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Gunfire inside car kills longtime business executive

After a bullet struck a woman inside a car on Piedmont Avenue early Monday morning, the people with her drove her about 17 minutes away to Emory Hospital in DeKalb County, police said.

Local business executive Diane McIver, the wife of well-known labor and employment attorney C.L. “Tex” McIver, died in surgery about 1:20 a.m. Monday.

“What we know is that Ms. McIver was riding in a car with people she knew near 1073 Piedmont Ave.,” Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said Tuesday. “A firearm was discharged inside the vehicle.”

Detectives are investigating the circumstances of the shooting and have not named the other people in the car.

Diane McIver was president of Corey Airport Services, a marketing company based in Atlanta known for its 300-foot billboard near the Downtown Connector and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Tex McIver, a partner at Atlanta-based Fisher Phillips, previously served on the State Board of Elections. He is the only family the 63-year-old marketing executive had in the area, one of her employees said.

US Enterprises, Inc. General Counsel Ken Rickert said Diane McIver worked with Corey Airport Services for 43 years. The job was likely the only one she held after graduating from Georgia State University.

Rickert said McIver lived with her husband in Buckhead, near Lenox Square.

Rickert said he met McIver 25 years ago, when she hired him.

“She was a dynamic individual,” Rickert said. “A great, successful executive who is going to be missed by everybody over here.”

Police have not said if charges are expected.

Atlanta police call Friday march ‘peaceful’

It may have been an “escalation.” But by all accounts, it was a peaceful one.

Atlanta police say they made only one arrest during Friday night’s march through downtown to protest the recent officer-involved fatal shootings of two black men in North Carolina and Oklahoma. An unidentified person was cited for the offense of being in a roadway as a pedestrian during the four-hour-plus event, in which about 450 people marched from the National Center for Civil and Human Rights to Atlanta Police Department headquarters.

In between, they made a stop at The King Center on Auburn Avenue, where Ebenezer Baptist Church Senior Pastor Rev. Raphael Warnock told the group, “Police brutality is just a deadly consequence of mass incarceration.”

“The protests were peaceful,” police spokesman Lukasz Sajdak said in an email Saturday.

Indeed, the department had already said as much on social media.

“Peaceful protests,” read a tweet sent out late Friday by Atlanta police. “We must continue to work to bridge the gap so our nation is a better place.”

The march was organized to call attention to the deaths of Terence Crutcher and Keith Scott – and to send a pointed message that people are fed up with such tragedies, according to organizers.

“Black people have witnessed people do violence to them and (the offender) be protected by law enforcement,” NAACP Chapter President Francys Johnson said at a news conference Friday before the protest.

“It is in fact an escalation,” he said. “We aren’t asking anymore. We’re demanding.”

Tulsa officer Betty Shelby was charged with manslaughter Thursday in the shooting death of Crutcher, who was unarmed. She turned herself in to authorities Friday.

Scott’s widow released cellphone footage of the Charlotte incident Friday. The video does not indicate if Scott had a gun at the time.

More protests reportedly will take place in Atlanta this weekend, including one Saturday that will use silence to speak volumes. An “Atl Silent Protest” will start at 2 p.m at the Lenox MARTA station, then move on to the Peachtree Center Station at 7 p.m.

In social media posts, organizers say they will wear black and substitute silence for shouts and chants in order to draw attention to the shootings of black men by police.

Photos: Activists in Atlanta protest police shootings: http://www.ajc.com/gallery/news/local/photos-activists-atlanta-protest-police-shootings/gCdFt/

Jacksonville attorney arrested for sexual contact with inmate

A Jacksonville attorney has been arrested for battery on a female inmate, who is his client.

The affidavit for arrest warrant obtained by WOKV claims 45-year-old Anthony Blackburn was alone with his client in an interview room at the Pre-Trial Detention facility with the lights off and door closed for 16 minutes. During that time, Blackburn allegedly showed his female client pornographic images while “he attempted to arouse himself”.

Blackburn is then accused of starting a sexual conversation with the inmate, grabbing her hand to put on his penis and placing his hand on her vagina, outside of their clothing. He stopped after seeing a Corrections Officer approach the room, according to the affidavit. The CO then opened the door and told Blackburn to turn on the lights.

