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Posted: 9:25 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Local Cheerleader Breaks World Record; Dog Fight at the Animal Shelter 

By Veronica Waters

An armored car is robbed--but it was the guard who was taken into custody. A crook snatched a bag of money from a guard leaving a BP station at 3515 Cascade Road. Fulton County Police say the armed guard fired his weapon as the thief made his getaway--and is now accused of reckless conduct. The search for the crook continues.

The parents of a Lowndes County boy found dead at his high school petition a judge to order a coroner to open an inquest--to subpoena evidence, and have a jury determine how Kendrick Johnson died. A GBI coroner said the 17-year-old suffocated inside a rolled-up wrestling mat trying to retrieve a sneaker, but a second autopsy said he was killed by blunt force trauma. The Johnson family is also urging authorities to release all of the video pulled from four security cameras at the gymnasium, including one that was pointed at the corner where the body was found.

One man is dead, and two others are injured in an early-morning shooting in DeKalb County. The dead man was discovered inside a Pontiac Grand Am outside the Stanford Oaks Apartments on Idlewild Road, and the two wounded ones were nearby. Police don't know what led to the shooting, or who did it.

Who let the dogs out? The reward is up to $13,000 to find out in Macon--where somebody broke into an animal shelter and staged a dog fight. When volunteers showed up at the shelter last Thursday morning, they found the dogs running loose. Two were dead; a third died later, and at least 15 others were hurt.

Westlake High School cheerleader Mikayla Clark has a lot to cheer about. The 16-year-old cheer squad leader jumped into the Guinness World Records book for the most consecutive back handsprings. Clark did 44 during homecoming--blasting the previous record of 36.

Police in Duluth bust a car break-in ring that targeted the northside suburbs for years. Three men are in jail so far--Chase Miciek, Fredrick Kicklighter, and Sebastian Kicklighter--and more are expected. Cops say the burglaries were a full-time job for them. The burlgars would fan out every evening, hitting at least 50 cars per night and selling whatever they stole inside individually--unless they found drugs. Police say in that case, they would share that at the end of the evening.

Thanks to the 16-day government shutdown, early tax filers will have to wait an extra week or two for their refund checks. The IRS will delay the start of next year's filing season, to update the agency's computers. The date was to be January 21.

President Barack Obama's longtime economic adviser, Jeffrey Zients, is being brought in to work on issues with the health care website. Zients is a long-time management consultant who joined the White House in 2009 as chief performance officer, and was key in cutting the backlog after the unexpected popularity of the "Cash for Clunkers" program. The president has already promised a "tech surge" to fix problems with healthcare.gov, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is urging the public to be patient. Her agency is also bringing in more experts and specialists from government and industry, including top Silicon Valley companies.

President Obama performs a little preventive health care of his own. While talking about the healthcare.gov glitches Tuesday, a woman standing behind him started to wobble. He turned around to help steady her, and joked he must've been talking too long. She tweeted later--she's pregnant, diabetic, and okay; she thanked the president for catching her.

After more than 160 years in Macon, the Georgia State Fair hopes to boost decreasing attendance by moving to the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. The fair opens Friday, through November 3.

Since the government banned flavored cigarettes in 2009, kids have found a way to get their sweetened smokes anyway. The CDC says one in every 30 middle and high-schoolers have tried candy-flavored or fruit-flavored compact cigars rolled out by Big Tobacco--and a doctor says they're just as addictive and deadly as cigarettes.

If you dined at a Dunwoody Applebee's, check your credit card bill. A former waitress is accused of padding her tips by writing in extra numbers on the receipts. Police say 25-year-old Jennifer Pringle made at least $800 before she was caught.

The FDA urges dog owners to lay off the jerky treats. Thousands of dogs have gotten sick, and nearly 600 pets have died in the past six years-- though vets aren't sure why. The treats are imported from China; look for increased tummy troubles, urination, drinking, lethargy, and tenderness as possible signs Fido is sick.

A White House official fired over an anonymous Twitter account attacking the Obama administration and other high-profile people is now apologizing. Jofi Joseph says the account started out as a parody, but turned into inappropriate, mean-spirited commentary. One of his tweets read, "I'm a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me." Joseph, 40, was a National Security Council staffer who helped negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.

The KISS 104 weather forecast: sunny and cool, with highs in the low 60s. Tonight's low around 38; a frost advisory is in effect.

Veronica Waters

About Veronica Waters

Veronica Waters is the morning news anchor on KISS 104.1 and B-98.5FM. She is also an anchor and reporter for News/Talk WSB.

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