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    The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday released body camera footage from the night a baby was found abandoned in the woods tied in a plastic shopping bag. The graphic video shows the girl, who authorities named India, being cut out of the plastic bag. The umbilical cord is attached.  “We release this footage in hopes to receive credible information on the identity of Baby India and to show how important it is to find closure in this case,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post. India was found June 6 on an isolated stretch of Daves Creek Road in the southern part of Forsyth County, according to Sheriff Ron Freeman.  Her cries attracted the attention of a family in a nearby home, AJC.com previously reported.  The family had been away on a trip and returned just before 10 p.m. As they were unpacking their bags, a child heard the baby’s cries, Freeman said. The family called 911. RELATED: Mother sought after baby found in plastic bag in Georgia woods Deputies performed first aid until India could be taken to an area hospital.  Homeowner Alan Ragetz told Channel 2 Action News he might never have gone into the woods to investigate if it wasn’t for his daughters’ persistence. He thought it was a wild animal wailing in the woods, but he went along when the girls grabbed their flashlights. The sound was coming from a pile of leaves. “We went down, pulled it up, there was a poor little baby wrapped in a plastic bag,” he said. “She was alive, she was crying, so we figured that was a good sign.” Ragetz said the baby could not have been more than a few hours old. Freeman told Channel 2 the baby now weighs almost seven pounds. “Somebody knows what happened to this child,” he said. “This is a near full-term or full-term baby.” Freeman said they can only assume a mother placed the child there, but they are still considering other possibilities. “We want to make sure that we understand how this happened,” he said. “We want to make sure that we deal with both the criminal investigation, as well as making sure that both the baby and the family that are related are taken care of from the standpoint that they need to be.” He said he would not speculate on criminal charges until the investigation was complete. MORE: New photos released weeks after baby found in plastic bag in Georgia woods Freeman noted that Georgia has a “safe haven” law for babies like India, which allows unwanted babies to be dropped off at medical facilities or with public safety agencies without fear of prosecution.  “Georgia (law) provides you've got 30 days to do that, not to leave a baby in the woods,” he said. Freeman said India is “thriving” and is in the care of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help. Anyone who knows a woman in the late stages of pregnancy who could have recently given birth is asked to contact investigators at 770-781-3087.
  • One person is in custody and another is at large after an operation involving the U.S. Secret Service and Gwinnett County SWAT, police said. Kevis D. Price, 29, was captured just after 3 p.m., a little more than three hours after Gwinnett authorities were called to a home in the Centerville area to assist the federal agency.  Officials went to the residence in the area of Annistown and Spain roads to serve warrants out of South Carolina, Gwinnett County police said.  The neighborhood is across the street from Annistown Elementary School.  Price was wanted by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office on four counts of attempted murder in connection with a May 10 incident. Tiyon K. Sanders, 25, is being sought by the same agency on an armed robbery charge.   Anyone with information about Sanders’ whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta.  Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.
  • More than two weeks after a baby was found abandoned in a wooded area in Forsyth County, new photos of the girl were released Friday and sheriff’s officials renewed calls for leads in the case. » RELATED: Mother sought after baby found in plastic bag in Georgia woods Authorities still have not tracked down the child’s parents. “If anyone has any information related to this case or knows of a female who was in the late stages of pregnancy and may have given birth to this infant, please contact Detective. T. Conner” at 770-781-2222, ext. 5920, the sheriff’s office said in an alert. “You may also call the tip line at 770-888-7308.” Homeowner Alan Ragetz found the baby the night of June 6, shortly after his family returned from a trip. As they were unpacking their bags, a child heard what sounded like a baby crying, Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said shortly after the child was located. They called 911. The baby was discovered in a plastic shopping bag on an isolated stretch of Daves Creek Road in the southern part of the county.  While she has not been identified, hospital workers decided to call the baby India, rather than the standard baby Jane Doe. Freeman said he thought the temporary name was fitting. A representative with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is acting as the child’s advocate.  Georgia has a “safe haven” law for babies like India, which allows unwanted babies to be dropped off at medical facilities or with public safety agencies without fear of prosecution.  “Georgia (law) provides you've got 30 days to do that, not to leave a baby in the woods,” Freeman said.
