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    An African-American Georgia lawmaker says she was verbally harassed while at a grocery store in Cobb County. State Rep. Erica Thomas, who represents District 39, recorded an emotional Facebook Live detailing what she says happened at a Publix in Mableton.  Thomas said she was waiting in the express lane with her daughter when the man became angry over the number of items she had.  'This white man comes up to me and says 'you lazy son of [expletive]. You need to go back where you came from.'' the lawmaker said in the video. 'Sir you don't even know me. I'm not lazy. I'm nine months pregnant.'  Channel 2's Chris Jose is in contact with Thomas, who said she filed a police report with Cobb police. We're working to get a copy of the police report, for Channel 2 Action News at Noon. Developing: I’ve been in touch with @itsericathomas. She told me she filed a police report with Cobb PD. Rep Thomas says the man verbally assaulted her. @Publix kicked the man out, he came back in & continued to harass Thomas. Incident on surveillance video. Cops investigating. https://t.co/IGdhgZMEfA — Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) July 20, 2019 Thomas said she did not bring up her position in the Georgia House of Representatives and asked him to leave her and daughter alone. 'My child is just sitting there. 'Mama why would he call you that?' I can't even explain to her why he has so much hate in his heart.' Thomas did not record the incident on her phone, but Jose was told there is surveillance video and police are investigating.   Channel 2 Action News has reached out to Publix for an official comment. 
  • Billy Baker has served the people of Troup County for 35 years as a firefighter, police officer and most recently a deputy. That community is now coming to his aid. Last month, he was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer, and the news only got worse. The 57-year-old’s most recent prognosis was that he had three months to live. “Hopefully I can beat the odds,” Baker told AJC.com. “If not, I have to accept what that means, but if they can study what’s going on with me and help someone else, that’s cool. I plan to fight as hard as I can.” He said he has many inspirations to draw from to give him strength to fight, such as his career in law enforcement and his local community.  However, his biggest source of encouragement is his wife, who has been there before. Delaying the honeymoon On their wedding day in May 2016, Baker’s wife did not feel well. It wasn’t nerves. “We didn’t have a honeymoon because she was sick the day we got married,” he said. “We just didn’t know what it was.” Two weeks later, the newlyweds discovered what was making Misty Baker ill: a 17-pound malignant tumor in her ovaries. She was diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer. Baker said he used up most of his paid time off work to take care of his wife, and the support eventually paid off.  After chemotherapy and a double mastectomy due to a heightened risk of breast cancer, Misty Baker was declared cancer free. Now, she’s approaching the two-year anniversary of her remission. The couple enjoyed a reprieve by finally taking that vacation they never got around to after their marriage.  Baker said he and his wife took a camper to the beach. He still wishes to take her on “her dream honeymoon” someday. The beach trip was in May. The reprieve would only last about one month. One in 600 In June, Baker began to feel sick after conducting a traffic stop. He’s had plenty of experience on the traffic beat, patrolling I-85 and I-185 as part of the sheriff’s narcotics division. It was hot outside, as Georgia in June often is, but the sickness lingered the next day, he said. By the time he went to the emergency room, his upper chest was hurting severely. What doctors discovered in the X-ray brought him back to when he was newly married. Two cancerous masses were found, leading to the stage 4 esophageal cancer diagnosis. “The majority of our marriage has been one of us dealing with cancer,” Baker said. “It’s an emotional beatdown.” His surgeon told him there’s about 600 cases of esophageal cancer each year in Georgia. Given how developed the cancer is, his medical team has prepared an aggressive treatment plan that will possibly combine chemotherapy and targeted radiation. Whether he’s in the hospital or in the couple’s Heard County home, Baker said his wife has been at his side every step of the way. “For her to have been through everything she’s been through ... she’s been a trooper,” he said. “And that support is priceless.” Baker has faith he’ll pull through the rigorous and demanding treatment, which includes chemotherapy every two weeks and radiation five days a week. His sheriff does as well. “We feel convinced that a miracle will happen, and God will intervene,” Sheriff James Woodruff, who hired Baker about four years ago, said. “He also understands that if it doesn’t, that he will meet it head-on.” ‘A service to others’ Baker hasn’t been able to recoup his paid time off work since using the majority of it to be with his wife, and it has come back to haunt him. His last paycheck came in this week, and he’s had to rely on his savings to help cover the cost of his mounting medical bills. It will be five months before Baker can start drawing Social Security benefits because of how much money his wife makes working with UPS.  “I don’t think that’s right. It shouldn’t be that way,” he said. “I was given three months to live, so you want to approve it two months after I’m dead? It’s a worry you shouldn’t have to deal with when you’re battling a life-threatening disease.' The sheriff’s office, the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and Jackson Services in LaGrange have partnered to host a fundraiser for the Bakers on Aug. 10. It will feature a live auction, barbecue and a riding event with motorcycles, jeeps and hot rods at the Elks Lodge off South Davis Road. Within a three-day period, nearly 500 tickets were sold, Woodruff said. The sheriff’s office also posted a request on Facebook for donated items to fill up the live action. “His whole life has been a service to others ... it’s a testament to what a public servant he is,” Woodruff said. “The people of this community recognize that, which is why I think there was such a response to our request for help.” Baker said he’s been blown away by the rush of support, adding that law enforcement officers from across the Southeast have been calling and asking to assist.  He also said he couldn’t have asked for a better profession to prepare him for life-or-death scenarios. “(Being a deputy) made it easier for me to swallow this pill,” Baker said. “My job helped prepare me to have to fight this. I’m grateful for that.” In lieu of a GoFundMe page, the sheriff’s office has set up a bank account for people to make donations to the “Billy Baker Fund,” which amassed about $500 in its first day. Anyone interested should call the sheriff’s office at 706-883-1616 or email Lt. Nathan Taylor at ntaylor@troupco.org. “He is part of our family, and we are going to walk this journey with him,” Woodruff said.
  • Make sure you grab an umbrella before you head out this morning. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Eboni Deon is tracking showers that are already firing up across western parts of metro Atlanta.  Deon says today won't be a total washout, but there will be areas of heavy downpours and gusty winds throughout the day. LIVE ON CHANNEL 2 AT NOON: We're using Georgia's most powerful radar to track and time the showers moving through your neighborhood. [DOWNLOAD: WSB-TV's Weather App for alerts on storms] 3 hour rainfall estimates nearly 1-2' already in Bartow, Polk and Paulding counties. pic.twitter.com/3qH2JJYEHP — Eboni Deon, WSB (@EboniDeonWSB) July 20, 2019 Off to a wet start with some areas of rain in Paulding, Bartow, Gordon & Polk counties. I'm tracking it now plus I'll show you when more rain will move in. pic.twitter.com/5qmFnhGsD0 — Eboni Deon, WSB (@EboniDeonWSB) July 20, 2019 Counties west and northwest of downtown Atlanta are most likely to see showers. A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Walker and Dade counties until 4:45 p.m. Flash Flood Warning for Western Walker and Dade counties until 4:45 PM. pic.twitter.com/ugc1pgaa1a — Eboni Deon, WSB (@EboniDeonWSB) July 20, 2019 Storms moved across metro Atlanta Friday afternoon with Channel 2 Action News viewers sending in reports of flooding and downed trees. Metro Atlanta has been dealing with several days of summer afternoon thunderstorms. Storms brought a huge tree down on a family's home in DeKalb County on Thursday. Low clouds and fog hanging over Midtown Atlanta this morning. pic.twitter.com/J42dZWlkYG — Eboni Deon, WSB (@EboniDeonWSB) July 20, 2019
  • Police say a 12-year-old girl was shot in the neck when someone opened fire on a home in Henry County on Thursday night. Layla Kendall’s family told Channel 2’s Matt Johnson that the girl is expected to make it but not without a long road to recovery while police look for two gunmen. When bullets hit a house along Pates Lake Way off Jonesboro Road late Thursday night, Layla’s godmother said there was no time to panic. “My job was to make sure she made it,” she said, asking only to be identified as Shawna. “I had to do what I was trained to do, and that was to save her life.' Layla is recovering now, in part because her godmother was able to use her skills as a nurse. “I kept her head, kept her stable, kept talking to her so she could respond until 911 could get there,” Shawna said. TRENDING STORIES: Man escapes home during SWAT standoff, runs into nearby woods 19-year-old found shot, killed in Clayton County 27-year-old Atlanta man dies after getting hit by boat propeller on Lake Oconee Henry County police say that someone opened fire on the house. When Johnson arrived at the home Friday, he counted 12 bullets holes on the outside of the house. Layla was visiting a friend when police say the shooting happened at around midnight “We heard some knocks at the door, and we didn't open the door, and the officer said it was good we didn’t open the door because we could have been ambushed,” Shawna said.  Within seconds, they heard gunfire and Shawna rushed to help Layla, who was on the ground in the kitchen. “A 12-year-old child. She’s innocent, you know? Very, very innocent,” Shawna said.  Layla has injuries to her neck and lower body and spent Friday undergoing multiple surgeries. Friends, family and police say they do not know who's responsible but they know this could have been worse. “We all could have been dead. The whole house could have been dead, not even knowing the reason behind it,” Shawna said.  Johnson checked with Henry County police, and they say they are looking for two suspects who left in a dark gray BMW. The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with the girl's expenses.
