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  • A manhunt is underway in Georgia as authorities search for an 18-year-old accused of shooting and killing a police officer on Saturday as the officer was checking out a suspicious vehicle near a metro Atlanta middle school. Authorities believe Tafahree Maynard, 18, fatally shot Officer Antwan Toney in Snellville on Saturday. >> Read more trending news  Here are the latest updates: Update 9:45 a.m. EDT Oct. 22: Gwinnett County police said Monday that there had been a 'credible sighting' within the last 12 hours of Tafahree Maynard, the 18-year-old suspected of shooting and killing Officer Antwan Toney on Saturday. Police previously warned that Maynard 'should be considered armed and dangerous.' Update 8:45 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: Gwinnett County authorities have taken three people into custody in connection with the fatal shooting of Officer Antwan Toney Saturday in Snellville. Investigators said the three are not under arrest, but were taken into custody during a search of a home Sunday near the scene of the shooting. The main suspect, Tafahree Maynard, 18, is still on the loose and considered armed and dangerous. “It’s very important just for the safety of the area, for the peace of mind of the public and the officers here at the department, we would like to take him into custody,” a police spokesman said. “We’d encourage him to turn himself in. We can guarantee his safety, if he just turns himself in.” There’s a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Maynard. Update 9:34 a.m. EDT Oct. 21: A new mugshot was released of Isaiah Pretlow, now in custody in the shooting death of a Gwinnett County police officer. Tafahree Maynard, believed by police to have fired the shot that killed Officer Antwan Toney, remains at large. Update 6:17 a.m. EDT Oct. 21: Gwinnett County police announced early Sunday that one suspect is in custody in the shooting death of a Gwinnett County police officer Saturday. Another suspect is still on the run.  Isaiah Pretlow is in custody and charged with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting death of Officer Antwan Toney. He's accused of pointing a gun at an officer during the manhunt.  Tafahree Maynard, who police believe fired the shot that killed Toney, is still on the run, authorities said. Police are encouraging Maynard to turn himself in. Although police originally said they thought up to four suspects were involved, they said Sunday morning that Pretlow and Maynard are the only suspects.  Late Saturday, WSB-TV's Rikki Klaus was on Cordite Loop, where police waited for a warrant to search the home. It's unclear if Pretlow was arrested at the home.  Toney, 30, was shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near Shiloh Middle School in unincorporated Snellville on Saturday afternoon, police said. The car was parking at Crumps Landing Road and White Road. Gwinnett County Sgt. Jake Smith said in a news conference that someone reported the vehicle and that the people inside may have been smoking marijuana.  Toney and another officer approached the vehicle, and that's when someone started shooting from inside the car, authorities said. 'Before they could even get to the vehicle, shots rang out,' Smith said.  Police returned fire as an officer dragged Toney away. Toney was rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center in critical condition where he died, officials said. The two-year veteran was just days from celebrating his third anniversary with the department on Oct. 26.  Smith said that '99.999 percent' of the time, routine calls don't end up in gunfire. “That it went this way, it’s just tragic,” Smith said. The suspects sped away and crashed the vehicle on Ross Road and Calumet Farm Lane less than a mile from the shooting scene, got out of the car and ran, authorities said. Police originally said witnesses reported seeing up to four people run away. On Saturday night, the car was towed to police headquarters.  Gwinnett County police have opened a new 24-hour tipline and are asking for the public's help to learn more about the shooting. They are asking anyone with information to call 770-513-5710. It's the first time an officer has been killed in Gwinnett County since 1993. Original report: A police officer in Gwinnett County, Georgia, checking out a suspicious vehicle near a Snellville-area middle school was shot and killed Saturday as the car sped away. Four suspects were on the run Saturday night. The officer, Antwan Toney, died after he was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, according to the police department. He had been on the Gwinnett police force for three years. Toney and other officers were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near Shiloh Middle School on Saturday afternoon, police said. When officers approached, the suspects fired through their vehicle’s window, hitting Toney before driving off, said police spokesman Jake Smith. The officers returned fire, but it’s unknown whether the suspects were hit or injured. The suspects crashed their vehicle a short time later, and as many as four people ran from the scene.  Law enforcement officers, helicopters, SWAT teams and K-9 units swarmed the area to search for the suspects, checking nearby buildings and wooded areas. DeKalb County police were called in to help. A witness described one of the suspects to police as a 6-foot-tall man with long dreadlocks, green sweatpants and a gray T-shirt. Descriptions of the other suspects weren’t available. Toney was a member of the Gwinnett Police Department’s Uniform Division, and he was working his shift on patrol Saturday. Toney is the first Gwinnett officer killed in the line of duty in years. In 1993, Officer Chris Magill was killed by a drunk driver while engaged in a traffic stop with another drunk driver. Three Gwinnett officers were gunned down in 1964 when they were investigating a “suspicious activity” call near Norcross. The officers — Jerry Everett, Marvin Gravitt and Ralph Davis — were handcuffed together and shot with their own weapons. Saturday’s shooting came after three separate officer-involved shootings in Georgia on Thursday that left two men dead. In one of the previous shootings, a state patrolman was shot at close range along I-75 south in Bartow County but survived because he was wearing a body armor vest. Two troopers returned fire and killed the original shooter, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The other shooting death occurred in Monroe when a man carrying a replica Thompson submachine gun allegedly pointed it at an officer, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. In the third incident, a suspect shot at police in Richland. but no one died.