  • A test of Georgia’s emergency alert system may have given you cause for concern Thursday morning.  Some may have seen the radiological emergency warning as a notification on their smartphone. Others reported seeing the warning scroll across their TV screens. The Georgia Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security said there is no need to worry. It was, after all, only a test.  “You may have received a **TEST** emergency alert this morning regarding a radiological emergency in Georgia,” the agency said on Twitter. “We regularly test our emergency alert systems to ensure they are working properly and this was a ONLY A TEST MESSAGE. There is no radiological emergency.” While Georgians are used to widespread alerts for severe weather events or missing children, several took to Twitter wondering just what would constitute a radiological emergency. According to the National Weather Service, a radiological hazard warning alerts the public to the loss, discovery or release of a radiological hazard.  A warning of that type could be issued if radioactive materials are spilled, like in a traffic accident, or stolen.  Others on Twitter had their own ideas. Some took issue with mixed messaging. One alert read “EAS RADIOLOGICAL HAZARD WARNING THIS IS A TEST TAKE SHELTER!!!!!,” leaving concerned Georgians wondering if they should hunker down or simply turn down the volume on their TVs. The Georgia test was received as far away as Florida, Alabama and South Carolina, according to AL.com. Why the alert went out to surrounding states is unclear, the news site reported. No further information about the test has been released.  
  • A pedestrian hit by a Gainesville police officer Tuesday night was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol and outside a crosswalk at the time of the crash, the Georgia State Patrol said. Vickie Barber, 57, of Gainesville, faces charges in connection with the wreck, which occurred about 9:20 p.m. on Atlanta Highway at Lyman Street, according to authorities. The GSP is investigating the crash in accordance with the Gainesville Police Department’s policy on vehicle accidents.  In a statement, the state agency said Officer Brittany Frantzreb was headed south on Atlanta Highway in her department-issued Ford Explorer when Barber tried to cross the highway from the east to the west shoulder. “The officer was responding to assist a fellow officer involved in a physical altercation with a suspect” when the Ford Explorer struck Barber, the police department said in a separate statement.  While Frantzreb was not injured in the crash, Barber was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville with serious injuries. Troopers found the woman’s pink backpack at the crash scene, which contained a plastic bag filled with assorted bottles of medications, according to an incident report obtained Friday by AJC.com. An investigator who visited Barber at the hospital said in the report there was “a strong order of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath.” Barber was charged with pedestrian under the influence and pedestrian not in a crosswalk while crossing the roadway, the GSP said. Her condition is unknown Friday. In other news:
  • A man whose body was recovered Tuesday morning from Beaver Ruin Creek in western Gwinnett County accidentally drowned, police said Wednesday. The body was spotted lying facedown and fully clothed in about two feet of water beneath a bridge on Indian Trail Lilburn Road, according to Gwinnett County police. A man walking across the bridge made the discovery before 7:30 a.m. and called 911. Investigators initially did not know if the death was an accidental drowning or if it was criminal in nature, but they were investigating it as a crime. Police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said there were no obvious signs of trauma, like a stab wound or a gunshot wound.   After an autopsy was performed Tuesday evening, they were able to confirm the man drowned. He has been identified, but authorities have not located his family. According to the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s office, the man had a lengthy medical history. His toxicology is still pending.  Detectives worked with the crime scene unit to process evidence from the creek Tuesday morning and were trying to track down witnesses. Because the water was shallow and clear, Pihera said officers were able to see to the bottom.  They recovered a wallet, a watch, some coins and a card from among other trash items in the creek, but they do not know if any belonged to the man, she said.  One westbound lane was blocked on Indian Trail Lilburn Road while the recovery effort was underway. The body was located about five feet from a shoreline, police said, and Gwinnett County Water Rescue crews brought in a boat to access it and pull the items from the water. The scene is across the street from Greater Atlanta Christian School on a busy stretch of roadway with several businesses, fast-food restaurants and an InTown Suites motel.  The body was removed by 10 a.m. and taken to the medical examiner’s office.  In other news:
