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Popular restaurant at Perimeter Mall fails health inspection with 48

A busy restaurant at Perimeter Mall dropped almost 50 points on a health inspection this week. 

The Cowfish on Ashford Dunwoody Road in DeKalb County had a score of 96 last year. Now it has a score of just 48. 

The Cowfish advertises its restaurants throughout the Southeast as the first and only sushi burger bar.

Customer Marlon Maddox told Channel 2’s Carol Sbarge he’s surprised Cowfish failed May 16 with a 48.

Maddox says he ate there a few weeks ago and it was pretty good. He said it seemed clean.

Violations included a hair in the crab dip as it was cooling, mold like substance on lemons and a dead insect in the interior of the ice machine. 

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The inspector also noted cooked tempura rolls weren’t held hot enough. 

When we went to Cowfish Thursday to ask about the violations the general manager told us we would get a statement from the corporate office.

They sent Sbarge this statement on Friday: 

We strive for nothing but the highest standards in every aspect of our operation and nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our guests.

We take these matters extremely seriously and are addressing all concerns to prevent these issues from happening in the future.

Our health department rating prior to this one was a 96. We plan on another high score at our next inspection and are working closely with the health department to operate in full compliance.

The DeKalb County Health Inspector also noted during the inspection some problems with workers handling food improperly. The restaurant management was also told to get a current food service permit. It was still operating with a dated one from 2017.

Popular restaurant at Perimeter Mall fails health inspection with 48

A busy restaurant at Perimeter Mall dropped almost 50 points on a health inspection this week. 

The Cowfish on Ashford Dunwoody Road in DeKalb County had a score of 96 last year. Now it has a score of just 48. 

The Cowfish advertises its restaurants throughout the Southeast as the first and only sushi burger bar.

Customer Marlon Maddox told Channel 2’s Carol Sbarge he’s surprised Cowfish failed May 16 with a 48.

Maddox says he ate there a few weeks ago and it was pretty good. He said it seemed clean.

Violations included a hair in the crab dip as it was cooling, mold like substance on lemons and a dead insect in the interior of the ice machine. 

TRENDING STORIES:

Dimitrios Pagourtzis: Who is the suspect in the Santa Fe High School attack? 70 sickened, 4 hospitalized after salmonella outbreak in Newton County Jet with 104 passengers crashes just after takeoff in Cuba

The inspector also noted cooked tempura rolls weren’t held hot enough. 

When we went to Cowfish Thursday to ask about the violations the general manager told us we would get a statement from the corporate office.

They sent Sbarge this statement on Friday: 

We strive for nothing but the highest standards in every aspect of our operation and nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our guests.

We take these matters extremely seriously and are addressing all concerns to prevent these issues from happening in the future.

Our health department rating prior to this one was a 96. We plan on another high score at our next inspection and are working closely with the health department to operate in full compliance.

The DeKalb County Health Inspector also noted during the inspection some problems with workers handling food improperly. The restaurant management was also told to get a current food service permit. It was still operating with a dated one from 2017.

'You feel helpless' Metro Atlanta couple's niece, nephew survive school shooting

A local couple says two of their family members were inside the Santa Fe High School in Texas when a gunman killed 10 people.

The Clayton County couple says one of the teens had to run to safety.

Gayle and Jerry Beddingfield were on pins and needles as they watched the news of the tragedy unfold. They later heard their niece and nephew were safe. 

The family in Texas sent them a picture of the teens as visual proof they were OK.

"That was taken after they got home," Gayle Beddingfield said.

The picture shows the teens safely at home. Gayle Beddingfield says the teens look fine in the picture, but he can tell something is not right. 

"You can see the distress on my little niece’s face," she said.

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"They were actually behind the school," Jerry Beddengfield said. 

He says he and his wife were on pins and needles after learning the teens were on campus during the deadly shooting that also injured 10.

"We can't do anything because we're so far away. So you feel helpless," he said.

Gayle Beddingfield says she learned her niece had to run to safety. 

"She ran across the street, hiding behind a building," she said.

The Beddingfields asked us not to use the children's names. The uncle says when he found out they were okay, it was like the birth of a child.

"We had a little girl. She's got all her feet and toes. She's fine," he said.

But they know there are several other families who are not fine -- who are not OK.

"Our hearts are just breaking, and our prayers are going out, Gayle Beddengfield said.

Jerry Beddingfield says this country needs to do some serious soul-searching in order to end these senseless shootings. 

"We gotta start listening to one another. We got to start really caring about these children," he said.

Jerry Beddingfield says even though his family members survived, he knows they will still be haunted by this. And it won't help if some of their friends lost their lives.

