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Cumming family delivers warm clothes and goods to Atlanta's homeless

A local family's effort to help the less fortunate during Thanksgiving is growing so large, they needed two trailers to deliver it.

Ron Mowen's family started handing out goods for the homeless five years ago after they realized there was a problem in downtown Atlanta. Since then, it's become a family affair to help others.

Hundreds of homeless men and women, even some with children, congregated at Pryor and Memorial to get items for personal comfort this Thanksgiving.  

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“The ground gets cold, so at night you kinda need something,” said Nate Akers, who’s been homeless for 10 years and lives under a highway bridge nearby. He came out to grab some clothes for both him and the other people who camp out beside him. 

“I’m receiving a blessing,” he told Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez.

He isn’t the only person who feels like they received a blessing this holiday.

Cherry Hall, who’s a Lyft driver and has been homeless on and off since 2005, was also grateful. 

"It makes you smile and feel better. I think they’re great, God-loving people,” she said. 

Mowen's family recruited their closest friends to help them help others with two trailers full of goods.

“Anything we can do to make them feel comfortable. The folks out here just need a little help,” he said. “We do a lot of blankets, sleeping bags, coats, clothing, thermal underwear.” 

They spent the day dedicated to sharing time with family, helping those who are less fortunate. In the process, their hope is that their young children learn a lesson in giving back.

"I want to install values in my children in hopes that they realize not everybody has it as well off as they do," he said.

The family told Jaquez they want to come back and host the same event for Christmas but need your help. If you'd like to donate to help them raise money for supplies, click here.  

Cumming family delivers warm clothes and goods to Atlanta's homeless

A local family's effort to help the less fortunate during Thanksgiving is growing so large, they needed two trailers to deliver it.

Ron Mowen's family started handing out goods for the homeless five years ago after they realized there was a problem in downtown Atlanta. Since then, it's become a family affair to help others.

Hundreds of homeless men and women, even some with children, congregated at Pryor and Memorial to get items for personal comfort this Thanksgiving.  

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“The ground gets cold, so at night you kinda need something,” said Nate Akers, who’s been homeless for 10 years and lives under a highway bridge nearby. He came out to grab some clothes for both him and the other people who camp out beside him. 

“I’m receiving a blessing,” he told Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez.

He isn’t the only person who feels like they received a blessing this holiday.

Cherry Hall, who’s a Lyft driver and has been homeless on and off since 2005, was also grateful. 

"It makes you smile and feel better. I think they’re great, God-loving people,” she said. 

Mowen's family recruited their closest friends to help them help others with two trailers full of goods.

“Anything we can do to make them feel comfortable. The folks out here just need a little help,” he said. “We do a lot of blankets, sleeping bags, coats, clothing, thermal underwear.” 

They spent the day dedicated to sharing time with family, helping those who are less fortunate. In the process, their hope is that their young children learn a lesson in giving back.

"I want to install values in my children in hopes that they realize not everybody has it as well off as they do," he said.

The family told Jaquez they want to come back and host the same event for Christmas but need your help. If you'd like to donate to help them raise money for supplies, click here.  

Mother pleads for help finding her daughter's killer

A heartbroken mother is pleading for help in the search for the person or the people who killed her daughter.

Investigators told Channel 2 Action News they think whoever did this will do it again. They told Channel 2's Liz Artz the streets will be safer when the killer is caught.

"She died that day and I did, too," Mary Jones said."She got a ride from somebody she trusted and they brought her to DeKalb and killed her."

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Jones' daughter, Tekeila Calloway, was found face down in a creek bed near the abandoned Hidden Hills Golf Course on June 28. Investigators collected a shell casing, but said it's unclear if she was shot off Fieldgreen Drive.

"I hope the person that done it does not sleep at night. I hope he don't sleep and I hope he wants peace and rest and he turns himself in," Jones said.

Police said whoever did this lured the 35-year-old woman from her home in Gainesville and took her 55 miles south to DeKalb County. Detective K.C. Payton is especially interested in witnesses who might remember seeing Calloway at a Gainesville gas station the same day she died.

"These are predators and they don't deserve to be on the street. If they did it to her, they'll do it to others," Jones said.

Payton told Artz he believes members of the Disciple Gang killed Calloway because of her ties to the Bloods. Police don't think she was directly involved, but say there is family history there.

"I wasn't there for her like I should have been and I let the streets get ahold of her," Jones said through tears. "She was looking for somewhere to fit in. She was looking for love and belonging, something she didn't get from me."

Prayer, she told us, is how she gets through the day.

"Pray, just pray," she said.