  • Police are trying to track down the driver of a vehicle that hit a woman and two children at an Atlanta truck stop Tuesday morning. The three were hit around 6:45 a.m. at the Petro Atlanta Travel Center on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway just inside the Perimeter. The vehicle, described only as silver, did not stop, according to Atlanta police. While their injuries were not considered serious, the woman and children were taken to a hospital as a precaution, police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty told AJC.com. Police have not released the ages of the children or their relationship to the woman. The police and fire activity briefly shut down most of Hollowell Parkway in front of the truck stop. The lanes have since reopened, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.  Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Atlanta police. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by calling Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website. — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: 
  • A car crashed into the side of Sugarloaf Mills mall on Sunday evening during busy weekend shopping hours. The vehicle, a red sedan, reportedly jumped the curb and ran straight through a veneer wall near a service door and storage area at the corner of one building, according to Gwinnett County fire officials.  Rescue crews arriving just after 6:45 p.m. found the car stuck halfway through the wall. The driver was not hurt and was speaking with police investigators at the scene, fire spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. RELATED: Vehicle drives through Gwinnett County Goodwill store Although the mall was open at the time of the crash, no one was reported injured. It does not appear the car caused any damage inside the nearest store, Books-A-Million. “According to the fire department’s Technical Rescue Team, there were no load-bearing walls affected and no structural integrity issues,” Rutledge said in a news release.  The vehicle was removed from the building by 7:30 p.m. and the scene was turned over to police, he said. The accident is still under investigation, but a Gwinnett County police spokesman said charges are not likely as it occurred on private property. The driver was not suspected of driving impaired. —Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news:
  • DeKalb County officials are investigating fires that burned at least 14 vehicles at two different locations Friday morning. At both, multiple vehicles were burned. Officials have not said if they believe the fires were intentionally set, but it does not appear the two scenes are connected. “At this time it just seems like it’s just a coincidence, but we may later find out that it’s not,” DeKalb County fire spokesman Capt. Dion Bentley told AJC.com. Two cars were found on fire near Shoal Creek Park on Glenwood Road around 5 a.m. Ten miles to the east and around the same time, at least 12 more were burned in a lot attached to an auto body shop on Stone Mountain Lithonia Road just north of the Lithonia city limits. Bentley said when crews arrived at the Stone Mountain Lithonia Road location, five to seven vehicles were fully engulfed in flames. They tried to use hand lines, but the blaze proved too much, and they resorted to the deck gun on the front of the fire truck. Once the flames were somewhat under control, Bentley said they sprayed foam to put them out. Investigators don’t know how it started or if anyone was on the property Friday morning. “It is still under investigation,” he said. “The business owner stated these cars haven’t moved in a while.” Crews are still working to put out hot spots at the car lot. No other details were released about the fires at Shoal Creek Park. — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: 
  • An 89-year-old woman said a neighbor she trusted stole nearly $40,000 from her, Channel 2 Action News reported.  “I’m sick about it. I will tell you how I feel about it,” Everlina Jackson told the news station.  Jackson said she had gotten so close to her neighbor that she considered him her godson. That changed after she began to suspect that he was transferring money out of her bank account and into one of his own, she told Channel 2.  “I thought he was helping me,” she said.  Jackson’s daughter, Notosha Wilson, said the man gained her mother’s trust by doing errands for her. He even convinced her to give him power of attorney, she said.  Wilson said she realized something was wrong when they stopped receiving mail from her mother’s bank. Those letters were rerouted to a beauty salon in Roswell, she said.  Then Wilson checked Jackson’s bank account and noticed $38,000 was missing. She said $120,000 more is missing from her late father’s credit union account.  Several online bank transfers totaling thousands of dollars were made in the neighbor’s name, Jackson told Channel 2.  She said she didn’t initiate the transfers. “I don’t do internet stuff,” she told the news station.  Atlanta police are investigating the incident, according to Channel 2. A police report identifies the neighbor as a suspect, the news station reported.  Jackson said the man has removed himself as power of attorney and returned about $10,000, according to Channel 2.  In other news: