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'Armed and dangerous' jail escapee captured in DeKalb County

A jail escapee out of Alabama authorities described as "armed and dangerous" has been captured in DeKalb County.

The Coosa County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook that Shane Anthony Vernon was taken into custody without incident in DeKalb County Tuesday just before 11 p.m.

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He is being held in DeKalb County Jail awaiting extradition, the sheriff's office said.

Vernon escaped the Coosa County Jail Sunday, local authorities said.  

On Tuesday, U.S. Marshals told Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Nicole Carr that Vernon kidnapped a man from Alabama and dropped him and the car off in Douglasville. 

FREE things to do, other events around Atlanta this week

Nov. 20 - Feb. 14

Skate the Sky at Ponce City Market

With breathtaking views of Atlanta's skyline, The Roof at Ponce City Market is transforming the Rooftop Terrace, its private event space, into a winter wonderland featuring ice skating, seasonal treats and festive decor.

Nov. 23 - Feb. 19

The Rink at Park Tavern

The AquafinaRink offers day & night skating, a heated tent or air-conditioned tent (depending on the weather), piped-in music with a mega sound system, and rink-side dining. Ice-skating is available "Rain or Shine!"

Nov. 24 - Dec. 12

Christmas at Callanwolde

The 27,000 square-foot historic mansion is elaborately decorated by Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers, as well as professional holiday displays, an expansive artists’ market, and themed events for all ages. Enjoy live entertainment, holiday shopping, family activities and tours. 

Nov. 24 - Dec. 23

Christkindl Market

Meet and mingle with your family & friends at the traditional German Christkindl Market at Atlantic Station. Come and enjoy authentic German food and beverages in a festive atmosphere. Also, find great holiday gifts for your beloved ones.

Nov. 26

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, on-stage DJ and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City. This evening-length show celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.

Through Dec. 31

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph soars back to the Center for Puppetry Arts for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage.

Through Jan. 3

Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Six Flags gets into the spirit of the season with festive shows, dozens of Christmas trees and more than one million LED lights. Stroll through Peppermint Plaza, the North Pole and snowy Main Street Christmas (with a little help from a snow machine)! Walk through a mistletoe tunnel or journey back in time to simpler days of Christmas past with Retro Christmas USA. Create your own s’mores, enjoy a traditional holiday meal, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or cider, roasted nuts or a breaded soup bowl.

Stone Mountain Christmas:

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas at Stone Mountain Park, where the true magic of the season is in the air. Enjoy the glow of more than two million lights, festive music, and visits from some your favorite holiday characters. Featuring holiday shows, a snow-angel palace, a parade with Santa, fireworks, and snowfall at Stone Mountain Park. Nearby Snow Mountain offers inner tube rides.

Through Saturday, Jan. 6

Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights

Christmas at Callaway Fantasy in Lights showcases 8 million lights and 15 separate holiday scenes. Drive through to take in the spectacle, stop for dinner, visit the Christmas Village to shop for gifts and take a picture with Santa, enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus, see one of several breakfast & dinner shows or catch an organ concert. 

Through Jan. 7

Winter Wonderland at Fernbank: 

Prepare to ooh and aah at Fernbank Museum and Science Center over two floors of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees showcasing celebrations around the world in the enchanting Winter Wonderland exhibition. Twinkling with lights, glimmering with color and shining with a variety of cultural objects, a variety of decorated trees and displays recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world.

Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier is all aglow for the holidays! You can sing holiday tunes with your family as you drive pass each sparkling light display. '12 Days of Christmas' joins the long list of much-loved displays as Santa's Elves at Work, 'the North Pole Express, Jack & the Bean Stalk, Wizard of Oz, 'the Poinsetta Candelabra, the Icicle Tunnel, the Carousel, and so many more! Be on the lookout for the massive 65-foot Christmas Tree at the clock tower roundabout

CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Shopper catches duo installing skimmer on mall ATM

Police are warning mall goers this holiday season after Channel 2 Action News obtained video that shows a man and woman installing a card skimmer on an ATM at Lenox Square.