  • The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund created a Jaguars tailgate to support local children battling cancer, and to honor pediatric cancer survivors. The event was hosted at the WJCT Studios near thee TIAA Bank before the game Sunday. “To give the families a break from the day-to-day routine of doctor appointments and hospital visits, and dealing with the unthinkable idea of childhood cancer,” Jay Fund Executive Director Keli Coughlin said. Coughlin said they have been hosting this event for a few years. This Sunday, more than 50 children and their families came out for the party, including patients both on and off of treatment. “So it’s great for us to see some of these kids year after year and see them do healthy and do well,” Coughlin said. 'The hospital is just constantly getting pricked and staying confined in one area, and for you to just go out and see the Jaguars play, it’s uplifting,' Cancer survivor Blake Herndon said. His inspiring story tonight on @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/Lkcfauk6Se — Elizabeth Pace (@PaceAnJax) October 21, 2018 The Jay Fund is an organization that supports pediatric cancer patients who are receiving treatment in Jacksonville. Cancer survivor Blake Herndon said this event is about more than cancer, it’s about a community. “I’ve been with them for about seven years,” Herndon said. “I got diagnosed when I was 7 and I relapsed three times. So I was finally done with everything when I was 14. So that’s pretty much my whole life, so just to know that they were there through all that is really comforting, and I just love everything that they do.” The event also provides an opportunity for children to connect to others battling the same illness, and show support through the community. “We can all just come together and even with kids that are still going through it, you can give them some advice and people who have been through (it) you can just talk about your stories and learn about a few things and become friends,” Herndon said. 
  • The Florida Department of Children and Families has confirmed the death of a 5-year-old girl who was badly beaten in a Jacksonville home. >> Watch the news report here ActionNewsJax reported Friday that sources said the girl was on life support after an extreme case of abuse in a home at the Oak Tree Apartments. >> On ActionNewsJax.com: Child dies following incident at Oak Tree Apartments, DCF says The child’s grandmother told ActionNewsJax reporter Ryan Nelson that the child’s mother, Michelle Cannimore, is behind bars, and so is her current boyfriend, Jonte Harris. Cannimore is charged with child neglect and child abuse with intentional infliction of physical or mental injury. Harris is charged with aggravated battery on a child using a deadly weapon. Neighbors said they feared abuse may have been present in the home. They said they could hear screams coming from the home. “I told [detectives] the same thing I'm telling you,” said one neighbor. 'That I would hear that, and I was like, ‘What's going on?’” >> Read more news stories  ActionNewsJax obtained a statement from DCF Interim Secretary Rebecca Kapusta: “I am absolutely horrified and disgusted at the abuse this child endured in her short life. That anyone would hurt an innocent child is shameful and DCF will work closely with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to hold anyone responsible for her abuse fully accountable under the law. 'There are not sufficient words to describe the pain those who loved her are feeling right now, but the department will continue to ensure her sibling is in a safe home and that she receives the highest quality care as she recovers from this loss.” DCF also said the family has a history with the welfare system. “We’d try to go ask if she's alright,” said the neighbor. “She would just open the door for a second. She wouldn't open the door all the way.” Another woman, who asked that her identity be concealed for her protection, claimed that Cannimore’s personality seemed to change after she began dating Harris. “She will have her head down,” she said. “And that’s how she would be.” So far, no murder charges have been filed in the case. ActionNewsJax requested the arrest report from the Sheriff’s Office on Friday but has not yet received it.
  • A Minnesota woman was arrested earlier this month after she shot her grandson for putting his cup of tea on her furniture, police said.  Helen Lenoir Washington, 75, of Brooklyn Center, is charged with assault and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, according to Hennepin County Jail records. Arrested Oct. 12, she was released on bond four days later.  Washington, who asked arresting officers where her bullet struck her grandson, told them she didn’t think she should go to jail, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.  >> Read more trending news The Star Tribune reported that Brooklyn Center patrol officers were called to Washington’s home Oct. 12, where they found her grandson in the front yard with a gunshot wound to his thigh. The grandson, whose name and age were not released, told the officers his grandmother shot him during an argument over a cup of tea.  According to the newspaper, a child at the scene corroborated the grandson’s story, telling officers that Washington had gotten upset because he put his cup of tea on the furniture after she’d told him not to. Washington dumped the grandson’s tea out and left the room to get a gun, the minor told investigators.  The grandson got another cup of tea and set it down once again on the furniture, the Star Tribune reported. Washington pulled out the .38 Special and shot him, police said.  KSTP in St. Paul reported that Washington told investigators she was angry because her grandson had put his cup on a wooden table.  Investigators found the revolver at the scene, the Star Tribune reported. It was loaded with five rounds, one of which had been spent.  A judge has ordered Washington to undergo a mental evaluation to see if she is competent to stand trial, the newspaper said. 
