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toddler at center of newton county amber alert has died

Toddler at center of Newton County Amber Alert has died


Shortly before the second alert, Darian Bennett called the Clayton County Police Department, stating that he was going to commit suicide, Newton County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jack Redlinger told the AJC. However, he would not give officers a location, so 911 dispatchers tracked his location to the area of Riverdale First United Methodist Church, about 40 miles away from where the child was taken.

There, responding officers spotted Darian Bennett’s vehicle with a door open in front of the church, Redlinger said. As officers checked the vehicle, gunshots were heard coming from behind the church.

Officers then found Jaquari Bennett shot to death in a secluded wooded area behind the church, the news station reported. Darian Bennett also had taken his own life, police said.

Channel 2 spoke with a pastor associated with the church who said Darian Bennett was not a member and had no connection to the church.

Darian Javaris Bennett was suspected of fatally shooting his 1-year-old daughter Jaquari Bennett Sunday morning after kidnapping her when he allegedly shot and killed her mother, 38-year-old Keashawn Bennett, and critically injuring her grandmother, 63-year-old Peggy Burns the night before. He then took his own life, police said.

Credit: Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Darian Javaris Bennett was suspected of fatally shooting his 1-year-old daughter Jaquari Bennett Sunday morning after kidnapping her when he allegedly shot and killed her mother, 38-year-old Keashawn Bennett, and critically injuring her grandmother, 63-year-old Peggy Burns the night before. He then took his own life, police said.

Credit: Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Darian Javaris Bennett was suspected of fatally shooting his 1-year-old daughter Jaquari Bennett Sunday morning after kidnapping her when he allegedly shot and killed her mother, 38-year-old Keashawn Bennett, and critically injuring her grandmother, 63-year-old Peggy Burns the night before. He then took his own life, police said.

Credit: Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Credit: Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Police said two other children were in the home at the time of the shooting, according to the news station. They were uninjured and dialed 911.

A woman who said she used to babysit Jaquari Bennett told Channel 2 she was overwhelmed when she learned the news.

“I just cannot believe it, cannot believe it,” she said, her voice rising with emotion. “And now the baby is dead? Those two kids done lost their mother and their sister!”

GBI officials said the Newton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deadly incident.

— Please return to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for updates.

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BREAKING: officer involved shooting in Gwinnett County off Sweetwater Road pic.twitter.com/enFKtJOvLa

— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) June 10, 2022

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Rolfe was charged with 11 counts, including felony murder. Brosnan was charged with aggravated assault and violating his oath of office.”},{“_id”:”Z7GYTNOSHBGGHE6LCQDAWDR3VU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654908836438},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The officers’ lawsuits say they were attacked by Brooks and had the right to use force to prevent him from “imminent use of unlawful force against them.””},{“_id”:”PLQAQYNLS5C3PJKF3ZVZWWJGB4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654908836439},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Both lawsuits maintain the officers’ lives were put in danger after the former mayor identified them publicly, with Brosnan having to leave the state as a precaution. Bottoms also rushed to judgement by declaring the incident a “murder” and insinuating Brosnan and Rolfe were criminals, the lawsuit says.”},{“_id”:”TLY5PBVBU5F3FGNMJRLHTU3LJ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654908836440},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Howard, attorneys argued, sought to profit politically from the shooting during an election year and went on his own “press blitz.” He also sought criminal charges before the GBI’s investigation was complete.”},{“_id”:”6KSJD7J6JNH7DOHAKZLLNOTCDU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654908836441},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The complaint alleges Howard, Bottoms and the other defendants worked together in a “deliberate, concentrated and malicious effort” to deny Brosnan and Rolfe their constitutional rights. 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Brosnan remains on APD’s payroll but is not on active duty and not currently living in Georgia, according to his attorney.”},{“_id”:”6EMIN4RYPNGFRKGLB3CR344SZ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654908836442},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Two years later, the special prosecutor now handling the case said his team is awaiting reports from hired experts before deciding whether to proceed with the charges.”},{“_id”:”6T4AOOS32VF6DHUR5GRFVXDGLA”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”4DDEGM62ANC4ZLCQHQTZCBQVVY”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”content”:”A year after Rayshard Brooks shooting, Peoplestown hopes for change”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/a-year-after-rayshard-brooks-shooting-peoplestown-hopes-for-change/AI5RHGGPEBBENCSHGYUZ3IXGN4/”},{“_id”:”SJ2CY4AM5JGGXOBR2KGUB76I3U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654908836443},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We expect to have those within a few days,” said Pete Skandalakis, executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia. “As soon we get those that will enable us to decide a course of action to take on the case.””},{“_id”:”NXWQIFYR2VGL5CXKR356CHHTJ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654908836444},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The experts’ findings will include the GBI’s case file, witness statements and any video of the shooting. The incident was captured on the officers’ body cameras, bystanders’ cellphones and the restaurant’s video surveillance system.”},{“_id”:”SCHIK276IVBDHCN3KG5663DHWE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654908836445},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Skandalakis was assigned the case last year after current Fulton DA Fani Willis, who beat Howard, recused herself.”},{“_id”:”GOSDIPWVWBCCXPQB4IEXD3W5EY”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”QUZ5KP34FFDKTBHBJBZOH37WSY”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”content”:”Judge recuses Fulton DA from Rayshard Brooks case”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/crime/judge-recuses-fulton-da-from-rayshard-brooks-case/YPNQEWPBPJA3LN3HWYJTGUG63Y/”},{“_id”:”2VSBJUUQRZEUDAPJ63KSHE7HVM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654908836446},”type”:”text”,”content”:”He told the AJC late Friday his team has three options. 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One supporter, Russell Bennett, said he is a 69-year-old locksmith training his 19-year-old grandson.”},{“_id”:”NE4KRMIVEVGSRHBVYFR23YQKCA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654897601121},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I can’t imagine being targeted because of our trade!” Bennett’s comment, alongside a $500 donation, said. “We will be praying for your family.””},{“_id”:”VUCZS7Y2KVDKTMSW47EMOSWFLU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654897601122},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Amber McGrath told Channel 2 she suspects foul play was involved. 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Zone 2 Officers Hear Gunshots During Roll Call-Break to Catch Suspect-Arrest Made \n\nOn June 7th, 2022, at approximately 2PM, Zone 2 Evening Watch officers were conducting roll call outside of the precinct when they heard two gunshots nearby. Officers immediately proceeded to the area of the gunfire and observed damage to a business at 3167 Peachtree Rd. NE.\n\nAs additional officers arrived to canvass the area, they observed a suspect fleeing the area and getting into a vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle in the area of 3305 Mathieson and the driver pulled over. The suspect, who was a passenger in the vehicle, then exited and fled on foot. At that time, Zone 2 officers were able to establish a strong perimeter in the residential neighborhood with assistance from Phoenix and K-9 officers.\n\nAfter an extensive search for the suspect, officers eventually observed him running in the area of Alberta Dr. and Mathieson Dr. After a brief foot chase, the suspect was taken into custody without incident and identified as Henok Gebremichael (Born 1989). \n\nOnce they were able to view the VIC cameras in the area, officers determined that the suspect appeared to have exchanged words with occupants of a vehicle prior to firing a handgun at them. Mr. Gebremichael was charged accordingly, to include several counts of reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. \n\nThe Atlanta Police Department is grateful for efforts of all of the officers involved in the apprehension of Mr. Gebremichael and would like to note the resources the department has on hand to address crime in the City of Atlanta, such as our Video Integration Center and various specialized units available to work towards the capture of violent offenders.

