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Posted: 9:11 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Atlanta car scammer turns violent; Napping Yankees fan sues ESPN for game chatter (VIDEO); RHOA husband sentenced today 


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    A victim says Orlando Hernandez (in the black) pulled a gun on him while he was working on the victims car and led him into this gas station on Ponce de Leon Ave. to get cigarettes.
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    May 20, 2014 Sandy Springs, GA: Jason Carter speaks to supporters during his election night party at the 5 Seasons Brewing Company in Sandy Springs Tuesday May 20, 2014. The former senator is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM .

    By Veronica Waters

    Be cautious, drivers:  a scammer has taken his "fix your car" scheme to a violent level.  Atlanta Police are looking for Pedro Soto, who is also known on the streets as Orlando Hernandez, for robbing a recent victim.  The scam usually finds a driver coming outside from a store or restaurant to find that their car doesn't crank; then, someone comes along and offers to fix it for cash.  But near a restaurant on Ponce de Leon back in June, police say, Soto pulled a gun on one victim and robbed him of his wallet, passport, and driver's license; then, he ordered the man to drive to a store and get him a carton of cigarettes.  Police have arrested Soto several times in recent years for tampering with vehicles.

    A V. A. whistleblower from Atlanta will have the ear of Capitol Hill tonight.  Scott Davis will tell Congress that there is a lack of accountability at the Veterans Administration--from the top, down.  Davis claims over 17,000 health care applications were deleted at the V.A. Health Eligibility office in DeKalb, and he faced retaliation after speaking up.  

    Jason Carter's campaign announces the Democratic gubernatorial candidate raised $2 million in the second quarter with $1.8 million cash on hand.  The governor has not yet announced his total.  

    DeKalb County Police are cracking down on teenagers out after curfew.  Officers cited more than 20 teens over the weekend.  A new ordinance prohibits teenagers from being out past midnight.  The police chief believes the curfew will help cut down on more serious crime.

    A bail-jumper in New York is arrested after posing for a picture in a Pennsylvania newspaper.  Jacob Close, 25, also gave the paper his opinion over the possible name change of the Washington Redskins.  Before Close popped up in the paper, Ithaca Police had been hunting him for years.

    Three guys swipe soap and other personal hygiene products from a CVS on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.  They carted $2,000 in supplies past an astonished cashier.

    A roller coaster accident at "Six Flags Magic Mountain" in Valencia, California, strands nearly two dozen people in the air for almost three hours.  The Ninja coaster hit a tree branch, derailing the front car.  Firefighters, in harnesses, plucked the riders out one by one.  Four people suffered minor injuries. 

    A New York Yankees fan sues ESPN, MLB, and the Yankees, after two ESPN announcers mocked him on national TV when he was caught on camera, sleeping during the 4th inning of a Yankees/Red Sox game in April.  Andrew Rector wants $10 million in damages from John Kruk and Dan Shulman, claiming he suffered mental anguish and "substantial injury" to his character and reputation.

    The husband of a "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member learns his sentence today. Apollo Nida is married to attorney Phaedra Parks.  He pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud in a scheme that defrauded victims of an estimated $2.3 million.  The 35-year-old said in court that in stealing people's identities to pocket unclaimed refunds, stolen checks and false tax refunds, he was trying to meet the pressures of being a reality star, and to keep up with his high-earning wife.  Nida faces up to 30 years in prison, but has asked the court to reduce his criminal category, which would reduce the maximum amount of time he is eligible to receive in sentencing.

    The KISS 104 weather forecast:   mostly sunny with isolated afternoon showers, highs near 90.  Tuesday night, partly cloudy with lows in the low 70s.  Wednesday: partly cloudy with scattered showers and thundershowers; highs in the upper 80s.

    Veronica Waters

    About Veronica Waters

    Veronica Waters is an anchor and reporter for News/Talk WSB. She is also the staff expert on legal affairs and the courts.

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