A witness told Channel 2’s Carl Willis he saw it happen and told security.

"It's the season and everyone is going to be pulling out cash," the witness told Willis, asking not to be identified. "They did it very swiftly and very quick."

The man told Willis he happened to be standing on the second floor of Lenox Square when he looked down and saw a couple install two devices on an ATM

"I see the guy applying a lot of pressure in the top right corner. I thought that was abnormal," the man said.

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Police say the couple seen on the video installed a card skimmer at an ATM in the middle of the mall’s food court

"As you watch you can see that they may have installed a pin camera," Sgt. Paul Cooper, with the Atlanta Police Department’s major fraud unit, told Willis.

With your card number and your PIN, thieves have everything they need to go on a shopping spree. Police told Willis there's been an uptick in this kind of activity in the past couple of years.

"Our best guess is because we're transitioning from the mag-stripe to the chip and pin. The chips are encrypted and it's a lot harder to duplicate those cards," Cooper said.

Cooper worries if scammers are bold enough to hit a mall ATM, there are likely many more devices out there.

"We do try to target these people. We see that they tend to cross state lines they may be working the entire eastern seaboard right now," Cooper said.

For now, shoppers will have to take steps to keep thieves from swiping your information.

"Take that extra couple of seconds. Tug on it (the card reader). Look for those cameras. Just make sure you don't get burned," Cooper told Willis.

"Definitely cover up your PIN if you're not sure that it's a valid swiper or valid scanner try using another ATM,” the witness said.

Police are asking anyone who may recognize the man and woman in the video to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Shopper catches duo installing skimmer on mall ATM

Police are warning mall goers this holiday season after Channel 2 Action News obtained video that shows a man and woman installing a card skimmer on an ATM at Lenox Square.

A witness told Channel 2’s Carl Willis he saw it happen and told security.

"It's the season and everyone is going to be pulling out cash," the witness told Willis, asking not to be identified. "They did it very swiftly and very quick."

The man told Willis he happened to be standing on the second floor of Lenox Square when he looked down and saw a couple install two devices on an ATM

"I see the guy applying a lot of pressure in the top right corner. I thought that was abnormal," the man said.

TRENDING STORIES:

Police say the couple seen on the video installed a card skimmer at an ATM in the middle of the mall’s food court

"As you watch you can see that they may have installed a pin camera," Sgt. Paul Cooper, with the Atlanta Police Department’s major fraud unit, told Willis.

With your card number and your PIN, thieves have everything they need to go on a shopping spree. Police told Willis there's been an uptick in this kind of activity in the past couple of years.

"Our best guess is because we're transitioning from the mag-stripe to the chip and pin. The chips are encrypted and it's a lot harder to duplicate those cards," Cooper said.

Cooper worries if scammers are bold enough to hit a mall ATM, there are likely many more devices out there.

"We do try to target these people. We see that they tend to cross state lines they may be working the entire eastern seaboard right now," Cooper said.

For now, shoppers will have to take steps to keep thieves from swiping your information.

"Take that extra couple of seconds. Tug on it (the card reader). Look for those cameras. Just make sure you don't get burned," Cooper told Willis.

"Definitely cover up your PIN if you're not sure that it's a valid swiper or valid scanner try using another ATM,” the witness said.

Police are asking anyone who may recognize the man and woman in the video to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

Survivor recounts heroin-fueled crash that killed friend

Channel 2 Action News is digging into the impact heroin is having in the community.

A child who survived a deadly crash that was fueled by heroin told his story for the first time.

Timothy Hood, then 13 years old, and his friends Roland and Isaiah Ward, who were 11 and 9 years old at the time, made a trip to the store one evening in April 2016.

“They asked me where I was going and I said I was about to go to the store and they asked if they could come with me,” Timothy said.

“He was just walking to the store for a pack of Kool-Aid,” his mother said.

Around the same time, Ryan Lisabeth, a long-time heroin addict, made a trip to his dealer in the Bluff. Police said Lisabeth shot up in his car and then drove up on a curb at 42 mph where he hit the three boys, killing Isaiah. Timothy and Roland were severely injured.

