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WSB History: The Cuban Missile Crisis

Posted: April 04, 2012

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WSB History: Atlanta's 'Future' in 1983

Posted: March 26, 2012

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WSB History: Sports on WSB

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WSB History: Influence of Amos and Andy

Topics: Hear the story of Amos and Andy's controversial-but-unprecedented popularity -- and its effect on WSB history
Posted: March 16, 2012

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WSB History: Amos & Andy raw sound

Topics: Amos & Andy raw sound from the 1930s
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  • Atlanta police are working to identify a woman found dead near Interstate 75/85 and Langford Parkway in southeast Atlanta. Channel 2 Action News there as police tried to figure out how the woman got there. We're talking to investigators as they try to figure out what happened for Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m. A family will receive some tough news today when the medical examiner finally identifies a woman found dead on the side of an interstate at 2am. I'll have the lates at Noon on Ch2 pic.twitter.com/JY3wgM4ZIi — Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) April 19, 2018 Atlanta police said officers responded to a report of a person down call just before 2 a.m. Thursday.  When officers got there, they met with two drivers who said they had seen someone having trouble walking in the road and pulled over to help them. They said the woman then collapsed. Police said Grady EMS arrived and said she was dead. TRENDING STORIES: Guilty or Not? Tex McIver jury deliberations continue Man charged with arson in stable fire that killed 24 horses 'Armed and dangerous man' on the loose after killing wife, sheriff says Her injuries were consistent with being struck by a vehicle, Atlanta police Capt. Andrew Senzer said. Police said they believe the woman is between the ages of 25 and 35 years old. Police on scene said they noticed that there are no apartments or homes nearby, so they said they do not know why she was in the road. “You have 75/85 that splits with Langford Parkway and that loops around, it’s a lot of twists and turns over here, very dark, but we don’t know why the pedestrian was on the roadway,” Senzer said. If the woman was hit by a car, police will then start searching for the hit-and-run driver.
  • A 16-year-old who was part of a search party looking for a missing high school sports star led the group to discover the boy's body but investigators suspect he was the person who fatally stabbed his longtime friend and left his body in bushes near a riverbed, Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives said Thursday. Jeremy Sanchez, 17, was found dead Wednesday afternoon in a riverbed in South El Monte, about 13 miles (20 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles, investigators said. The teen's father assembled a group of the boy's close friends to search for him after he didn't show up for school on Wednesday. The suspect and another friend found Sanchez's body Wednesday afternoon. 'The person who killed him is the one who said 'look there here is,'' sheriff's homicide Lt. John Corina said. Investigators believe the teenage suspect, whose name hasn't been released because of his age, stabbed Sanchez multiple times and left his body in the wooded area. Detectives are still trying to pin down a motive for the killing but said the two were 'very good friends.' Sanchez's cousin, Briana Amigon, said in a post on GoFundMe that he loved playing sports, was on his high school's varsity football team and on the wrestling team. 'We have no words to describe the grief that their family is experiencing right now,' she wrote. Edward Zuniga, the superintendent of the El Monte Union High School District, said Sanchez was a popular student athlete and that school officials are still in shock over his death. The school district is offering grief counseling to other students, he said. The teenage suspect was arrested early Thursday morning when detectives grew wary of his story after hearing conflicting statements during interviews, Corina said. 'Some things didn't add up,' he said. Corina said it was disturbing and out of the ordinary for the suspect to be involved for the search of the friend he allegedly killed. 'This person kills his friend and then acts like, 'Oh, I'll go out and try to find him,'' Corina said. 'It is almost like he was trying to throw everyone off.' Detectives obtained a search warrant and raided the teenager's home early Thursday, where they found evidence that was 'very helpful' to the investigation, Corina said. He declined to elaborate on the evidence in the case but said it was enough for detectives book the suspect on a murder charge. ___ Follow Balsamo on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MikeBalsamo1 .
