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NFL player arrested after drunken argument outside Chamblee night club, police say

Seattle Seahawks rookie defensive tackle Malik McDowell is out on bond after being arrested a Chamblee night club early Sunday morning at a night club.

McDowell was at the S&L Lounge along Buford Highway, when police were called shortly before 2:30 a.m.

According to an incident report, McDowell was arguing with the club’s staff over $600 that McDowell said he had already paid them for parking, a special section of the club and a bottle of Patron and Dusse.

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After several times of being removed from the club and several attempts by the officers at the scene to calm McDowell down, he was arrested by Chamblee police.

One of McDowell’s friends then started yelling at the officer, police said. He was arrested as well. 

The men were later released on a $325 bond. 

NFL player arrested after drunken argument outside Chamblee night club, police say

Seattle Seahawks rookie defensive tackle Malik McDowell is out on bond after being arrested a Chamblee night club early Sunday morning at a night club.

McDowell was at the S&L Lounge along Buford Highway, when police were called shortly before 2:30 a.m.

According to an incident report, McDowell was arguing with the club’s staff over $600 that McDowell said he had already paid them for parking, a special section of the club and a bottle of Patron and Dusse.

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After several times of being removed from the club and several attempts by the officers at the scene to calm McDowell down, he was arrested by Chamblee police.

One of McDowell’s friends then started yelling at the officer, police said. He was arrested as well. 

The men were later released on a $325 bond. 

Meet four people doing great things in Atlanta on "Georgia GameChangers!"

Watch "Georgia GameChangers," Tuesday Dec. 12 at 8p.

 

“Georgia GameChangers” is a Family 2 Family Special focusing on inspiring local people improving Atlanta and North Georgia. These game changers are re-writing history, challenging the rules and going after big dreams.

 

Channel 2’s Jovita Moore talks with former Falcons running back, Warrick Dunn. For more than 20 years he has helped single parents across the country become homeowners. He talks about his charity project, “Home for the Holidays,” and what inspired him to give back to the community in such a big way.

 

Channel 2’s Justin Farmer introduces a local mechanic who is the driving force behind a ministry that fixes cars for free. Viewers will see how he’s changing lives one car at a time.

Viewers will also meet an inspiring man who’s helping animals. Channel 2’s Linda Stouffer gives an inside look to his very unique soup kitchen for four legged friends. He tells why he started the program and how he’s helping pets stay with the families that love them so much.

 

Then, Channel 2’s Fred Blankenship has the fascinating story of an Atlanta student’s invention that maybe the solution to a worldwide problem. She created and designed a portable toilet to improve sanitation conditions around the world.

 

“Channel 2, through our long running Family 2 Family project, is committed to bringing Georgians programs that support the community,” said Tim McVay, Vice President and General Manager of Channel 2 WSB-TV. “We invite our viewers to watch this primetime special ‘Georgia GameChangers’ and get inspired by people who live right here in our hometown. They show us all how we, too, can make a difference.”

 

WHAT: Georgia GameChangers

WHO: Channel 2 Anchor Justin Farmer and Jovita Moore

WHERE: Channel 2 WSB-TV

WHEN: Tuesday,December 12 at 8 p.m.  

LIST: Here's how much snow fell across Georgia counties

It is a question you cannot help but wonder: How much snow did we get this weekend? 

Severe Weather Team 2 has been tracking the snowfall throughout the weekend and continues as patchy black ice remains a threat into the overnight hours Sunday.

[Download the FREE Severe Weather Team 2 app for alerts in your area]

Meteorologist Katie Walls produced a compilation of verified reports from Channel 2 Action News viewers and the National Weather Service.

Thanks for sharing your totals! I've verified and compiled a list of totals from viewers and @NWSAtlanta here: https://t.co/YBbCXGGjNV. Remember, if you share your total, please measure it from a flat surface, like a patio or deck. pic.twitter.com/r5uGubgPu7 — Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) December 10, 2017

If you want to share or send your snowfall total, Walls says to remember it needs to be taken from solid surfaces, like a back deck or patio.

