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Judge to rule on trial of ex-officer accused of murder

A DeKalb County judge will review evidence and testimony before ruling on a request to dismiss charges against a former DeKalb County police officer.

Robert Olsen was indicted for murder, aggravated assault and other charges after he shot and killed a naked, unarmed man at a Chamblee apartment complex in March 2015.

The apartment manager called police after seeing Anthony Hill, a resident, wandering around the complex without clothing.

Olsen testified that when he arrived at the scene and got out of his patrol car, Hill sprinted toward him in an aggressive manner.

The former officer testified that he feared for his life, and felt he was under attack.

He shot Hill twice.

Though the officer attempted medical care on Hill, the Air Force veteran died on the scene.

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Defense attorneys have filed court papers asking a judge to dismiss charges against Olsen, claiming he shot Hill in an act of self-defense.

During an immunity hearing Tuesday, a defense witness and deadly use of force expert testified the officer did not have time to use a non-lethal weapon, such as a baton or taser.

He said he had only seconds to react to what he believed was a life-threatening situation.

"Under the circumstances and limited reaction time, using deadly force was appropriate,” said Darrell Lee Ross.

However, a prosecution witness disagreed.

Craig Webb, who trains DeKalb Police officers on deadly use of force, concluded Olsen had the preparation time to deploy pepper spray, a baton or taser.

"It's a very fluid situation,” Webb said.

DeKalb Superior Court Judge J.P. Boulee is expected to rule on whether charges are dismissed or the case goes to trial in the next two weeks.

Judge to rule on trial of ex-officer accused of murder

A DeKalb County judge will review evidence and testimony before ruling on a request to dismiss charges against a former DeKalb County police officer.

Robert Olsen was indicted for murder, aggravated assault and other charges after he shot and killed a naked, unarmed man at a Chamblee apartment complex in March 2015.

The apartment manager called police after seeing Anthony Hill, a resident, wandering around the complex without clothing.

Olsen testified that when he arrived at the scene and got out of his patrol car, Hill sprinted toward him in an aggressive manner.

The former officer testified that he feared for his life, and felt he was under attack.

He shot Hill twice.

Though the officer attempted medical care on Hill, the Air Force veteran died on the scene.

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Defense attorneys have filed court papers asking a judge to dismiss charges against Olsen, claiming he shot Hill in an act of self-defense.

During an immunity hearing Tuesday, a defense witness and deadly use of force expert testified the officer did not have time to use a non-lethal weapon, such as a baton or taser.

He said he had only seconds to react to what he believed was a life-threatening situation.

"Under the circumstances and limited reaction time, using deadly force was appropriate,” said Darrell Lee Ross.

However, a prosecution witness disagreed.

Craig Webb, who trains DeKalb Police officers on deadly use of force, concluded Olsen had the preparation time to deploy pepper spray, a baton or taser.

"It's a very fluid situation,” Webb said.

DeKalb Superior Court Judge J.P. Boulee is expected to rule on whether charges are dismissed or the case goes to trial in the next two weeks.

Local company says its tool could prevent school shootings

A local company says it has a new gun tool which could prevent school shootings, teen suicides and accidental shootings.

Channel 2 Anchor Craig Lucie met with the Alpharetta-based company called Vypin. They make tracking devices for food transportation companies, but soon realized their device could be used in a totally different way. A way they say could save thousands of lives.

“I’m telling you, I think we can change the world,” said Brian Robbins. 

Brian Robbins told Lucie he’s never been so excited to work on a tiny device called the SafeTstrap. He says it could make schools and homes safer for our youth. 

“I think we can absolutely cut down on the thousands that die a year from school shootings, teen suicides and accidental shootings that come from the home,” said Robbins. 

Robbins works for Vypin, and he says the SafeTstrap works just like a gun lock, but its way more technical than that.

“A gun owner will know right away if it’s been moved, if it’s been cut or taken a hammer to,” said Robbins. 

Two things happen then if someone touches the firearm other than the owner.

“They will hear a siren in the house and mom and dad at work will know in a matter of seconds that someone has been messing with the gun,” said Robbins. 

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The push alerts and texts messages ping your cell phone. The SafeTstrap cost $50 and the Bluetooth box that triggers the alarm cost another $50. Vypin employees say they are talking to local law enforcement agencies, school districts and child safety organizations all over the country to get them in as many homes as possible since we hear about school shootings nearly every week. 

“It’s wildly frustrating,” said Robbins. 

In the latest shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, authorities say the alleged gunman used his father’s guns. 

“I’m the husband of a teacher, and I’m getting text messages about how horrifying things are and how scary it is. I’m sitting here in Alpharetta, and we have a solution,” said Robbins.

Local company says its tool could prevent school shootings

A local company says it has a new gun tool which could prevent school shootings, teen suicides and accidental shootings.

Channel 2 Anchor Craig Lucie met with the Alpharetta-based company called Vypin. They make tracking devices for food transportation companies, but soon realized their device could be used in a totally different way. A way they say could save thousands of lives.

“I’m telling you, I think we can change the world,” said Brian Robbins. 

