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Man in custody after stripping down, threatening to kill cops

A man is in custody after threatening to kill police near an Athens courthouse.

Channel 2's Tom Regan learned the man held off police for nearly an hour before he finally surrendered.

A police body camera captured the bizarre encounter that happened Sunday morning. When police first confronted the man, they didn't know if he was under the influence of drugs or mentally disturbed.

After running around the street, he climbed up on a roof, hurling obscenities and threats at police and others.

He stood on top of a parking lot ticket booth, threatening police and bystanders on the street.

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Man in custody after stripping down, threatening to kill cops

A man is in custody after threatening to kill police near an Athens courthouse.

Channel 2's Tom Regan learned the man held off police for nearly an hour before he finally surrendered.

A police body camera captured the bizarre encounter that happened Sunday morning. When police first confronted the man, they didn't know if he was under the influence of drugs or mentally disturbed.

After running around the street, he climbed up on a roof, hurling obscenities and threats at police and others.

He stood on top of a parking lot ticket booth, threatening police and bystanders on the street.

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GBI 'conducting interviews, collecting documents' at Atlanta City Hall Woman with MS says Delta employees tied her to wheelchair Michael Vick to coach new professional football team coming to Atlanta The man, identified as Demetrious Faust, 27, began acting up shortly after 10 a.m. near a bus terminal. Epifanio Rodriguez with Athens-Clark County police told Regan the calls came in about a person acting disorderly, cursing and screaming. Police said he made some comments about harming police officers. Before police could show up, he ran to the county courthouse and began banging on windows and doors. "At some point, he removes his shirt and ties it to the front doors of the courthouse, so no one can actually exit," Rodriguez said. An officer who arrived first, drew his Taser and persuaded the man to sit on the curb near the courthouse parking, but moments later he ignored the order and climbed onto the roof of the parking attendant booth. Rodriguez said he started throwing items from his pockets at the officer and then removed his pants. "He started exposing himself. Mind you, this is downtown area on a Sunday morning," Rodriguez said. The officers remained calm and about 40 minutes later, with the help of a fire truck ladder, they were able to talked the man into surrendering. "At one point at the hospital, he kicked the officer, (who) wasn't injured to the point where he needed treatment," Rodriguez said. The suspect was taken to a hospital for observation. He faces numerous charges including two felonies.

Another victim of random paintball attack comes forward

A Roswell mother says someone fired a paintball at her vehicle as she and her daughter drove on a busy road.

The incident, which happened March 30, caught Kimberly Miller off guard, she told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik .

“It sounded like a rock maybe shot up from the wheel, but were going so slow it couldn't have been that,” she told Petchenik.

Miller said she pulled over and later found a bright orange splotch on the her driver’s side door, the remnants of a paintball.

“Somebody was having a little too much fun,” she said. “It’s a little dangerous.”

Miller called Roswell Police to file a report.

“I wanted them to know someone was shooting at people on the side of the road,” she said.

It’s one in a string of paintball attacks on people across Metro Atlanta in the last month.

Atlanta police recently arrested several teens for shooting paintballs at drivers there. Police told Petchenik they don’t believe the cases are connected and so far they haven’t arrested anyone in the Roswell case.

"I want them to quit,” she said of those who are shooting at people. “It can be dangerous. Especially if someone has a window down or it hits a window and blocks your vision. It’s just not safe.”

Another victim of random paintball attack comes forward

A Roswell mother says someone fired a paintball at her vehicle as she and her daughter drove on a busy road.

The incident, which happened March 30, caught Kimberly Miller off guard, she told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik .

“It sounded like a rock maybe shot up from the wheel, but were going so slow it couldn't have been that,” she told Petchenik.

Miller said she pulled over and later found a bright orange splotch on the her driver’s side door, the remnants of a paintball.

“Somebody was having a little too much fun,” she said. “It’s a little dangerous.”

Miller called Roswell Police to file a report.

“I wanted them to know someone was shooting at people on the side of the road,” she said.

It’s one in a string of paintball attacks on people across Metro Atlanta in the last month.

Atlanta police recently arrested several teens for shooting paintballs at drivers there. Police told Petchenik they don’t believe the cases are connected and so far they haven’t arrested anyone in the Roswell case.

"I want them to quit,” she said of those who are shooting at people. “It can be dangerous. Especially if someone has a window down or it hits a window and blocks your vision. It’s just not safe.”

50+ horses missing across southeast after vet student ‘adopts' them

Dozens of horses from across Georgia and the Southeast are missing. 

The owners say they were duped into sending their beloved animals down the path to slaughter. Channel 2 Consumer Investigator Jim Strickland found some of the horses were rescued just in time.  

The evidence our investigation uncovered that several of the horses ended up in “kill pens” and how they were saved just in time, Thursday on Channel 2 Action News at 6 p.m. 

A veterinary student is accused of deceiving horse owners by offering their aging horses a new home at her pasture, but getting rid of the horses. Channel 2 Action News confirmed a small number of those animals are safe, but the evidence points to a cruel end for many of them.

“What is your worst fear?” Strickland asked horse owner Sarah Warren. 

“That they went through a kill pen and went to slaughter,” Warren answered.  

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She made one of the toughest decisions a horse owner faces – to adopt out two of her animals, King and Grey Lady.

They are now two of more than 50 horses and other animals with whereabouts unknown. The owners entrusted the animals to a 23-year-old vet student named Fallon Blackwood.

The allegations from horse owners that Blackwood sold the horses to be slaughtered, Thursday at 6 p.m.

Rain returns to north Georgia Thursday

Rain is expected to return to north Georgia on Thursday, according to Severe Weather Team 2.

“Rain moves in midday Thursday and increases around 4 p.m.,” Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls said.

An additional 1/2 inch to 1 inch is in the forecast.

“Embedded thunderstorms cannot be ruled out, but severe storms aren’t expected,” Walls said.

Dry weather will return on Friday and expected to run through the weekend.

WHAT VIEWERS CAN GET ONLY BY WATCHING CHANNEL 2 ACTION NEWS:

  • Updated hour-by-hour forecast showing rain moving in
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Ball Ground leaders want local control over part of state highway

Leaders in one Cherokee County town want local control over part of a state highway.

The City of Ball Ground wants to whittle away at the hundreds of 18-wheelers that roll through their small downtown daily.

What was once known as Gilmer Ferry Road was converted into State Route 372 by the Georgia Department of Transportation in the 1970's. Big trucks have been rolling through ever since, causing traffic headaches for many.

First time visitors to downtown Ball Ground are often shocked when they hear how many trucks go through the city.

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"1,000 a day? That would probably deter me from spending much time here," said visitor Bill Lindstorm.

1,000 is the number of semis, dump trucks, and chicken haulers that roll right down the main drag, the place where all the locally owned restaurants do business.

The shops and restaurants all sit on both sides of Gilmer Ferry Road which is also known as State Highway 372.  

The city would like to regain authority over this section of roadway, designate it as a city street, and limit truck traffic.  

The Georgia Department of Transportation had plans to build a bypass back in 2010, but a construction date has now been pushed all the way to 2040.

"The truckers need their own route. It's easy for them, and if you're sitting out here enjoying a hamburger from the Burger Bus, do you want to smell those chickens? Probably not," said real estate agent, Cherie Martin.

Business owners told Channel 2 Action News they would never want a bypass around town.  

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