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Restaurant manager accused of assaulting employee over wrong order

A Gwinnett County restaurant manager is denying claims he slapped an employee despite what a video that is going viral appears to show. 

A customer posted the shocking video, and the now ex-employee swore out a warrant against her former boss.

"Me being a woman just trying to provide for my two, and I was assaulted," the former employee said.

Surveillance video from inside the restaurant shows there's more to what has been posted to social media.

Hear the manager's side of the story, only on Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m.

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Police officer stable after accidentally shooting himself, investigators say

Atlanta police say one of their own accidentally shot himself. 

APD said a motors officer accidentally shot himself on his right side along Southside Industrial Parkway in southeast Atlanta. 

The officer has been taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where investigators said he is in stable condition. 

Police said the officer was complaining of some side pain, but was alert, conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital.

Check back with WBSTV.com and tune into the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m. for the latest on this developing story. 

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Police officer stable after accidentally shooting himself, investigators say

Atlanta police say one of their own accidentally shot himself. 

APD said a motors officer accidentally shot himself on his right side along Southside Industrial Parkway in southeast Atlanta. 

The officer has been taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where investigators said he is in stable condition. 

Police said the officer was complaining of some side pain, but was alert, conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital.

Check back with WBSTV.com and tune into the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m. for the latest on this developing story. 

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Dept. of Juvenile Justice cadet resigns, accused of inappropriate relationship with minor

A cadet with the Department of Juvenile Justice resigns amid allegations she had a sexually inappropriate relationship with a boy under the age of 16. 

Channel 2 Action News' Nefertiti Jaquez is talking to police about what allegedly happened and we’re digging up information about her, on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11.   

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Mother says daughter could have been killed during school bus attack

A DeKalb County mother says her chronically ill 13-year-old daughter was attacked on a school bus. 

The girl suffers from renal failure and has a central venous line that runs directly to her heart for dialysis. 

The mother said video shows how her teen had to fight for her life as another girl started tugging at her shirt during the fight. 

“And exactly where that catheter is placed. For me, as a mother, the looks of it is like, ‘You’re trying to kill my kid,’ aiming directly for that catheter,” the mother told Channel 2’s Carl Willis

A social worker told Willis that the girl could have bled out within 2 minutes if that line was pulled out. 

The mother’s plea and the response from the school district, on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m.

Mother says daughter could have been killed during school bus attack

A DeKalb County mother says her chronically ill 13-year-old daughter was attacked on a school bus. 

The girl suffers from renal failure and has a central venous line that runs directly to her heart for dialysis. 

The mother said video shows how her teen had to fight for her life as another girl started tugging at her shirt during the fight. 

“And exactly where that catheter is placed. For me, as a mother, the looks of it is like, ‘You’re trying to kill my kid,’ aiming directly for that catheter,” the mother told Channel 2’s Carl Willis

A social worker told Willis that the girl could have bled out within 2 minutes if that line was pulled out. 

The mother’s plea and the response from the school district, on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m.

P-cards have a long history of scandal, abuse across metro

Government purchasing cards have probably produced more scandals in state and local government than anything else over the past decade.

Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher has covered many of those cases and he said it's not yet clear if federal authorities will get serious about the city of Atlanta’s apparent abuses.

Federal authorities have already issued a grand jury subpoena for former Mayor Kasim Reed's p-card records as well as those of three other former city employees.

Belcher asked a former federal prosecutor when misspending crosses the line into criminal behavior.

Former prosecutor Jeff Brickman was the attorney for DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer when her p-card spending attracted the attention of federal authorities . Among her abuses, was paying for a family vacation with her county card.

Boyer ultimately pleaded guilty to theft involving money she paid to a purported consultant, but Brickman said there's no question prosecutors are willing to pursue p-card abuses alone.

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“That's happened before. And if they believe that there have been purchases that are fraudulent and they believe are of sufficient quantity or quality, then they will certainly investigate it further,” Brickman said.  

Georgia Tech said Donna Gamble's p-card schemes cost the university more than $650,000 . But many of her 4,000 illegal purchases were very small.

“They bought steaks. They bought season tickets to Auburn University football games. They bought all kinds of paraphernalia for tailgating at Auburn football games,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell Phillips.

Both Donna Gamble and Michelle Harris continued their thefts for years.

“Personal car insurance, cellular phone bills, personal tuition at Georgia State University” were some of the things Assistant Attorney General Laura Pfister said were charged on their p-cards Both went to prison.

“If there's a pattern, it takes away the argument of, ‘Oh, my gosh, that was unintentional. It's a one-time thing. I want a mulligan,” Brickman said. 

Reed and his executive protection officers reimbursed the city for some but not all of the questionable purchases documented by Channel 2 Action News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Belcher asked if that matters.

“If you reimbursed it, you don't necessarily get a pass,” Brickman said. 

About 10 years ago, state authorities tried to reduce temptation by cutting the number of American Express travel cards in circulation by nearly 90 percent.

