On Air Now

Listen Now

Weather

cloudy-day
74°
Cloudy
H 74° L 60°
  • cloudy-day
    74°
    Current Conditions
    Cloudy. H 74° L 60°
  • cloudy-day
    71°
    Evening
    Cloudy. H 74° L 60°
  • rain-day
    63°
    Morning
    Showers. H 68° L 45°
Listen
Pause
Error

News on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

Listen
Pause
Error

Traffic on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

Listen
Pause
Error

Weather on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

Breaking News
Woman seriously injured after hit-and-run boat incident on Lake Burton
Close

Woman seriously injured after hit-and-run boat incident on Lake Burton

Woman seriously injured after hit-and-run boat incident on Lake Burton
Photo Credit: CaringBridge
Kathlyn Pattillo

Woman seriously injured after hit-and-run boat incident on Lake Burton

A woman was seriously injured when a boat hit her while she was swimming in Rabun County, officials said. 

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is investigating the incident as a hit-and-run, spokesman Mark McKinnon said in a statement Tuesday. 

The 29-year-old woman, identified in a CaringBridge post as Kathlyn Pattillo, was swimming in Lake Burton behind a home on Kubler Lane on Thursday. A passing boat then hit her, causing injuries to her arm and head, McKinnon said. 

Doctors said the injuries were likely caused by a boat propeller, the CaringBridge post said. The propeller cut through Pattillo’s skull and arm, it said. 

“From the impact, she must have been knocked out, but when she came to, she managed to tread water,” the post said. “While holding her severed arm, she was able to kick her feet and somehow swim (to shore), screaming in pain.” 

A deck boat in the area heard Pattillo’s cries for help, called 911 and rendered aid until an ambulance arrived, McKinnon said. 

The woman was flown to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and is expected to make a full recovery, according to the post.

“The doctors cannot believe that she survived the swim in the lake and did not bleed out or drown,” the post said. “Everyone says she is lucky to be alive.” 

DNR officials are still trying to find the boat. Anyone who might have seen the hit-and-run or can provide a description of the vessel is urged to contact Game Ward First Class Joe Hill at 229-539-1820. 

In other news: 