Brian Robbins told Lucie he’s never been so excited to work on a tiny device called the SafeTstrap. He says it could make schools and homes safer for our youth. 

“I think we can absolutely cut down on the thousands that die a year from school shootings, teen suicides and accidental shootings that come from the home,” said Robbins. 

Robbins works for Vypin, and he says the SafeTstrap works just like a gun lock, but its way more technical than that.

“A gun owner will know right away if it’s been moved, if it’s been cut or taken a hammer to,” said Robbins. 

Two things happen then if someone touches the firearm other than the owner.

“They will hear a siren in the house and mom and dad at work will know in a matter of seconds that someone has been messing with the gun,” said Robbins. 

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The push alerts and texts messages ping your cell phone. The SafeTstrap cost $50 and the Bluetooth box that triggers the alarm cost another $50. Vypin employees say they are talking to local law enforcement agencies, school districts and child safety organizations all over the country to get them in as many homes as possible since we hear about school shootings nearly every week. 

“It’s wildly frustrating,” said Robbins. 

In the latest shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, authorities say the alleged gunman used his father’s guns. 

“I’m the husband of a teacher, and I’m getting text messages about how horrifying things are and how scary it is. I’m sitting here in Alpharetta, and we have a solution,” said Robbins.

CDC warns pools, hot tubs, water parks are hotbed for disease outbreaks

You may want to think twice about jumping in that hotel pool or taking the kids to a popular water park nearby. 

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, contaminated recreational waters led to 493 reported disease outbreaks between 2000 and 2014.

These outbreaks, commonly caused by pathogens or chemicals, resulted in at least 27,219 cases and eight deaths. About half of the outbreaks started between June and August.

Public health officials examined data from 46 states and Puerto Rico for the report and found that hotel pools and hot tubs contributed to about one-third (32 percent) of the outbreaks. Public parks came in second (23 percent), then club/rec facilities (14 percent) and water parks (11 percent).

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While no significant trend was observed after 2007, the CDC said outbreaks caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium, also known as crypto, increased 25 percent per year between 2000 and 2006.

Of the 363 outbreaks with a microorganism as the culprit, 58 percent were classified as Crypto.

Crypto can spread when people swallow something that’s come into contact with an ill person’s feces, such as pool water contaminated with diarrhea, according to the CDC.

“Swallowing just a mouthful of water contaminated with Crypto can make otherwise healthy people sick for up to three weeks with watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, or vomiting, and can lead to dehydration,” the CDC states on its website.

The parasite is highly resistant to pool chemicals aimed at cleaning the waters, including chlorine and bromine.

The CDC recommends anyone, adults or children, who has experienced diarrhea should wait two weeks before getting in pools, hot tubs or other public water containers and parks. 

Additionally, avoid swallowing water when swimming, rinse off in the shower before entering the water and take children on bathroom breaks often.

Unlike Crypto, parasites Legionella and Pseudomonas can both be effectively controlled by halogens (chlorine, bromine) if the water is properly dosed. Unfortunately, 20 percent of public pools and hot tubs aren’t properly dosed with disinfectant.

Legionella can lead to a pneumonia-like condition known as Legionnaire’s disease or a flu-like condition called Pontiac fever. Legionella is transmitted when aerosolized water droplets often produced by hot tubs and spa jets are inhaled.

The number of outbreaks caused by Legionella increased 14 percent per year, according to the CDC report, but only accounted for 3 percent of the 363 identified microorganism outbreaks.

Pseudomonas, transmitted when skin comes in contact with contaminated water, may lead to rashes near the ear canal and otitis externa (or swimmer’s ear). Pseudomonas accounted for about 4 percent of the 363 outbreaks.  

Arrest made in connection with Georgia State student's murder

An arrest has been made in connection with the murder of a Georgia State student earlier this month.

Channel 2 Action News originally reported 24-year-old Jason Williams was killed May 15 outside the Citgo gas station on Columbia Drive in Decatur.

On Tuesday, more than a week after the killing, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit arrested 22-year-old Roden Meadows.

Investigators said surveillance video showed Williams and Meadows together inside the gas station. An altercation occurred inside a vehicle and Williams was shot.

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Meadows is charged with murder in connection with Williams’ death.

Arrest made in connection with Georgia State student's murder

An arrest has been made in connection with the murder of a Georgia State student earlier this month.

Channel 2 Action News originally reported 24-year-old Jason Williams was killed May 15 outside the Citgo gas station on Columbia Drive in Decatur.

On Tuesday, more than a week after the killing, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit arrested 22-year-old Roden Meadows.

Investigators said surveillance video showed Williams and Meadows together inside the gas station. An altercation occurred inside a vehicle and Williams was shot.

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Meadows is charged with murder in connection with Williams’ death.

Guns, police badges missing from Lithonia Police Department, audit reveals

Someone stole some guns and police badges out of a local police department's evidence room and now city leaders have launched an investigation to find out how they disappeared.

Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes has been working on this story for months and according to city officials, only two people had access to that evidence room: a former police chief and a captain who recently resigned.

City leaders told Fernandes they have no idea where the guns or badges are.

The concerns that led to the findings, on Channel 2 Action News at 4:40 p.m.

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