'You feel helpless' Metro Atlanta couple's niece, nephew survive school shooting

A local couple says two of their family members were inside the Santa Fe High School in Texas when a gunman killed 10 people.

The Clayton County couple says one of the teens had to run to safety.

Gayle and Jerry Beddingfield were on pins and needles as they watched the news of the tragedy unfold. They later heard their niece and nephew were safe. 

The family in Texas sent them a picture of the teens as visual proof they were OK.

"That was taken after they got home," Gayle Beddingfield said.

The picture shows the teens safely at home. Gayle Beddingfield says the teens look fine in the picture, but he can tell something is not right. 

"You can see the distress on my little niece’s face," she said.

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"They were actually behind the school," Jerry Beddengfield said. 

He says he and his wife were on pins and needles after learning the teens were on campus during the deadly shooting that also injured 10.

"We can't do anything because we're so far away. So you feel helpless," he said.

Gayle Beddingfield says she learned her niece had to run to safety. 

"She ran across the street, hiding behind a building," she said.

The Beddingfields asked us not to use the children's names. The uncle says when he found out they were okay, it was like the birth of a child.

"We had a little girl. She's got all her feet and toes. She's fine," he said.

But they know there are several other families who are not fine -- who are not OK.

"Our hearts are just breaking, and our prayers are going out, Gayle Beddengfield said.

Jerry Beddingfield says this country needs to do some serious soul-searching in order to end these senseless shootings. 

"We gotta start listening to one another. We got to start really caring about these children," he said.

Jerry Beddingfield says even though his family members survived, he knows they will still be haunted by this. And it won't help if some of their friends lost their lives.

Scaffolding collapse leaves worker dangling high above midtown

A worker was rescued from dangling scaffolding Friday evening in Midtown Atlanta.

Witnesses told Channel 2 Action News they heard some sort of loud noise and then saw a heavy police presence in the area of 14th Street and West Peachtree Street.

Authorities said a portion of a window-washing platform collapsed and hit large power lines, causing an electrical explosion and vehicle fire.

Video from NewsChopper 2 showed some sort of scaffolding dangling sideways on the side of the Icon Midtown Apartments.

The worker was safely rescued.

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Those watching from below told Channel 2's Lauren Pozen  they couldn't believe what they were seeing. 

"I saw that scaffolding snap. the man working on that scaffolding was hanging and luckily he had his safety harness and I am looking at him swinging back and forth," witness Liz Brown said. 

The only thing keeping the man from falling to the ground was his safety harness. 

" One was able to put his feet on the railing below him, one got up on one balcony,” witness Ann Allison said. 

One man told us the explosions damaged his car.

"The embers of the fire kind of cracked my front end, my back windshield and there’s some burn marks on the back, some indentations,” he said, not identifying himself.

Shortly after 8 p.m., fire crews were able to pull the platform up from the side of the building. 

The incident impacted traffic along West Peachtree and 14th Streets for several hours.

Georgia State student reported missing was killed outside Atlanta gas station

A Georgia State University student who was reported missing this week was found dead outside a metro Atlanta gas station.

Jason Williams, 24, was scheduled to start a new job on Wednesday. He talked to his mother on Tuesday about how excited he was for the opportunity.

Then, on Wednesday, Williams was reported missing. His family couldn’t get in touch with him and he never showed up at the new job.

When police began investigating the case, they realized Williams had been killed Tuesday evening outside a DeKalb County Citgo gas station.

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“We responded to the Citgo station on Columbia Drive for a person shot,” said Sheira Campbell, DeKalb County Police Spokesperson. 

Williams parents identified his body Friday morning.

Williams was a student of business administration at Georgia State University’s Clarkston campus.

Police said he entered the gas station's store with another man, his final moments captured on surveillance video.

“During that time of exiting the gas station and going into the vehicle something happened where that 24-year-old was shot,” Campbell said.

Williams’ family, desperate to find him posted his picture and a picture of his car on social media.

He was scheduled to start a new job Wednesday morning, and he asked his mother to call and make sure he didn't oversleep.

She knew something was wrong when his phone kept going straight to voicemail.

Police say he was seen in surveillance video moments before he was shot and killed.

“When he walked into the store, there didn't seem to be any issue between the victim and the suspect. Something happened between the time that they went into the store and exited the car,” Campbell said.

Police said Williams was shot multiple times.

“He tried to flee, he exited the vehicle and he stumbled, and he died in the parking lot,” Campbell said.

Police said they want anyone with information to come forward.

“We’re working leads right now, and we hope to have some sort of closure to this case soon,” Campbell said.

