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Chip, Joanna Gaines announce last season of 'Fixer Upper'

Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 12:59 PM

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The hit HGTV series “Fixer Upper” will end after season five.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines made the announcement that they will put an end to their show on their official blog on Tuesday.

“It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of ‘Fixer Upper’ will be our last,” they wrote. “While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with. Our family has grown up alongside yours, and we have felt you rooting us on from the other side of the screen. How bittersweet to say goodbye to the very thing that introduced us all in the first place.

“This has been an amazing adventure! We have poured our blood, sweat and tears into this show ... This is just us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment. Our plan is to take this time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired and give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses.”

The news comes as a shock to fans who have been following the couple’s renovation show for the last few years.

“Fixer Upper” premiered in May 2013 and became the highest-rated series for the network. The success has led to other adventures for the couple, including their retail compound Magnolia Market, New York Times bestselling books and an upcoming restaurant. 

“We want to take this time to really say thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for letting our family to become part of your family,” Chip said. “Thank you, we can’t wait to see what’s next!”

Season 5 of “Fixer Upper” will premiere in November.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines (Getty File Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)(NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Deaf, pregnant woman with service animal says she was punched on flight

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 6:02 PM

A deaf, pregnant woman said a man punched her in the stomach and hit her service dog waiting to exit a plane. (Photo: Screengrab via WFTV.com)
A deaf, pregnant woman said a man punched her in the stomach and hit her service dog waiting to exit a plane. (Photo: Screengrab via WFTV.com)

Video shows a confrontation that erupted after a deaf pregnant woman said a man punched her and her service dog as their Frontier flight was taxiing to a gate at Orlando International Airport.

The family of the man said it was all a misunderstanding.

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Hazel Ramirez admits that her fiancé, Matthew Silva, tackled Timothy Manley in the terminal early Thursday.

But she said that was after Manley punched her service dog.

She told police the attack happened after the flight from Colorado Springs, Colorado, landed in Orlando when "the larger service animal took up more space than Timothy felt it deserved."

Ramirez, who is deaf, spoke to WFTV Friday evening through a sign language interpreter.

"My fiancé started yelling at the man and said, 'Don't you ever touch our dog. Don't touch a service animal ever,'" she said. "'That's not OK.'"

Video shows Ramirez and her fiancé respond by angrily signing at Manley.

Petrini Manley, Timothy Manley's wife, told WFTV her husband accidentally swatted the great Dane when it startled him, but he couldn't convey that to Ramirez's fiancé.

She said her husband is an animal lover who would never intentionally harm a dog.

Petrini Manley said her son recorded video that shows Silva kicking her husband in anger -- proof that Silva was the aggressor.

But Ramirez, who is 20 weeks pregnant, said it didn't escalate into a tackle until Manley punched her in the stomach after her fiancé shouted at him.

"That's when my fiancé just became furious, because he put his hands on me and the kid and the dog," she said.

She said her fiancé was trying to keep everyone there until police arrived, but Manley's family said it never understood that and instead felt they were being held hostage.

Petrini Manley said Silva is the one who got violent first, even causing her glasses to break.

The Orlando Police Department has handed over the case to the FBI since the incident happened on a plane.

An FBI spokesman said the agency is working with OPD to determine whether anyone will be charged in the case.

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Man intentionally drove through restaurant, killed 2, including deputy daughter

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7:01 PM

A man drove through a restaurant Sunday. (Photo: WSOCTV.com)
A man drove through a restaurant Sunday. (Photo: WSOCTV.com)

Families were sitting down for a comfortable Sunday lunch when chaos ensued at a Gaston County restaurant.

Two people died and others were injured when a man drove his car into a Gaston County restaurant just after noon.

Police said the driver of the car, Roger Self, was taken into custody.

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Police said after their initial investigation, they believe Self, of Dallas, drove the car through the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City intentionally. 

Wait staff told our partners at the Gaston Gazette that Self took his family into the restaurant and had them seated. He then went back out to his vehicle and drove at a high rate of speed into the area where they were sitting.

