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Victims file lawsuit against crime-ridden shopping center following attack

People are worried for their safety after attackers pistol-whipped a woman in a busy shopping center.

Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez learned that a lawsuit has now been filed and there are claims the area is unsafe for shoppers.

“Who doesn’t want to feel safe when they’re shopping?” shopper Noel Ross said.

Ross said he’s concerned about his safety while shopping at one of the busiest plazas in the metro area.

Camp Creek Marketplace sits just off Interstate 285 and many use the road it sits on to get to Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

“People getting beat, almost to death, old women getting robbed. Of course, they should be doing more,” Ross said.

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Victims file lawsuit against crime-ridden shopping center following attack

People are worried for their safety after attackers pistol-whipped a woman in a busy shopping center.

Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez learned that a lawsuit has now been filed and there are claims the area is unsafe for shoppers.

“Who doesn’t want to feel safe when they’re shopping?” shopper Noel Ross said.

Ross said he’s concerned about his safety while shopping at one of the busiest plazas in the metro area.

Camp Creek Marketplace sits just off Interstate 285 and many use the road it sits on to get to Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

“People getting beat, almost to death, old women getting robbed. Of course, they should be doing more,” Ross said.

TRENDING STORIES:

Teen was driving 106 mph when she crashed, killed best friend, prosecutors say Atlanta Hawks, coach Mike Budenholzer 'part ways' Sinkhole on I-285 WB shuts down lane, GDOT officials say Jaquez has learned two women were viciously carjacked at the shopping center – all in a matter of three months. “It makes no sense, and everybody is fed up and upset about it,” Ross said. Jaquez pulled police records for the area and found that a 41-year-old woman was pistol-whipped Jan. 20 by a suspect she described as a teenage high schooler as she sat in her Mercedes about to leave a Lowe’s home improvement store. Since then, we’ve learned the victim has retained a lawyer and is suing because the beating caused a traumatic brain injury. Then last week, Channel 2 Action News was the first to show video of yet another woman being beaten and carjacked while at the pump of a BJ’s Wholesale Club gas station just a few feet away. "We need better security," Ross told Jaquez. Statistics from 2017 show that crimes around the shopping plaza were 10 times higher than the national average for a similar location. That has customers wondering if the security guards working the plaza are doing enough. "I mean, he’s been sitting over there for 20 minutes since we’ve been here. He’s got the whole other side (of the shopping center). It’s almost impossible," another shopper said. 

All lanes open on I-285 WB in Cobb County after pothole repairs, GDOT officials say

All lanes are open on I-285 near Cumberland Mall in Cobb County after crews repaired potholes overnight. 

A GDOT spokesperson told Channel 2 Action News crews were working on the Northwest Corridor Project installing a sign structure when potholes formed. 

The footing of the sign structure caused the potholes, the official told us. One lane in both directions is closed.

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All lanes open on I-285 WB in Cobb County after pothole repairs, GDOT officials say

All lanes are open on I-285 near Cumberland Mall in Cobb County after crews repaired potholes overnight. 

A GDOT spokesperson told Channel 2 Action News crews were working on the Northwest Corridor Project installing a sign structure when potholes formed. 

The footing of the sign structure caused the potholes, the official told us. One lane in both directions is closed.

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Atlanta Hawks, coach Mike Budenholzer 'part ways'

The Mike Budenholzer era in Atlanta has come to an end.

Channel 2 Sports Director Zach Klein has confirmed that the Hawks and Budenholzer have agreed to part ways.

Budenholzer coached the Hawks from 2013-2018.

He had a 213-197 record in the regular season, and led the team to the playoffs in every season except 2017-18.

His career record in the playoffs was 17-22, including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2014-15.

One NBA League source just texted me: "It was just time for Bud to go.. he was the right coach for a 60 win team, not right for what the organization is into right now" Bud doesn't want to rebuild... for the next 2-3 years pic.twitter.com/a123gxdgCU — Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) April 26, 2018

The Hawks sent a statement out late Wednesday night saying:

"The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and Mike Budenholzer have mutually agreed to part ways, it was announced today. 

"Budenholzer was named Hawks head coach on May 28, 2013. In his five seasons with Atlanta, he compiled a record of 213-197 (.520) during the regular season and 17-22 (.436) during the postseason."  

Water back on at Conyers apartment complex after sewage spill

Water has been turned on for residents at a Conyers apartment complex after a sewage spill left residents without water.

EPA officials said a private lift station was clogged with grease and debris.

Crews were able to get water back on with a temporary fix.

The people who live at Ashford Brook Apartments were not only without water since Tuesday afternoon, they were surrounded by a foul odor.

The smell of sewage coming from a private lift station on the complex property, which is supposed to transport wastewater to a sewer main.

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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   Sewage spill/ clogged private lift station leads to water being shut off at Ashford Brook Apartment Homes in Conyers. EPD now investigating. Water was shut off yesterday and remains off as crews work to fix problem @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/iOowLsAa9o — Christian Jennings (@CJenningsWSB) April 26, 2018

"We’ve been having that problem. I’ve been here three years that smell been here,"

According to Rockdale County officials, the apartment complex was not maintaining its lift station.

Instead officials tell us that 4 feet of grease and debris had built up over time clogging the pumps and causing raw sewage to overflow into a nearby stream. That’s when the Rockdale water resources shut off the water Tuesday, ordering repairs immediately, and the environmental protection division got involved.

When Channel 2's Christian Jennings called the leasing office and asked to speak to either a manager or the owner, she was told someone would call her back. That call never came.

When she went to talk to someone in person, the office was closed and this note was on the door.

A spokesperson with the Environmental Protection Division says it's too soon say whether the apartment complex will be fined. 

They aren't sure how long the sewage had been spilling into Almand Creek nearby.  

Water back on at Conyers apartment complex after sewage spill

Water has been turned on for residents at a Conyers apartment complex after a sewage spill left residents without water.

EPA officials said a private lift station was clogged with grease and debris.

Crews were able to get water back on with a temporary fix.

The people who live at Ashford Brook Apartments were not only without water since Tuesday afternoon, they were surrounded by a foul odor.

The smell of sewage coming from a private lift station on the complex property, which is supposed to transport wastewater to a sewer main.

TRENDING STORIES:

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   Sewage spill/ clogged private lift station leads to water being shut off at Ashford Brook Apartment Homes in Conyers. EPD now investigating. Water was shut off yesterday and remains off as crews work to fix problem @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/iOowLsAa9o — Christian Jennings (@CJenningsWSB) April 26, 2018

"We’ve been having that problem. I’ve been here three years that smell been here,"

According to Rockdale County officials, the apartment complex was not maintaining its lift station.

Instead officials tell us that 4 feet of grease and debris had built up over time clogging the pumps and causing raw sewage to overflow into a nearby stream. That’s when the Rockdale water resources shut off the water Tuesday, ordering repairs immediately, and the environmental protection division got involved.

When Channel 2's Christian Jennings called the leasing office and asked to speak to either a manager or the owner, she was told someone would call her back. That call never came.

When she went to talk to someone in person, the office was closed and this note was on the door.

A spokesperson with the Environmental Protection Division says it's too soon say whether the apartment complex will be fined. 

They aren't sure how long the sewage had been spilling into Almand Creek nearby.  

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