Georgia News Roundup
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Man arrested in triple shooting

FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) — Police and U.S. Marshals say the suspect in a triple shooting has been arrested.

Authorities say Jermaine Collins was wanted on charges of aggravated assault and weapons offenses stemming from a shooting in late October.

Officials say Collins was recorded walking down a street in Atlanta wearing a ballistic vest and shooting at people — including a 3 year old child — with an assault rifle.

Officials say Collins was arrested Tuesday after he tried hiding in the bathroom of an apartment that authorities were searching.

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Atlanta airport reports increase in holiday travel 

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's airport is reporting an increase in passenger traffic during the Thanksgiving weekend, saying more than 1.8 million people passed through between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2.

That marks a 5.6 percent increase over the year before at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest.

Airport General Manager Louis Miller says the travel season went smoothly and noted the Atlanta airport saw an increase despite a decline in air travel nationally.

Airport officials say Monday was the busiest travel day with more than 282,000 passengers passing through.

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Festival to celebrate Georgia's musical heritage 

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia Humanities Council are teaming up for a festival celebrating Georgia's musical heritage.

The Georgia Roots Music Festival is scheduled for Jan. 18 at the Woodruff Arts Center. The free, one-day event will include concerts, discussions, exhibits and opportunities to meet and perform with festival artists.

Different styles of music will be featured, including gospel, string band, bluegrass, country, blues, R&B, folk, immigrant music, and more.

The event is presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and University of West Georgia Center for Public History.

It will mark the culmination of an 18-month tour of the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibition, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music. It includes displays and interactive exhibits that explore the early traditions of American music.


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Man killed changing flat tire on I-285 

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a man struck and killed by a car along Interstate 285 was changing his tire along the freeway.

Fulton County police Cpl. Kay Lester said he had pulled over in the shoulder of the freeway near the Cascade Road exit around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say the driver who hit the man stopped. It's unclear whether that motorist will face charges.

The man who was killed was later identified as 54-year-old Dwight Moody of Covington.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( that since August, there have been three similar accidents.

A brother and sister were killed Aug. 26 as they changed a tire near on I-75 in Morrow.

Last month, a man was killed on I-20 in DeKalb County when he stopped to help someone with a flat tire.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Police seek tips in death of pedestrian 

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police investigators are seeking witnesses who might have seen a Wilmington Island man walking on Johnny Mercer Boulevard before he was struck and killed by a car.

Savannah-Chatham police say 35-year-old Jonathan Edwards died just east of the Spencer Grayson Bridge over Turner's Creek shortly before midnight on Nov. 27. Police said he is believed to have been walking west toward the bridge when he was struck. He was wearing black leather jacket and blue jeans and light tan work boots at the time.

Police say they identified a 25-year-old woman as the driver of the vehicle they say did not stop.

Police are asking that anyone who saw Edwards walking call them at (912) 525-2421.

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Search underway after Georgia child advocate resigns 

ATLANTA (AP) — State officials are searching for a replacement after the resignation of Georgia's child advocate, Tonya Boga.

Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal, says a panel of seven people has already been put together to handle the search for her replacement.

Robinson says the group has met once by conference call this week and plans another meeting later this month. Robinson says he expects a replacement to be named sometime in January.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Boga's departure comes amid scrutiny of the state's role in failing to prevent the recent deaths of two children despite warnings that they were at risk. The newspaper first reported her resignation.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Affidavit: Slain surgeon lured by sex encounter 

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Court records state that a surgeon found dead in an east Georgia creek was lured to Augusta for a sexual encounter.

An affidavit used to obtain a search warrant says that Dr. Charles Mann III and the man suspected of killing him had exchanged online messages about sex before Mann traveled to Augusta last month. The Augusta Chronicle reported on the court records Tuesday.

The 60-year-old surgeon typically worked in Barnwell County, S.C., during the week and returned home to the central Georgia town of Kathleen on the weekends, authorities have said.

Authorities have charged 22-year-old Glenn Vincent Riggs II with murder and robbery. Jail records do not list an attorney for Riggs.

Mann was a specialist in general surgery and endoscopy at the hospital in Barnwell County.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle.

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Statesboro elects 1st woman mayor in close runoff 

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Statesboro voters for the first time have elected a woman to serve as mayor.

The Statesboro Herald reports 51-year-old Jan Moore won a close runoff election Tuesday night. Unofficial results show she defeated opponent Jonathan McCollar by fewer than 100 votes out of 1,867 mayoral ballots cast.

Moore, a school psychologist and business editor for the Statesboro Herald, will succeed departing Mayor Joe Brannen in January. Brannen had sought re-election but finished third in the Nov. 5 general election, which required a runoff because no candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote needed to win outright.

Jim Healy, operations manager of the Statesboro Herald, said the new mayor will no longer serve as business editor but will write business columns for the newspaper on a freelance basis.

Information from: Statesboro Herald,

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