[READ:Jailhouse phone calls reveal aftermath of deadly heroin-fueled crash]

“When we got by the gate, he just stopped … and when we turned around he hit us. It was like boom,” Timothy said.“I wound up falling and when I closed my eyes I just heard people screaming and crying. In my head I’m like, ‘What just happened? Did he hit us?’ and everything just paused.”

Timothy and his mother spoke to Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne about the crash.

“When I ran up there, Timothy was wrapped around a pole and he didn’t have a pulse,” Teresa Lawrence said. “I went up screaming and I was like, ‘Who did this?’”

Timothy shared what he remembered right after the crash.

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“I saw myself getting up and looking around and I didn’t see anybody, so I just closed my eyes and just stayed down and I tried to open them again, but I couldn’t so I gave up,” he said.

“I’m going to be honest, I thought that the world was ending right then and there. He was crumpled up. There was nothing I could do but pray and there was part of me saying he’s gone because everyone kept saying, ‘No pulse,’” Lawrence said.

Lisabeth’s attorney said her client doesn't remember much about the deadly crash.

“He remembers the very beginning of that drive and then he completely blacked out. Overdosed,” attorney Ashleigh Merchant said.

Timothy said he woke up in the hospital and didn’t know where he was.

“In the hospital, I was just lost. I didn’t know what happened. I woke up and I didn’t remember anything. I was wondering to myself, like, ‘Where am I?’ and I tried to talk, but my voice was gone,” he said.

Authorities say Timothy’s story highlights the grip heroin has on the region.

“This is a major problem that, unless we come together, is going to get worse,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said. “It happened to Timothy Hood. There is nothing that would keep it from happening to your kid as well.”

A transcript shows a prosecutor said Timothy was comatose for three to four weeks and suffered a broken pelvis and leg, vision and hearing problems and traumatic brain injury.

“Timothy’s got a long road ahead of him, but he’s here,” Lawrence said. “He’s a walking angel. When you pray to God, you have no limit on what He can do.”

Lisabeth pleaded guilty to several charges and is serving 30 years in prison.

Survivor recounts heroin-fueled crash that killed friend

Channel 2 Action News is digging into the impact heroin is having in the community.

A child who survived a deadly crash that was fueled by heroin told his story for the first time.

Timothy Hood, then 13 years old, and his friends Roland and Isaiah Ward, who were 11 and 9 years old at the time, made a trip to the store one evening in April 2016.

“They asked me where I was going and I said I was about to go to the store and they asked if they could come with me,” Timothy said.

“He was just walking to the store for a pack of Kool-Aid,” his mother said.

Around the same time, Ryan Lisabeth, a long-time heroin addict, made a trip to his dealer in the Bluff. Police said Lisabeth shot up in his car and then drove up on a curb at 42 mph where he hit the three boys, killing Isaiah. Timothy and Roland were severely injured.

[READ:Jailhouse phone calls reveal aftermath of deadly heroin-fueled crash]

“When we got by the gate, he just stopped … and when we turned around he hit us. It was like boom,” Timothy said.“I wound up falling and when I closed my eyes I just heard people screaming and crying. In my head I’m like, ‘What just happened? Did he hit us?’ and everything just paused.”

Timothy and his mother spoke to Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne about the crash.

“When I ran up there, Timothy was wrapped around a pole and he didn’t have a pulse,” Teresa Lawrence said. “I went up screaming and I was like, ‘Who did this?’”

Timothy shared what he remembered right after the crash.

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“I saw myself getting up and looking around and I didn’t see anybody, so I just closed my eyes and just stayed down and I tried to open them again, but I couldn’t so I gave up,” he said.

“I’m going to be honest, I thought that the world was ending right then and there. He was crumpled up. There was nothing I could do but pray and there was part of me saying he’s gone because everyone kept saying, ‘No pulse,’” Lawrence said.

Lisabeth’s attorney said her client doesn't remember much about the deadly crash.

“He remembers the very beginning of that drive and then he completely blacked out. Overdosed,” attorney Ashleigh Merchant said.

