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    It's called the fake check scam and it has seen an increase in cases in Georgia.  This time the scheme is targeting people who are looking for work and college-age people who are just hitting the job market.  It works like this: Potential victims are being contacted by what appears to be a reputable firm advising you that you have been 'hired.'  The scam involves them wanting to send a check and have you deposit the funds and send a portion back to them. Of course the check is not real, but the money that's sent back to them is.  One target of the scam was Dave Mueller, of Savannah, who tells WSB, he became a focus when he visited a legitimate website, the Kroger site.  'I got this text from Kroger asking about me being a 'mystery shopper,'' Mueller says. 'Typically I'm familiar with those scams, but it was coming from Kroger, so I confirmed it and they sent me a link. I thought that this looks legitimate, so I gave them my address.'  Mueller says he received a mailing a few days later and knew, immediately, that he was being scammed.  'As soon as I read the first paragraph I said to myself, 'Man, this is a scam,'' he says, 'because they said they were going to send me a check.'  The check, a copy of which can be seen here, looks real, but it is not.   Mueller, who is retired and whose father was a St. Louis cop for 36 years, did not send any money to the con artists and went about trying to find out who was behind the scheme.  What he found was that the bank that the check was drawn upon is legitimate, that the addresses listed for the 'agents' who were to receive the money are either vacant homes or houses for sale, and that a majority of those listed are from the metro Atlanta area.
  • There was a lot of crying and a lot of hugging at Kennesaw's Harrison High School, as students, and teachers, remembered Joelle Dalgleish.  The 16-year-old was killed this past Friday in a freak accident while camping in Bartow County.  The tree holding the hammock she was sleeping in snapped and came down on top of her.  At Harrison High School, Joelle's cross country coaches spoke to the press and tried to make sense of the tragedy.  'You're here for each other, and lean on each other, and we all will get through this,' says Jason Scott, one of Joelle's cross country coaches. 'We've had tragedies before. The community of Harrison High School is bigger than one moment.'  Joelle's coaches are already working on how to remember the girl, not just for the students today but for generations to come.  'As we move forward, Joelle's memory will always be lasting,' Scott says, 'in the form of a scholarship that we have as a team, or if we name a meet after her.'  Joelle’s visitation will be on Wednesday, May 24 from 5:00 pm -8:00 pm at West Cobb Funeral Home in Marietta. A Celebration of Life service will be held at North Metro Church on Thursday, May 25 at 6:00 pm.  There is also a candlelight vigil planned, and a balloon release at the school.
  • The crews that repaired Interstate 85 did so in about six weeks. But it wasn't all high tech equipment that was used.  Sometimes a kid’s toy is what you need.  The Georgia Department of Transportation reached an agreement with Legoland Discovery Center, at Phipps Plaza, to build bridges. And so more than 1,500 children started working.  'And we agreed with them to talk about bridge building,' says GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurray. 'They launched a project to build their own bridge.'  McMurray spoke about the agreement with Lego at a ribbon cutting for the new I-85. He was joined by Governor Nathan Deal, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, state and local officials, first responders, and a model of the new interstate bridge, made of Legos.  'Over 15,000 Legos (were used), as well,” says McMurray. 'So we're going to be out later at Legoland, recruiting for future engineers.”  The crews that repaired the interstate finished their work about month before the target date of June 15. The bridge collapsed, due to fire, on March 30.
  • It was a rare move, but not unusual in an extraordinary case.  Judge Shawn Ellen Lagrua, shedding her veneer for a moment and showing her human and emotional side as she spoke to the families of Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis.  'I can count on two or three fingers the number of cases that have impacted me like this one has,' she told the families from the bench before issuing her sentence for Jeffrey Hazelwood.  Hazelwood entered a plea of guilty, but mentally ill to two counts of malice murder in killings of the 17-year-olds. He was given a sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole.  The teenagers were found murdered behind a Roswell Publix on August 1, 2016. Both had been shot and Henderson's body had been posed after her death.  The families of the two teens hugged and cried following the sentence, with Tad Henderson, Natalie's father, saying that justice for the two does offer the families 'some satisfaction.'  Judge Lagrua expressed her condolences to the families.  'They will remain an inspiration to this single judge,' she said, 'to do what she can to see that these things don't happen in the future.'  While reading her victim impact statement Henderson's mother was tearful when she said that her daughter will not be able make a difference in the world now.  Judge Lagrua disagreed.  'It may not have been the way she wanted to impact the world, or the way you all thought she would impact the world,' the Judge said, 'but she has.
