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Missing hiker found after calling for help before phone died

Authorities said a missing hiker has been found alive after an overnight search in a local park.

Canton police said officers were trying to find Brendan Dowling, 41, of Kennesaw early Monday morning.

We’re learning about the circumstances and where he was found, for updates on Channel 2 Action News at Noon.

Police said Dowling was walking trails behind Boling Park in Canton. 

He had called 911 at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and reported that he was lost on Rampley Trail and his cell phone battery was dying.

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Officers found his vehicle in Boiling Park and started searching for him.

He was found 10 hours later, just before just before Channel 2 Action News This Morning at 4:30 a.m. Monday.

He is currently trying to retrace his steps with authorities. 

Channel 2's Audrey Washington talked to police about their concern as he was in the cold all night.

They are still not sure how he got lost.

"He's an avid runner according to his family, so he's used to running in the woods and trails like this, but obviously he got turned around tonight," Officer Pacer Cordry said.

New Video: Brendan Dowling, covered in a blanket, about to leave with his family. The Kennesaw man got lost in a park, for nearly 11 hours. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/tbkGUQNdGX — Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) January 22, 2018

 

Missing hiker found after calling for help before phone died

Authorities said a missing hiker has been found alive after an overnight search in a local park.

Canton police said officers were trying to find Brendan Dowling, 41, of Kennesaw early Monday morning.

We’re learning about the circumstances and where he was found, for updates on Channel 2 Action News at Noon.

Police said Dowling was walking trails behind Boling Park in Canton. 

He had called 911 at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and reported that he was lost on Rampley Trail and his cell phone battery was dying.

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Officers found his vehicle in Boiling Park and started searching for him.

He was found 10 hours later, just before just before Channel 2 Action News This Morning at 4:30 a.m. Monday.

He is currently trying to retrace his steps with authorities. 

Channel 2's Audrey Washington talked to police about their concern as he was in the cold all night.

They are still not sure how he got lost.

"He's an avid runner according to his family, so he's used to running in the woods and trails like this, but obviously he got turned around tonight," Officer Pacer Cordry said.

New Video: Brendan Dowling, covered in a blanket, about to leave with his family. The Kennesaw man got lost in a park, for nearly 11 hours. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/tbkGUQNdGX — Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) January 22, 2018

 

As shutdown continues, metro Atlanta residents worry what happens next

Metro Atlanta residents are sounding off about the effects of the government shutdown already being seen locally.

A government shutdown will enter a third day on Monday after a bipartisan group of about 20 senators struggled to broker a government funding compromise on Sunday.

Signs posted at the locked entrance gate in front of Kennesaw Mountain warn visitors no one will be around to maintain it. Visitors told Channel 2's Matt Johnson they've seen them before, but it doesn't make it less frustrating.

"The government is shut down so you can't get into this park," Barbara Valle said.

The visitor's center is closed and guests had to park a half a mile away.

"We just can't enjoy all the facilities of our own land, of our own country, because the government decided they want to be in a stalemate and not figure things out," Wendi Cotter said.

The park will stay closed until lawmakers in Washington, D.C. can reach an agreement to reopen the government.

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"The problem is always the same, they kick the can down the road and no one wants to take ownership," another guest said.

Meanwhile at CDC headquarters, contingency plans show the CDC is supposed to furlough 63 percent of its employees during shutdowns. That's more than 8,000 employees.

This comes as the agency is tracking the flu during a particularly deadly flu season.

"I feel like they're playing chicken with the lives and the livelihoods and the health of tens of millions of Americans," said Nathan Rabin.

At Kennesaw Mountain, not everyone is frustrated.

"They'll figure it out, man. If they don't, the world will keep turning and we'll think of something else," Josh Lindsey told Johnson.

There's hope this shutdown will be shorter than the one in 2013.

"I just hope tomorrow brings something good," another visitor said.

Government data shows the state of Georgia is home to more than 70,000 federal employees, but there's no indication exactly how many will be furloughed this year or how many were furloughed in 2013.

As shutdown continues, metro Atlanta residents worry what happens next

Metro Atlanta residents are sounding off about the effects of the government shutdown already being seen locally.

A government shutdown will enter a third day on Monday after a bipartisan group of about 20 senators struggled to broker a government funding compromise on Sunday.

Signs posted at the locked entrance gate in front of Kennesaw Mountain warn visitors no one will be around to maintain it. Visitors told Channel 2's Matt Johnson they've seen them before, but it doesn't make it less frustrating.

"The government is shut down so you can't get into this park," Barbara Valle said.

The visitor's center is closed and guests had to park a half a mile away.

"We just can't enjoy all the facilities of our own land, of our own country, because the government decided they want to be in a stalemate and not figure things out," Wendi Cotter said.

