Kennesaw CCT Bus Driver Attacked
Kennesaw CCT Bus Driver Attacked
Police: Woman stabs driver, tries to take gun
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Police: Woman stabs driver, tries to take gun
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Kennesaw CCT Bus Driver Attacked
Kennesaw CCT Bus Driver Attacked
NORTHEAST COBB — A Mableton woman is being held without bond in Cobb Jail on charges of stabbing a CCT bus driver in the face Monday afternoon.

Taniesha Nicole Twyne, 21, was riding the Route 45 bus to Town Center at Cobb mall and apparently borrowed a cellphone from another passenger, according to Cobb Police. When that passenger asked for the phone back, Twyne allegedly refused to return it to him, and the two began arguing while the bus was stopped at the mall. The bus driver then tried to calm the two, and Twyne brandished a knife, police said. A struggle ensued, and the knife dropped to the floor of the bus. Twyne then grabbed a pen from the driver’s shirt pocket and stabbed him, police said.

The driver, Damian Haney, 39, of Lawrenceville, was taken to WellStar Kennestone where he received stitches and was released.

Rebecca Gutowsky, director of Cobb Community Transit, said Haney has been a driver with Veolia Transportation for four years. Veolia contracts with Cobb County to run the bus and paratransit service.

But Gutowsky said Haney did not follow proper procedures in the situation.

“The operator should have called dispatch for assistance and not confronted the passenger,” she said. Any disciplinary action will be up to his employer, Veolia.

According to Twyne’s warrant, she too was taken to Kennestone Hospital for treatment, and when her handcuffs were removed, she tried to grab an officer’s firearm from his duty belt.

She is now charged with felony unlawful attempt to remove a firearm, in addition to felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor theft by conversion, which stems from the initial argument over the cell phone.

Twyne also has another criminal matter pending in Cobb Superior Court. She was indicted last September on two counts of obstruction of a police office and a third charge of battery. According to that indictment, she tried to hit two officers and bit one of them as they tried to arrest her in April 2011.
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this guy
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February 25, 2012
that is not right why would he be suspended for doing what is right. his life was on the line as well as others and he saved them so he gets suspended. give him a promotion.
Car Rider
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February 23, 2012
If you ever need a reason to never take the bus, Cobb Transit Director Gutkowsky just broadcast that anyone who steals property from another on the bus will get a "call" to dispatch.

Get ready for the rash of purse robberies aboard the bus.
Solitairy1
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February 23, 2012
It makes me sick to hear on the news that CCT would rather the Drivers Not intervene when a passenger is being robbed on their buses than have then do the RIGHT thing & be a good Samaritan to help stop it. This is exactly why people are not riding CCT as much as they did in the past. How would they feel if they or their family members were being robbed & the person closest to the scene said "Sorry I can't help you, it against my employers policy" Is that REALLY what this world is coming to? I would feel much safer on the bus if there were MORE drivers like Mr. Haney! Maybe CCT should think about that!
The Cold Hard Truth
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February 22, 2012
If these people posting here only knew,they wouldn't be so quick to defend the driver.Mr. Haney is someone I once knew,a while back,though I'm sure he's still the same vile human scum he was then.Vile people rarely change when they get older.That's not the first woman who ever had to defend herself against that sick scumbag.However,I can't believe he was actually employed in the first place....
Samuel Adams
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February 22, 2012
It's nice to know that if you're a CCT customer and someone is attacking you, drivers have been instructed not to help you.

What's this world coming to?
effintom
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February 22, 2012
It's pretty sad that the bus driver who stood up for the public he is responsible for while on his bus gets reprimanded for what is right! He is being punished for standing up to someone who could easily harm others! I think that man should get a raise, medal of honor, and the job of the person who said he is suspended and wrong for what he did! That was an amazing act of courage and I commend you!!!!
anonymous
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February 22, 2012
Want a picture? Go to the Cobb sheriff website, inmate search, enter the last name Twyne, change the search to Inquiry and click on Last Known Booking.

A pic of the inmate shall be yours.
Just Wait
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February 22, 2012
The bus driver gets suspended for taking action against a nut case. It's one thing for the company to try to protect it's workers, but poor reaction when one tries to help the customers. And what does it say about the other riders who failed to aide the driver, especially the one who stood by and watched the whole thing?
Don't Diss the Hero
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February 22, 2012
Give that bus driver a commendation! Things would have probably escalated beyond that if he had "waited for dispatch" to send someone out. Heck, Twyne had a knife and thought nothing of pulling an officers gun... get real, CCT. Half that bus could have been dead by the time dispatch responded.
anonymous
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February 22, 2012
Not only did they dis him, but he's got a disciplinary hearing or something like that.

Is the CCT run by the CCSD? The MDA? Who the heck makes these decisions?
Big Daddy
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February 22, 2012
Bus Driver is stabbed with his own pen in the face and they want to review his performance? He deserves a raise and a promotion. Give him Gutowsky's job.
No pens for you..
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February 22, 2012
This is one crazy lady. Hey MDJ provide us with her mug shot so we the public will know to steer clear of her when she gets out of jail again.
Whitlock Rennegade
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February 22, 2012
Policy states the driver is to leave the passenger in harm's way. Nice. Nice and pathetic. No wonder the transportation program is a Rabbit Hole of our tax dollars.
rhl3rd
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February 22, 2012
Another thing not mentioned is the bond set on the previous charges was $2950 for 2 counts of obstructing a police officer and 1 count of simple battery. What Magistrate set this bond?
Pissed in Mableton
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February 22, 2012
This time this person needs to stay in jail. How did they get bonded out in the first place. No disrespect Ms. Gutowsky, I am glad the driver tried to intervene in the situation. The 45 already runs piss poor as it is and you wanted the driver to wait until someone from who knows where to come by. I'm glad that some action was taken on the part of the driver. We already have people who don't want to ride public transportation and we need to make sure the drivers are engaged to keep order on the bus.

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