Posted by City of Atlanta Police Department on Friday, June 10, 2022

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Online booking records show he was arrested the day of the fatal shooting on allegations of reckless conduct, tampering with evidence and illegally possessing a pistol.”},{“_id”:”R35HXUJLDNENXM5QLA2HEU3M3Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654891785930},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Deputies served him warrants for the new charges tied to Holland’s death Friday afternoon, according to the release.”},{“_id”:”UEDAHPTAKBDQFPZECCUIKRRFDY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654891785931},”type”:”text”,”content”:”A U.S. Marshals Service task force and a special investigations unit from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office helped Spalding County investigators arrest the second suspect. 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That’s who you carjacked and robbed that day,” the woman said. “I’ve had to move four times since the incident because I don’t feel safe. You didn’t just take a car; you stole pieces of my life.””},{“_id”:”7HGAXDNCSFDLZJVGZM2IJWWBPA”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”EJU7B56Z4BA2TGPIT5DXRXZSYI”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”content”:”Marietta man indicted after allegedly carjacking woman, wrecking her Mercedes”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/crime–law/marietta-man-indicted-after-allegedly-carjacking-woman-wrecking-her-mercedes/4TqNgkXyky0ODztTPV9TtN/”},{“_id”:”N2A6WNIMGNAV7KU4MS6UWL2CNE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654883069029},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The incident took place just before 12:30 a.m. on May 30, 2019, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Cruz and Ross held up the woman in the parking lot of her mother’s apartment complex, forcing her out of her Mercedes-Benz at gunpoint and telling her to leave her cellphone in the car.”},{“_id”:”JTRCUIAQGRGVNKBX4JYTGBR3YM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654883069030},”type”:”text”,”content”:”When the woman was able to get in touch with police, she used the “Find My iPhone” feature to locate Ross and Cruz as they drove away in her car, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the AJC. Officers located the Mercedes, but Cruz and Ross refused to stop, leading officers on a chase that topped 110 mph on surface streets, including South Fairground Street and South Marietta Parkway.”},{“_id”:”HM4GY6KALRHVVBQNFU7PS57D7I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654883069031},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The chase ended when the suspects crashed into a tree near Stephens Street and South Marietta Parkway, totaling the car, warrants show.”},{“_id”:”K4WYH4BVANH4LMCSOZXFGYRE6Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654883069032},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Police arrested Cruz after a brief foot chase, but Ross was able to evade immediate capture. He was later apprehended in North Carolina on a fugitive arrest warrant, Broady said, though he did not share further details or say when the arrest took place. 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If necessary to do so, it’s important to get someone to record your actions and the interior of the vehicle to have documentation.”},{“_id”:”KFVS4BXUXVFNZPIY7HP5224JZI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654811034394},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Agarwal noted children can also die in hot cars even during winter months, but it’s more common during warm weather.”},{“_id”:”C5HNHQLXAZGCJO4433SUIZGHXM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654880896078},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“The amount of time it takes for a child to suffer heat stroke after being left in a car depends on how hot it is outside, as well as how long a child is in the car,” Agarwal said. “In certain situations, this can happen within a matter of 10 minutes.””},{“_id”:”6XD7MDO2GFD27H4ZE4YHTY65M4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654811034395},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Signs of significant injury and illness begin when a child’s internal body temperature reaches 104 degrees. 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But recently, those extorting the 39-year-old Lewis have grown bolder, calling Dixon directly on the prison’s recorded phone lines and graphically describing how her daughter would suffer if their demands weren’t met.”},{“_id”:”HUHLSRIUXBABDMYTWZGRCNDVIY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971586},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It’s gotten to where I see ‘Pulaski’ come up on my phone and I feel like I have PTSD,” said Dixon, who breathes with the aid of an oxygen concentrator. “As soon as I see it, I have to do a breathing treatment. That’s how bad it’s gotten.””