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Published: Monday, February 22, 2016 @ 3:36 PM
Updated: Monday, February 22, 2016 @ 7:56 PM
GRIFFIN, Ga. — An Atlanta business owner with several offices in Georgia is now requiring all of his employees to get a concealed carry license and be armed.
Business owner Lance Toland said after hearing about recent home invasions and violent crime in the metro Atlanta area, he came up with the new office mandate.
“They all had their conceal carry permit within three to four weeks of me announcing that this was something you had to do,” he said. “With the presentation of their license, they all got a 410 Judge Pistol.”
After each employee at Lance Toland Associates gets their license, Toland presents them with a gun known as the judge. He says it is one of the most effective self-defense weapons and all his aviation insurance agencies carry them openly in the office.
“Everybody has one of these in their drawer or on their person. I would not want to come into one of my facilities,” Toland said. “It's a 5 shot 410, just like a shotgun and you call it hand cannon.”
Toland said he did it out of concern for his employees’ safety.
“I have a number of offices and most of my employees are women,” he says.
Toland has offices in Griffin, St. Simons Island and Atlanta where they insure aircrafts worldwide.
Andrea Van Buren said the mandate is a great idea for other companies, if employees agree to several things.
“As long as they are willing to get the training, become an expert and if you pull it out, you have to be ready to use it,’ she said.
Toland says several high-profile business owners who have private planes he insures may follow his lead.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 2:05 AM
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Friends and family of a 21-year-old Cartersville, Georgia, man who drowned at Florida's Panama City Beach over Father's Day weekend say he died a hero.
Tony Jackson Jr. was on vacation swimming with friends when a strong current pulled him under.
WSB-TV's Michael Seiden spoke with Jackson's friend, Muhammad Qasim, who was at the beach with him and witnessed the accident.
Qasim told Seiden that just before they planned to leave, Jackson had turned back in the water to try to save a child who had fallen off a float.
“I was right next to him in the water, but when he tried to go toward the kid and the wave hit him, the wave just dragged him back 10 feet," Qasim said. "There was nothing I could’ve done.”
“I was right next to him in the water, but when he tried to go toward the kid and the wave hit him, the wave just dragged him back 10 feet . There was nothing I could’ve done .”— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) June 19, 2018
-Muhammad Qasim on the death of his best friend Tony Jackson Jr. pic.twitter.com/0BmlZbViEH
Rescue crews recovered his body two hours later.
Jackson's family is now trying to raise enough money to fly his body back to Georgia so they can bury him. They say it will cost around $1,700.
“The main thing is to just get him home; that’s the biggest thing," said Jackson's mother, Latanisha.
She hopes the public will step up to help. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the expenses. They hope to raise $10,000 to pay for transportation and funeral arrangements.
In the meantime, the family is remembering a man who they believe risked his life to help a complete stranger.
“He had a big heart. He would do anything for anybody,” Latanisha told Seiden.
“He was a hard worker and he would do anything," Qasim said. "He would literally give the shirt off his back for anybody.”
Qasim says there was no warning posted about dangerous conditions in the water. A spokesman for the Panama City Beach Police said red flags were flying before the drowning, warning swimmers not to get in.
Qasim says that isn't true.
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Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 2:31 AM
EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A 17-year-old was shot and killed by police in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday night after he allegedly ran away from a traffic stop on foot.
According to the Allegheny County Police Department, the vehicle the teen got out of matched the description of a vehicle seen near a shooting that occurred in North Braddock around 8:20 p.m.
Police processing suspects gray car along Grandview Ave in East Pittsburgh. County investigators believe this car was involved in a separate shooting in N Braddock where man was wounded. Suspects fled. 1 suspect shot, another in custody and police still searching for the third. pic.twitter.com/xz1AuURF78— Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) June 20, 2018
An officer from the East Pittsburgh Police Department was handcuffing the driver when two males ran from the car, authorities said.
One of those males was the 17-year-old who was shot and killed by police, authorities said.
The Allegheny County Police Department is asking the other person who ran away from the vehicle to turn himself in "so that he can give a comprehensive description of what occurred."
The victim in the North Braddock shooting, a 22-year-old man, was treated for his injuries and released from an area trauma center.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:09 PM
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Two men from North Georgia drowned in separate weekend incidents off Panama City Beach, police said.
Eugene Spann, 67, of Atlanta, was declared dead after being pulled from the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday morning, authorities said.
The body of Tony Orlando Jackson, 21, of Cartersville, was found Sunday afternoon about two hours after he was caught by a large wave, according to police.
Police and emergency workers took over life support efforts from bystanders when they found Spann unresponsive on the beach behind a motel short after 11 a.m. He was taken to an emergency room on the beach, where he was pronounced dead.
A search effort involving several agencies eventually found Jackson’s body. Police originally responded to a call about a swimmer in distress about 2:30 p.m.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:22 AM
KINGSLAND, Ga. — Police say they are not releasing any additional information about the death of a 7-month-old who was found in a hot car in Camden County, Georgia, near the Florida border.
Kingsland officers were called to a motel Tuesday after reports that an infant was not breathing, the police department said. The child was declared dead.
Neighbors told ActionNewsJax's Amber Krycka that it was a boy who was found outside the Quality Inn in Kingsland.
Krycka spoke to a man who rushed to help and said the baby was extremely hot. He said he didn’t want to be identified because he’s in the military.
“She was screaming. She was just saying, 'Save my baby, save my baby,'" he said.
He said the mother was lying on the ground with the baby wrapped in a blanket.
“I got over there and unwrapped him,” said the man.
He then performed infant CPR on the baby, but it was too late.
No one has been taken into custody, the police department said.
Temperatures in Camden County reached about 90 degrees Tuesday, with “feels-like” temps near 100 degrees.
Temperatures can rise quickly in an enclosed car. In 90-degree weather, the temperature inside a car can reach almost 110 degrees in 10 minutes. Temperatures reach almost 125 degrees within 30 minutes.
Kingsland Police Department's full statement:
"The Kingsland Police Department is investigating an infant death. In the afternoon of June 19th, 2018, officers from the Kingsland Police Department were dispatched to a local motel in reference to an infant not breathing; upon police arrival to investigate, the child was declared deceased.
"No suspect(s) have been taken into custody at this time.
"We are attempting to handle the investigation with the utmost sensitivity and care out of respect for the family as possible to ensure the integrity of our investigation. Dealing with an infant death is hard enough for a family to deal with without added stress from publicity.
"We would like to ensure that our investigators have adequate time to conduct their investigation to accurately put the facts together before we release any further information.
"No additional information will be released at this time — including the baby’s time, place and cause of death; relation to the caller — until investigators conclude the investigation."