  • Autopsies show the deaths of two people in Belize, one a former Marine from Atlanta, were murders from strangulation. The bodies of 36 year old Drew DeVoursney and Francesca Matus, 52, were found on Monday afternoon in a sugar cane field in the Corozal district of Belize.  The area, near the border with Mexico, is where DeVoursney had recently lived.  The two vanished last week after leaving a bar.   Matus' truck was found on Sunday about 15 kilometers from the bar.  The bodies were discovered, by a search party, Monday afternoon.  The American Embassy in Belize says they were discovered with duct tape wrapped around their wrists.  Joe Milholen, a friend of the victims, has since told news outlets what he found in Matus’ home in the days following her disappearance. “I took a grinder, ground her lock off, and went in.   “There were her bags already packed, along with a little case with her passport in it.”  Milholen adds, “So we left here, went to Drew’s house – he has a roommate – we got permission to go in his room. There his passport was in his room.”  DeVoursney was scheduled to fly back to Atlanta while Matus was booked to fly home to Toronto the same day.
  • The President will be speaking at the NRA Annual Convention, in Atlanta. And NRA members, as you might imagine, are supporting him 100 percent.  'I like what he's doing,' one NRA member tells WSB. 'I think he'll talk about the jobs he's created and his support for the Second Amendment.'  One member of the organization doesn't think that President Trump is going to say anything different than what he's said before.  'It'll be the same old stump speech,' the man says. 'Nothing is going to change.'  Along with Mr. Trump, speakers at the meeting will include Florida Governor Rick Scott, Georgia Senator David Perdue and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.  But, despite the long list of speakers, the President will give the keynote speech.  One NRA members believes that, no matter what Mr. Trump does say, it will be honest.  'He speaks from the gut,' he says. 'Anything he says, he doesn't pull any punches and says what he believes.
  • Work is progressing very well at the site of the Interstate 85 overpass collapse.   'In terms of pace, yeah, we're doing well, we're making some great progress,' says Marc Mastronardi, the director of construction for the Georgia Department of Transportation.  Mastronardi says that, weather permitting, they may be able to get the roadway reopened by the June 15 deadline date.  The first of the support beams for the pavement have been brought in, and they are massive.  'Each beam weighs 80,000 pounds,' he says. To date, the construction workers have poured 'over 540 cubic yards of concrete and placed 9 1/2 tons of reinforcing steel.'  The first 20 of 61 beams have been delivered and the rest should be at the site by Monday of next week.  He says even the equipment they are using is saving time, allowing them to work faster while keeping things safe.  GDOT workers have set up an 800 ton crane that will allow them to place the beams, and the pavement, from one location. Normally workers would use a 150 ton crane, or two, to accomplish this.
  • They're a group of people that have two things in common: they're all refugees and they are all new American citizens. 'These are folks that are leaving behind war and violence,' says Paddia Mixon, CDO of New American Pathways. 'They fled for their lives, and this is their opportunity to find a permanent safe place to be.' The naturalization ceremony was held at the Georgia State Capitol, following a ceremony for the refugees prior to that. In the wake of the new travel ban, it may seem and all the time to be naturalized as an American citizen. But, for these people, there was a little choice. 'For most people this is the best option they have to have a normal life,' says Mixon, 'to have the opportunity to choose their own destiny, and support their family.' Mixon says there is a lot of fear among the refugees, but also great optimism about this country. She says all are enthusiastic about becoming citizens, for money the first time they will be citizens anywhere.