  • Channel 2 Action News has obtained body camera video of an Atlanta police officer saving a child who was locked in a hot car. Her mother accidentally locked the child in the minivan along with the keys. That’s when she immediately called for help to get her baby out of the hot vehicle. The dramatic scene unfolded at The Peach shopping center along Peachtree Road in Buckhead on July 10. “Hey, ma’am, are you OK?” the officer can be heard asking the mother. “I need help getting into my car. My baby’s in there,” the mother says in tears. “I called right away. Just didn’t know what to do, and I didn’t have anything to break the window.” The video then shows the officer smashing the front passenger window and unlocking the doors to get the woman’s 7-month-old out of the hot car that had been sitting in the sweltering July heat. “It’s OK, buddy,” the officer can be heard saying to the baby inside as he breaks the window out. The Atlanta police officer who saved the child was Officer Ronald Stoddard. Channel 2’s Michael  Seiden spoke with him Friday about the ordeal. TRENDING STORIES: Downpours, lightning, gusty wind moves through metro Atlanta 19-year-old found shot, killed in Clayton County 27-year-old Atlanta man dies after getting hit by boat propeller on Lake Oconee “As soon as I saw that the child was in distress, I immediately forced entry,” Stoddard said. This isn’t only incident lately. Just a few days before the Buckhead incident, Officer Michael Doherty had to use his training to rescue a 1-year-old boy who accidentally got locked inside a truck July 6 outside Krog Street Market “You want to do whatever it takes to get them out of the car,' Doherty said. On Friday, Seiden went to the emergency room at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. “Last year was a record-setting year, with 52 children who died due to being left in a hot vehicle,” Dr. Maneesha Agarwal, with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, said. So far this year, doctors say there have been no reported deaths in Georgia but an average of 37 kids die each year in hot cars nationwide. “There have been heat-related deaths reported when the temperature is as low as 60 degrees outside, so you really never want to leave your child unattended in a vehicle,” Agarwal said. With more than two months left of summer, doctors and first responders are hoping parents remain vigilant. “I have a 5-month-old at home. I think about this all the time with my wife. This could happen to anybody, so you did not do anything wrong, so don’t blame yourself,” Stoddard said. For more information about how to protect your child, you can click here . 
  • A Channel 2 Action News/Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found Georgia Tech’s head men’s basketball coach did not disclose information or provided misleading statements to NCAA investigators amid a recruiting investigation. This comes despite a warning from the NCAA that misleading statements or anything short of full disclosure could cost Josh Pastner his job. Pastner’s statements come in a nearly four-hour recording that was never supposed to be made public. It was a part of a November  2017 NCAA investigation that eventually cleared Pastner of wrongdoing, but its recent release is tied to evidence in a defamation suit Pastner filed against Ron Bell and his girlfriend, Jennifer Pendley. Pastner did not disclose the existence of thousands of recruiting-related text messages tied to him, his wife, Bell and others, nor details of the couples’ close relationship, including holiday and home visits in Atlanta and Arizona where Bell and Pendley reside. Instead, Pastner likened his relationship to Bell to a Make-A-Wish Foundation, cancer charity case and said he’d never given him access to the locker room. Numerous photos and home videos show Bell inside the Georgia Tech locker room and interacting with players there and during practices, as well as at his Arizona home. Text messages from discovery in the case include recruiting talk between Pastner’s wife, Bell and others. The AJC first obtained a copy of the recording. All of this comes amid a new recruiting violations probe centered around Bell and a former Tech assistant  basketball coach. Neither the NCAA nor Georgia Tech would address the recordings, citing an ongoing investigation. But a spokesperson for Tech noted the school stands by an independent investigation clearing Pastner of sexual misconduct. They also referenced the new probe, saying, “In addition, Coach Pastner is not a named individual in the NCAA’s notice of allegations we received in the spring of 2019.” An assistant town prosecutor in Oro Valley , Arizona charged Bell and Pendley  with misdemeanor offenses tied to witness tampering and intimidation in the sex assault case. They’re largely based off a squabble between the two in 2018 jailhouse recordings where Bell suggested Pendley concocted the sex assault claims. TRENDING STORIES: Man escapes home during SWAT standoff, runs