Georgia State student reported missing was killed outside Atlanta gas station

A Georgia State University student who was reported missing this week was found dead outside a metro Atlanta gas station.

Jason Williams, 24, was scheduled to start a new job on Wednesday. He talked to his mother on Tuesday about how excited he was for the opportunity.

Then, on Wednesday, Williams was reported missing. His family couldn’t get in touch with him and he never showed up at the new job.

When police began investigating the case, they realized Williams had been killed Tuesday evening outside a DeKalb County Citgo gas station.

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“We responded to the Citgo station on Columbia Drive for a person shot,” said Sheira Campbell, DeKalb County Police Spokesperson. 

Williams parents identified his body Friday morning.

Williams was a student of business administration at Georgia State University’s Clarkston campus.

Police said he entered the gas station's store with another man, his final moments captured on surveillance video.

“During that time of exiting the gas station and going into the vehicle something happened where that 24-year-old was shot,” Campbell said.

Williams’ family, desperate to find him posted his picture and a picture of his car on social media.

He was scheduled to start a new job Wednesday morning, and he asked his mother to call and make sure he didn't oversleep.

She knew something was wrong when his phone kept going straight to voicemail.

Police say he was seen in surveillance video moments before he was shot and killed.

“When he walked into the store, there didn't seem to be any issue between the victim and the suspect. Something happened between the time that they went into the store and exited the car,” Campbell said.

Police said Williams was shot multiple times.

“He tried to flee, he exited the vehicle and he stumbled, and he died in the parking lot,” Campbell said.

Police said they want anyone with information to come forward.

“We’re working leads right now, and we hope to have some sort of closure to this case soon,” Campbell said.

70 sickened, 4 hospitalized after salmonella outbreak in Newton County

Health officials in Newton County are trying to pinpoint the source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 70 people and required four to be hospitalized for days.

"It's very unusual to see such a high number of cases in one community for salmonella. Patients presented with significantly high fever and diarrheal illness,” said Piedmont Newton Chief Medical Officer Dr. Norris Little.

Patients first began showing up at the hospital in late April and the numbers steadily increased over the coming weeks.

"That means that there is some commonality with the way they contracted the illness," Little said.

The outbreak comes at the heels of two multistate outbreaks of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce and eggs. 

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Little told Channel 2's Tom Regan the Newton County outbreak could be indirectly associated with the E. coli outbreaks, but that connection is unlikely.

"The possible sources would be, you know, everything from groceries to restaurants to farms. I mean the sources are just enormous,” Little said.

As part of their investigation, health officials will speak with patients and attempt to connect the dots.

"They will interview people to find out where they have been, what they have done to try to nail down the source,” Little said.

People who live in Newton County said the outbreak has them more concerned about where and what they eat.

"There's a lot of things we could be getting sick from, and salmonella should not be one of them,” Marzilla Harris said.

Little said it's unknown if the outbreak has peaked. He said one encouraging sign is that it has been over a week since a patient showing salmonella symptoms, showed up in the emergency room.

Jet with 104 passengers crashes just after takeoff in Cuba

A passenger jet crashed shortly after takeoff in Cuba Friday. So far, three survivors have been found among the wreckage.

Photos from the scene showed first responders standing among the smoking debris. The plane, a Boeing 737 rented by Cubana airlines, had just left José Martí International Airport outside Havana, Cuban state TV reported. Cubana confirmed the flight had crashed.

The plane was carrying 104 passengers and additional crew members, and heading to the city of Holguin, on the eastern part of Cuba, according to Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba’s Communist Party.

NEW: Cubana Airlines flight that crashed shortly after takeoff in Cuba had 104 passengers on board, according to Cuban media. https://t.co/WzjrJYznWw pic.twitter.com/EBRmwaedjb — ABC News (@ABC) May 18, 2018

The three survivors found thus far are in critical condition at the hospital, Granma reported. They have badly broken legs, hips, severe burns, among other injuries. A fourth survivor was found who died en route to the hospital, state TV reported.

Video obtained by ABC News shows a giant fireball rising moments after the plane hit the ground.

The weather at the time of takeoff was clear, with temperatures in the low to mid-80s.

ABC News contributed to this report.

Doctor who made music videos in operating room facing several malpractice suits

Dr. Windell Boutte’s website calls her “Atlanta’s most experienced cosmetic surgeon,” but a Channel 2 Action News consumer investigation discovered she also had plenty of experience dealing with malpractice cases. 

Boutte refused to answer consumer investigator Jim Strickland’s questions about seven lawsuits against her, and more than 20 YouTube videos featuring the dermatologist dancing and singing around exposed, unmoving patients. Some show Boutte making incisions while she sings and cavorts to the camera. 

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