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Metro Atlanta city pulling all the stops to become Amazon's next HQ

The city of Stonecrest is more focused than ever on its bid to become the site of Amazon’s second global headquarters.

The unique plan the city thinks will set it apart, on Channel 2 Action News at Noon.

Stonecrest Mayor Larry said the city is strategizing to make sure the huge company knows that the city should be the cite of its next headquarters. 

Channel 2’s Richard Elliot was there as he revealed details of the city's official bid.

Preparing to hear more about Stonecrest's (Amazon, GA) bid to win Amazon's HQ2. pic.twitter.com/rlNcgq2lK3 — Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 13, 2017

 

Stonecrest's mayor is detailing how they are targeting Amazon employees in Seattle for informational ads featuring the DeKalb County city's bid. pic.twitter.com/lDSBcslv7d — Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 13, 2017

Stonecrest officials voted last month to de-annex 345 acres to create a city of Amazon, Ga. in an attempt to lure the company to the site in south DeKalb County.

 

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Georgia and the Metro Atlanta area are just one of dozens of other cities and regions trying to win what Amazon calls HQ2.

The online retail giant could bring with it $5 billion in investments along with 50,000 jobs.

Arrest made in death of man found at Gwinnett County mall

A man was found dead Wednesday in the parking lot of a Gwinnett County mall, and the investigation has been turned over to the GBI.

Authorities identified the victim as 62-year-old Kanakkumar Yvas, of Lilburn.

Channel 2 Action News learned Norcross PD arrested 55-year-old Nooruddin Merchant, of Snellville, Wednesday afternoon at a business in Atlanta.  

A Norcross police officer who was dispatched to the scene on a “person down” call found the man just before 1:10 a.m. at Global Mall, which is in the 5600 block of Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Sgt. Donald Eric Butynski said.

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Thomas was told that there were no events being held late Tuesday night at the mall, which caters to the Indian and Pakistani communities.

Very little evidence of the overnight death was visible as Global Mall employee Zabby came into work. 

"That was horrible what happened last night," he said. "I have not seen anyone talking in the parking lot or anything."

A manager at the Hampton Inn next door would not comment if his employee's saw anything overnight or not. Thomas learned the mall itself closed at 11 p.m. on Tuesday. It's unclear what, if anything, the building security cameras recorded.

Zabby told Thomas he wishes there was more security in the area. 

"It's always good to always have some type of guards active and some type of security would be sufficient," he said.

Norcross and GBI investigating murder in parking lot of the Global Mall at Jimmy Carter and I-85. More to come . pic.twitter.com/RcmgiphdWk — Tony Thomas (@TonyThomasWSB) December 13, 2017

 

UGA player arrested over use of fake $100 bill at pet store, investigators say

The forgery arrest of Georgia freshman defensive back Latavious Brini on Tuesday night stemmed from an investigation into an incident in July, when a counterfeit $100 bill was passed by someone who provided a different name from his own.

Brini was arrested on a felony charge of first-degree forgery, after Athens-Clarke County issued an arrest warrant, which was subsequently executed on Tuesday night by the Clarke County Sheriff’s office.

Brini is alleged by police to have used a fake $100 bill to purchase $8 worth of merchandise on July 14 at a Pet Supplies Plus store, located at the Alps Shopping Center in Athens. He then received $92 cash in return. The store realized later at a bank drop that the $100 bill was counterfeit. 

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During the purchase, Brini, referred to as the subject in the police report, is alleged to have provided a different name (Trevor Shorter) and address from his own when he started a rewards card. 

The police were called on July 22 by the manager of the store, because the same cashier said the same person had returned to the store and used a debit card with a different name (Latavaious Brini) according to the report.

Brini has not played this season and appeared headed for a redshirt. He was a three-star prospect out of Mater Academy Charter in Miami Gardens, Fla.

There has been no official word from UGA or the team yet on Brini’s arrest and his status going forward.

By rule, any UGA athlete is immediately suspended upon a felony arrest, per the student-athlete handbook. Their status going forward is then reviewed by a committee in the athletic department, the handbook stipulates.

This is the seventh known arrest for a Georgia player this calendar year, and the third Georgia player to be arrested since Georgia won the SEC championship on Dec. 2.

Linebacker Natrez Patrick and wide receiver Jayson Stanley were arrested the night of the game in Barrow County, Patrick on a misdemeanor marijuana charge and Stanley on marijuana, DUI and speeding. (All misdemeanors.)

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This is also the seventh known arrest of a Georgia player this season.