into nearby woods 19-year-old found shot, killed in Clayton County 27-year-old Atlanta man dies after getting hit by boat propeller on Lake Oconee On May 9, Pendley’s attorney dropped her as a client. It’s unclear whether she has secured representation in the case since then. The charges were filed in March of this year,  the same day Pastner’s attorneys sent Bell’s attorney a letter demanding they dismiss their case. According to court records, Pastner’s attorneys then attempted to delay the defamation trial, in one instance citing the couple’s pending criminal charges. The motion was recently denied, and the case is scheduled for a late August trial, according to Arizona court records. In a statement regarding the recordings, Pastner’s attorney, Scott Tompsett, focused on the couple, andtheir legal troubles and highlighted Pastner as a victim at the center of  their charges. “Whether Bell was ever in the locker room or around the team is irrelevant and trivial compared to the crimes that have been committed against Josh,' Tompsett wrote.   He went on to call the news coverage of Pastner’s case inaccurate, misleading, and doubted Channel 2's Nicole Carr’s “interest in the truth.” “I find it disgusting and offensive that you, the AJC and WSB-TV continue to give air to Bell’s and Pendley’s malicious efforts to damage Josh and his family.” In another statement, Bell’s attorneys, Justin Niedzialek and Jeremy Zarzycki, addressed the the recent charges in the civil case, calling the basis for the case “erroneous and flawed” as the basis for Pastner’s civil defense. They said they’re confident he’ll be exonerated. “Throughout that misdemeanor case, the prosecutor leading these charges has had extensive contact with Josh Pastner's defense team,” it reads, in part. “Mr. Pastner's attorneys have directly supplied much of the information that has formed the basis of the state's case in Oro Valley. Further, Mr. Pastner's attorneys have been consistently involved with the prosecution throughout these proceedings.”
  • Atlanta firefighters who saved a 6-month-old got a chance to reunite with the baby Friday. Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes was there for the emotional moment the firefighters held the little boy who is alive today thanks to them. On July 1, baby Phoenix suddenly stopped breathing. His parents quickly called 911. “It’s not something you can predict. It was just a scary situation,” father Louis Mixon said. The call of a child not breathing went to firefighters at Station 22. They rushed to their truck and straight to the home. “It hit home for me,” firefighter Brian Cole said. “I’ve got a 6-month-old at home, and I worked it like it was my own child, just like I do on any other call.” TRENDING STORIES: Longtime metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club closing today due to lack of funding Lawrenceville police latest victims of cyberattack 27-year-old Atlanta man dies after getting hit by boat propeller on Lake Oconee Mixon said the firefighters quickly jumped into action to save his son. “They did their CPR on him and then gave him a shock, and he woke right back up,” Mixon said. “He put out this little gasp, and it was the best sound we had ever heard. It was the best sound, and we knew we were working with life again,” firefighter Nazarene Clark said. On Friday morning, Mixon got a chance to personally thank three of the firefighters who saved his son’s life and had a message for the others who couldn’t be there. “I just wanna tell them I’m extremely grateful because he saved my son’s life. I love him. I’m extremely grateful, and I appreciate the whole Fire Department, the whole team,” Mixon said.
  • Marietta police arrested four people and seized an array of drugs, guns and cash inside a home. Police made the discovery after they executed a search warrant on a unit at the Crawford East Cobb Apartments on Roswell Road on Thursday. According to an arrest warrant released Friday, officers found four pounds of marijuana, 46 grams of cocaine, pills and $3,600 in cash. The warrant says police found the drugs in a kitchen cabinet, living room closet and bedroom closet. TRENDING STORIES: Downpours, lightning, gusty wind moving through metro Atlanta 19-year-old found shot, killed in Clayton County 27-year-old Atlanta man dies after getting hit by boat propeller on Lake Oconee “Man, they had a bunch of people out here handcuffed and on the ground,” said Ann Streeter. “She was trying to run back there but they got her.” Streeter lives a few doors down and witnessed the bust after she got home from work. She told Channel 2 Cobb County Bureau Chief Chris Jose she’s noticed suspicious activity at the home previously. “I see a lot of traffic going back and forth. People driving up in cars and they leave, come and go,” Streeter said. Harley Shook, James Dean, Michael Browning and John Mitchell are at the Cobb County Jail with no bond and charged with several crimes including drug trafficking.