Close

Woman seriously injured after hit-and-run boat incident on Lake Burton

Read More

News

  • From a pineapple under the sea to New Jersey, Nickelodeon is expanding its universe. Nickelodeon Universe is opening an indoor themepark this week in East Rutherford's American Dream Mall, CNN reported. It is said it is the largest indoor theme park in the country with more than 35 rides and attractions, including the Shellraiser, which will have a 122-foot drop. >> Read more trending news  Some big stars will be able to greet the littlest fans, too, like SpongeBob, Dora the Explorer and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If your childhood dreams included being slimed, it may come true at the Nickelodeon Slime Stage. A new NHL-regulation-sized ice rink will also open Friday and will feature open skating, figure skating and hockey tournaments, CNN reported. DreamWorks Water Park is slated to open next month and will feature more than 40 water slides. But the mall itself isn't fully open for business just yet. American Dream mall is scheduled to open in March and will be open to shoppers six days a week. The county where the mall was developed still has a law on the books that dates back to the 1600s that makes it illegal for non-food-selling stores to be open on Sundays, CNBC reported.
  • It's a terrifying moment, but a riveting one.  >> Read more trending news  A photograph of a female Tibetan fox about to pounce on a frightened Himalayan marmot was the winning entry in the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, sponsored by the Natural History Museum in London, the museum announced on its website. The photograph, snapped by Chinese photographer Yongqing Bao, is called 'The Moment,' and shows the marmot frozen in fear with its mouth hanging open as the fox, guarding its three cubs, prepares to kill it. The photograph was taken in China's Qilian Mountains, museum officials said. Roz Kidman Cox, chairwoman of the contest's judging committee, said in a museum news release that the photograph was 'quite simply the perfect moment.' 'The expressive intensity of the postures holds you transfixed, and the thread of energy between the raised paws seems to hold the protagonists in perfect balance,' Cox said. 'Images from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau are rare enough, but to have captured such a powerful interaction between a Tibetan fox and a marmot -- two species key to the ecology of this high-grassland region -- is extraordinary.' The winning photograph was chosen over more than 48,000 entries submitted from 100 countries, museum officials said in the news release.
  • Tupac Shakur -- no, not the one you think -- was arrested Saturday in Tennessee after authorities allege he pulled a knife on a police officer. Shakur, 40, of Elizabethtown, shares the name, down to the middle name of Amaru, with the 25-year-old rapper slain in 1996. Unlike the rapper, this Tupac Shakur is white. Shakur is charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, simple possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. >> Read more trending news  Johnson City police officials said in a news release that Shakur was arrested Saturday evening after officers went to a home seeking him on warrants out of Carter County. As they arrived, they spotted Shakur in the passenger seat of a vehicle leaving the property. The officers found the car about a half-mile away and made contact with Shakur, who they said pulled away and reached toward his waistband. “Mr. Shakur then attempted to turn towards officers with a knife in his hand before being taken to the ground,” the news release said. “After a brief struggle, Mr. Shakur was placed in custody. “Mr. Shakur was in possession of a syringe and multiple baggies of methamphetamine.” Shakur was taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was booked on the charges. According to the news release, he is being held in lieu of $18,000 bail. He was scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon. It was not immediately known if Shakur was given his name at birth or if he changed it as an adult. His birth predates the career of the slain rapper with whom he shares the name. The rapper Tupac Shakur, who had survived a shooting in 1994, was gunned down Sept. 7, 1996, in Las Vegas after seeing a Mike Tyson boxing match at the MGM Grand. Shakur was in the passenger seat of a BMW driven by rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight, chairman of Death Row Records, later that night as they pulled up to an intersection near the Vegas Strip on their way to a nightclub. A white Cadillac pulled up alongside the vehicle and fired more than a dozen shots into the BMW, striking Shakur four times, according to news reports at the time, including MTV News. As part of a series of three operations, surgeons removed the rapper’s right lung in an unsuccessful effort to stop his internal bleeding. Shakur, who was put on a ventilator and heavily sedated, died Sept. 13, 1996, six days after being shot. His mother, Afeni Shakur, was at his side. Afeni Shakur, who named her son Lesane Parish Crooks when he was born in 1971, changed his name to Tupac Amaru, after an 18th-century Peruvian revolutionary, after she joined the Black Panther Party, according to Biography.com. Tupac’s last name was taken from the surname of his sister’s father. The homicide of the man BET named the most influential rapper of all time remains unsolved, though there have been multiple theories over the years, including one conspiracy theory that Shakur, tired of fame, faked his death. One of the most prevalent theories has been that the killing was part of a feud between East and West Coast rappers. The theory involved rapper Biggie Smalls, also known as the Notorious B.I.G., with whom Shakur had an ongoing feud related to their rival record labels, the Los Angeles-based Death Row Records for Shakur and the New York-based Bad Boy Records for Smalls. Smalls, whose birth name was Christopher Wallace, was killed six months after Shakur’s death, in a March 1997 drive-by shooting very similar to the one that killed Shakur. Like Shakur, Wallace was killed as he sat in the passenger seat of a vehicle while leaving a music industry party in L.A. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which reviewed FBI files in 2011 regarding the Biggie Smalls shooting, federal agents investigated the possibility that Wallace’s slaying was committed in retaliation for Shakur’s death. See the FBI's redacted files on the death of Biggie Smalls here.  The files indicate that the FBI became involved as part of a probe of corruption and civil rights violations in the Los Angeles Police Department. The Review-Journal reported that the focus of the investigation was whether corrupt Los Angeles police officers were involved in Wallace’s killing. Federal investigators ultimately concluded that there was not enough evidence to bring charges against the officers suspected of involvement, the newspaper reported. Like that of Shakur, his killing remains unsolved.