The park will stay closed until lawmakers in Washington, D.C. can reach an agreement to reopen the government.

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"The problem is always the same, they kick the can down the road and no one wants to take ownership," another guest said.

Meanwhile at CDC headquarters, contingency plans show the CDC is supposed to furlough 63 percent of its employees during shutdowns. That's more than 8,000 employees.

This comes as the agency is tracking the flu during a particularly deadly flu season.

"I feel like they're playing chicken with the lives and the livelihoods and the health of tens of millions of Americans," said Nathan Rabin.

At Kennesaw Mountain, not everyone is frustrated.

"They'll figure it out, man. If they don't, the world will keep turning and we'll think of something else," Josh Lindsey told Johnson.

There's hope this shutdown will be shorter than the one in 2013.

"I just hope tomorrow brings something good," another visitor said.

Government data shows the state of Georgia is home to more than 70,000 federal employees, but there's no indication exactly how many will be furloughed this year or how many were furloughed in 2013.

Man makes desperate plea for suspect to bring back dog taken in carjacking

A man is distraught after Atlanta police said a thief stole his car with his 5-week old puppy inside.

Tyler McMullen told Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez he's in disbelief.

“The dog has not left my side since I got him last week,” he said.

McMullen said it happened at the Chevron along Ponce De Leon on Saturday night.   

“I stopped here and ran inside. I left the car running because the puppy was in the back seat and I wanted to keep it warm," he said. 

Police said all it took was a few minutes before the victim’s blue Mercedes carrying Buddy was gone.

McMullen said even through he parked right underneath a surveillance camera that didn’t stop the thief.  

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"He was dropped off at my office four days ago. I could tell he was physically sick and took him to the vet," McMullen said.

At first, he said he was only going to foster the abandoned lab mix, but as the days went on, a started to form between them. Now, that bond has been broken.

“The car is replaceable but he needs special attention and special care, and I’m not sure he’s getting that," McMullen said.

This incident comes after we covered a similar story at the gas station right across the street two months ago. In that instance, a mother watched in horror after thieves stole her SUV with her toddler in the back seat. Shortly after, police found her son unharmed. 

While McMullen says, he would never compare Buddy to having a child stolen, he added for him, it doesn’t hurt any less.

"I invested a lot into nursing him back to health and now, he’s just gone," he said.

If you know anything about this story, please call Crimestoppers at 404-577-8477.

Woman dead after she was shot at home with children nearby, police say

Channel 2 Action News has learned that a woman shot in a home with children nearby on Sunday morning has died.

Investigators said Lisa LaShawn Samuel Bell was shot by her husband at the home on Habersham Way, just south of Conyers. Three children, ages 7, 10 and 17, were at home during the incident.

Police told Channel 2's Lauren Pozen, they responded to a domestic call just after 11 a.m. Sunday.

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“It was a little bit alarming because this is a really great neighborhood,” said neighbor Greg Parks.

Parks was heading home when he said three gunshots went off. When he pulled into his driveway, he said he saw a person in his backyard with a gun along with a string of law enforcement.

Parks' fiance shot video from her bedroom as the suspected shooter was confronted by deputies. He said deputies told the man to put his gun down.

“They brought in other tactical officers and shot him with bean bags and took him down," he explained.

The suspected shooter, Letron Jemone Bell, was taken into custody and is in the Rockdale County Jail facing charges of aggravated assault against law enforcement, felony murder, cruelty to children and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.  

A woman and man at their house (White House in distance) on Habersham. She was shot. She called a friend who called @RockdaleSheriff. Man was taken into custody. Woman went to hospital. Condition unknown. 3 kids home at time - all ok. #wsbtv @GBI_GA assisting pic.twitter.com/LktaZD4bQz — Lauren Pozen WSB (@LaurenPozenWSB) January 21, 2018

Woman dead after she was shot at home with children nearby, police say

Channel 2 Action News has learned that a woman shot in a home with children nearby on Sunday morning has died.

Investigators said Lisa LaShawn Samuel Bell was shot by her husband at the home on Habersham Way, just south of Conyers. Three children, ages 7, 10 and 17, were at home during the incident.

Police told Channel 2's Lauren Pozen, they responded to a domestic call just after 11 a.m. Sunday.

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“It was a little bit alarming because this is a really great neighborhood,” said neighbor Greg Parks.

Parks was heading home when he said three gunshots went off. When he pulled into his driveway, he said he saw a person in his backyard with a gun along with a string of law enforcement.

Parks' fiance shot video from her bedroom as the suspected shooter was confronted by deputies. He said deputies told the man to put his gun down.

“They brought in other tactical officers and shot him with bean bags and took him down," he explained.

The suspected shooter, Letron Jemone Bell, was taken into custody and is in the Rockdale County Jail facing charges of aggravated assault against law enforcement, felony murder, cruelty to children and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.  

A woman and man at their house (White House in distance) on Habersham. She was shot. She called a friend who called @RockdaleSheriff. Man was taken into custody. Woman went to hospital. Condition unknown. 3 kids home at time - all ok. #wsbtv @GBI_GA assisting pic.twitter.com/LktaZD4bQz — Lauren Pozen WSB (@LaurenPozenWSB) January 21, 2018

Here's how the government shutdown could affect the CDC

The government shutdown could potentially have a major impact, on the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This, during one of the deadliest flu seasons in recent years. 

More than half of the agency's work force could be furloughed. 

Contingency plans show the CDC is supposed to furlough 63 percent of its employees during shutdowns.

In other words, that’s more than 8,000 employees. The agency has a huge footprint here in Atlanta, with thousands of workers. 

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As the shutdown puts a pause on progress in the workplace here a big concern all across the country right now is the flu. 

Channel 2’s Rikki Klaus asked some people near the CDC their thoughts on the timing.

“It’s obviously been kind of an epidemic this season, so it’s just It makes you wonder what the priorities of the government are,” Danya Maloon, a kindergarten teacher, said.

“People’s lives are at stake. People’s health is at stake, so it’s very unfortunate,” Nathan Rabin said.

The Department of Health and Human Services says 37 percent of CDC employees go to work during the shutdown. No word on whether that will impact efforts to curb the flu and protect people. 

Here's how the government shutdown could affect the CDC

The government shutdown could potentially have a major impact, on the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This, during one of the deadliest flu seasons in recent years. 

More than half of the agency's work force could be furloughed. 

Contingency plans show the CDC is supposed to furlough 63 percent of its employees during shutdowns.

In other words, that’s more than 8,000 employees. The agency has a huge footprint here in Atlanta, with thousands of workers. 

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As the shutdown puts a pause on progress in the workplace here a big concern all across the country right now is the flu. 

Channel 2’s Rikki Klaus asked some people near the CDC their thoughts on the timing.

“It’s obviously been kind of an epidemic this season, so it’s just It makes you wonder what the priorities of the government are,” Danya Maloon, a kindergarten teacher, said.

“People’s lives are at stake. People’s health is at stake, so it’s very unfortunate,” Nathan Rabin said.

The Department of Health and Human Services says 37 percent of CDC employees go to work during the shutdown. No word on whether that will impact efforts to curb the flu and protect people. 

Georgia feels impact of government shutdown

The government shutdown has many federal employees facing furloughs and services to taxpayers are in limbo.

Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on funding measures to continue government services, which led to the shutdown.

“Democrats are going to have to put policy over politics. We’ve got to get over this era of party politics,” Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) said.

“It’s next to impossible to strike a deal with the president because he can’t stick to the terms. I have found this out, Leader McConnell has found this out, Speaker Ryan has found this out, so here we are, on the first anniversary of the president’s inauguration mired in the Trump shutdown,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Senators went home without a deal Saturday night. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a vote for 1 a.m. Monday.

Channel 2’s Wendy Halloran went to Ebenezer Baptist Church in northeast Atlanta where there were signs on the door and visitors locked out of the historic site because of the shutdown.

“I believe (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)was one of the greatest humans to ever walk the face of the earth and we’re sitting here, standing in front of Ebenezer, reading signs that that they cannot even run basic facilities,” William Gauldin said.

Ebenezer Baptist Church, King’s childhood home and the visitor center were all closed Saturday.

Visitors could still walk around Freedom Park and visit Freedom Hall, which is privately owned.

“Our government cannot make a peaceful decision and we’re at a civil rights monument and cannot even enter the building. It’s very upsetting,” Gauldin said.

Debby Summerall said she wanted to take in all the history, but couldn’t.

“We can’t enjoy everything he did because our government doesn’t want to fund. What they found insignificant, we found very significant,” she said.

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Channel 2's Lauren Pozen went to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, where a sign posted told visitors that they could not fully staff the park due to the shutdown. The gates were locked and the visitor center was closed. Park officials said people could still use the park, but with caution because rangers were not present.

Local leaders weighed in on the shutdown.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms released a statement saying:

“I urge the Republican Party to come to the negotiation table and work with Democrats to reach a bipartisan solution that supports our veterans, makes real investments in the fight against opioids, funds our children’s health insurance program (CHIP) and community health centers, saves pensions, and keeps our promise to protect the Dreamers.”

Georgia Senator David Perdue weighed in on Facebook saying:

"Clearly, Congress’ funding mechanism does not work and will never work. We are doomed to this cycle of fiscal irresponsibility until Congress reworks this budget process to successfully meet its Constitutional responsibility of funding the federal government."

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