  • Deputies and SWAT officers are on the scene where a man barricaded inside a home in Fayette County and then escaped. It started Friday afternoon at the home on Highway 314 near Kenwood Road. Highway 314 southbound was closed and traffic was being diverted onto Kenwood. The Fayette County Sheriff's Department says it began as a domestic call and they were unsure whether anyone else was in the house with the suspect. TRENDING STORIES: Longtime metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club closing today due to lack of funding Lawrenceville police latest victims of cyberattack 27-year-old Atlanta man dies after getting hit by boat propeller on Lake Oconee After several hours on scene, police confirmed to Channel 2's Justin Wilfon that the man who was inside the home escaped and ran into some nearby woods. Deputies are now searching for him. They have reopened most of Highway 314, but one southbound lane remains closed. Here’s the suspect police are looking for in Fayette County after he escaped a standoff situation. Sam Latzzis 50 years old Last seen wearing a black tank top, blue shorts & red tennis shoes. They’re still looking for him along Highway 314 north of Fayetteville. ⁦@wsbtv⁩ pic.twitter.com/Iqa6sFYC9O — Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) July 19, 2019

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  • A 2-year-old boy took off in his toy tractor to a county fair without his parents' knowledge and was found by the Tilt-A-Whirl minutes after their call to 911, officials said. >> Read more trending news  The toddler lives a few blocks away from the Chisago County Fair and had noticed the rides being set up the last few days. He decided Thursday night to ride his John Deere tractor to it, KARE reported.  He rode down a sidewalk and through a back gate to get into the fair. The boy made his way through a large crowd until he found the Tilt-a-Whirl. But before he could get on the ride, Minnesota State Rep. Brian Johnson noticed the boy seemed out of place, KARE reported. Johnson found a deputy at the fair who reunited the boy with his father. The child lost his driving privileges immediately. His father removed the battery from his toy tractor. 
  • It's been a major distraction for drivers on Florida’s Turnpike in Osceola County. They don't know if she has a home, but a dog, whom some are now calling Ozzy, certainly has a lot of people watching out for her. >> Read more trending news  Dispatchers at the turnpike’s Traffic Management Center have spent months doing everything they can to catch the dog before she or a driver gets hurt. On Friday, Florida Turnpike officials said she was captured. She is very calm and quiet. There's a whole team of people watching hundreds of cameras along the turnpike and keeping an eye out for anything that may be dangerous for drivers. But consistently since May, in one particular part of the road, they kept seeing the same dog over and over. Road Ranger Jonathon Hester patrols a stretch of the turnpike near the Yeehaw Junction. “Our No. 1 job is safety,' Hester said. He's usually routing drivers around wrecks or helping with a flat tire. But lately, he's been determined to find the furry fugitive. 'This one has just evaded us for a long time and we keep trying to find him,” Hester said. For about two months, dispatchers were seeing the yellow Labrador between mile markers 196 and 205 on the turnpike, headed southbound. 'And just kind of runs up and down the roadway. It's a big distraction for the motorists driving by,” Hester said. “People see it and slam on their brakes.' Officials said they have no idea where she came from. 'It's possible it could've come from a vehicle crash,” Hester said. “A motorist could've been traveling with this dog, and crashed and the dog got scared and ran away.' Because she's been living on the road in Osceola County, they have affectionately named her Ozzy. Osceola County Animal Control let Hester borrow a trap in an effort to catch Ozzy. Now that the dog is caught, they plan to scan Ozzy for a chip to see if she has a home. If not, Ozzy may be up for adoption.