The affidavit says the inmate did not want to allow Blackburn to touch her, but “felt obligated to do so because the defendant led her to believe he would help her get her jail sentence reduced”.

Blackburn is also accused in court records of giving the tablet with pornographic images to another female inmate he was representing. That inmate confirmed to investigators that she had had “inappropriate sexual conduct” with Blackburn while at the jail.

Court records show Blackburn has posted bond on the misdemeanor charge of simple battery. His arraignment has been set for October 17th.

WOKV has reached out to the Sheriff’s Office for comment on the alleged activity within the Jail facility. We will update as more information becomes available.

Man dies after being trapped between two 500-pound cotton bales

In what is being called a freak accident, a 27-year-old man died after he was trapped between two 500-pound cotton bales.

The accident happened Monday evening at the Piana Nonwovens warehouse along Old Mill Road in Cartersville, according to Channel 2 Action News. The man’s name has not been released.

“I just hate the loss for the family,” Walter Fincher told the news station. ”That makes it hard on anyone when they lose a loved one.”

Cartersville police, fire and EMS responded, but the man was dead when they arrived.

“It appears it is an accident so we are going to do the prelim(inary) investigation,” Lt. Michael Bettikofer said, “but I believe that as it appears now it’s going to be a workplace incident.”

Workers in the area told Channel 2 the placement of the stacked bales matters in situations like this, especially when it comes to safety.

“You always gotta be cautious,” Josue Gallegos told the news station. “Either my group or I have to worry about my other guys. Safety is the first thing.”

Where to find cheap gas in metro Atlanta

So you made it to work on a quarter tank of gas?

You probably shouldn’t risk it on the drive home.

After gas shortages following an Alabama pipeline leak, you’re sure to pass gas stations in metro Atlanta with plastic bags over pumps or higher than normal prices.

Even with Gov. Nathan Deal’s executive order preventing stations from price gouging, the mere cost of doing business has pushed average Georgia gas prices up more than 26 cents from where they were a week ago, according to AAA.

Wondering where on Earth to get that liquid gold without breaking the bank?

Before panic sets in, breathe. You still have some cheap options, and pipeline repairs are moving along.

WHERE TO TOP OFF

Your nearest Costco or Sam’s Club are often where gas prices will be cheapest.

In northwest Atlanta, regular gas at Costco was $1.99 at 2900 Cumberland Mall.

In College Park, gas was $2.26 at the BP at 5097 West Fayetteville Road.

In Midtown, many gas stations offered the same $2.69 regular gas price. This includes the Shell at 1184 Spring St.

In East Point, gas was $2.19 at BJ’s at 3585 North Commerce Drive and $2.39 at Exxon at 3241 Camp Creek Parkway.

In Alpharetta, gas was $2.39 at the RaceTrac at 1545 Mansell Road and the Kroger at 12460 Crabapple Road. RaceTrac offers a list of Georgia gas stations with fuel.

In Roswell, gas was $2.39 at the RaceTrac at 420 East Crossville Road, the QuikTrip at 20 East Crossville Road and the Chevron at 11000 Crabapple Road.

In Marietta, gas was $1.99 at the Sam’s Club at 150 South Cobb Parkway.

In Lawrenceville, gas was $2.39 at the Kroger at 950 Herrington Road and $2.25 at the QuickTrip at 3747 Lawrenceville Highway.

In Duluth, gas was $2.29 at the Costco at 3980 Venture Drive and $2.35 (cash only) at the Valero at 1932 Pleasant Hill Road.

(The list of GasBuddy gas prices includes only stations where reports were made in the last hour as of 1 p.m. Prices are unofficial.)

HOW PIPELINE REPAIRS ARE COMING

Colonial Pipeline, the company working to repair the leak, said Tuesday it has completed construction of a bypass to the leak in Line 1 and is testing the new segment. If testing is successful, that could lead to the restart of the line by Wednesday.

“When Line 1 restarts, it will take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal,” the company said in a statement. “As such, some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions. Colonial continues to move as much gasoline, diesel and jet fuel as possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.”

