Thursday, March 11, 2010

Gwinnett County: Big Cocaine Bust Made

The Gwinnett County's Sheriff's Office made a major cocaine bust in the parking lot of a Best Buy in Duluth, authorities said.

The drugs had an estimated street value of $600,000.

Authorities said a caller's tip about drug activity occurring at a home on Redfield Drive in Norcross led sheriff's deputies to the drugs. The sheriff's office received information that drugs were being sold at the location.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they saw a vehicle leave the residence and followed it to the Best Buy parking lot on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth Wednesday.

Authorities obtained a search warrant which led them to the seizure. Investigators said the drugs were found in a vehicle parked in the Best Buy parking lot.

Deputies also seized drug packaging material and other drug related items at the residence. Arrest warrants are being sought and the investigation is continuing.

DeKalb County: High School Teacher Has TB

A teacher at a DeKalb County high school has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, according to school system officials.

The teacher from Southwest DeKalb High School told school officials on Wednesday that she has TB, according to school district spokesman Dale Davis.

School officials sent home a letter informing students and parents about the teacher's illness, Davis told Channel 2 Action News.

TB is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine and brain.

According to the CDC's Web site, "TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with active TB coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected."

Atlanta: Runaway Zebra Euthanized

Lima, a 12-year-old circus zebra we reported on last month that caused a stir when he escaped from an animal compound and ran through downtown Atlanta last month has been euthanized.

A statement posted on Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey's Web site explains veterinarians were unable to repair the animal's hooves, which were damaged when he ran through the city.

Lima led his trainers and police on a 40-minute chase through downtown Feb. 19. Police eventually helped capture the animal on an interstate.

Ringling Bros. says it has worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to review policies and ensure no other animals flee.

Atlanta and most of Georgia: Rain Continues - More Coming With The Danger Of Creeks Flooding In Metro Atlanta

A flood watch for metro Atlanta was canceled this morning, but flood warnings remain in effect for some rivers and creeks, according to WSB-TV Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Karen Minton.

The flood warnings are for the Chattahoochee River near Whitesburg and portions of Carroll, Coweta and Heard counties; the Tallapoose River in Haralson County; Big Creek near Alpharetta and in Forsyth and Fulton counties and the Oconee River in Clarke, Greene and Oconee counties.

Big Creek rose so high, water reached the bottom of the bridge on Kimball Bridge Road. Further downstream where the creek merges with the Chattahoochee River parks along highway 9, Azalea Drive and Riverside Road sustained minor flooding.

"A next wave of big storms will be coming in tomorrow or late tonight," said Minton.

Temperatures on Thursday will be in the lower 60s, with highs on Friday in the mid-60s.

"By Saturday, we'll be seeing some areas of sunshine," Minton promised.

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