  • The Mega Millions jackpot is now the second highest jackpot in history. It stands at nearly $1.6 billion after there were no winners in Friday night’s drawing, and the Powerball jackpot has now climbed to an estimated $620 million. Update 12:41 a.m. EDT Oct. 21: The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $620 million after no ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday’s drawing. The winning numbers were 16-54-57-62-69, Powerball: 23, Power Play: 2. Tickets sold in Florida and Tennessee matched five numbers with Power Play to win $2 million each, while tickets sold in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Washington matched five numbers to win $1 million each. The next Powerball drawing is Wednesday. Update 11:05 p.m. EDT Oct. 20: The winning numbers for Saturday’s Powerball drawing were 16-54-57-62-69, Powerball: 23, Power Play: 2. Update 6 p.m. EDT Oct. 20: The Powerball drawing will take place Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET with an estimated jackpot of $470 million. Update 5:21 a.m. EDT Oct. 20: According to the Mega Millions website, no one matched all six numbers, sending the jackpot to a staggering $1.6 billion.  The numbers drawn Friday night were 15-23-53-65-70 and the Mega ball was 7. The next drawing is Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET. Update 11:05 p.m. EDT Oct. 19: The winning numbers for Friday night’s staggering Mega Millions jackpot are:  65-53-23-15-70 and the Mega ball is 7. If no one matches all six numbers, the jackpot increases to $1.6 billion.  Update 12:45 p.m. EDT Oct. 19: The Powerball jackpot rose from $430 million to $470 million Friday, one day before the next scheduled drawing. The news came shortly after officials announced that the Mega Millions jackpot had risen to a record-breaking $1 billion. Update 12 p.m. EDT Oct. 19: The Mega Millions jackpot rose Friday to an estimated $1 billion, according to lottery officials. If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $565 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website. The prize marks the second time in history that a national lottery game has sported a prize of $1 billion or more. In January 2016, people who bought three winning Powerball tickets split a nearly $1.6 billion jackpot. The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled to take place Friday at 11 p.m. EDT. Update 1 p.m. EDT Oct. 18: The Mega Millions jackpot rose again Thursday to an estimated $970 million, one day ahead of the next scheduled drawing. If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $548 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website. Georgia Lottery officials said a bump in the estimated jackpot Wednesday was due to “brisk sales” after the jackpot rolled over from Tuesday night’s $667 million drawing, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. Update 12:52 a.m. EDT Oct. 18: The estimated jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball drawing has climbed to $430 million, according to the Powerball website. Update 11:30 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: No one won the $345 million Powerball jackpot in Wednesday’s drawing, but five lucky players won a $1 million. The Powerball website said the winners were in Michigan and Nebraska. Update 11:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: The winning Powerball numbers for the drawing on Wednesday, Oct. 17 are: 03-57-64-68-69 and the Powerball number was 15. The jackpot is $345 million. Update 12:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: The Mega Millions jackpot has swollen to $900 million ahead of  Friday’s drawing. If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $513 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website. The next Mega Millions drawing is set to take place Friday at 11 p.m. EDT. Update 12:59 a.m. EDT Oct. 17: No tickets matched all six numbers in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing. Friday’s estimated jackpot has climbed to a record $868 million, with a cash payout of $494 million, according to the Mega Millions website. Update 11:15 p.m. EDT Oct. 16: Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday night were 69-45-61-3-49 and the Mega Ball was 9. It is not yet known if there is a winner. Original report: If you have a few dollars and dreams of riches untold, the coming week could be a game-changer for you. Two national lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball – are sporting huge jackpots this week, now topping a billion in total combined winnings. >> Read more trending news  The Mega Millions drawing set for Tuesday has the second largest jackpot in the game’s history, worth $667 million (or $372 million with the cash option). That breaks the game’s previous record jackpot of $656 million.   Related: 7 biggest lottery jackpots in US history Add to that a hefty $345 million Powerball jackpot, and you’re looking at nearly a billion dollars in lottery money being up for grabs this week. The Powerball jackpot is the 17th largest in the game’s history. The cash payout on the $345 million would be $199 million. Related: 7-time lottery winner shares tips for winning Powerball How did we get the chance to play for such jackpots? You can thank all those who played and didn’t hit the jackpot. The Mega Millions jackpot has been building since July 24, the last time the grand prize jackpot was won. The Powerball game has not seen a grand  prize winner since Aug. 11.  The Mega Millions numbers drawn Friday were 04-24-46-61-70. The Megaball was 07. The Megaplier was 3.  Related: Which Powerball numbers have hit most often? Will choosing them improve your odds? One ticket sold in Arkansas matched all five numbers, but did not match the Megaball number. That winning ticket is worth $3 million because the person who purchased the ticket purchased the “Multiplier” option which tripled the $1 million prize. The Powerball numbers drawn Saturday were 11-14-32-43-65 and the Powerball was 15. The Power Play was 3. Two players – one in Nebraska and one in Michigan – matched the five numbers, but not the Powerball number. Each of those tickets is worth $1 million.

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