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80-year-old pilot killed in NE Georgia crash

An 80-year-old pilot was killed when his plane went down Monday evening in northeast Georgia, according to an official.

Woodrow Howard Minish of Commerce was the only person on the plane when it “landed in a patch of trees” about 7:20 p.m. near Settlement Road in Commerce, Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum said. 

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The FAA, the state Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency and local officials are investigating.

According to the FAA website, Minish received his commercial pilot’s license in March 2010.

No other details were released.

 Steve Burns with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote this article

Schools take fresh look at safety after Texas school shooting

School leaders unveiled a plan to protect thousands of students from the threat of an active shooter situation.

The superintendent told Channel 2 Action News in light of the recent school shootings, students at Rivers and at schools across the district will begin active shooter practice this fall.

Channel 2 Action News sat down one on one with superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen at an Atlanta Public School roundtable. 

Carstarphen says next school year Atlanta Public Schools students will practice what to do in a school shooting if left alone

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Dr. Carstarphen said the drill will also apply to school officers. She wants them as prepared as possible.

She has no plans to arm teachers with guns.

"That is not a direction we are moving in. We are fortunate we have our own safety and security department," Carstarphen said.

The district is working with a special team to create the active shooter drills.

Schools take fresh look at safety after Texas school shooting

School leaders unveiled a plan to protect thousands of students from the threat of an active shooter situation.

The superintendent told Channel 2 Action News in light of the recent school shootings, students at Rivers and at schools across the district will begin active shooter practice this fall.

Channel 2 Action News sat down one on one with superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen at an Atlanta Public School roundtable. 

Carstarphen says next school year Atlanta Public Schools students will practice what to do in a school shooting if left alone

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Dr. Carstarphen said the drill will also apply to school officers. She wants them as prepared as possible.

She has no plans to arm teachers with guns.

"That is not a direction we are moving in. We are fortunate we have our own safety and security department," Carstarphen said.

The district is working with a special team to create the active shooter drills.

Timing traffic lights could ease traffic in local county

Timing the traffic should help ease congestion for the commute through north Fulton County.

Georgia’s Department of Transportation and the city of Alpharetta are syncing up traffic signals. 

Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach was on Windward Parkway, which is one of the big bottlenecks, especially in the mornings and afternoons.

One problem is one side of the street is Alpharetta and the other side is Milton.

The traffic lights do not always sync up from one city, or county, to the next.

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Eddie Hyde lives in Cherokee county, but commutes each morning into Alpharetta.

“Traffic gets backed up big time, especially late in the afternoons," Hyde said.

Other drivers told us they blame the lights for causing traffic jams.

“The arrows are super short.  A lot of times that's where people need to go.  The turning arrows only last a certain amount of time, so it causes people to get jammed," a driver said.

GDOT and the city of Alpharetta are now working on a project to sync the stoplights.

"The intent is to create timing cycles along these corridors that cross jurisdictions.  Traffic doesn't stop because the city limits do," assistant city administrator James Drinkard said.

Drinkard says the project will take several weeks, collecting data from sensors and traffic cameras at all hours.

"What we're doing is based on algorithms. It looks at traffic patterns at various points during the day and the evening and sets signals based on those patterns,” Drinkard said.

Timing traffic lights could ease traffic in local county

Timing the traffic should help ease congestion for the commute through north Fulton County.

Georgia’s Department of Transportation and the city of Alpharetta are syncing up traffic signals. 

Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach was on Windward Parkway, which is one of the big bottlenecks, especially in the mornings and afternoons.

One problem is one side of the street is Alpharetta and the other side is Milton.

The traffic lights do not always sync up from one city, or county, to the next.

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Eddie Hyde lives in Cherokee county, but commutes each morning into Alpharetta.

“Traffic gets backed up big time, especially late in the afternoons," Hyde said.

Other drivers told us they blame the lights for causing traffic jams.

“The arrows are super short.  A lot of times that's where people need to go.  The turning arrows only last a certain amount of time, so it causes people to get jammed," a driver said.

GDOT and the city of Alpharetta are now working on a project to sync the stoplights.

"The intent is to create timing cycles along these corridors that cross jurisdictions.  Traffic doesn't stop because the city limits do," assistant city administrator James Drinkard said.

Drinkard says the project will take several weeks, collecting data from sensors and traffic cameras at all hours.

"What we're doing is based on algorithms. It looks at traffic patterns at various points during the day and the evening and sets signals based on those patterns,” Drinkard said.

Hit-and-run accident caught on dashcam video, victim says

Dashcam video shows the terrifying moments for a local man who says a tractor-trailer sent him spinning across I-75 in Cobb County.

The victim tells Channel 2's Carl Willis after that, he was hit by a second semitruck and then an SUV.

He's alive to tell the story and says the driver who caused the accident never stopped.

"I can remember one spin around and after that I must have blacked out," said Howard Dobbs.

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Dobbs said he only came to when a police officer spoke to him through his mangled driver's side door.

Moments earlier he had been in the exit lane on I-75 to get to 285 East when he collided with the tractor-trailer.

"He came over on me and put me in a spin. It was just like when police do a PIT maneuver," Dobbs said.

Dobbs was the one cited for the accident on March 28 but then he said police got a hold of the dashcam video from another truck driver, who also hit the victim then the SUV T-boned him. 

But the driver who Dobbs claims caused the crash never stopped. 

"I feel that this guy shouldn't be on the road that just run over me and kept on going. It looked like actually he sped up a little bit," Dobbs said.

Dobbs considers himself lucky.

"There's not many people out there who get hit by two tractor-trailers and an suv and live to tell about it." 

But as he lies nursing fractured ribs and a collapsed lung, he told Willis he wants to also be able tell another story, the one about an alleged hit-and-run driver being brought to justice.

"If I'd have died, it would have still been the same, he would have still been gone," he said. 

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