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Georgia Woman Accused Of Stabbing Husband And Four Children To Death While 5th Child Fights For Life

(SL) – A community near Loganville is in shock today after a mother is accused of stabbing four of her children and her husband to death.

1499371137386Gwinnett County Police say the call came in shortly before 5 a.m.  Authorities arrived to find a male in his mid-30s and five children stabbed.

Isabel Martinez, 33, is charged with six counts of aggravated assault and five counts each of murder and malice murder, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office said. The 33-year-old is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, authorities said.

A fifth child was found with injuries. That girl’s condition was unknown. All of the children discovered appeared to be under age 10.
A relative, who asked not to be identified said the family had recently returned from a vacation and the mother had been depressed over the death of her father 20 days ago. Neighbors say she had been “acting bizarre’ and hallucinating.  The family had only lived in the neighborhood for three or four months.

Police Seeking Teenager Connected With Murder Of 17-Year Old Jesse Thomas

(SL) – Witnesses say it happened in a matter of seconds. All was good at a house party outside of McDonough until a fight broke out and shots were fired. One bullet struck 17-year old Jesse Thomas, a kid with a bright future celebrating his acceptance to college.

His father says, “From what I heard it died down and escalated back up really quick. No one knows what happened. Punches were thrown and the guy fired … He was just shot.”

Teen_killed_in_Henry_County_0_3306690_ver1.0_640_360Henry County Police say  about 1:40 a.m., officers responded to a house in the 1000 block of Maria Drive.

Officers found blood on the door, but no one was in the house.  Soon after, Thomas arrived at Piedmont Henry Hospital with a serious gunshot wound. Police say he later died.

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Now authorities want to talk to 19-year-old Dexter Covington saying he is a person of interest in the fatal shooting. Covington was seen in the area  driving a black Chevy Camaro with Georgia tag RCA2611.

Thomas was about a month away from graduating. His brother, Demetrius Sullivan, spoke to reporters. He was with Jesse when the shooting happened and drove him to the hospital.

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He says Jesse was talking about being accepted to Indian River State College in Florida. The senior had dreams of playing basketball and making it to the NBA. To which his brother says Jesse proclaimed, we’ll all be good.

Anyone who sees Covington is urged to call Detective Rotella with the Henry County Police Department at 770-288-8269.

Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall Presents A Proclamation And Award To OWN TV’s Keith David

(SL) – Atlanta is turning into the Hollywood of the south partly in part because of people like Oprah Winfrey filming their projects in the city; and actors like Keith David taking up residency while working. Greenleaf has become one of the most popular shows on television and Keith David stars as Bishop Greenleaf in the church drama. 18194909_1527832843907103_2328061110637247847_n

Greenleaf is just one of over 150 credits David has under his name. So, it was no surprise when District 2 City Councilman Kwanza Hall wanted to honor the Emmy award winning actor with a proclamation and award from the Mayor’s Office for Film and TV.

He also declared April 30th Keith David Day. The presentation took place during that Arts and Icons Master Event for working and and aspiring actors. Led by Keith David and hosted by Sytonnia Moore, So You Wanna Be An Actor was a 4 hour workshop designed to give actors the foundation of basics and tips to hone their craft and work side by side with a legend.

After the workshop, David surprised the audience with a performance with his Jazz band! I know right…who knew? The man is synonymous with talent. And as expected, it was good…really good! He hopes to take up residency in Las Vegas and once the word gets out about just how good he is..I’m sure he’ll be booked in no time. In the meantime, you can catch him Wednesday nights on OWN playing James Greenleaf.  The mid-season finale airs this week!

Three Arrested In I-85 Fire That Led To Bridge Collapse

(SL) –  New information about the I-85 Bridge Collapse. Questions were looming following the fiery destruction that collapsed a chunk of I-85 near Piedmont Road, South of the GA-400. How did PCP pipes catch fire? Initial speculation involved a big rig fire, but that was later ruled out and terroristic thoughts formed.

USA-overpass-01-as-170331_16x9_992Mayor Kasim Reed was quick to dispel that theory. But, one thing was certain. The pipes didn’t just catch fire by themselves’; And once lit, nothing but problems for these particular pipes can burn for hours.

Now, 3 people believed to be homeless are being charged. Basil Elby who’s no stranger to crime with previous charges including drug possession and battery is being held along with Sophia Brunner and Barry Thomas. Brunner and Thomas are being charged with criminal trespassing.

Authorities think Elby, pictured above in a mug shot from 2014 started the blaze. How or why remains to be discovered. The suspects were allegedly at the scene at the time of the fire. What kind of accelerant hasn’t been disclosed or whether or not the 3 will receive bond.