Timothy said he woke up in the hospital and didn’t know where he was.

“In the hospital, I was just lost. I didn’t know what happened. I woke up and I didn’t remember anything. I was wondering to myself, like, ‘Where am I?’ and I tried to talk, but my voice was gone,” he said.

Authorities say Timothy’s story highlights the grip heroin has on the region.

“This is a major problem that, unless we come together, is going to get worse,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said. “It happened to Timothy Hood. There is nothing that would keep it from happening to your kid as well.”

A transcript shows a prosecutor said Timothy was comatose for three to four weeks and suffered a broken pelvis and leg, vision and hearing problems and traumatic brain injury.

“Timothy’s got a long road ahead of him, but he’s here,” Lawrence said. “He’s a walking angel. When you pray to God, you have no limit on what He can do.”

Lisabeth pleaded guilty to several charges and is serving 30 years in prison.

Neighbors near Georgia Dome worried about dust from implosion

Some residents of Southwest Atlanta neighborhood Castleberry Hill told us they’re concerned about the dust from the Georgia Dome implosion and how it might be affecting their health.

Tuesday, dust from an excavator on site kicked up dust, as it rooted through the rubble Tuesday afternoon. A crew pressure washed the side of Mercedes Benz stadium, where grime was visible from the ground.

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“I’ve never seen dust this thick,” longtime window washer Marc Charles told Channel 2’s Rikki Klaus , as he cleaned business' windows along Nelson Street SW. Charles told Klaus he’s been in the window washing business for almost a quarter of a century.

“Everything’s coated. It’s layered,” said Charles. He believes the dust came from the dome implosion Monday morning.

He says he can taste the particles. “Chalky in my mouth.” That concerns him, since he says he has bronchitis.

Charles showed us dark grey water in his bucket that he said would usually be clear after two jobs.

“Usually it takes about four or five jobs before the water starts to discolor,” Charles said. “This here, this is filthy. This is bad.”

Nearby, Zakiya Blake says the dust is causing her congestion, runny eyes and difficulty breathing. She’s concerned for her health – and others’.

“I’ve just kind of been using my scarf to protect [my] breathing,” said Blake. “We don’t know everything that we’re breathing in.”

Channel 2 Action News emailed and called the Georgia World Congress Center Authority to ask about the dust. We’re waiting to hear back.

 

KSU violated guidance when keeping cheerleaders off field, regents board says

The Georgia Board of Regents said Tuesday that Kennesaw State University did not follow guidance when it kept cheerleaders off the field after several of them took a knee during the National Anthem.

University System of Georgia officials told KSU president Sam Olens and the presidents of its public universities during a two-day October meeting that taking a knee during the anthem is free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution and should not be interfered with, unless it causes a disruption. Any changes by a college should be discussed with the USG.

The Saturday after that meeting, KSU implemented a change that kept its cheerleaders in its stadium tunnel before the anthem. 

In a report to the chancellor of the University System of Georgia, the Board of Regents concluded that Olens was aware of the change three days before it went into effect and did nothing to stop it. 

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They also found that Olens failed to advise the university system office of the proposed change even though he was instructed to do so. 

This stems from a KSU home game on Sept. 30 when several KSU cheerleaders took a knee during the National Anthem to protest police misconduct and racial inequality.

The University System advised Olen that such protests were constitutionally protected free speech as long as they weren't disruptive.

Still, the university received outside pressure to end the protests, including calls from the Cobb County sheriff and a state representative.

By the next home game, the cheerleaders were kept off of the field during the anthem.

The athletics department initially maintained that the change was an effort to improve the fan experience and tighten up the run of show, but the Board of Regents calls that explanation into question due to the timing of the change. 

The five-page review is a rare rebuke of Olens, who’s been one of the state’s most influential leaders for the past two decades. 

Olens is the former Georgia attorney general, Cobb County government and Atlanta Regional Commission chairman. He was named KSU’s president in November 2016.

KSU has about 35,000 students, the USG’s third-largest enrollment.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this article. 

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