Ellen Eldridge

Digital News Producer

Ellen Eldridge is a digital producer for GPB. She has previously worked as a breaking news reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The topics she most often writes about as a freelance reporter are mental health issues, crime and public safety. Ellen graduated Kennesaw State University magna cum laude in 2015 with a degree in communication focused on journalism. When not at work, Ellen lives with her husband, daughter and son in Woodstock.

A 36-year-old woman was shot and killed by police in Johns Creek Saturday morning, officials said.

Police said the family of Shukri Said called 911 after being threatened and a preliminary investigation by the GBI showed Said refused to drop a knife at the intersection of Abbotts Bridge and Sweet Creek roads, GBI spokesman Bahan Rich said in a news release.

Police tried using a Taser and non-lethal weapons, according to the GBI, but when Said wouldn’t drop a knife, two officers fired their service weapons.

Said died Saturday at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

Polk County Sheriff's Office

A northwest Georgia man was convicted on Thursday of 214 counts of felony dog fighting and misdemeanor animal cruelty, after officials last August rescued 107 pit bull type dogs from deplorable conditions in a training camp.

All the dogs were tethered to trees or chained to axles driven into the ground on Polk County property, District Attorney Jack Browning told GPB News.

“The dogs were constantly about 2 feet from each other, which kept them in a constant state of agitation,” he said.

Nationwide, officials are examining the role of syringe exchange programs in the opioid epidemic. While many residents react with a not-in-my-backyard attitude, data supports the success of these programs and legislators are scrambling to catch up with the research.

GPB News has been filling some key positions in the newsroom over the last few months.

We announced the hiring of Managing Editor Sara Shahriari, who starts April 30, and we announced our new On Second Thought host, Virginia Prescott, who’s in the process of packing up her life in New Hampshire so she can be onsite by May 14.

If you’re looking for Tool, you won’t find it here.

As with “Mer de Noms” and “Thirteenth Step,” released in 2000 and 2003, “Eat the Elephant” is A Perfect Circle. This is Billy Howerdel’s band and the former guitar tech for Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer) plays the majority of the instruments. The music isn’t going to have that kick-you-in-the-balls edge when released April 20 via BMG Music.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying on Capitol Hill to answer questions about protecting user data. The hearing held by the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees follows news that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users. The firm is accused of using that information to target Facebook users with political advertising in 2016. The two Senate committees are holding a joint hearing called "Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data."

Georgia gas prices peaked  April 2 when drivers paid $2.58 at the pump, officials said.

While prices are down fractions of a penny from last week's average at $2.575 per gallon, motorists in the state are paying 16 cents more than in March and 30 cents more than this time last year, Georgia Public Affairs Director for AAA Garrett Townsend said Monday in a news release.

Regionally, prices are the highest they've been in four years and, during the first week of April, averaged 35 cents more than gas last April.

Stuart Isett / Fortune Most Powerful Women

On the rare occasion a woman shatters that glass ceiling and makes it to the boardroom as chief executive officer, she still may have to contend with a form of sexism — especially when the board of directors is made up of men.

The problem comes from the traditional role of women in men’s eyes, according to a study published in Strategic Management Journal.


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The only pharmacist serving in Congress said the opioid epidemic needs legislation that empowers his industry.

Substance use disorder keeps men and women in their prime out of work and costs the economy billions of dollars, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) said Tuesday during the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. The conference is the largest on opioid addiction and includes more than 3,000 officials, experts and advocates.

Atlanta Red Cross

The threat of severe weather is over, but Georgia residents, especially those in Haralson and south Fulton counties, are waking up to serious damage.

Officials with the National Weather Service will investigate today whether the damage was caused by a tornado or tornadoes.