No Loss Of Life As Section Of I-85 Collapses

(SL) – It was an astonishing sight for sure. I-85 near Piedmont Road in flames, smoke billowing and then about 700 feet of the bridge collapsed. Thank God authorities stopped traffic before it collapsed. No injuries, no deaths just bumper to bumper traffic. If you have to take the good with the bad, considering Thursday’s fiery incident.

The massive blaze started under the bridge around 6:15. The AJC  reports, the bridge on I-85 northbound just south of Ga. 400 near Piedmont Road collapsed about 7 p.m., Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford confirmed. No injuries to motorists or first responders were reported.

Officials said they still don’t know how long it will take to fix the bridge, but they agree there is no underestimating the headache that awaits commuters.

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“The cork is in the bottle” Department of Public Safety Director Mark McDonough said. “It couldn’t have happened at a worse time.”  Drivers coming southbound into Atlanta on I-85 will get no further than Cheshire Bridge Road or they can hit the ramp back to I-85 North, McDonough said.

If you’re driving north into the city on the connector, you’ll have no choice but to take I-75 North at the point where the two interstates split. Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell R. McMurry said the catastrophic incident significantly affected I-85 and the broader transportation network.

58de88a3c361884d168b4603Mayor Kasim Reed said late Thursday he’d spoken with the FBI “and at this time there’s no evidence of terrorism.” He said city officials will be working to assess the bridge throughout the night.

“This is as serious a transportation crisis as we could have. The governor has been leading and we have been acting on it,” Reed said. “Our primary concern, first and most important, is that no one has lost their life. And as we stand here right now, we think that’s the situation.”

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Stafford said a cause of the fire can’t be determined at this time because inspectors can’t get under the bridge due to structural concerns. “The entire bridge is compromised,” Stafford said. “Right now, it’s still dangerous to go under there.”

Deal said Georgia Department of Transportation inspectors are on the scene and that the construction crew that built the bridge has been contacted to look at the schematics and determine how long it will take to repair.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet known but “the speculation I’ve heard is that there are some PVC products that caught fire.”

Man Dies After Car Goes Off Embankment In Woodstock

(SL) -Be careful out there. Traffic was pretty backed up on I-575 this morning. There were reports of an accident, but after authorities arrived on the scene it was worse than that. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department said that one person was killed in the crash.

Sheriff’s spokesman Howard J. Baker said the car went off an embankment at Ridgewalk Parkway in Woodstock. Some reports say the driver may have been going at a high rate of speed before the deadly crash.

 

Atlanta Kid Cashes In

(SL) – It was Fall 2008 and AJ Bouye was playing cornerback for Tucker High School in the quarterfinals of the Georgia state AAAA football playoffs on the road against Westside Macon high school. During the contest, Bouye fell victim to “Sluggo”.

The QB for Westside pumped, Bouye bit on the fake and the receiver he was covering ran past Bouye and made a catch for a big gainer. Bouye recalls. “I read the play. I saw Macon’s QB getting ready to pass, so I reacted.

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All I remember was hearing one of the opposing coaches on the sideline say “Got Him”. Next thing you know the receiver was by me”.
Later on in the game they tried the same play. This time Bouye was ready. Bouye picked off the pass and ran it back for a touchdown.
And that in a nutshell is AJ Bouye. He’s a learner. A quick study but most of all he has a competitive spirit and a work ethic that has driven him to success.
Now success comes in the form of a 5 year 67.5 million dollar free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bouye, won the state championship with
Tucker that year and earned a scholarship to Central Florida (The only division one school that offered).
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UCF was the only college that came for him.
Bouye’s Father, Steve Bouye, recalls Aj’s state of mind back then.
“Oh he was mad that he didn’t get more offers but that kind of thing just motivate’s AJ to prove them all wrong”. Steve Bouye also recalls another time he saw his son get really upset.
“When he didn’t get drafted he was mad”
but I knew he would just out work everybody. Like he always does.”
The Houston Texans took a chance on Bouye and signed him as a free agent. Now Bouye is one of the highest payed corners in the league.The mild mannered, unassuming and deeply faithful Bouye always has a positive outlook for everyone even after his Texans were knocked out of the playoffs by The New England Patriots this past NFL season.
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Bouye wasn’t drafted. The Texans signed him as a free agent. 
“Not how we wanted to end but we gave it all we got! Been a long season of ups and downs but if I’ve learned one thing this year it’s to keep God first, work hard, and stay positive no matter what life throws your way.
Always remember what somebody says you can or cannot do is none of your business all you can do is control what you can and that’s focusing on your goals everyday while encouraging and helping others to reach theirs.
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AJ Bouye signs 5 year 67.5 million dollar contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
I believe if you can focus on that you will realize how great God is and the things he will continue to bless you with so that you can help others!
“Bouye will be paired with second year corner Jalen Ramsey in Jacksonville. Giving the Jags one of the top young defensive backfields in the NFL. Both can play the slot which will give the Jags defensive plenty of flexibility.Bouye, said he was really thankful to Texans and really enjoyed his time with Houston but he’s ready for A new challenge. “I’m excited, ready to go” said Bouye.
By: Dave DaCosta

