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  • A large group of armed protesters on Saturday marched through Georgia's Stone Mountain Park, calling for the park's massive Confederate carving to be removed. The predominantly Black demonstrators spoke out against the huge sculpture depicting Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Carved into a granite mountain, the bas-relief sculpture is the largest Confederate monument ever crafted. Stone Mountain Memorial Association spokesman John Bankhead said there were between 100 and 200 protesters. He said the protesters, many of whom carried large rifles, were peaceful. Police said that the group did have a permit to gather in the park. In video posted to YouTube, a leader of the group instructs participants not to point guns at people. Although the park has historically been a gathering spot for white supremacists, the city of Stone Mountain nowadays has a majority-Black population. The park usually holds a Fourth of July laser show and fireworks display with the carving as a backdrop, but this year’s presentation was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. WARNING: This video contains explicit language Posted by Fred Matt Morris on Saturday, July 4, 2020
  • America celebrated its 244th birthday, but one local woman also had a milestone birthday. Mirtie Ricks was born July 4, 1911 and turned 109 years old Saturday. Ricks grew up in LaFayette, Alabama but she now lives in the Ben Hill neighborhood in Atlanta. Pamela Cleveland and her relatives usually throw a party for Ricks, but this year with COVID-19 pandemic still happening, they planned the celebration differently. “We were next door to her home at my brother’s house. People were able to speak and wish her birthday wishes through the screen door while she sit afar in a chair,” Cleveland said. Cleveland said the family hopes to have a big celebration for her after the pandemic is over. “Ma Mirt is a blessing to her daughter and family as well,” she said. “We thank God for her life.”
  • The Georgia Department of Public Safety said a group of protesters vandalized its Atlanta headquarters Sunday morning. Channel 2′s Lauren Pozen wasat the scene along United Avenue all morning, where Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents assisted with the investigation. DPS officials told Channel 2 Action News that a group of 60 to 100 protesters dressed in dark clothing and masks came to the headquarters around 1:05 a.m. “They were armed with bricks, landscaping bricks, Molotov cocktails, fireworks. Their one mission was to destruct property and that is exactly what they did,” Lt. Stephanie L. Stallings, spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Public Safety. Georgia Department of Public Safety building was vandalized over night. Troopers say around 1am, a group of protesters approached headquarters – armed with rocks and spray paint and went on to cause extensive damage. Live report in under 9 mins from the scene. pic.twitter.com/lJYMIFj9Du — Lauren Pozen WSB (@LaurenPozenWSB) July 5, 2020 TRENDING STORIES Several Braves players, including Freddie Freeman, test positive for COVID-19 Authorities investigating 2 drownings on Lake Lanier Multiple campers, staff members test positive for COVID-19 after camp shut down due to virus Kimberly Krautter lives up the street and shared video of the protesters with Pozen. She noticed the group walking down the street and saw things escalate. “I heard the glass shatter, plate glass shatter, one of the offices. I saw one that seemed to be glowing from the inside, then I saw somebody carrying a flaming object and then threw it into a newly broken window and explode,” Krautter told Pozen. The damage was extensive. Troopers said fireworks were thrown into the building causing a small fire. Two DPS employees were treated for smoke inhalation. Investigators said protesters shattered the windows and vandalized nearby patrol cars. There was also graffiti spray painted along the front of the building with words like “KKK” and “Death by Oppression.” “They were militant in their actions they came to do nothing but destroy property and that’s exactly what they did,” Stallings said. While it is the headquarters for Georgia State Patrol, it also houses several other state agencies. The cost of the damage is unknown at this time but estimated to be in the high thousands. Pozen saw a couple of people detained at the scene but no arrests have been announced. More than a dozen GBI investigators are here outside Georgia State Patrol HQ in SE Atlanta where there is significant damage. Windows are smashed and that's not even the extent of the damage. Working to learn more and will have an update at 6am on Channel 2. pic.twitter.com/KT0JdVE97t — Lauren Pozen WSB (@LaurenPozenWSB) July 5, 2020
  • At least two people have drowned on Lake Lanier so far this holiday weekend. Game Warden Kevin Goss said that a 59-year-old man jumped off his boat Friday at the Duckett Mill campground and never resurfaced. The man's body was recovered by the Hall County Fire Department. The victim was identified as Bruce Lee Hild, of Winterville. A spokesman with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said a 45-year-old man drowned at Lanier Park around 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Officials said he was swimming and went under but didn't resurface. He was pulled from the water by another swimmer. That victim’s name has not been released pending notification of family.