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  • Police have arrested one teenager and are searching for another in connection with the death of an Atlanta grandmother shot and killed while driving home from her job at a center for homeless mothers. >> Read more trending news  Adarius Jones, 18, was arrested Wednesday and faces murder charges in the Aug. 12 shooting of Beverly Jenkins, Atlanta police said. A second suspect, 18-year-old Khalid Bays, is also wanted for murder but remains at large.  Jenkins, 49, was shot in the head near the intersection of Westview Drive and Hopkins Street in southwest Atlanta. The mother of five and grandmother of four was driving home about 12:30 a.m. after working her shift at the City of Refuge, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless mothers and their families get back on their feet.  Police had previously asked for the public’s help to identify four persons of interest who were seen on surveillance video walking nearby where Jenkins was fatally shot. >> Related: Atlanta charity worker fatally shot in head while driving home In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. Michael O’Connor said they have identified all four persons of interest. Bays and Jones were among the four, and police have spoken to the other two but haven’t released their names. Those two are not in custody, O’Connor said. He also said they found a shell casing at the scene, and it matched two shell casings found during a carjacking Monday on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. Officers spotted that stolen vehicle Tuesday. The driver attempted to speed away but wrecked at Mattox Park on the basketball court, O’Connor said.  One suspect was taken into custody, O’Connor said, but the other got away after running onto the MARTA tracks near the Bankhead station, causing service to be briefly suspended. Atlanta police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown told AJC.com the person taken into custody was released without charges. >> Related: 4 persons of interest sought after fatal shooting of Atlanta charity worker O’Connor didn’t identify either of the two suspects in that incident or didn’t say if Bays and Jones were the other two persons of interest seen in the surveillance video. Bays is considered armed and dangerous, according to police. He’s believed to have changed his hairstyle, O’Connor said. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact authorities.
  • Three young cancer patients from New York were sworn in as police officers for a day in a surprise ceremony Wednesday, Newsday reported. >> Read more trending news  Jesse Pallas, 11, Sean Hughes, 10, and Zachary Cote, 9, have been undergoing cancer treatments. They met at an event for families dealing with childhood cancer and became friends and shared a desire to become police officers when they grew up, the newspaper reported. Wednesday, the boys thought they were getting a tour of police headquarters in the Long Island hamlet of Yaphank. Instead, they were given badges and sworn in as officers in front of their parents and department members, Newsday reported. “We did a little bit of homework and some investigating,” police Commissioner Geraldine Hart told the boys. “We discovered that you guys have the qualities that make an exceptional police officer. You’re honest, you’re kind and you’re nice to your friends at school.” Outside department headquarters, the boys were shown the gear worn by different units and tried on tactical gear that swallowed their bodies, Newsday reported. “A lot of other kids don’t get to do this,” Sean said. “They’re just at home today because they’re off school.”
  • A missing mother of two who mysteriously vanished near a popular hiking trail is now safe. In an exclusive interview with Channel 2 Action News, she is explaining why she disappeared without a trace.  Valerie Maynard asked to meet with Channel 2's Chris Jose, two weeks after she was reported missing.  Watch our exclusive interview with the mother of 2, LIVE on Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m. EXCLUSIVE: Cobb police found a missing Smyrna mother. Valerie Maynard mysteriously disappeared near Kennesaw Mountain two weeks ago. She is safe. The mother of two called me to explain how she vanished. Live at 5. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/ieACDwhFJL — Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) September 19, 2018 Only Channel 2 Action News was there as U.S. Park Rangers, Cobb County Police and K-9 units searched Maynard's luxury SUV she left in a parking lot at Kennesaw Mountain.  A park ranger said the car had been parked for a couple days, but nothing initially appeared to be unusual.
  • Florence dropped nearly 3 feet (1 meter) of rain on North Carolina as the storm moved slowly across the state, flooding towns, closing roads and killing dozens of people. Tens of thousands were ordered to evacuate communities along North Carolina's steadily rising rivers. In New Bern, 4,300 homes were inundated, a third of the total number of homes in the city. More than 1,000 search-and-rescue personnel with 36 helicopters and more than 200 boats were working in North Carolina, and the Defense Department assigned 13,500 military personnel to help relief efforts. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said 2,600 people and 300 animals had been rescued. The storm also closed 1,200 North Carolina roads, including 357 primary roads. The Cape Fear River crested at 61.5 feet (18.75 meters) early Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. More than 5 million gallons (19 million liters) of partially treated sewage spilled into the river after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said. At Fayetteville, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) inland, near the Army's sprawling Fort Bragg, flooding from Cape Fear River got so bad that authorities closed a vehicle bridge after the water began touching girders supporting the span's top deck. Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin said it was unclear if the bridge was threatened.
  • Some lobsters in Maine are getting baked before getting boiled.  >> Read more trending news A restaurant in Downeast, Maine says it's getting lobsters high before killing them -- because it's more humane.  According to the Mount Desert Islander, Charlotte Gill, owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound, is trying a humane way of executing lobsters. The lobsters are placed in a box with some water and then marijuana smoke is blown through the water.  “I feel bad that when lobsters come here there is no exit strategy. It’s a unique place and you get to do such unique things but at the expense of this little creature. I’ve really been trying to figure out how to make it better,” Gill told the Islander. The restaurant says the lobsters seem calmer and less aggressive.  They also say the THC won't impact the lobster meat.
  • Atlanta Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones missed practice Wednesday with a calf injury. And now we know why... Julio dealing with a calf injury https://t.co/9gOibrEgBi — Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) September 19, 2018 Through two games this season, Jones has 15 catches for 233 yards. he has yet to score a touchdown. In addition to Jones, Devonta Freeman, Takk McKinley and Derrick Shelby did not practice Wednesday. The Falcons host the New Orleans Saints Sunday at 1 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.