 

Amount (inches) Location County 12 Carters Lake Gordon 12 Dallas Paulding 12 Lost Mountain Cobb 12 Bremen Haralson 11.8 Sweat Mountain Cobb 11.5 Buchanan Haralson 11 Kennesaw Cobb 11 Talmadge Pickens 11 Cross Roads Cobb 11 Marietta Cobb 11 Mableton Cobb 11 Temple Carroll 10.5 Hiawassee Towns 10 Draketown Paulding 10 Villa Rica Carroll 10 Cartersville Bartow 10 Blairsville Union 10 Fort Mountain Murray 10 Smyrna Cobb 9.8 Rydal Bartow 9 Holly Springs Cherokee 9 Douglasville Douglas 9 Morganton Fannin 9 Coal Mountain Forsyth 8.5 South Paulding/Douglasville Paulding 8.5 Hurst Fannin 8 Acworth Cobb 8 Powder Springs Cobb 8 Chatsworth Murray 7.7 Virginia Highlands Fulton 7.3 Lindale Floyd 7 Woodstock Cherokee 7 Canton Cherokee 7 Rome Floyd 7 Dahlonega Lumpkin 6 Alpharetta Fulton 5.2 Clarkston DeKalb 5.1 Marblehill Pickens 4.5 Duluth Gwinnett 4.5 Oscarville Forsyth 4.5 Alto Banks 4.5 Cumming Forsyth 4.2 Cleveland White 4 Gainesville Hall 4 Sandtown Fulton 3.5 Madras Coweta 3.5 Newnan Coweta 3.3 Tucker DeKalb 3 Decatur DeKalb 2.5 Rest Haven Hall 2.3 ATL Clayton 2.2 Harbin Gwinnett 2 Kirkwood DeKalb 1.7 Lake City Clayton 1.5 Scottdale DeKalb 0.3 Danielsville Madison Trace Athens Clarke

Waffle House robbery leads to deadly standoff in Lithonia, police say

DeKalb County police said a robbery at a Waffle House led to a deadly standoff in Lithonia. 

DeKalb County police tell Channel 2 Action News it began with a robbery at the restaurant on Evans Mill Road early Sunday morning. 

Channel 2's Rikki Klaus was at the Texaco where it all ended as investigators cased the scene.

Texaco roped off with tape. DeKalb Police at deadly shooting investigation. GBI leading it since detectives say officers returned fire. 1 suspect dead. Other in custody. The crime that allegedly started it all: Ch. 2, 10:30 a.m. pic.twitter.com/BlSbaynTlF — Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlausWSB) December 10, 2017

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Police said they tracked the two robbery suspects down at a convenience store on Snapfinger Woods Drive and Shellbark Road. 

Police said there was an exchange of gunfire between one of the suspects and police. 

One of the suspects died, but police said it is unclear whether it was from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or one from police.

The other robbery suspect is in custody, according to police. 

Police said they do not know yet whether the suspect who died or the one in custody was the one who shot at police. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrived on the scene at 8:30 a.m. DeKalb police said they will take over the investigation.

Waffle House robbery leads to deadly standoff in Lithonia, police say

DeKalb County police said a robbery at a Waffle House led to a deadly standoff in Lithonia. 

DeKalb County police tell Channel 2 Action News it began with a robbery at the restaurant on Evans Mill Road early Sunday morning. 

Channel 2's Rikki Klaus was at the Texaco where it all ended as investigators cased the scene.

Texaco roped off with tape. DeKalb Police at deadly shooting investigation. GBI leading it since detectives say officers returned fire. 1 suspect dead. Other in custody. The crime that allegedly started it all: Ch. 2, 10:30 a.m. pic.twitter.com/BlSbaynTlF — Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlausWSB) December 10, 2017

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Police said they tracked the two robbery suspects down at a convenience store on Snapfinger Woods Drive and Shellbark Road. 

Police said there was an exchange of gunfire between one of the suspects and police. 

One of the suspects died, but police said it is unclear whether it was from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or one from police.

The other robbery suspect is in custody, according to police. 

Police said they do not know yet whether the suspect who died or the one in custody was the one who shot at police. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrived on the scene at 8:30 a.m. DeKalb police said they will take over the investigation.

Icy roads, downed trees causing head aches

Black ice was one of the biggest worries for road safety workers Saturday night. 

Many drivers told Channel 2’s Lauren Pozen they are just staying off the roads all together. 

Pozen was in Sandy Springs as brine trucks were put on standby if the freezing temperatures started causing local roads to ice over, causing major problems.

“I am actually really nervous. I am just driving down because I got a flat tire yesterday during the blizzard thing so I just want to make sure my tires are working properly,” driver Jose Ramoz told Pozen. 

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Wet ground from melting snow and temperature falling below freezing Saturday night created the perfect combination for black ice. The threat caused some drivers to use a different mode of transportation.

“I really don’t ride the bus, but tonight it is one of those nights that I had to get on the bus,” Marcus Todd told Pozen.  