Patrick was also arrested in October on a misdemeanor marijuana charge.

Tailback Elijah Holyfield and receiver Riley Ridley also were arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charges earlier in the year, and defensive lineman Justin Young had a traffic arrest during the early part of this season.

This article was written by Seth Emerson, DawgNation.

Woman shot, killed man inside apartment, police say

A woman is accused in a deadly shooting in south Fulton County, and neighbors wonder if it was a matter of self-defense.

It happened inside an apartment complex in Union City, along Highway 138.

Neighbors at the Evergreen Commons Apartments told Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach they were woken early Wednesday morning to the sound of sirens.

"I just heard the helicopter,” neighbor Maureen Jordan told Gehlbach. 

She said she did not hear the gunshots.

Union City police said when they first got the apartment, officers found a man shot. He died at the scene before he could be airlifted to the hospital.

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So far investigators will only say the shooting was related to a domestic dispute.

"I just found out it was a domestic violence, that he had asked her to leave, but from there just went out of control," Jordan said. 

"I don't care what violence it is. Cause for no one to kill no one, that's just me," neighbor Cynthia Cooks said. 

Neighbors think the woman involved may have shot and killed the victim, a large man well over 6 feet tall and 300 pounds, trying to defend herself.

"Could have been self-defense because that's a big ‘ol man," Jordan said. 

Another neighbor says it's sad either way.

"For the family, especially of him, and her too, because we don't know," Cooks said.

So far police are not releasing the name of the man shot and killed, or the woman and if she faces any charges.

New attraction coming to the Georgia Aquarium

Coming soon to Georgia Aquarium: seabirds. This new exhibit will feature four different species of seabirds from the North Pacific, including: horned puffins, tufted puffins, common murres, and pigeon guillemots. The new habitat will open in the Aquarium’s Cold Water Quest gallery across from fellow cold-water inhabitants, the Southern sea otters.

New animals will soon land at the @GeorgiaAquarium! Check out the Puffins! More https://t.co/tBRJYWOdwY pic.twitter.com/2DCKBCvFng — Nelson Hicks (@NelsonHicksWSB) December 13, 2017

The puffin exhibit will open at Georgia Aquarium on Friday, January 19, 2018!  Through a partnership with the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC), Georgia Aquarium was able to bring some of these birds to Atlanta over the last few months. ASLC has been caring for additional birds, which are now making their way to Atlanta ahead of the exhibit’s opening.

The exhibit will contain more than 11,000 gallons of water and intricate rockwork and other features closely resembling these birds’ native cliff-side dwellings. Ornate rockwork will also spill to the outside of the exhibit which will boast tall acrylic windows, giving guests above water and underwater views.

Georgia Aquarium is also working with other aquarium partners as well as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) for these seabirds. The SSP oversees the sustainable population management of select species at AZA institutions and works to enhance the conservation of these species.

Puffins, murres, and guillemots are all members of the alcid family. Alcids are pelagic seabirds and are uniquely adapted to marine environments. Puffins have small wings and legs set back on their bodies, making them excellent swimmers and divers. But, this also makes them very clumsy on land and taking flight can be a challenge for these popular birds. Horned puffins have a large orange-to-red beak while tufted puffins have a large orange beak with white coloration around the sides of their heads. Both pigeon guillemots and common murres are dark brownish-black birds with red legs.

Alcids are often confused for but not related to penguins. Alcids are found in the Northern Hemisphere and have the ability to fly, albeit, with some work. These birds have short wingspans and must run, jump, or beat their wings rapidly to produce enough momentum to take flight. Penguins, however, are unable to fly and are found in the Southern Hemisphere.

While these seabirds are listed as “Least Concern” on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List, they still face dangers. Puffins are frequently caught in fishing bycatch and many are found to carry toxins – mercury and cadmium - most likely from the fish they eat. Common murres faced a historic die-off in 2015 and 2016. Researchers believe their food source ventured farther into the ocean with warming temperatures, leading to starvation. 

This newest addition is included with General Admission and Memberships. 

 

Arrest made in death of man found at Gwinnett County mall

A man was found dead Wednesday in the parking lot of a Gwinnett County mall, and the investigation has been turned over to the GBI.

Authorities identified the victim as 62-year-old Kanakkumar Yvas, of Lilburn.

Channel 2 Action News learned Norcross PD arrested 55-year-old Nooruddin Merchant, of Snellville, Wednesday afternoon at a business in Atlanta.  

