News Briefs: $10K reward for shooting of children; protestors demand BeltLine rail; early runoff voting

Isaiah Payton, 12, was paralyzed after the Aug. 17 shooting.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields have announced a $10,000 reward for information on the shooting of two children following a high school football game. The incident occurred Aug. 17 following a high school football game at Lakewood Stadium in southeast Atlanta. Isaiah Payton, 12, and Damean Spear, 15, were shot by unknown assailants following a football game between Mays and Carver high schools. Damean was treated and released, but Isaiah was paralyzed from the chest down. Billboards will go up asking the public to come forward with information and the Atlanta Police Foundation has agreed to increase the CrimeStoppers reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment from $2,000 to $10,000. Anyone can provide anonymous information by calling (404) 577-TIPS.

More than 50 demonstrators organized by BeltLine Rail Now marched along the Eastside Trail on Sunday demanding that MARTA begin putting light rail on the 22-mile loop of trails that will eventually encircle the city. Protestors said MARTA has pulled a bait-and-switch after voters approved a transit tax in 2016 with the promise of light rail on the BeltLine. According to a report in the AJC, other projects – including rail to Emory University and rapid bus lanes – have taken priority over the BeltLine.

Early voting began today for the Oct. 15 runoff election to decide whether Joe Carn or Gordon Joyner will hold the Fulton Board of Commissioners District 6 seat and the contest between Aretta Baldon and Davida Huntley for Atlanta Board of Education District 2. Early voting will take place Oct. 7 through Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at five locations: CT Martin Natatorium Recreation Center, East Point Library, Fairburn Library, Fulton County Government Center and South Fulton Service Center. The runoff election will be held on Oct. 15 with polls opening at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

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