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8 indicted for racketeering after house stealing investigation

At 75 years old, Fannie McDaniel has seen a lot. But she never imagined she'd see her own name in someone else's handwriting, on a deed to her investment home in Riverdale. "I have the mortgage, been up to date on everything," McDaniel told Channel 2 investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer. ...

2 Investigates: Did smaller crime put gun in McNair shooter's hands?

It's a day students and parents will remember forever. A day of fear. A day of regret.                "It was devastating, truly devastating. Because I knew that wasn't the Mike that I knew," said Natasha Knotts, who still thinks of Michael Hill as her son.                The Knotts family took ...

Free market hospitals provide up-front cost of surgery

A walk to the mailbox was hard on Gwinnett County resident David White when he had a hernia. What he didn't have was health insurance.           "The cost for surgery in Atlanta was quoted to me at $14,000," said White.           So he went online and found a quote for ...

Lawsuits claim homes ravaged by termites despite pest control contracts

Georgia is a termite hot zone -- Termites.com estimates Georgians spend $200-$300 million per year controlling the pests and repairing the damage they cause.       Protecting your home means the right treatment combined with proper inspections, and a solid contract if something goes wrong.       Consumer investigator Jim Strickland heard from two Georgia ...

First-time homeowners face major issues with brand new homes

Joanell Coley's dream of owning her first home was quickly soaked in disappointment.           "Since July 5, until now, I've probably had over 18 leaks in the house," Coley said.   She showed consumer investigator Jim Strickland damage on every floor of her home.  The house isn't even 6 months old. ...

Local fire chief had fraudulent state certification for 15 years

A local fire chief is in the hot seat after a Channel 2 Action News investigation found he had a fraudulent certification for more than half his career, and only rectified the situation after getting caught for the second time. Roswell Fire Chief Ricky Burnette was promoted to the top ...

Experiencing heroin detox from behind bars

“I feel like I’m burning from the inside out. I’ve got the sweats. I get cold. I get hot.” Fulton County Jail officials say heroin addicts show up at a rate of two to three a day. Once inside, the addicts go through withdrawal from behind bars. Ashton Sheppard gave ...

2 Investigates: Fire department ties with home restoration company

When Atlanta firefighters arrive at a fire scene, they do more than put out the fire. They also call a private company to board up the property after a fire. The homeowner doesn't choose the company, the fire department does. Critics wonder whether Atlanta is playing favorites, with big insurance ...

ID theft landing innocent victims in jail

Willie Frank Cannon vividly remembers the last time he saw his childhood friend, Larry Cobb, Jr. in November 2009. "You could practically consider us brothers, you seen him, you seen me," Willie said of their longtime friendship. During their encounter in 2009, Larry told Willie he'd just been arrested and ...

2 Investigates: Allegations of sexual misconduct within popular massage chain

A Channel 2 Action News investigation into a popular massage chain revealed a trend of alleged sexual abuses by massage therapists in metro Atlanta and nationwide.   Investigative reporter Aaron Diamant talked to one woman who said while she was receiving a massage at the Massage Envy franchise on Windy Hill ...

Ch. 2 investigates court decision to return kids to parents charged with felony murder

Channel 2 Action News is investigating a court’s decision to return two children to their parents, both of whom are accused of killing their infant son.   Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh began looking into this decision after she received a call from the children’s legal guardian, Camisha Watts.   Watts ...

2 Investigates: The true cost of incarcerating mentally ill patients

Local sheriffs across Georgia say their jails have become the dumping ground for the mentally ill, creating chaos and overcrowding that’s costing taxpayers millions – but is there a viable solution?   “Every jail in every county in the state of Georgia now is the mental health hospital,” Baldwin County ...

GBI asked to look at DeKalb jailer training after death

Earlier this week, a Channel 2 Action News investigation raised questions about the death of a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office recruit, and reporter Erica Byfield went to the state for answers.   George Ward died after two days of training last year and Byfield found video of the activities leading ...

5-star vacation rental might leave you with 1-star vacation

When Jessica Spence of Atlanta planned a quick getaway to San Diego, she chose a five-star rated condo on the website VRBO.com, which stands for "Vacation Rental by Owner."  Her experience was not five-star. "I don't think we ever expected, in a million years, ever expected that to happen," Spence told ...

Soccer stars question safety of tire crumb on artificial turf fields

Federal officials are now urging further testing to determine the safety of chopped-up recycled tires that are often used to provide padding for children’s playgrounds and are used in artificial turf fields across metro Atlanta. For the last two months, Channel 2 Action News documented the material, commonly referred to ...

Medical Examiner changes sheriff’s office recruit’s cause of death after Ch. 2 investigation

More than a year after a sheriff’s office recruit died during his first days on the job, officials changed his cause of death. A Channel 2 Action News investigation of George Ward’s death uncovered information the DeKalb Medical Examiner’s office did not know existed. After reviewing video of training that took ...

Jail work release program lets woman with 2 DUIs work in bar

A Channel 2 Action News investigation into county work release programs found one local county allowed a DUI offender to work as a dancer in a strip club.   Hillary Boldt was first arrested after she crashed head-on into a tree in Gwinnett County. Witness Shilo Crane climbed into Boldt's SUV ...

2 Investigates: Practice of HS seniors transferring to avoid state graduation test

A Channel 2 Action News investigation has found that hundreds of Georgia high school seniors transfer from public to private schools just weeks before their scheduled graduation every spring.   Investigative reporter Richard Belcher discovered the apparent motive in at least some of those cases is those seniors failed the ...

Spirit CEO explains philosophy of low-cost airlines

Spirit Airlines’ CEO and president Ben Baldanza will do anything to save a buck, even vacuum his own office.   "There's no reason that we should pay someone to come vacuum my floor," said Baldanza.   He is the ultimate penny-pincher and he brings that philosophy to Spirit. He heads ...

Studies raise concerns about synthetic testosterone drug

Studies raise concerns about synthetic testosterone drug A medicine developed in Georgia to treat men’s middle-age fatigue is now the focus of a federal investigation and a string of lawsuits.               Androgel is a form of synthetic testosterone, and the number one selling drug of its kind. Its maker coined ...

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