A Norcross police officer who was dispatched to the scene on a “person down” call found the man just before 1:10 a.m. at Global Mall, which is in the 5600 block of Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Sgt. Donald Eric Butynski said.

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Thomas was told that there were no events being held late Tuesday night at the mall, which caters to the Indian and Pakistani communities.

Very little evidence of the overnight death was visible as Global Mall employee Zabby came into work. 

"That was horrible what happened last night," he said. "I have not seen anyone talking in the parking lot or anything."

A manager at the Hampton Inn next door would not comment if his employee's saw anything overnight or not. Thomas learned the mall itself closed at 11 p.m. on Tuesday. It's unclear what, if anything, the building security cameras recorded.

Zabby told Thomas he wishes there was more security in the area. 

"It's always good to always have some type of guards active and some type of security would be sufficient," he said.

Norcross and GBI investigating murder in parking lot of the Global Mall at Jimmy Carter and I-85. More to come . pic.twitter.com/RcmgiphdWk — Tony Thomas (@TonyThomasWSB) December 13, 2017

 

Woman shot, killed man inside apartment, police say

A woman is accused in a deadly shooting in south Fulton County, and neighbors wonder if it was a matter of self-defense.

It happened inside an apartment complex in Union City, along Highway 138.

Neighbors at the Evergreen Commons Apartments told Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach they were woken early Wednesday morning to the sound of sirens.

"I just heard the helicopter,” neighbor Maureen Jordan told Gehlbach. 

She said she did not hear the gunshots.

Union City police said when they first got the apartment, officers found a man shot. He died at the scene before he could be airlifted to the hospital.

TRENDING STORIES:

So far investigators will only say the shooting was related to a domestic dispute.

"I just found out it was a domestic violence, that he had asked her to leave, but from there just went out of control," Jordan said. 

"I don't care what violence it is. Cause for no one to kill no one, that's just me," neighbor Cynthia Cooks said. 

Neighbors think the woman involved may have shot and killed the victim, a large man well over 6 feet tall and 300 pounds, trying to defend herself.

"Could have been self-defense because that's a big ‘ol man," Jordan said. 

Another neighbor says it's sad either way.

"For the family, especially of him, and her too, because we don't know," Cooks said.

So far police are not releasing the name of the man shot and killed, or the woman and if she faces any charges.

Police investigating after man shot dead near Georgia Tech campus

Atlanta police are investigating after a man was found dead on Northside Drive near Georgia Tech’s campus.

The 27-year-old man was found at the intersection of Northside Drive and Cameron Madison Alexander Boulevard.

Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach is at the scene, where homicide detectives were just before 6 a.m. 

Atlanta PD and detectives investigating man found dead on Northside Dr. near Ga Tech campus. Treating it as a homicide pic.twitter.com/zI5mQrMnAy — Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) December 13, 2017

Police said he died from a gun shot wound to the head. A gun was found at the scene.

A pedestrian saw the man at about 4:45 a.m., according to police.

Investigators are working to determine whether it was a homicide or suicide.

Crime scene investigators and homicide detectives on scene along Northside Dr. not far from GT campus where man found dead on sidewalk. APD working to determine if it’s murder or suicide pic.twitter.com/CtQOz44i82 — Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) December 13, 2017

Stay with WSBTV.com and watch Channel 2 Action News This Morning for updates on this developing story.   

Despite uproar from residents, local city will change its name

A local city voted to change its name despite angry residents turning out to say no.

One vote was all it took to bring a flurry of reaction. By a vote of 4-3, the council voted to change the name of the city of South Fulton to Renaissance.

Last week, Mayor Bill Edwards told Channel 2 Action News he would veto the vote if there was enough opposition. Now, he has 10 days to do so.

"I don’t like it but I will have to deal with it," said resident Sherry Carson.

The emotional response came after more than 200 people packed a city of South Fulton council meeting Tuesday evening to voice their opposition to the council’s decision last month to change the city's name to Renaissance.

"I should’ve had some input as to what the name was going to be," Carson said.

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For three hours, councilors heard from frustrated residents. They said the community should vote on any name change.

But in the end, while some council members said they understood not everyone is happy with the name, they made it clear they have bigger issues to deal with, such as hiring a police force. In March, the city will take over police services, but the council still needs to hire a chief and officers. 

"I’m just not persuaded that they’re acting quickly enough or have a sense of urgency, as they should," said resident Harvey Davis.

If the mayor decides to veto the name, the issue will go back before the council for a vote.

 

 

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