Payton told us his unit here has a long track record of solving crimes without jeopardizing the safety of witnesses. He said whoever comes forward will remain anonymous. You can call DeKalb police at (678) 406-7929.

 

 

Mother pleads for help finding her daughter's killer

A heartbroken mother is pleading for help in the search for the person or the people who killed her daughter.

Investigators told Channel 2 Action News they think whoever did this will do it again. They told Channel 2's Liz Artz the streets will be safer when the killer is caught.

"She died that day and I did, too," Mary Jones said."She got a ride from somebody she trusted and they brought her to DeKalb and killed her."

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Jones' daughter, Tekeila Calloway, was found face down in a creek bed near the abandoned Hidden Hills Golf Course on June 28. Investigators collected a shell casing, but said it's unclear if she was shot off Fieldgreen Drive.

"I hope the person that done it does not sleep at night. I hope he don't sleep and I hope he wants peace and rest and he turns himself in," Jones said.

Police said whoever did this lured the 35-year-old woman from her home in Gainesville and took her 55 miles south to DeKalb County. Detective K.C. Payton is especially interested in witnesses who might remember seeing Calloway at a Gainesville gas station the same day she died.

"These are predators and they don't deserve to be on the street. If they did it to her, they'll do it to others," Jones said.

Payton told Artz he believes members of the Disciple Gang killed Calloway because of her ties to the Bloods. Police don't think she was directly involved, but say there is family history there.

"I wasn't there for her like I should have been and I let the streets get ahold of her," Jones said through tears. "She was looking for somewhere to fit in. She was looking for love and belonging, something she didn't get from me."

Prayer, she told us, is how she gets through the day.

"Pray, just pray," she said.

Payton told us his unit here has a long track record of solving crimes without jeopardizing the safety of witnesses. He said whoever comes forward will remain anonymous. You can call DeKalb police at (678) 406-7929.

 

 

Argument during Thanksgiving leads to shooting between two teens, police say

Police in Forsyth County are investigating a shooting involving two teenagers.

The shooting happened in the 1200 block of Wondering Way in the Riverbrooke subdivision. Police said there was a domestic issue, during which one teenager shot another inside the home.

"I think it's more like a friend of a friend they meet at this house. Whatever reason the gun comes out and the person was shot," said Doug Rainwater with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.   

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The shooting victim was taken to the hospital and is recovering. The suspect was arrested a short time later on Grey Rock Way.

Police said there is no danger to the area but remain in Riverbrooke investigating the shooting.

They are looking for the handgun they say the suspect threw away as he ran from the home.

Argument during Thanksgiving leads to shooting between two teens, police say

Police in Forsyth County are investigating a shooting involving two teenagers.

The shooting happened in the 1200 block of Wondering Way in the Riverbrooke subdivision. Police said there was a domestic issue, during which one teenager shot another inside the home.

"I think it's more like a friend of a friend they meet at this house. Whatever reason the gun comes out and the person was shot," said Doug Rainwater with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.   

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The shooting victim was taken to the hospital and is recovering. The suspect was arrested a short time later on Grey Rock Way.

Police said there is no danger to the area but remain in Riverbrooke investigating the shooting.

They are looking for the handgun they say the suspect threw away as he ran from the home.

Police search for man who took police car on a joyride and posted it online

Police are looking for the person who recorded himself stealing a police car and posted it on social media.

"We are driving a police car man," the person can be heard saying into the camera.

Now, Clayton County police are investigating.      Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes spoke to authorities who had no idea this ever happened.

When Nestar Yankson watched the video, posted on Instagram, of a man recording himself while taking a Clayton County police car on a quick joyride, he said some people will do anything to get attention on social media, even break the law - and post the proof.

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  "He’s just doing it for clout. Everybody wants clout these days," he said.

Police told us in July, the officer driving the car left it running while he jumped out and chased a suspect into a neighborhood. That’s when the man jumped in the cruiser and recorded it.

The video just surfaced on Instagram and World Star last week.

Now, police are hoping someone can identify the man and when they do, police are going to charge him for taking the car.

"He thinks he's hard now but he’s not gonna be hard when he’s in jail," Yankson said.

Investigators told Fernandes the officer never knew that his car was taken until someone posted the video because the joyrider brought the car back before the officer got back to the car.

Police hope that people learn from this incident.

"Shocking video is not always good video, especially when the video can land you in jail."

 

Police search for man who took police car on a joyride and posted it online

Police are looking for the person who recorded himself stealing a police car and posted it on social media.

"We are driving a police car man," the person can be heard saying into the camera.

Now, Clayton County police are investigating.      Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes spoke to authorities who had no idea this ever happened.