  •  Atlanta-based UPS is testing a drone delivery system in Florida, but don't expect to see the skies over the metro area filled with drones anytime soon. 'Right now the law requires us to maintain a line of sight with each drone,' says Kyle Peterson with UPS, 'so that's how we manage it with the test.  That may not be practical with our daily operation.' Peterson tells WSB the testing was a success, accomplishing all that they wanted, but the company still has some technology concerns that need to be worked out. 'I think it's both,' Peterson says.  'It's the regulations and the technology, so that's what we were testing the other day, trying to find out what we're capable of.' UPS has used drone technology in the past, for emergency deliveries. 'We used a drone to delivery an urgent, commercial package to an island over three miles of water,” Peterson says.  'So we flew from Massachusetts an asthma inhaler to an island called Children's Island, over three miles off the coast.' Peterson says the company will continue testing its drone delivery system, work on whatever technology they'll need to get right and be ready when and if, the laws catch up to drone technology. UPS Florida Drone Test Broll
  • The video of the crash was horrific. A car, being chased by the Georgia State Patrol, hits a sign on Gresham Road, then crashes, ejecting a small girl. We now know more about the girl, and the driver. Police are hunting for 25 year old Kadeem D'Anto Fletcher, who was driving the car that was involved in Monday chase. The state patrol says he was speeding, prompting on officer to try and pull him over. That's when Fletcher tried speeding off, starting the chase. When he reached Gresham Road, police say, Fletcher jumped the curb, hit a sign, and wrecked at a gas station. The whole incident was caught on video:   According to the patrol, Fletcher ran off, after 7 year old Serenity Largue was ejected.  Fletcher ran back to the accident scene, checked out the car, then ran off again. 'It's just disturbing on the highest level,' says Sergeant James Buchanan, with the state patrol.  'You have an individual that abandons a 7 year old child.' The girl was transported to Egleston Children's Hospital, where she's recovering. The patrol has been able to learn more about the girl, and the 2011 Audi that crashed. 'The little girl is not his child,' Buchanan says, 'She is the girlfriend's child.' Buchanan says, up until the crash, Fletcher's only offense had been driving without a license.  Now he faces a host of charges.
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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.
  • Webb Simpson shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to break out of a crowd and take the third-round lead at the Colonial. At 9-under 201, Simpson was two strokes ahead of Danny Lee and Paul Casey after both of them made long birdie putts at the 18th hole. Stewart Cink and Kevin Kisner were three strokes off the lead. Part of a four-way tie for the 36-hole lead, Simpson went ahead alone to stay after consecutive birdies to start his back nine. He made a 6-foot birdie putt at the 387-yard 10th and a 12-footer at the 630-yard 11th before finishing with seven consecutive pars. It is only the second time in 12 years at Colonial for the 54-hole leader to have more than a one-stroke advantage. Defending champion Jordan Spieth shot a 68 with a caddie switch after making the turn, and was at 4 under. Spieth's regular caddie, Michael Greller, left the course after 11 holes because of heat exhaustion on a steamy day with temperatures in the 90s and the heat index higher than that. Damon Goddard, the personal trainer for the player and the caddie, carried the bag the rest of the round — a stretch when Spieth had a bogey and two birdies. Lee and Kisner also were tied for the second-round lead, along with Scott Piercy, whose shot 72 to fall five strokes back. After three birdies and three bogeys his first eight holes Saturday, Lee had a steady stream of pars until finishing with a 16-foot birdie for a round of 69. Casey, who shot 68, was alone in second for only a couple of minutes. He made a nearly 25-foot birdie putt that had just enough speed to fall into the cup at No. 18, while Lee was playing in the group behind him. Casey was 1 over for the day without a birdie until starting his back nine with three birdies in a four-hole stretch that included a bogey. Piercy was still within a stroke of the lead at 8 under after a par-saving 13-foot putt at the 12th hole after driving into the rough and hitting his approach in a greenside bunker there. Piercy then promptly hit his tee shot at the par-3 13th into the pond on way to a double-bogey. He followed with another bogey at 15 when he drove into the rough and then hit into a greenside bunker, and did the same at No. 18. Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open winner playing in the final group, started the round with birdies at the first two holes. He gave one of those back with a bogey at the par-3, 192-yard No. 8 after missing the green with his tee shot. Since losing a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama at Phoenix, Simpson had missed four of nine cuts before this week. The four-time PGA Tour winner's best finish in that stretch was a tie for 11th at the RBC Heritage. ___ More AP golf: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Golf
  • Mo Farah pounded his chest after crossing the finish line on a U.S. track for perhaps the final time. Farah won the 5,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic at Oregon's Hayward Field on Saturday in 13 minutes, 0.70 seconds. The British distance specialist, who won Olympic gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 at the Rio Games last year, plans to retire from track races after the World Championships in London this August. He's said that after that he'll likely focus on the marathon. American Ronnie Baker bested both countryman Justin Gatlin and Canadian Andre De Grasse to win the men's 100, while Tori Bowie prevailed over a strong field that included Allyson Felix and Jamaican Elaine Thompson to win the 200 on a brilliantly sunny but breezy day.