UAE. Officially, they are under the authority of Yemen's internationally recognized government, but multiple Yemeni government officials told the AP they have no control over them and answer to the Emirates. At least five of the prisons are located in coalition bases and directly run by the Emirates, according to four senior Yemeni government and military officials, former detainees and families of prisoners. At Riyan airport prison, six former detainees described hundreds of prisoners held in shipping containers at the site and gave extensive accounts of abuses, saying the officers in charge and conducting interrogations were Emiratis. Families held frequent protests outside Riyan seeking news about loved ones imprisoned there. Several relatives of prisoners told the AP that they spoke repeatedly with the Emirati officer in charge of the site, who identified himself only by a pseudonym, Abu Ahmed, trying to secure their relatives' release. The UAE is among the critical allies that the U.S. relies on in the fight against al-Qaida. The U.S. views the militants' branch in Yemen as a direct terrorist threat to Americans. 'We request that you direct an immediate review of the facts and circumstances related to these alleged abuses, including U.S. support to the Emirati and Yemeni partner forces that were purportedly involved,' the lawmakers wrote. 'We also request that you conduct a thorough assessment of what, if anything, U.S. forces knew about these alleged abuses or subsequently learned about them.' McCain, a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War, was captured after his plane was shot down in 1967. He was imprisoned for more than five and half years and tortured repeatedly before he was released in 1973. In the Senate, McCain has been a criticized harsh treatment of terror suspects by the CIA at 'black site' prisons and was a key sponsor of the 2005 Detainee Treatment Act prohibiting inhumane treatment of prisoners. The lawmakers requested a Defense Department briefing on its findings as soon as possible. __ Michael reported from Cairo. Stephen Braun contributed to this report.
  • After an online outcry, a Seattle Police Department video in which an officer playing a video game discussed the recent fatal police shooting of a pregnant mother has been removed from social media. The video was part of a recent effort by the department to engage a new audience on Twitch.tv, a platform on which people can livestream themselves playing video games and talking. Previous versions have included members of the department's public information office blasting aliens in the game Destiny while discussing law-enforcement related topics. But a video posted Wednesday in which Sgt. Sean Whitcomb discussed Sunday's fatal shooting of 30-year-old Charleena Myles struck many as inappropriate, although Whitcomb's videogame character just walked around rather than firing any shots. The video was initially linked on the department's official Twitter feed, but it had been set to private Friday. The department said it would no longer use Twitch.