  • A Rockdale County couple is thankful to have their dog back after thieves broke into their home while they were at church Sunday and took him. Alton McCollough and his wife left at 8:30 a.m. and returned around 1:30 p.m. to find their home had been broken into.  “The house was ransacked. They had gone through all the drawers just pulling stuff out and throwing them on the floor. We searched for our dog and couldn’t find him anywhere,” he tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.  That’s when McCullough took to Facebook with a plea to help find his dog and it was quickly shared.  Late that afternoon in Henry County, Sheri Pettus and her family arrived home to find a small dog outside their front door. He ran into the woods only to return a few hours later.  “We took a video of him and posted on Facebook and maybe three to five minutes later, I saw my Facebook friend share Alton’s post,” she says.  Phone numbers were exchanged and Pettus and McCollough connected.  “She sent me a text picture and it was Rambo. So, we drove over--it was about 11 miles from our house to where this was. When we got there, we were so pleased it was our little dog,” he says.  Pettus, who captured the reunion on video, says up until his owners arrived, Rambo just laid on her floor exhausted.   “When Alton and his wife got to my door and he saw them, his whole personality changed,” she says.  McCullough theorizes the thieves got scared and abandoned Rambo. He’s just thankful the dog, which the couple considers a family member, ended up at Pettus’ home.  “If he hadn’t ended up at this lady’s house, I don’t know what would have happened to him. I’m thankful that they did not try to sell or do any harm to him,” he says.  Pettus says Rambo is the third dog she’s been able to reunite with its owners thanks to Facebook.
  • Lori Harvey was arrested for a hit-and-run over the weekend, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department. E! News reported that Steve Harvey's stepdaughter hit a parked car in Los Angeles, department officials said. Police confirmed she did not stay at the scene of the accident, which was reported Sunday at 9:48 p.m. >> Read more trending news  According to OK! which first reported the news, the 22-year-old flipped her Mercedes SUV in the crash.  E! News reported Harvey was charged with a hit-and-run and delaying a police investigation, and received a misdemeanor citation instead of being booked. 'She identified herself properly and signed a written promise to appear in court,' authorities told OK!  Police do not believe she was intoxicated during the crash.
  • United Nations chemical weapons inspectors say they are investigating claims from multiple sources that chemical weapons were used by Turkish forces on Kurdish civilians in Ras al-Ayn, a Syrian border town. The weapons, which seriously burned at least six, including children, were believed to have contained a toxic chemical called white phosphorus. If the allegations of the use of white phosphorus weapons against civilians, as first reported in Foreign Policy, prove to be true, the action would constitute a war crime. >> Read more trending news  The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Friday morning 'The OPCW is aware of the situation in northern Syria and is collecting information at OPCW Headquarters with regard to the alleged use of chemical weapons. So far, the OPCW has not yet determined the credibility of these allegations.” The Kurdish Red Crescent, a relief organization similar to the American Red Cross, said in a statement that six patients, both civilian and military, were in a hospital in Hasekeh, Syria, with burns from “unknown weapons” and that the organization was working to evaluate what weapon had caused the injuries. Turkish officials have denied accusations that chemical weapons were used. Hulusi Akar, the Turkish defense minister, said, “It is a fact known by everyone that there are no chemical weapons in the inventory of the Turkish armed forces.” Three weeks ago, President Donald Trump announced he would be pulling American troops from northeast Syria. Soon after, Turkey launched an attack against the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led faction that has supported the Kurdistan Workers’ party, which has fought against the Turkish government for nearly 40 years. Last week, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, along with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, brokered a 120-hour ceasefire to allow Kurdish forces to withdraw 20 miles from the 300-mile border between Syria and Turkey. Despite the ceasefire, there were reports of continued fighting in the region. Here is a look at what white phosphorus is, what it does and why it was used in war. What is white phosphorus? White phosphorus is a toxic substance produced from rocks that contain phosphate. What is it used for? White phosphorus is used in the manufacture of fertilizers, food additives and cleaning compounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It has been used in the past as a pesticide and in fireworks. It is used by the military in various types of ammunition as an incendiary agent (because it spontaneously catches fire in air) and as a smoke agent (because it produces clouds of irritating white smoke). It has a match-like or garlic-like, acrid odor ...,' according to the CDC. How dangerous is it? White phosphorus is self-igniting when it interacts with oxygen at a temperature of 86 degrees. It must be stored underwater or under wax to keep it from spontaneously combusting. It is toxic, and when it contacts the skin, severe burns are likely. It is difficult to put out a white phosphorus fire and it can reignite easily, even on the skin. A cloud of phosphorus can mix with moisture in the air and can form phosphoric acid which can damage or destroy the lungs. What is its history in war? It was first used as an obscurant because it produces clouds of white smoke, allowing troops to move without being seen by the enemy. The U.S. Department of Defense acknowledged the use of white phosphorus munitions in the November 2004 offensive in the Iraqi city of Falluja. The substance was used to remove enemy forces from urban areas.  The substance is often called “Whiskey Pete” by the military. How can it be used in war if it is a chemical weapon? The use of white phosphorus is not banned under international convention when it is used as an obscurant – to make a smokescreen or to illuminate a target (white phosphorus glows green when exposed to oxygen). To use it for incendiary weapons in civilian areas is banned under the Geneva convention. Using it to attack civilian areas is an international war crime. What does it look like? White phosphorus is colorless or has a slight yellow tint. It’s a wax-like substance that tends to have a smell that is something like garlic.