  • A couple who recently moved from Switzerland to Utah planned a murder-suicide that left their family of four dead, buying sleeping pills and researching shootings, according to a police report on the investigation into the deaths that was released this week. Jessica Griffith, 43, believed she had a terminal disease and texted her husband last year about picking 'good time to leave' so they would be together and 'love for eternity,' said the report made public on Wednesday. The family was found dead in November 2017, just a few months after they moved to Mapleton, Utah from Switzerland. An autopsy, however, found Jessica Griffith was healthy before she died, Mapleton police chief John Jackson said Thursday. It's not clear why she spoke extensively with her husband about her pain and sent him links to ovarian cancer websites, he said. 'We wish we knew the answer to that,' Jackson said. Police suspect the couple put sleeping pills in hot chocolate the mother and children drank after the family ate fondue and played the card game Uno. Timothy Griffith used a pistol to shoot his sedated wife, her 16-year-old daughter and the couple's 5-year-old son Alexendre Griffith along with the family German shepherd before killing himself. The couple had met and married in Switzerland. Tim Griffiths was American, but had moved there after meeting his first Swiss wife when she was a high-school exchange student, according to his family. His second wife, Jessica, and her daughter Samantha Badel were Swiss. Jessica Griffith had cut ties with her Swiss relatives after saying she was abused as a child, though her family denies that, Jackson said. Friends told police that Timothy Griffith had also had rough childhood experiences. After the two married, Timothy Griffith's relationship with his children from his first marriage grew distant as he became violent with them, his ex-wife told police. The family moved to Mapleton, about 55 miles (88 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City, for Timothy Griffith's job with Nestle. Some of their new neighbors in Utah were Mormon, and Badel was interested The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but her parents were not, the report said. The teenager spoke only French, making it hard to her to make friends at her high school, Jackson said, but some of their Mormon neighbors also spoke the language. Shortly after the family arrived in July, Timothy Griffith started searching about buying guns online and later researched gunshot wounds, the police report said. The couple exchanged texts about the suicide plans about two weeks before they died and also messaged each other about money problems and intimate marital woes, the report said. Jessica Griffith proposed celebrating Christmas early last year by telling the children she had to go to the hospital. Spending time around the Christmas tree would help them the children 'leave in peace and joy,' she said. Timothy Griffith worried his teenage stepdaughter might sense something was strange, but agreed, the police report said. They both sent final email messages to estranged family members the day of the deaths, and Jessica Griffith apparently tried to mask her involvement in the planning by deleting texts, the report said.
  • Security plans are being overhauled at the downtown Atlanta library after police say a woman was sexually assaulted. Police say a woman who works as a contract security guard had scissors held to her throat while a man hiding in the building tried to make her perform oral sex on him late Sunday night after the library had closed. Authorities are still searching for the suspect after he got away. They have released the above photo from surveillance video in hopes of tracking him down. Hear from the Fulton County board chairman about the new plans to keep you safe, on Channel 2 Action News at 5.  TRENDING STORIES: Guilty or Not? Tex McIver jury deliberations continue Authorities find body of teacher missing for 3 years Student drop-offs could be delayed 60-90 minutes after DeKalb bus drivers call out EXCLUSIVE: Armed security now in place at public library HQ in Downtown Atlanta after unarmed female security guard was sexually assaulted. Police believe this man held scissors to her throat before the attack. Details on search for suspect @wsbtv at 5. pic.twitter.com/W7RKOeCI6b — Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) April 19, 2018
  • Security plans are being overhauled at the downtown Atlanta library after police say a woman was sexually assaulted. Police say a woman who works as a contract security guard had scissors held to her throat while a man hiding in the building tried to make her perform oral sex on him late Sunday night after the library had closed. Authorities are still searching for the suspect after he got away. They have released the above photo from surveillance video in hopes of tracking him down. Hear from the Fulton County board chairman about the new plans to keep you safe, on Channel 2 Action News at 5.  TRENDING STORIES: Guilty or Not? Tex McIver jury deliberations continue Authorities find body of teacher missing for 3 years Student drop-offs could be delayed 60-90 minutes after DeKalb bus drivers call out EXCLUSIVE: Armed security now in place at public library HQ in Downtown Atlanta after unarmed female security guard was sexually assaulted. Police believe this man held scissors to her throat before the attack. Details on search for suspect @wsbtv at 5. pic.twitter.com/W7RKOeCI6b — Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) April 19, 2018