},{“_id”:”OHKVIFPH2ZFSXPNYE65HMBLB6I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971587},”type”:”text”,”content”:”When the calls started, Dixon reached out to numerous administrators with the Georgia Department of Corrections, including Pulaski Warden Meosha McMillan. 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One inmate was twice bitten on her breast and stabbed in the leg. Another was stabbed on the bridge of her nose. And yet another was beaten with a car jack.”},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”Mary Elizabeth Lewis was taken to the hospital after suffering a gash in her mouth and two black eyes in May. 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They are making them Cash App to take showers, to use the phone, to come out of their rooms!!! It’s crazy.””},{“_id”:”YZ6PJPRH4RD6FKLEIW622IWAKQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971599},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The inmate’s daughter gave the AJC permission to quote the email as long as her mother wasn’t identified.”},{“_id”:”W7T66JCB75H4PCEV44SG7MXBSY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971600},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Extortion can be prosecuted as a felony under both state and federal statutes, although a federal prosecution would require a connection to interstate communication.”},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”Pamela Dixon sent $300 via Cash App after a caller threatened to beat up her daughter in Pulaski Prison. 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In an email to the AJC, Hartman said he believes the extortion at Pulaski should be considered serious enough for the FBI to investigate.”},{“_id”:”VL44S26OLFAS5C3HKNN2CJAKF4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971602},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Based on the facts you have presented, I believe the FBI would be fully warranted to initiate an investigation into this matter,” he wrote.”},{“_id”:”ELTAUV6SWNAPFEMMZVQW3OWHXA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971603},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Please send money“},{“_id”:”WOET35SR7FAZJOXUSB4JVDSRTY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971604},”type”:”text”,”content”:”A former municipal court clerk in Dalton, Dixon recently recorded in a spiral notebook all the Cash App payments she had made on her daughter’s behalf. The entries fill eight pages.”},{“_id”:”ILMTPFCOSBAO3NEM3JD5E2KPYQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971605},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Emails provided by Dixon show her daughter’s desperation as she sought money.”},{“_id”:”PATM3M2EYRCIZL4AKS72PHPFJM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971606},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Mom tomorrow is the last day of the month PLEASE send $cashcowflow6 some money,” Lewis wrote on March 30. “I told her I’d send 200 so whatever you can do but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send her something, so I don’t have problems tomorrow.””},{“_id”:”O2VT3UV65VAINLLOMXK57734WY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971607},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Dixon said the first time someone other than her daughter contacted her was April 8. Dixon said she was told she needed to send money immediately if she wanted to see Lewis “make it out of this prison.””},{“_id”:”TIDDU5FFEBHJZBV4E3FSWOMMIE”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”AMYZRQQYQVCTPK7GN57KGH2CSE”},”type”:”raw_html”,”content”:””},{“_id”:”HTL4SXVF3FBELKEYXACD2MIQX4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971608},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“My jaw dropped,” she said.”},{“_id”:”OF6BUJP6PVGCHPB63AWZER3OWA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971609},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Not long after that call, Dixon said, she contacted McMillan. The call was returned by a deputy warden, KaSann Mahogany, and it quickly became evident, Dixon said, that no one at Pulaski was going to act.”},{“_id”:”QDRIVABK3VGB3GPX6SMUTX6ZBE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971610},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Mahogany informed Dixon that Lewis was in the room with her and was saying everything was fine. Dixon said she realized her daughter was fearful of being labeled a snitch, so she ended the conversation.”},{“_id”:”GGKF3TKUQ5EX3HSC54CM23KF4M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971611},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I knew then not to say another word,” Dixon said.”},{“_id”:”NO6C7CZRZBBDNNIPNGUUH6BJMI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971612},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The last straw“},{“_id”:”OSZ722LAHREDNNYOYCZSKQNLOM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971613},”type”:”text”,”content”:”By the end of May, however, circumstances convinced Dixon she could no longer be silent.”