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Drunken driver hits city employee blowing leaves off road, police say

Drunken driver hits city employee blowing leaves off road, police say

Roswell police say a drunken driver hit a city employee and then drove off. The Roswell Transportation Department employee was blowing leaves off Canton Street downtown when the driver hit him, breaking his leg, according to an arrest report. Lisa Holland with the Roswell police department says the driver, 21-year-old Kayana Herring, was under the influence and didn’t stop. “The other employee who was with him from the street department got into his street sweeper truck and followed the car because it left the scene after striking the person,” Holland said. TRENDING STORIES: DeKalb officer killed in the line of duty ID'd as 24-year-old Student attacked with knife outside girls' bathroom at Atlanta high school Serial robber luring victims becoming increasingly violent, police say She said the worker followed Herring all the way to Milton, where police eventually stopped the Woodstock woman. “She stated she didn't even realize she'd hit a driver. Did a field sobriety test on her and all the manifestations of being DUI,” Holland said. Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik spoke to the victim, Luis Guardado, on the phone. He said he’s laid up on the couch with a broken leg. 'Any time you're working in the street, it's a dangerous job.  These guys are putting their lives on the line for the safety for motorists,” Holland said. Herring remains in the Fulton County Jail, facing several charges including DUI, hit and run and serious injury by vehicle. Petchenik confirmed Herring has a previous arrest in Cherokee County on drug charges. A judge set her bond at $42,000.

Trump names Mick Mulvaney acting White House chief of staff

Trump names Mick Mulvaney acting White House chief of staff

Update 5:23 p.m. EDT Dec. 14: In a tweet Friday, President Donald Trump named Mick Mulvaney, the current Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as acting White House Chief of Staff. Trump deemed Mulvaney his “acting chief of staff” but it was not immediately clear what that meant for the length of his tenure. >> Read more trending news President Donald Trump said Saturday that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave his position by the end of the year. The president’s first choice was Nick Ayers, the vice president’s chief of staff, who bowed out after being unable to come to an agreement on how long he would serve in the post. Read the original report below. Trump announced last week that Kelly, who served in the post for more than a year, would soon be departing. Rumors have swirled off-and-on for months that Kelly, a retired four-star general, planned to leave his post. >> Related: Who is Gen. John Kelly, President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff?  Sources with knowledge of the inner workings of the West Wing told CNN that President Donald Trump and Kelly have recently stopped speaking. He reportedly clashed with several members of the administration, including national security adviser John Bolton, the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Politico reported. Tension between Bolton and Kelly spilled out into the public earlier this year when The Washington Post reported Kelly stormed out of the White House after getting into a shouting match with Bolton over immigration. The Wall Street Journal reported in June that Kelly expected to make his exit over the summer, but the newspaper later reported that he agreed to stay on through the 2020 election at the president’s request. Reports indicate that the relationship between Trump and Kelly has long been fraught with tension. Former FBI director James Comey said in his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” that Kelly was “sick about my firing” in May 2017 and that he intended to quit in protest of Trump’s decision. Comey said he urged Kelly not to quit. >> 'A Higher Loyalty:' Here’s some of what James Comey says about Trump NBC News reported in April that Kelly called Trump “an idiot” who he needed to “save from himself” during a tense meeting on immigration. Kelly later denied making such a statement and claimed he and the president had “an incredibly candid and strong relationship,” according to NBC News. Kelly faced criticism earlier this year after two of former staff secretary Rob Porter’s ex-wives went public with allegations of domestic abuse. Porter denied the allegations, but submitted his resignation Feb. 7 amid public outcry. >> White House ‘could have done better’ handling Rob Porter allegations, spokesman says In a statement released after the revelations first surfaced, Kelly stood behind Porter, who he called “a man of true integrity and honor.” He appeared to walk back his comments in a subsequent statement, amid criticism based on reports that the White House knew of the allegations long before Porter’s resignation. The allegations held up the security clearance process for Porter, who was only ever issued a temporary clearance. Amid the media furor, Kelly moved to end or downgrade temporary clearances for all staff members, including some, like Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who had regular access to top secret U.S. documents. Kelly joined the Trump Administration as the secretary of Homeland Security in January 2017. Six months later, he was appointed as chief of staff after Trump’s first chief of staff, Reince Preibus, submitted his resignation amid tension with Trump. >> Reince Priebus out: Trump names new chief of staff Reuters reported in February that Kelly and Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster were considering leaving their posts because of the way they were treated by Trump in public. Unidentified sources told Reuters that 'Kelly and McMaster have chafed at Trump’s treatment of them in public and in private, which both at times have considered insulting.' The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Serial robber luring victims becoming increasingly violent, police say

Serial robber luring victims becoming increasingly violent, police say

Police said a serial robber is on the loose, and they’re worried he is becoming increasingly violent. The man has targeted several delivery drivers and even broke into a woman’s home, according to officers. Gwinnett County police released a sketch of the man on Friday.  Channel 2’s Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas spoke with one of the victims, who owns a Chinese restaurant. Police believe he was the first victim in a series of robberies in the Wellington Hills area, just off Highway 78. “It was just like a regular delivery,” he told Thomas. The man said the robber then showed a gun and demanded his phone, wallet and keys. Detectives said in the first two cases, the robber called for a food delivery at apparently random houses. He met the drivers outside and robbed them. TRENDING STORIES: DeKalb officer killed in the line of duty ID'd as 24-year-old Student attacked with knife outside girls' bathroom at Atlanta high school As probe closes in, President Trump distances himself from Michael Cohen On Dec. 2, police said he forced his way into a 73-year-old woman's house. 'He put a gun to her head and asked her if she wanted to die,' said Cpl. Michele Pihera, with the Gwinnett County Police Department. The victim said the man robbed her and demanded sex. She said she told him, 'No.' She said he then committed a sex act in front of her. 'The woman began to cry and the (man) reached over, grabbed a tissue from her home and offered it to her and asked her to not cry,' Pihera said. She said he then grabbed her phone and tried to download a money app, insisting he wanted to pay her back later.  Police said a delivery man was pistol-whipped later the same day. 'It's very odd behavior, and it's very important we identify him and capture him as soon as possible,' Pihera said. Police are worried he will escalate his violence. If you have any information, you are urged to contact the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Panel sets January hearing on fraud in North Carolina U.S. House race

Insuring that North Carolina’s Ninth District seat will be vacant when the 116th Congress convenes in January, the North Carolina state elections board on Friday set a hearing for January 11, 2019, where officials will receive evidence on election irregularities focused on absentee ballot fraud which seemingly benefited Republican Mark Harris.

“State investigators are awaiting additional documents from parties subpoenaed in this matter and finalizing the investigation prior to the hearing,” the State Board of Elections and Ethics said in a statement.

Originally, the board had planned a hearing before December 21.

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