Man Carjacked; Train Collides with Car; Atlanta Bans Smoking in City Parks
Catch up on news from Marietta and the Atlanta area.
Woman Unhurt After Train Collided with Her Car
An Austell woman was not injured after a train collided with the tail end of her car on Sunday.
Gene Hale, a train enthusiast, was shooting video footage of the trains when one collided with the woman's car. The videos are attached here.
Austell Police cited Geraldine Hunt, 90 of Austell, with running a railroad crossing and leaving the scene of an accident.
Chief Bob Starrett said Hunt drove to her home after the train struck her car.
Man Carjacked in Little Five Points
Atlanta police report that a man was carjacked late Sunday in Little Five Points.
The victim told police the incident occurred at the intersection of Moreland and Euclid avenues just before 10:34 p.m. July 15.
The gunman, who is black and wore a brown bandanna over his mouth, pulled a gun on the victim, taking his 2005 black Ford Mustang.
Atlanta City Council Bans Smoking in City Parks
The Atlanta City Council approved 11 - 1 on Monday an ordinance prohibiting smoking in city parks, meaning the legislation now goes to Mayor Kasim Reed for final approval.
Smoking in Atlanta parks and other recreation areas will be punishable with fines of up to $1,000, six months in jail or community service, the AJC reported. Penalties would be up to the discretion of judges.
In addition to parks, athletic fields, aquatic areas, golf courses, tennis courts, hiking/walking/biking trails, playgrounds, off-leash areas and spectator and concession areas are also included in the ban, according to the ordinance.
Austell's Making Strides to Clean Up City
Austell's newest city council member is making good on her campaign promises to help clean up the city so that it can attract new businesses.
On Wednesday, Austell City Council members and Mayor Joe Jerkins met in a special called meeting to discuss solutions for cars without proper tags, tarps draped over improperly stored items and unkempt properties, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.