The Channel 2 Action News / AJC investigation found there were fewer than 20 cards in circulation at City Hall.

P-cards have a long history of scandal, abuse across metro

Government purchasing cards have probably produced more scandals in state and local government than anything else over the past decade.

Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher has covered many of those cases and he said it's not yet clear if federal authorities will get serious about the city of Atlanta’s apparent abuses.

Federal authorities have already issued a grand jury subpoena for former Mayor Kasim Reed's p-card records as well as those of three other former city employees.

Belcher asked a former federal prosecutor when misspending crosses the line into criminal behavior.

Former prosecutor Jeff Brickman was the attorney for DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer when her p-card spending attracted the attention of federal authorities . Among her abuses, was paying for a family vacation with her county card.

Boyer ultimately pleaded guilty to theft involving money she paid to a purported consultant, but Brickman said there's no question prosecutors are willing to pursue p-card abuses alone.

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“That's happened before. And if they believe that there have been purchases that are fraudulent and they believe are of sufficient quantity or quality, then they will certainly investigate it further,” Brickman said.  

Georgia Tech said Donna Gamble's p-card schemes cost the university more than $650,000 . But many of her 4,000 illegal purchases were very small.

“They bought steaks. They bought season tickets to Auburn University football games. They bought all kinds of paraphernalia for tailgating at Auburn football games,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell Phillips.

Both Donna Gamble and Michelle Harris continued their thefts for years.

“Personal car insurance, cellular phone bills, personal tuition at Georgia State University” were some of the things Assistant Attorney General Laura Pfister said were charged on their p-cards Both went to prison.

“If there's a pattern, it takes away the argument of, ‘Oh, my gosh, that was unintentional. It's a one-time thing. I want a mulligan,” Brickman said. 

Reed and his executive protection officers reimbursed the city for some but not all of the questionable purchases documented by Channel 2 Action News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Belcher asked if that matters.

“If you reimbursed it, you don't necessarily get a pass,” Brickman said. 

About 10 years ago, state authorities tried to reduce temptation by cutting the number of American Express travel cards in circulation by nearly 90 percent.

The Channel 2 Action News / AJC investigation found there were fewer than 20 cards in circulation at City Hall.

Teen says there was nothing she could have done to prevent crash that killed three

A teenager told Channel 2 Action News no matter how many times she goes over the tragic accident in her mind, there was nothing she could have done to prevent her SUV from hitting three pedestrians last year in Woodstock. 

Zoe Reardon's lawyer said when the crash happened, the three people who died were crossing a road in the dark near a concert. 

Some of the charges said Reardon failed to give warning by sounding her horn when necessary.

She told Channel 2 Action News she never saw the victims before the accident and said she was watching the road.

“I see my family’s hurt, my parents' hurt. I can only imagine their families’ hurt must be four times what we’re going through,” Zoe Reardon said.

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“I just can’t imagine their pain,” Zoe's father, Dan Reardon, said.

“I have so often wanted to reach out to them and tell them how sad I am,” Zoe's mother, Garnet Reardon, said.

Zoe Reardon told us she is a straight-A student about to graduate, and the road ahead includes a partial scholarship to Southern Methodist University, but her life and the lives of two other families changed forever on a dark road in Cherokee County the night of Sept. 9 when the SUV she was driving struck Kaitlin Hunt, her baby Riley, and Hunt family friend Kathleen Deming. All three died in the crash.

"I pray for the hearts, and I pray for their healing," Zoe Reardon said.

Records indicate Reardon,18, faces eight misdemeanor counts including second-degree homicide by vehicle charges alleging she "failed to exercise due care in operating a motor vehicle on Arnold Mill Road and engaged in the action of putting away her cellular telephone which distracted her." 

She said she was not putting her phone away at the time of the accident.

"I never saw anyone coming. I wasn't texting. I wasn't doing anything, just looking at the road. My eyes were on the road," Zoe Reardon said.

Cherokee County Solicitor General Jessica Moss told Channel 2 Action News the families of the victims are "doing as to be expected."

"It's clear from what they've indicated to us that they are seeking justice for their loved ones," Moss said.

Reardon's lawyer, Manny Arora, said she fully cooperated with investigators who had earlier assured her family they saw no basis for charges.

"No crosswalk and these people happen to be crossing, and she happened to be driving, and it's just tragic," Arora said.

"We've done everything that they've asked for. We gave them the phone," Dan Reardon said.

"The sheriff's office did an extensive investigation, and there was discussions both with the district's attorney office and my office before charges were filed," Moss said.

Arora acknowledged, consistent with one of the charges, that Reardon had texted her dad about dinner.

He said she was stopped in traffic elsewhere more than two minutes before the accident.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said a review by the Cherokee Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's Office and Solicitor General's Office of all facts was the case closed and charges filed. 

Solicitor General Moss said she never told anyone there would be no charges.

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