DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann has taken a plea deal after his arrest at Piedmont Park on misdemeanor obstruction and public indecency charges. Mann entered a guilty plea banning him from all Atlanta city parks for 6 months and he will have to serve 40 hours of community service, which he has already served. Mann will also have to pay $2,000 in fees. Channel 2's Nicole Carr is in the courtroom. She'll have the latest on this developing story starting on Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m.
A 39-year-old Utah woman was killed by her husband aboard a Princess Cruise ship Tuesday night because, he told authorities, she wouldn’t stop laughing at him, according to the FBI. >> Read more trending news An FBI spokeswoman said Thursday that authorities arrested a man in the case after the ship was diverted to Juneau, Alaska. He was identified by The Associated Press as Kenneth Manzanares. Authorities said the woman, who was identified only as K.M., was killed during a loud domestic dispute on the Emerald Princess around 9 p.m. Tuesday, while the ship was traveling the waters off Alaska, The Associated Press reported. “Court documents say a man entered the cabin and saw the woman on the floor covered in blood,” according to the news wire. “Records say Manzanares grabbed his wife’s body and dragged her to the balcony before the witness stopped him.” A passenger on the ship told KTVA that he heard “two or three ladies or girls, definitely women, screaming” on the night of the incident. He told the news station that his wife looked over their room balcony and saw a man “bruised, cut and covered in blood.” The ship left on Sunday from Seattle, carrying 3,400 passengers on a week-long trip. The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
A Georgia company, out of Peachtree City, is saying it is sorry for a #FontFail. Quotable Life made a tote that is supposed to say, “My favorite color is glitter.” But because of the script font and layout, it appears to say, “My favorite color is Hitler,” the “Today” show reported. >> Read more trending news Once you see it you can’t see it. The wrong choice in font took center stage on social media, which led to a redesign swapping out the lower case letter with a capital letter G. The bag, according to the company’s Facebook post, was designed three years ago and that it was “an honest mistake.” Quotable Life said it will make amends for the mistake, and donate 300 percent of their profits of the discontinued version of the bag to the National Holocaust Museum.
Volkswagen says U.S. environmental regulators have agreed to a plan for the German automaker to fix or buy back about half of the diesel cars involved in its emissions cheating scandal. The company says the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board have approved the program, which involves about 326,000 VW cars sold between 2009 and 2014. That's the first generation of the 'Clean Diesel' cars with 2.0 liter TDI engines, including the Jetta, Golf, Beetle and Audi A3. Under the plan, VW owners can either choose to have the emissions systems repaired for free or have the company buy back the vehicles. The company says the fix doesn't impair driving performance. The EPA and the California board aren't immediately responding to requests for comment.
A 67-year-old man who served time for murdering a 6-year-old has pleaded guilty to rape after his dentures were discovered at the scene. >> Read more trending news Thomas Maupin served time in Washington state for the 1988 murder of a 6-year-old girl. He went to Memphis after serving a 12 year prison sentence. He was twice convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison, but the convictions were overturned on appeal. His dentures were made while he was serving his prison sentence. The dentures were collected and tagged by investigators in connection with the rape of a 31-year-old woman. A sexual assault kit that included DNA evidence from the crime and the dentures were placed in the police property room. However, the evidence became part of a backlog that was not tested until many years later. Police said the woman was raped on August 19, 2001, while walking in Memphis. She was approached by a motorist who got out of his car and started walking toward her. The man forced her into an alley, stabbed her with a metal object under her chin with so much force it struck the roof of her mouth and used the object to sexually assault her after forcing her to perform oral sex.
Channel 2 Action News has learned a man is in custody in his grandmother's disappearance. Millicent Williams, 78, was reported missing DeKalb County by her family. When police searched the home for a welfare check, they found blood inside. Her 37-year-old grandson, Gregory Williams, was named as a 'person of interest,' according to Channel 2's Aaron Diamant. Gregory Williams was found in a car. Millicent is still missing. Crews are searching a nearby park. DeKalb County police said Gregory Williams was charged with theft by taking. We're talking with investigators for the latest in the search, on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4. TRENDING STORIES: Hospital denies mother's faith-based healthcare coverage Teen charged in crash that killed recent high school graduate Police: Mother arrested after toddler found unresponsive from drug overdose
A once mandatory huddle of Republican candidates for President has been canceled by the Iowa GOP for 2015 amid concerns over its political relevance, as the decision may end up boosting an alternate Republican gathering set for early August in Atlanta, Georgia.
“I’ve said since December that we would only hold a straw poll if the candidates wanted one, and this year that is just not the case,” said Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufman.
“This step, while extremely distasteful for those of us who love the Straw Poll, is necessary to strengthen our First in the Nation status,” Kaufmann added.
It was a big switch for Kaufmann, who back in May had publicly attacked Jeb Bush, after the former Florida Governor made clear he would not be participating in the Iowa Straw Poll. Others though also began to question the event, which began in 1979 as a way to focus attention on the Iowa Caucuses.
The move may mean a number of Republicans will instead go from the first official GOP debate in Cleveland on August 6 down to Atlanta, where talk show host Erick Erickson will be hosting his Red State political gathering.
“What started as a political novelty in the seventies, became a mafia like shakedown of Republican candidates,” Erickson wrote soon after the announcement, shedding no tears about the demise of the Iowa Straw Poll.
“Now you guys have no choice,” Erickson said, urging Republican candidates to show up at his RedState gathering, set for August 6-9.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.