},{“_id”:”2LP3ONEXY5EKHLN2IIDN6XDB4E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971614},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Late in the evening of May 20, Lewis was hospitalized for treatment of a gash in her mouth and two black eyes. Lewis’ explanation to the prison staff, according to the incident report, was that she had slipped and fallen. Dixon suspected that she’d been beaten.”},{“_id”:”RQRS7TTFOZH2ZAGRULE63RZM7I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971615},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The next day, Dixon said, she was stunned by another call from the prison. Lewis made the call, but then other inmates took the phone and beat her with it as the line remained open.”},{“_id”:”X4QGKPXAJFA2BMQJT5BYBYGUKU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971616},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I never did get to talk to (Lewis), but I kept listening,” Dixon said. “It was a 10-minute conversation, all of it listening to her getting hit.””},{“_id”:”RGOWYA2J4NB27MLWRGPLXQIP3A”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”J52UTS5ACFBIJNGWMXKXH2N4RA”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”content”:”Women sexually assaulted, beaten at Georgia prison”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/women-sexually-assaulted-beaten-at-georgia-prison/MOPFXLZR5FCKXIFLJL6LUMSOSM/”},{“_id”:”GJ3BXPWX2FFYLCTNNKOM6WTIWA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971617},”type”:”text”,”content”:”After Dixon told the AJC about that call, the newspaper provided her with a digital recorder. When she was threatened again on May 30, she used it.”},{“_id”:”3ZD5JSGXI5ANLAPSPQIQ2C6WJ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971618},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The caller told Dixon that her daughter owed $250, plus $50 as “tax.” The extra $50 was for being late and also for Lewis’ protection, “to keep other people off her ass,” the caller said.”},{“_id”:”5L6JE7P6SZDU3PBOACE5V76FSA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971619},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I don’t take no losses,” the caller said. “If I let her (screw) me over, then I gotta let the next one (screw) me over. I ain’t never gonna let nobody (screw) me over. Like there was an old woman in here. She was like 72 years old, 72, 74. I beat her ass too for my money.””},{“_id”:”CWJCBS2GMBDBPMEPQ67QBJQJDM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971620},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Dixon sent the money that day. Two days later, she sent the recording to Wiggins along with an email in which she poured out all that she and her daughter had endured.”},{“_id”:”E54YA7O7ANDBNJTXBZACOIHZ6I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971621},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Can you not move her out of that prison to another one…,” Dixon wrote. My daughter is going to wind up dead.””},{“_id”:”XCKUAWHH7FCJBLL6UC4Y3URGRY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971622},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Within hours, the warden informed Dixon that Lewis had been placed in protective custody.”},{“_id”:”SRRSH3EIQFFZRMDTLGN4HT3JGU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971623},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Dixon said she’s relieved, but she knows the problem goes well beyond one person. The state needs to act boldly, she said.”},{“_id”:”A53IX5JPWZFCLDW3ZKQSL2G24I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654714971624},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“If they can’t get that prison under control, then get the National Guard in there,” she said. “And the people doing this, put them in solitary confinement. My daughter is safe for the moment, but that doesn’t mean it will stay that way.””},{“_id”:”JHXYN66SJRGURBR6UJVXHVESEI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654723775403},”type”:”text”,”content”:”To contact the investigations team, email us at [email protected]“},{“_id”:”U2PZD22YANDQLCYAZIP45JEMEQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654801818183},”type”:”text”,”content”:”About this story“},{“_id”:”2CQ7VPXCYFGYRHA2SLL2KRQRAA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654801818184},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In a series of stories for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since fall, investigative journalist Danny Robbins has revealed the worsening violence in Georgia prisons. This story is based on his interviews with a dozen inmates, former inmates and family members. 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The roadway has been reopened. https://t.co/9J3by9l5Q2