  • The Jacksonville Game Center has been burglarized twice in less than a month with thieves making off with nearly $10,000 worth of Magic the Gathering cards.  >> Read more trending news  Store owners told Action News Jax that both times, the thieves busted through a wall to get in. Hector Ortiz is a regular at the game center. Action News Jax caught up with him as customers and staff were preparing for their Friday night Magic the Gathering tournament. “The place is pretty packed, we have anywhere from 20-plus players,” Ortiz said. “It’s like a second home. A lot of people come to get away from issues.” So, when these crimes occur, Ortiz said the customers take it as a personal attack. “The first time it happened was really heartbreaking,” Ortiz said. Action News Jax first reported three weeks ago when thieves busted a hole in the wall to take more than $5,000 rare Magic the Gathering cards. The owner said they came back again overnight Friday. Surveillance video showed the glow of their flashlights. The owner said this time, they left another hole in the wall and stole more than $3,000 in those same, valuable cards.  He said they busted through the wall at the restaurant next door. Friday, Hunan Wok had a board up in the window where the thieves broke their glass to get in.Ortiz had a message for the thieves. “Just grow up,” Ortiz said. “It’s not necessary. You’re attacking us for a quick buck. Just go out there and get a job, man.
  • A woman is in jail facing felony charges after Clayton County authorities said she allegedly sneaked a firecracker into a courtroom and threatened to blow up the place.  >> Read more trending news  Whitney Jefferies, 32, was arrested Monday night after a judge saw the threat the woman allegedly posted on social media, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Judge Michael Garrett said Jefferies was in the front row in his courtroom. He told Channel 2 she seemed agitated that it was taking so long for her case to be called.  Later, he saw a video she posted on her social media page in which she held up a firecracker and said she was going to blow the courtroom apart, the news station reported.  It is not clear how Jefferies got the firecracker into the courtroom, and Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill has not commented on the situation. Deputies went to Jefferies’ condo in Morrow to arrest her, Channel 2 reported. Nobody answered when agents first knocked on her door, according to the news station.However, deputies realized someone was inside the home when a pizza was delivered to the house later that evening, Channel 2 reported.  Deputies went back to Jefferies’ door and brought her out in handcuffs, the news station reported.  Jefferies was booked into the Clayton jail, where she remains held on a $35,000 bond. She face three charges, including making terroristic threats and possession of a destructive device.
  • A Charlotte, North Carolina woman and her Australian boyfriend were murdered while they were traveling the world, officials said. >> Read more trending news  Chynna Deese, 24, and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, were found shot and killed on a remote western Canadian highway Monday near their broken down van, WSOC-TV reported. Officials said they were exploring Canadian national parks and heading to Alaska. Police said this does not appear connected to any other crimes. Friday night, WSOC-TV interviewed Chynna's mother Sheila Deese, who said despite not knowing how her daughter died, she's comforted in knowing her daughter and Fowler were together until the end. 'It is a love story, a southern girl goes out of the country, meets this Australian and they were just the same personality,' Sheila Deese said. Canadian Police said they don't know if Deese and Fowler were targeted or if this was random. They said they are working with the FBI to find the couple's killer. 
  • A 77-year-old convicted murderer who was released from prison after being deemed 'too old' to kill again was convicted this week of fatally stabbing a Maine woman. >> Read more trending news  Albert Flick was found guilty Wednesday of killing 48-year-old Kimberly Dobbie in July 2018 outside a Lewiston laundromat. The attack happened in front of Dobbie's 11-year-old twin boys. 'I'm glad the verdict is done and over and I'm glad he'll never be able to walk the streets again,' said Dobbie's friend James Lipps, NBC News reported. This is Flick's second murder conviction. Flick was convicted in the 1979 death of his wife, Sandra. Similar to Dobbie's death, Flick stabbed his wife as her daughter watched, CNN reported. Flick was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1979 murder. He was released and was released in 2000 after 21 years for good behavior, The Washington Post reported.  By 2010, when he was in his late 60s, Flick had been convicted of assaulting two other women. Despite his record, the judge in the 2010 case sentenced him to four years. “At some point Mr. Flick is going to age out of his capacity to engage in this conduct,” Maine Superior Court Justice Robert E. Crowley said, according to the Portland Press Herald. “And incarcerating him beyond the time that he ages out doesn’t seem to me to make good sense.” Judge Crowley retired in 2010. He hasn't responded to media requests for comment. Flick is scheduled for sentencing August 9. He faces 25 years to life behind bars. “I firmly believe this could have been prevented,” Elsie Clement, whose mother was stabbed to death by Flick in 1979, told the Press Herald last year of Dobbie's death. “There is no reason this man should have been on the streets in the first place, no reason.”