When Nestar Yankson watched the video, posted on Instagram, of a man recording himself while taking a Clayton County police car on a quick joyride, he said some people will do anything to get attention on social media, even break the law - and post the proof.

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  "He’s just doing it for clout. Everybody wants clout these days," he said.

Police told us in July, the officer driving the car left it running while he jumped out and chased a suspect into a neighborhood. That’s when the man jumped in the cruiser and recorded it.

The video just surfaced on Instagram and World Star last week.

Now, police are hoping someone can identify the man and when they do, police are going to charge him for taking the car.

"He thinks he's hard now but he’s not gonna be hard when he’s in jail," Yankson said.

Investigators told Fernandes the officer never knew that his car was taken until someone posted the video because the joyrider brought the car back before the officer got back to the car.

Police hope that people learn from this incident.

"Shocking video is not always good video, especially when the video can land you in jail."

 

Teen driver leads police on a high speed chase; authorities find gun in car

Police told Channel 2 Action News that dash camera video shows a teenage driver leading them on a chase, before threatening to shoot an officer.

Duluth police told Channel 2's Tony Thomas the video shows just how dangerous their jobs can be. Police said they found a gun in the car.

The chase began with the running of a red light on Pleasant Hill Road. Just before the driver turned down a dead end street, police say Oscar Avila,18, gave the pursuing officer what we will call a salute out the window. After about a minute, he backed into a driveway.

The two can be heard having this exchange:

Kang: "Why didn't you stop?" Avila: "Because it's just a couple of minutes away from here, I wasn't running away from you." Kang: "So that's why you didn't stop?" Avila: "I put my hand out saying I was going to stop and I just go there and I wanted to park my car."

Duluth police officer Byung Kang said what made this stop so dangerous is what Avila said just before the officers bodycam started rolling:

Avila: "I have a gun and would love to use it right now." 

Kang said Avila also tried reaching for a knife.

"Obviously saying something like that to an officer after giving a short chase, you know? Obviously he wanted something to happen," said officer Ted Sadowski with the Duluth Police Department.

In the video, Avila and Kang can be heard having the following exchange:

Avila: "How much you been drinking, dude?" Kang: "I haven't been drinking anything. You are such a liar dude. I can take a DUI test right now."

Police said they did find a gun in the car and some marijuana, just two of the 20 charges for which Avila was taken to jail.

Avila: "Man, you guys are over here tweaking. I don't even know why I'm being arrested." Kang: "Because you broke the law."

Police say Avila is already out of jail. Duluth police say they still have his gun and aren't returning it.

 

 

Shoppers hunt for Black Friday deals throughout metro Atlanta

It's that time of year again: holiday shopping. Many stores opened at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving.

We have reporters and photographers fanned out throughout metro Atlanta for live reports on Channel 2 Action News This Morning.

Shoppers in Dunwoody were more than happy to line up for low prices at a Best Buy store. Most of the shoppers Channel 2's Carl Willis spoke with were trying to get their hands on a 50 inch 4K TV for $179.

"It's an amazing deal so that's what i'm out here for," one shopper said.

Doorbuster deals like these were advertised across town and of course, online. Adobe Analytics expects that online sales will reach $107.4 billion, an increase of more than 13 percent over last year.

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A general manager at Best Buy told Willis that in-store sales are seeing growth, as well. "People still want to come out to look to feel to see their product and again the excitement with it," said James Steinback.

Online shopping on Thanksgiving Day is expected to increase 15 percent to $2.8 billion. Shoppers said they're finding plenty of savings in person.

"They've been really really good because I got to get a lot more than what I thought I would be able to get," Baker said.

Experts told Willis that Black Friday is a good time to buy electronics and phones but toys and clothing prices usually go down closer to Christmas.

"I thought it was going to be a madhouse and bumper to bumper and that's not my scene," said Cinda Baker, a shoppper Willis met in line at Target in east Atlanta.

For the most part, Baker avoided the bigger crowds and all for a good cause. She was out shopping for "Cure Savannah" and two girls battling cancer.

"One of the girls was just diagnosed two days ago with cancer so we're going through trying to find games and picture frames and things to make them happy," Baker explained.

With all the crowds, local police departments want to make sure you're safe.

Channel 2 Action News spoke with metro Atlanta police department officials, who said they are stepping up patrols at the Mall of Georgia and in Alpharetta. Police are reminding drivers to remember to store their valuables away to avoid break-ins.

 

You shopping today?? We’re seeing lots of people lining up for deals. Some waited since 11:30am to walk in at 5pm! Live @ 6 pic.twitter.com/aAiYt81itJ — Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) November 23, 2017

 

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