— Gwinnett County Police (@GwinnettPd) June 9, 2022

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When they arrived to investigate, Wood was dead inside his postal truck. Investigators believe Wood had been shot while working on his route in a rural area, located about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta.”},{“_id”:”P6NDJKYJ4NBG5OJTN3O77C2EQA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654792145035},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Wood, a married father and grandfather, had worked for the postal service for 28 years, according to his online obituary.”},{“_id”:”JXSDOCEJB5HWLN3AMZBCVC2F5U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1654792145036},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Asa Wood dedicated his life to serving his family and his community,” U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan said in an emailed statement Thursday. “His murder is tragic and heartbreaking. 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They were 5½ games back in the NL East.”},{“_id”:”RC4ZAN2HTRDSZCCAPLDJXS6VRU”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”This stretch is the club’s best since it won 14 in a row from July 26 to Aug. 9, 2013. During the streak, Atlanta has outscored opponents 74-30 with 22 homers. The pitching staff has a 2.32 ERA over the same span.”},{“_id”:”ZNLI4XO55VEO3LAP2TUTTIAW74″,”type”:”text”,”content”:”It’s been equally fun for Duvall, who has mostly scuffled this season with a .206 batting average, six homers and a .614 OPS. Last year, Duvall led the NL with 113 RBIs and was second with 38 homers.”},{“_id”:”6W33RFZH5FDDPJ5LEZKY2HKIKU”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”He has seven extra-base hits over his last four games.”},{“_id”:”AQX5YNY5VVHCLPFF7ECTK6L4RM”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We’re playing good baseball and getting some timely hits is key, so it feels good,\” he said.”},{“_id”:”T3YTNVOXGBAYVFVQI56IVCULKM”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Pittsburgh has lost a season-high six straight games, including four against the Braves. The Pirates were swept for the fifth time this season.”},{“_id”:”IIXVHHB7SFDTHABEND4GJQMJR4″,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We need to get out of Atlanta,\” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “That’s a good baseball team.\””},{“_id”:”Z7HG6T4YKVFQHOHVIZADQ4VCBE”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Braves went back-to-back in the second when Contreras hit the left-field foul pole for his ninth homer and Duvall connected to left to make it 2-0. Olson hit his eighth homer in the eighth, pushing the lead to 5-3 against Chase De Jong.”},{“_id”:”GHELKCBKVFGLJDX7RWRC4NMACI”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Pittsburgh pulled within 2-1 in the third on Bryan Reynolds’ sacrifice fly. Reynolds’ two-run homer off Kyle Wright, his former Vanderbilt teammate and roommate, cut the lead to 4-3 in the fifth.”},{“_id”:”AX73CBGQZBB6BLAKU5L3KPYL7I”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I struck him out the first time, though,” Wright said with a grin. “He’s awesome. He’s an incredible player. On the home run, it was actually a good pitch. Fastball up and in. I don’t know how he got to it and I don’t know how he kept it fair.\””},{“_id”:”YE5YPO6HFJH6HFWWNZ557RDCDA”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Contreras doubled in the fourth and crossed the plate when Duvall hit his sixth homer, an opposite-field shot to right-center, to put Atlanta up 4-1. Duvall has 11 multihomer games in his career.”},{“_id”:”EFHNSQGLLNFMDN5RVNQ4462VHI”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Quintana (1-4) was charged with six hits and four runs in five innings and had allowed two runs or fewer in nine of his previous 11 starts. The Braves are 16-6 against lefty starters and have won their last 11 games against them.”},{“_id”:”YVXAFL2BWVEZFPFK5WYFGT4KDY”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Wright (7-3) allowed five hits and three runs with two walks and seven strikeouts in six innings. Wright, who was coming off a career-high eight innings in a win over Oakland last Tuesday, had a 1.69 ERA over his previous five starts. He ranked second in the NL with a .192 opponents’ batting average.”