Todd said there was no way he was getting behind the wheel after his experience during Friday’s snowfall.  

“The ice and my car, and I didn’t want to get in an accident out here,” Todd said. 

In Sandy Springs, the city treated most of its roads before the sun went down, but they have brine trucks ready to hit the roads if conditions worsen. 

Local authorities say the best thing for drivers to do is stay off the roads and not take any chances.

“No chances at all. Just go home and chill. Open some wine and chill,” Ramoz said. 

Throughout the day there were some trees and powerlines that fell in the area. Several roads throughout the area remained closed. 

That was the case in Marietta as well Saturday evening. 

Channel 2’s Wendy Halloran found drivers dodging black ice along South Marietta Parkway near Rose Driver. 

Halloran came across a truck that slid off the road. Luckily a tow truck was not far behind. 

After the wreck, drivers tried to get around the crash, chancing it through the slushy ice into oncoming traffic. 

The city of Marietta continued to treat roads throughout the night, but said it's a tall order with patches of ice still forming. 

Earlier in the day Saturday, Channel 2 Action News found trees that had crashed along Burnt Hickory Road in Cobb County. 

"The transformer went out and it lit up like a Christmas tree," neighbor Jesus Belec said.  

Nearly 150,000 people remained without power Saturday night across north Georgia.

Many were upset that power hadn’t been restored yet. 

"We've been without power for two days," Belec said. 

At least 10 inches of snow caused heavy damage in Cobb, Carroll, Cherokee, Douglas, Union and Paulding counties.

"We don't have no light, no electricity. We don't have no stove right now so we're making it. It's frustrating," Belec said. 

Greystone Power has crews working nonstop to restore power to 19,000 people in Paulding and Douglas counties. 

"It is long process because you have trees coming down poles, limbs leaning on the lines because of all the snow that we've had and how much weight that those carry," Adam Elrod with Greystone Power said. 

Police are asking drivers to be aware, and not try to drive through closed streets.

Icy roads, downed trees causing head aches

Black ice was one of the biggest worries for road safety workers Saturday night. 

Many drivers told Channel 2’s Lauren Pozen they are just staying off the roads all together. 

Pozen was in Sandy Springs as brine trucks were put on standby if the freezing temperatures started causing local roads to ice over, causing major problems.

“I am actually really nervous. I am just driving down because I got a flat tire yesterday during the blizzard thing so I just want to make sure my tires are working properly,” driver Jose Ramoz told Pozen. 

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Wet ground from melting snow and temperature falling below freezing Saturday night created the perfect combination for black ice. The threat caused some drivers to use a different mode of transportation.

“I really don’t ride the bus, but tonight it is one of those nights that I had to get on the bus,” Marcus Todd told Pozen.  

Todd said there was no way he was getting behind the wheel after his experience during Friday’s snowfall.  

“The ice and my car, and I didn’t want to get in an accident out here,” Todd said. 

In Sandy Springs, the city treated most of its roads before the sun went down, but they have brine trucks ready to hit the roads if conditions worsen. 

Local authorities say the best thing for drivers to do is stay off the roads and not take any chances.

“No chances at all. Just go home and chill. Open some wine and chill,” Ramoz said. 

Throughout the day there were some trees and powerlines that fell in the area. Several roads throughout the area remained closed. 

That was the case in Marietta as well Saturday evening. 

Channel 2’s Wendy Halloran found drivers dodging black ice along South Marietta Parkway near Rose Driver. 

Halloran came across a truck that slid off the road. Luckily a tow truck was not far behind. 

After the wreck, drivers tried to get around the crash, chancing it through the slushy ice into oncoming traffic. 

The city of Marietta continued to treat roads throughout the night, but said it's a tall order with patches of ice still forming. 

Earlier in the day Saturday, Channel 2 Action News found trees that had crashed along Burnt Hickory Road in Cobb County. 

"The transformer went out and it lit up like a Christmas tree," neighbor Jesus Belec said.  

Nearly 150,000 people remained without power Saturday night across north Georgia.

Many were upset that power hadn’t been restored yet. 

"We've been without power for two days," Belec said. 

At least 10 inches of snow caused heavy damage in Cobb, Carroll, Cherokee, Douglas, Union and Paulding counties.

"We don't have no light, no electricity. We don't have no stove right now so we're making it. It's frustrating," Belec said. 

Greystone Power has crews working nonstop to restore power to 19,000 people in Paulding and Douglas counties. 

"It is long process because you have trees coming down poles, limbs leaning on the lines because of all the snow that we've had and how much weight that those carry," Adam Elrod with Greystone Power said. 

