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Child 'awake, sitting up' after sister's sacrifice on Chattahoochee River

CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. — A local family is mourning the loss of a 14-year-old girl who they say died while heroically saving her little sister from drowning.

Alyssa Calhoun of Newnan passed away Friday.

She and her sister Kendall were swimming in the Chattahoochee River when they lost their swim noodle.

On Saturday, 11Alive learned that 6-year-old Kendall is "now awake and sitting up" at Children’s Healthcare at Egleston. The 6-year-old was airlifted there Friday and spent much of the weekend in the Intensive care unit.

VIDEO | 6-year-old fighting for life in ICU


Child struck by vehicle in Newnan

NEWNAN, Ga. -- A slow-moving car struck a small child on a scooter in Newnan on Tuesday, police said.

According to Newnan Police Chief Buster Meadows, the incident happened on Mary Ann Street. The child came out of the driveaway on the street into the street and was hit by a vehicle. 

Meadows said the child had an injury on his lip, but was playing with firemen. He was taken to Atlanta Medical Center to be checked out.

No other details were available.




Newnan police look for suspect in Walmart sexual assault

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Police are looking for a man accused of stalking several women at Walmart before groping one and running out of the store.

On Feb. 28, Coweta County Sheriff's Office said a unidentified man groped a woman. When he returned to the store, authorities attempted to handcuff him but he was able to get away. He was seen leaving the store with handcuffs on one arm.

Authorities said he was driving a silver Chevy Traverse with dark bumpers and several Atlanta Falcons stickers on the back.

Motorist shot dead in Newnan shopping area

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Newnan police are investigating after a driver was found shot dead near a major shopping center early Friday.

Police said they responded to an access road at 121 Newnan Crossing Bypass near the Target department store around 12:30 a.m. for what was originally reported as a motor vehicle accident, but that changed quickly.

A report from the department states that officers were told three men were seen fleeing the scene after the accident – one to nearby Parkway North Apartments.

Then they were advised that there was a gunshot victim at the scene.

When officers arrived, they found a man, later identified as Travalas Acres of Newnan, unresponsive in the front seat of a silver Kia vehicle. 

Police: Mother uses steel wool pad to wash makeup off son's face

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -- Police say a Newnan mother used a steel wool cleaning pad to clean makeup off of her son's face.

Veridiana Pardo Meo Erbskorn told police that her son was going through a "rock and roll stage" and recently started dressing differently and wearing makeup.

"He had been going through kind of a change in his life, wearing leather, putting makeup, dying his hair red," said Lt. Cornell Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff's Department.

The mom was reportedly trying to wash the eyeliner and other makeup off of his face. According to the incident report, the victim's sibling called police for a welfare check. When police arrived, they found the victim with injuries to his eye.

Georgia agency nixes cancer chain's bid for rule change

ATLANTA (AP) -- A top Georgia health care official says a cap on the number of in-state patients that a national cancer treatment chain can treat will remain.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America was seeking permission from the state's Department of Community Health to apply for a new certificate as a general hospital.

The change would have allowed its Newnan facility to treat more Georgia patients, eliminating a cap set by lawmakers in 2008 when they created a "destination hospital" category to accommodate the company.

Department Commissioner Clyde Reese said Thursday that reaction to Cancer Treatment Centers' new proposal was overwhelmingly negative. Reese said the state agency was not the "proper venue" to make the change.

Victim identified in fatal tractor trailer accident

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The Georgia State Patrol has identified the person killed in a Wednesday crash on Interstate 85.

The incident happened near Mile Marker 53 when the front of a tractor trailer traveling on the right shoulder struck a guardrail while moving north.

The truck then hit a concrete traffic barrier and burst into flames.

The driver, later identified as James Wesley Prater, 46, of Camilla, Ga. was unable to exit the vehicle and died in the crash.

Officials said the full report on the accident is not yet available.