},{“_id”:”HEBO3NY2XFHVPIG7FGYTR4YJN4″,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Will Smith faced the minimum in the seventh for Atlanta, A.J. Minter pitched to three batters in the eighth and Kenley Jansen earned his 18th save in 21 chances after facing four batters in the ninth.”},{“_id”:”NQ3R4OEGV5FTVJFBQQEL57LGPY”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Braves have won seven straight at home against the Pirates, outscoring them 55-13. Atlanta has won the season series with Pittsburgh the last four years they have played.”},{“_id”:”Q5AXATJXSREELPO3IX73LUM3L4″,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It’ll be business as usual tomorrow,\” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “They’ll come out prepared and try to go out and win another series. That’s what the focus is.\””},{“_id”:”GFB7HHOAT5E23K52CDTYJYTGUI”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”SELECT COMPANY”},{“_id”:”6XKKF7SR5JEPPCYTBE2SR4PNKM”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Reynolds began the day with a .376 career average in 58 June games. With a minimum of 200 June plate appearances since 1901, Reynolds’ average this month trails only Joe Jackson (.381) and Lou Gehrig (.378).”},{“_id”:”KJ7K3H2N7JB75APF2HJNROS274″,”type”:”text”,”content”:”PICKOFF MOVES”},{“_id”:”UZ2ISMXL3NE35FB3BVV5UWWQJU”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Braves RF Ronald Acuña Jr. reached base in the first inning on a walk, and Quintana proceeded to try and pick him off eight times throughout the remainder of the inning. That’s tied for the most pickoff atttempts drawn by a single runner in an inning this season (Tampa Bay’s Brett Phillips, May 15 against Toronto). Prior to Sunday, Acuña had never drawn more than six pick attempts in a single inning in his career.”},{“_id”:”CTCSHR54MJA6PCMWGAIOW4D2EI”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”MOVING UP THE LIST”},{“_id”:”BXWBMVHR5FHSLKI3MXO62C3IXA”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Jansen recorded his 368th save, moving into a tie with Jonathan Papelbon for 10th on the career list. Next up is Joe Nathan with 377.”},{“_id”:”6EL25NHOBJH27KMOQTNDX7AZYM”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”UP NEXT”},{“_id”:”HTHQCKC3QNFGFGPQTTLSJZH6ZM”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Braves RHP Ian Anderson (5-3, 4.53 ERA) is on the mound as Atlanta begins a three-game series at Washington.”},{“_id”:”BKTR4HXZVBFHXBSKI3YKYHIN5Y”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Pirates RHP Mitch Keller (2-5, 5.26) will start as Pittsburgh opens a four-game series at St. Louis.”},{“_id”:”MPDKN3RDLJHJFG5JQO7CG5XDXE”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”___”},{“_id”:”CXRYTTO2YNC2NE7HAUGBIBZUKA”,”type”:”text”,”content”:”More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports“},{“_id”:”VZL5QHAX7RY7EXGWVOBNIIUJUI”,”additional_properties”:{“expiration_date”:”2022-07-12T18:51:05Z”,”fullSizeResizeUrl”:”/resizer/S8J-yCjrMnejoBMG7QugaEqv37k=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/VZL5QHAX7RY7EXGWVOBNIIUJUI.jpg”,”galleries”:[],”mime_type”:”application/octet-stream”,”originalName”:”19bf7c9af669430084ac8e40facaa13d”,”originalUrl”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/VZL5QHAX7RY7EXGWVOBNIIUJUI.jpg”,”proxyUrl”:”/resizer/S8J-yCjrMnejoBMG7QugaEqv37k=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/VZL5QHAX7RY7EXGWVOBNIIUJUI.jpg”,”published”:true,”resizeUrl”:”/resizer/S8J-yCjrMnejoBMG7QugaEqv37k=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/VZL5QHAX7RY7EXGWVOBNIIUJUI.jpg”,”restricted”:false,”thumbnailResizeUrl”:”/resizer/SjjqyjaDC8_mGu3adrhER2uc_HA=/300×0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/VZL5QHAX7RY7EXGWVOBNIIUJUI.jpg”,”version”:0},”address”:{“locality”:”Atlanta”,”region”:”GA”},”caption”:”Atlanta Braves’ William Contreras gestures to crowd after solo home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Atlanta. 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