Police are asking drivers to be aware, and not try to drive through closed streets.

Man accused of setting fire that brought down I-85 bridge may never see jail time

The man blamed for the Interstate 85 bridge collapse reached an agreement with prosecutors Friday that could keep him from ever standing trial if he can stay off drugs.

Flanked by a team of attorneys, Basil Eleby appeared before Superior Court Judge Constance Russell Friday afternoon.

Police charged Eleby after two witnesses claimed he smoked crack cocaine before lighting a chair on fire underneath the I-85 bridge that crosses over Piedmont Road in March. 

The fire spread through material that was being stored under the bridge, causing an inferno under the expressway. The bridge eventually collapsed from the flames. 

Eleby was arrested, but now, he will not be prosecuted for arson and criminal damage . Instead he’s going through an 18-month diversion program which requires him to complete drug testing and counseling for his addiction. 

“My only concern is that two years from now I don’t want anyone to tell me, ‘oh he’s no longer acute, he’s back,'” Russell told Eleby’s attorney Friday, making it clear she does not want to see Eleby in trouble again. “Good luck Mr. Eleby. Go forth and do well. Don’t let me read about you.”

Eleby admits he’s struggled with inner demons but is adamant he didn’t torch the bridge. 

Even in my drug-induced state of mind , even I could see there’s no way. The bridge is made (so) you can’t light a fire and burn down a bridge. I don’t care if you put gasoline on it those bridges, (they) are engineered not to burn so easily,” Eleby told Channel 2’s Wendy Halloran following the court hearing. 

Eleby’s attorney, Lawrence Zimmerman, said his client is an innocent man

"We presented evidence from day one from polygraph tests, to alibi witnesses, to the state of Georgia that Basil had nothing to do with this fire whatsoever," Zimmerman said. "The Atlanta Police Department made a mistake." 

Zimmerman said so did prosecutors.

“Charging him with arson was ridiculous,” Zimmerman told Halloran. 

Eleby insists he’s a changed man.

"I am not the person that I used to be a few months ago,” Eleby said.  

If he’s not successful, the District Attorney's Office could prosecute Eleby

“I’m going to do what I need to do to stay sober,” Eleby told Halloran.

Zimmerman said they fully expect Eleby to complete the program and the case will be dismissed.

Man accused of setting fire that brought down I-85 bridge may never see jail time

The man blamed for the Interstate 85 bridge collapse reached an agreement with prosecutors Friday that could keep him from ever standing trial if he can stay off drugs.

Flanked by a team of attorneys, Basil Eleby appeared before Superior Court Judge Constance Russell Friday afternoon.

Police charged Eleby after two witnesses claimed he smoked crack cocaine before lighting a chair on fire underneath the I-85 bridge that crosses over Piedmont Road in March. 

The fire spread through material that was being stored under the bridge, causing an inferno under the expressway. The bridge eventually collapsed from the flames. 

Eleby was arrested, but now, he will not be prosecuted for arson and criminal damage . Instead he’s going through an 18-month diversion program which requires him to complete drug testing and counseling for his addiction. 

“My only concern is that two years from now I don’t want anyone to tell me, ‘oh he’s no longer acute, he’s back,'” Russell told Eleby’s attorney Friday, making it clear she does not want to see Eleby in trouble again. “Good luck Mr. Eleby. Go forth and do well. Don’t let me read about you.”

Eleby admits he’s struggled with inner demons but is adamant he didn’t torch the bridge. 

Even in my drug-induced state of mind , even I could see there’s no way. The bridge is made (so) you can’t light a fire and burn down a bridge. I don’t care if you put gasoline on it those bridges, (they) are engineered not to burn so easily,” Eleby told Channel 2’s Wendy Halloran following the court hearing. 

Eleby’s attorney, Lawrence Zimmerman, said his client is an innocent man

"We presented evidence from day one from polygraph tests, to alibi witnesses, to the state of Georgia that Basil had nothing to do with this fire whatsoever," Zimmerman said. "The Atlanta Police Department made a mistake." 

Zimmerman said so did prosecutors.

“Charging him with arson was ridiculous,” Zimmerman told Halloran. 

Eleby insists he’s a changed man.

"I am not the person that I used to be a few months ago,” Eleby said.  

If he’s not successful, the District Attorney's Office could prosecute Eleby

“I’m going to do what I need to do to stay sober,” Eleby told Halloran.

Zimmerman said they fully expect Eleby to complete the program and the case will be dismissed.

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