Officers said one of the victims was identified as Self’s daughter, Katelyn Self, 26, who worked with the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office.

Other family members were also injured, according to police.

"Tragic, tragic loss of life,” Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger said. “I'm asking people just to keep the family in your prayers, and the Sheriff's Office, because we're suffering right now."

Caleb Martin, who is just 14 years old and buses tables at the restaurant, witnessed the car crash through the building.

"I walked over to my station and I heard a loud boom,” he said. “It went straight through. There's a doorway. There is a wall and he drove in another room."

Caleb was dazed by the carnage he saw.

He said that momentarily he didn't know what to do but then sprang into action.

"The one guy I could help in back, he was pretty hurt,” Martin said, “I helped paramedics move tables off this dude and I moved debris out of the way so they could get to him."

Officials said Roger Self is a private investigator who used to work for the Gastonia Police Department years ago.

Police said all of the victims, and Roger Self, are known to the employees.

"He was a regular and we haven't seen him in a while, so when he came back, it was kind of sad,” Martin said.

This is a developing story. Check back with WSOCTV.com for updates.

Veteran heartbroken after her therapy dog is mauled to death

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 6:28 PM

Cherice Jackson. (Photo: WSBTV.com)
Cherice Jackson. (Photo: WSBTV.com)

Years after fighting for our country in Iraq, Cherice Jackson found herself in another fight – this time for her best friend, her therapy dog Ms. Pooh. 

Jackson said two pit bulls mauled Ms. Pooh to death and she couldn’t stop it. 

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“I spent probably 20, 30 minutes trying to wrestle her from him,” Jackson told Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon. “It’s probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen. I felt like I couldn’t do anything. I feel like I failed her."

She said shortly after taking her dog out for a walk early Friday morning in her Decatur neighborhood, the pit bulls attacked.

Jackson suffered cuts and bruises, but her dog was gone.

“When I was finally able to get ahold of her and get her in the house and see the damage they did to her, it hurt … because she was my baby,” Jackson said. 

DeKalb County Animal Control set a trap with the hope of catching the pit bulls that animal control believes are strays.

Jackson suffers from PTSD and her dog comforted her after she came home from war.

Blake Rashad, the founder of the Top Dog Canine Foundation, told Wilfon he was about to evaluate Ms. Pooh to see if the therapy dog could become Jackson’s service dog.

“That’s what these dogs do. They bring her anxiety down. They help with depression,” Rashad said.

For now, Jackson’s heartbroken that she couldn’t save the life of the dog that made her life so much better.

“She’s like … been everything to me,” Jackson said. 

The Top Dog organization is now raising money to pay for a new service dog for Jackson.

DeKalb Animal Control continues to look for the dogs responsible, but so far, no luck.

Jackson wants them put down when or if they are caught.

Police: 2 people shot, 1 dead near high school graduation in Georgia

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 10:43 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 7:21 AM

Clayton County police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County. (WSBTV.com)
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Clayton County police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County. (WSBTV.com)(gfx)

A shooting after a high school graduation has left one woman dead and another injured.

Update 3:58 p.m. EST:

Police told WSB that two arrests have been made, but are not naming the suspects at this time, due to additional charges pending. 

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The shooting happened near Mount Zion High School at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center around 8:45 p.m. Friday.

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Police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro, Georgia. 

A graduation was being held for the Perry Learning Center when the shooting occurred in a nearby overflow parking lot.

That argument led to two women being shot, one fatally.

The woman who was killed was shot multiple times in the chest. The other woman was shot in the leg and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of her wounds.

Multiple police and emergency agencies rushed to the scene on the ground and in the air.

 

Glenda Norman said that her grandson was at the school when the shooting happened.

“He went there for something tonight. And I said, ‘Oh my God. I’m going to go down and check on him,’” Norman said.

Investigators said a third woman, who is 36 weeks pregnant, was thrown to the ground in the chaos from the shooting, but is expected to be alright.