Atlanta Officer Claims Victim Suffered Fractured Face From ‘Falling’

(SL) – There are two sides to every story and what Officer Yasin Abdulahad says happened to Anthony Walters is far different from what he claims. One thing is evident, Walters’ face is bruised, bloody, swollen and worst of all fractured. The question is….how did it get that way?

His injuries are synonymous with a couple of things like a severe beating or maybe a car wreck. But considering the situation took place at a bar in Midtown, they look to be more consistent with a severe beating which is what Walters alleges Officer Abdulahad did to him.

Abdulahad is already being investigated for shooting and killing a man outside of the public safety annex. And now Walters says he was on the receiving end of Yasin Abdulahad’s unlawful behavior.

“The situation traumatizes me, every day. To even have to think about it,” Walters told reporters.

The incident happened Oct 16, 2016.  Police say Officer Yasin Abdulahad was in full uniform but working an off-duty job at Bulldogs on Peachtree Street in midtown.

Reportedly, the officer, another officer at the scene and a witness stated Mr. Walters was belligerent and refused to leave the scene when he was asked to leave the bar.  In his report, Abdulahad, an 11-year veteran said Walters refused to leave the premise after being asked repeatedly.

Seconds later, the officer alleges Walters swung at him striking him in his forehead forcing him to grab the 25-year-old and cuff him. It’s during that struggle Abdulahad claims the two fell to the ground and that led to the injuries on Walters’ face.

“Did he mention the part where he fractured the whole right side of my face?” Walters asked the reporter.

Sgt. Warren Pickard with the Atlanta Police Department says, “In order for us to do a fair investigation we must have both sides of the story. He’s not cooperating with the investigation at this point.”

Walters has yet to share his side of the story with authorities. As to whether or not he swung on the officer first, Walters says he doesn’t remember because he was knocked unconscious.

Ex-UGA NFL Player, Woman And Child Killed In Monroe House Fire

(SL) – Sad news for the UGA Football fans as it was announced earlier today that former football player Quentin Omario Moses, 33, was killed in a house fire that also claimed the lives of two other people.

One of those victims was a child, 10-year old Jasmine Godard and her mother, 31-year old Andria Godard. Reportedly, firefighters arrived at the house on Shamrock Drive shortly after 6 am to find the home engulfed in flames.

Mose who played 3 seasons for UGA before going to the NFL died on the way to the hospital. Currently, he was the defensive line coach at Reinhardt University in Waleska .

Megachurch Pastor Eddie Long Loses Battle With Aggressive Cancer

(SL) – He maintained his innocence, but the  scandal overshadowed his service and his word and ultimately destroyed his legacy.  Although he emphatically denied the claims, several young men charged the Bishop with having inappropriate dealings with them.

With oneeddie-long-accuser accuser, Cenitino Kemp, writing a book ‘First Lady‘ that went so far as to describe a whole sexual relationship with Mr. Long.

 Ironically, judging from his twitter posts, Centino Kemp appears to be suffering from some sort of illness.

Long reportedly settled with his accuser in a deal that is believed to be worth millions and conditional.

The boys are not allowed to talk about their accusations.  In 2010,  the suit filed by four young men who accused him of pressuring them into sexual relationships while they were teenagers and members of his congregation was settled.

Long, who preached passionately against homosexuality for years, denied the allegations.
In 2011, Vanessa Long filed for divorce. Shortly afterward, Long told his followers he was taking some time off to work on his marriage.  The couple later reconciled.
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Eddie Long, the controversial Georgia-based head of one of the nation’s largest megachurches, 63, died this morning after battling an aggressive form of cancer.

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church released a statement saying,”Bishop Long was known as one of the most influential faith leaders in the world,” the church said in the statement. “He stood strong as a Kingdom Builder, pioneering leader, and revolutionary mind changer.”
“Although his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace,” his wife Vanessa Long said in the statement.
At its peak New Birth Missionary Baptist Church had about 25,000 members. The church is an incredible piece of property, more like a compound. Really, I think all it’s missing is a grocery store.
Long is survived by his wife, four children and three grandchildren, the church said.