HOW TO FIND GAS WITHOUT DRIVING AROUND

GasBuddy tracks information such as gas prices. Google and MapQuest offer similar services.

All three apps are available for download in the Apple app store and on Google Play.

If those don’t work, try the old fashioned way: calling nearby gas stations directly.

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— Staff writer J. Scott Trubey contributed to this report.

Georgia gas shortage: Where can you fill up in metro Atlanta?

If battling traffic was not enough of a headache, drivers across metro Atlanta began the work week Monday with a new problem: gas shortages following an Alabama pipeline leak.

From a Smyrna QuikTrip to a Hiawassee Ingles Gas Express, people found blank gas price signs and plastic bags around pumps.

How can I find gas in metro Atlanta without driving from station to station?

GasBuddy tracks information such as gas prices. Google and MapQuest offer similar services.

All three apps are available for download in the Apple app store and on Google Play.

If those don’t work, try the old fashioned way: calling nearby gas stations directly.

Have gas prices been affected?

Yes, the average price per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline in Georgia is $2.32, up from about $2.26 Sunday, according to AAA.

The average price in Georgia was about $2.10 about a week ago, AAA said.

Gas prices could continue to jump.

Should I be concerned?

No need to panic, an expert told Channel 2 Action News.

“The analysts that we’ve spoken to really say there’s enough gas supply available,” AAA spokesman Garrett Townsend said. “However, it’s tightened up a little bit, so it’s gonna take a little longer for those trucks getting to the stations, filling back up and that gasoline being available for motorists.

“This is really what we hope is just a blip in a radar and those prices will continue to retreat through the fall, which is normally what they do.”

Is there anywhere I can still find cheap gas?

Your nearest Costco or Sam’s Club are often where gas prices will be cheapest.

Other options for regular unleaded gas:

In southwest Atlanta, gas was $2.24 at the Citgo at 655 Cleveland Ave.

In northeast Atlanta, gas was $2.39 at the QuickTrip at 2375 North Druid Hills Road.

In College Park, the cash-only price of regular gas was $2.19 a gallon at the Valero at 3293 Main St.

In Alpharetta, gas was $2.39 a gallon at the Kroger gas station at 12460 Crapapple Road.

In East Point, gas was $2.29 at the Shell at 890 Cleveland Ave.

In Duluth, the cash-only gas price was $2.36 at Murphy USA at 2625 Pleasant Hill Road.

(Prices as of 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to GasBuddy.)

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Pilot killed in Georgia plane crash

The pilot of a crop duster was killed Friday when the plane crashed in a south Georgia field, according to media reports.

Jason Watson, 31, of Nashville, Ga., was the victim, Berrien County Sheriff Ray Paulk told the Valdosta Daily Times.

James Davis of Alapaha, Ga., was working nearby about 9:15 a.m. when he heard the plane’s engine quit.

“I felt a ‘thump’ and heard the crash,” he told the paper.

People quickly headed to help the pilot just after the crash, according to walb.com.

“I got there and I was expecting to see somebody standing outside the plane watching the plane burn, but it wasn’t like that when I crossed the fence,” Davis said.

The sheriff’s office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating. Berrien County is about 205 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

Read more of the story here.

Truck driver in critical condition after tire explodes in his face

A tractor-trailer driver is in critical condition after a tire exploded in his face when his truck caught fire, DeKalb fire officials said.

Fire officials got a call just before 9 p.m. about a tractor-trailer caught fire along I-285 near Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, DeKalb fire spokesman Capt. Eric Jackson told Channel 2 Action News. The truck was carrying oxygen tanks.

“The driver got out to check on the brake and when he did, the tire on the truck exploded in his face due to the fire and heat caused by the brake fire,” he said.

Neighbors told Channel 2 Action News they heard several explosions before the fire occurred.

“I saw the smoke, It was just..you could see it,” Neighbor Alex Perry told the news station. “You could feel it…The whole thing was on fire. The whole thing. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The driver, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition, Jackson said.

Earlier, the fire closed east and westbound lanes along I-285.

Photo: Jimmy Carter's 2016 Town Hall at Emory

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